Lately 8/22

Getting in touch with Life | Stile.Foto.Cibo

A little bit of good news/bad news for you all. The good news is, Stile.Foto.Cibo has some awesome changes in the works! We’re moving to a self-hosted platform and, with that, will come an amazing new look and so much more. Unfortunately, that means new content is on the back burner while we figure out all of this other amazing stuff. I promise, I’ll be back with new content and exciting stuff soon. There’s a TON in the works and it’s all incredibly exciting. We just need some down time to get everything ready. So stay tuned for awesome changes!

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Lately

Getting in touch with Life | Stile.Foto.Cibo

It’s been a while since I just rambled on about life on here. If that’s not the kind of post you’re looking for, click away because I’m about to talk (write?) your ear off for a bit. If you’re down, pour a cuppa and get cozy. We’re about to have a little chat.

Getting in touch with Life | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Mental Health

I spent the better part of the first few months this year focusing REALLY HARD on my mental health and was trying to be pretty honest with it here on the blog for you guys. That was going well. I set goals for myself every month and actually accomplished them. Then summer rolled around and I’ve kind of stopped with the goals and stuff but have been maintaining what I started. I’m still drinking tons of water and making my bed and doing some self care for me once in a while. By and large things are going really well. And I’m feeling so much better.

Getting in touch with Life | Stile.Foto.Cibo

One Floppy Ear

I started another blog! I realised that I have lots and lots of things to say about dogs and rescue dogs and my work volunteering with shelters and all these things that it just made sense to have a separate blog for it. It’s called One Floppy Ear, after everyone’s favorite feature of Zoe, and it’s been a blast so far. We’re featuring rescue dogs who are friends or ours, working with doggy brands in Chicago, and so much more. It’s bound to be a wild ride form start to finish and I can’t wait for what it has in store. Check it out!

Getting in touch with Life | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Moving

We’re moving at the end of the month! Finally getting away from this less than stellar apartment and moving somewhere in which we can really feel at home and begin our married life. It’s a garden unit in one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city, a short walk from the Southport shopping district, and just perfect. There’s a second bedroom so I can finally have a dedicated office for blogging. I’m already dreaming of all the decor options and so I’ve started a Pinterest board (and eventually an Insta tag) called Stile.Foto.HOME. You can follow the board here to see all my inspo. I’m sure I’ll do a series of posts once the place starts coming together as well. Keep an eye out!

Getting in touch with Life | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Wedding

I haven’t done a wedding update in so long that I don’t know if you guys have heard anything! We have so much ready and finalized and we’re mostly working on the little details at this point. Everything is coming together so beautifully and I’m so excited to see the final product. It’s going to be an autumnal dream with deep purples, bright orange, eucalyptus everywhere, and fairy lights for days. I can’t wait to share the photos with you all after the fact!

Overall, things are actually pretty great and I can’t complain at all. Thanks for coming along with me for this crazy ride and thanks so much for all your support through everything.

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Rideshare, the all-too-real Web Series

Rideshare Web Series | Stile.Foto.Cibo

You’re a stranger, so who are you going to tell?

We’ve all got amusing stories of city life from weird encounters with drunk folks, to that particularly terrifying late night train ride, to experiences with ride share services like Lyft and Uber. They’re all worth a laugh after the fact but, during the moment, can cause a whole different range of emotions.

RideShare follows the stories of one driver and the eclectic passengers with whom he shares the ride. Created by real-life driver Jeff Irlbeck and real-life frequent ride sharing passenger Katie Hunter, each episode is completely improvised. With the help of writer Ian Michael Smith, the character and stories were conceived and distributed to the talented cast of actors who portray them. From funny to disturbing, each of RideShare’s six episodes reveals what happens when people choose to share.

Rideshare Web Series | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Still from Episode 4 of RideShare | The Webseries by Spacecamp Productions. Featuring Katie Hunter and Jeff Irlbeck

Guys, these episodes are FUNNY! Though they’re definitely funny in the “this is not going to end well” kind of way. They’re absolutely ridiculous while at the same time being way too real for words. Because we’ve definitely been around when people choose to share and, oof, that can get real weird real quick.

Rideshare Web Series | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Still from Episode 3 of RideShare | The Web Series by Spacecamp Productions. Featuring Ford Beckley and Jeff Irlbeck.

If you ever use ride share programs, you’ll definitely find some good hilarity in this series. Check them out here!

Rideshare Web Series | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Still from Episode 3 of Rideshare | The Web Series by Spacecamp Productions. Featuring Alec Robbins.

You can also get $20 off your first LYFT ride with code “JEFF613” which is pretty awesome. I, for one, vastly prefer Lyft over Uber so I highly recommend them!

Firmoo Sunglasses

Sunglasses by Firmoo Optical | Stile.Foto.Cibo

One question I get all the time is “Have you tried contacts?” or some variant of that. Admittedly, I ask for it. I constantly complain about my glasses for one reason or another. Be it sun blinding me, nose pads irritating me, or any other myriad of issues, that always seems to be the solution. Get contacts. Unfortunately, my allergies cause some serious itchy eye and contacts would NOT get along with that at all.

