Afternoon Tea in the City

Ditch the Noisy Bars for Tea Time: A Must-Do During the Holidays

December 2, 2014

Sometimes I think I’m part British–I’m absolutely lost without my morning Earl Grey tea latte. I have a small but much loved collection of tea pots. Downton Abbey is one of my favorite shows, and going out for an elegant afternoon tea in Chicago is a must-do during the holidays. As much as I would love to serve a proper afternoon tea at my home for a group of cherished friends–and of course the veddy proper Dowager Countess from Downton–who has time to prepare all those exquisite tea sandwiches, crumbly scones, delicate cookies and pastries? It’s so much easier to go out, and of course, great fun to get all dressed …  Read more

Jillian Conley Dishes on Sex, Love, & Timing

Author and Chicago Personality Sits Down to Chat on Love, Her Latest Book and What's Next

November 27, 2014

“My career is where it is because of the lessons I’ve learned. I failed English and that inspired me to become a writer. I failed a relationship and that inspired me to write about love, dating, timing and sex,” said author Jillian Conley as we sat at Rise Sushi, sipping on pinot grigio, shaking off the fall chill. And write about those things she did. In her latest book, Loving Mr. Wright, Conley wraps up the novella series of Audrey Buchanan, a spunky woman who’s on the search for love. Failing high school freshman English was a true turning point in Conley’s life. When she returned sophomore year, Conley had determination that turned …  Read more

Getting Rough-Luxe with Uncut Crystals

Retail Therapy or Crystal Therapy?

November 6, 2014

Sometimes it’s hard to improve on Mother Nature, so why try? Natural, uncut crystals are beautiful just the way they are, and I am seeing them everywhere–on chandeliers, lamps, sculptures, home accessories and jewelry. I love them for their rough-luxe look. The chunky texture is rugged and unrefined, and they have a subdued sparkle that comes in a subtle array of pretty colors straight from the earth. We like the way they work for glamorous settings or rooms that are more rustic. We just specified this gorgeous Fine Arts chandelier for a stairwell… Some people say that crystals have healing powers. I can vouch for that as I have been feeling oh …  Read more