five things friday – nov 20th

To give you an idea of how much I’ve been procrastinating when it comes to my blog, I have been putting off this Five Things Friday post since Oct. 17th. YIKES. But here I am, making a little effort since I finally feel like I have some time to do so.

I’m realizing that writing for myself only happens on a rare instance these days and I want to try and battle against that. Not too long, I wrote pretty much everything down and these days, I hardly make the effort. Sure, I tweet and post pictures on Instagram but I’m not archiving thoughts and memories like I used to. I probably won’t ever get to the same consistency again, but I’ll still try.

So what I have I been up to? Wedding planning has been a constant for the last couple of months; we’ve actually locked down our date, venue, and caterer already, so I feel pretty accomplished. I could go into more details on all that, but I’ll save that for another day.

I’ve also been gearing up for my family’s visit (they get in on Monday morning!) and Christmas shopping. I really love celebrating Christmas. Our tree will go up next Friday, I’ll scan Black Friday sales (but I shop from the comfort of my own home), and prepare to bake an obscene amount of goodies over the next couple of weeks. Since I’ll be in Chicago this year, I’ll most likely be putting together little care packages for all my friends filled with cookies and cupcakes since my extended family won’t be around to eat everything I bake.

Alright, now to the point of this post! Five things I’m currently loving:

(1) I’m sort of obsessed with trying and/or making delicious-sounding fall cocktails. I’ve bookmarked so many pages that there’s no possible way I’ll get around to making all of them, but these two are the must-haves at the top of my list:


I love making sangria. I have a go-to recipe I always use but this autumn sangria made with apples, pomegranates, and figs sounds too good to pass up. And this spiced pear and bourbon cocktail is something I know my whiskey-loving fiance would enjoy. For even more fall cocktails, check out the lists put together by Glitter Guide and The Everygirl.

Since the holidays are around the corner, hot chocolate is another staple in my apartment. Why I love my usual recipe–a tablet of Abuelita chocolate, skim milk, and a peppermint stick–this hot chocolate guide from SheKnows is awesome enough to inspire me to try something new:


It doesn’t end there though! They also have a few choice recipes to choose from, including red velvet hot chocolate. All this is enough to inspire me to try making my own marshmallows as well.

I’m really excited to go check out Warby Parker’s first frame studio in the Midwest, which is right here in Chicago (in Lincoln Park to be exact). The space looks so cute and they’re offering free portrait sessions, which I definitely need to take them up on. I just bought my 2nd pair of frames from WP recently but Alex is in need of new frames himself, so he’ll be my excuse to go check out their storefront. :)


Learn more about the store here; they’re located at 837 West Armitage Ave.

So if you’re like me, you’ve come to associate the song “God Only Knows” (originally by The Beach Boys, of course) with the airport scene from Love Actually. Dorky, I know BUT it’s one of my favorite holiday movies (#1 is Elf because it’s amazing) and when I found out about the BBC’s version filled with tons of artists (Lorde, Elton John, Florence and Machine, Sam Smith, and even Dave Grohl), I immediately loved it:

(5) Last but definitely not least, I legitimately cackled when I saw this on tumblr yesterday:


For those who might not get the reference, it’s one of many random lines from Paul Rudd’s ridiculous character in the movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall. And because of Chicago’s notorious, ever-changing weather regardless of the season, I find myself singing this pretty regularly. So much so that when I showed this to Alex, he knew it was something I needed to own. It’s definitely on my Christmas wish list now!

This weekend is filled with preparing for my family’s arrival on Monday, and then a fun-filled week with them in town ending with Thanksgiving. Enjoy the holiday!


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