Life’s A Journey

Pure Potential

Happy Friday, Lovelies! Are you excited for the weekend ahead? I definitely am! The much-anticipated Starving Artist Party is this Saturday (tickets are still available if you want to join the fun!), and Sunday has me getting on a plane to British Columbia, Canada for a week-long meditation retreat in the mountains of Whistler! I’ll be meditating & learning with like-minded spirits…all led by Deepak Chopra. I know I don’t normally share this side of my life here on the blog, but if you’ve ever been curious about meditation, you should give it a shot. It’s a life changing habit and Deepak Chopra is one of the true masters out there!

I’ll be using this upcoming week as a “digital detox” of sorts as well…so I’ll be taking a break from blogging for the week. Don’t miss me too much, k?! I’ll still be instagramming though (can’t quit that one), so follow my journey here if you’d like!

Have a wonderful week and a happy 4th of July!!


Weekly Color Inspiration {Subtle Pop}

Pink Hues manicure by Miss Renaissance

{On all fingers, except index fingers – Essie Lion Around.  On index fingers – Essie Secret Stash.}

What pairs perfectly with a nude-ish pink-ish tone?? Ding, ding…a super bright & happy pink of course!! I tried going with a more subtle color this week – hence Essie’s Lion Around, but then quickly got overwhelmed with the urge to throw in a bright color. Oops.


Kitchen Cravings {Reiko Kaneko}

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Oh my!!! How have I not happened upon this amazing China by Reiko Kaneko until now??!! This is pure, simple perfection with just the right amount of cheeky metallic goodness thrown in. Reiko, a Japanese-British designer who honed her skills at London’s Central St. Martins, takes the traditional craft of English Bone China and transforms it into modern and stunning pieces that aren’t too precious for daily use. I think I’m in love!


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Currently Baking {Nutella & Lemon Glazed Doughnuts}

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Homemade Donuts by Miss Renaissance

Doughnuts are hot, HOT right now. And don’t even get me started on the new Cronut mania!! However, when all is said and done, nothing tastes better than a deliciously warm & fresh homemade doughnut (especially when Nutella is involved!)- in my humble opinion at least. These doughnuts are perfect – they do require a bit of work and patience, but trust me – you won’t be able to stop eating them (I ate 5 in one sitting here!!) Make these babies on a lazy Sunday morning for brunch…you’ll definitely find yourself in a cozy, food-coma induced nap situation soon thereafter.


{All images by Miss Renaissance)

Weekly Color Inspiration {Lime Green Magic}

Lime Green Manicure by Miss Renaissance

{On all fingers, except index fingers – Essie the More the Merrier. On index fingers – OPI Goldeneye.}

Lime Green. It’s a color I normally steer clear of. But when I saw this fresh color by Essie, I suddenly felt the urge to give it a try…and I actually quite like it for Summer. It reminds me of a chilled lime margarita. Oh, and of course I couldn’t resist adding a little gold glitz to the mix! 

Cheers & have a great weekend, Lovelies!


BBQ-ing with {Chef Zoe Schor}

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You all know how much I LOVE to eat, right? I. Love. It. Chicago is a huge food town, and Ada Street happens to be one of my favorite restaurants. So when I recently got the opportunity to chat with Ada Street’s Chef Zoe Schor I was insanely excited and honored! Chef Zoe honed her skills at incredible restaurants such as Thomas Keller’s Bouchon and Todd English’s Beso before joining the Ada Street team as executive chef. Her cooking is a blend of classical and contemporary styles & the result is an approachable, seasonal and diverse menu that always hits the spot for me.

I was able to watch Chef Zoe re-create a delicious dish she previously cooked for a Summer event at Ada Street last year. In honor of the restaurant’s patio opening – complete with a ping-pong table, astro turf, and a custom painted garage door by local Chicago street artist Ruben Aguirre – Zoe dished up slow-grilled bbq pork shoulder on top of corn sopes, topped off with a fresh grilled corn salad. YUM! It’s a perfect blend of perfectly seasoned & tender meat with a fresh and slightly spicy topping that harmoniously comes together with the earthy support of the corn sope base. I could eat this little dish all summer long!

The great news is that Chef Zoe will dish up this exact recipe at next weekend’s Starving Artist Party! She’ll be on-site, preparing bbq pork sopes for guests all night. Now that’s exciting..and even more reason for you Chicago peeps to join us at Starving Artist! Tickets are still available, but selling out fast, so get yours soon! And if you haven’t been to Ada Street yet, what are you waiting for?!!


{All images by Miss Renaissance.}

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