the best place to watch bachelor in chicago
Happy Wednesday love bugs. I'm calling out all my Bachelor nation fans to this post. All my girls who love to watch Bachelor, sip wine, and eat good food, this post is for you. I recently got invited to view my favorite show, The Bachelor, at Racine Plumbing on Monday and I have to say, it was such an amazing experience! The entire atmosphere is super cute, with their roses and candles lining the table. They have a dedicated portion of the bar, known as the Fantasy Suite, that you get to view the show at all angles. It's a girl's dream come true! Did I mention the entire back of the bar is adorned in glimmering lights that sets the perfect atmosphere for the show. I mean, if the Bachelor decided to come to Chicago, they should check this place out because it's super cute! Not only was bar BACHELORLICIOUS but the food and drinks were up to par as well.
My friends and I had the opportunity to try some of the Bachelor inspired menu options. These drinks and snacks were seriously so delicious and just made the experience that much more special. I'm a huge Rose' and Sangria girl, so their cocktail mixed with both, was honestly my favorite drink on the menu. However, there are so many other delicious cocktails that you can try. Also, my babes on a budget, did I mention that the Rose' Sangria is only $7.00? It is such a steal. Also, if Wine has a special place in your heart, like it does in mine, then you will love their $20.00 bottle of Wine deal, it's the perfect add for a fun gals Bachelor viewing night.
Honestly, you're probably thinking okay, it cannot get better than that. Well, you're wrong, not only do they have great drink selections that are affordable, but, they also have great food options as well. I am a sucker for a good burger, and there's did not disappoint. Did I mention their special includes $1.00 burgers, I mean c'mon you cannot get better than that. Not only did we try the burger but we also got to sample their cheese curds, bacon fat popcorn, and their baked mac and cheese. Everything was fresh, filled with flavor, and just so darn good.
It's not very often that you find a bar geared towards perfect girl time and outings. Normally, you find bars blasting sports or other male themed activities. It's so amazing that Racine Plumbing has Bachelor nights every Monday giving girls that special time to relax, unwind, and drink a good glass of wine while watching their shows.
Overall, this place was so much fun and that perfect gal getaway that you need on Monday nights. If you're looking for that special place to get out and view the Bachelor with friends, this is the place for you my friends! I will definitely be back with my Rose' in hand! Hope to see you all there!
Until next time!
Sorry 2019, I'm already booked!
As the new year approaches, I realize that I am walking into it with 2020 vision. I cannot believe that so many amazing things have happened in my life in 2019. I definitely went through some of the hardest times last year. I lost my job and truly focused on myself, who I am, and who I want to be. I felt like 2019 was the discovery year, throwing curveballs at me every step I took. However, through the storm, I honestly found the colors inside of myself that set me free.
I learned to believe in myself more, pray more, and know that nothing in this world can hinder me from pursuing my love and destiny. When I learned to trust in myself and God I soon start to see things fall into place for me. For example, I went a couple of months without actually working but I learned to fully rely on my blog, something I thought I could never truly do. My love for creating and meeting every one of you sparked a fire inside of me. My creativity is what lights my way and I would have never been able to believe in myself and my abilities without losing my job. I honestly do believe that things happen for a reason.
Now, I am currently working a job that I truly love in a field that will help me through my career. I have an amazing boss and friends in and outside of work. Once again, 2019 was my discovery faze.
In 2020, I want to be raw and real showing off the true Rachel. I did this little shoot because so many times you see me dolled up, in fancy outfits, with a complete set of makeup. You see me going to events and doing these amazing travels. However, that is NOT the everyday Rachel. Sure, I love these opportunities for going out and meeting amazing people but that is not entirely who I am.
The other side of Rachel is the homebody that loves to read books, lounge on the couch, and binge Netflix (mostly until I finish an entire show). She loves wearing comfortable clothes, with a messy bun and sees the magic in reading by candlelight. She creates an entire plan on how she will play sims until her eyes become red from staring at the computer all day. She eats an entire bag of flaming hot Cheetos even when she knows it will kill her later. She believes in fairytales even when the world tells her otherwise.
Sometimes, Instagram and this entire social media platform can be a bit misleading. Others see people in a certain light but forget that they are REAL people, we’re all the same. We all have similarities, differences, quirks that combine and make us who we are. Those colors that shape us into flesh and bone are what makes us so beautiful.
