Getting Red Hot

c/meo collective fading hearts top (similar) ||
 c/o shein leather skirt (similar, similar, similar (LOVE)) || pointy heels

Starting off the New Year right with one of my favorite looks thus far. From this red hot top to an asymmetrical leather skirt paired with some red lace up pointies; you are bound to get a classy, yet fierce look. :-*

What do you guys think?


Photography by Saad Hameed

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Tortoise Club Review

As you may have known, I spent my holidays back at home in Chicago. As always, Chicago treats me too well, and though I enjoy my new life here in the great city of Los Angeles, it's always nice to come back to spend time with my friends and family!

During my stay in Chicago, I had the opportunity to try the Tortoise Club's seasonal menu, located on 350 North State Street. (So rewind back to when I first moved to the city 5 years ago, I always thought this restaurant was for "club members" only, so thinking you can only eat here if you are a club member, lol) I was happy I finally had a chance to cross this place off my list of restaurants! It's been on my list forever! :-)

Anywhoo, the restaurant had very dim lighting, the perfect setting for a date night with that special someone! As I walked in, I was greeted right away by the friendly host and manager. The manager lead me right to my seat, and as I waited for my guest to arrive, I started off with a glass of pinot noir while admiring the beautiful ambiance. Eventually, the waiter came over and informed me with the various seasonal items on the menu. For the first time I actually did not look up the menu prior, and did not know what I wanted to try, so when my guest finally arrived, we went with the waiter's recommendations.

First was the Lobster Bisque;

It was their soup of the season and as Jen and I regretted splitting the soup and not getting our own; it was very flavorful and totally hit the spot! It was the perfect item to start off with on a cold, windy Chicago night.

Jen and I then ordered a few appetizers, 'the warm bread' and the 'shrimp cocktail'.

You can obviously never go wrong with shrimp! But Jen and I really enjoyed the bread; it was warm and also was well seasoned. Bread is always a hit or miss at restaurants, but Tortoise Club's is definitely a must!

Then there was the entrees: Chilean Sea Bass, Pheasant Pie, with sides of brussel sprouts and mushrooms.

This dish was my favorite entree and Jen really liked the rice part. 

The Pheasant Pie is there signature dishes; it was definitely not something I would have chosen on my own, but I am glad that our waiter did!

And last but not least was the dessert; Turtle Chocolate Cake

By then, we were already full but we never can say no to dessert, and this one was definitely memorable. If you know me, my weakness is chocolate, and I would definitely come back just for this!

Overall my experience was delightful, from the staff to the ambiance to the delicious food; I would recommend trying it if you're living in Chicago or visiting Chicago, add it to your list! :-)

350 North State Street

After dinner, you can always go get a drink down the street too!

What are your favorite spots to eat in Chicago?



A New Year, New Beginnings!

Happy New Year guys (I know it's a bit late!!) and sorry I have been completely MIA in the last few weeks; if you guys didn't know by now, I was back in Chicago for the holidays and between catching up with friends, family and still working from home, I just could not find any extra time for blogging. But I am happy to say that I am back!!! and hope you all are having a good year so far! :-)

As you may know, it's a new year, which means new beginnings! It's a time to think about those year long resolutions and how you want to improve and better yourself moving forward. I've had a really good 2015, but can't wait to see what this year may bring! Every year I write a post about what I want to accomplish in the upcoming year, and looking back at each of them, it seems like I have accomplished most of my goals! For 2016, I want to be a bigger and better person; I have given a lot of thought of what my resolutions will be this year and I have put together my top 4 New Year's Resolutions that I will be sharing with you today! :-)

1) Continue to live a healthy and fit lifestyle. I see a lot of green in my future! Meal prepping, cleanses, hiking, gym 3-5 x a week, minimal dessert eating, less drinking, etc.

2) Surround myself with only positive, loving people; cherish and hold only meaningful relationships. Moving practically across the country made me realize who my true friends are and it really hit me who mattered the most. This year, I decided I am letting go of anything and everything that is negative, fake and pointless. 

3) Focus on me. This should always be a thing; focus on what I love, what I want to do, "do me" etc.

4) Save money. Cut down on expenses; and save it for when it's most needed.

Last year; I have had the most amazing opportunities, from working with wonderful brands, to meeting the most down to earth people. I want to take the time to just say THANK YOU for following me in this journey. From the beginning, I thought of this blog as only a hobby, an interest, but now it's my LIFE and it's definitely one of the best things that I will cherish deeply in my heart forever.

So cheers to a new year, and new beginnings!! :-))) Below are my #2015BESTNINE recaps on Instagram! :-)

Have a lovely week guys!!!