Thursday, September 5, 2013

Randolph Street Market

Music, food, culture, old treasures and creative fuel; all of that pretty much wraps up the The Randolph Street Market. The market graces downtown Chicago a few times in the summer, and it’s safe to say I’m hooked. When I go, I always leave with a unique find, or feeling inspired. From fashion accessories to interesting knick-knacks and furniture pieces for your home, this place has it covered.

Many cities have their versions – whether it’s a junk jaunt, thrift market, etc. Here's the truth and key to success when navigating these markets. Many items are over priced; but if you search hard enough you can leave with a steal. Plus mixing these “new” pieces into your life is key for style in the home or on the street.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Belinda Renee Launch!

Hi there!

I’m back again with a fresh face.

This time around, I'll be posting about fashion, home décor, DIY projects, happenings in Chicago and the life of a twenty something trying to balance it all. I’m sure I won’t be able to avoid posts about my little golden doodle, Harley, either (haha).

Most of all, I'm looking forward to using this as a creative outlet that I get to share with cyber space. Maybe my mom will be the only one to read this blog, and that’s okay. Sometimes just putting your ideas into writing is all that matters. The clip below sums up my philosophy on creativity.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Millenium Park Concert

Chicago in the summer is something I will miss with fall peaking it's head around the corner. With that said, I've been spending as much time outside as possible. Having been a tourist in Chicago before moving here, I always thought it would be cool to go to a concert at this amphitheater in Millenium Park. So, the other weekend we headed to the park with some snacks and a blanket and camped out listening to music. It was a perfect evening, and I highly recommend it if you're in the area! Did I mention that the concert was free?! How cool is that?

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Closing a chapter...

Earlier this month a major chapter of my life closed. This chapter included so many unforgettable memories, long nights spent with my nose in a book, endless fun times on UNL's campus and friends to last a lifetime. I'm happy to say I graduated with my Master's degree in Marketing, Communications and Advertising and said my final farewell to Lincoln, Nebraska on August 10th. Six years of school officially done; I can't believe it! Since I'm already working at my dream job in Chicago, it felt good to seal the deal on my degree. It was also perfect timing for me to go back home to Nebraska to see friends and family. And to top off the weekend, I got to graduate with one of my best friends! Kelynne and I have had quite the summer. We took a trip abroad (more to come on that later), which was beyond amazing!

Cheers to new opportunities, new friends, a new city and new adventures! 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Harley's 21st Doggy Birthday

I realized we may have became "those people" when we threw Harley a 21st doggy birthday party. I mean, you only turn 21 once, right? Either way, Harley turned 21 in doggy years on July 30th and I'd say he had a good day. New toys, treats, a trip to the dog park and doggy beer...does it get any better? Some of your may remember when we found the doggy bear at the Lincoln Park Farmer's Market from this post.

Birthday Loot
Birthday smiles at the end of the night.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Birthday Pancakes a day late...

What's better than birthday pancakes on your birthday? Birthday pancakes the day after your birthday; it's like celebrating your birthday two days in a row! Well, that's how I justified the fact that I was a day late surprising Michael with his birthday pancakes.We'll also forget the fact that some of them were a little burnt. In the past 3 years, I've always made Michael a birthday cake on his birthday, but this year, thanks to Pinterest, I decided to switch things up and make him birthday pancakes. :) 

Maybe it's the little girl in me, but I never want birthdays to become "another day" as you get older. Because of this, I love making my friends and families birthdays a special day. I mean, a person's birthday only happens once a year! I was so excited to celebrate Michael's birthday in Chicago. We went out to the most amazing, romantic place for dinner, called Geja's Cafe in Lincoln Park. It's a fondue place, with not only an amazing menu but a great atmosphere. It was a little pricey, but if you have a special occasion, I highly recommend this place! 

Until next year :) Happy Birthday Michael! 

Hanging out on the rooftop before taking off for dinner.
In front of our apartment.
I'm a sucker for flowers, so we made a pit stop at the Lincoln Park Conservatory before dinner :)
The birthday boy :)
The most amazing food!
Isn't this the cutest place ever?