In 2020, I challenge you to show the other side the side that not many people may know about. The side that sometimes we want to forget, or abandon. All the multifaceted sides are beautiful because they make up who you are. Remember, that no matter what chapter you are in life, your story isn’t over. It’s simply just begun.
Happy New Year love bugs! Let’s make it a great one!
Until next time,
Takin' it to new heights!
As the new year approaches are you ready to take it to new heights? I had the opportunity to collaborate with Chicago Helicopter Experience and let's just say my expectation was HIGHtened to a new level.
The entire experience is so cool. The building is nestled in a remote area of Chicago and is like a small little oasis beyond the city. While you wait you can view some of the helicopters in the back soar into the sky. They also have bags that you can play to pass the time.
You receive a little buzzer and when it's your time to board it will go off. Once you walk towards the take off location you will be prompted to watch an informative video. For all my fearful and strategic followers this one is for you. It calmed my husband's nerves a bit to see all the precautions that the pilot takes.
Once the video is over we were so excited to board the helicopter. They take you out and luckily you have a wonderful videographer and photographer who can capture that special moment for you. You are able to purchase those images at the end of the tour. Image framing that lovely picture of you and your significant other, or family member, with a glorious helicopter in the background.
The helicopter is even cooler in the inside. We were lucky to get front row access so we could sit right next to the pilot, whose name was Matt. All the seats in the helicopter are amazing allowing you to soak up all the stunning views that Chicago has to offer. You can talk to the pilot along with the people on board through your mic set. However, silence is what I experienced because it seemed like everyone wanted to revel in the stunning views. It was nice, however, to hear Matt our pilot, speak about some of the interesting facts as we flew over different landmarks.
If you are wondering what you could see on the flight check out the destinations below copied from the website.
Overall, it was such a beautiful experience and it will surely be one that my husband and I will remember. If you are looking for amazing new year's eve plans I think this would be the perfect one. Also, the beauty of this experience is that it isn't strictly for couples but can be for families, friends, and anyone you want to experience stunning views with.
Huge shout out to the lovely Akira for dressing me for this amazing shoot. If you are looking for the perfect New Years Eve outfit I recommend you to check out their website. I am linking the dress and shoes in case you want to purchase it.
Happy Monday Love bugs, until next time!
having a ball at Deuces!
Happy Monday loves super excited to start this week's post off with a feature about the amazing Deuce's Major League Bar. it's no secret I love to experience fun places around the Chicagoland area and I am a sucker for pop up themes and bars. Deuces does so many fun pop up bars. I have been to the Charm'd one for St. Patrick's day, and I also did the Santa Baby one, you can read about that one here.
I was so excited to get invited to the Major League pop up featuring so much fun stuff about the cubs! You may not know this about me but my father is probably the cub's number one fan. I have only seen him cry once, you may think it was at my wedding when he was giving me away. If you guessed that you are wrong. No, my dad cried only when the cubs won the world series. If that doesn't scream number one fan I don't know what does. This pop up is perfect for sports fans, but, if you're like me, who simply goes to baseball games for the food, excitement, and overall ora, this place is fun for you too!
Deuce never disappoints on their overall presentation of the place. I love the cub's banners, baseball looking memorabilia, and the overall excitement you get from being there.
One of my favorite things about experiencing fun bars in Chicago is tasting and showing you all their fun menu! if you viewed my stories Friday you would've seen the amazing drinks and food that we got to sample.
Bar food can be my guilty pleasure and my friend's and I adored the menu and being able to sample some goodies. The favorites that I tried were the jumbo pretzel, the loaded tater tots (where can you ever go wrong with that?) the pizza poppers, and the fried avocado. Everything that we tasted was simply amazing. If you are looking to go here after a cubs game or ever before this is the perfect bar food to welcome you or host you after a game.
Now my favorite part which is the amazing colorful drinks! The perfect thing about some of these drinks is that they are perfect for sharing with friends, a significant other, or if you're feeling daring, drink it yourself! I shared the Cubby blue, with my best friend and it was the perfect mix of alcohol and sweetness that I truly loved. The great thing is there are so many different shareable drinks that you can choose from and they're all fairly reasonable. If you want something that can share with about 6 people (which were the amount in my group) I suggest you get the wildcard, which is a beautiful concoction of blood orange vodka, sprite, and cotton candy! Sounds heavenly right?
