Hi loves! How is everyone today?! I am literally FREEZING right now. And if you don’t live in Chicago – just so you’re aware so you can feel sorry for us – we’re having a major cold front move through this week meaning we have temps as low as -3 degrees and a chance of snow every day. BRRRR!!!
Honestly I don’t really mind it until Christmas, because it’s kind of cute like awww Christmas lights and candy canes and snow and Santa yay!
And then it’s like the jig is up, cold, one of us is leaving so either you need to go away or I’m moving to California.
Back to the point of the post.
THIS WEEKEND was amazing, restful, and somehow felt SO long?
Friday night we went to the movies and saw Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in 3D (after a couple of margaritas at Mezcalina, obviously – their Fuego Manzana cocktail is to. die. for.) and you guys… the movie was SO GOOD. I’m not even kidding. I mean, first of all, I have to disclose that I’m a huge Harry Potter fan, so I’m into this kind of stuff, but Ben hasn’t seen all the HP movies and still loved it. It honestly doesn’t have anything to do with Harry Potter it’s just a freakin’ good movie. And the effects are really cool, so I would recommend seeing it in 3D.
Sidenote: You guys know how much I LOVE popcorn and so I went to the popcorn counter, ordered it MID-MOVIE (this is a big deal, I mean – that’s EFFORT) and went to the butter stand and literally put SO much faux butter sauce all over it that once I got back to my seat my hands were covered in faux butter slime and it was all I could smell and it really grossed me out and I didn’t eat it. HOW DISAPPOINTING IS THAT. Lol.
Saturday morning we woke up and I
dragged brought Ben to try True Foods Kitchen in River North. I have been DYING to try this place – everyone who has been loves it. We ordered the cauliflower starter (DELISH), turkey sausage minestrone soup (one of the best soups I’ve ever had, hands down), and I had the teriyaki quinoa which was delicious and SUPER filling.
So that’s all fine and dandy, I recommend you guys try it, it’s delicious and fresh and blah blah blah. BUT. At one point I caught a glimpse of the table right behind us and thought to myself hmm that guy looks familiar. But for some odd reason, every person in the River North True Foods Kitchen kind of resembles a fitness model, celebrity, or other type of beautiful person, especially on Saturday morning. So anyway, the whole time we were sitting there, Ben & I were watching this tour bus try to back out from behind a hotel, holding up traffic, people were stopping and staring, all that. It was like watching TV, seriously. And we saw this gaggle of tweenies standing outside of the bus, so we’re kind of musing as to who could be inside.
The table behind us gets up and walks out, the bus finally makes it out, I’m not thinking anything of all this.
And then our waiter comes up and casually says – You guys know that was Shawn Mendes sitting behind you?
So yeah, Shawn Mendes and I basically had brunch together.
(I know, I know, I didn’t even recognize him on my own lol)
But still pretty cool.
I’m still just picturing myself in the background of some tween’s Instagram of Shawn with quinoa all over my face and bad posture.
So when I went to New York I had this realization that all of my shoes are wildly uncomfortable, and I legit didn’t have any shoes to just wear around when I have to walk a lot. Which prompted me to actually get correctly FITTED for shoes. We stopped at the New Balance store in Lincoln Park (the one off Clark St!) and I finally got fitted for some good shoes.
They basically had me stand on the shoe fitter (you know – the metal one that I literally haven’t stepped foot on since 4th grade, for some unknown reason) and got sized. Then, I stood on this machine that actually read the pressure points on my foot – which basically showed all of my pressure is in my heels. They also said I have a really low arch and flat foot, so I needed a little arch support to keep that bad boy lifted.
Then. You guys. This is a big deal….
They got me on the treadmill. Lol.
Not for long, obviously, I was absolutely unprepared in some stiff jeans.
But then they took a video of my walk on the iPad and actually saw how my feet hit. And it literally looked like my ankles were turning with every step. So no freakin’ wonder my feet hurt so dang bad in NYC!
They gave me a couple of columns of shoes that would support my feet, so I picked the New Balance 990’s because the chances of me using them for actual exercise are a tad slim, so I wanted a casual shoe I could wear with my stiff jeans. Lol.
But it was super easy, super quick, and everyone there was super helpful. They even helped me pick an insole that keeps my feet from turning. Honestly, it feels like a pushup bra in my shoe. HA!
I even wore them out of the store. Literally can’t remember the last time I did that.
YOU GUYS: Use code #NewBalanceChi10 at checkout for $10 off any New Balance order! Expires 12/31. I linked some of my favorite New Balance styles at the bottom of this post! ALSO – there’s a GIVEAWAY happening. You can win a $50 gift card & a free pair of shoes! So be sure to enter here!
OH – and I found the coolest freakin’ wall! It’s at the intersection of Clark & Arlington. It’s super cute, so if you’re a blogger or just love to find cool walls to take pics, this one is a new fave!
Saturday night, we binge watched Fargo (Season 1 – SO good!) until about 9, and then we went to Diversey River Bowl for some glow bowling with some friends. I wore my UGGs and got called out. lol. I’M A FRAUD!!!! But actually it was just super snowy and I didn’t want to lose my new Sorels, ok!?!
Sunday we literally hibernated ALL. DAY.
We ate Chipotle, napped, watched a lot of football and Fixer Upper, and then at night we BLASTED some Christmas music, lit some Christmas candles, ordered Thai food and decorated for Christmas (with a little help from Taffy!)
Overall it was SUCH a perfect weekend.
So tell me… What did you do this weekend? Anything fun?! Do you have any ideas for stuff to do during cold & snowy weekend days?! Tell me everything! I’ll be back in a couple of days with a GIVEAWAY for you guys!!!! It’s so good and I can’t WAIT! Xo.
P.S. A portion of this post was sponsored by New Balance Chicago, but I promise all opinions are my own! I swear I really needed some sneaks! Lol. Xo.