August 23, 2011

a chicago state of mind.

i'll admit, i never really wanted to give the windy city a fair chance.  it's constantly compared to new york {my first love}, so i've been resistant. . . until our recent girls trip.  i adored it!  {the best part?  the shopping is all centrally located on michigan avenue}  we had a lovely time and here are the photos to prove it:

left, a bit of {harmless} shopping // right, an old chicago building

left, {heavenly} street view from our hotel // right, a kiddo that hid away in a store to read! adorbs.

left, sipping a bellini at RL // right, cookies for dessert

high tea at the peninsula - amazing!

left, our spread // right, purple macaroons 

digging the airy floor to ceiling window treatments - so effective!

left, cute apple window display // right, killer alexander mcQueen clutch

left, italian dinner at rosebud // right, lunch at le colonial {mmMm}

the hancock observatory was the perfect spot for an afternoon cocktail- such a view!

dinner at smith & wollensky

our beautiful mom at the Art Institute of Chicago

left, cake at smith & wollensky // right, cafe at the Art Institute

yours truly-


  1. I just spent the weekend in Chicago myself. I loved it...I am still in nearby Deerfield- and I'll be back to Chicago one last day. Any suggestions?

  2. Yay! You're back! You've been missed. I loved the Glitter Guide feature on you! Congrats! xo.

  3. I ADORE Chicago! Looks like you had a fabulous time. Loved your GG feature today... congrats! xoxo

  4. Hi Anna! I just found you via Glitter Guide (great feature, btw!). I love your blog and am so impressed with the work you've done here at Tulip Louise and independently... You're a girl on the move! I have visited Chicago once and absolutely loved it! Next time I want to visit Frank Lloyd Wright's homes, though. Missed that the first time.

    Thanks for sharing your trip!

  5. i've never visited the windy city but its definitely on my list of places to go. looks like you had a great time!

    all that good looking food is making me hungry. :)


  6. Lovely post.
    I too loved the Glitter Guide article.
    In that article where is the pink and white dress in the first few pictures from please?.
    Thanks for great inspiration.

  7. Please could you tell me what you used for the photos of Chicago? Did you do them on a normal camera and then photoshop them?
    Just lovely

  8. I've lived in Chicago my entire life and it is definitely my favorite city in the world, even after traveling a bit. So glad you loved it! And so happy to have found your blog through Glitter Guide

  9. I found you via The Glitter the pics! You're gorgeous!

  10. i love these pics—always beautiful on the blog! can you tell us how you do you hair? what process & what products? it always looks ah-mazing.

  11. That mqQueen clutch is perfection.
    Great photos!

  12. This looks great! I went to chicago when i was younger but my parents go all the time and they love it!

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