Firmoo Optical has presented the best solution ever to at least one of my glasses woes — brightness. They do prescription sunglasses for around $40 + shipping.

I know what you’re thinking: “prescription sunglasses have been a thing for ages! Welcome to the club?”

But have you ever seen how EXPENSIVE prescription sunglasses are? Woof.

These are super affordable and all you need is your prescription handy to order them. I absolutely love the style I got, despite them not being available anymore. But they have so many amazing pairs to choose from!

They take slightly longer to ship when purchasing prescription but the way was definitely worth it! Now I’ve got a stellar pair of adorable sunglasses that I can actually see out of. Consider my world rocked.

Sunglasses by Firmoo Optical | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Sunglasses by Firmoo Optical | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Cost-effective prescription sunglasses you say? Do tell!

Sunglasses by Firmoo Optical | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Sunglasses by Firmoo Optical | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Sunglasses by Firmoo Optical | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Sunglasses by Firmoo Optical | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Sunglasses by Firmoo Optical | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Sunglasses by Firmoo Optical | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Sunglasses by Firmoo Optical | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Sunglasses by Firmoo Optical | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Sunglasses by Firmoo Optical | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Photos by Levine-Moore Photography

Public Hotel & Pump Room Summer Cocktail Launch

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

To kick off the best season in Chicago and show off their new seasonal cocktails, Public Hotel hosted a party for influencers in Chicago. A rooftop party. With cocktails. Literally the most signature Chicago thing you can do in the summer. Needless to say, we FLOCKED there in droves. I saw so many of my favorite blogger babes including Rachel of Wayfaring Rachel, Maddy of Chicago Cheap-Ass, Katie of Dining at my Desk, and Chrissy of The Hungary Buddha! It was an amazing chance for us to all catch up, unwind, and share a drink in this picturesque location.

Now, I’m in lust with the Gold Coast already. The whole neighborhood is STUNNING and I’m just a little bit obsessed. So getting a chance to party there might have made my entire week. And on the rooftop with those gorgeous views of the skyline? Yep, I was sold.

The cocktail menu featured the new seasonal selections for each of the Public Hotel’s various restaurants and lounges. This includes the Pump Room and the Library & Coffee Lounge (which is going to probably become a regular haunt for me in the very near future). I sampled four of the cocktails on feature and am happy to report that I thoroughly enjoyed all of them.

The Niña Fuerte features a Yerba-Mate tea infused Milagro Reposado Tequila alongside Luxardo Marachino, lime, pineapple, and mint. I happened to be nearby when this one was being mixed up and got to watch its creator, Ben Pavlichek, at work. It was mesmerizing watching the expert cocktail creation!

Among other drinks sampled were the Strawberry Royale, a sparkling rose with strawberry syrup (just a bit sweet for my taste); the Gold Coast, La Colombe cold-brew with barrel-aged gin, non-dairy milk, simple syrup, and a kiss of cinnamon (so delicious!); and, the surprise of the evening, the Coffee Stout, sparkling cold-brew coffee with whiskey, vanilla simple syrup, and a touch of lemon zest. It was so refreshing!

I highly recommend checking out Public Hotel for their many different dining and lounge options and trying all the summery cocktails available.

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

The Strawberry Royale alongside the menu of drinks for the evening.

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

The making of the La Niña Fuerte

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Finished product!

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Gorgeous views to accompany the evening.

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Summer Cocktail Party, Public Hotel, Chicago | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Romper | LOFT (similar here, here, and here)
Shoes | Topshop (similar here, here, and here)

Randolph Street Market Garden Party

Randolph Street Market Garden Party | Stile.Foto.Cibo

America’s Largest Urban Antiques Market, Randolph Street Market, hosted a season kick off Garden Party for a bunch of us Chicago bloggers and friends at the tail end of May to get everyone pumped for a summer of antiques shopping. And let me tell you, I’m so jazzed. We’re plotting a move in the near future and I know exactly where I want to go for decor and furniture. This place is the best!

There’s two sections to the market, outdoors and indoors. Vendors were still working on setting up everything for the weekend so we didn’t get to see EVERYTHING but we all got to take a good sweep of both sections. I fell in love with some furniture, a tannery, more jewelry than you can shake a stick at, and so much more. This place is a midcentury modern decor lover’s paradise.

I met up with Allie of Allie’s Fashion Alley and Allison of The Snotty Little Bitch to enjoy some sips and snacks and was pleasantly surprised to find Erin of Loop Looks as well! We got a great group together and really enjoyed all they had to offer.

Within the cabana, sponsored by Bangtel, were amazing boozy inspired cupcakes, chef created snacks to sample, drinks all around, and a myriad of inflatables and other props to take photos with. Basically, blogger paradise all inside a large yellow and white tent.

And right outside? JOOJ Blow Dry doing fast hair styles to freshen up those of us struggling with the intense humidity that day and just to try a fun new look. I got braids, Allie got curls, Erin got straightened out, and Allison got some amazing texture. It was so much fun!

