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Ever dreamed of being a mermaid before? Well, if so, you’re about to be blown away. AquaMermaid offers a real-life mermaid experience, which I tried for myself, and it’s awesome. This post will be detailing my AquaMermaid Chicago experience and share some fun photos with you all!

*I was invited to attend an AquaMermaid Chicago class, however, all opinions are my own and honest.*

My AquaMermaid Chicago Experience

AquaMermaid Chicago ExperienceWhat is AquaMermaid?

AquaMermaid is an awesome mermaid school that lets you experience what it’s like to be a mermaid for a day (or hour!) Right now, AquaMermaid has locations all over the world, like Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec, Kitchener, Phoenix, and Chicago. Of course, I attended mermaid school in Chicago. Mermaid classes can be used for fitness reasons (trust me, it’s hard to rely on only your fin and abs to swim around!), or just for fun!

Oh! And, mermaid classes are perfect for any and all ages. (There were toddlers swimming around when I got there, and also middle aged women!) Anyone can come to class and try being a mermaid.

How does it work?

Being a mermaid isn’t easy! When you attend class, you get to put on your own, colorful tail. The tails themselves are made of stretch fabric like spandex and worn up to the waist. Your feet go into a monofin and the stretch fabric perfectly fits over the top of the fin to give you your tail 😉

What goes on in class?

The mermaid class I attended was 1 hour long, with 5 people in the class + 1 instructor. I attended class with my older sister, Hannah, and we had an absolute blast. After getting our fins fitted to our feet and slipping on our tails, we:

  • learned how to swim with our tails (it’s a lot of work!)
  • practiced different mermaid swimming techniques (like swimming on our side + back)
  • took fun pictures in our tails
  • did group swims, where all 5 of us in the class swam together side-by-side (these were the hardest!)

Honestly, the hour went by so fast and my sister and I were cracking up laughing the whole time. Swimming in a fin isn’t the most natural feeling in the world, but it is SO MUCH FUN and absolutely hilarious to watch each other struggle.

AquaMermaid Chicago Experience

I had the best time with my sister at AquaMermaid and would highly recommend it!


For more information

Interested in AquaMermaid? Check out their website here for more information, or their Instagram here. Want to just buy a mermaid tail separately and skip attending class? Get a tail here.

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This weekend was a blast and was also something I had been looking forward to for a long time. A while ago, I was contacted by Kendra Scott Chicago and asked if I wanted to host my very own Color Bar Party. I hadn’t heard of the Color Bar before but was intrigued. After learning about the Color Bar, I was more than willing to sign up and host my very own party at Kendra Scott’s Chicago location. This past Saturday, I invited 4 of my best girlfriends to come with me and shop around Kendra Scott!

My Kendra Scott Chicago Color Bar Party

What is the Color Bar?

The Color Bar is an in-store and online tool that you can use to create your very own, custom jewelry. Using the color bar, you can select your:

  • category (necklace, earrings, rings, bracelet)
  • style
  • stone
  • metal

to create your personalized, one-of-a-kind piece of Kendra Scott jewelry. The options are endless with Color Bar, which is what makes it so fun! Check out the Color Bar online tool here. 

What is a Color Bar Party?

Basically, I was invited to bring some of my best friends to attend an event at Kendra Scott Chicago, and play around with the Color Bar in-store! The party also had fun sips + sweets (like macarons!) for me and my guests. Everyone who attended the party got 15% off their purchase, which was really nice.

Enjoy the photos below from my Color Bar Party!

Kendra Scott

Kendra Scott

My First Kendra Scott Piece

I’ve never shopped at Kendra Scott before, but I am so excited to have been introduced to this brand and know I will be back in-store soon. All of the pieces that Kendra designs are beautiful and the different color options are fantastic. I strictly wear silver-only jewelry, and it was still so easy to shop tons of different designs at Kendra Scott. Plus, the store itself was gorgeous and I’m told it was designed after Kendra Scott’s actual home!

For my first Kendra Scott piece, I chose to design my own ring at the Color Bar. The style of the ring that I got is called the “Theodore”, in Rhodium metal, with a Platinum Drusy stone. It’s stunning!

I got to design my piece in-store, but below you can see what my ring would look like if I designed it online.

Theodore Ring

I highly recommend Kendra Scott’s jewelry, and had so much fun at my own Color Bar Party! Let me know if you have ever played around online (or in-store) with the KS Color Bar!

And a special shoutout goes to my friend Megan Rogers-Reilley, the girl behind Bowtiful Life, who invited me to host my own party! 🙂


*I was gifted a Kendra Scott piece. However, all opinions are my own and honest.*

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This past weekend I had the opportunity to visit a Chicago hair salon called George the Salon in order to try out a new service they offer. The service is called the Digital Detox and I’m here to review the service and go more into detail about my experience!

George the Salon: My Digital Detox Experience

I got to visit the salon on a Saturday morning, and let me tell you…it’s beautiful. George the Salon is located in the Gold Coast, (which is already gorgeous), and I felt like a queen even just being at the salon.

Chicago Hair Salon
Chicago Hair Salon

Everyone who worked at the salon seemed super nice and friendly, offering me coffee/tea/water and were making sure I was comfortable and well taken care of. I waited for my appointment in the little waiting area, and then when it was time, Jodi came and got me!

Jodi is the woman who gave me my massage, and she was also friendly and delightful to be around. She always made sure I was comfortable, before, during and even after the massage. She really made my experience amazing and the massage itself was to die for.

While the salon offers different types of massages, I was there specifically to try out The Digital Detox massage. The Digital Detox massage concentrates on the upper body for 25 or 55-minute sessions, working out the tension in your scalp, jaw, temples, face, neck, and shoulders, while moving out to arms, hands, and fingers. 

