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Love, Lephan  |📍: Chicago |💻: {BLOGGER} Macarons & Lavender |🍾: Champagne Enthusiast |🍜: Recipe sharer |✈️: MDW➡️BOS➡️PVD; ORD➡️SFO MacaronsandLavender@gmail.com

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Giddy because I'll be flying home a week from today to attend a darling friend's wedding!
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I'm also excited because, I miss the ocean, the smell of the salt in the air and seafood! I miss good quality seafood!
#WatchHill #WesterlyRI

Monday's are less scary with pictures of doughnuts! 🍩🍩
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@doritedonuts is another fave of mine (although, I can't say I've met a doughnut place I didn't like). Do-Rite has the most exceptional old fashioned donut.
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Tell me your fave doughnut shoppe! (PSA- go send some love to my friends tagged in this photos)!

Happy Thursday Y'all! This rainy day has me dreaming of the time I ordered two full size doughnuts and one mini doughnut at firecakes and walked around LP eating them....
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Treat yourself today, life is too short to not eat that doughnut! 🍩 #tbt

Last night I had such a lovely night with my Chicago family at James Taylor. It got me thinking about how lucky S and I are to have warm and welcoming people in our lives.
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It also got me thinking about stadium and ballpark food, it's come such a long way! Gone are the days when your only option was a hot dog or peanuts! Now there are multiple stalls selling an array of food options! Last night, at Wrigley, I ate chicken tenders, fries and cheese dip... like any 31 year old. Haha but, one could have ordered an Italian beef or brats!
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At soldier field, Scott and I split this pulled pork sandwich, there was also had a taco stand (where you could get elote) and variety of other options!
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The food options will likely be the reason I go to sporting events.
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Who else was at James Taylor, last night?

Happy Bastille Day! On July 14, 1789, Parisian revolutionaries stormed and dismantled the Bastille. This action signaled the beginning of the French Revolution. Vive la France! 🇫🇷
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Photo: River Seine from the Right Bank

Throwback to that time I put maple syrup on bacon and then wrapped it around asparagus... you know, because balance! Link in bio
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We've made it to Thursday! One more day till Fri-yay! Happy Thursday, all! #tbt #linkinbio

Well, another weekend passes with a blink of an eye. I hope it was a good one for y'all.
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Last week I took a little technology detox. It was much needed, it felt nice to put down my phone and take in my surroundings. How often do you take technology detoxes? I did miss you guys, tho! What have y'all been up to?
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Yesterday, I spent the day volunteering with @therescuerunway, one of my faves, at @roscoevillagechamber's burgerfest. We were representing @famous.fido. If you came in through the Belmont/Damen entrance between 11-2:30pm you probably saw us!
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S and I stopped back at BurgerFest later that afternoon, we grabbed a burger from @billygoatstavern and @butcherandtheburger! Of all the years we've lived in Chicago, this was the first Billy Goat burger we ate. Did you guys go? Which was your fave burger? #rvburgerfest

Well, I tried to make cashew and hazelnut cacao butter... it was an utter fail. I got too nervous that I was overheating my food processor. I ended up not processing the nuts enough. This became more of a smear than butter...it was okay, once I got over the texture...
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Does anyone have any tips? Did I use the wrong combo of nuts? How long do I actually need to process these nuts?
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Oh and Happy Friday, Darlings!

Paris, France 🇫🇷
There are 37 bridges that cross the River Seine. Five are pedestrian only. This was shot on Pont des Arts, known to many as the bridge that formerly housed "love locks". The locks have since been removed (TG).
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Coming to the blog this week, I'm talking about why it's important to travel.

From my family to yours, Happy Independence Day!
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May your friendships be warm and your beer always cold! 🍻#happyfourthofjuly

About last night, thanks to @chicagogrammers I had the opportunity to celebrate the nations veteran warriors at the opening ceremony for the #warriorgames2017 (@dodwarriorgames). The resiliency of these incredible humans will always amaze me.
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We were treated with phenomenal performances by @kellyclarkson and @blakeshelton.
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I couldn't go see Blake without dusting off those authentic cowboy boots, putting on some double denim and accessorizing with a pulled pork sandwich.
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Check out my IG stories for some epic geek out moments!

Hey guys! I'm here, still surviving! Q2 hasn't been to kind to me, but I'm in the home stretch!
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Staying hydrated during quarter end is so important. I spend the day chugging as much H2O as I can. As a self proclaimed water lover and snob, I usually stick to purified chicago tap water.
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@konadeepwater is my bottled water preference. Kona water is sourced from the deep ocean waters of Hawaii. It contains a unique blend of naturally occurring electrolytes. Kona Deep comes from a deep ocean currents filled with melted glaciers from Greenland and Iceland.
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I could go on and on about how cool this is, but what's important is, this really is some spectacular and hydrating stuff!
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You can find this at your local @marianosmarket!
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Happy Friday! Happy 4th of July Weekend! Stay Happy, healthy and hydrated! |#ad| #konadeep

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