O.W.O. Adieu Pretty City

Chicago.  For the entire month of August.  Quite fantastic.

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Museums, art galleries, aquariums, live music…

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A gorgeous hotel to call home – here are my banditos watching the Air & Water Show fly by our window!!!!  Jets people, actual jets!

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a PHENOMENAL beach one block away,

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A LOT of time with very special friends, and the restaurants were RIDICULOUS!  Special thank you to foodandwinehedonist for your expert opinions!!

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and now back to being “suburbanly challenged”, #notsoeasyforacitygirl #oy.

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O.W.O. City/Beach Style

Ever been to a busy bustling city that has a sandy beach one block away from your hotel?

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reversecommuter is experiencing this strange phenomenon right now in Chicago…and liking it!

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Perfect outfit to take you from surf & sand straight to shopping at THE coolest shop in Chitown?  Shan bikini, 100% Capri linen oversized shirt, Rag & Bone cut offs, Havaiana flip flops and a Panama hat to cover up the post-swim hair!

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IKRAM is a women’s boutique, art gallery and restaurant all tied into one tidy luxe red ribbon of fantastic!

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Click here to peruse the boutique, and all the phenomenal designers that live there.

P.S. Completely addicted to the contents of this bottle.  Harmless Harvest’s Pink, raw, delicious coconut water (did you know it is better than sports drinks to replenish and rehydrate?).  Can you think of a better way to recover from the beach and strengthen up for shopping?!?!?

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O.W.O. City Spitter Style

From beach to city.

spit3Traveling means fashion that rolls up into a suitcase, then rolls out unwrinkled, and works no matter the weather.  Darker colors are always a good idea when a tourist!  James Perse, Alexander Wang, Jonathan Simkhai and Diane von Furstenberg are all masters at this.

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Chicago’s Millenium Park has the coolest art installation/fountain, the Crown Fountain, created by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, and funded by a multimillion dollar donation from the Crown Family…thus the name.  It consists of two LED walls that run 1000 videos of a variety of Chicagoans, all of whom were instructed to smile, frown, and then pretend to blow out a candle.

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When that happens a spout sprays out a canon of water – much to the delight of anyone close enough to get sprayed!