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Cadillac Weekend

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Anytime a season in my life comes to an end, I get extremely nostalgic. It’s just how I’ve always been. My time in Chicago felt so short even though it’s been almost three years. Whether it’s re-visiting all of my old favorites or just taking in the views of the city, I’ve been trying to get it all in before the big move.

My friends over at Cadillac gave me one of the best going away presents I could’ve asked for – they lent me the beautiful ATS for a week so that I could easily make my way around town during one of my last “free” weekends here.

I started a bucket list when I first found out I would be moving and with the help of my friends I’ve been getting some of those items checked off while hitting my staples one last time. I thought it would be fun to share my exploring in a little photo diary!

The week started off with a bang and a beautiful night on the patio at The Dawson. It was my first trip for dinner and has quickly become one of my new favorite summer spots. They have a beautiful patio with bulb lights, great drinks and a surprisingly low key scene that I can’t get enough of. My roommate and I celebrated because I actually signed my lease and started my new job that day!

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One of the best things about having the car was getting to drive around and find unique places to shoot with Blair. We shot in the Loop on Tuesday evening before grabbing dinner at my favorite sushi spot – Union Sushi. I love the Hokkaido and Clifton #4 rolls!

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Driving to work is something that I no longer take for granted after moving away from Texas. I love mornings in the car with a coffee and my favorite tunes, even if it’s just a 10 minute drive.

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I pass by Elaine’s coffee call everyday on the way to work, but since I’m on the bus I just admire the beautiful sign and try to remind myself to make it down the weekend, which never happens. I don’t always judge a place by it’s sign, but I will absolutely try a place if they have a great one. I finally made it in to Elaine’s before work for an almond latte that didn’t disappoint!

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Chicago is known for it’s architecture and unique buildings and you could spend years in the city and still be astonished by how beautiful some of the buildings and signs are. Two of my favorites are the Congress Hotel and the Chicago Theater sign. They both remind me of special memories when I first arrived in the city.

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It dawned on me on my way home from work that I had never seen the sunset behind the skyline. Well, maybe I have.. but never from a really great spot. I drove out to the Planetarium and watched the sunset (my favorite, definitely a sunset > sunrise kinda girl).

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I was down in the West Loop several times during the week – it’s one of the best areas in the city for food and unique/industrial buildings. We took some fun photos for a recent shoot.

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I’ve always wanted to go to Girl & The Goat and somehow never made it – until this week! I had a friend at work lend me an extra reservation (you have to make them 3 months in advance) and so I finally got a chance to try the cuisine of Steph Izard. It lived up to the hype.

Big Star is another gem that it’s difficult to get to but a perfect Saturday or Sunday trip to Bucktown. We drove over for lunch and had al pastor tacos and of course, chips and guac!

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I made it out to the Westfield Old Orchard to scoop up some items to style for this week’s event. Maybe it was how practical I’ve had to be lately, or maybe it was just love at first sight, but this camo oxfords (that are so me/not me at the same time) came home!

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We found some unique alleys in Lincoln Park for some last shots before I headed to brunch with one of my closest friends, Andrea.

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We started going to RL, the restaurant at the Ralph Lauren store, because it reminds us of Paris and has our favorite dishes (crab cake benedicts and fantastic reubens) to celebrate our birthday that are only days apart. It has become our spot and it was a must-visit before I leave.

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After a week of having a car, I felt totally spoiled! I love being able to run around the city (even if parking is a nightmare) and get to visit some of my favorites + add a new few spots to the list.

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Thank you again to Cadillac for helping drive my wonderful week here in Chicago! The countdown is at 2 weeks… see you soon NYC!

 

A huge thanks to Cadillac for lending me the ATS for the week!

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Sip and Shop

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I’m co-hosting the Westfield Old Orchard Sip & Shop this Thursday July 24th from 5 to 8 p.m. and would love to see you there! There will be light bites and delicious wine and every guest will receive 12 drink tickets and a guide to all participating retailers and the exclusive promotions they’ll be having for the evening!

Following the main event there will be an after-party on the Rooftop with more wine, music, a photo booth and deluxe goodie bags. If you’re one of the first 200 guests to purchase a ticket, you will be given VIP after-party access for free!

The weather in Chicago has been absolutely lovely and I can’t wait to spend the night trying new wines and shopping around outside. I’d love to see you there, leave me a comment if you’re coming! :)

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Celebration Skirt

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This past weekend I was back in Dallas for a weekend full of birthday celebrations! My Dad and sister have always had birthdays that are relatively close, but last year we were blessed with a new addition to the family right in the middle of the two, so I happily made my way back to Texas to celebrate with everyone. I hadn’t been home since the Reward Style conference in April and was surprised to say it was the mildest July weather I’ve ever seen!

Saturday night we went to the Crescent Hotel for a special birthday dinner for my sister. The Crescent is one of my favorite hotels in Dallas… the architecture of the entire building is just stunning. We had dinner in the hotel itself on the 17th floor where there are beautiful 360 degree views of the city – it’s a fabulous choice for a special occasion and we had an amazing night. I was so happy that we got to celebrate my sister while I was home. I’m so proud of the loving mother she’s become over the past year and she has always been an amazing role model for me.

