Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Chicago Bucket List

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There are times when I forget how fortunate I am to be living just an hour outside of one of the country’s greatest cities. I have been downtown for plays, concerts, and field trips for school. But even after living just outside of Chicago for almost eighteen years, I still feel like a stranger to it. Even though I much prefer the slow countryside life to the busy hectic life of the city, I love living close to the city because of all it has to offer. These are a few things that I’ve always wanted to do in the Windy City. (By the way it’s not called that because it’s windy! If you don’t know why, check out the book The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, or just Google it!)

PLACES TO STAY

Chicago Mart Plaza is located on top of the Chicago Sun-Times building in the heart of Chicago.

Looking for something luxurious? Check into Chicago’s Four Seasons! It’s most likely you’ve heard of these hotels since they have one in just about every major city.

The Wit Hotel is just minutes from Millennium Park and Michigan Ave. With such a striking design I wasn’t surprised to see this hotel being praised by Conde Nast Traveler. Which is one of my favorite sites for all things travel!

This picture does not do it justice. If you are familiar-ish with Chicago, you know what I’m talking about when I mention the wiggly and wavy building. I am talking about the Radisson Blu Hotel, how incredible is this building?

Y’all I saved the best for last, The Peninsula Chicago. I included the Chicago because they have these hotels all over the world, from Tokyo to Manila, to Paris! (Just for kicks I checked out the one in Paris, it’s stunning! I just about died after watching this video!) Every inch of this hotel is absolutely gorgeous!

WHERE TO EAT

They have Sprinkles ATMs in just about every major city, and Chicago is no exception!

Windy City Cafe just looks like the best place to drop in for some good brunch food, I was eyeing the french toast, it sounds so good!

If I were to only be able to stop at one place to grab a bite to eat, it would be Bang Bang Pie. Both my mom and I have been following their Instagram for a while now, and we’ve always wanted to drop in when we’re in the city. You can buy pies by the whole or slice, the sell several flavors including; Key Lime, Passion Fruit & Malted Milk Chocolate.

You CANNOT go to Chicago without stopping for some deep dish pizza, Lou Malnati’s is a great place to stop for this.

Popcorn Tradition
Garrett’s Popcorn...say no more!

THINGS TO DO

When in Chicago, a great place to explore is Millennium Park. While I’ve been to the been several times, I have always wanted to go their for a concert or just for a run.

Located in Millennium Park is Lurie Garden, a beautiful and peaceful getaway from the hectic city life.

Promontory Point is a man-made peninsula, which looks so incredibly zen and beautiful.

Until I started researching, I never knew this Osaka Garden existed. It is just south of the Museum of Science and Industry, aka my favorite museum. It’s meant to resemble a traditional Japanese ‘stroll garden.’

Harold Washington Library is a giant, beautiful atrium to view the city from.

Where should I create a bucket list for next?

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Pre-Graduation Look







Dress: Shop the Mint // Shoes: Steve Madden

I am finally done with high school, aside from graduation coming up in a week! Our school had an assembly yesterday to commemorate the senior class, it's basically practice for our real graduation. I picked out this adorable dress from my favorite online shop, Shop the Mint. And I'm obsessed with these new shoes I picked up at Macy's they were super comfortable and I loved the little tassels!

Friday, May 20, 2016

White Dresses for Graduation

This past Wednesday was my last full day of classes in high school! Today we have an assembly, which is basically just practice for our real graduation. I already have my dress picked out but I wanted to share a few adorable white dresses for those of you graduating or attending a graduation!








Which dress was your favorite?

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

US Cities Bucket List

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I am so happy that I am finally posting this! It has taken a while to accumulate this list of cities & towns. A small number of these towns I have actually been to but I was either there for less than a day or I was too young to remember. But the rest of them are places I hope to travel to. This is just the foundation for this list, as I expect it to keep growing. If you missed my latest travel post, check it out here!

