Hello friends! I don’t know where to begin! Of course, I wish and pray for health and safety for all. My heart and prayers go out to all suffering. And to all the amazing front liners supporting us through this unfortunate time…bless your hearts.
On a light hearted note…what have the Chez’s been up to? First things first, what have I been wearing?;) I wish I could say I have resisted online shopping, but that would simply be boring. These first 3 looks are all by one of my favorite small businesses, Show Me Your Mumu. No brand does bombshell bell bottoms and rad party pants better. All three of these sweet bottoms are by Show Me Your Mumu.
I am a sucker for a cute rocker tee, they are just so fun to style different ways. Of course, I am always on the lookout for KISS gems! I am proud to say my collection is nearly better than dudes. I scored this baby online at a darling local Chicago boutique, Alice and Wonder. The jeans are by Alice and Olivia and are currently 75% off! They also come in grey and lavender. I went up one size for a more boyfriend style relaxed fit, which I just love styled with heels.
Tie dye everything has been a huge quarantine trend. Both these tie dye tops are from another adorable and affordable local Chicago boutique, Bliss and Belle.
I was planning to wear this next look to my cousin’s baby shower, that sadly had to go down on Zoom. Dress, shades, belt, and bag all by the lovely Rebecca Minkoff. The fit of this dress is so feminine and flattering….and she is currently on super sale!
Boiler style jumpsuits are hot right now, and I am super into it. Would you believe I scored this baby at TARGET? So good.
You can’t go wrong with a cozy chic sweatshirt. This Prada dupe is by Meraki+Gold, a super affordable online retailer a fashion friend of mine created. She does an amazing job finding great trendy pieces at crazy low prices.
Quarantine time has not been all fun and fashionable. The 3 musketeers, (me+dude+our cat), started off smooth sailing. Until one dark day, when our bad boy black cat..somehow managed to get out of the house. And our world stopped. I hate to sound dramatic. I understand this situation is very mild compared to what many are facing right now. That said, I do believe that sadness is simply sadness, and no one should feel ashamed of what they feel. Well for me and dude, this was the darkest of Quarantine dark. I was so sad, I could only really talk to my mom about it. My dude was a rockstar, on a mission every day and night to find our boy. And WE DID!
My sweet mommy had a hard time sleeping when our boy was gone, knowing how very sad we were and doing what moms do best…worrying. She made me promise to text if and when he came home, no matter what time it was. 3:45 am….Grandma replied instantly! The reunion was so great.
I reached out on the Bucktown community page about our boy….wow! Blown away with the lovely neighborhood support. Blackie the cat had many thank you cards to send out!
And so the Chez’s are back to our regular programmed routine. Dude is staying busy cooking, playing guitar, playing his newly tuned up KISS pinball machine, and teaching himself a new groovy music making system. I am staying busy FaceTiming workouts with my private clients, organizing and purging my closet, and doing my best to stay in shape! I really miss teaching my group classes at MaZi, and I really miss my weekly volunteer visits at the Arts of Life. This past weekend I had a great experience teaching a Zoom yoga class for a wonderful organization, Best Buddies in Illinois, that supports people with disabilities through friendships and leadership development. Being presented an opportunity to use my skill of teaching for a great cause is such a blessing!
Also included in the “staying busy” agenda, cuddling up on the couch at night for our favorite shows! The Chez’s are some suckers for 90 day Fiance. I stumbled upon it cruising the trusty TLC network a while back when dude was out of town….I thought for sure he would shut it down right away. But that is just one of the many things I adore about my dude….ya just never know with him! He loves it! We just finished Ozark….amazing…and we are loving keeping up with the Bulls/Michael Jordan documentary, The Last Dance.
Of course I have my select shows I watch on my own….I finally joined the Vanderpump Rules jam…so good. Love me some Stassi and Lala. I have also been digging Summer House. I started watching because a Chicago fashion friend of mine, Julia Daoud, is on the current season! While my dude has zero interest in these programs, he also is totally cool if I have them on when he is around. Because duh, the chicks are undeniably smoking hot. But my top Quarantine television hands down is Never Have I ever on Netflix. I shamefully watched the entire first season in 2 days. Dude witnessed me in my bliss and was all, “High school or college boo?’ And I responded all, “Ugh you are mean. High School.” He loves to tease me that I watch TV for high school girls. Whateves. The show is sooo good! It was created by one of my very favorites, Mindy Kaling. Dig in and thank me later hunnies!
As for food….a couple few times a week we kick the day off with what I call, “Husband breakfast.” This divine dish is featured below:) I love hot sauce on, well everything, but it is so key on eggs. I have recently fallen in love with Yellow Bird sauces…so so good! Other days I roll with my beloved Vital Proteins matcha smoothie. The dude has been making great dinners. I love his cooking, and he knows what I like SO well, (like if it’s pasta I need at least 3X more sauce than pasta duh). Once a week or so we order in from one of our favorite local spots. Oh and of course…wine and microwave popcorn are a daily food group!
Thank you for keeping up with the Chez’s!