Chicago Trip Recap

Hi friends, long time no blog post! Between moving, adjusting to working fully remote, and my latest trip to Chicago, life has been a whirlwind!

If you didn’t know, I grew up in a suburb of Chicago before moving to Texas! My sister moved back after college and most of my aunts, uncles, and cousins are scattered throughout the Chicagoland area!

So happy to share my trip recap below!

My cousin got married in a small ceremony earlier this year and threw an intimate reception for 100 guests of friends and family. It was so fun (and the reason for the trip).

Let’s chat all my outfits and good eats of the weekend:

Shop: sweater, jeans, bag, sneakers

I thought the weekend was supposed to be way cooler than it ended up being (wishful thinking maybe lol)

We made our way downtown to do some shopping! We ended up walking over to the CUTEST spot for lunch. Blue Door Kitchen and Garden is aesthetically gorgeous and the food was incredible. My sister and I split the buttermilk fried chicken (incredible) and mashed potatoes. We also had some rosé that’s bottled specifically for the restaurant. We treated ourselves to the hummingbird cake for dessert and wow oh wow! Talk about delicious!

Then we made our way back to my sister’s place to get ready for the party!

Getting ready pajamas

The party was at Loft Lucia in the West Loop and had the most gorgeous rooftop for the cocktail hour!

Shop: hoops, dress (skirt actually that i wore as a dress), shoes, clutch (YSL), tennis bracelet
Cousins celebrating Elena and Carlo!
We’re a family that loves to dance!

The next day, we were feeling rough from all the dancing. My sister and I felt like our feet had a pulse! So we took it easy, watched college football, and doordashed some Burger King and we have no regrets about that.

We met our family over at a casual pizza spot, D’Agostino’s in Southport for an easy dinner!

Shop: dress, hat, bag, booties

We came home and watched The Last Light on Peacock (if you liked Jack Ryan, you’ll like this!)

On Sunday, we pulled ourselves together for walking around Lakeview for a street festival and shopping. I found the most perfect powder blue hat at a vendor and decided to pop it on as it went with my light sweater perfectly. We went over to Crosboy’s Kitchen for lunch and we started with some spinach artichoke dip and I got a fried egg sandwich on rye bread. Talk about yum!

Alice and Wonder Boutique
Shop: sweater, ring, huggie earrings

I hope y’all enjoyed my Chi town recap for a quick weekend trip!

The Floral Duster Dreams Are Made Of

Happy Thursday, you beautiful people!

Living in Texas doesn’t always require layering (especially when you are in San Antonio or Houston). I was in an off the shoulder top and barefoot on Christmas Day last year (hello global warming)! So I keep it pretty easy and flowy when it comes to light layering.

Like this floral duster. Throw it over a v neck tee or tank and you just elevated the look!

Also, if you haven’t noticed, I love to mix high and low pieces I like to save my money for the investment staples of my wardrobe (i.e. good denim and high-end bags), so it doesn’t hurt that my gemini necklace is on sale for less than $24 and my flat zip double strap flats are $17.50! All is linked for you below!


Shop my look: Sunnies (here), Earrings (here), Necklace (gemini, taurus, scorpio, sagittarius, aries, libra, leo, pisces, aquarius, cancer, virgo, capricorn), Kimono (similar here, here, and here), Top (similar here and here, and curvy here and here), Jeans (here), Shoes (here), Bracelets (here, here, and here)

One more day until the weekend, y’all! Can we make it?!

Xoxo, 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!)


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.


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!


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