Saturday, February 16, 2013

Travel: My Birthday Trip to Downtown Chicago

Shopping in downtown Chicago was definitely a must. Staying at a hotel on the Magnificent Mile you're surrounded by all types of shops and boutiques. We were right across from Nordstrom and Forever XXI with the Water Tower only being a couple of blocks away. I'll be giving details about the stores I visited and my experience their. I really enjoyed this retail therapy and it was much needed.

It's very beautiful inside this Nordstrom and if you don't want to shop its a nice place to just explore. You can see more of what the inside looks like from my post about Fashion's Night Out and if you want to go check them out I will put a link down below.

This H&M had a great selection of clothing to choose from, with an amazing clearance. They had a great sale going on and it was perfect timing for my birthday.

I stopped by the Juicy Couture and I caught them having a 70% off sale on their clearance which is an extremely great sale. The employees were so kind and helpful it really made the experience very enjoyable. I definitely recommend stopping by there, and it's not that bad of a walk from the Water Tower.

The dressing room was so beautiful!

 I stopped by the Water Tower to try the new Crumbs Bakery Shop that just had opened. 

 I got the birthday cake cupcake, because it came with a free candle and it was so delicious. I will have more details on the cupcake in my next post.

Of course going to Forever 21 is always a breath of fresh air. They also had an amazing sale going on with 50% clearance and the Forever 21 x Hello Kitty Collection buy one get one free. It was so wonderful I almost cried, but instead I hurried to get all the items I wanted before someone else got them. 

Recap of NYC Fashion Week Fall 2013

I wanted to do a recap of my favorite girly looks from the runway that has appeal to youth. I really liked the collections that had very vibrant colors, they really caught my attention.

Betsy Johnson
These are my favorite looks from her fall 2013 collection. I love Betsy Johnson fashion shows, because they're so spunky and stand out from all the rest.

Kate Spade
Her Fall 2013 collection was definitely my absolute favorite. They were so girly and different from the average fall colors. This collection is right up my alley and I got a lot of inspiration of looks I want to try this upcoming fall.

Anna Sui
Of course I picked out the ensembles with the most girly appeal.

Clover Canyon
There were a lot of geometrical designs in this collection, which is what I really love about it.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Where Should I Go for Valentine's Day???

Valentines Day is around the corner and some of you still might not be sure where you want to go. I am here to help you and give you different options for a variety of budget ranges.

  1. My money is really funny- Money is low and you're not in a particular instance that you can spend alot of money. You still want to do something special for that certain someone. Don't worry I've got you covered!

  • Chili's

They have great selections on the menu and the infamous 2 for $20. Two meals for only $20 is a pretty good deal and perfect for that tight wallet.
  • Olive Garden

Most of the time Olive Garden can be pretty steep, but right now they have a new 3 course dinner meal deal for $12.95. For two it'll only cost $25.90, that includes the starter soup or salad, entree, and dessert. If you really want to be cheap you could both share everything and leave you to be able to give the waiter a tip.

  • Dairy Queen

If you don't even have $25 in your budget, go out for some ice cream and get a couple of dilly bars. It's the thought that counts right?


       2.  I'm comfortable, but not that comfortable-  Money is available, but I don't want to get too crazy. Don't worry we can keep it simple with a moderate budget.

  • Movies

 Going to the movies is a very comfortable and chill setting. Also not as expensive as going out to eat, but doesn't come off as being too cheap. I would recommend seeing the new movie Beautiful Creatures, because it has romance for her and action for him. If you catch the matinee it'll be even cheaper and you can rack up at the concession stand.

  • Red Lobster

Red Lobster isn't what I would say is cheap, but it isn't as expensive as it could be. They have to die for biscuits and great seafood selections. If you love shrimp they have a 30 shrimp for $11.99 deal right now.

  • P.F. Changs

P.F. Changs is a really nice china bistro and a perfect setting for a date. The food is so delicious and they the menu has pretty moderate pricing.


        3. All I see is $$$- Money is no object and I'm willing to pay anything for my sweetheart. This is no problem at all and your sweetheart won't be disappointed.

I really don't think you need my help on this one, you can go just about anywhere. Just make sure you go somewhere very classy and upscale since you can afford it. Its the perfect route to take on this special occasion with your valentine.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Travel: Birthday Trip in Downtown Chicago

          HOTEL: Intercontinental Chicago
Location: Magnificent Mile
Stars: 4 1/2
Price: $139 a night
Includes a Starbucks and Micheal Jordan's Restaurant
This hotel is very upscale and beautiful. It's around many shops/restaurants and not too far from the Water Tower, the staff was very accommodating, and we got a great deal for this hotel using Hotwire. It is an older hotel so there were some minor chippings in certain areas of the room and the toilet/ sink were a little outdated. I didn't get a chance to swing by the pool area, but judging by the pictures I'm pretty sure it's very nice. Just remember that when you get there they are going to need to hold about $100 at the most for your room either from your card or just plain old cash. They need to hold cash for your room just in case you want to charge anything to your room. If you use a card make sure the name matches the name on your ID. If you don't spend any of the cash they will return it and it will take about 3-5 days for the money to be put back into your account. I'm so grateful we got to stay at such a nice hotel with sweet and polite people surrounding it. I most certainly recommend this hotel if you are need for one now or in the near future.
Check in desk with a huge screen that shows different areas of Chicago live. 
Lets go see the room! 
The Hallway 
 The Bathroom
Mini Bar
Yes, that is a desktop computer right in the room!
Seating Area
Window view from the room.