Sunday, August 15, 2010

Waking Up in Chicago

Another thing I’ve observed about road trips—they definitely make you tired. Thursday night, I slept like a rock…but in this hotel, can you blame me?

Thursday Re-cap



I think the Congress Plaza Hotel was the perfect pick for a hotel. I am in love with all the old-fashioned architecture inside and out.



What better way to start the day then with some breakfast…cooked for you?

Friday Re-cap

The Gazebo Restaurant is located right in the hotel and opens at 6:30 a.m.—perfect.


Cheerios with milk


2 scrambled eggs with onion and breakfast potatoes.


Loved this—usually I am not a fan of breakfast’s in restaurants because they can be drowned in grease, but this passed my test!

And then we were off for the day..with the necessary morning beverages of course! 


Eating a meal in Chicago is literally impossible—there is so many options to choose from it’s insane! We finally chose E-leaven cafe and bakery. It ended up being a good choice. A lot of food for a good price..and all of their food looked picture perfect!




I got the veggie omelet and seasonal fruit.



The Hershey’s Store…yum!



We also stumbled upon the infamous Sprinkles Cupcakes—unfortunately the line was out the door!


We walked, shopped, and walked some more, about 5 miles total, then we were looking for somewhere to eat before heading to the HLS cocktail party. We’ve heard of the Tavern on Rush before, so we needed to try em out. Besides being SO loud in there (I guess that’s the city for ya), I really enjoyed the pork chops with granny smith compote..and check out this baked potato..this size of my head, literally! I could only eat half =( p.s. They  have really delish bread baskets—for free!






I swear..all this walking works up a serious appetite monster in me!


Goddess strawberry soft serve frozen yogurt


And then it was off to the much anticipated Healthy Living Summit Cocktail Party at the Laselle Power Co venue. It was sponsored by Open Sky, and they really know how to throw a good party!



Caitlyn and I

Freya, Nikki, Shannon (love you girl—wish we had more time), and I.


Kath and I.


Tina and I.

Great day and great night!

What is your favorite dress that you have?






Christina said...

cute pics!! i have so many dresses that i love but i think my favorite is from dillard's actually. it's a chelsea and violet dress. loveeee it.

Kim said...

Wow - looks like you had a wonderful time! And, your pink dress is gorgeous. Everything looks delicious.

My favorite dress is an LBD.

Sook said...

What a fun trip! By the way, you're so pretty! :)

Lindsay @ said...

Sounds like you had an awesome time! My favorite dress is a gorgeous black and cream halter. I'm thinking about wearing it to a wedding on Saturday.

Krista said...

What an awesome time!!! Love your pink dress. It looks great on you!

The Healthy Hostess said...

Looks like a blast! Wish I would have been there!

Kelly said...

Glad you had a great time! I'm sad we didn't get a chance to catch up. My flight back from Phoenix ended up getting in a lot later than I expected. Looks like you had a fabulous weekend though and hit up some great spots.

katecooks said...

aw, looks like you had a great time! i love your flowered dress in the first few pictures -- super pretty!

glad the breakfasts passed the non-grease test. i love potatoes but hate when they sit in my stomach like a rock!!

Anonymous said...

hey girlie!!
beautiful photo recaps...all the food looks AMAZING!!
I LOVE dresses, it's way to hard for me to pick one favorite! :)
I hope your week is off to a great start!

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

Great, great pictures! looks fun!

Megan D said...

I SO wish I had been at HLS! The food, the people, everything all looks great. Love your pink dress too! I have soo many dresses but my cotton-y yellow one is probably my fave :)

Erica said...

ah! Glad you had so much fun at the HLS. I love both your outfit in the first and last pictures- adorable. The food looks amazing too- can't beat froyo out. My favorite dress- I have a few....but I really am in love with the second dress I wore during my wedding day. It has a low back- simple elegance!

Kerstin said...

Awww, I love Chicago - glad you had fun! Cute dresses too :)

Nicci@NiftyEats said...

My favorite dress is this Silver, one shoulder dress I originally bought for HLS cocktail night, Saldy it was to time to iron before the night. I shall wear it to a wedding in a month. lol