Tis the season for margaritas on the beach! Chicagoans can truly appreciate the meaning of summer, as we’re still dusting off those snowflakes! I’ve rounded up my summer wish-list full of fun in the sun! My inspiration is this adorable bike — I will get a french-bulldog, and I will take her around town — a gal can dream, right? There’s nothing better than cruisin’ around Chicago’s iconic Lakeshore Drive path with the wind in your hair. The city finally comes alive again! Now, to make the most of this summer-goodness — see my picks below! What’s your favorite? PS: Save me a bike! It’s on my wish-list! XX

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1. Huffy Bike 2. Vera Bradley Bucket Bag 3. Rift Valley Necklace (Revolve) 4. Bora Bora Bracelet 5. Marc Jacobs Candy Wrapper iPhone Case (adorable, right?) 6. Metallic Sunhat 7. Lilly Pullitzer Starfish Cuff 8. Stateline Shades (love these!) 9. Tropical Bikini Topshop 10. Bando Tumber (perfect for staying hydrated pool-side) 11. Rose Sandal 12. Modal Caftan Cover-up 13. Flash Tattoos 14. Lilly Pullitzer Dust Romper 15. Bando Watermelon tote (back in stock, hurry!)

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I hope everyone had a lovely Memorial Day weekend — Did you catch any sales? If so, share below! Oh, and cheers to a short week! (Insert dancing emoji here). I’ll be celebrating my 29th birthday this weekend, so I have a lot to look forward to. PS: I’m on Snapchat! (@HeartofChic) I always joke to my blogger-family that I have 2 lives — My Instagram life is very girly, and clean. My real life is full of hip-hop, basketball, & f-bombs. The best of both worlds, right? Ha!

1. Victorias Secret Limited Edition Varsity Sweatshirt 2. Giuseppe Zanotti Leaf Sandals (dreamy, right?) 3. Wildfox Tropical Swimsuit 4. Tropical Print Brushes (perfect for that carry-on) 5. Leaf Print Slip-Dress via Topshop 6. Victorias Secret Push-up Bra 7. Palm Beach Pillow 8. Vine Leaf Ear Cuff 9. Kate Spade iPhone Case (on clearance!) 10. Tropical Gangster Clutch (this is so me)

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I’m obsessed with print (I even have a print Pinterest board — talk about dedication, ha!) I can’t get enough of this earthy, tropical print. It has me craving the beach, and summertime fun. It also brings a little paradise into your everyday life; nothing wrong with that! This large-scale leaf pattern will play perfectly against an assortment of colors, and will be sure to brighten up those gloomy days. What’s your take on the tropical-trend? Are you in, or are you out? Xx

Happy Memorial Day weekend, babes! This officially marks the beginning of summer —Cheers to beautiful weather, friends, family, delicious food, and cocktails galore. Finally, we can breakout the grills and head to the beach! I’m looking forward to celebrating two birthdays (Happy Birthday to my mom, and childhood bestie!) So much to look forward to! I’m rounding up my favorite recipes, sales and activities to make this Memorial Day 2015 your most memorable (and delicious) yet. Cheers, dolls!

SHOPPING GUIDE

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Obviously, it’s not Memorial Day without the sales. So. Many. Sales. I’ve rounded up my favorites below! Get that credit card ready, these are too good to pass up!

COCKTAILS

Raspberry Moscato Sangria | One Sweet Mess

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Presentation is everything, right? How adorable are these mason jars?! For my sweet-tooth lovers, you’re in for a treat. Pro tip: Your farmers markets should be back in full swing — pick up some fresh raspberries to pair with this delicious moscato. Click here to view the full recipe!

Sparkling Pineapple Lemonade | CreateCraftLove.com

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This non-alcoholic drink is refreshing, and simple! (Mommy’s to be: You’re going to love!) Simply mix 1 quart of lemonade, 1 quart of pineapple juice & a 1/2 quart of sparkling white grape juice — That’s seriously it! Kid approved, too (so obviously I’m obsessed) View the original recipe here.

Watermelon Mojito | Ina Garten

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I’ll let the photo do the talkin’ on this one! I mean — Definitely my favorite of the season! Juicy watermelon, mint and rum! View the full recipe here (Prep time: 10 minutes)

EATS

Shake Shack Burger Recipe | I am a Food Blog

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Oh man — Shake Shack is fairly new to Chicago and I’ve already been countless times (oink) It’s honestly one of my favorite burgers of all time. Thanks to my foodies out there, they’ve cracked the recipe-code: you can actually make these on your own! (These will definitely be making an appearance at my Memorial Day celebrations) Sorry, vegetarians! View the full recipe here.

Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad | Creme de la Crumb

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Alright, we have to even those carbs with some green, right? I absolutely love this apple cranberry walnut salad via Creme de la Crumb (and, not just because I love this blog name!) Apples, cranberries, feta and walnuts complete this dish! View the recipe here. What are your favorite summertime salads? (The more fruit, the better for me)

Strawberry Limeade Popsicles | Paper & Stitch

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Oh, hello 3-ingredient recipe — How, I love you! View the entire recipe here. Your friends+family will go crazy for these guys! Pass the yum!

PLAY IN CHICAGO

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  1. Parade: Chicago Memorial Day Parade: Saturday, May 23rd on State Street at noon
  2. Go to the lake: Yes, it’s beach season, baby! Check this link for Chicago beaches, and get ready to soak up some sun.
  3. Bike: My early risers, listen up. This sunday, ‘Bike the Drive’ is back! Roll out of bed at 5:30 am, hop on your bike and enjoy a care-free cruise along the iconic Lake Shore Drive with hundreds of other cyclists. (Runs from Bryn Mawr Avenue to 57th Street)
  4. Festival: Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival is back! 31 years of tribute bands, delicious food and drinks. Rock on, Chi.
  5. Pool-side: If you’re not feeling the beach scene, head to the pool! We live in this incredible city with dozens of pools — you’re bound to have a friend with one. Bring the drinks!
  6. Museum: I know, this one is indoors — but, it’s the perfect opportunity to soak up some knowledge. Did you know: The Art Institute of Chicago recently was voted best museum in the entire world? How about them apples, eh? XX