#tbt I’m on a Boat (on Lake Michigan)!

Now that it’s officially fall, this #tbt post (a new concept I’m trying because I’m behind on posting) seems completely necessary.

Seeing as boating on Lake Michigan has been on my to-do list for awhile, you could imagine my excitement when, late in the summer, we chartered a yacht for my bestie Tara’s bachelorette party.

I can’t recommend this enough! Here are my five tips for enjoying your time on the water:

1. Take lots of photos, including selfies. For some Chicagoans, getting on the water is a common thing (lucky devils), but for the rest of us, this opportunity is once in a lifetime–so document it. Must-take photos include (but are not limited to): group photos, skyline photos, photos with the captain, posh/diva photos, and sunset photos.

2. Skip short skirts/dresses and heels. I learned this the hard way. It’s windy, and there’s a ladder to the upper deck. Need I say more?

3. Don’t go below deck unless you have to. This is especially for my seasick friends. As long as I had fresh air, I was in good condition.

4. Be a tourist. You get such a great tour of the city on Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. Take advantage and pay attention to your surroundings. Repeat tip #1.

5. Have a good time! Being on a boat is an awesome experience. Be silly, be funny, live it up!

I’m so grateful to Tara and her sister for organizing this! Tara is getting married this weekend, and I couldn’t be more excited. I realized over the weekend that we’ve been friends for 20 years, which is just crazy and brings me a lot of joy. I am so happy for her and her husband-to-be. Wishing you both a lifetime of love and happiness! Xo

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Girls’ Night Out: Mary Lee’s Bachelorette Party

My friend Mary Lee is getting married next month, and we recently celebrated her bachelorette party! Mary Lee and I met through our good friends Jill and Jeremy, as Mary Lee is engaged to Jeremy’s twin brother, Ryan. (They make a really cute couple, I might add!)

We started the night at Mary Lee’s twin sisters Kate and Allie’s adorable apartment in Logan Square. (Yes, lots of twins in this post!) Jill was already there prepping with the sisters when Jess (my sister-in-law) and I arrived. (Another twin fun fact: Jess and I are married to twins!)

They served snacks and cocktails, including a pink drink that was reminiscent of jungle juice in college. My gosh, it was good…and dangerous. We opened presents, took pictures (see below!), and then headed over to Orso’s in Old Town for dinner.

We were seated right away downstairs, but passed through the main dining room, a lively bar area, and piano man on our way to our table. Drinks were included in our meal package, so out of habit and nervousness, I ordered my old standby: rum and diet coke.

Bread and olive oil were placed on the table, along with family-style appetizers of bruschetta and peppers and sausage. Yum! By this time, I noticed Mary Lee and her friend were drinking French Martinis, which looked delicious. I had to try one.

There are many variations of the recipe online, but here’s the gist:

Ingredients
fresh pineapple juice
vodka
Vermouth
raspberry liqueur (recommended: Chambord)

You wouldn’t think pineapple juice would be in a French cocktail, but it was tasty…too tasty. I ordered another.

Back to the food! Next came a house salad, followed by mushroom risotto, chicken vesuvio, vesuvio potato wedges, and ravioli. And for dessert? Tiramisu, of course! Are you full just reading about it?

I’m bummed I only RSVP’d for the dinner because the girls were headed to Second City next. I had such a blast, and am so glad I was invited to celebrate Mary Lee and meet her friends. Can’t wait for the wedding next month!

Orso’s
1401 North Wells
Old Town

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