Thursday, June 11, 2015

Summer Plans | Girls Overnight Trip to Chicago

Chicago Skyline [taken by Chris Smith]
After not going anywhere last summer, I'm really looking forward to this summer when I get to go up to Chicago with my sister, Gaby, our friend Grace, and possibly some other girlfriends from Church. Yes, it is going to be a girls weekend trip up to Chicago -- which is going to be fun especially since I've never done this before [gone on a trip with friends that is].
Indiana Dunes -- we are looking forward to hanging out at the beach. I'm also looking forward to wearing my newest Lime Ricki swimsuit at the beach, especially since I haven't needed to wear one in over a year. 

I have visited the Dunes once, and that was last Labor Day with my family -- we hiked the "Three Dunes Challenge", lay out on the beach for a bit, skipped rocks on the lake, and I read a little bit of my Agatha Christie (which is my favorite thing to do on a beach, crazy huh?). 

Art Museum -- We all love art, so stopping by at the art museum is a possible option for us to do. There is something really inspiring about studying the masters of the past like: Degas, Monet, Van Gogh, to inspire one to do some art. Or is that just us? 

Shopping -- Another thing I'm excited for is being able to visit the big city shops like: Zara and TopShop that are located in Chicago [something we don't have in Indiana]. There will also be bigger versions of H&M, Forever 21, etc... 

I really want to try out some of TopShop's makeup while I'm there, so perhaps I'll pick up one of their lipsticks, highlighters, or blushes. Do y'all have any recommendations? Also what is your favorite TopShop lipstick color?

What are YOUR must visits in Chicago?

Girls Weekend Packing List

I have a tendency to overpack when it comes to trips, so I'm going to try and keep it simple and basic hence I create a collage to help me focus and limit stuff. You see, I am the type of person who easily changes their mind about what they want they wear, I also like to be prepared for anything that may come up.

For the drive up to Chicago I'm thinking about wearing: shorts, loose tee, bathing suit, and sandals [if I can find a pair] -- perfect for the summer heat and the beach. The dress would be for when we go out to eat for dinner [also the jean jacket to layer on top, in case it gets chilly at night]. Depending on the weather, I would wear either jeans or shorts for our second, and final day of our trip -- which would be filled with shopping and visiting the sites.

To help cut costs for the trip, we are all driving together in one car, packing a picnic lunch for the first day, sharing one hotel room, and splitting costs when ever possible to help keep the trip super cheap. Since we are hoping to have five-six of us girls on the trip, that means we get to split costs between us all. 

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What are your plans for this summer? Any fun trips planned?

~Ashley, xx
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  1. cool sounds like fun and great idea with the pintrest to help with how to pack light i always have trouble with that.


  2. So fun! I literally just got back from Chicago this morning, and just posted a travel vlog! It's one of my all time favorite places. I kind of want to move there.
    I also like to check out the fun shopping that isn't available where I live...I may or may not have hit up the Charlotte Tilbury counter while I was there. >_<
    I hope you share more about your trip!

  3. This sounds so fun! Chicago was my first bigger vacation when I was 14. My family didn't travel much. We took the train from Kansas up to Chicago (about 12 hours) all of us girls. I have a big extended family, so that was my grandma's dream at the time to take all of her girls on a train trip. My grandfather worked for the railroad. So all together it was 10 of us girls walking around the city! So fun. :) I love the art institute, I would love to go back as an adult. Make sure to see the Seurat! Navy Pier's ferris wheel is really pretty at night. We also had to try "billy goat's" which is famous, in a weird little place, but it had really good burgers. I would recommend those things for sure! I hope that you have fun. Girls trips are wonderful. My husband and I are headed to Alaska for work in July. My birthday is the 3rd, so we decided to go up a few days early and spend my birthday and the 4th in Alaska. Wow, it is surreal. Then at the end of July we are headed to Florida for a wedding and family vacation. My first time there, looking into all of the ways to beat the heat and hide from the sun. I'm too fair for hot summers! : / XO -Alexandra

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  4. I recommend visiting The Bean. It's really unique and something you'll always remember from your trip to Chicago.

  5. I find packing for trips really fun, but I usually end up taking way more then I need to!

  6. Ah!!! So exciting. I adore Chicago, and I hope you have a really fabulous time + post lots of pictures.

  7. Aaahhh, the dunes! I'm from West Lafayette, so it's about the closest thing to the beach we can get -- and it's pretty darn nice! Your post inspired me to actually dress up nicely for it when I go next month :)

  8. That sounds like fun, I'm glad you made that trip. Thanks for sharing.


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