Confessions of a Gingham Gal

Hey friends, and Happy Wednesday!

What’s one of the continuing trends S/S 18? GINGHAM! I am a sucker for anything gingham and the top below is no exception, especially when it’s OFF THE SHOULDER and has AMAZING SLEEVES!

See and shop what I’m talking about below!

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Shop: Top (here), Earrings (here), Sunglasses (here), Leggings (here), Booties (here), Bag (here)

I also foresee this adorable top looking fantastic with some white jeans!

Keep shining, y’all!

Xoxo, Liza

Mardi Party Recap

Y’all. It’s taken me a straight up week to recover from the whirlwind that is Mardi Gras.

I have been going to Mardi Gras ever since I was at Ole Miss, but this year was a little different as I joined the Krewe of Nyx and RODE in Mardi Gras.

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Here I am in all my blue-haired glory!

The weather was absolutely awful due to freezing rain (hence the clear poncho over my costume). At one point I even used koozies as gloves. Even with all the weather issues, I still had a good time with my gal pals, Alex and Jordan. We laughed through our pain and said we’d never make it on Survivor (dramatic, we know). It also helped when we got to see members of our families (Frickspicks snapped this pic for me) on the parade route! This was a once in a lifetime experience and how cool will this story (and pics) be for the grandkids one day?

The rest of our short trip was spent in recovery mode. We stayed at Hotel Indigo on St. Charles and were really close to everything, including the Red Dog Diner and Sucre, the cutest sweet shop. On Friday, we went down to the French Quarter and grabbed some lunch at Palace Cafe and walked down to the H&M, where I found the cutest dress!

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Shop this look: Top (here), Sunnies (here), Earrings (here), Bracelets (here and here), Bag (here)

One of the things I love the most about NOLA is the architecture. From the shotgun houses to French Provincial, it all feels very Old World. The city is alive and going all day, every day, and each time I visit, I feel like I get more and more excited to come back again.

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We were also in New Orleans a few weeks ago for a Mardi Gras Ball, and stayed in the French Quarter. This go-round we stayed in the Garden District. These houses are off of St. Charles around Prytania and Harmony. How amaze are these homes?

From the food, to the sights, to all the action, I absolutely love this city and can’t wait to plan my next trip back.

To all the adventures to come – Liza

Sweet Home Chicago

Planning a trip to the Windy City anytime soon? I’ve got you covered!

I moved to Texas in third grade, but this southern gal knows her way around a big Midwestern city!

Keep reading for a guide to the good grub Chicago has to offer! (p.s. I’ve linked my outfit for you – this top is only $13 and comes in 4 colors. Plus, my colorful earrings are under $40!)

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Shine Restaurant 756 W Webster Ave This Asian cuisine and sushi bar is top notch. Specialties: potstickers and cashew chicken! DELISH! They also deliver, so if you’re needing a night of r&r, this is your best bet!

Southport Grocer 3552 N Southport Ave This place is a great spot for new takes on great breakfast classics. I’m talking biscuits and gravy, but throw in some brisket! What about a bread pudding pancake? YUMZIES!! They also have a beermosa that is pretty solid.

Erie Cafe 536 W Erie St This was probably the best meal of the trip. I’d been here before, but decided to try something different, and I was not disappointed. We started with shrimp cocktail, I had a few glasses of Whispering Angel (SERIOUSLY SO GOOD), and for the main course? Homemade cheese ravioli with a vodka cream sauce. I died and went to pasta heaven! We ended the meal with some fresh key lime pie. Amazing meal, amazing service. I could not recommend this place more!

Portillo’s 100 W Ontario St Casual spot, but a classic. Best Italian beef sandwich IN THE CITY! I like to get mine on a croissant! The fries are great, too! My family even orders Portillo’s to Texas so we don’t miss out throughout the year.

Butcher’s Tap 3553 N Southport Ave I have been here several times, but I spotted something on the menu I hadn’t seen before. A chorizo burger. Did your mouth water? Chorizo and beef patty, a layer of refried beans, a kick of pepper jack cheese, topped off with a few tortilla strips. Insert all the heart eyes and burger emojis.

Now I’m hungry again. Oops.

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Shop this look: Top (here), Earrings (here), Sunnies (here), Bag (similar here), Bracelets (here, here, here, and here), Necklace (here), Jeans (here), Shoes (here)

Happy Monday, friends!

Xoxo, Liza

A Cooler Summer Day

On Monday in Chicago, it was so cool outside, that we turned off the AC and opened the windows! There was plenty of shade in the sunshine and the wind was blowing! I’m talking breezy 70’s y’all! And yes, compared to the blankets of humidity in Houston, it was an absolute dream!

I thought it was the perfect day to debut one of my fave purchases from the #nsale! This ruffle layered lightweight sweatshirt will be great headed into Fall. The whole look is linked for you below!

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Shop the look: Top (here), Earrings (here), Sunnies (here), Jeans (here), Shoes (here), Bag (here), Bracelets (here, here, here, and here)

Have a great weekend, y’all!

Love ya, mean it – Liza