Overall, it was such a great time visiting Deuces they truly never disappoint. To all my out of town followers if you are visiting Chicago in the next couple of months you have to check them out. For all my locals you know the amazing food, music, and drinks that Deuces has to offer but you need to experience it decked out in cubby fashion. Once again thank you guys so much for taking the time to read this post. I love sharing my fun, new, and exciting discoveries with you all! Have a great week! Until next time.
Pride with the Mix
Hey guys happy Monday! I had so much fun being in my first ever parade! It's always been a dream of mine to be in an actual float, so I was thrilled to be in the 2019 Pride Parade float with one of my fav stations, 101.9 The Mix. One of the beautiful things about doing blogging is I get to reach for the stars sometimes. There are things that I hope to check off my bucket list and luckily I can do so for this. It's always such a surreal feeling when blogging allows me to check some cool things off my box of 'goals and lifetime dreams.' I was so thankful to be a part of this amazing event and see all the beautiful people that came out to celebrate. Although it rained, it didn't stop our parade! I wanted to show you guys some of the highlights from the day.
I want to give a huge shout out to my amazing husband who stood by me through literally the rain and storm to take these highlights and pictures, he is the real MVP. Also, it was so nice meeting a fellow Chicago blogger, Carlita, who was so amazing to work with. Once again, thanks so much The Mix for allowing me to be apart of your awesome float! I hope you all have a great day and an awesome week!
Until next time,
A letter to 17 year old me
This blog post is dedicated to the 17-year-old girl with messy hair, wild dreams, and a hopelessly romantic heart. Look at me now, 27 and so much wiser and older. I want to tell you that life is not always like the fairytales that you read about. There are not always gallant knights on white steads raiding a castle to find their princess. Instead, there are boys with bright eyes, quick tongues, and beautiful smiles that you may get lost in. Instead of a horse, you'll find someone with a beat up old white convertible car that will eventually turn into a Camry. Meaning, life may not be what you always pictured or dreamed about. Remember being 10 and wanting to be a ballerina? That went on for years until you realized that being in front of a camera is way more fun. You spent countless hours dressing up and learning lines until the wee hours of the morning. Acting soon became your passion and you promised yourself that you'd see your name in lights. It may be a shock to you but I am sadly not on billboards and my name is not gleaming in flashing lights.
However, I can say whole-heartedly that you are loved. Loved by family, by wonderful friends, and by someone who sees you for who you truly are.
17 year old me, life may not be what we pictured it would be, but I wouldn't trade it for the world. At 27, I am so in touch with who I believe I am meant to be. They say knowledge comes with age and I have grown so much deeper in my faith in love, God, and in myself.
17 year old me, you will do great things and just because you're not a president or a movie star, doesn't mean you're any less special.
You can change people's lives by letting others know they're special, by creating through a platform you never fathomed possible, or by simply letting someone know they're not alone.
17 year old me, I want to tell you that the acne scars will fade, your hair will eventually behave (a bit better), and you will find that fairytale romance...just in a different type of way. You will grow into your skin and learn that YOU are in fact very special. You can do anything you put your mind to so hold onto that dream and keep striving to never give up.
Today, as I look back on my 27 years on this earth I am so blessed to be where I am now. Cheers to another year older, to you all that make my life special, and to be closer to the person God wants me to become.
Until next time,
birthday hugs and kisses!
Vital Proteins Collagen Water Launch Party
I had so much fun attending the Vital Proteins Collagen Water launch party on Wednesday. Sure, the weather was a total bummer (get it together Chicago) but a bit of rain didn't damper our fun event. The team who put this event together went above and beyond. With spirits low, due to rain, they uplifted everyone in that tent with their pumped up music, colorful decor, and great drinks and hors-d'oeuvres.
I have worked with Vital Proteins before in the past and I loved their collagen peptides. Not only does the flavor taste amazing but it's nice to have something healthy to injust to make your hair strong and healthy. We all know as a blogger I am constantly doing crazy things to my hair. Luckily, I have a great stylist (read about her here) and now these products to get my hair back on the right track.
