FRIDAY FAVORITES...I DID IT!!


Whoop Whoop, raise your hand if you're glad it's Friday! Quite the week!
Let's get right to the fun!

1. Vaccine Doses Done

I did it!

I got my second Pfizer vaccine shot yesterday! As I write this, I’m not sure how I’ll be feeling when you read it, just hoping for the best and so glad to have it done! And idiots are copying cards so there that! Ugh! 


2. Gifts from my Kids

I’m so excited to talk about a few of the birthday gifts that my kids got me! This verse top is from a Darling local boutique that I plan to share with you in a couple weeks. It was so precious because while my son’s girlfriend was getting her teeth whitened at a pop up there, he was walking around the store holding up things and deciding which one to get me, I think they pretty much picked the perfect top for me! I love everything about it!

Top HERE // Jeans HERE // Similar Sandals HERE// Necklace HERE

They also made me the darling T-shirt and I just love it. Our sons girlfriend‘s mom turned 50 on Tuesday so they made her one as well and I told her, we are going to have to get a picture together! The kids used a friend’s CriCut and got the tees off Amazon and then ironed on the vinyl lettering. So cute!!

Plain Pink Tee HERE // Vinyl for Ironing on Words HERE // Pink Bandana HERE 

Another son and his gal, got me the perfect baseball cap and a pineapple earrings at Francesca‘s! I love how this outfit came together wearing the cap. And How cite are the lil pineapple earrings!

Hat HERE // Earrings HERE

Dress HERE // Hat HERE // Jean Jacket HERE// Necklace HERE // Sneakers HERE // Earrings HERE

3. Week's Attire

These first two T-shirts are the best Free People dupes! Only $15 from the Scoop line at Walmart and the peplum is darling!

Top HERE // Shorts HERE //Bracelet HERE // Shoes HERE

Top HERE // Jeans HERE //Bracelet HERE // 
Shoes HERE

Top HERE// White Jeans HERE // Sandals HERE // Earrings HERE// Sunnies HERE

4. Cute Graphic Tee Gifts
Here are some other sweet gifts from some friends of mine, I’ll show More of all the goodness in the next few weeks but I modeled a couple of the tops so I thought I would show you.

My precious friend Caroline from The Petite Fashionista knows how much I love the pool and water so she went with that theme and got me the cutest pool T-Shirt from Nordstrom and a NEST candle in Ocean Mist & Sea Salt knowing how much I have been wanting one. They are as wonderful as everyone says.

Tee HERE // Candle HERE

Tee HERE // FP Shorts HERE // Similar Sandals HERE

My dear friend Kate from Green Fashionista knows our family’s love of the lake and she always gets me gifts that correlate with that. I absolutely love this blue Tee she got and cute Wood Sign.

Tee HERE // Sign HERE

Tee HERE // White Jeans HERE // Sandals HERE

5. Misc. Fun
POSTS OF THE WEEK 


FLOWERS RECEIVED

How beautiful are these posies, I love that my friends and family know so well which flowers I love, ie: pinks, roses, gerbera daisy, stargazer lilies to and a few, lol. From Top Left, From my friend and neighbor, Sam; From my friend and Blogger Kathrine Eldridge; from my friend and Blogger Shauna from Lipgloss and Lace, and From my mama!



MEMES




Hope Your weekend is FABULOUS!!
Maybe you'll have a cookout, lol!

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xoxo




BARRINGTON BABES, GREEN PANTS & "THE" SHIRT X's 2

There’s so much LOVE I this post because it involves my beloved friends, evoked memories, my mama, and my new undying love for Barrington Bags, “The” gauze shirt return and green pants from Mauby.


First of all, 3 of my fellow Style Six besties, travel buddies and gal pal crew initiated me into the 50’s club with a beautiful Barrington Tote Bag! I cannot tell you how many times I have designed a Barrington Bag, had it in my cart and then never pulled the trigger. So, the fact that they put together a beautiful one that immediately reminded me of our first meet up in Nashville, just filled my heart with such joy! These ladies are the real deal. I could literally talk about how wonderful they are every day but just know when you visit Lisa's, Kellyann's or Shelly's blogs, you’re getting nothing but pureness and goodness from their sweet little hearts! I hope I can hug their necks and thank them in person this year because even though we talk on Marco Polo, I miss them immensely!



Just look at these beauties on our last trip together in Texas. We didn’t even plan to match the day we went to the Silos, but we were all sporting our Fall fabulousness!


It was so funny because mine and my mom‘s first lunch alfresco since Covid begin with us both sporting the same gauze button up shirt in different colors! Let me just say, in the late 80s, early 90's, my mom and I both loved to wear gauze. The soft cotton, well, there’s nothing like it! So, when these shirts started floating around blogger world, I immediately ordered some and so did my mom. The white is currently out of stock but there are oodles of colors and keep checking back because several of my friends have and they ended up getting the white one if that’s the color you prefer. 

