Happy Tuesday, friends! I’m sure it’s no big secret to you that yesterday marked the start of the new solstice. Weren’t we all counting down the days after the long, cold winter? Spring hasn’t exactly sprung here in Chicago just yet, but when the weather finally decides to get with the program, I’ll be raring to go with my spring bucket list!
Here’s a look at what I’ll be up to until #SummertimeChi graces us with its presence (at which point you can find me by a body of water for the foreseeable future).
Spend an afternoon at the driving range – I don’t know if I’ve ever told you all I played on the golf team back in high school. Admittedly, my favorite part of being on the team happened to be the Monday night group dinners post-practice (food…it’s always top-of-mind) and the van rides to away tournaments which always ended in the type of laughing fits that leave your cheeks aching. I’m not the best golfer, but I’m not the worst either. It’s fun to get out in the sunshine and revel in the nostalgia the smell of fresh cut grass brings about!
Go on a rosé crawl – ‘Tis the season! You might remember I found myself on a little rosé crawl of sorts when I visited the city shortly before moving last summer. I don’t see any reason I shouldn’t go for round two! I’d like to switch up the route a bit this time. If you have any suggestions on where to stop for a glass of pink water, let me know down in the comments. 🙂
Make a trip to the Lincoln Park Farmers Market – Back in Kansas City, I loved roaming around the Farmers Market on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Fresh flowers, local goods, and beignets hot out of the fryer. I’ve heard the Lincoln Park Farmers Market (which opens in May) can get pretty busy on the weekend, but that Wednesday mornings prove to be a little quieter if you’re trying to avoid the crowds.
SHOP MARKET TOTES (INCLUDING THE ONE IN THE PHOTO ABOVE)
Have tea at The Drake – I’ve been all about tea lately and when I heard The Drake offers a special experience – mini sandwiches, festive petit fours, and a live harpist included – I was sold. The whole thing sounds pretty magical, and I love a good excuse to get fancied up.
Spend an afternoon antiquing/treasure hunting – There are an endless number of shops on my radar and now that I’ve finally got my new couch in my space, I’m ready to explore what they have to offer! I’ve seen great things from Southloop Loft, Jayson Home, and MegMade, and plan to make them my first stops.
Give my makeup routine a refresh – I’m coming down to the last few drops of several of my tried and true beauty products – think things like mascara, foundation, etc., and I’ve got a running list of new-to-me products I’d like to try once I use up what I’ve got!
Pack a picnic (and a good book) to enjoy on the lawn – There’s a short window of opportunity for picnics in the park, in my opinion. I’m not one to post up when it’s blazing hot! But a nice 70-degree day? I’m all for it. How cute is this little compact cooler? My picnic basket from last year is sold out now, but I rounded up some adorable options below!
SHOP PICNIC ESSENTIALS:
Run in a race – After burning myself out on half marathons I put running on the back burner and focused on other ways to get my sweat on. I’ve been loving the treadmill intervals at my torch classes lately and I figured it’s a good time to dip my toes back in the water. I’m excited to be running the Shamrock Shuffle with the Off the Street Club in a few weeks! It’s an 8k (5 miles), so nothing that requires a whole lot of extra training above what I’m already doing. I’m also going to run a 5k with my girlfriend Erin back in Kansas City at the end of April!
Go for a long run along the lakefront – No set time or distance, just a day where I let my legs go long and my mind wander.
What are you looking forward to this spring? I’d love to know!
Second photo by Shanley Cox