Guide to City Essentials

If I could choose one way to spend the day, it would be exploring a city. Whether it’s somewhere new or a place I’ve been to dozens of time, there’s always new adventures to be discovered. Arts, culture, and life lie around every corner. For a successful day, it’s crucial to bring along the a few essentials.

  1. Bring sunglasses. It may not even be THAT sunny, but with glares coming off of every passing car and building, you’ll be happy you had them.
  2. Download Uber and Transit. This gives you access to every possible form of transportation the city has to offer.
  3. Following the apps, make sure to pack a phone charger, so you can actually benefit from them.
  4. Your favorite lipstick. After a few cups of coffee, impulse macarons, and lunch, you’ll be ready to reapply.
  5. Satchel style purse. Whether you’re shopping or exploring a museum, worrying about your purse is the last thing you’ll want to be focusing on. This style allows for maximum movement and safety as it’s strapped around you.

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Coat: $26 SheInside/Buffalo Exchange/Top: $25 H&M/Pants: $25 Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th

The Haul: When in Wicker Park…

When in Wicker Park, it’s a must to go thrift shopping. Wicker Park is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Chicago. It’s filled with unique stores, restaurants, and coffee shops. Every time I venture out there, I tend to spend the whole day wandering around discovering new places. My trip home was short, but I made the most of it by hitting all my favorite spots. First things first, we stopped into Stan’s Donuts for a quick treat. I’m not even a sweets person, but Stan’s is home to the best donuts I’ve ever tasted. Crossroads Trading Co never fails when looking for unique pieces. I scored a black shearling vest, perfect for layering. Next we stopped in Buffalo Exchange. Although the set up can be a tad overwhelming, I was able to find a SheInside jacket for $26 and a trendy fringe skirt from Hollister (Surprising, I know) for $14. Finally, it’s not a trip home without a stop to Akira. I’ve been lucky enough to be a brand rep for them and my obsession has only grown since. I bought quite the haul: Patterned poncho wrap for $20 (orig. $45), CHI tank for $18, plaid scarf for $12 (orig. $25), and two pieces of jewelry for less than $10. It’s safe to say my shopping addiction has been satisfied until my next trip home.

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The Haul: Winter Break

After spending months in Kent, this break called for a much needed haul. Thanks to gift cards and Christmas returns, I’ve been able to do some shopping at a variety of places; but as usual, the my best scores were found in Wicker Park thrift shops and H&M. I’m obsessed with my new pants from H&M’s winter clearance sale. Originally $50, I got them for $20. I also found a pair of printed harem pants for $10 and a sweater dress for $20. During my thrifting haul, I ended up spending all my money at the first store we went into, Crossroads. This haul was definitely one of my best finds yet! I bought Top Shop booties for $9, J. Crew skirt for $15, Alice + Olivia sweater dress for $28, Hem + Thread top for $13, and a Tinley Road tweed vest for $20. Pictures to come very soon!

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