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.
- 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.
- Download Uber and Transit. This gives you access to every possible form of transportation the city has to offer.
- Following the apps, make sure to pack a phone charger, so you can actually benefit from them.
- Your favorite lipstick. After a few cups of coffee, impulse macarons, and lunch, you’ll be ready to reapply.
- 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.
Coat: $26 SheInside/Buffalo Exchange/Top: $25 H&M/Pants: $25 Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th
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.
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!