when i was younger, i always wished i needed glasses. during my freshman year of high school, i realized i couldn't see the board very well in my algebra class. my mom took me to the walmart optical - yep. walmart - and my childhood dreams came true. my first pair of glasses was from that sketchy walmart, and when i went back six months later to get my prescription strengthened, i knew i wanted to get new glasses, and i knew where from.
i can't remember exactly where i first heard of warby parker, but i'm really glad i did. i had caught word about their home try-on, and thought it was a really amazing idea! i picked out my five favorite pairs from their site and they were delivered to my house in less than a week! you can see which frames i chose here. (i look so young!)
at about beginning of october, i decided it was time for some new frames. i repeated the home try-on process, and it was just as great as the first time. my sister claire and friend sarah got in on the action too. we headed out to a local cornmaze with my five fave glasses selections in tow and were ready to experience an amazing fall day.
the frames i wear currently are durand in woodland tortise. my fall home try-on consisted of laurel in tea rose fade, percey in scarlet tortise (a part of their 2015 fall collection!), chamberlin in saddle sage, newton in aurelia tortise, and keene in beach glass.
my friend sarah trying on chamberlin in saddle sage
my sister claire wearing keene in beach glass
my boots doubled as a nice glasses holder in between takes. haha!
one of my favorites was newton in aurelia tortise
keene in beach glass
my sweater is from the mens section at urban outfitters + it's on sale right now!
one of the best parts of fall is the ability to get apple cider donuts anywhere + everywhere. so good.
the cornmaze we went to had a little petting zoo and one of the goats wanted in on the action :)
i really love glasses!!!
thanks to warby parker for being amazing and making equally amazing glasses. thanks to fall for being the best season ever. (just kidding i love all seasons equally) thanks to walmart for fulfilling my childhood dream. i'm sure next year, i'll need to choose a different pair, we'll repeat the same process over, and it'll be just as good.
one of my favorite traditions from my childhood summers is going to the fair at my grandmas house. my whole family would make the four-hour drive in the heat of mid-july up to my grandma's in michigan. there, we'd meet up with our cousins and spend a day or two riding rides, eating (too much) funnel cake, and spending quality time with the best family. this past summer, we picked the tradition back up after being too busy the last few years. i documented our time with some photos and a short video! keep scrolling for all the images!
cinnamon rolls are one of those foods that make me happy. not necessarily because of the way they taste, (which is amazing by the way) but it's more the memories that come with them. when i was younger, taking a trip to my grandmas house was the best. you knew there would be an amazing home-cooked meal and family dinner, quality time spent, and memories made. most importantly, you knew there'd be cinnamon rolls, homemade. the smell of my grandparents house would remain in your mind for a long time, the taste of the dessert locked in your head.
i wanted to take my grandma's recipe and add a fall twist. i wasn't sure how they would turn out or if we would severely miss the standards of grandma's baking, and i guess you'll have to keep reading to see what happened!
INGREDIENTS for the rolls
seamless crescent dough
brown sugar (to taste)
cinnamon (to taste)
a jar of pumpkin butter (about 12 oz)
SUPPLIES for the rolls
baking sheet or casserole dish
twine, string, or non-flavored dental floss
DIRECTIONS for the rolls
preheat the oven to 375 degrees. start by rolling out your seamless dough and pressing it so it becomes even and flat. take a few spoonfuls of pumpkin butter and evenly spread it around. sprinkle on the brown sugar + cinnamon, and roll it up hot dog style, not hamburger :) take your twine, wrap it around the roll, and slice off two-inch rolls. place them in the casserole dish, and place the rolls in to the oven.
INGREDIENTS for the icing
3 ounces of softened cream cheese
1/4 cup softened butter
1 1/2 cup of confectioners sugar
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk (you can add more or less, depending on your desired consistency)
DIRECTIONS for the icing
combine all the ingredients in a stand mixer, the cream cheese and butter first, the sugar, and then the vanilla and milk. once the cinnamon rolls have cooled completely, pour the icing all over those babies. and enjoy, because they are so good.
i was really pleased when they came out of the oven and tasted amazing! i'm happy to say that my grandmother would have been proud. i think she would have liked them. and i hope you will, too! happy autumn! -m
you guys. i can't even put into words how much i love the city. the drive down, the trains, the boutiques. the amazing donut shops. i love it all. my sister and cousin alicia decided to take a few trips down and document our adventures.
^^^that's alicia. she's awesome. and she writes an awesome blog, here!
stan's is the best place to go for a donut in the city. delicious friends. delicious.
chicago also has the best murals. hot dogs, absinthe, and tom's coffee.
take advantage of your cities. take advantage of the things you love. do them. experience them. have fun. go on an adventure. it's good for the soul. -m
have i ever proclaimed my love for rollercoasters on here before? i LOVE them! i will never pass up a chance to take a trip to an amusement park. thankfully, we live only about thrity to forty-five minutes away from SFGA, and while my cousin and best friend lauren were in town, we decided to take the drive and spend a day at the park! and as aways, there's a film and lots o' pictures documenting our day!
we made it out of the house and into the car at around 9 a.m, allowing us to get to the park just a little after it opened. our first ride was raging bull, and in my opinion, it's the best roller coaster there! check out that drop!
each area of the park is themed a little differently. frontier land is one of my faves.
