Chicago Recap: My Favorite Pics

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Even though I was only there for a long weekend, I fell in love with Chicago.  I spent most of my time in the River North area (where I did my styling) and Lincoln Park.  For you San Diegans, the way Chicago is split up reminds me a lot of how San Diego has these little neighborhoods with their own vibe.  Each neighborhood is unique and only if you spend some real time there do you truly learn them.  I’ve included a picture of a map our friends had to show each section.

We totally lucked out weather-wise while we were there as well.  It snowed and got into the single digit temperatures but that famous Chicago wind was apparently on vacation.  I’m sure our long walks exploring Lincoln Park wouldn’t have been as much fun if the wind was following us.  All in all, we loved every second of our stay and we will be back!

P.S. – Lou Malnati’s Chicago-style pizza was epically delicious.  I’m talking so good you’ll eat yourself sick good.  I got the famous special with house made sausage on top.  To die for!  I’m drooling just thinking about it…

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This map gives you an idea of where all the little neighborhoods are located

 

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A typical street in Lincoln Park

 

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The ice coming out of the rain gutter was so cool to me! It’s like it just froze instantly!

 

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I’m so jealous of our friend’s office view…

 

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Got to love a girl who can rock ruby red heels (Oz Park)

 

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The face of pure joy. I loved playing in the snow! Could you tell?

 

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Iceland: Where the Sunrise Lasts for Hours

DSC00532As I’m sitting here in sweltering heat (did I mention our house doesn’t have A/C?), I can’t help but think back to some of our vacations to cooler climates.  One of the coldest places we’ve visited, and my favorite place so far, was Iceland in December of 2010.  It’s probably one of the most geographically stunning places I’ve ever been.  We did a Golden Circle tour that took us to many of the highlights of Iceland.  Now, I’m not a tour person who likes to be shuttled with a bunch of other tourists on a giant bus and herded through the top tourist spots.  This was on so much of a smaller scale that we felt like we had a private tour.  At one point the tour guide lets us out and tells us to hike to the top of this glacier.  He won’t be joining us… he’ll meet us at the top!  As he’s driving away leaving the 8 of us alone with nobody else in sight, we have no other choice but to climb.  And once we got to the top, where the picture above was taken, it was worth every frozen step.

Of course, no trip to Iceland would be complete without visiting The Blue Lagoon.  This geothermal spa is exactly what you need after a long flight.  We got picked up from the airport and went directly to The Blue Lagoon and I highly recommend it.  You can float in the mineral rich water to unwind, spoil yourself with an in water massage, and grab a glass of champagne in the lounge.  Just what the doctor ordered to sooth that jet lag!

Another favorite point about our visit in December, was that the sun rises at about 11am and sets about 3pm.  So you know what that means?!  The sunrises and sunsets last for hours!!  The sun hovers just above the horizon giving us all the gorgeous pinks, oranges, and golds you could ever imagine.  It’s a beautiful display of nature.  But what that means is you can’t rely on the sun to keep you warm.  I’m totally a cold weather wimp so if I told you how many layers I wore, you’d probably laugh at me.  That being said, the locals looked super chic in leggings, a knit dress, boots (or booties!), hidden beneath a warm coat and scarf to be removed immediately before entering an establishment.  Check out my what to wear suggestions below!  Overall, I’d say this is a must visit place.  I’ll be going back again for sure!!

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WTW Iceland

Jacket: Vince Camuto,  Dress: Diane von Furstenberg, Tights: DKNY, Boots: Stuart Weitzman