This massage was perfect for me because of how Internet and tech-based my life is. Since I work from my laptop as a freelancer, I am constantly online and hunched over my work. Jodi helped work on trouble spots and muscles that get overworked and overused when we use our laptops/phones/etc. I was so relaxed and zen during the massage that I probably could’ve fallen asleep!

Chicago Hair Salon

I felt amazing after the massage and my shoulders/neck felt a lot less tense. Jodi gave me some tips and tricks I can use at home to help relieve tension in my upper body from always being online, which I really appreciated it.

I truly didn’t want my experience and time at George the Salon to end, and I can’t wait to go back sometime soon to see the staff and especially Jodi. I would like to personally thank George the Salon for allowing me to try out the Digital Detox and for being so hospitable!

If you are interested in the massage I got, or even just George the Salon, click here to be taken to their website and learn more.  Click here to read all of George the Salon’s Yelp reviews. Appointments are available for the massage and I would DEFINITELY recommend this Chicago hair salon.

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As a recent Chicago newbie, I set out on a mission to survey the streets to find the best Chicago coffee and coffee shops. I know how boring it can be to work/study in the same old spots, and I also know how expansive the city of Chicago is. So, I did the work for you and compiled a list for you to refer to in your pursuit to find the perfect cup of joe. The 5 places I’ve listed below are my tried and true spots and get the Emma Lenhart stamp of approval. These places are (in my opinion) the best Chicago coffee shops.

If you’re anything like me, coffee is very important. Not just any coffee. But deep, rich, flavorful coffee. So I’ve decided to round-up the best Chicago coffee!

Coffee is the juice that keeps me going on long days and drags me out of bed on cold mornings. I can’t remember the last time I went a day without drinking it. (Am I okay?) Well, I’m a night owl and a college student! Give me a break.

P.S. Yes, I have tried all of the Wifi connections at all of these locations and yes, they all work well. I know how important that can be! 🙂

Best Chicago Coffee Shops

The Best Chicago Coffee + Coffee Shops

1. Heritage Bicycles

Best Chicago Coffee Heritage Bicycles

Credit: Emma Lenhart

This is the hands down the coffee shop I frequent the most in Chicago. If you happen to visit this location on a Friday/Saturday, I will most likely be there. Yes, there is both bicycles and coffee at this place.

Heritage is snuggled in a perfect location in Lakeview, with just enough hustle + bustle around, but not so much that it’s distracting. The decor in the shop is extremely minimalistic (and beautiful). It’s basically what I want my future kitchen/home to look like. Well, minus the bikes.

This location is half bike shop, half cafe. Don’t worry, though, the bike side of the building isn’t loud or out of place. It actually adds a nice novelty element and is fun to watch on a study break.

The coffee and drinks at this shop are delicious and I love the pastries, too. My favorite things to get are a latte, and a biscuit (they bring them in from Bang Bang Pie!)

Located: 2959 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

2. Heritage Outpost

Best Chicago Coffee Heritage Outpost

Credit: Emma Lenhart

Heritage mentioned twice on this list?! Sorry, but it’s simply just too good to pass up.

Heritage Outpost is the sister coffee shop of the Heritage location mentioned above. I personally decided to make my way over to Heritage Outpost after seeing one-too-many Instagram posts about it on my feed. It looked too good to be true, but alas, it was perfect.

Heritage Outpost is a coffee shop/bar/bakery all rolled into one. That’s right. They serve tequila at this coffee shop!

Another thing I love about this location is that it is actually located in a hotel lobby. While that may sound problematic on paper, (interweb?), it actually works out flawlessly. I love sitting at Heritage Outpost, with a good cup of coffee, and people watching everyone that bustles through the doors.

The decor in this location is also very aesthetically pleasing, with a large wall that reads “Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy coffee.” Amen to that.

Location: 1325 W Wilson Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

3. Buzz: Killer Espresso

Best Chicago Coffee Buzz Killer Espresso

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Seriously, if you haven’t been to Buzz yet, please go.

Buzz is located in Wicker Park which is one of my all-time favorite places to hang out in Chicago. The store is a short walk from the Blue Line Train and decorated beautifully. It also has an awesome ambiance and calmness about it that is perfect for getting work done. The shop in Wicker Park also has two levels, which I like. I usually order my drink downstairs, and then mosey my way upstairs to settle in and snag a seat close to an outlet 😉

Located: 1644 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

4. Osmium Coffee Bar

Best Chicago Coffee Osmium

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This bar is located right off the Belmont Red Line and is another go-to of mine. I love the layout of the cafe and how bright and vibrant the colors are at Osmium. Their graphic design is on point (something only I would point out.)

The staff at Osmium is also incredible and I’ve always had pleasant experiences there. My favorite drink to get at Osmium is an agave latte. SO GOOD.

If you fall in love with the coffee served at Osmium and want to make it at home, check out their online store. where they sell a ton of different roasts and blends of their Dark Matter coffee.

Located: 1117 W Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60657

5. Gaslight Coffee Roasters

Best Chicago Coffee Gaslight Coffee Roasters

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Gaslight is probably one of the busiest spots on this list, but it’s still a great place to get some studying or work done at. But beware, you usually have to keep your eyes peeled to grab a chair/table at peak times during the day.

I like going to Gaslight with a friend and having a laptop date. A.K.A. “Let’s sit next to each other for multiple hours and do work while not talking and drinking lots of coffee.” 😂

Located: 2385 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647


Where is the best Chicago coffee shop in your opinion? If you don’t live in Chicago, where do you go in your city to get work done/study? 

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