As a mom of a toddler (I can’t believe she’s old enough for me to write that!), I have found that my Instagram feed has taken a drastic turn from the days of fashion, beauty, and lifestyle, to “Are you a cute mom who can help me with sippy cups?!” #momlife Thankfully a crop of amazing women has feeds brimming with inspiration for this new phase of my life — and some eye-catching photos and product picks even if you don’t have children.
I stumbled upon Liz’s feed and realized her son is just a month shy of my daughter, Callie. Jackpot! I’m always looking for someone who can relate to the current baby stage I’m in. She’s a fantastic photographer and provides endless funny #momlife struggles in her Instagram stories, adorable updates on her children’s milestones, and gorgeous design inspo.
I have always enjoyed Sequins & Stripes, but I felt a closer connection to Liz, who is pregnant with her second, once I had my own daughter. I love following her product recommendations for her son, Charlie (be it essentials oils or the best clothing stores for babes) alongside product picks for her easygoing style.
Caitlin is a mama-of-all-trades who moonlights as an editor at Glitter Guide and an event floral designer, all while running the blog, The Mama Notes, and chasing her daughter, Piper. Her feed manages to be oh-so-calming (I don’t know how she does it) and full of incredible ideas (especially yummy, toddler-friendly dishes, which I love!)
There’s no question that putting on a nice dress and heading out for a fancy dinner is enjoyable, but often, the best nights are those spent in laid-back and causal restaurants with friends. This summer I plan on spending lots of time doing just that at Park & Field, a vintage sports bar with everything you could ever want and more.
The restaurant combines an old-school gymnasium aesthetic with new-school delicious cuisine. The best part is the 6,000 square foot patio that is filled with a bonfire pit, bocce ball courts, an outdoor bar, and seating that permits you to watch your favorite live sports on TV. Known to be one of the biggest outdoor patios in Chicago, this is the perfect spot to enjoy a beautiful summer night with a melting s’more in one hand, and a cold drink in the other.
Images via Park & Field and Instagram
We’ve got all of our fingers on the pulse here at Skirt, so each week we’re rounding up a few of the news stories we can’t stop chatting about.
The first of the celeb twins has arrived!
“This morning Amal and George welcomed Ella and Alexander Clooney into their lives. Ella, Alexander and Amal are all healthy, happy and doing fine. George is sedated and should recover in a few days.”
Soon you’ll never have to ask your BFF for her wifi password again:
“iOS 11 will come with a Wi-Fi-network-sharing feature. To take advantage of the change, hold two devices running iOS 11 next to each other, and attempt to join the desired network from the unconnected device.”
You could be one step closer to becoming Beyoncé after this weekend:
“Ashley Everett, who serves as ‘dance captain’ for Beyoncé, is coming to Chicago Saturday and Sunday to teach dance classes.”
Not all superheroes wear capes; some wear flats:
“The ‘Wonder Woman’ star has almost exclusively worn flat or nearly flat shoes to promote her record-breaking, widely praised film.”
Instagram, as I’m sure rings true for most, has become my go-to for fashion and beauty inspiration, news, food recommendations, and comedic relief. Whether it be to stay in the know or to create a summer wish list of fashion finds, I love the platform for providing fresh content and real-time updates. I’ve included a few of my go-to account below!
Dream Closet – Something Navy
Something Navy was the first fashion blogger I started regularly following, so I have some serious loyalty to her, Ruby Lou, and Dylan. I love her classic yet trendy style (can you say dream closet?) and the candid look into her life that her account provides.
Favorite LiketoKnowIt Lady– Crystalin Marie
For more attainable fashion or purchase inspiration, I turn to Portland-based blogger Crystalin Marie. I have recently become a huge LiketoKnowIt fan, and her styled looks influence most of my purchases through the app. She has a very sleek, neutral-based aesthetic and is always inspiring my day-to-day outfits.
Beauty Goals – Glossier
I have quite the obsession with beauty and skincare products, and Glossier’s dreamy feed is definitely one of my favorites. Like many, I am in love with its product, and turn to its Instagram for tips, new releases, or behind-the-scenes footage (FYI — their brand-new daily sunscreen is as good as they say!).
LOL – Girl With No Job
I can’t deny it; I love a good meme and I usually don’t go a day without tagging a friend in one of Girl With No Job’s posts. They make me laugh out loud and are usually scarily relatable.
Bear with me here, people … Don’t judge this cake by its ingredients until you taste it!
I was put in charge of dessert for a family party but knew that we were going to be celebrating my cousin’s birthday, too. While I opted for a chocolate-on-chocolate cake from Sweet Mandy B’s, I also made a special cake for my vegetable-loving cousin. The gluten-free family members really enjoyed the cake too! These recipes are from The Spunky Coconut, Healthy Indulgences and Love and Lemons.
Black Bean Chocolate Cake
1 Can Black Beans
1 TBS Vanilla Extract
½ TSP Salt
6 TBSP Cacao Powder
5 TBSP Coconut Oil
2 TBSP Honey (plus more to taste)
2 TBSP Coconut Flour
2 TSP Baking Powder
Mix all ingredients together. Coat a 9-inch spring form pan with coconut oil and pour ingredients in. Cook at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until bounces back.
Chocolate Avocado Icing
2 Very Ripe Avocados
¼ Cup Chopped Baking Chocolate (around 65% cacao)
¼ Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
½ Cup Agave
1 TSP Vanilla
½ Cup Almond Milk
Pinch of Salt
Melt the baking chocolate in the microwave (careful to not burn it!). Let it cool slightly. In a food processor mix all ingredients together. Taste and adjust. Let chill in the fridge for at least 15 or so minutes.
Put cake on cake stand or plate. Frost entire cake with Chocolate Avocado Icing. I topped my cake with coconut shavings and strawberries for decoration! Grab a fork and enjoy!