by Margaret Williams
Let’s discuss a very important matter…summer cocktails! Summer is a great time of year to relax on your patio or rooftop with friends and family and what better way to enhance the experience but with signature drinks!
Or maybe you’re hosting something a little more extravagant this summer, such as an engagement party, bridal shower or wedding. Caterers are more than happy to incorporate 1-2 signature drinks into your bar selection.
We’ve listed a few of our favorites, filled with flavor and gorgeous colors.
To keep up with tradition, it’s always good luck to have something blue on your wedding day. “The Something Blue” with blueberry vodka.
Lavender Lemonade (spiked or not) is always refreshing. The sprig of lavender adds an extra touch not to mention, a beautifully fragrant aroma.
Mango Mojitos pair nicely with a DIY taco bar for your guests. Invite us!
The shimmer and pop from a champagne flute is always one of our faves. Mix it up a little by adding some fresh raspberries and pair with a cheese plate. The Raspberry Sparkler.
Enjoy a Sparkling Pear with fresh pear garnish.
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Experience Chicago’s best rooftops this summer!
by Kikanza Harris
We’re probably beginning to sound a little bit like a broken record talking about the seasonal shift into summer, but we just can’t help ourselves. After surviving “Chiberia” we keep finding reasons to celebrate summer over and over again. This week’s Friday Favorites are inspired by one of our favorite summer activities–eating, drinking and socializing on the rooftop.
Little Goat Diner – We’ve been following the rise of owner, Stephanie Izard since she became the first woman to win Bravo’s Season 4 of Top Chef. And we’re so happy to have her most recent edition Little Goat Diner, the fun little sister to the grown-up The Girl and The Goat, added to Randolph’s “Restaurant Row” corridor.
The Little Goat Diner hosts dining experiences (next up, an actual pig roast), cooking classes and specially selected days of good old fashion fun that’s open to the public in their private dining and rooftop space.
Suitsupply Co. – Ever thought about mixing men’s fashion with your rooftop soiree? Well this Amsterdam-based men’s retailer did when they created a store with a rooftop terrace that doubles as a private event space.
The Terrace at the Conrad – We highly recommend ordering one of their delicious mojitos to sip on as you lounge on the comfy couches to enjoy their “Sunday Night Movies” series with your honey.
III Forks – Looking for a good “Girls Night Out” space? Then we say “yes” to enjoy good cocktails and an equally appetizing menu on this contemporary rooftop serving up amazing steak and seafood.
Drumbar – You’ve hit the jackpot if you’re looking for visual variety, this space is like three in one. Upon entering into the dark and very masculine bar (dubbed on GQ.com as one of 10 Best Whiskey Bars in America) you may feel as though you should be sitting down on one of their traditional leather sofas to light-up a cigar with Mad Men’s Don Draper. But turn the corner and you’ve entered into a semi-private hallway sitting area with bright white subway tiled walls and a modern décor. And the modernism continues onto the rooftop patio, perfect for enjoying the summer breeze and lit by the city skyline.
This week’s picks include cool grilling tools and yummy recipes for a fun-filled BBQ!
by Margaret Williams
Summertime makes us think of BBQs – one of the best things about summer! Check out some great grilling tools to add to your arsenal along with some tasty recipes for sliders, grilled dessert and a refreshing cocktail for your next BBQ party.
The beautiful Himalayan pink salt plate offered by Williams-Sonoma adds amazing flavor to meats and seafood. It can also be chilled and used as a serving platter for fruit, vegetables and more.
I have to admit that I hate mess while I’m cooking. The adorable Squid Bottle Baster from Sur La Table helps eliminate sauce drippings when dressing up your grill delectables.
A summertime party is not complete without a refreshing cocktail. Try a Hibiscus Tequila Cooler courtesy of Food Network’s Ted Allen. YUM!
Bobby Flay’s Sliders with Chipotle Mayonnaise. Enough said. I would actually recommend trying these on Hawaiian bread rolls for a touch of sweetness.
You can always go with the expected grilled dessert: S’mores. Why not switch it up some and try Warm Plums with Gelato? This quick and easy recipe along with many other grilled summer fruits are available at FoodNetwork.com.
So…who’s hosting the next BBQ???
Today’s Friday Favorite 5 for dreaming of a summer vacation in majestic Anguilla
by Margaret Williams
Summer is finally making its way to Chicago so we can’t help but daydream of a relaxing vacation in beautiful Anguilla. Let’s set the scene: the Viceroy Anguilla, a luxury resort with interiors designed by one of our favorite interior designers, Kelly Wearstler.
A seemingly low key swimsuit with a touch of gold…we just can’t help ourselves.
Love the drama with the asymmetrical hem line but especially vibin’ to the mix of patterns when added with our gold and white swimsuit.
Adorn your arm with this delicious arm candy. Two bracelets we’ve been consistently obsessed with from Van Cleef & Arpels and the iconic Cartier.
Tom Ford. ‘Nuff said.
We’re always about the bag. A great bag can do wonders. This lightweight cotton Louis Vuitton tote will easily store your iPad and other poolside essentials.
So who’s ready to jet? Check out our Friday Favorite 5 Pinterest board to see every Friday’s photos for pinning!
Today’s Friday Favorite 5 for the long-awaited spring arrival
by Kikanza Harris
We’re really starting to feel as if spring is in the air…
Add lemons and fresh basil to take your cranberry cocktail into a new season.
We love a color curated candy bar.
Tribal necklaces are a great way to accessorize.
Give your bedding a bright makeover.
A summer photography tour vacation in Leon, Nicaragua, www.travelphotoretreat.com …yes please!
Check out our Friday Favorite 5 Pinterest board to see every Friday’s photos for pinning!