Hey there and happy Monday! I hope your day is off to a wonderful start! We had an awesome, busy weekend filled with lots of good food, drinks, and friends. The highlight of the weekend for me was definitely teaching my first pop-up class at the new Fabletics store in Oak Brook! I love having the opportunity to constantly meet new people, and it’s even more fun when we all do something active and fun together!
Although it was a fantastic weekend, I’m actually really excited to start a clean slate this week in terms of workouts and meals. Not that I’ve been overly indulgent, but we’ve definitely had more meals out than usual, and lots O’ wine over the last week or so…Matt and I are in the midst of choosing an apartment, and some late night showings last week turned into discussions over take-out or at restaurants as to whether or not we wanted to sign for various apartments we saw. We are currently waiting to find out about one, and crossing our fingers we get it, so this hunt can be over!
Back to the weekend…
I teach Friday evenings, so we usually plan for low-key nights. With summer approaching, and the sun staying out longer, it’s getting easier to want to venture out later on Friday nights. After some changes in plans, Matt suggested we head to the West Loop neighborhood for drinks and dinner at Soho House. If you know me, you know this place is right up my alley. I am all about the ambiance when it comes to bars and restaurants, and this place did not disappoint…dim lighting, chandeliers, large windows, rustic vibes, and that perfect buzz of chatter around us. We actually ended up having our pre-dinner drinks at a bar off the main level, a small one next to the Chicken Shop, an awesome restaurant within Soho House. The little bar reminded me of something out of a 1920’s or maybe 1950’s film. Big leather chairs, dark wood, candles flickering on every table…love that vibe.
After a drink we were quickly seated for dinner (the perks of eating at 9:30 pm) at the Chicken Shop. If you’re someone who likes chicken & waffles/fried chicken sandwiches…you must go here. So tasty. We started with some cornbread and cocktails…Matt ordered a fried chicken sandwiches and I chose the quarter chicken. Both were absolutely delicious, my chicken was seasoned to perfection!
Once we finished dinner, we headed over to a “sort of” hidden bar down the street (I believe it’s called 2 Fun Chinese), but from the outside all you see is a small neon sign that reads “Chinese Food.”
Inside however, is a rather large cocktail lounge with some funky decor (think Chinese dragon draped across the bar) and some even funkier Asian inspired drinks. I ordered a fun cocktail made with Sesame Gin, and actually thought it was pretty darn tasty, though not something I could have multiples of. We just enjoyed one round of drinks, then decided to call it a night and head home!
A night out with Matt was exactly what I needed…I think it is SO important to date your spouse/significant other, and I think it should happen often. More about dates/relationship chit chat later, because I love that topic, but for now, let’s move on…
Saturday started off just how we like, slow-paced. I am usually up before Matt, so I made some coffee and started preparing for the class I was teaching later in the day. After some lounging and class-prepping I scurried around the apartment, trying to get some chores done before it was time to head off to teach Pure Barre. I had an awesome group of clients in class, which totally energized me and made the class go by in a flash! I stayed in the studio after class to prepare for a pop-up class I taught Sunday (side-note, I am a nervous nelly when it come to teaching and/or training outside of my usual spaces). After a solid hour of practice, I headed off to a friend’s surprise 30th birthday party. Although I couldn’t stay out long since I had an early wake-up call, it was great to catch up with friends and celebrate a wonderful person’s special birthday.
Matt and I made a quick stop at Whole Foods to grab some dinner essentials, plus ice cream and a few other things to hold us over for a few days. I ended up baking some chicken and having a simple chicken salad for dinner, which was perfect after lots of snacking at the party.
We watched The Wizard of Lies (the new Bernie Madoff film on HBO) after dinner and it was really good, albeit creepy. We had watched the Bernie Madoff series a few months ago, so it was interesting to see this version, with Robert DeNiro playing Madoff.
Sunday began bright and early for me! I woke up about 6 am to review my pop-up class before heading out to the studio to pick up some equipment to bring along. I had never taught a pop-up class before, and although I was super nervous, it was a blast! We had a great turn-out and all the women who attended were extremely nice and came ready to work!
2 clients from the studio came, which almost felt like a piece of home (as I shared with them after class) in the different teaching environment. My best friend, Kristen, also came, which absolutely made my day and made the experience all the better!
Following the pop-up class, we had the opportunity to shop around. Fabletics provided those who attended with a discount on their purchases, so Kristen and I picked out a few things before heading off for an early lunch. I ended up getting a non-workout outfit, which I’ll be sharing soon! I love that Fabletics has a variety of clothing, not just limited to workout leggings and tops, but so many cute, functional outfits…dresses, rompers, jackets! I also ended up ordering a baseball cap I saw online- I am a baseball cap junkie and if it was appropriate, would probably wear one all day, every day.
Once we wrapped up our post-workout shopping, Kristen and I went for a quick lunch at Nordstrom. We used to go there all the time as high-schoolers and the tomato soup was just as freakin’ delicious as I remembered! After lunch, I made my way back to the studio to prepare for an afternoon class I was teaching there. I walked myself through the class to get my own little workout and stretch in, and before I knew it, it was class time. By the time class ended, I was wiped. I think the early-wakeup call, plus a later-than-usual night on Friday just finally hit me.
Back home, I did a quick outfit change and then we headed off to a quick evening cookout with friends and family. I felt myself fading quickly by Sunday night, but we still stayed up to watch the Billboard Music Awards, while polishing off some ice cream…wow, Celine Dion and Cher’s performances were amazing! Matt and I were cracking up trying to imitate the perfect Cher singing voice, but seriously, she is an incredible performer, with such stage presence!
And now, it’s time to get back to some serious meal planning. I find I am more successful with meal plans when I keep it simple, but I do like to switch things up a bit as well, so that we’re never getting bored with the same old dinners. This week has a good mix of simple and fun options, that require minimal ingredients so that we stay within our grocery budget!
- Monday: Shrimp stir fry
- Tuesday: Mexican meatloaf
- Wednesday: Chicken sausage + asparagus + sweet potatoes
- Thursday: Strawberry chicken salad
- Friday: TBD
Alright, that’s a wrap for today! Have a great start to the week!