An All American Blogger Dream Come True

I recently struck gold and was presented an opportunity with one of my long time favorite restaurants…McDonald’s!  There is something so nostalgic and all American about those glorious golden arches.  The feeling brings me right back to my childhood.  Summer days were spent swimming at my Momo and Papo’s swimming pool, and Papo was notorious for slipping me cash for McDonald’s ice cream cones on the way home.  On family vacations it was our go-to restaurant on the road, that everyone was always happy with.  I can still hear my mom’s joyful voice ordering up her Big Mac, every time declaring…”I only treat myself to this on vacation, y’all!” To this day, if I am treating myself to fast food, Micky D’s is the only way to go.

A group of my blogger buddies and I, were asked to meet at Chicago’s newest (beautiful!) McDonald’s to sample their new frozen beverages.  Who doesn’t love a cold slushie on a hot summer day? Three fun fizzy flavors are offered- frozen Coca-Cola, Fanta Blue Raspberry, and my personal favorite, Wild Cherry.  Each drink is only 190 calories.  I am proud to say I did not regret one of those calories!

McDonald’s holds an extra special place in my heart because of an extra special person, my Grandpa Bud. Bud Frankel and his amazing wife, Mimi Frankel, were two of my very first personal training clients when I moved to Chicago 12 years ago.  In no time, Bud became much more than my client, he became my Grandpa Bud.  Bud founded a marketing business in the 60’s, Frankel and Co.; whose promotions included introducing the world to the McDonalds’s Happy Meal. He was a pioneer in the industry, and was known by his hundreds of employees, as the most genuinely kind person in the world.  I lost my Grandpa Bud on May 14th. He lived an incredible 89 years, as a wildly successful business man, a devoted and loving family man, a passionate philanthropist, and wonderful friend to many.  I had the good fortune of chatting with Budman the day before he passed.  Within the first 5 minutes of our conversation he asked, “How’s the blog? Send me the latest post!” Even though I primarily post about women’s fashion and beauty, Bud was one of my biggest XO fans.  My topics may not have been relevant to him, but he was so proud of me for creating something on my own.  I miss him every day…and gosh darn it, I wish I could share this post with him!  Here are a couple of shots of Bud and I from this past holiday season, when he and Mimi threw an epic bash for hundreds of his former employees. The theme was plaid, Grandpa Bud rocked these babies for over 60 years! The first shot my husband sneaked is one of my forever favorites.  Bud always appreciated my love of fashion. I can still hear his sweet voice exclaiming…”You look GREAT!”

This ones for you Budman! Who knew the Happy Meal makes for a crazy cute clutch bag!

My husband is a total foodie. He knows food better than anyone I know, and has majorly broadened my Midwestern palette. My foodie of a husband is also a huge fan of  Micky D’s. Of all the many apps on his phone, I am confident the McDonald’s app, which notifies you with their daily deals, is his favorite.  He regularly informs me, with great pride, how inexpensive his delicious Big Mac lunch was.  You can place an order online via the handy McDonald’s app, rock your car up to one of their spots dedicated to online orders, and a server will deliver to the goodness directly to your car window.  My man especially loves utilizing this service on the weekends to scoop up our beloved Egg McMuffins, usually still in his bathrobe.

Last but not least, the fashion.  I love a good theme, so I naturally rolled with the classic McDonald’s red and yellow color palette. Nice work Ronald, I am so into this color combination! My dress is an oldie but goodie by Akira.  My heels are Valentino, a special treat from the Hubs.  Shades and french fry earrings are Randolph Street flea market scores! On the beauty front, a bold red lip and a giant Big Mac are a tricky combination.  I am wearing my go-to crazy long lasting, perfect fire engine red lip stain by Stila, shade Beso.

“Life is short. Wear red lipstick, and eat the Big Mac…with fries”~ME


Julz Chez

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  • Reply Ziba Lennox July 1, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Love it Julie! You and the babes look stunning!

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