I was honored to be invited, especially considering how much I adore brunch at Summer House! Summer House is easily one of the most appropriately named restaurants in the city.The decor SCREAMS summer!
The large ceiling of windows, the light ‘n beachy color palette, and the ample plant life really do make you feel like it’s June…
Even in the midst of a Chiberia February.The Hush Puppies brunch was held in one of the private dining rooms in the back of Summer House — a darker, moodier space with a large wall-length fireplace. The perfect spot to cozy into on a gloomy, rainy day!
Immediately after arriving we were supplied with VERY necessary mimosas while we perused the new Hush Puppies spring collection.
(P.s. my nail color has KALE in it!)You can’t go wrong with mimosas and shoes!Aren’t these pink loafers so fun?I loved all the tassles Hush Puppies has used this season too!There was even a mirror for us to try on pairs with — but apparently I only took a photo while wearing my own Joie booties [insert laugh/cry emoji here].While we shopped, a watercolor artist sketched down our outfits, turning each one into a true work of art.Katherine of Engineering in Style’s sketch turned out the best I think!
But Samantha of Gold Coast Girl’s turned out beautifully too (remember Sam from the David Yurman Guide to Chicago Date Spots last spring?).It was such a wonderful morning. After the last few slow months of winter it was nice to break out of hibernation and see all my favorite bloggers again!
Heidi of Wishes & Reality and Anna of A Lily Love Affair are two of my absolute favorites — they’re such true hearts from the inside out.
As are Mary of Sportsanista and Jen of Red Soles & Red Wine (who is also co-owner of incredible brand T&J Designs).
Don’t you just love this pant/lace top combination Mary was sporting (pun intended, Mary!)?Jenn of Cranberry Tantrums (remember her from the Streetcar Named Desire ballet promo last May?) and Joanna of Grace in Style both rocking some gorgeous prints for spring.
I’ve also recently met beautiful stylist Christine of Tristin Styling and am already FLOORED by her style. She’s got that quirky LA vibe Chicago desperately needs more of (not to mention a BALLER collection of Fendi poms).
Anyone who has a Chanel beanie is bound to be pretty fabulous though, wouldn’t you agree?The tablescape for our brunch was beautifully set.All of the flowers were so bright and quirky for spring (and I ended up taking home one of the arrangements and using it as a centerpiece for our Easter meal FOUR days later too! Wasn’t that sweet of them?). I could have shot this bouquet all day — I love arrangements like this that have so much texture and depth!Eventually we all settled in, took our places and the brunch began.
Now if you know me at all, my brunch order won’t come as a surprise…I ALWAYS order Summer House’s Avocado Toast. I mean, you can’t go wrong with this creamy, crunchy, mellow-yet-flavorful combination in the morning. The artisan housemade bread really takes it to a whole new level!
And it’s such a fresh break from all of the Mashed Pea & Scrambled Egg Tartines I’ve been bingeing on this spring.Mmmm, give me some of that #eggporn!But I’ll admit, Nicole of Cedar & Rush’s Acapulco Omelette with avocado, jalapeño, oaxaca cheese, and crispy tortilla strips had me drooling too.We also snacked on plenty of fresh fruit,
(including these extra juicy strawberries)and candied strips of delicious bacon.For dessert we tried blueberry muffins,S’mores bars, oatmeal cookies, and — my personal favorite — sea salt chocolate chip cookies (use my recipe to make them at home too!).It was so wonderful catching up with everyone! See gorgeous Johanna of 101 Things I Love off on the very left? Love her!Bloggers Be Grammin’!
Nicole even gave Samantha and I a tutorial on Snapchat since we both need to learn to use it more for our jobs. Thanks Nicole!
Hush Puppies made sure we all went home with ENORMOUS bags of goodies too like this adorable ‘Life is… Worry Free’ notebook and…our very own pair of Hush Puppies shoes! Aren’t Heidi’s pink loafers adorable?
Here are a few of my favorite picks from this spring’s collection (the suede pairs can even resist wine stains!!!):
Thank you so much for hosting us Hush Puppies — such a beautiful brunch with even more beautiful people was exactly what the doctor ordered on such a gloomy day!