Hello Readers, long time no see! School has been kicking my butt the past few weeks but in the best way possible. Along with the usual handful of core classes, I’m taking two classes for my major (Advertising and Public Relations) which have been so exciting. I’m also taking a photography class that has been very challenging, but I’m falling in love with being behind the camera (expect great pictures on the blog soon). In the midst of all the studying, I’ve fallen a bit behind in the blogging world but never fear, I’m currently curled up in a booth at a Starbucks off Michigan Ave, latte in hand, and feeling extra motivated (sometimes I have to pinch myself, I really am living the life here in the city).
My friends and I have developed a formula for how we divide our weekends; Saturdays are for the city and Sundays are for hibernating in the library and getting our lives together. So while I have had my fair share of downtown fun this semester, my productive days (which I normally try to split between studying, blogging, and my internship) have been jam-packed with learning the French conditional tense, writing advertisements for number 2 pencils, and discovering the magic of the manual setting on my camera. New 2017 goal, get better at time management! Since documenting my study days would be rather boring (even though the Loyola library is THE prettiest place on earth) I figured I’d fill y’all in on the past two Saturday’s in the city.
Saturday January 28- The Chicago Institute of Art and a Mini Photoshoot
Name something I love more than art museums, I’ll wait (ok if you said ice cream or shoes point taken, but still). I love art museums with all my heart, I could spend an entire day wandering alone though one. Dream date? Art museum. Dream wedding venue? Art museum. My main source of inspiration? Art museums. You get the gist, I freaking love art museums. So when I heard that the Chicago Institute of Art was free to Loyola students, I just about fell out of my chair. How did I go an entire semester without knowing this precious information? Once I knew it was free, I realized I had to go asap or my heart might stop. Thankfully, my friends also felt that an art museum was a great plan for a freezing-cold, windy Saturday in the city. #Blessed.
When we arrived at the museum, we made a beeline for the contemporary/ modern section aka heaven. There’s enough Pollocks and Lichtensteins and Picassos to make a girl’s heart sing. After we spent ample time wandering around the newer galleries, we made our way through the classic galleries of the museum, admiring art and recreating the iconic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off pose. After we had our fair share of art, we made our way to Gino’s East where we scarfed down pizza so fast I couldn’t even snap a picture for the blog (I’d 10/10 recommend the Tie Die thin crust though). Here’s a few favorite images from Weekend One.
Also, while waiting in line to enter the museum, I took some pictures of my friend Maria for my February CollegeFashionista article. Here’s a little sneak peek.
Saturday February 4- Bombo Bar (aka heaven on earth)
My second city Saturday adventure was a little quicker than the last and had one very specific motive: Food. But not just any food, This.
S’mores hot chocolate, topped with marshmallow fluff, a legit donut, and everything that is good and pure (and high calorie) in the world. After my roommate scoped this place out on Instagram we knew we had to go. This place is amazing and also serves the yummiest Italian style donuts, gelato in the summer and an equally delicious funfetti version of this amazingly photogenic hot chocolate. I will be going back. Was going on the train for 40+ minutes solely for hot chocolate a little crazy? Yes (the views from the L were great though). Was it worth it? Yes.
Well there ya have it folks, the past two weekends in my life (minus the being buried alive under a massive pile of textbooks part). See you soon!