I have been trying to grasp onto the last summer nights here in the city. I never want to let go of something good while I have it, but really who does? We hug on tight and never let go. I wish I had learned to do that a long time ago, it seems like our generation takes advantage of every minute we can, whether its on our mobile devices, always tuned in or watching mindless TV. We went out for drinks and I am sipping on a pineapple sangria while sitting on printers row.
Romper : Rosegal.com
Aviators : Ray Ban
Wedges : Nasty Gal
Vegan Leather Clutch : Free People
What better ways to spend the chilly summer nights in the city than in a summer dress and fur coat. We try to stay happy by eating out. These days hold joyful minutes and the next you find yourself depressed. It seems like every two steps I take I can one and half back. Feeling like I am moving through molasses.. I am also made friends who I consider my family, people who love and support me no matter what. I have learned that life is too short to keep negative people in your life and one day you wake up and don’t want them there anymore.
Finding myself going back to school and reevaluating my finances I am finding free or affordable events through out the city. Jazz music resonates through out Grant Park every Thursday night, I run down Michigan Ave., through the Lakefront, around the Planetarium and up to the pier. Every night after 5pm its free to enter the Chicago Art Institute until close at 8pm. I have been reading a book based on Ernest Hemingway’s life and first wife. The beginning taking place exactly where I live today, right next to the old Dearborn Station on Printers Row.
Dress : Missguided
Shoes : Missguided
Aviators : Ray Ban
Shoulder Bag : Coach
It is truly summer in the city. Muggy days and chilled nights with free music in Grant Park, Moscow Mules to keep oneself cool. Summer is all about blues music, fresh flowers, sipping on moscato and getting tan on roof decks. The city is my playground and I’m here to have fun…
These photos are shot with my new Canon G16 that I purchased for Lollapalooza and mostly because I needed something that was easily accessible and small enough to fit in a clutch for dinners… I am still getting used to it and as an avid Nikon user for the last fifteen years, it was difficult to make the switchover but I am pleased with my purchase.
Dress : Shop Akira Chicago
Aviators : Ray Ban
Lace Up Sandals : Nelly.com
Watch : Nixon
Turkey burgers and garlic truffle cauliflower! Delish!
Mondays = steak tacos and $3.50 margaritas (and you can really only drink two and walk strait after) at Flaco’s Taco’s right down the street from me. The city is hot and muggy right now, but I fear how much time we have left until it chills out and freezes over… School will also be in session in a just a few weeks and I am trying to soak in the rest of the summer that is left, soon it will be big boots and even larger fur coats. I’ve picked up a few canvases and new paints and am hoping to have some new paintings up soon!
Shorts : H&M
Hand Bag : Paul’s Boutique
Shoes : Zara
Sunnies : Ray Ban
Hat : Minnetonka
Booties : HM
Bucket Bag : HM
Fake Tattoos : Shop Akira
Living in the city is a special type of witchcraft in its own, but when you experience something as spectacular as a music festival set in the middle of skyscrapers you remember how lucky you are to be alive. This was my second time seeing Paul McCartney live and having grown up with parents who were blasted The Beatles every Sunday as if it was the iconic way to begin a day off, I understand how this night is unforgettable for so many “Loozers” (as I learned we were called)… My parents never even had the opportunity to see The Beatles, let alone Paul McCartney.
The Alabama shakes opened for Sir Paul, and even though they experienced some technical issues in mid set they still were able to “shake” the crowd silly. Lead singer and guitarist, Brittany Howard has a booming voice that penetrates as she sings. Her music consists of an essense of rock, jazz, blues and a little bit of simething that makes you feel like you want to throw on your best boots and kiss the dance stage with them all night long. Howard also preformed “Get Back” with McCartney during his set nearing the end of the first night.
Hope you enjoy the pictures and description of my first day at Lolla!
Here are some of my Instagram snaps from our trip… There’s more to come! We spent the 4th at the W hotel in Scottsdale where I broke out my Missguided one piece that I’m in love with! We hiked up Camelback mountain the first day and on the way to Sedona I had my first experience with In-n-Out…. So freaking good!!! I have been drinking lots and lots of prickly pear margaritas which are also mouth watering and refreshing in the Zona heat. I’ve surprisingly have gotten used to the dry heat here and also have fallen in love with the desert…
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