When I heard about their new collagen water I was so pumped. This stuff tastes amazing! In fact, a lot of their drinks were mixed with their collagen water and lemme tell you it was stellar! Not only is this water infused with 10g of collagen but it is also made with real fruit juice that adds that extra bit of sparkle. They are versatile coming in a bunch of different flavors and I had the luxury to try a couple. Although most of them were pretty amazing, I have to say that my favorite was the OG and the blackberry hibiscus.
As my friend Julie and I fluttered about we got to explore the venue. We, of course, made a beeline to the dessert table which was so colorful and nicely decorated. I am obsessed with macaroons it is my favorite cookie. So Julie and I took our time admiring and trying a bunch of their delicious treats.
I was super excited because whenever you go to these events you always meet such amazing people. That is part of the reason why I get so excited to attend these type of things. I was so excited to meet a friend I had been speaking with on IG. It makes it that much more real when you get to meet these people in real life. It shows that IG is so much more than just a cell phone screen, it's a lifestyle, and the best part is meeting these wonderful people who uplift and encourage you every day!
They also had an amazing fashion show event which was cool. The models did such a great job strutting their stuff down the runway in their colorful attire.
Overall, it was such an amazing time and I was so happy to be invited to this event! I hope to bring you guys more fun events that Chicago has to offer! Hopefully, the weather will get itself together sooner...rather than later. Happy Friday Love bugs! I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!
Until next time,
That is the one question I asked myself after college, "what is next?" It that uncertainty that is simply terrifying to think about and grasp. Graduating from college can be one of the best moments in your life. I remember watching movies like "Legally Blonde" and admiring Elle Woods for chasing her dream and pursuing her educational career. It's a huge milestone, something that your parents drill into your mind since kindergarten, least mine did.
I remember the pressure of excelling in high-school because it was constantly mentioned, without good grades you won't get into your proper college. As if the world would end if you didn't get into the college of your choice, quite dramatic, but that is how it felt at the time.
When I got accepted at Concordia University Chicago I was so thrilled. It was amazing to be able to check that life goal off my list. I loved being there for the 4 years that I spent there. I learned so much about myself, what I wanted to do, and I met friends that will last a lifetime.
Then I graduated...and it was like okay what now?
What happens when that one thing you prepared for has been completed? That's the grey area that so many people go through because life completely changes once you graduate from college.
I was pretty independent once I graduated. In fact, my parents were like you are on your own, time to spread your wings and fly. Which frankly, can be a scary thing, especially when you haven't mentally prepared for that yet. Luckily, my best friend and I rented an apartment together in the city right after college. I recommend navigating that hard 'after college' faze with someone close to you. It makes things so much easier. We rented a cute little garden unit, ate from cereal boxes, and watched Netflix until our hearts were content.
Some advice I have for you. Remember, your fridge will probably never be stocked the first year that you graduate. I think we only had condiments, wine (barefoot), and lettuce in our fridge for months, and that is okay!
You may not live in your dream home but you can live in your dream location. My best friend and I knew we wanted to live on our own after college. Some people decide to move back home and that too is okay. However, we wanted to take a different route. We knew we wanted to live in the city, without a city budget (we didn't fully have secure jobs) but we took a leap of faith. Garden units are not always the best, but it was a roof over our head and that is all we needed. Sure, we experienced a couple of floods here and there but we always laughed throughout situations. Hence, why I say live with someone you can laugh about life with.
You also may not come out of college with a sure job. Internships are amazing (I worked a couple in college) but sadly none of them lead to any potential jobs. I remember walking down the streets of Belmont with a stack of resumes in my hand and I went door to door handing out my resume. Luckily, I met the most amazing mentor, by walking into her establishment and she offered me a receptionist job a couple of weeks afterward. Now was that job my first choice? Absolutely not. In my mind, I thought I'd graduate and be this huge television anchor. Am I that right now? Also no, but that is life. You have to remember that things may not pan out the way you want them to but that's okay. There's such a misconception that you have to complete an absurd amount of checks off your list to be successful and that is simply not the case. Remember that success can mean so many different things. The ultimate goal is happiness, in what you're doing, where you're at, and the people you surround yourself by.
