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!)

fullsizeoutput_17

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.

fullsizeoutput_19fullsizeoutput_11fullsizeoutput_f

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!

fullsizeoutput_15IMG_6279IMG_6278IMG_6277IMG_6280

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

Botanical Gardens and Butterflies

Botanical Gardens and Butterflies

Y’ALL. A few weeks ago, I had the most magical visit to the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. This spot, in particular, is like something out of Jurassic Park. I half expected Jeff Goldblum to pop out.

Scroll through to see my Gardens look and how I styled this gorgeous handmade butterfly necklace!

pearl + botanical (30 of 94)pearl + botanical (33 of 94)pearl + botanical (34 of 94)

My super-talented new friend, Anna Leigh, of Anna Leigh Jewelry, sent me this BEAUT of a butterfly necklace. She has several collections, but her encrusted collection is made up of vintage fragments that she combines into new silhouettes for the modern girl. How amazing is that? Right now, you can shop her ENTIRE site and get 20% using my code: THATBLONDEREBEL

pearl + botanical (39 of 94)pearl + botanical (41 of 94)pearl + botanical (42 of 94)

Shop my look: Sunnies (here), Earrings (here), Bracelet (here), Necklace (here), Top (curvy here, regular here), Jeans (here), Bag (here and here), Shoes (here)

If you are ever in San Antonio, I strongly encourage you to visit the Botanical Gardens, you WILL NOT regret it. Just be sure to buy a bottle of water and wear comfy shoes (two things I did not do)!

Happy Monday, friends!

Liza Mae

My #NSALE and How I Behaved This Go-round

Okay. So er’body is going crazy over Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale!

Frickspicks and I are both #NordyGirls, and over the years, it’s become our tradition to hit Mecca together.

I told myself that I needed to behave this year and keep it to “needs”. I did my best to stand by that.

Here’s what came home with me:

 

Steve Madden Hugh Embellished Mule (shop them here) – These babies are GORG but they run a little wide, go down 1/2 a size!

Rebecca Minkoff Small Love Velvet Crossbody (shop it here) – Velvet seems to be a BIG trend for Fall, but like, when is it not?! Love this soft pink!

Halogen Mixed Media Swing Top (shop it here) – This boxy top is going to great with leggings and skinny denim!

Pleione Tiered Bell Sleeved Knit Top (shop it here) – I LOVE this soft knit! I can’t wait to pair it under a fur vest (insert all the heart eyes for Fall layering)

Good American Good Legs High Waist Skinny Jeans Blue 082 (shop them here) – Good American jeans are absolutely THE MOST FLATTERING jean I have ever worn! I love these ones because they are a bit more cropped in the front. Plus, Khloe Kardashian was a genius and made her denim available in sizes 00-24! Cheers to inclusivity of all shapes!

Spanx Higher Power Panties (shop them here) & Power Short (shop them here) – Now people don’t like to talk shape wear, but we MUST. These curves have some lumps and these smoothing undergarments are the best.

Sonix Parker 50mm Sunglasses (shop them here) – These sunnies make quite the statement all on their own. I have another pair of Sonix sunnies and I think they are great quality, not flimsy, but sturdy and durable.

Laura Mercier Read My Lips Duo in Roses (shop it here) – Now y’all know I love a good lip, and I’ve been wearing a bright coral-red. As we transition into Fall, I think a softer lip will be perfect!

Voluspa Vermeil Mini Tin Candle Set (shop it here) – These scents this year are GREAT! These make for wonderful little gifties for friends. Put one in your kitchen, your bathroom, on your nightstand.

Baublebar Metallic Crispin Ball Statement Earrings in Multi/Blue (shop them here) – Statement earrings are pretty much the best accessory one can rock these days, and these pretties are no exception. Tuck your hair behind one ear to show off these dazzlers.

I ordered a couple other things and can’t wait to show you!

What were your favorite finds this year?!

Happy Shopping, beauties!

Xoxo, Liza

My Mother’s Daughter

My Mother’s Daughter

Goldie and Kate. Meryl and Mamie. Peggy and Rashida. Judy and Liza. Diana and Tracee. Angela and Margherita. Reese and Ava.

What do all these fabulous women have in common?

They are mother-daughter duos. And I am lucky enough to be a part of one.

DSC08401DSC08406DSC08414

My mom loves fashion, has a heart of gold, and thinks I’m tremendously funny. Being the baby of the family, I got quite a bit of mommy and me time growing up. Of course, we went through that typical difficult teenager stuff. Obvs we are both alive to tell the tales.

One thing we have always had in common is our love for fashion.

DSC08422DSC08429DSC08423

My outfit: Sunnies (here), Top (here similar here and here), Jeans (here), Bag (here), Shoes (here), Earrings (here), Bracelets (here and here)

Frickspicks started her blogging journey several years ago and I was happy to partake by being her Instagram Husband. I got to boss my mom around and she’d buy me WhataB for my time. WIN-WIN. On a more serious, but happy note, she has continued to thrive and I think one thing that inspires me on my own blogging adventure is her authenticity. She keeps it real and I admire that immensely.

