Welcome to Fierce Fridays!

Even though we’re only about a week into 2016, I’m trying really hard to stick to my new year resolutions. Some are harder to stick to than others, but I haven’t given up yet, which is definitely a win in my book. I’ve been planning a bunch of new things for the blog in 2016, since delivering better and more consistent content here was one of my main resolutions. That being said, I’m excited to introduce a new series called Fierce Fridays to the blog!

Fierce Fridays at The City Lush are going to be weekly round-ups of different things to make your Fridays and the rest of the weekend as fierce and fabulous as possible. These posts will have links to everything from easy spa day ideas and fun DIY blanket scarf projects to my favorite makeup tutorial videos on YouTube and the best online sales going on that weekend. For any of my readers in Chicago, I’ll also be including small round-ups every so often of awesome events, delicious restaurants and other cool places to check out in Chicago and the suburbs as well. No matter what you feel like doing – whether you’re planning for day full of shopping with the girls, a night out on the town with your significant other or vegging out on your couch in your pajamas all weekend – there’ll be something in the Fierce Fridays posts that will cater to exactly how you want to spend your weekend.

For the first Fierce Friday of 2016, I’ve got some great links for you to check out this weekend!

• Shopping •

  • Need a great sweater on a budget? Ann Taylor‘s currently got all of their sweaters on sale for under $25, online only. Use the promo code HAPPY50 for 50% off other select items.
  • If J.Crew is on your list of places to shop this weekend, get 40% off final sale and other select styles by using the promo code MUSTSHOP at checkout.
  • For anyone who’s a fan of Old Navy‘s clearance section, like me, use ENJOY for 30% off all clearance items. To get an extra 30% off your entire order at Old Navy, use promo code YOURDEAL at checkout.
  • Looking to pamper yourself this weekend? Say goodbye to winter skin with 40% off savings at Bliss by using the promo code SAVE40. For even more Bliss goodies, use BRILLIANT15 on orders $100+ to get a free beauty-filled bag, online only.

• Staying In •

  • If you’re up for a fun little DIY project and adding a new accessory to your collection, how about making a no-sew blanket scarf this weekend? It’s super easy and very budget-friendly!
  • This delicious and super simple recipe for classic bruschetta is perfect for entertaining, whether it’s for a few of your closest gal pals or a large dinner party.
  • Try this amazing DIY Chocolate Sugar Scrub this weekend to help you relax and pamper yourself at the same time. There’s only a few ingredients and most of them are everyday pantry items.

• City Living •

  • If you’re looking for a chic hangout downtown with an amazing atmosphere, breathtaking decor and delicious food, look no further than the Three Arts Club Cafe, located inside Restoration Hardware on the Gold Coast. Whether you’re looking for a coffeehouse, wine bar or somewhere to grab a bite, you have to check this place out.
  • Check out the Handmade Market this Saturday from 12-4pm at The Empty Bottle in Ukrainian Village for all kinds of great handmade goodies that you’re sure to love. You can even shop with mimosas in hand for a relaxing Saturday afternoon treat.
  • Spend your Friday or Saturday night at Emporium Arcade Bar in Wicker Park or Logan Square for a fun night of arcade games, live music and booze. Both locations have live music and/or DJs spinning this weekend.

That’s about all I’ve got for this first Fierce Friday on the blog. No matter what your plans are for this weekend, I hope something here piqued your interest! Let me know what you think about Fierce Fridays down below and be sure to comment with anything (recipes, DIY projects, restaurants, events, etc.) you’d like me to include in future Fierce Fridays! Have a great weekend, lovelies!