Socialite Adventures

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My cousin Amanda turned 22 this weekend and of course we had to all get dolled up for pretty fun out in Chicago, live the Socialite Dream! ¬†Dinner was at the fabulous Zocalo, a snazzy Mexican restaurant downtown on Ontario, where much tequila was consumed in the form of shots and margaritas ūüėÄ

The birthday girl in a fabulous white dress from Asos


Amazing elotes, or corn covered in cotija cheese, mayonnaise, and chile piquin.

Spicy green enchiladas covered in sour cream….yum!

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Chicago Restaurant Week

This week, my wonderful city of Chicago is having Restaurant Week!  Being the total foodie that I am, this pleases me to no end.  For $22 at lunchtime or $32 at dinner, patrons can experience 3 courses of  fine dining at places they may have otherwise not been able to afford, especially in this shady economy.

I’ve been dining like royalty, munching on crab legs at Joe’s Stone Crab accompanied by sweet potato fries, rich bisque, ¬†cheese and spinach covered tomatoes, and a latte alongside my banana foster’s pie. ¬†The ambiance is so cool there, seems like Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. would feel at home in the restaurant, knocking back dirty martinis and winking at classy ladies. ¬†Overall Grade: A

A different day, we ventured over to N9ne Steakhouse, a fabulously cool restaurant with the best coconut cream pie and macaroons this side of heaven. ¬†And the carrot cake, when they have it on the menu, is good enough to make you sell trade secrets to secure some. ¬†I am appalled that at this moment it is not on the menu, and will be HEAVILY disappointed if they do not return it there at least during the summer, which is when I first tried it. ¬†*Shakes finger disapprovingly at the N9ne* ¬† Anyway, the lobster risotto is succulent and bright, a creamy delicacy with lobster pieces, sweet corn, truffle oil, and pops of sweet pea for color. ¬†I could have honestly just eaten that as my whole meal, just keep it coming please! ¬†As well, I managed to polish off a couple pieces of my mom’s rock shrimp with a spicy sweet dipping chili sauce, hanger steak accompanied by garlic fries (do NOT eat those on a date unless making out is not on the agenda….or at least carry those convenient wisp toothbrushes), bisque again (hey, i like bisque! ¬†Don’t judge me!), and a dessert of brownie bread pudding that had no bread and no pudding so pretty much ended up as a brownie with a slightly fancier if not confusing name. ¬†I give the restaurant and service an A+

For a full listing of restaurant week participants, please check out this list: Restaurant Week Chicago I look forward to checking out more restaurants and grading them on my blog, look out for that ūüôā

Good start to new year

This new year is starting smashingly ūüôā ¬†Went to dinner on new years eve at Spiaggia and it was AMAZING. ¬†So yummy! ¬†Appetizer course was¬†mozzarella¬†drizzled in a honey type sauce with some type of fruit (kumquat?) chopped next to it and amazing prosciutto. ¬†I felt like the movie Ratatouille where the mouse had the flavors exploding in his mouth in bursts of jazz and colors! ¬†It was THAT good. ¬†Pasta course was a butternut squash filled pasta with fried sage and amaretto sauce, also incredibly delish and my mom’s favorite part of the meal. ¬†Steak ¬†with morel mushrooms and smashed potatoes followed, finished by the creamiest tiramisu ever put together. ¬†WHAT a dinner to start off the night’s activities! ¬†I was already incredibly happy with my makeup and hair, felt good in my outfit, and had on my fly headpiece, lol. ¬†EVERYONE was stopping me and saying that it was gorgeous and that they wanted to party with me because I must be fun, lol. ¬†That was so cool.

Then went to the Signature Room at the John Hancock building’s lounge. ¬†There was a hilarious lady there who was fun and an instant friend. ¬†She was crazy and cool, seated next to us. ¬†I heart her, we clowned hard and didn’t even know each other! ¬†Then there were gorgeous fireworks outside the window which overlooked gorgeous Navy Pier.

Next up, party at our hotel! ¬†We stayed at the Westin that night and finagled our way into the hotel party they were having there. ¬†THAT was pure hilarity, because they were SO wasted! ¬†Some chick fell under her table trying to reach for something, another fell through a sign at the elevator then tried to argue that she wasn’t drunk, barely able to keep her eyes open. ¬†I had too much fun there, cracking the eff up and dancing with my Phy-Phy. ¬†Great new years eve! ¬† ¬†Spent the next day shopping and lounging around the Four Seasons hotel where we stayed the next night. ¬†I’m all about luxe surroundings! ¬†Drinks in front of the lounge fireplace was oh so nice, even saw a HOT guy at the bar, but I looked all of 15 with my hello kitty jewelry and yellow sweater, so um yeah, not approaching him! haha. I promise next time to dress for the¬†occasion¬†so that I can have something better to update ūüėČ

I had to do another cowash and twist out when I got home last night because feathers and glitter were in my hair, cramping my style ya know ūüėČ ¬†Woke up today, took it down and WHOA, best twist out ever! ¬†Okay, well I went a little happy with the marula oil spray the night before so it was a tad oily, but other than that? ¬†Your girl was FLY. ¬†It was moisturized, super curly, fun! ¬†My cousins even complimented me on it and they are SO not about natural hair ūüôā

snapped on my new lace bow clips and sashayed my happy self out the door to church where I played with my cutie pie god daughter. ¬†She is LEAVING me ūüė¶ ¬†Her mom is moving them back to Alabama, I am heartbroken. ¬†I love that lil chocolate drop, she’s so sweet and fun with her fat cheeks. ¬†NEVER cries, just a doll.

