que tal, checua?

pez. one of my faves. it reminds me of penelope’s in chicago, but with a certain sophistication that only europe can emanate…

each piece is unique & very well made. labels include vanesa lorenzo & masscob. downstairs they sell home goods so beautiful & rustic that you may feel compelled to move to a spanish farmhouse owned by wealthy, wine-making artists…i know i did.

this foxy boutique had glitz, glam, french designers, & killer sales. labels included eyedoll, ella luna, supertrash, & ambre babzoe

when i walked into do design, i didn’t want to leave. the boutique is so aesthetically pleasing that you may want to move in…

chueca also had a nice handful of vernal, feminine boutiques at a lower price point–this particular one smelled like a vanilla cupcake!

need a pick-me-up while perusing the posh places chueca has to offer? stop by mama framboise, arguably the best pasteleria in all of spain…

husband & i shared a chocolate eclair & caramel cake–& washed each blissful bite down with their heavenly espresso

want your man to be dashing?

20131023-103446.jpg haberdash. south loop. the best men’s clothing store in chicago. not only are the fashions divine but the merchandising is so brilliant it creates an ambiance that makes you want to curl up in an oversized burgundy leather armchair to read a thick musty book while puffing on a calabash pipe.

20131023-103505.jpgafter you’ve helped your man find the proper attire, let him treat you by taking a stroll up state street to the gold coast where you can dine on homemade pastas made with ingredients flown all the way from bologna at merlo on maple– if you close your eyes you’ll believe you’re in italy…i promise.