So Chic Life

Alison Ray

Rescuing My Dog Really Rescued Me

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After our move from the city the first thing the girls asked was – Can we get a dog now? It’s been 7 years since the sweet dog I adopted from the SPCA while living in Dallas passed away. Jasmin came into my life just before I turned 30 and became my first child. That […] Read more…

Fall Shoe Trend Try On Party with DSW

Fall Shoe Trends DSW

What is it about the change in season that makes me crave new shoes? When fall rolls in I can’t get enough of over the knee boots, every style of bootie in leather and suede. This year I’m crushing on chic sneakers and peep toe booties. DSW is one of my all time favorite destinations for keeping up […] Read more…

Fall Trends with CBS Chicago

Fall Trends with CBS Chicago

Hey friends incase you missed my segment on CBS Chicago for Fall Trends for Beauty, Fashion & Home Decor with Marissa Bailey, here’s a recap and list of all the items featured. Thanks to Kie & Kate Boutique, Vera Bradley and Carousel Florist for participating. Beauty: Transitioning from a summer glow, we’re focusing on clean & […] Read more…

5 Tips for Hiring a Stylist

As much as I love fashion – shoes, handbags, dresses – you name it I want it, the process of shopping is not my jam. I loathe going to department stores and digging through racks upon racks that take so much time. I tend to wait until there’s an event or special occasion to shop […] Read more…

Why I Went Gluten-Free

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If you’ve been reading So Chic Life for awhile you may already know I went gluten-free by following the Paleo diet but here’s a quick refresher. In grad school I lost 25 pounds after cutting out processed food and having so many issues with with hormone imbalance and adrenal fatigue, I’ve realized along the way that my […] Read more…

Chicago Gourmet & Chicago’s Love for Farm to Table

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This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend an exclusive Q&A sesh with Chef/Partner of Bottlefork and The Duck Inn, Kevin Hickey at Chicago Gourmet. Moderated by Check Please! host Cat De Orio, I was intrigued by Chef Hickey’s passion for farm-to-table and what it means for the Chicago restaurant industry.  As much as I appreciate dining at restaurants that support […] Read more…

Powder Room Reveal: Relativity Textiles Wallpaper

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It’s been a few months since we added Relativity Textiles wallpaper to our powder room and I’m so excited to share the results. Wallpaper is my jam and it’s such a great way to add texture to any room. It was alway my intention to do something special to the walls of this tiny space, but we ran out […] Read more…

Home Trends: Wallpaper Inspiration

Looking for Wallpaper Inspiration? So many beautiful choices but I’m loving Relativity Textiles Wallpaper!

Wallpaper has made a serious comeback and adds such an interesting layer to any room. In our previous home, we added wallpaper in our master bedroom and grasscloth in the family room. It was amazing to see how much it transformed both spaces. Our bedroom was actually a little too large and we never really got around to purchasing the […] Read more…

Savvy Sassy School Days Twitter Party

Savvy Sassy School Days Twitter Party

Follow my blog with Bloglovin It’s that time again and what better way to kick off the new school year than with a Savvy Sassy School Days Twitter Party! We’re teaming up with our friends at Savvy Sassy Moms on Wednesday, August 24th at 6 p.m. PST/8 pm CST/9 p.m. EST for a fun hour of back-to-school […] Read more…

Oatmeal Banana Smoothie Bowl

Making breakfast a little more exciting with oatmeal banana smoothie bowls paired with goodnessknows snack squares!

Have you seen the back to school posts on Facebook this week? Where the heck did summer go?? Not that I’m complaining but we’ve been having ourselves a good ole time hanging at the pool, staying up late, eating more than our fair share of ice cream and just having fun. Now it’s time to start […] Read more…

Boyband Crush: MY2K Tour Chicago

My2K Tour

Move over Bieber it’s time to bring back the girl and boy bands.  Who knew how much I missed jamming out to a group of hot guys talented musicians performing in matching outfits, choreographed dances and synchronized hand movements?? Let me say when it comes to throwing down – 98°, O-Town, Ryan Cabrera and Dream – they’ve […] Read more…

Well Played: Activity Inspiration + Lessons Learned

Well Played Book Review by Meredith Sinclair via @SoChicLife

I love to have fun and be playful as much as the next person but coming up with ideas beyond an impromptu dance party doesn’t always come easy. I’ve always associated playfulness by interacting with children and in my twenties (long before having my own) I sought many opportunities to engage with kids through volunteering. Teaching vacation […] Read more…

The SpongeBob Musical Review

SpongeBob Musical Review Oriental Theatre Chicago

Exposing the girls to the arts and live theater productions has always been a priority. This week we were invited to the Pre-Broadway World premiere of The SpongeBob Musical at Chicago’s Oriental Theater. You guys it is one of the best musicals I’ve seen in years. We laughed, clapped and woo hoo’d throughout the entire show. If […] Read more…

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