Merry Christmas!!!

Happy holidays, everyone ūüôā ¬†How was it? ¬†Get what you want? ¬†Spend good time with family and friends? Eat good? ¬†Had a fun day, ate well and then went to see my baby daddy, Robert Downey Jr. ¬†in Sherlock Holmes. ¬†Nothing sexier than a smart guy with a slick sense of humor and good body ūüėÄ ¬†Totally into that movie.

robert downey jr, jude law, sherlock holmes

On top of all of that fun, my hair turned out cute, just like I hoped it would. ¬†Thanks ashley for your help babe ūüėÄ ¬†I appreciate it, muah!

I used the Blended Beauty curl styling cream when the hair was rodded and my hair came out soft, not frizzy, and smooth. It smells really good too and the tub it comes in has a lot, so I should have plenty for many beautiful sets of rods or twists ūüôā ¬†I give the cream an A. ¬† Great results after a day of hair pampering yesterday! ¬†I love taking good care of my hair and hopefully it will thrive so much. ¬†soft, with defined curls is always good to me!

New Year’s Eve, Party like it’s 1999!

New years eve totally made up for the sucky experience at Les Deux.¬† What an awesome day ūüôā¬† I started it off with shopping because I didn’t like anything that I had to wear, so I ended up with a form fitting, totally sex kitten dress that made me ooooooooze sex appeal ūüėȬ† I loved it!

We were staying at the Sofitel and they were having a party, so we (my mom, ashley, shay, and I) decided to go to the party there that was supposed to be hot with guys from the lakers coming through.¬† Hell, what’s not to like about a new years eve party that’s right downstairs?? Don’t have to worry about drunk drivers and once you get wasted, go right upstairs and to bed! Hehe…We got VIP tickets which included dinner, so it was ON!

The food was delicious; I give it a 4.5/5 stars.¬† I had caesar salad, some mmm mmm good macaroni, the best clam chowder ever, and some random meats that I didn’t care for (hence the lowered¬†half star).

At the table next to us, I swear there was a pimp and about 6 of his hoes.¬† The main¬†chick had on the worst outfit ever for a new years party.¬† Some¬†jeans that looked¬†like they¬†were from Rave and a neon green “mink” stole…hmm, is that REALLY what’s hot in the streets? me thinks not!¬† Redo!¬† try again in ’08

Worst part was, THAT was not the hot mess award winner of the evening!¬† I was lounging on a chaise, looking my sexiest when I look behind me to see this girl giving a guy a lapdance.¬† Okay, nothing wrong with that…then they start making out….hmm, okay….THEN her friend joins in….bow chicka wow wow!…friend takes his belt off as she’s making out with him and the other girl….caressing his, um, “package”….HOT MESS!¬† We’re AT a hotel, get a room! lol…my poor retinas

So, while I’m still lounging on the chaise, I look to my right and see this great looking booty in a beautiful dress.¬† So I’m like wow, what a terrific booty to waist ratio!¬† How can I achieve that kind of hotness, squats?¬† After staring at her ass for 20 mins, I finally look up and who do I see??!!¬† Come to find out the girl had the perfect ass to waist ratio because she’s none other than hip hop video vixen Vida Guerra!¬† I was like OMG OMG, really?¬† Heart don’t fail me now….I barely can formulate a word and my bff Ashley comes up and i put her arm in the death grip as I tell her that my body idol is standing not 5 feet from me.¬† Before I can get the sentence out, Ashley saunters over to her and¬†asks could I get a picture.¬† She smiles and agrees and I slide over like a giddy teen.¬† I forgot to even say hi or anything! lmao…Just put my hand around her waist and we took the photo!¬† Here’s me with my body idol and one of her video girl pics for an ass reference:

Me and Vida

Vida Guerra And it really is that perfect in person  *drools*  check out her site:  vidas world

Then we found a guy who just wanted to buy tons and tons of drinks, so we sipped it up big time (I swear there was like no alcohol in those damn drinks…I had like 6 and barely had a buzz going, including a shot…bah hum bug!)

All in all, it was an excellent evening and great way to bring in 2008.  Good party, sexy people, delish food, and lots of laughs.

HAPPY NEW YEARS!

happy new years!

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