Cooking Class

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My Gravy Girls and I thought it would be so fun to do a cooking class while we were all together.  Monique found the cutest place that was perfect for us crazy ladies!  We had a blast cooking at The Social Table in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago.  The food we made was delish!!  The shrimp salad was definitely my favorite, I couldn’t stop eating it!  I can’t wait to recreate it for my family.

If you’re ever interested in trying a cooking class I highly recommend it, especially if you go with a group of fun friends!

xo,

Mishelle

We’re gonna need a bigger goat! 

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My girlfriends from Alabama planned a weekend up in Chicago and I was so excited to see them!  We call ourselves the Gravy Girls.  We all became friends a few years ago, Amy, Moniqe, and I lived in the same neighborhood in Alabama.  Monique was new to the neighborhood and wanted to get together with some ladies, she met Amy and wanted to host a dinner and asked Amy to invite some friends over.  Long story short we all got together (along with Meredith who couldn’t make it to Chicago) and while we were eating we talked about what gravy is to us.  Monique made the most amazing dinner (her cooking is top notch) with her Nana’s gravy.  Coming from the West I think of gravy as potatoes and gravy with pot roast or turkey.  Amy thought of brown gravy over potatoes too, Meredith thinks of white gravy because that’s what she grew up with in the South.  Monique is from New Jersey and upstate New York and her gravy is what I call pasta sauce.  She has a recipe from her Nana and it is so good, I’ve craved it since moving away.  So that’s how we became the Gravy Girls and breaking bread together is kind of our thing so while they were here we had to try out some top rated restaurants in Chicago.  Chicago is known for it fabulous food and we weren’t disappointed once the entire weekend.

We went with a bit of a goat theme, we ate dinner at Little Goat Diner the first night the girls were in town.  It was amazing!!  If you’re there for breakfast/brunch I recommend their Bulls Eye French Toast, I went with some friends from here and it didn’t disappoint.  For dinner we ordered the Machos Nochos, my picture doesn’t do them justice.  They’re my favorite thing on the menu!  You really can’t go wrong with anything though, it’s all pretty fabulous.

The next night we went to Girl and The Goat which is the original restaurant (Little Goat Diner is like her little sis).  The owner/chef competed and won Bravo’s Top Chef.  Both restaurants are located in the West Loop which I love, it has such a fun atmosphere.  It’s really hard to get into Girl and The Goat so we were pretty excited that we managed to get a table.  The food was so amazing, I loved everything we got.  None of us had ever tasted goat and felt it necessary to do so while we were there.  We ordered the goat empanadas and they were delish!!  It’s a family style restaurant so we all tasted each others food and I can honestly say everything was really, really good!  I’m hoping I’ll be able to go back at least once before we make our move.  Try it out if you’re in town but don’t forget to make reservations (like three months in advance)!

Hope you’re not as hungry as I am now!

xo,

-Mishelle

Lately

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We shared that we’re expecting baby #4 in November!!  We’re so excited to have another baby.  As of right now Elle’s hoping for a sister, Tommy’s hoping for a brother, and Billy says he’ll be happy no matter what.  Joel and I are with Billy, just praying for a healthy baby.

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More news… We’re making the move from Chicago to Salt Lake City this summer.  Joel accepted a job for a freeze dryer company located in North Salt Lake.  He’s been working there for the past month and traveling back and forth from work to see the family on the weekends.  Fingers crossed we sale our house!!

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My mom came to visit and help pack us up and move us out.  When she got here she let me try her bronzer and I was obsessed!  She went to Ulta and got one for me and a mini me version for Elle (since she steals all my makeup anyway).  I’ve been using it everyday, it’s a must have!!

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I have to add this because I’ve been blowing my insagram up with pics of peonies from my yard.  They’re my favorite flower!  I have about six bushes in my backyard so my house was filled with vases of them in every room.  These are the last of them and it’s making me a little sad that my peony season is ending.

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How cute is this blush!?!  Nars Orgasm (sorry about the name, I swear I’m not a pervert) is the perfect blush with just the right amount of color.  My mom and I love it so much!  The normal size blush is about $30 but this special is $39 and almost twice the size.  While I was at Nordstrom with my girlfriends I spotted it and grabbed one for my me and one for my mom.  When I got home from my girlfriend weekend I found out that my mom had ordered one for each of us from Nars.  They say great minds think alike, pretty sure my mom’s makeup preferences have rubbed off on me!