Alabama
Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Fairhope, Birmingham, Gulf Shores

Alaska
Anchorage, Junea

Arizona
Phoenix, Tucson, Scottsdale

Arkansas
Little Rock, Eureka Springs, Ozark

California
Oakland, San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, Orange County, Palm Springs,
Laguna Beach, Bishop, San Luis Obispo, Big Sur

Colorado
Aspen, Denver, Frisco, Salido, Boulder

Connecticut
Hartford, New Haven, Mystic, Old Wethersfield

Delaware
Dover, New Castle, Rehoboth Beach, Bethany Beach

Florida
The Keys, Miami, Palm Beach, Panama City, Delray Beach, Clearwater Beach,
St. Augustine, Cocoa Beach, Seaside

Georgia
Athens, Savannah

Hawaii
Honolulu, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Oahu, Big Island

Idaho
Boise, Sun Valley

Illinois
Galena

Indiana
Indianapolis

Iowa
Cedar Falls, Dubuque, McGregor, Spirit Lake, Iowa Falls,
Bentonsport, Pella, Emmetsburg

Kansas
Lawrence

Kentucky
Cave City

Lousiana
New Orleans

Maine
Bar Harbor, Portland, Mount Desert Island, Kittery Point, Kingfield, New Harbor,
Castine, Kennebunkport, Damariscotta, Stonington, Camden, Blue Hill

Maryland
St. Michaels

Massachusetts
Cape Cod, Nantucket, Provincetown, Marblehead, Deerfield, Brewster 

Michigan
Mackinac Island, Ann Arbor, Traverse City, Buffalo City, Saugatuck,
Bay Harbor

Minnesota
Duluth

Mississippi
Hattiesburg, Fennville

Missouri
St. Louis, Kansas City, Ridgedale

Montana
Missoula

Nebraska
Panhandle, Lincoln, Omaha

Nevada
Lake Tahoe

New Hamsphire
Portsmouth, North Conway, Hancock, Harrisville, Sugar Hill

New Jersey
Asbury Park, Cape May

New Mexico
Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Silver City

New York
New York City, Queens, Long Island, Freeport, Oneonta, Sag Harbor 

North Carolina
Asheville, Charlotte, Blowing Rock, New Bern, Southport, Manteo,
Apex, Lake Lure, Hillsborough, Edenton

North Dakota
Medora, Fargo

Ohio
Cincinnati, Cleveland

Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Tulsa

Oregon
Portland, Bend

Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pittsburgh

Rhode Island
Block Island, Newport, Little Compton

South Carolina
Charleston, Greenville, South Carolina, Beaufort

South Dakota
Rapid City

Tennessee
Chattanooga, Gatlinburg

Texas
Austin, Marfa

Utah
Salt Lake City

Vermont
Stowe, Bennington, Grafton

Virginia
Chincoteague 

Washington
Seattle, Port Angeles

West Virginia
Fredericksburg, Huntington

Wisconsin
Lake Geneva

Wyoming
Jackson Hole

Any cities you'd add to this list?

Friday, May 13, 2016

Favorites from LOFT

Y'all must know by now that LOFT is becoming one of my favorite stores. They have such classic pieces that are such great quality. I wanted to share a few of the pieces that have caught my eye the past few weeks. They also offer $25 off your purchase if you sign up for their emails!

I think the name of this hoodie is perfect. This piece is perfect for evenings spent
on the beach watching the sunset during the summer.

I just fell in love with the print on this dress, and the
fit is so flattering for tons of body types.

I have always been a fan of bright white for the summertime,
it just looks so bright and crisp.

This bag is absolutely perfect for the beach, I also really liked this one.

I styled these beauties in my 'Spring Outfit Ideas' blog post. I am obsessed
with espadrilles and I love the stripes!

I absolutely fell in love with these shoes the first moment I laid eyes on them!

When I think scarves, I think fall & winter. But I love light and airy
scarves like this one for the warmer months.

This is me in a necklace; gold with pearls!

I've been wanting to expand my sunglasses collection,
and these pink tinted ones for summer.

What was your favorite item?