Friday Round Up

It’s hot outside, we get it, but that’s no excuse to worship your air conditioner all weekend! The Pitchfork Music Festival is heating up The Windy City today through Sunday. Throw on some sunscreen and catch Icelandic music legend Björk rocking out with nearly fifty other musical acts.

Take five to freeze your brain at Chicago’s favorite slushie machine: Parson’s Chicken and Fish serves scorched-to-perfection fried chicken alongside icy and irresistibly popular Negroni Slushies. Cool kicks can also be found in your very own kitchen with easy homemade Blueberry-Green Tea Slushies.

Too hot to wander out for a manicure? Have the nail art shipped to you with Scratch’s monthly subscriptions—each box contains three limited-edition nail wraps from a featured artist, nail art tools and accents, step-by-step tutorials, and a gift from that month's artist.

While you’re on a DIY streak, turn vino into the perfect table number marker at your summer wedding. This crafty table setting will have guests drinking to your good fortune—and your excellent taste.

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1. Björk via Playmaker  | 2. Parson’s Chicken and Fish via Chicago Reader  | 3. Blueberry-Green Tea Slushies via Whole Living  | 4. Nail Wraps via Scratch   | 5. Wine Bottle Table Numbers via Martha Stewart

Friday Round Up

We are now deep into “wedding season”, friends. This means pretty cornflower bouquets, delicious lemonade-mixed cocktails, and scorching hot outdoor ceremonies that inspire a whole new use for those wedding programs.

Prep for a sun-soaked July wedding with melt-proof makeup, then top off your look with milkmaid braids inspired by Valentino’s Fall 2013 Couture runway. Give playful summer wedding themes a spin and let your guests sign a globe guestbook!

Speaking of International affairs, this weekend is France’s Bastille Day. Celebrate La Fête National with fellow Franchophiles at Pix Patisserie in Portland, Oregon. Kick-start the Saturday event with a 5k Fun Run which includes costumes and wine-fueled pit stops along the race route. Live music, dancing, and a champagne-and-oyster bar are an excellent way to celebrate French Nationalism stateside. Won’t be in Oregon this weekend? Throw on your beret and whip up a batch of France’s fanciest cookies—irresistible macarons. Ooh la la!


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1. Topshop's Waterproof Kohl Pencil, $10 via PopSugar | 2. Valentino’s Milkmaid Braids via The Cut | 3. Globe Guest Book via Ruffled | 4. Bastille Day Celebration at Pix Patisserie; Eiffel Tower photo via Enticing Nostalgia | 5. Macaron Recipe via Martha Stewart; Macaron photo via Just Splendid