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

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