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Wednesday

11

December 2013

9

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Arch Apothecary

Written by , Posted in Beauty, Chicago

I’m a closet beauty junkie. There, I said it, now it’s out there! While I write mainly about food and travel here on the blog, I have written a few posts about some beauty product favs and whenever I’m around my fabulous beauty blogging friends like Laurie from 312 Beauty or Justine from Short is the New Black, I can’t help but pick their brains for fun new products to try. I also get super excited for great beauty boutiques and Arch Apothecary  is one of my absolute favorites out there!

Arch Apothecary

Arch carries a variety of high-end beauty and skincare brands like By Terry, Jouer, Eve Lom, Kevin Aucoin, RMS BeautyOribe, and Le Métier de Beauté. Many times, along with high-end products come pushy saleswomen-but not here at Arch! These girls are super helpful and friendly and make you feel comfortable and relaxed in their beautiful space in Old Town!

Arch Apothecary

Arch Apothecary

Arch Apothecary

Arch Apothecary

Not only does Arch carry these hard to find, luxury lines, they also offer some great services like eyebrow waxing, facials, make-up application, and blow-outs! My eyebrows are super light so I usually just pluck the strays here and there, but after having Emma do my eyebrows last week I’m a total waxing convert-no more just tweezing for me! I also had a fabulous blow-out and not only did my hair smell fantastic from the wonderful Oribe products, it looked pretty fantastic as well!

Arch Apothecary

Whether you’re looking for a gift that screams “pretty” or a sure-fire way to look great for all those upcoming holiday parties, I can assure you that Arch has you covered!

Arch is located at 1359 N. Wells St. and is open Tuesday-Saturday 10a-8p and Sunday 11a-6p. They can be reached at 312-291-9750 for appointments!

I received the above services from Arch free of charge, but my opinions on the wonderful outcome are my own!

Friday

6

December 2013

2

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Christkindlmarket Chicago

Written by , Posted in Chicago, Shopping

Last Friday Mike and I took his parents to Chicago’s Christkindlmarket for the opening weekend and it was SO much fun! Ever since I started stalking Casey’s blog I have been dying to visit the Christmas markets in Germany. BUT since that probably won’t happen in the near future I had to settle for the next best thing right here in Chicago on Daley Plaza! It was super packed but we still managed to make our way through the crowds and have a wonderful time. Next time I visit I will probably try and pick a weekday so the crowds aren’t quite so intense, but I definitely recommend scheduling a visit after dark so you can fully appreciate all the beautiful lights!

Christkindlmarket Chicago

Our first (and my most important) stop was at the Glühwein stand. Glühwein is a spiced Christmas wine from Germany that is served warm, so it’s the perfect way to warm up at the market! Supposedly the Glühwein here at Christkindlmarket is imported from Germany, so you feel just a little bit more authentic while drinking it! They serve the wine in cute little souvenir mugs but I’ve heard they usually run out of the mugs after the first week or so, so hurry up and go so you don’t miss out! They also have beer and TONS of delicious smelling food like bratwursts, pretzels, potato pancakes, and warm nuts!

Christkindlmarket Chicago

Christkindlmarket Chicago

Christkindlmarket Chicago

Christkindlmarket Chicago

Once you’ve got your food it’s time to take in the beautiful surroundings and all the fun little shops! The giant tree in Daley Plaza is a stunner but the white lights and the candy cane roofs of the shops were my favorite piece of the scenery. If you’re in the market for ornaments, there is definitely no shortage of them here!

Christkindlmarket Chicago

Christkindlmarket Chicago

Christkindlmarket Chicago

Christkindlmarket Chicago

Christkindlmarket Chicago

Christkindlmarket Chicago

Christkindlmarket Chicago

Christkindlmarket Chicago

My Christmas spirit increased exponentially after our visit to Christkindlmarket and it felt like I was able to experience a tiny piece of the German Christmas markets right here in my hometown. Visiting Germany in December is still on my bucket list but until that gets crossed off, I’ll be getting my fix right here in the windy city!

Monday

4

November 2013

1

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‘Tis The Season For Giving

Written by , Posted in Chicago

I absolutely love the holidays. Who doesn’t, right?! Not only do I get to break out all my chunky cable knit sweaters, stuff my face with turkey and pumpkin pie, and listen to Christmas music, but I also get to GIVE a whole bunch of gifts! Obviously I don’t mind the whole receiving gifts part but my favorite part really is the giving. This year I was in luck because I got a chance to kick off the season of giving at little early at my friend Lindsay’s Blogger Clothes Swap. Lindsay writes the blog The Garden Apt and her idea was to get a bunch of bloggers over to her house and everyone brings several items of clothes, jewelry, etc that they no longer want. We arrive, we snack, we sip, we socialize, we find a few items to take home, and the rest gets donated…everybody wins! This gave me a great excuse to clean out my closet and I found way more stuff to bring than I anticipated.

When we arrived Lindsay had mimosas ready and waiting along with two types of quiche, blueberry muffins, and bacon scones. Yum!! After meeting a few new bloggers and catching up with a few old friends, we got down to the business of the clothes swap!

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Blogger Clothes Swap

Ready to swap! Photo by Lindsay of The Garden Apt

Blogger Clothes Swap

Everyone found a few fun “new” things to bring home and we still ended up having 5 big bags that Lindsay donated to Society of St. Vincent de Paul. I was really happy that we were able to donate so much and it inspired me to keep giving not only throughout the upcoming holiday season, but all year round. There are endless ways to help those in need-whether it is by donating clothing, food, or gifts, or by volunteering at soup kitchens, food pantries, or shelters-just pull up Google and you’ll be sure to find many ways that you can help to make a difference to those in need in your community. A small amount of your time can go miles in brightening the days of others, and it also makes you feel pretty darn good too. ‘Tis the season!

For more recaps of our Blogger Clothing Swap, check out the blogs of these lovely ladies:

Ashley at A Hop, Skip, and Jump to the Midwest

Erin at Loop Looks

Kit at The Kittchen

Laurie at 312 Beauty

Lindsay at The Garden Apt

Nicole at Cedar and Rush

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