The Perfect Man Shop: Alton Lane

Last month, Mike and I had the pleasure of experiencing the newest Alton Lane store. If you’re a man and have a hard time shopping for the perfect shirt and/or suit pieces, look no more.

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Alton Lane is a premium custom men’s clothing store. At least that’s what other articles will tell you. Our experience leads me to call it an ultimate man shop.

As you enter the showroom, it screams man cave. You’re offered a drink from their bar stocked with premium liquor, spirits and beers and you’re guided to a comfortable spot at the bar or tufted leather seating. If you chose the sofa, you’ll sit in front of a barn-wood paneled wall and under a cast iron deer bust, staring straight at the bar and huge flat screen TV. You’ll basically be building your perfect


If you’re a man in Chicago and haven’t made an appointment here, then I don’t know what type of man you are. This shop truly celebrates being a man in the right way; with a fully stocked bar and an offering of custom suit and shirt options.

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I went in with my husband and it was great seeing how passionate and knowledgable Jason was about the product, services, and store. It’s really refreshing to have that kind of experience for a man. It was also great seeing my husband pick the fabrics, cuff style, thread, etc. with such excitement all while sipping on some quality bourbon. Who ever said men can’t be manly while choosing fashion?


If you’re looking for a nice experience to give any man in your life, make an appointment with them. He’ll love it and then they’ll have his measurements on file forever …so it helps you out in the long run too! I can’t wait to see my man’s customer made shirt we ordered!


A Book A Month (May): A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

I looked in my bookcase and was surprised to find Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast. I’ve never read it before, so I guess I snatched it from home before we moved to Chicago two years ago.

I loved The Paris Wife, so I couldn’t wait to read the memoir of Ernest Hemingway’s during the time of which The Paris Wife would have taken place.

Pages: 211

Synopsis: A memoir Hemingway wrote as a way to remember his life in Paris from 1920-1926. It shows the adoration of his wife, his admiration and friendship with Fitzgerald, and his struggles of living in Paris.

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The Honeymoon Is Booked…What’s Next?

We’ve been married since September and we’ve finally booked our honeymoon. We’ll be flying into Dublin December 23rd and on to Paris the 27th! But what do we do, what do we pack, and where do we stay? Time to crowdsource. I’ve started a honeymoon Pinterest board, but I need some human recommendations.

We need bag recommendations, lightweight yet warm coats, comfortable boots, and places to visit. Please help! We found out that Dublin is practically closed December 25-27th, so any walking around attractions would be wonderful.

Thanks, Dreamers!!



It’s All About The Peonies

Shout out to all the bloggers, writers, fashion designers and everyone on the web for posting beautiful pictures of peonies. I’ve never seen so many peonies in my life. Can we say flower trend of the summer?!

Being the rebel that I am, I definitely will not be posting pictures of peonies in my own home. So, does anyone have suggestions for other beautiful, in-season flowers? I’m the type of person who purchases the Trader Joe’s Flowers, so keep in mind I’m on a budget (as per usual).

Here’s a collection of the peonies I found on my instagram in just one week! I probably missed some here and there, but wow! Click on the photos to be directed to the publisher’s website or instagram page.

Just search #peony and you’ll find more than 210,000 posts,  #peonies has over 227,000!

Fun facts about peonies:

• A friend’s mom told her “A long time ago they symbolized shame because sex addicts used the petals for something scandalous.” But here’s wikipedia’s take on that “Mischievous nymphs were said to hide in the petals of the Peony, giving it the meaning of Shame or Bashfulness in the Language of Flowers. “

•  It is also known as  “flower of riches and honour” or  “king of the flowers”, and is used symbolically in Chinese art.

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*featured image via mentioned friend. Thanks Patti!

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