Being a mother-daughter duo makes us each other’s harshest critic, but also each other’s biggest fan. She tells me when I look great and when I should change something (or when I have lipstick on my teeth, which happens quite often tbh) and I do the same for her. Our opinions don’t always align, but that doesn’t bother us. The number one thing I love about our relationship is the encouragement. I am always encouraging her to live her best life, take a risk, wear the heels. And whether it’s about my professional life or personal life, she is my #1 fan. I would not have started this blog without her words of support. I will always be grateful to her for a million+ things, but I am extremely grateful that we get to do something so fun together.

Fashion is definitely our fun space and the amount of fun we have may change as I move to Houston on Friday. But I also think it will make us appreciate the time we do get together. Here’s to new photoshoot locations, finding the best bellini in Houston, and making more memz!

To sum it up, the older I get, the more I realize my mom is the best best friend I could ever ask for and I am so, so lucky.

Xoxo, Liza Mae

p.s. Mom – if you’re reading this… thank you for all the years of advice I should have listened to!

 

 

A Boozy Brunch is ALWAYS a Good Idea

Happy Sunday, y’all!

My day started out with a great brunch for belated birthdays for two of the sweetest gals in San Antonio. Anna is my dear college friend who has become more of my lifeline in San Antonio and I will miss her and her adorable family SO MUCH.

My uber-stylish friend Kaki of KakiPants blog (GO CHECK OUT HER AMAZE STYLE – she is chicer than I will ever hope to be) organized the beautiful event. There were arrangements of flowers, strawberry and carrot cake cupcakes from WholeFoods, and pancake wrapped sausages in blueberry sauce (did your mouth just water?), plus every single girl looked GLAM.

The birthday/booze fest was held at Feast, an AMAZING brunch spot in San Antonio, located in Southtown. We had champagne with our choice of guava or orange juice (UM GUAVA PLZ!). I ordered the WT, which is two eggs sunny side up, candied bacon, sausage gravy over a biscuit, and herb smothered potatoes. I am currently in a food coma.

Here’s what I wore after finding that what I wanted to wear – a white pleated midi dress – needs a trip to the dry-cleaners immediately. These sunnies and chunky lucite necklace are currently on sale, plus an additional 30% off! YOU NEED THEM YOU GUYZ.

IMG_5776-1IMG_5775-1IMG_5774-1IMG_5781-1IMG_5778-1

Sunnies (here), Necklace (here), Top (similar here), Bracelets (here, here, and here), Jeans (here), Tote (similar here), Shoes (here)

I hope your day is filled with sunshine, swan pool floaties, and an adult beverage (or two)!

Xoxo, Liza Mae

Cotton Candy Bliss and Unicorn Dreams

… that is what happy girls are made of.

IMG_5448

Y’all. Okay. Where do I even begin?

My sweet Mama (Frickspicks. The Real Golden Girl. She’s amaze. Check her out immediately!) and I were headed out for lunch with some gal pals this past week and as I stood in the middle of my closet feeling rushed and stressed and sweaty-palmed… I thought to myself, “It’s summertime and the livin’s easy… what look says happy?!’

AND this is what I came up with…

IMG_5445IMG_5446

This super-fun top screamed at me to try her on at my local Anthropologie the other day (don’t worry, I’ve linked it for you at the bottom of the post!) and it was love at first sight. There are googly eyes in some of the pouches. Yes, you heard that right. GOOGLY EYES, y’all. This top had the best effect on me. I felt happy, confident, sassy, and fun, ready-to-tackle-the-day/live-my-best-life kind of vibes. The moment I pulled this sweet thing over my head, it gave me zest and excitement and energy… LIFE y’all, it gave me LIFE. I knew I had to have it, wear it, and love it for many years to come. This top is an absolute TREAT and a TREASURE.

IMG_5447

Because I was going with pretty much an all-white ensemble, I knew my accessories had to POP. These super fun (and COMFORTABLE) pink mules brought out the pinks in the top. I was feelin’ it. If I wanted to tone this down a bit, next time I’d go for a denim skinny jean with more of a neutral shoe.

My ombre shades were the perfect thing to pull this look together and I found you four similar pairs $30 AND UNDER — one pair was only $12 (all linked below)!

IMG_5449IMG_5439

Sunnies (options here, here, here, and here), Top (here), Earrings (similar here), Bracelets (similar here and here), Jeans (here), Shoes (here), Straw Tote (options here and here)

Moral of the story: If something speaks to you, do it. An amaze blouse. Fierce pair of shoes. Cake. Hot air balloon ride. See where I’m going with this?

Life is short, but sweet for certain (Thanks, DMB for that lyric), so choose happiness, in whatever form that may be.

Cheers to a great weekend ahead!

Xoxo, Liza