1. Be Ladies Who Lunch
Ever noticed how on shows like Sex and the City no lunch is complete without a Cosmopolitan? Sure, Carrie is a freelance writer and can freely get buzzed in the middle of the day if she wants to, unlike those of us with 9 to 5 jobs. But on a getaway with your girlfriends, so can you! I sipped on Sapporo at Spring Rolls and enjoyed Chardonnay at the Holt Renfrew Cafe, with nary an ounce of guilt - cheers!
2. Let Dinner Come to You!
We found ourselves a little tight for time on the night of the concert, so instead of trekking out for dinner we decided to treat ourselves to room service. The food was delish it gave us time to get fully Gaga-fied. Note to self...next time ask what dishes come with fries before ordering a giant plate of them.
3. You Don't Have to Spend a lot for Serious Retail Therapy
I wasn't in the mood for serious spending this weekend, but I did manage to treat myself to some fun finds that satisfied my shopping craving:
|I picked up this super cute and great smelling Bliss travel pack at Sephora...perfect to throw in my gym bag!|
|Amanda Brooks' personal style book is chock full of gorgeous fashion photos, inspirational tips from style idols, and expert advice from Amanda herself.|
|Even though the weather was gloomy, the stores are already full of springtime looks like the ones above by H&M. I picked up a couple of cute summer dresses at the cheap-chic retailer.|
After a long day of shopping on Friday, we stopped by Pusateri's in Yorkville for some sweet treats to take back to the hotel with us. Brenda found a long-awaited pain au chocolat, and I snagged these delicious macarons. Heavenly.
5. Try a New Dining Experience
Have you noticed the food-theme? I'd heard really good things about Harlem, a restaurant known for its Southern style comfort food so I suggested it to the girls as a dinner option. Kathryn met up with us and we enjoyed a fabulous (fried) feast. The overall consensus - we loved Harlem's cozy atmosphere, friendly staff, and hearty food, though the mac n' cheese could have used a bit more zing. Don't get me wrong, that didn't stop me from polishing off my whole plate...
|Deep Fried pickles, Harlem crisps with avocado and hummus, delectably sweet fried plantains|
|Bacon Mac n' Cheese|
|Fried chicken and greens|
|Harlem's mac n' cheese|
|Harlem's entrance, Richmond at Church|