To say that the past few weeks have been busy would be an understatement. A couple of days ago, everything caught up with me–the lack of sleep, how behind I was on personal affairs, the state of my apartment, how little one-on-one time I’d spent with Mitch, and my neglected e-mail inbox. My poor mother. She thought “freak-out phone calls” were a thing of the past. ;) (Thanks, Mom.)
Thanksgiving came at the perfect time this year. I’m sure it was the sleep deprivation that was making me feel a bit overwhelmed and discouraged, but isn’t it wonderful how the holiday puts everything in perspective and helps you realize just how much you have to be grateful for? I love my life. It’s not perfect, and yes–there are a few things that Mitch and I are still trying to figure out. But when I step back and really look at it all, I’m so happy… and so grateful for everything I’ve been blessed with. :)
One of the best parts of moving to Chicago has been getting to know the local hotspots. And recently, I found a new favorite: Vintage Charm, an adorable boutique on Damen in Bucktown that opened this past summer. (Its original location, still in LaGrange, opened its doors in 2002.)
The store carries the most amazing selection of brands, like Kendra Scott, Free People, Everly, Darling, BB Dakota, Splendid, RD Style and Ya Los Angeles (a personal favorite!)–along with some incredible home decor. Basically, I love everything. So many gorgeous, soft materials… and plaid and sparkles!
On Monday, I drove from Chicago to the East Coast for Thanksgiving, and yesterday, Mitch flew in. What a disaster. My drive was rough–a 3 a.m. arrival time–and Mitch’s flight was delayed five hours. We didn’t hit the hay until 4 a.m. last night, so we’re just starting our days now. (Yawn!) Oh well. Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without some awful travel stories from the Larkins, haha!
The Lincoln Park Barbour location is undoubtedly my favorite store in my new neighborhood. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve wandered into it just to look at the new arrivals and chat with the super friendly managers and employees I got to know through Mitch’s recent menswear post. (Too cute, right?!) Dogs are allowed, too, so it’s a great warm-up spot for Noodle and me on our longer walks!
Needless to say, when Jess and Ashlei asked me whether I wanted to help host an event at Barbour’s Lincoln Park store, I did a little happy dance. And then said yes. ;)
Have you guys heard? The biggest ShopBop/East Dane sale of the year is on, just in time for holiday shopping! From now until December 1st at 11:59 PT, you can take 15 percent off orders of $250+, 20 percent off orders of $500+, and 25 percent off orders of $1,000+ when you use code “GOBIG14.” Even better is that ShopBop not only offers free three-day shipping and free returns, it’s also linked up with Amazon Prime. (Score.) The best part? There are no brand exclusions. See ShopBop’s details here, and East Dane’s details here! Happy shopping!