i had never ridden the giant drop before, (think tower of terror drop, only once) and i will admit, i was scared. you can check out our ride in the video! (it's around 1:09) it was so fun, we rode it twice!
checking out ride pictures :) ^^^
cousins cousins cousins ^^
after a good eight or so hours, we headed home, slightly dizzy and full of funnel cake. we may or may not have gotten lost on the way home... with the (only) driver being yours truly. we found our way though! and it added a little extra excitement to our already awesome day!
how about you? are you a big fan of roller coasters or do you just head to the park for the games and food? i don't think i'll ever stop loving roller coasters. have a great weekend! -m
am i the only one that gets giddy when i drive into the city? maybe it's because i'm a new(er) driver or a lover of adventures but i can't help it. every time i see the skyline my heart skips a beat. it's a good problem to have i guess.
my cousins were recently in town, and being the spontaneous bodies we are, we decided to hop on a train and explore one of the city's most artsy areas: wicker park. it was 10:45 am and we decided to take the 11:05 train. crazy, but we made it! while on our way, i decided to create a guide to the city i love so much, so that you could feel the love as well! welcome to episode 1 of THE LOLLY PROJECT'S CHICAGO GUIDE, featuring the amazing wicker park!
i've laid out a basic itinerary sharing where we went and what we did, and further in the post i've gone in depth about each spot!
grab an uber (thanks to my cousin wesley's free ride!) and head to antique taco for lunch.
i almost cried tears of joy when we pulled up to this place, just ask my cousins katie or wesley, or my sister claire. after a hasty google search for good lunch restaurants in wicker park, we decided to take a shot at this seemingly cool taco place. and boy am in glad we did. it's the cutest, most artsy, little taco place i've ever seen! they also have an event space above the restaurant! right inside the door, there's a whole wall lined with cute gifts and souvenirs you can buy, like t-shirts and washi tape!
there was a good crowd seated when we arrived, which was at about 12:30. you order before sitting, and we had no wait. after ordering, you move to the opposite wall and fill your own waters in mason jars, grab your own silverware + cloth napkin, and choose a table. (they have outdoor seating too!)
once our food was delivered to the table (and we had taken enough pictures) we dug right in, and were pretty speechless. all four of us had ordered a different type of taco, and they each were amazing. just look at those photos! they have lots of options besides tacos, and the drink selections vary between alcoholic and non. we each ordered a blueberry agua fresca. they were gone in the first five minutes. #noshame. parting was a sweet sorrow. we'll definitely be back.
RR is literally a two-minute walk down the street from antique taco! i had heard of this place a few times before, and when i realized it was so close to antique we had to stop. not only do they have thousands of records, but they also have dvd's, cd's, you name it! it was so fun to thumb through all the albums and find the coolest cover art, song titles, and old records. my sister found one recorded years and years ago in the la scala opera house in milan, where she had just watched an opera two weeks ago! you can purchase and sell records here - it's defiently worth a visit if you're a media lover.
ESKELL GIFTS1509 N milwaukee st.
unfortunately i didn't snap any pictures on the inside (there's some footage in the video), but take my word - it's like anthro meets urban meets city boutique. along with the best gifts, eskell sells really cute clothing, sunnies, and pretty much everything under the chic sun. i sadly didn't buy anything, but tons of stuff caught my eye! i'm making it a priority to stop at eskell and buy at least one thing. you can't go wrong with anything in that store!
let me just give a disclaimer on divvy bikes, lots of people like riding them, but after renting them on our adventure, i'm not a huge fan. (i'll attempt to give an unbiased review) the deal is, you rent a bike for $7 and it basically gives you a 24 hour pass to ride the bike anywhere. but there's a confusing catch - you have to check in the bike at a divvy station every 30 minutes. meaning if you want to take an hour long ride from point a to point b, you have to stop your ride and check in at a divvy station in the middle of your ride and at the end. (did you get that?) there's a lot more explaining on the website!
i'd been longing to try a donut from stan's, and was thrilled when i found out they had a location in wicker park! after returning our bikes, we ordered some donuts and i once again may or may not have shed a tear because THEY WERE SO GOOD. they also have a whole wall of rainbow colored kitchenaid stand mixers. i got a chocolate peanut butter-filled donut, my sister got a shark week donut, my cousin katie got a classic chocolate-with-sprinkles and my cousin wesley got an old fashioned glazed. (not to mention we got a while 1/2 dozen more) not only does stan's have donuts, but they have coffee (intellegensia!!) and gelato. my mouth is watering just thinking about it. so good!
my sister stopped in for a quick minute to grab a cappuccino. it's so cute in there! thy've got the whole coffee shop vibe down, with subtle merchandise displays. the coffee was served right away and it was delicious!
i stepped in to marine layer for a quick peek inside. it's very california-beach-vibes. straight of the coast of miami! they have a trademark of the super-soft tee shirt, and they're very true to their word! all the clothes were super cute and the sales people are very kind!
a little tip i learned from my friend - always drive with uberBLACK. it's a bit safer and granted, slightly more expensive, but you get a private driver that is constantly tracked by the uber headquarters. you can also get great insider city tips from the drivers - their favorite places, the coolest hidden spots, and more!
i hope you enjoyed the first episode of TLP'S chicago guide and are starting to love this city as much as i do. it's pretty great. stay tuned for episode 2! -m