09 October 2015

visiting millennium park, chicago

Here I am in front of the famous Cloud Gate, (also known as "the Bean") in Chicago. Obviously I should've woken up at the crack of dawn if I wanted to take photos without all the tourists. Nevertheless there's something to be said about experiencing Millennium Park with all its hustle and bustle. The weather was positively heavenly so we took a stroll to burn off some calories after our big brunch. Strains from a concert at the nearby band shell lent a dynamic mood. Chicago is a city with a great vibe. The only thing that sucked about my visit was getting pickpocketed in the subway station. But that's a story for another day.

As I mentioned, the weather was perfect during our stay (if you count the occasional flash thunderstorm as perfect, which I do). It was balmy in the sun but could get a bit crispy in the shade. My fair-isle cardigan from Aeropostale was the perfect fall cover-up. I really liked that it added some vibrance to my all-white look.
Bell-sleeve peasant top, Tokyo Darling by Aeropostale . White jeans, Mango. Nude lace-up ballerinas, Zara. Large bucket bag, Mansur Gavriel. Fair-isle cardigan, Aeropostale (sold out online).

brunch at the signature room at the 95th, chicago

Brunch with a view This is Lake Shore Drive and Lake Michigan from the 95th floor of John Hancock Center, where the Signature Room is located, taken from our table. It was my first time seeing one of the Great Lakes so I thought it was pretty incredible. Definitely a lot bluer than I thought it would be, and I think the fact that there are beaches in the Midwest is super awesome!

John Hancock Center, which is 100 stories tall. It has an observatory called 360 Chicago but wouldn't you rather enjoy your view with a meal? That was my mindset at least, I love brunch so of course I was eager to book the brunch buffet at the Signature Room!

We checked in for our reservation and asked for a window seat (window seats are first come, first served). Since there was a 20-minute wait for that we went up to the lounge on the 96th floor for drinks.

The buffet consisted of pastries, some seafood items, salads, meats and cheeses, fruit, and yogurt. And mini quiche! For some reason, mini quiches are just so much more delicious than regular quiche, don't you agree? Ugh those croissants looked generic but they were so good. I am such a carb monster! There was also made-to-order omelet bar as well as a dessert bar that I never got around to.

The oysters were so good that I went back for more!! Usually I find that buffet oysters are not quite up to snuff but that wasn't the case here.

The brunch buffet also includes a menu of entrees which can be ordered. You can order more than one entree per person so its pretty spectacular. We had the Belgian waffle, the steak and eggs, and the eggs benedict. Everything was delicious. All in all, the brunch buffet was well worth the $45 price tag and easily one of my favorite meals/experiences in Chicago. It's a must-do in Chicago in my opinion!

25 September 2015

fall transition

Sleeveless waistcoat, c/o WearAll. Striped tank top and black denim cut-offs, Abercrombie & Fitch. Western boots, Guess. Kai crossbody bag, Rebecca Minkoff. Baker watch, Marc by Marc Jacobs.

It's officially fall now so even though we're still experiencing temperatures in the 90s, I tried to add a little autumnal touch to my outfit by layering on a long vest. It's got the silhouette of a flowy trench, which you may already know, I happen to dig a lot. It's definitely a great fall-transition piece, although fall weather can't come fast enough if you ask me! I also wore a pair of boots even though my feet really wanted an airy pair of sandals. At least my body was happy in the tank top and denim cutoffs combo that I've been living in lately.

11 September 2015

changing of the seasons

Chartreuse-colored top, Finders Keepers (old). Distressed boyfriend jeans, Boohoo (on sale!) Time Flies sandals, Chinese Laundry. Kai fringed crossbody bag, Rebecca Minkoff.

As fall arrivals start to flood into stores, I can't help but feel envious of those who live in locales in which the seasons are starting to turn. I know I'm ALWAYS moaning and groaning about the weather, but here in LA we're having one of the worst heat waves I can remember. I guess it will be worth it though, if we get our much-needed El NiƱo rain this fall.

Anyway, I'm trying to dress a little more "autumn-y" but the weather makes it difficult. My idea of a compromise was a richly-colored, but breezy top and some severely torn jeans. My boyfriend said that they were practically shorts. But they definitely didn't feel like shorts -_-.