For the first time in what feels like a long time, we spent the entire weekend in Chicago!  Thankfully, the weather cooperated and gave us plenty of opportunities to get outside.


I took the day off and went shopping with my coworker and friend Erika…for over seven hours!  I’ve been wanting to overhaul my closet for a long time, and when I learned that Erika’s a part-time stylist, I asked if she would help me start the process of filling my closet with better quality pieces.

Not only did Erika help me find a ton of great things, but she also shared tips along the way.  I feel like I’m on the path to actual having my own defined style, which has never been the case.  Usually, I just buy stuff that looks good in the moment without thinking about things like the number of outfits I can make with the piece, longevity, etc.

I haven’t had a chance to photograph my haul, but once I do, I’ll definitely share.  It’s pretty awesome!

Later that evening, Vishnu and I headed to Seoul Taco for dinner.  The best way to describe the restaurant and the food is a Korean + Mexican style Chipotle.  Vishnu ordered a bowl (rice, steak, friend egg, greens, veggies, chili sauces), while I opted for two tofu tacos.  We also shared chips and queso.  Everything was unique and flavorful.  Such a fun twist on two delicious cuisines.

Seoul Taco Chicago


Saturday started with brunch at Taverna 750 with friends.  It was fun chatting over delicious food (a friend and I shared a Breakfast Pizza and Vegetarian Benedict).

We then spent the afternoon walking around and exploring different bars.  Our last stop was my favorite – the J. Parker in Lincoln Park.  It’s a beautiful rooftop bar that’s the place to be on a perfect summer day.  The views of the city are incredible!

We joined Aekta, Adarsh, and Adarsh’s family  for dinner at Opart Thai House later that night.  We were celebrating Adarsh’s sister’s 16th birthday. You guys, I think we found our favorite Thai restaurant in the city.  Everything we ordered was perfection – the flavors, the spice level, etc.  And the service was also on point.  Even though the restaurant was packed, we felt like the only people there.  So fun!

Opart Thai House West Town Chicago

Family dinner - Opart Thai House - West Town Chicago


Sunday was slow but steady.  I got out of bed at 7:00 and watched the last few episodes of The Mindy Project.  I’m not a huge fan of the show anymore, but they know how to execute incredible season finales.  The kind that keep you wanting more…so here’s to season 5!

Later in the afternoon, we drove to Aekta and Adarsh’s place.  Aek and I went for a run along the lake while the boys mounted the TV.  Fair split of responsibilities!  I honestly can’t say it enough – having my sister and Adarsh here with us is THE biggest blessing!

Chicago Summer - Run along the lake - view of the city

We ended the night with episode five of The Night Of.  This show is gut wrenching and hard to watch but powerful enough to keep you wanting more.

Tell me – what did you do and/or eat this weekend?

By Parita

5 thoughts on “Closet Overhaul + Beautiful Weather + Delicious Food”
  1. Sounds like a perfect weekend! I LOVE fusion restaurants – I’ll have to check that place out next time I’m in the city. My weekend was so busy! Had a photo session at my alma mater (go green!), Amber left (sobbing), cleaning and seeing my parents. aunt and FIL!
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