a chicago state of mind.

i'll admit, i never really wanted to give the windy city a fair chance.  it's constantly compared to new york {my first love}, so i've been resistant. . . until our recent girls trip.  i adored it!  {the best part?  the shopping is all centrally located on michigan avenue}  we had a lovely time and here are the photos to prove it:

left, a bit of {harmless} shopping // right, an old chicago building

left, {heavenly} street view from our hotel // right, a kiddo that hid away in a store to read! adorbs.

left, sipping a bellini at RL // right, cookies for dessert

high tea at the peninsula - amazing!

left, our spread // right, purple macaroons 

digging the airy floor to ceiling window treatments - so effective!

left, cute apple window display // right, killer alexander mcQueen clutch

left, italian dinner at rosebud // right, lunch at le colonial {mmMm}

the hancock observatory was the perfect spot for an afternoon cocktail- such a view!

dinner at smith & wollensky

our beautiful mom at the Art Institute of Chicago

left, cake at smith & wollensky // right, cafe at the Art Institute

yours truly-

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