If you are trying to find jobs places like LinkedIn, Indeed, and Zip Recruiter, will be your best friend. Try to take the time to update you LinkedIn and make sure to make it fun as well. All you experiences is great to have but you never know if someone will hire you strictly due to the charity you're passionate about.
I can honestly say that the moments after couple were some of the best times in my life. They were probably some of the messiest, but they will always have a special place in my heart. A friendly warning, if you do stay out drinking the entire night before work, make sure to drink lots of pedialyte before bed, it cured tons of hangovers for me. These years are the uncertainty faze of your life but that is what makes it so fun. You have the opportunity to explore who you are and what you want to do in life. Now, that 'a ha' moment may not come over night, but as you continue to grow through jobs (and there will be many), friends (they will come and go but the best will remain) and relationships you will start to see the person, your true self, develop. Some of the best advice my father gave me when I graduated was "you will soon discover the real Rachel and who she is through these next couple years." I can fully say that I have learned so much about myself as I grew through the after college faze.
As you navigate through this crazy time in your life remember to breathe, love yourself, and know that life is only beginning to unfold for you. I hope these tips will help you throughout your growing process! Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote on this post! Also thanks to all of you who came and read, you're the real MVP. To all my grads reading these, I raise my glass to you! You should be proud of yourself for completing your years of school. That in itself is something to be proud of.
Love you all love bugs,
until next time
Learn a bit about me!
Hello, and thanks so much for once again meeting me here at my blog. I noticed that I have befriended some more of you and if you just started along this journey with me, you may not know very much about me. Therefore, I wanted to do something different and create a post dedicated to getting to know me. I like create stories since I am a visual learner so bare with me.
Imagine walking into a bar sitting and ordering your favorite drink. In the background you can hear friends talking, people clacking on their laptops, a rattle of alternative music. The bar tender brings you your drink and you cradle it inside your hands. You spark up a conversation with the person next to you. That person is me! I have a pale ale that I am drinking, probably a pretzel with cheese and we realize we have a lot more in common than meets the eye. I planned this shoot to go with this post because I wanted this to be natural, easy, as simple as meeting a friend in a bar and learning about them the 'old' fashioned way. Thank you all who asked me questions! I loved reading all of them. The ones I picked seemed to come up a lot so here are the questions you asked and my answers.
1. Where do you get your fashion inspo from? Every color looks great on you! Love your style!
This was such a great question! I get asked this often and it's hard to pick one certain thing. The designer that I truly love and try to emulate color wise is Kate Spade. She is one of the reasons I started this blog because of the daily challenge she did a couple of years ago on social media. I am big on telling stories through my posts and creating a scene that others can relate to. I live by the motto 'live colorfully' and I try to incorporate that into my fashion as well.
2. What is one thing you think beginner bloggers should avoid?
Such a great question and something I still am navigating and learning. I think the biggest thing is never downplay your worth. No matter how many followers you have you still put so much work, sweat, and tears into your posts online. That is something to be proud of! If people reach out to collab with you make sure you have a media kit because a lot of companies will want to see your stats and your information about your blog. This is all the stuff I had to learn as I grew my brand. Remember, this is your name, your brand, and for some, your livelihood, make sure to represent yourself well.
3. How much should I publish a blog post?
So this is strictly something that I do. What I want everyone to realize is my structure may be completely different than yours. I personally try to publish at least a blog post once a week. If I wasn't working a full-time job I would love to publish 2 times a week and link it back to my Instagram. Now, this is my personal opinion you have to look at your own demographics and see what is best for you.
4. Can I make money from blogging and influencing?
Yes, you definitely can! You look at people like Olivia Rink and Rachel Martino, to Color me Courtney and they are all making a living from what they love to do. These are some of the bloggers I inspire to be. Now, I want to stress that although this is a method of making money it shouldn't be your sole focus. If you only focus on making money I personally feel like you lose your creativity and it becomes something other than your creative outlet. Do what you love and money will come soon after.
5. Did we go to High-school together?
So this is a funny one because as I think back on this time in my life I have to laugh. I went to MCHS, Marian Catholic high school, and I had to wear these awful dreadful uniforms all the time. This is actually why I was so prone on learning about fashion in college because I couldn't experiment with it in high-school. I feel like I was a late bloomer to the fashion world. I should do a blog post strictly on my time in high school because that's a whole different melodrama in itself.
