family time.

Christmas 1992.

Originally I had big plans to make the most of the holiday downtime and crank out blog posts – this break from work and the obligations and stresses of our move to SF was intended to be a time of ultimate productivity but after spending a few days at home with my family, I’ve changed my mind about things. We only have two weeks left before we move across the country and all the way to the west coast (I’m originally from New Jersey so although Chicago is already pretty far from home, California is a heck of a lot further) and I really just want to make the most of the next week.

So instead of having this week be about stocking stuffer and wrapping ideas, or snapping some holiday party appropriate outfit photos, I’m going to take a little break to spend less time with my laptop and more time soaking up the last time I’ll live less than 2,800 miles away. And you know what? You should probably do the same if you’re able to see your family. Whether you have a blog or not, go ahead and take a break from the Internet. Sleep in a bit. Hang out with friends from high school. Play board games with your family. Help mom and dad out around the house. Just relax and I promise the blog world will be right here waiting for you when you get back.

See ya next week – I hope your Christmas is wonderful and all is merry & bright.

the best donuts in chicago.

Let me start this by saying one thing… Donuts are something I take very seriously. At some point during my three years in Chicago I became totally hooked and made it my duty as a donut expert to sample as many of the sweet breakfast treats as possible throughout the city. I’m that bad influence co-worker that regularly rallies my team to head out for a mid-day donut run and I’ll be the first to tell you that Dunkin’ Donuts just don’t cut it.

The Best Donuts in Chicago // Do-Rite Donuts.

With that being said, I’m also feeling a bit sentimental and sappy as our time in Chicago comes to an end and life is about to get crazy with all of the changes that go along with making a brand new city feel like home. Among my long list of things I’ll miss about the Windy City is our our weekend morning walks to Do-Rite Donuts in Streeterville.

And while I’ve sampled plenty of donuts, Do-Rite reigns king. Their variety is impressive, with a bunch of cake and yeast donut options, plus they always have GF and vegan flavors, because hey, everyone deserves a donut. The Streeterville location is Do-Rite’s 2nd storefront in the city and it’s definitely more spacious than their location in the Loop. But best of all? They have fried chicken AND breakfast sandwiches. And the breakfast sandwich (Bacon, Egg, Cheese + Avocado) are also among my favorite breakfast options in the world.

So please, eat all of the donuts for me. Because I’m in denial that I’ll no longer be walking Callie to stuff my face with Do-Rite Donuts every single weekend. And that makes me sad.

currently // amanda of smugh.

“Currently” is a monthly series featuring what’s on the mind of some of my very favorite ladies of the blog world. This month, we’re featuring New Yorker and fellow agency strategist, Amanda of smugh – a little glimpse into the current happenings of her world at the moment:

Currently // Amanda of smugh.

Naked Eyeshadow // VS Flannel Pajamas // Emarosa Album
// “The Narcissism Epidemic” // Zara Blanket Scarf // Wedge Booties

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