I am coming to you a bit later in the morning today, so I apologize if you clicked over earlier to link up your favorites. What can I say? Crazy things are happening… and it’s Friday the 13th!
I don’t know about you, but I always get a little nervous about Friday the 13th. Maybe it’s because the series of Jason movies, but it just feels like a lot of unfortunate things happen on this day. Is it really the unluckiest day of the year?
Before we go down that spiral of negative thinking, let’s move on to this week’s edition of Friday Favorites!
Below you will find a collection of things that made me smile this week, and as always, I invite you to share (and link up) some things you have been loving in the comments section, too!
Friday Favorites #115: Week of 11/13
• Francesca’s accessories and gifts
I always love going into Francesca’s. From dresses and layering pieces to loungewear and shoes, I could easily spend my entire paycheck updating my wardrobe in one trip.
I try to limit my stops into the store, however, and I have only recently been going in to purchase gifts for others. They have a cute collection of accessories that includes jewelry, scarves, hair accessories, and holders to organize all of it.
I have also received several pieces from their accessories line as gifts, and they have been some of my favorite gifts I’ve opened.
If you’re ever looking for something sweet and chic to gift a friend, I would recommend a peek into Francesca’s. (You an purchase online and in-store.) Their picture frames, trinkets, and even coffee mugs and wine glasses are simply adorable!
• HelloMolly Fashion
My friend Brittany introduced me to HelloMolly Fashion not too long ago.
It’s an online fashion boutique that features fun and creative women’s clothing full of trends. I went on to look for a long sleeve little black dress and found the perfect mixture of sassy and classy in the Walk My Way Dress.
Unfortunately, it looks like I snagged one of the last in stock!
There are plenty of more revealing options on the website, but I loved the closed and high front with the open back on this piece. If I had to compare the quality in materials and fit to a store, I would say it resembles a Guess or bebe.
I’ll definitely click back to look for more in the future!
• Chicago eats
I didn’t do much recapping of our recent trip to Chicago. Our travels to Chi-town usually go one of two ways. I either snap a photo of everything, or completely unplug. For the most part, I unplugged last weekend.
I did, however, capture two new-to-us restaurants to share that I would recommend anyone in the area of the West Loop to visit!
The first one is Giodarno’s for a traditional deep dish pizza.
As many times as we have traveled to the city, we had never ordered a true Chicago deep dish pizza, so it was a mission to do so on Saturday afternoon. Our friend Katlyn flew in for the weekend (she’s a flight attendant, so she can literally just hop on a plane anywhere at any time… how cool is that?!), and she spent the afternoon with us before we all headed out to the Chicago Bulls game later that night.
(Oh hey, I cut my hair last week. It took me a few days to get used to it, but I’m loving the length!)
Scott, Katlyn, and I ordered a large house salad to split as soon as we sat. It was good, and I couldn’t deny the flavorful breadstick, either.
To get the full experience, we picked the classic Chicago stuffed deep dish pizza with pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, and green peppers. There was a top layer of crust (which made it a stuffed pizza), and it was so, so good.
One piece was plenty, but I had two for good measure. 😉
The next restaurant we checked out was Wishbone for brunch the next day.
It’s a casual restaurant that specializes in Southern cooking that includes dishes like grits, collard greens, fried chicken and more. I was pumped to finally find a slice of home in the Midwest!
They offered a lot of vegan options, and I really enjoyed my black bean burger patties with a side of cheese grits, eggs, corn muffin (yum) and side of mango salsa.
I don’t remember what Scott ordered, but I can tell you the side of crunchy French Toast is on point. I can’t wait to return and try more…
We’ll be back, Chicago!
• The Oakland (Ferndale)
The Oakland is officially labeled an Art Novelty Company and is located in Ferndale, Michigan. The outside is very simple, and it reminds me of what the entrance of a small art gallery would look like. The inside, however, is a dark and cozy well-kept secret.
Adorned in old fashioned paintings, chandeliers, and velvet chairs, the environment screamed private and upscale, yet casual and inviting. (If that makes sense.)
Our friends Alex and Alex introduced us to the speakeasy type of bar earlier this year, and we have made a handful of trips back since. Any time someone is in our area from out-of-town, we suggest a night at The Oakland, and we just went back last Tuesday!
Scott and I took his friend Jarron (a friendship that dates back all the way to his middle school days in Arkansas!) in for a drink this week, and he loved it. Once again, everything we tried was amazing. My favorite is still the cucumber and mint infused cocktail called the Juliet & Romeo. Delicious!
• hot baths
I have been all about taking baths lately.
I’ll take a shower if I work out earlier in the day, but if I’m getting home after a long day of work or running around, a bath (preferably in the dark with lit candles) is where it’s at.
I usually go through different phases of skipping baths (and turning to showers) for months at a time to taking one every night. Right now, I’m totally in the bath phase.
Do you enjoy taking baths?
• favorite LIL posts
• Friday funnies
Today we’re finishing this post with a little Friday the 13th humor!
Gotta love it!
Have a great weekend!
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