Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tuesday: Memorial Day Lookbook and Images

I'm behind on my blogging and if you have left me a comment I promise to figure out how to answer questions, comments etc. today!

My husband and I headed to Lake Geneva this weekend with some good friends.  We did quite a bit of eating, some shopping, and some spa time at the Grand Geneva.





















What I am wearing:
Leather Jacket: June
Sweater:  Tommy Hilfiger
Shoes:  Chanel
Sunglasses:  Tom Ford
Bracelet:  Gift

I'll do a posting on where to find similar like items later :)  Happy Tuesday and hope everyone enjoyed their holiday and weekend.  Continue to give me feedback and/or let me know if you would like more information on!


Monday, May 30, 2011

Monday - Happy Memorial Day

Honoring those who have served our country, thank you.  Happy Memorial Day.



Some images in red, white, and blue







Wishing everyone a safe and good holiday!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Friday: Hot Spot Review - GT Fish and Oyster and Hubbard Inn

For my friends, new readers or supporters, going forward Friday posts will be dedicated to food and/or drink review.

Last weekend was a celebration of my husband's 35th birthday.  We enjoyed a date night at GT Fish and Oyster Friday night and then celebrated with our good group of friends at Hubbard Inn Saturday night.  To help readers distinguish between the reviews I'll be using a ranking system.  Ranking between 1 to 5, 5 being best, I'll be ranking on the following guidelines:

Food
Decor
Fashionable Scene
Service
Love


531 North Wells Street
Chicago, Il  60654
312.929.3401




Food:  4
Decor:  4                          
Fashionable Scene:  4
Service:  4
Love:  5
Cost:  $8 to $22, average plate $12

Chef Giuseppe Tentori has created a restaurant that has it all, delicious food, beautiful decor, and a fantastic scene.  I loved our experience at GT Fish and Oyster; food was fresh, simple, and satisfyingly delicious.  The plates are meant to be shared and the menu consists of four sections.  Cold, Oysters, and Hot and Not Fish.  The menu consists of New England comfort foods mixed with modern contemporary dishes.  We opted to order form the Cold and Hot section, skipping the Oysters and Not Fish.  We love oysters and being from the west coast and living in New York before, we wanted to try the other dishes instead.  As with the Not Fish section, you see the name, so we stuck with what it's all about, the seafood.  Between the two of us we ordered 5 dishes.  We loved the smoked hamachi crudo, foie gras and shrimp terrine, the softshell crab and the lobster roll.   




The fishbowl design of the restaurant was appealing from the outside and in.  Neutral in color palette with expensive fisherman details, the place felt cozy yet elegant.  The bar area had the most beautiful marbled floor and wood tables.  The bar was packed with people and the dining room was full, but it did not feel crowded.  


some images from finedesigndine.com

Service was attentive but our favorite part of the night was when the Chef dropped by our table.  Chef Giuseppe was so friendly he talked to us for half an hour on a busy night.  He not only signed a copy of the menu for my husband's birthday, but he stood at the bar with us and gave us a round of drinks!  He opened a bottle of rye from Kentucky that he had purchased from an auction in London, my husband was not only thankful but happily drinking a tasty expensive rye.  



Overall, I loved our experience and we will be back with friends.  The Chef recommended we try Boka, his other restaurant, so we hope to do that soon.  GT Fish and Oyster is a definite return for us.


Hubbard Inn
110 West Hubbard Street
Chicago, IL
312.221.1331
www.hubbardinn.com



Food:  2
Decor:  3.5            
Fashionable Scene:  3.5
Service:  2
Love:  2
Cost:  $9 to $16 per dish

I had high hopes for the Hubbard Inn, especially when choosing it for my husband's 35th birthday dinner however I was disappointed for several reasons.  We had 11 people at our table and one waiter who was taking orders, serving food, pouring water, getting silverware, and doing everything he could with a lack of support staff.  We had two friends who did not have silverware and water cups, it took several requests and the appetizers delivered before utensils arrived, water cups never appeared until I stole some from an empty table.  The menu consists of bistro food with items such as mussels, bacon wrapped dates, halibut, trout, braised short ribs, and flatbreads.  Each couple ordered a couple of appetizers and entrees, when the food was delivered, the staff asked where to set the food every time.  Yes their menu is meant to be shared, but when each couple is ordering their own food, it is apparent sharing across 11 people is not happening with the small plates delivered.  Having over 20 plates of food come and calling out ownership for our orders was a negative experience to the party.  My expectation at a nice restaurant is that food is delivered to the proper people.  Jotting down notes is apparently hard to do at this restaurant.  Regarding the food, our entrees of trout and braised pork cheeks were cold, slimy, and unappealing.  Our appetizers of steak tartare and beets were good, not spectacular and pretty standard.  The tartare lacked some flavor, so I would rate beets over the tartare.  

Overall, I would not return.  If you want similar feeling, better food and a better scene I would recommend the Paris Club.

We head to San Francisco next weekend and look forward to posting food reviews from our next adventure!  




Thursday, May 26, 2011

Thursday: Miu Miu Fall Collection

I had to do two posts today because I just feel in love with Miu Miu's Fall Collection!









 all photos from fashionista.com


 Loving it and hopefully I can get a pair!  What do you think?

Thursday: What To Wear For Memorial Day Weekend!

I was inspired by Tibi's top office picks of what to wear this weekend as well as my previous employer, Tommy Hilfiger.  Red, white and navy always reminds me of working at Tommy.  I love the current spring/summer campaign and miss NYC and my Tommy friends!







We are heading to Lake Geneva with friends on Friday, so into my closet I went and here a couple of images of what I may bring.






My little Louis on my traveling Louis.  Just had to show a picture of him.

What are you favorite red, white, and navy pieces?  

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wednesday: All About the LBD (little black dress)

Last Saturday night, we celebrated my husband's birthday and I pulled out my favorite LBD.  Every woman should have a black dress that they love, feel good in, and can be worn for any occasion.





What I am wearing:
Dress:  Alice and Olivia
Shoes:  YSL
Necklace and Bracelet:  Vintage


I am constantly getting fashion inspiration and reading celebrity gossip online and came across People's article, "It's All About the Little Black Dress" at the Billboard Music Awards!





Loving Selena's dress and shoes!

If your still searching for a sexy, short black dress, here are some options I love available online:




Love sequins and from my favorite site!  




Loving the shopbop sale that started!

Happy Wednesday!  By the way, there are a ton of sales due to Memorial day, any questions, please email me.  


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