Visit Chicago


One of my goals for 2017 is to buy less and experience more.

I started the new year with a trip to Chicago to visit my roommate. I had never been to Chicago but was excited to explore a new city. As I travel to more and more cities I’ve realized that I am definitely a city person. I love the beach and mountains but I know I want to live in the city for at least part of my life. 

My roommate Priya and her family took me around to explore. I really hate the cold. I was slightly worried about visiting Chicago during the winter but the weather was actually pretty mild and made walking around the city very enjoyable. As stereotypical as it is, my favorite part was the Bean. It was not what I was expecting. I loved seeing the reflection of the skyline cast onto the structure.

Here are some places to visit if in the Chicago Area:

The Bean:

The Bean is one of the first things that comes to mind when I hear Chicago so naturally, it was at the top of my list of things to do. I managed to see the bean when there was practically no one there! This made for some great picture opportunities. It was much bigger then I thought it was going to be. 

Millennium Park:

Millennium Park houses iconic Chicago architecture and attractions. It would definitely be the place go to in the warmer months. 

The Willis Tower:

We went 104 floors up to see the sky deck. The sky deck is a glass box that overlooks the city 104 floors up. It was a bit foggy when we went but it was still a super cool experience. When buying tickets definitely look at the weather- the tickets are pricey and if it’s cloudy you may not even get to see anything.

Deep Dish:

For dinner you have to experience deep dish pizza. I prefer thing crust pizza but experiencing true deep dish is a must. I went to one of the original deep dish spots, Giordano’s. 

Chicago River:

The Chicago River offered the best view of the city. With a river winding through the middle of the city, the view is unlike any other.


To experience the greatest hotdogs you will ever have in your entire life you need to try Portillo’s. I love hotdogs and was very eager to try one. They were insanely good. I even went back and got another one! Portillo’s is also known for their chocolate cake. A true slice of heaven.

Have you ever been to Chicago?

xx, mm

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Spring Break Check List

Here are some of my top picks for Spring Break

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A funky pair of sunglasses can spice up any outfit. Here are some of my personal favorites! I’m currently loving Madewell’s line of sunglasses – they are super affordable and unique.

Cover Up:

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I love these light weight cover ups! They are easy to pack and are perfect for wearing over your bathing suit. Their simplicity will match just about any suit you pair it with.

Sun Hat:

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Keep your face out of the sun with these fun hats from J Crew and Madewell. They are easy to pack and are a great accessory to add to any outfit!

Bathing Suit:

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I’m loving the sportier suits this season and am currently on the hunt for a one piece!

Beach Bag:

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Pack a bag that can serve a multitude of purposes! Pack a light read, sunnies, sunscreen and your reusable water bottle for a day of relaxing in one of these great totes!

What are your spring break plans?

xx, mm

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Expect the Unexpected

St. Louis, Missouri

On my way back from Colorado over break I had a layover in St. Louis Missouri. Unfortunately there was a bad storm  that was about to hit Boston and my connecting flight was cancelled. The next available flight was thirty six hours away. Stranded in an unfamiliar city, my sister and I realized we needed to make a plan. After patiently waiting for our luggage, we were able to get a hotel room (with the help of our dad) and figure out our next step.

After doing a bit of research and taking a quick nap we found a few places to explore. We ended up at Forest Park to see the World Fair Pavilion. Back in 1904 there was a World Fair Exposition held in St. Louis and the Pavilion was built as an attraction. Ally and I had a great time walking around the park and getting to experience a bit of St. Louis.

To say I was frustrated would be an understatement but I soon realized that there was little we could do and to make the best of the situation.

Here are some things I learned from this experience:

– Be patient

– Accept that there are things in life that are out of control

– Go with the flow

– Find the positives in what may be a not so ideal situation

How do you deal with situations out of your control?

xx, mm

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