#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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5 Things You Need to Know About Jury Duty

Today I tried something new: jury duty. And I even served as a juror on a trial!

I was pretty nervous about going, so here are a few things I learned that I wanted to share with others who haven’t had the pleasure yet.

1. It’s okay to wear jeans.
I didn’t know what to wear. Was a dress too formal? Were jeans too casual? Probably yes and yes. The only rule is don’t wear shorts. Jeans are totally acceptable. (See my outfit below.)

2. Embrace the experience.
Jury duty is happening whether you like it or not. This morning as I drove to Rolling Meadows (I had to Google where it was), I figured I better just accept the fact that this is happening and take it in. During the instructional video, I actually got a little excited at the possibility of being a juror. I believe in the law of attraction, and I think that excitement told the universe to make me a juror. Damn.

3. Being in a courtroom is kind of cool.
Nate went to law school, so I’ve heard plenty about the law for the past eight years or so, but now I was seeing it in action. Our trial was civil, so it wasn’t a murder or anything, but interesting none the less. Leaving your emotions out of it is hard, but when you reach a verdict, it’s quite rewarding.

4. You learn a lot about yourself as a juror.
Being a juror is like a roller coaster ride of emotions. Curious, sad, hopeful, discouraged, anxious, bored–these are just some that I felt in the courtroom. And when it’s time to deliberate, it’s interesting to see how a dozen people from all walks of life can agree, disagree, persuade, and, in our case, unanimously vote together. Everyone’s thoughts were valid and important. Personally, I was able to leave my sympathy aside and make the decision I believe was lawful, which I was surprised by because I’m a pretty emotional person.

5. What’s not rewarding? The pay.
My check for a whopping $17.20 isn’t going to pay my bills, but that’s ok. Like the judge said, you only have to do two things as an American: pay taxes and serve jury duty. Proud to say I’ve done both.

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Week #10 – Anthropologie Lincoln Park

So, I’ve been to Anthropologie before—it’s one of my favorite stores! HOWEVER, I’ve never been to one of their store openings before…

When Bridget invited Lauren and me to the opening of Anthro’s new store in Lincoln Park, we couldn’t resist. The shopping trifecta was back in action! (See Lincoln Antique Mall and Architectural Artifacts postings for our past shopping trips.)

As we walked in, women stood by the door with clipboards to check our names off of a list (exclusive!). We then made our way to the cocktails; the signature drink of the party was a Moscow Mule (one of my favorite drinks) served in a Mason jar. I must admit that I’m a huge fan of serving drinks in jars; we used them as water glasses at our barn wedding (which means I now have 160 Mason jars in my storage unit and my mother-in-law’s home). They also passed appetizers, and had tasty little cupcakes from More Cupcakes, and a delicious spread of cheeses, roasted nuts, jams, crackers, and fruit near the cocktails.

We walked around the new store, ogling the gorgeous spring clothing line (Bridge purchased a denim top and Laur bought a cute dress for her husband’s graduation from his master’s program). And I couldn’t get enough of the uber-creative, inspiring displays. (Kudos to their design team!) Good tunes played in the background as we chatted throughout the evening.

I have to admit, the funniest part of the night was seeing all the boyfriends and husbands cramped on the chairs and sofas, looking like they were about to die of boredom. Ladies: If you want to get some serious shopping done, leave your man at home. You’ll be doing yourself—not to mention your significant other—a huge favor.

I’d like to end this post by stating: if I could outfit my entire home—and myself—in Anthropologie merchandise, I would. Their luxurious bedding, delicate glassware, statement jewelry, stand-out dresses, impressive book collection—do I need to go on? Actually, have you ever smelled their candles? Yum.

Next time you’re shopping for groceries at Whole Foods, picking up home goods from Crate & Barrel, or grabbing a bite at Uncle Julio’s (which we did after the store opening!), be sure to stop by and check out the latest Anthro location.

Anthropologie
1548 N. Fremont Street
Lincoln Park

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