Life Lately

2017 no. Three

Well, we’re officially one month into 2017. It’s been a very full year so far but I’m not complaining. I’ve gotten to do some fun and different things for work which is always a nice change from sitting at my desk all day.

February 1 was the 7 year anniversary of the first time I moved to Chicago.

Conor and I have been watching The OA. I’m not sure how into it I am but now I just need to know what happens. I could really use a new show to get me through winter. Any recommendations?

This happened. And it made me feel a little better about the world we live in.

Last weekend was spent at ORD Camp, a 2 day gathering at Google that I’m not sure I can accurately describe. I stayed until just after 2:00 AM both mornings and lead a chat where I talked a little bit about my experience and asked others how they run a company, manage employees, and have a life. The consensus was that almost everyone had hacks and that we’re all just trying to figure it out.

I slept in on Sunday, got out of bed to meet Conor and his mom for lunch, and went back to sleep until early evening.

Most days are spent at a computer, so when I “had” to see Nocturnal Animals at 4:30 Monday afternoon to write a review for this article, I grabbed some JicaChips and went to the movies! Because as everyone wrapped up Whole30, I decided to give it another go.

There was lots of photo shoot prep this week. I drove up to Nimble Well to choose plates, glasses, and flatware for for Wednesday’s shoot, and then grabbed flowers for a DIY. And I planned a co-working day with Conor and Kelly (our new assistant editor) at John and Maura’s house since Maura kindly offered to help with a floral wall hanging.
John and Maura are coming over for a Whole30 dinner tonight.

Jena and I had dinner with the founder of PAWS and are planning something really exciting in a few weeks. Stay tuned!

The highlight of the week was a big shoot for The Everygirl at Eden / Paramount Events. It’s always fun when I get to style and shoot, and it’s rare I get to work on something that involved a waffle tower. Not getting to taste anything was sad, but I powered through. I just need to finish a story on how to start an online shop, shoot something for another story, and then move on to photo editing. A big thank you to my friend Amelia for helping coordinate this shoot, and to Renee at Kehoe for the gorgeous flowers.

Excited for plans with friends tonight, a workout and brunch date tomorrow, and dinner plans tomorrow evening, and hopefully some down time with The Goldfinch.

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      1. It really forced me to tackle my emotional eating! I would say make sure to eat often and drink a ton of water to keep your blood sugar stable and body hydrated. Also if you go out don’t be afraid to be “that person” while ordering, it’s not that bad! As far as snacks I loved fruit, dried fruit (TJ’s has a lot of “just fruit” options), nuts, Chomps sticks (from TJ’s), RXBars, Banana Ice Cream (even though it breaks the “rules) and Kombucha as my way to wind down at the end of the night! I’m sharing my experience on my blog tomorrow!

      2. I am ALWAYS that person so it’s fine. Haha. RX bars are one of my favorites as is banana ice cream! I don’t care if it breaks the rules. It’s good and doesn’t have anything you’re not supposed to eat.

  • You are a busy lady! I’ve been tempted to dive into the Whole 30 to give myself a good “restart” for the year. I’d be interested to hear how it goes!!

    xo Mackenzie |

    1. I’m liking it so far! I also think just avoiding bread, sweeteners, and all treats for a month would be pretty reasonable. A little red wine won’t kill you 🙂

  • Oh my goodness! The photoshoot and flower mobile/wall hanging are some of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. All the soft pinks are my absolute favourite.

  • The flower mobile looks like it will be very cool when finished. Me and my husband always have a winter show too!