I’ll be sharing some of the fun things my girlfriends and I did in Chicago and our favorite spots we ate ate later this week so check back if you’re planning a trip to the windy city!  Hope you have a great day!

xo,

Mishelle

** All of these pics are taken with my iPhone and were originally posted to Instagram.  You can follow me @calicrest

Floral

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My jacket is older but here are some I’m loving… Banana RepublicNordstromMacy’s  —  Jeans: Gap  —  Shirt: Similar  —  Shoes: Steve Madden  —  BraceletNecklaceEarrings  —  Sunglasses: Karen Walker

I’ve had a major think for anything floral lately.  This jacket is older but I linked some really cute blazers above that I’m loving.  The blazer from Banana Republic is seriously the perfect for spring and is currently in my online shopping cart.

Hope you’re having a great week, thanks for stopping by!

xoxo,
Mishelle

Neutrals

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Outfit Details – Sweater: Banana Republic – Jeans: Gap – Heels: Steve Madden – Sunglasses: Quay Australia – Earrings: Kate Spade – Lipstick: MAC Angel – Nails: Essie Baby’s Breath

I bought this sweater a couple weeks ago and have been living in it.  I love the detail and fringe, it’s so perfect for spring!  I’ve been such a sucker for neutrals lately, they’re so fresh and easy to wear.  I’m so happy it’s spring and warming up a little around here.  Hope you had a great Easter weekend and are off to a good week!  Thanks for stopping by…

xoxo,

Mishelle

Lipstick Love

 

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MAC Politely Pink  —  MAC Pink Plaid  —  YSL #6  —  NARS Schiap  — MAC Full Fuchsia  —  MAC Lickable  —  MAC All Fired Up  —  MAC Damn Glamorous  —  MAC Ruby Woo

A couple weeks ago I posted a few of my favorite pink and red lipsticks I use regularly.  I can’t get enough lipstick, I’m obsessed!!  I wear Plaid Pink during the day all the time, NARS Schiap when I’m in the mood for a bright pink and MACs Ruby Woo is my go-to favorite red.  I love everything I showed and wear them all.  What are your favorite lipstick shades?  I’m always up to trying something new!!

xoxo,
-M

** This picture is taken from my Instagram page, you can follow along @calicrest

Going Green

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We had a fun weekend celebrating Billy’s 9th birthday mixed in with a little St. Patricks Day celebration.  We tried to convince Billy that they dyed the river green for him since it’s his favorite color but I don’t think he cared what the reason was, he thought it was pretty great.  Downtown Chicago is one of my favorite places, I don’t think you can run out of new places to explore, there’s so much to do!  I love that the weather is warming up and we can get outside and explore this new place we call home.

While we were downtown we went to The Doughnut Vault.  Billy’s obsessed with donuts and is determined to try all the donut shops in Chicago, it’s going to take a while!  We’ve heard that The Doughnut Vault has the best donuts in Chicago so we thought we’d give it a go.  The line was long, super long, like wrapped around the block long but we were determined to try it and see if it lives up to the hype.  They didn’t disappoint, they were delish!  So if you’re in Chicago and craving donuts look them up and try them out.  We also love Stan’s Donuts and I think Firecakes Donuts is my favorite but they have an ice cream donut so that’s almost cheating!  Do-Rite Donuts will be our next donut stop.

I’ve linked what we’re all wearing here…

My Outfit– Sweatshirt is older from J.Crew but I love this one —  Gap Jeans (they’re the same jeans I posted on Instagram, I’m obsessed with them!)  —  New Balance Kicks  —  Karen Walker Sunglasses  —  Kate Spade Earrings  —  Bracelets  —  Fur Pom Poms on my bag

On Elle–  Similar Sweater  —  Gap Jeans  —  Converse  —  Vera Bradley Crossbody Bag

On Billy–  Sweatshirt  —  Jeans (he loves these because of the stretch, he says he can still run and jump in them which is top priority!)  —  Nike Shoes

On Tommy–  North Face Jacket  —  Nike T-Shirt  —  Gap Jeans (the same pair he’s trying on that I posted on Instagram)  —  Vans

On Joel–  Sweatshirt  —  Banana Republic Traveler Jeans (he’s like Billy and loves the stretch, he can run and jump in these too)   —  New Balance 574  —  Dolce & Gabbana Sunglasses 

 

 

Spring Shoes with Neiman Marcus

I was invited to Neiman Marcus last week for their Spring Shoe Bash.  Jennifer Worman of Red Soles & Red Wine hosted the event and it was such a blast!  The shoes were gorgeous, the desserts were not only super cute but super tasty too, and the company was a blast! I had so much fun walking around checking out all the gorgeous shoes, trying some on, and meeting some great ladies.

