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?!!

XO

{All images by Miss Renaissance.}

Join the Fun!

CAC Movie Night

Chicago People! Remember when I told you about this fun event coming up later this month?! Well, tomorrow evening I’m co-hosting an awesome lead-up cocktail/movie night at Public Hotel’s screening room. It’s free, cocktails will be served all night, and we’ll be showing a great movie – Exit through the Gift Shop.

Hope to see you there!! Please kindly RSVP to alexis@chicagoartistscoalition.org

XO

The Weekend Rewind

BDay Fun

BDay Fun

{A fun Birthday dinner at Nellcote with some of my best Ladies!}

Desk Details

{A few favorite details on my desk…styled for a home tour photo shoot with The Everygirl (coming soon!)}

Disco Kicks

{Disco-glitter oxfords by Anniel for Sunday’s Birthday Brunch!}

Tres Awesome

{Thank you to Tres Awesome for featuring me on her fab Street Style Blog this weekend!}

BDay Flowers

{I love flowers – especially when they are a beautiful Birthday surprise!}

Make a Wish

{Making a wish at the end of the night…here’s to another awesome year ahead!!}

Hello, hello Lovelies! I hope you had a wonderful long weekend! I apologize for my absence the last few days. Let’s just blame my Birthday, combined with the long Holiday Weekend, shall we?!

I had a great time the past few days. Spring is in full swing, and fun events are happening all over town. Summer’s really just around the corner now! What are your plans for the next few weeks & months?? I’m looking forward to balmy days spent eating al fresco, relaxing in Chicago’s parks (with a picnic!), outdoor concerts, and a few little trips here and there. Chicago Summers are the BEST, it’s why we suffer through our crazy Winters year after year.

XO

{First image via Hermes.com}

SAIC x Swarovski {The Walk 2013}

SAIC X Swarovski THE WALK 2013

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{Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, receiving this year’s “Legend of Fashion” Award.}

This past weekend was a big one for Chicago’s Fashion Scene! The School of the Art Institute of Chicago celebrated their annual (& super glam) Fashion Benefit Gala “The Walk.” The runway show was beautiful, and a major highlight was the work of 3 outstanding Junior Students – Blair Disbrow, Jordan Kiehle and Crystle Crubaugh – who were given amazing jewelry and crystal embellishments by The Walk’s presenting sponsor Swarovski to use on their show garments. As you can see in the images above, Blair, Jordan, and Crystle dreamt up an otherwordly array of stunningly creative and beautifully embellished designs!

Another highlight of the night was seeing Kate and Laura Mulleavy – the genius sisters behind famous fashion label Rodarte – take the stage to receive SAIC’s “Legend of Fashion” award. As a huge Rodarte fan, I was humbled by their grace and enthusiasm. It was a night to remember, and I can’t wait for next year’s festivities!

XO

{Images by Robert F. Carl, courtesy of SAIC.}

A Stylish Party {For a Cause}

This is for my Chicago People!! I’m super excited to tell you about an amazing event that I’m co-hosting. It’s the Chicago Artists Coalition’s annual fundraiser, Starving Artist. The event will challenge an incredibly talented group of local artists & chefs to collaborate and inspire one another. The outcome is a night of artistic, edible and aesthetic delight! Trust me, this is a Summer Event you won’t want to miss! There will be music, delicious food, cocktails and, of course, amazing art installations. The Chicago Artists Coalition’s space is beautiful & wide open – a perfect backdrop for this kind of Soiree.

Just to give you a little sneak peek, this year features an all star line-up of participants and partners:

Abraham Conlon of Fat Rice // Andrea Morris of Cocomori // Benjamin Newby of Hennessy Black // Bill Kim of BellyQ and Urban Belly // Furniture designers Bladon Conner & Aaron Pahmier // Chrissy Camba of Bar Pastoral // Artist Claire Ashley // Artist Cody Hudson // Erick Williams of MK // Fabio Viviano of Top Chef and Siena Tavern // Jared Wentworth of Longman and Eagle // HATCH artist Jordan Martins // Mamas Nuts // Artist Sabina Ott // BOLT artist Stacia Yeapanis // Taco Battle: Antique Taco vs. Big Star // Artist Theaster Gates // Zoe Schor of Ada Street.

Visit the CAC’s website for more information about the Coalition’s background and programs. To purchase tickets for Starving Artist, email alexis@chicagoartistscoalition.org or call 312.491.8888.

If you purchase your tickets before June 15 (and I suggest you do, this event will sell out fast!), you’ll enjoy early bird pricing:

$100 general admission

$150 Secret Society (includes a super awesome gift bag and a year long collectors circle membership, a $150 value)

I hope to see you there!

XO

Get Shopping {Madewell is coming to town!}

Madewell comes to Chicago

Listen up, Chicago: If you’re, like me, a fan of Madewell’s laid-back & fun style then you’re in luck. The brand is finally opening a store in Chicago next week! Yay!

Head to 932 N. Rush Street next Wednesday, April 3rd, for their opening day. Madewell staff will be handing out 150 mystery gift cards ranging from $10-500 starting at 10am to kick off the day! I suggest getting there early so you can score big and get your shop on.

Above are a few of my favorite Madewell things for Spring. How amazing are those leather bags…and don’t even get me started on those minty green sunglasses!!

XO

Oh, Oscar {My top 5}

Oscars 2013 Halle Berry

{Halle Berry’s amazing Versace gown was my absolute favorite of the night! Her hair on the other hand…questionable.}

Oscars 2013 Jennifer Aniston

{Jennifer Aniston often chooses Valentino Haute Couture, and she totally nailed it with this beautiful red gown!}

Oscars 2013 Stacy Keibler

{Stacy Keibler looks like a perfect statue in her intricate Naeem Khan stunner! Look at those arms!!}

Oscars 2013 Charlize Theron

{Charlize Theron, one of my favorite actresses, looks feminine & clean in her Dior Peplum Haute Couture. Simple does it!!}Jane Fonda Oscars 2013

{Are you with me or not? I think this gorgeously yellow Atelier Versace dress is super flattering, fun & age-appropriate on Jane Fonda.}

Happy Monday, Lovelies! How was your weekend? And most importantly, did you catch part (or all) of the Oscar’s last night??

I know, I know, the actual awards show can sometimes seem to drag a bit (as we wait in anticipation for the truly important Best Picture award to be announced), but the Red Carpet Fashion is always fun to watch! Above are my 5 favorite looks of the night. I would gladly wear any of these stunning dresses…but Halle Berry’s incredible Versace number took my breath away! It was structured (which I love in a gown) without being stuffy, and the use of metallics made the look so sleek and Art Deco while still being “now” and a little sexy.

Who wore your favorite looks of the night?

XO

{All images via Style.com}

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