Yes this semester. I decided after much debate that I will be simply be pursuing a degree in marketing and not continue to get a minor in Spanish. Why you may ask? Well because I’m just ready to finally start my life.
The past two years has been extremely difficult for me. Finding out your own family betrayed you for money and the struggle between making time for school and work were just a few of the problems that occurred. Although it has gotten better (thanks to my grandparents & my best(est) friend in the world), I’m just ready to start a new chapter in my life.
I can’t wait to prove to my family that… YES I can get a college degree without your help. Though I do have to say that four years have flew by. Through the ups & downs, I just can’t wait to be done.
Sometimes its time for a change. A new year, a new start, a new job. Although I still have my other job at Sable Kitchen & Bar, I decided to be adventurous and try something new. Since I workout like 24/7 why not work at a fitness joint?
When the opening of a front desk position at Reform Chicago opened up I quickly took notice. I’ve never done Pilates in my life… especially on a reformer. One of my friends, Alicia, who is also an incredible Flywheel instructor, told me about the opening and mentioned that I would be obsessed with the workout. Let’s just say I took my first class on Tuesday and I’ve never felt so good (besides FlyWheel, of course). If you haven’t checked out Reform Chicago, you can sign up and receive your first class FREE.
Whenever I’m bored, I usually open up Instagram and let my mind go wild. Instagram is one of the those little treasure (similar to Tumblr) that one can spend hours on. I love to look up certain #’s (#hermes) to see how people style certain items. Also another little tool I discovered was being able to click on a location and finding all of the pictures that were tagged at that location (Hint Hint Soho House Chicago). You’re probably asking, What does this have to do with Owen & Alchemy? Well it’s simple. They have an incredible social media presence.
A bunch of my friends posted pictures (hello Shai & Jena) with this so called Owen & Alchemy drink.. I was extremely intrigued and had to try it out for myself. What instantly caught my eye was..
Made in Chicago. Logan Square to be exact.
Most of the fruits and veggies used in the drink were organic.
The packaging was gorgeous, aka I want to collect all of the bottles.
All of the juices were fresh squeezed. Not a long shelf life = SUPER FRESH.
I looked online and noticed you could either have them delivered, go to their storefront (in Logan Square), or purchased it at Soho House. I just so happened to be at Soho House yesterday working out. So I decided to take a stab at it and I’m not sure if I’m glad I did. You know why? Because the juice I had was so god damn good and now I think my entire paychecks will be going to their juices.
I ended up going with #15 which had apple, ginger, lemon, and cayenne. It was definitely spicy, yet it had a super fruity/refreshing taste to it. The girl at Soho House raved about #15 and told me that I’ll be back for a second. I guess she was right.
I’m hooked. They have several flavor categories, which is perfect for picky drinkers such as I. Oh and I can’t forget the juice cleanse kits they have. Although I’m not a firm believer in juice cleaners, I think I may just purchase one to be able to try out all of the flavors they offer. So if I caught your attention, simply head over to Owen & Alchemy’s site to check out their extensive menu for yourself. I’m sure you’ll be hooked once you take your first sip.
One of my New Year resolution was to start reading more books. It seems like I maybe picked up 5 books last year which is extremely sad. Since my generation is all about watching television & being on the internet, I thought it would be nice to devote a half to a full hour a day to reading.
I remember in my years in middle school and high school where they forced us to read The Great Gatsby, Invisible Man, The Odyssey, and tons of Shakespeare. Man, those were the days.. I look back and question myself, why didn’t I like reading back then? Those books are classics. I should’ve exactly read them rather than skim them or look up the summaries on cliff notes.
The first book of the year that I’m reading (and yes I will be updating you guys on what book I’m currently obsessed with) is Gone Girl. I’ve seen the movie and it was incredible. If you have not seen you, I highly highly recommend seeing it. The movie itself is mind boggling and although I’m only on page 40, the book is even better.
So that was my first New Year’s resolution. Throughout the month I’ll be revealing my other New Year’s resolution. Nothing too fancy. Just some little things that i want to improve this year that I think will make me a better, stronger, and smarter person.
I’ve been avid runner since I was a Sophomore in high school. I was in cross country three out of the four years in high school and loved it. Cross country not only helped me lose weight, but also made me an overall stronger guy. Once I got into college I decided to take on several marathons (remember the Chicago Marathon & Lake Michigan Trail Marathon). Unfortunately I’ve only completed one marathon due to having two stress fractures in my left leg and having strep throat.
I was looking at some events Soho House Chicago was hosting and noticed that they teamed up with Three Run Two to provide members with a (one a month) Sunday running group. If you’ve never heard of Three Run Two, they are a running club that meets up several times a week in Logan Square (and now Soho House, woohoo).
Not only was it a great opportunity to meet other runners, but it also motivated me to get my butt off the couch and do an 8K run. Thanks to FlyWheel, I wasn’t dying on the run and surprisingly felt good.
