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One of the things I really wanted to do in Chicago was afternoon tea. Strange I know, but whenever I go somewhere I always check out the possibility of afternoon tea and when I checked out Chicago do you know what I found? There were a LOT of places that served afternoon tea. There might have been a ridiculously loud *squee* released all the options I had. It was a long shot, but I had a list of potential spots on my phone just in case. After exploring Lincoln Park, Andy and I had some time so with a quick call to The Allis, we were a short Uber away from tiny sandwiches and awesomeness.
The Allis was what I think Anthropologie would look like if it were a hotel restaurant. Initially I was a little worried because we were dressed fairly casually, but once we got there we saw everything from yoga pants to luxury label cocktail attire. We opted for the non “sparkle” option since, well, my love of sparkle aside, I can’t drink, but I can have chocolate and the “Chocolate Pu-erh” was the delicious love child of my beloved hot chocolate and really good tea. Andy ordered off menu, and got “Emperor Green” which was wonderful, but mine was better. I won at the game of tea. The only criticism, if it can be called that, that I read about this place was that their food options were “traditional” and.. .that may be true. However, not a single option on those three delightful tiers was anything less than exceptional. I mean the scones, the scones guys, I am usually okay sharing food with my husband, but damn if I didn’t want to smack his hand and take them both. The tiers were so treat laden that we ended up taking needing a to-go box, best left over breakfast ever let me tell you. We has such a wonderful time at this trip bonus. Yet another spot I could see myself frequenting if it wasn’t a three hour plane ride away. One of the best afternoon teas I’ve ever had.
To give you a tiny Chicago break, today I want to share with you my current Etsy wishlist. Right now I am feeling lots of color and sparkle, shocking I know. Nothing major, but items with character to complement what I already have. One of the things I love about trolling Etsy is that you always find unique items. My “favorites” list is ridiculously long. Don’t even get me started on my favorite shops list.
- Natural Perfume Sampler
- Wing & Feather Scarf
- Magnolia Temporary Tattoo
- Turquoise Stone Sunnies
- Sugar Plum Fairy Quartz Tiara
- Tiara Helix Earring
- Part Time Mermaid Tank
- ForgetMeNot Locket
- Luna Moth Earrings
Pretty, right? That cartilage bling is calling my name especially loudly. The silver hoop I’ve been wearing for years (don’t worry I replace it regularly) has gotten caught on things a few times lately and I am starting to feel that something a bit more close fitting might be a little safer.
If you’ve ever seen the movie In Her Shoes, you probably remember Rose’s quote about the source of her shoes obsession, “When I feel bad I like to treat myself. Clothes never look any good… food just makes me fatter… shoes always fit.” Ever since puberty hit and I shot up and got all sorts of curvy, this statement has been true for me as well. While I have perfectly practical shoes for day to day, occasionally I like to splurge and add something truly special to my “rarely worn” collection. I recently discovered Kurt Geiger shoes while flipping through Instagram and fell instantly in love.
Of course, the brand also has some seriously gorgeous party/special occasion shoes, but I really struck me was the incredible amount of detail and fantasy that went into the “casual” shoes.
They’re a little outside of my budget at the moment, but you can bet that I am going to be stalking some of these bad boys online as well as setting aside a little cash here or there to make sure I’m ready when the time comes. If you’d like to see more amazing options from Kurt Geiger, you can check out the brand’s Facebook and Instagram pages.
Images from here.
I’ve loved fashion for as long as I can remember. I was super prissy growing up and for a while having to wear jeans was a punishment my parents used to keep me in line. One of the saddest things about growing up is losing that sense of playfulness when it comes to what we wear. Largely, our wardrobe decisions are dictated by social media, magazines, movies/TV, and, in my case, what I can wedge my butt into. I’ve gone from tutus and glitter jelly shoes to black tank tops & yoga pants. Sure, I jazz it up from time to time with a flower crown, printed kimono or a pair of glitter sneakers, but largely, my wardrobe is three things: functional, black, and work appropriate. I am currently working on that, but it’s a bit daunting.
I was scrolling through my Instagram feed the other day when I saw this dress. Since the company it came from was tagged, I quickly made my way to their page and felt the kind of giddy princess-y elation I felt as a young child. While Chotronette might be a little out of my price range for day to day items, I can see myself indulging in a dress for a special event someday, and they make these gorgeous creations to measure!
What do you think? Does this brand make you want to play dress up? I might exchange the combat boots for glittery heels, or at least glittery combat boots 😉
Even though this trip was slated as a Universal/Islands of Adventure vacation, we still managed to squeeze in a quick visit to Disney Springs after checking into our hotel on Thursday evening. In the last few years, Disney Springs has undergone a huge transformation, leaving only the vaguest traces of its less glamorous former self aka Downtown Disney. I’ve had the opportunity to visit a few times in the last two years, and it just keeps getting better. One of the newest additions to the Disney Co Op stores is a charming little vintage inspired boutique called The Dress Shop on Cherry Tree Lane. I had seen a few articles about its opening, and blogger Penny of The Sconnie Sling lamented the fact that it opened mere days after she left Orlando. It was at the top of my hit list for our very brief visit.
My husband was so lucky we weren’t Magic Kingdom bound on this particular trip. Otherwise, there would have been a serious dent put in our credit card. This place is the most fun a grown up Disney princess wanna-be can have since we aren’t eligible to be styled at the Bippity Boppity Boutique (yes, I checked). This fascinator was my absolute favorite thing in the shop (closely followed by the white rabbit bag with fluffy tail), and, were it not for my unfortunately fine tresses, it would have been mine. My degree is in apparel design, and I thought it was a nice touch to have pieces of the inspiration boards for each “collection” framed for everyone to see. Also, as you can see to the right of the “Minnie” dress, the shop also carries crinolines for anyone who wants to amp up their look just a bit more.
The other thing that I LOVED, that’s right all caps, LOVED was that all the dresses I saw had sizes that accommodated more full figured ladies like yours truly. I am about a 16/18, and I saw options that would easily work for ladies who need 22/24. Trust me, there is nothing worse than wanting in on the game of dress up only to be told you can’t play because you’re not a standard size. On my next Disney vacation, you better believe I will be hitting up this spot for a park perfect ensemble.