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Cancun

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There were so many beautiful images we captured and little space to share them, so I selected a few of my favorite for what will be the last from mexico. When people ask me how Mexico was I have to say it was nothing short of amazing. You can find so many great deals online these days it’s definitely worth considering. My best pointer? All inclusive is the way to go in Cancun.

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Historic Getaway

zara dress (similar here), bcbg belt, gold bracelets, h&m bracelet, cloisonne bracelet bought in china, variation of twisted updomac viva glam nicki lipstick

 

Back in the US. I haven’t had much time to enjoy “home” as I was surprised by Elliott and almost immediately taken away to spend a few days at the West Baden Springs Resort. It being my first time there I didn’t know what to expect.  I was amazed with the history this place carries. It was built in 1902 and it had been closed to the public since 1989 in complete decay before a big restoration in ’07. Between walks through the English garden, celebratory meals, and chilling by the library fireplace I found myself lost in time for a sec. Definitely worth the visit.

 

 

jorge alex grey sandals and pink flats, christian louboutin flat sandals, vivienne westwood for melissa shoes

 

 

 

asos hat, t by alexander wang tank, gold bracelets, michael kors watch

 

 

Urban Outfitters Outlet

Not very long ago I heard about the Urban Outfitters Outlet in Lincoln Park aka  U.O Surplus. It sounded like an urban legend, something people fantasize about but doesn’t really exist in the material world. But no, it’s true!

True and huge. With an assortment for both men and women, it’s probably the only outlet I know that actually only sells merchandise first seen at the actual retail stores. And I lived in Orlando, I know my outlets.

See the tank tops hanging from the wall? $4.99 a pop. How about some BDG jeans for $9.99? Give it to me, baby!

I’d say about 70% of all clothing are priced under the ten dollar mark. Sweet. There’s only one small problem: there aren’t enough sizes available. Although if you’re a petite, you’ll be well served (0-2’s sizes by the bulk).

It could have been a mirage, but I swear some of those booties were at Michigan Avenue just two weeks prior (where they were already on sale).  Compound discount spotted!

Now, I don’t recall these shoe prices, but that usually means they weren’t impressive enough to stick ( the prices, the shoes were cute).

The verdict: Absolutely great outlet to find cool basics with Forever 21 prices. If you like to shop at the end of season you must stop by (I wish I had waited an extra week to get the same cardigan for half the money). A few statement pieces will make their way in here looking the same and weighing much less (on your pocket). Not ideal to spree at, but perfect for guilt-free impulse buys.  Pretend it just happened to be on your way to the drugstore.

Where? 2352 N Clark St (between Belden Ave and Fullerton Ave) Chicago, IL 60614

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Art Effect

The best things in life come when you don’t expect them, and I was definitely not expecting Art Effect in my life. I had walked by it several times before but never walked in. That is, till my friend Megan suggested it as one of her favorites shops in the city

And boy was she right! This place is overloaded with, and only with, the cutest things for your desk, kitchen, ears, closet, you name it!

I usually describe in detail what a store look like and what they offer, but this time I’ll let the images do the talking (it’s too amazing for words)

Notice the frame wall. I can’t!
Although it’s not exactly a vintage boutique, the whole place has an antique/modern feel to it.

I felt at home saying hello to Brazilian flip-flops Havaianas (which means Hawaiians in portuguese, fyi)

Tangerine taking the lead. Aside from all the amazing home goods, they have an incredible selection of accessories and clothing that are out of this world adorable, for boutique prices, I may point out.

The verdict: This is not just a place to go shopping, it’s somewhere to get inspired and take some inspiration home, if you wish. It’s tough to select the strengths because there are so many, but here you’ll find a large variety of eye-wear, cute stationary, charming bookends, the coolest wrapping paper designs, earrings and necklaces (by the bunch), clever kitchen wear, and a perfectly chosen clothing assortment. In other words, heaven at Armitage.

Where? 934 W Armitage Ave (at Bissell St) Chicago, IL 60614 (in Lincoln Park)

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Las Vegas: Hop In!

I talked so much about my Vegas trip this week it’s only fair I let you guys take a glimpse beyond the limited photo backgrounds of Viva Las Vegas and Encore posts. It’s always best to let the images do the talking (I really suck at being descriptive).

beautiful sunset as we headed back to the airport

gondolas

christmas tree

venitian

wax museum

sinatra

louis vuitton window display


resort

encore casino

the view from our room

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