Nico, who is one of the co-founders of Three Run Two, was extremely kind and immediately introduced himself when the group was getting ready to run. I could tell that the group was extremely close with each other and were all dedicated to running, aka just what I was looking for. Although the running club starts in Logan Square, I will definitely try to make it out to at least once a week to their runs. You can check out their running schedule on Three Run Two’s site.
PS: It seems like this group always meets. We did an 8K run in 5 degree weather and snow! Talk about hardcore runners.
I hope you guys had a fun New Years Eve. I brought in the new year with my #flyfam, aka we did an hour ride starting at 10:30 pm and celebrated after. I had a blast and it was probably the best way to bring in the new year.
So with a new year comes new goals right? Of course. Maybe it’s being more active or eating healthier, but whatever it is make sure you stay true to them. I feel like many people set good intentions and goals, but in a few months forget about them. The hardest part is sticking to your goals for a long period of time. Sure you can workout for a month and then quick for the rest of the year, but what have you completed? Nothing. So my biggest goal for you and myself is to stay true to your goals.
Enough of my preaching and on to some fas-hion. As a huge fan of Haberdash, I was fortunate enough to receive a little care package from them a few weeks ago. Included in the care package with this sick Filson wool tote that just so happens to fit my laptop and ipad in it. If you’ve never heard of Haberdash and gent that is all about dressing well, then check it out NOW. They have three locations in Chicago that focus on bringing the most stylish (dapper) clothes to men. Oh and I can’t forget about their sick online store. They are having a sick online sale right now, so be careful not to spend your entire paycheck because its definitely easy to do.
I’m going to try and keep this post short. I just wanted to wish you guys a Happy Holidays. I hope you are spending it with some of your love ones (and of course got all the goodies that you wanted this year).
This year has definitely been a rough one. Seeing people’s true colors can be one of the scariest things, but life goes on and I will continue to learn from my own experiences. Stay safe and stay on the look out for tons of sales that I will be posting this week. After holiday sales are truly the best time to go shop your brains out.
When I saw that today was going to be in the high 40s, I had to check several weather sites to make sure I wasn’t seeing things. I’m not sure if it’s a good thing that its in the high 40s in December (hello global warming), but I guess I’ll take it?
So far winter break hasn’t been too shabby. I’ve been working my little brains out (40 hours a week) to get some cash back in my wallet since working 2 days a week during the semester made me #broke. Other than work, I’ve been relaxing a ton and was able to check out Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella musical last Saturday.
Its been such a long time since I’ve seen a musical, since I lived in NYC to be exact. I was so lucky to get rush tickets to Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella musical on Saturday and had incredible seats. We were in on the main floor 10 rows from the stage. If you like cutesty musicals with a ton of costume changes and fun sets, you must check out the musical.
PS: You know those Lot78 sweatpants that I was obsessing over in this post? Well they somehow were restocked in a medium and I snagged them right away. All I have to say is sheepskin feels uh-mazing.
Remember when I said that I finally purchased those Zanerobe perforated leather pants (here’s the post if you don’t)? Well I got them today, after ordering them two days ago, and had to put them on right away.
As most of you guys know I’ve dying for a pair of real leather sweatpants. Even if I still want a pair of En Noir sweatpants, I can finally check off owning a pair of leather sweatpants on my list of things to buy.
These Zanerobe leather pants are extremely warm (which is a plus in this freakin’ cold weather) and are super buttery soft. I’m so glad they’re lined, because I don’t think that feeling raw leather on my legs would be to my liking.
I’m sure you guys heard by now that Maggie Daley park is finally somewhat open. I’m fortunate enough to live just a few blocks from it, so I decided to check it out and take some #outfitpictures there. One word, INCREDIBLE. It’s huge, the ice skating ribbon is sick, and I seriously can’t wait for summer now so that gets completed. I know this park will be a huge hit in the summer mainly due to the huge rock climbing wall that will open up in the summer. Make sure to take a quick walk by the park before the weather continues to drop!
I’m all about sales, especially when Christmas is around the corner. When I found out that East Dane was having an extra 20% off their sale items, I went straight to my wish list and bought a pair of leather pants that I’ve been eyeing. Although the Lot78 leather pants were sold out in my size, East Dane still had some Zanerobe perforated leather pants that were pretty sick. The best part was that they were marked down 30% and with the promo code EXTRASALE I received an addition 20% off. Leather pants for under $300? I’m sold!
If you haven’t already, you must check out their sale items right now. Up to 70% off with an additional 20% off is a steal. Looking for some T by Alexander Wang on sale, well you came to the right place.
Also I recently purchased a T by Wang sweater and received the package the next day. I swear East Dane has some of the fastest free shipping. Need a last minute Christmas or Hanukkah gift, then East Dane is your savior.
The sale ends on December 17 (aka tomorrow), so make sure you take advantage of it ASAP.