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The Christian Louboutin table took my breath away, I mean look at all those beauties!  The lip heels, bright neon, the floral heels, and the blue heels were so perfect for spring.IMG_1499 (1)And look at all these Valentino’s!   I live in flats throughout the day and oh how I wish I owned a pair of these.  I loved these ballerina flats and love the color and style of these rockstud caged ballerina flats.IMG_1497 (1)

The Manolo Blahnik heels were stunning!  I wish I would have taken a closer pic of the display behind these heels, it was dreamy!  These floral heels were so pretty.  I’m also obsessing over these fringe Aquazzura Tassel Sandals and I loved these ones too.  These pink Manolo’s are definitely on my wish list! IMG_1610Can we pause for a moment of silence…. Check out these coral Louboutins!  My feet were red and killing me from running around in heels all day but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try these on, I was in love!!!  They were one of my favorites from the night, aren’t they be perfect for Spring and Summer?  Love the color, love the height, love the style, love the red sole!  They’re perfection!IMG_1471

Thank you so much Neiman Marcus and Jennifer for such a fun night.

xoxo,

-Mishelle

Lately on Instagram

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Fur Pom Poms

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This is an outfit I wore to church one Sunday and I took this pic after we got home (hence the wrinkles).  My blouse is from J.Crew but is a couple years old, similar style here, J.Crew skirt, Steve Madden Heels, Necklace

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This stuff is AMAZING and I’m obsessed with it!  I have really thin, limp hair and this gives it so much body, I’m in love!  I got this from Amazon.  BTW, the bottle is super lightweight so you’re going to think it’s empty but it’s not and make sure to use it sparingly, you only need a little bit.

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I found these cute coral heels at Target!  Can you believe it?  They’re perfect for Spring and when you see the price you pretty much have to get them.

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Here’s another Sunday look… Floral Top is from Forever 21, J.Crew Pencil Skirt, LAMB heels, similar here

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I made this inspiration board to go above my desk.  It’s not complete but I love how it’s turning out.  I found the pin board on clearance at Hobby Lobby but found a similar one here, the push pins are from Michaels, they’re Kate Spade inspired for a quarter the price, I love Brittany Fuson prints and can’t get enough (the ones I used on the board are from an old planner), fur pom poms,  J.Crew crystal necklace, similar pearl necklace.  I’ll post it when it’s all complete and hanging on my wall.

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Another Sunday outfit, everything is older but I’ve linked some similar items… Similar Blouse, Similar Pencil Skirt, Similar Bow Heels, Similar Necklace

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Tuesday was International Women’s Day so I posted this picture of my daughter Elle and I.  I’ve been so lucky to have an amazing women as my mother, I’ve always looked up to her and she inspires me to be a better mom everyday.  If Elle and I can have the same relationship my mom and I have I’ll be the happiest momma in the world.  I’m so proud of the girl that Elle is growing up to be, she’s strong, independent, so much fun, and she’s such a sweet and caring young women.  I included this quote from Winnie The Pooh, I love the message it gives. “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you’ll ever know.” I hope we can all encourage our daughters to remember to uplift, support, and encourage other girls/women because that’s what makes us stronger and better.

If you have Instagram follow along @calicret.  Hope you all have a great weekend, thanks for stopping by!!

xoxo,

-M

Clothes Rack

 

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I’ve been looking for a clothes rack but couldn’t find anything I love and was getting frustrated.  I have a little desk and office spot set up in my bedroom and that’s where I wanted my clothes rack so I didn’t want it to look cheap or out of place.  After complaining enough, Joel told me he’d just make something for me.  It was the easiest thing to put together and was completed (start to finish including painting everything) in a few hours.

We used 1 piece of 12″ x 10′ plain board cut in half and stained mahogany and metal piping that we sprayed black.  We purchased everything from our local hardware store.  Joel attached the coordinating piping and screwed it into the wood and it was complete.  Had I know it would be as fast and easy as it was I would have had him make it long ago!  I love how it turned out and have so much fun styling it.  I wish I would have taken some pictures of the process but Joel finished it too fast.  If you want any more details on how we made it just let me know.

If you’re not up to making one on your own I found a couple online that are really cute.

World Market (this is a great price!)  –  PB Teen  –  RH Teen

xoxo,
-M

**These pictures are taken from my instagram @calicrest