Eli’s Ark Review

I recently went to the cutest new gelato place in Chicago called Eli’s Ark. In addition to their adorable gelato creations, they also serve up a number of delectable French pastries made daily.

Customers are given the option of turning their classic or unique gelato flavors into one of six different animals for just 50 cents more than a regular cone! But wait, there’s more! Customers also have the option of “piggybacking” as they call it (multiple animal scoops on top of each other), where you can choose up to 4 different animals and flavors!

Not only is their gelato cute and delicious, but as soon as you walk in, you are greeted by two different photo areas perfect for your next Instagram post.

On the left, there’s a big “Life is sweet” sign hanging over some fake grass and fall colored leaves. Maybe they’ll switch it up with every season?

On the right, there’s a wall covered in wooden slats with some modern wicker chairs in front.

It was genius of them to create insta-worthy spots to tie it all in together because who wouldn’t want to post these cute little guys?!

Overall, this place exceeded my expectations and I can’t wait to go back! Head over to my Instagram to leave a comment of how your gelato experience was!

Not everyone is fortunate enough to make a living doing what they love, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be something worth striving for. In fact, I believe that doing what you love or what makes you happy should be at the basis of everything you do in life. No matter how scary this sounds, you can always worry about the money part later!

I’ve been so lucky to be surrounded by loving, supportive people that encourage me to reach for the stars to pursue my dreams. Music isn’t always the most stable or foreseeing choice as a career to get into, but it is so fulfilling and amazing.

I’ve always been involved with music for as long as I can remember. When I was just a little girl, I would practice playing my Grandma’s organ for hours on end, teaching myself from the “Christmas Classics” sheet music we had stashed inside the bench.

Then, in 3rd grade we were allowed to pick an instrument to play in either the band or orchestra through the school. They had a room in the basement all set up with different sorts of instruments (all of them I assume).

As soon as I walked into that room, I knew I was supposed to do something with music in my life. I was so excited for this moment where I could test them out and I can distinctly remember being so torn between the flute and violin, so I definitely wanted to try those ones first.

Unfortunately, the teachers running it were kind of in a hurry (Or maybe bored) and I chose to test the violin first. Well, since I was able to hold it correctly and produce a sound (probably horrid at the time), I was just stuck with that. They didn’t even let me try any others. So I left, just accepting that I would play the violin.

I played violin in an orchestra all through elementary, middle and some of high school. I even traveled abroad to a bunch of different cities in Europe through Blue Lake International.

For those of you who don’t know, Blue Lake is this super amazing camp in Michigan for all things music and arts. It’s literally better than the Disney movie Camp Rock (and I secretly love that movie)… but more on Blue Lake in a separate post.

So basically after the violin, I received an acoustic guitar for Christmas while in middle school, and that became my new obsession. I would look up chords for songs and print them all out; I had probably hundreds in a binder. A few talent show performances later, and then I was in high school.

I absolutely loved high school. I met my life long friends during that time, and I have some of the best memories. I joined a band called The Guardians during the second half of freshman year, and the rest is history. Of course, we’re not called The Guardians anymore though! Yes, you read that right. One of the first stages of Fairview was called The Guardians!

Now that we’ve briefly covered my entire musical life, let’s get back to the point. I know deep down that music is apart of me and that it’s something I absolutely love. So why not try to turn that into my career so that I can continue to enjoy doing it?

Take your own passions and ask yourself the same question. Life’s too short to not do the things you love.

Woohoo! For my birthday this year I wanted to do something really special, so I decided to host a giveaway of some things I love!

One lucky winner will receive Starbucks on me (in the form of a gift card), plus a surprise care package full of some super cute goodies.

All you have to do to enter is follow these simple steps:

  1. Follow me on Instagram here
  2. Tag a friend in the comments here
  3. Subscribe to this blog
  4. Enter before Sunday, November 11th

Bonus entry: Share the post here to your Insta story!

Super easy, and super fun! I can’t wait for whoever wins this to see what their surprise is!

Thanks for playing!

“Never underestimate the power of a comfortable, cute sweater!”

 

 

 

    Cable Knit:

Comfy, Cozy & Stylish

 

 

Never underestimate the power of a comfortable, cute sweater!

I got this cable knit sweater from a little boutique in Kentucky called The Pink Tractor (TPT) and it has quickly become a fashion staple of my closet. I mean, I practically live in it.

TPT has been one of my favorite stores for years, but since I have to travel 6+ hours to get there, I only make it down there once or twice a year (sad face!) and unfortunately, they don’t have an online store yet. But every single time I go, I end up splurging on some really cute things, for even better prices!

This particular sweater only cost me $40 and I’ve worn it (at least) once a week for the past month!

The ivory color matches well with any color pants, although my personal favorites to wear with it are my go-to distressed, black skinny jeans from Nordstrom. This pairing makes for the most perfect comfy outfit to get stuff done in during the day. But just throw on a pair of sparkly heels and it’s “night-out ready” in an instant!

If you couldn’t already tell, I’m all about those outfits that can transition well from daytime to nighttime and comfort plays a HUGE part in what I like to wear. Especially now that it’s getting a little colder outside!

 

 

 

Once the weather drops below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, you can always find me in an oversized sweater or something soft and cozy!

Having a go-to sweater that is both comfortable and cute, can also be a huge time saver when you you don’t feel like picking out a full outfit, (which is often the case for me, since I’m usually a slacker… shh!). Or, if you just want to be comfortable, find that staple sweater, girl! That’s why I love the Cable Knit look. It’s an adorable, easy addition to any fall or winter outfit, that pairs with almost anything!

Here are some of my current favorite cable knit sweaters that are all less than $50! (Click the image to be taken to the store)

 

“Put yourself out there, and just do it!”

Fall Fashion: Why You Should Try New Things

I have recently been awakened to the stylish coziness that is this polyester jumper. The stretchy and slimming material makes this the perfect versatile outfit to get stuff done around the house, run some errands or even for a night out!

At first, I was hesitant to try something like this for myself because I’ve never found items like this personally flattering when looking at them on a hanger or website. I guess I never really gave them the slightest chance or thought. My mistake!

It wasn’t until an online boutique contacted me about promoting some of their styles that I fell in love. They sent me this jumper which can be found here! (Click the link to see me modeling the style for their website!)

This is the first time I’ve done something like this, but I’d love to get more into it! Fashion is an aspect of my life that I really enjoy and like to get creative with. There’s just something about trying a new style (and it actually working out), that gives me a rush of excitement and a need to show it off.

If the wonderful people at CityGirlChicBoutique hadn’t sent me this, I probably wouldn’t have ever tried something like it on, let alone bought anything like it. But I am SO glad they did!

This jumper has become my go-to outfit and might just make an appearance at this year’s Thanksgiving dinner. Easily paired with a cute booty and leather/sued jacket, the outfit is complete!

So, I hope this can be a small lesson for all, proving that it’s a good idea to try something new. Put yourself out there, and just do it! Because if you don’t, you might never find your own version of the perfect fall jumper.

Here’s a link to a similar jacket (same brand and seller, but I bought mine a couple years ago, so the styles have changed): https://www.wilsonsleather.com/product/black-rivet-asymmetrical-buffed-antique-lamb-cycle-jacket.do?sortby=ourPicksAscend&from=fn

Here’s a link to some similar boots: https://m.shop.nordstrom.com/s/blondo-norma-waterproof-bootie-women/4967466?origin=category-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FWomen%2FShoes%2FBooties&color=black%20nubuck