This was a great way to kick off not only the beginning of the summer antiquing season but summer in general. I highly recommend checking out the market and all of the wonderful goodies it has hiding, waiting to be found and cherished forever. Cheers!

Randolph Street Market Garden Party | Stile.Foto.Cibo

With my blogger babes Allie and Allison

Randolph Street Market Garden Party | Stile.Foto.Cibo

T+J Designs Pink Gingham Off the Shoulder top

Randolph Street Market Garden Party | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Pork Belly croquette + Modelo. so delicious.

Randolph Street Market Garden Party | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Allison chilling before her hair appointment

Randolph Street Market Garden Party | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Aren’t Allie’s curls adorable?!

Randolph Street Market Garden Party | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Braid time for this frizz head

Randolph Street Market Garden Party | Stile.Foto.Cibo

So much better. And so pretty! Thanks, Jooj!

Randolph Street Market Garden Party | Stile.Foto.Cibo

The inside of Jooj’s airstream was styled wonderfully. When can I move in?

Randolph Street Market Garden Party | Stile.Foto.Cibo

How cute is this painted pineapple? They were everywhere!

Randolph Street Market Garden Party | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Trying to take a photo in the inflatable and making friends with toddlers instead. #librarianproblems

Randolph Street Market Garden Party | Stile.Foto.Cibo

That’s better! Albeit just as silly.

Randolph Street Market Garden Party | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Erin making friends.

Randolph Street Market Garden Party | Stile.Foto.Cibo

The Bangtel hosted cabana was AH-mazing.

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#DateMe, An OKCupid Experiment

The Second City Presents #DateMe an OK Cupid Experiment © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2016

The Second City Presents
#DateMe an OK Cupid Experiment
© Todd Rosenberg Photography 2016

Despite working in theatre and spending a ton of time in theatres, it’s not terribly often I get to see theatre. So when the opportunity came up to see #DateMe, An OK Cupid Experiment, I was all over it! I went with Allie of Allie’s Fashion Ally and I think it’s safe to say we had an awesome time.

The Second City Presents #DateMe an OK Cupid Experiment © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2016

The Second City Presents
#DateMe an OK Cupid Experiment
© Todd Rosenberg Photography 2016

The concept of this show is hilarious. Robyn created 38 fake (and pretty extreme) online dating profiles on OkCupid to see what sort of interactions they would garner from real people. Of course, there were any number of rules for these interactions. People had to reach out to these accounts first, no meeting in person, no leading them on, and more created a space where Robyn could safely perform her experiment [theoretically] without too much hurt from either side of the chat box.

This. Show. Was. Hilarious! It was exactly what I needed after a very long week of opening up another show to just kick back and release all of that tension. Being part of Second City, you just know it’s going to be filled with laughs. And in a world where online dating reigns, some really great stories are bound to come out of something like this.

But, as I am a technician, let’s talk about the tech for a second. I need to give the board op for this show some major credit. The timing for some of these lighting cues was really tight. And they were on point! It’s super geeky of me but I really do appreciate a good well-timed cue. So applause to that person.

The sound and music were pretty stellar, too. Live piano underscores a majority of the show, providing a wonderful musical backdrop for the hilarity happening in front of us.

Basically, this show was technically sound and I thoroughly appreciated it throughout. Though I’ve broken the habit of watching shoes backwards (to see the lights and possibly the folks up in the booth at work), I still appreciate all that the techies to.

The Second City Presents #DateMe an OK Cupid Experiment © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2016

The Second City Presents
#DateMe an OK Cupid Experiment
© Todd Rosenberg Photography 2016

Now on to the acting! Each actor played multiple roles to support Robyn telling the story of her experiment. Women played men, men played women, and everyone really embodied whoever they were playing at the time. I found myself particularly drawn to Stacey Smith’s many ensemble roles for her physicality. Everybody managed to physically embody each character but any time large groups were on stage, I found my eye drawn to her.

Overall, this show was amazing. Taking place mostly in the online world while still having a strong presence in the physical, the audience goes on quite the wild ride following these hilarious profiles. Bring your girls, your boys, or even your cat! Everyone is bound to have a super great time. (Don’t actually bring your cat, that would cause mass chaos)

#DateMe: An OkCupid Experiment runs through July 24th at the UP Comedy Club, 230 W North Ave (the 3rd floor of Piper’s Alley). Showtimes are Thursdays at 8pm, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 and 11 pm, and Sundays at 7pm. It runs 90 minutes with a brief intermission. Tickets are $26 and can be purchased over the phone at (312)662-4562 or online at http://www.upcomedyclub.com

#DateMe

The Second City Presents #DateMe an OK Cupid Experiment © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2016

The Second City Presents
#DateMe an OK Cupid Experiment
© Todd Rosenberg Photography 2016

The Second City Presents #DateMe an OK Cupid Experiment © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2016

The Second City Presents
#DateMe an OK Cupid Experiment
© Todd Rosenberg Photography 2016