6. You look like so much fun I cannot wait to hopefully come to Chicago and meet you!
Ahhh so sweet, thank you! I hope that if any of you see me out and about you will come up to say hi. I think one of the most humbling experiences is when my husband and I met someone that follows my blog and came up to say hello. I am a normal person who happens to blog. I love meeting new people and I have been so lucky to get to know all of you.
So that is all for now. I want to thank everyone who sent in questions even if they were not answered. I think I should do one of these once a year or month... not entirely sure yet. I appreciate you all for taking the time to read this post. You are the bee's knees! Keep shining love bugs! Until next time.
The light house
"I have a deeply hidden and inarticulate desire for something beyond the daily life."
- Virginia Woolf
Yesterday I had that insatiable feeling. The one you get, small and quaint, that builds up and seems to grow from the pit of your stomach, gnawing at your mind. That feeling of inability or not being good enough. It's the silent killers that can be the most deafening.
It started out as a normal day. I had a bit of anxiety from the long weekend knowing that I would come back to a pile of work I had to finish. The thought of that seemed to put me in a funk on Monday night. It got me thinking how one small infinitesimal thoughts can catapult our mind into the unknown. The unknown of how am I going to complete this, or will I accomplish the goals I have set for myself. It becomes this negative domino effect that slowly plants this seed of self-doubt.
It only got worse when I had an incident happen at work that made me second guess myself. How many of you have had that happen? You can be on top of the world one moment then one occurrence can knock you down a notch.
It's moments like these when you're feeling low and down, that inspired me to write this blog post. If you don't know this about me you will learn that I try to stay on the bright side of life. I try to uplift and build people up. If my post can help just one person feel like they're not alone, or they can relate to it, then I feel as if I have done my duty as an influencer and blogger.
A lot of times people see these "perfect" lives that other's portray. In reality, no one is perfect. Everyone has their own hidden demons and struggles. We all go through those cloudy days. Or the days where we seem like we're trying to tread water and the waves keep pushing us down.
Yet, through those struggles, that treading, which may seem indefinite, we find shelter in a lighthouse, in the small things that give us comfort. Mine happens to be blogging. When I blog I feel like I have this sense of purpose, of helping and speaking how God created me to. It reminded me of the phenomenal post that one of my favorite bloggers, Olivia Rink, wrote about a bit ago. If you haven't read it I suggest you do!
It got me thinking about moments like these where you feel that discomfort of growing and maturing in life. Whether it be in a relationship, at work, or self-growth. I tend to shy away from growth, or things that make me 'uncomfortable.' Yet, I have to constantly remind myself that discomfort, that treading faze, is what can lead you to that oasis. It is in that discomfort that you start to learn about yourself and what you truly want.
Years ago I wouldn't have been able to grow from my discomfort but wallow in my own self pity. It took a lot for me to get here and by all means, I'm still not perfect. However, through writing this blog, sharing my thoughts, and meditating while praying, I realized it can get better.
In moments of self doubt and discomfort I stop and think yes I can. When anyone, family, friends, bosses, doubt you remember that you are enough and you can beat those waves pushing you down.
After drifting through those waves, remember there is a lighthouse on the horizon. I know I talked about complementing yourself daily on another post. I challenge you now to focus on one thing that drives you, the thing that gets you up every morning. Did you get that thought in your head? Good, now every time you feel lost, scarred, insignificant, remember that goal. Remember you are important enough to achieve that goal, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Remember, God created you in his image so you are perfect in every way.
When I found this mural underneath a dark and desolate train stop it got me thinking about life. How even in the darkest times, in the most desolate of places, there can always be some light shining down, reaching out to give you hope. I know it sounds cheesy and cliche, but I truly believe that no matter what situation you are in...you can find that light.
I know I got deep on you guys but I hope that it touched someone today. If I got through to someone and made them feel special then that is worth all the blogging in the world.
On a much lighter note this amazing PINK romper is by James Ascher, and it's simply my fav! Can we talk about this adorable bow in the back as well! The perfect staple for summer nights and of course date nights too.
Thanks again for following along love bugs. I adore you all!
Until next time,