I love Chicago (and know I’ll love New York, too), but there’s really no place like home. I’m thankful that I’m able to make it home for the big stuff and the Holidays, but it’s so hard to leave everyone at the end of such a great weekend.  Sunday we celebrated my little nephew’s first birthday and it was a friendly reminder of how fast time flies – it feels like just yesterday that we brought that little guy home. I’m going to make a conscious effort to embrace every moment (good and bad) and soak up this whole experience of leaving a city I love for another I’m excited about, because I can promise you that I will only move there once!

I wanted to wear something fitting for the special occasion so I decided to wear this beautiful new floral midi high/low skirt that I had been eyeing at Nordstrom. Not to mention, it’s a totally bank account friendly purchase. I’ve been reluctant to try a midi skirt given on me it’s really just a couple inches shy of a full length skirt. However, when I laid eyes on this floral high/low number I knew I had to give in.  It’s fun and flirty with the way that it swings, so I paired it with a top I have held onto for years with fringed sleeves. Any chance I have to make a full outfit that moves when I walk is welcomed! I paired it with some new jewelry from J.Crew that I scooped up at the Westfield Old Orchard mall for this week’s event.

I’m so excited to be partnering with the Westfield Old Orchard for this month’s Sip & Shop! For everyone in Chicago, come join us this Thursday (7/24) at the Westfield Old Orchard mall for some fine wine, shopping and entertainment! It should be a blast and I can’t wait to share what I’m wearing to the event. There will be a little party after as well, so be sure to snag your tickets! I’m giving away 1 ticket to any reader who is interested in coming..  the first to leave a comment will be the lucky winnter! Hope to see you there! :)

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SKIRTRules of Etiquette high/low floral midi skirt (c/o)  •  TOPTopshop fringe sleeve top (old, similar)  •  SHOES: DVF rope wedges (similar)  •  NECKLACEJ.Crew statement necklace (c/o)  •  BRACELETSJ.Crew linked arrowhead bracelet (c/o), BCBG boho stone cuff (c/o), BCBG beaded bracelet  •  NAIL POLISH: OPI Alpine Snow

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is one that is near and dear to my heart – it was the sale that my mom always took me to growing up for back to school shopping and I’ve shopped it every year for the past 17 years! I’m a cardmember so I get to take a sneak peek at the items before they’re purchasable and was able to fully scour the sale for the best of the best. There are so many goodies it can be overwhelming!

I will say from experience, you’re better off to snatch up anything you like as quickly as you can. Returns are easy and you will be surprised at how quickly everything goes! Happy Anniversary Sale-ing!

BOOTS

My favorite thing to look for every year are shoes — they have amazing Fall shoes before the season hits and at lower prices, which is amazing. I’m always looking for boots and this year there were a handful that I couldn’t decide between! My absolute favorite of the riding boots are the Cole Haan woven riding boots and the Ivanka Trump over the knee suede boots (in black or grey) with a heel. Both are gorgeous and great staple additions to your wardrobe.

SHOES

There are also usually a handful of great heel options or flats that you can scoop up. I wasn’t in the market, but I really loved these Halogen flats and if you don’t have any ankle strap sandals, this Joie pair is calling your name.

COATS

The other great thing about the sale is the coat selection. If you’re looking to try a new style, now’s the time! I love this Helene Berman wool cape for Fall, and if I was in the market for a mixed media coat, this leather sleeve and wool Eileen Fisher would be my choice. I also saw a few great vests.. one black one, a faux leather one and the stunner surprise for me was this James Perse puffy vest. It’s beautiful in person and definitely worth it!

CLOTHES

I typically find myself hitting the clothes last, but this year I found there are more pieces than usual that I’m loving. I ended up snagging these Rag & Bone moto jeans with zippers at the bottom and this Trouve scuba top. Trouve is one of my favorite Nordstrom brands! I pick up at least 1-2 pieces of theirs on the sale every year and they last year after year. I have 2 pairs of leggings that I wear all Fall/Winter and am definitely going to snag these faux leather leggings, too!

I’m still debating on other choices! This Leith laser cut shell is adorable and if you’re looking for a good black staple top, you can’t go wrong with this Elie Tahari number. If you’re looking for designer pieces, take a peek at the Haute Hippie silk blouse or the Helmut Lang top – classy and a little edgy at the same time.

ACCESSORIES, BEAUTY & HOME

One thing that typically gets missed, but shouldn’t, are the accessories, beauty, and home items. These are things you know you’d probably be looking for but are marked down. I was surprised and excited to see Voluspa candles and Diptyque candles in this year’s round up as well as my absolute favorite new perfume, Kate Spade Live Colorfully! It has such a beautiful scent and is great for everyday wear. There’s also some Jo Malone, MAC makeup brushes, and the Sultra bombshell wand curling iron in the mix of items in the beauty and home sale.

MEN

Last but not least, I rounded up my favorite of the men’s items. There was a pretty solid array of casual and dressier pieces for our favorite guys or the significant others in your life. Any guy would love a classic Burberry tie or casual RVCA pullover. I love a good suit and there are also a handful of shoes and wingtips that would pair well with the other suit options they have on sale.

 

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