Category: Adventures

  • Cooking in Milan

    Cooking in Milan

    The cooking lesson from heaven I took a cooking lesson while visiting Italy. The host Lydia created a serene welcoming, entertaining and informative environment. We walked into her apartment and she had appetizers, bruschetta and wine waiting. She worked around my crazy dietary restrictions to teach us how to produce a feast. We found out…

  • What the lake gave me

    What the lake gave me

    My title is influenced by Frida Kahlo’s What the Water Gave Me. Lake Michigan has a magnetic energy that pulls me in with every glance. I’m like a moth drawn to the flame. It is mesmerizing, energizing, and always inspiring. But despite my love for all things aquatic, this is the first year I saw…

  • Summer Sendoff in Monee

    Summer Sendoff in Monee

    This summer has introduced me to a newfound love of nature. I have been camping more times than I can count, but this summer and during the pandemic is the first time I actively sought out nature. When I saw an event for kayaking and a cookout for $20 at the Monee Reservoir, I signed…

  • Lakeshore Drive-In and Lovecraft Country

    Lakeshore Drive-In and Lovecraft Country

    Going to the Drive-In during COVID I haven’t been to a drive-in since the late nineties. If memory serves me correctly, I saw a double feature of Twister and Erasure in the south suburbs. And in the movie Twister, a tornado hits a drive-in. This experience was much better. And full of so many joyful…

  • Glitter is my favorite color

    Glitter is my favorite color

    I was a teenager of the nineties. When I lived in the burbs, we had one store, Radio Swap, that sold cool nineties accoutrements: cassette tapes, psychedelic accessories, Manic Panic hair dye, silver body jewelry, etc. Quality glitter was almost obsolete in the suburbs. Glitter was not the easiest thing to obtain, but a makeup…

  • Hennessy

    Hennessy

    What started out as a book launch became an evening to remember. I was at Aster Hall for John Hogan’s book launch about the Watertower. I was getting ready to leave when my friend texted me and joined me at the book launch. Afterwards, we were headed home, but I wanted to squeeze more out…

  • DayGleam

    DayGleam

    On January 19, 2020, MadeMaven held the ultimate self care social at the Roosevelt Collection Shops. The day addressed body, mind, and spirit. I was excited and thankful to attend; I am always looking for ways to polish the Diamond Life. The day was broken into loose segments of workouts, self-care, a la carte treatments,…

  • Battle of the Holiday Bars

    Battle of the Holiday Bars

    Frosty’s versus Santa Baby Battle of the Holiday Bars 2019 begins. My friends and I first visited Frosty’s and then later in the week, trekked to Santa Baby bar. Warning: This battle of the bars lacks objectivity – I went to Frosty’s at night and Santa Baby in the daytime. Frosty’s Time Visited: Night Parking:…

  • Bumble 2020 Vision Board Party

    Bumble 2020 Vision Board Party

    2020. Close your eyes. What do you see? What is your vision? I make resolutions. I read horoscopes. I make wishes when I see 11:11. Last year felt like a roller-coaster in both good ways and bad ways. When my friend suggested going to Portia King’s Bumble 2020 Vision Party, I was all in. This…

  • The One of a Kind Show

    The One of a Kind Show

    Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken. — Oscar Wilde. I went to Chicago’s One of a Kind Show at the Merchandise Mart. I went without a game plan, but with a two hour time limit. I was determined to only find things that stood out from the usual art, jewelry, and kitsch. This is…

  • St.Jane Hotel with Youth and Yarrow

    St.Jane Hotel with Youth and Yarrow

    I’ve waited for the bus across the street from St. Jane Hotel more times than I can count. While listening to the reggae beats of Mr. Brown’s Lounge, I’ve glanced into the posh window of Free Reign and glimpsed into a life more stylish than mine. Until today. St. Jane Hotel and Youth and Yarrow…