Hi there! My name is Kit and I will be joining One Strange Bird each week as a guest blogger. Sometimes fashion geared, other times food and beverage friendly, DIY lifestyle hacks and the occasional interview, I look forward to sharing a few of my favorite things with y’all.

After growing up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, I ran off to the wilds of Missoula, Montana for college where I majored in English as well as river floating and the art of impromptu dance parties. After I graduated, I made my way back to the Midwest and have been freelance writing – fiction and non – ever since. I also work at Bodega Ramos, a neighborhood wine shop in the Lakeview/Lincoln Park area. Needless to say, I know a thing or two about fermented grape juice.

Check out below for a few of my favorite Chicago spots and highlights.

   Photo via  @lasirenachicago  


Photo via @lasirenachicago 

Fave Chicago Restaurant - One word: Empanadas. Two words: Natural Wines. Three words: Bardot Mermaid Kitsch. Need I say more? La Sirena Clandestina is intimate without being stuffy, has a killer wine list of funky organic and biodynamic gems and the food is South American cuisine done right.

Fave Chicago Coffee Shop - If I’m drinking coffee you will either find me at home messing with a French Press or seated outside at Lakeview’s Heritage General Store typing away on my laptop and sipping 12 ounces.

Fave Chicago Bookstore - Unabridged Books is a Boystown institution and this independent bookstore has survived and thrived over 35 years of business! The sale section is filled with good deals and the sales staff is knowledgeable about every title on the shelf. A perfect day in the city most definitely includes a stop at this shop.

Top Three Instagram Addictions: 

@hamlin_the_frenchie – This Chicago-based French Bulldog is a man about town and has the most adorable “derp” face ever.

@fleurincFleur is quite possibly my favorite floral boutique in the city. Their blooms, special events and handpicked bouquets are so pretty onscreen and even more so in person. 

@dethrosevintage – This brick and mortar vintage shop, Dethrose Vintage, based in Pilsen, always has the cutest, one-of-a-kind finds. Owner and curator, Karyn Dethrose, announces secret sales on her Insta as well as models each and every one of the shop’s latest additions, making this the perfect scroll for any vintage fiend.

Top Three Style Bloggers:

Courtney Trop of ALWAYSJUDGING has a knack for putting together classy, sleek outfits. Her West Coast Cali-girl vibe is oh so enviable and if I’m being honest, there is not much to judge harshly when it comes to the fashions featured on her site.

The creator behind I Go by Frankie, Frédérique Tietcheu, has a smile to stop even the most cynical misanthrope in their tracks. She mixes patterns like a pro, has a feminist edge and lives in London. This style blog brings a little Euro love into the mix.

Though not technically considered a blog, is one of the Internet’s best resources for around the clock fashion updates and latest news. Seriously, when another fashion week comes and goes, is all over it.

Next week I’ll be highlighting a handful of Chicago style bloggers to keep your eyes on. See you then!