 



I own the Violet that my mom is wearing here, and it is such a pretty shade! Looks so good with the white. Isn’t she just adorable, living out her influencer dreams, LOL!


I also was recently introduced to a company called MAUBY!

I love everything this company stands for and they were so sweet to send me these cropped Green Utility Pants! I love the shade. 


MAUBY pieces are designed to cater to fit, comfort, and sophistication. With a mix of romantic undertones and comfortably structured pieces, their clothes are rooted in quality and individuality. 


If you’re in the market for some green pants, I also found these and these.

 

I think it was quite fitting to carry my Barrington Tote Bag that day since we were headed to Lake Michigan! It gives off some sweet nautical vibes and I loved it with this outfit! The zippered ones are really cute too. Barrington allows you to design your bag in so many different patterns, monograms and colors. The possibilities are endless!


Bag HERE // Personalized Handwriting Necklace HERE // Sneakers HERE // Top HERE // Henley HERE & HERE // Leopard Cuff HERE // Pants HERE // Sunnies HERE

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CHICAGO CALLED & MR. NINE GOT THE MESSAGE

Not gonna lie, I wanted a trip to Greece or a glorious tropical vacation for my 50th birthday! But this is an odd time and neither Mr. Nine nor I had had our second vaccines and we were playing it by the book. I truly thought nothing special trip wise was going to happen for my birthday, but we were blessed with a beautiful above 70° weather weekend in Indiana so very last-minute Mr. Nine and I decided to go to Chicago and just be as careful as we could, and it all ended up being just fine.

Truly, we were more impressed with the way Chicago was handling the pandemic than our own county! Temperatures were taken everywhere and with nice weather, we were able to be outside most of the time. What was super odd is it was the least busy we’d ever seen Chicago despite being the holiday weekend and warm sunshiny skies! People are still just fearful, and I get it as several restaurants and hotels that we loved were still closed, some permanently so.

 But the Nine’s always make the most of it and we had a glorious time! Mr. Nine has been working so hard so it was exactly what he needed as well! It may have just been a quick overnight, but we packed it in, and it meant the world to us!


 I thought it be fun to share a few snaps as everywhere we ate was new to us and we meandered to the Fulton Market/West Loop area where we had never been before and loved it so much that we’re going to stay in that area instead of downtown next time!

Cool murals down there too.


We were lucky that our hotel was ready before noon, so we settled in and went out to explore a bit and get a snack. We ended up on the Gold Coast at LUXBAR and I was able to get Brunch which made this girl very happy! The Eggs Benedict and cocktails were delightful and of course I had to get a bathroom selfie, LOL!



After a quick stop in Eataly to get my favorite olive oil on the planet, it was back for a nap and then getting ready for dinner. As you saw in last Wednesday's post, Mr. Nine took some great Chicago photos in my white dinner jumpsuit and we had a lovely meal at Siena Tavern, where we had never been before. Afterwards, I wanted to take Mr. Nine up the road to the Gilt Bar! I have been once before with some friends and it has an old-school, 1920s vibe where they played great music and I love me a dimly lit bar! It was so fun to get our photos in the photo booth downstairs! Yumminess from top left
Yumminess from top left: Giant Meatball, Expresso Martini, An Italian Chicken dish the chef made on "Top Chef" and a lemon bar coated in meringue and lit on fire...YUMMO!!


You get two photo stops and you can hang one on the wall, so fun!!

 

After a restful night, we woke up to Easter morning and I was so thrilled to go have brunch at The Hampton Social. We had noticed this establishment the last couple times we were there, and I’d heard from people that it was wonderful. And it truly was. The vibe is so beachy and well I guess you could say, totally like I picture the Hamptons.




 

Afterwards, we changed and checked out and had the hotel hold our bags and we popped back down to Eataly for some salted caramel gelato and cappuccinos. Saw a great Jazz Sax Player and some were dancing on the streets! We were hoping to do a little shopping but since it was Easter, all the stores are closed. 


 Then, what Mr. Nine and I like to do is just start walking and hope that we discover new places which we do every time that we are in Chicago. We logged about 20,000 steps that day and ended up down in the Fulton Market/W. Loop area where we have been wanting to go. Next time, I think we’re going to stay in a hotel down there called The Hoxton. It was so charming is so delightful. We knew we had to have a drink out in the sunshine, so we stopped at a little restaurant called PB&J which stands for Pizza, Beer and Jukebox!!!!


We don’t really have any good pictures of us together either besides a couple selfie‘s because Mr. Nine is not really one to want to cask people to take her pictures but especially not now during Covid. Most of our servers had gloves on and you know some people just don’t want to touch your phone but that was Ok.  

While we wish they could, maybe, LOL, men can’t read our minds so in giving Mr. Nine a little push, we ended up having 36 glorious hours of fabulous weather in our favorite city to celebrate and I’m so thankful!


Look a "9" just for us......


.....Nope, get closer and it's not but still COOL!!!! 

I love sculptures!



Happy Week Ahead Peeps!!


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So true, we always see something new!!

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