Stay-caytion in Chicago

Waldorf Astoria Chicago

I love my city. One of the things I love most is you never feel too consumed from living in Chicago. You can always go to different places throughout the city to get fresh air and clear your mind. One way Bill and I decided to get some savvy R&R was to take a little stay-cation. Our stay was made extra special thanks to the hospitality from the Waldorf Astoria Chicago. We are familiar with the Gold Coast neighborhood and have many memories there but being a guest in your own city for once is pretty fun and something different. Bill and I relaxed, did some shopping, and had delicious dinners during our stay. I think my favorite thing about our short and sweet vacation was the fireplace in our hotel room.. it’s the little things that matter right?

I encourage you to take a stay-cation in your city, whether it be by yourself, with a friend, or lover.

A few tips I have when you are thinking about taking a stay-cation:

  • Plan ahead: Think of where you ideally want to stay, and a few new dinner spots you have been wanting to try.
  • Bring an outfit you normally wouldn’t wear out: I don’t mean bring something outrageous. Just bring a dress you never have a chance to wear but always receive compliments on. Dress up because it makes you feel fabulous.
  • Do something tourist-y: Yep. You read that correctly. Bill and I went to the Lincoln Park Conservatory on an off day when it wasn’t busy. It reminded both of us what a beautiful city we live in and how nice our local attractions are.

I shared a few photos from our stay-cation below: Fireplace, Balcony, Outfits and more.

If it’s not going away from your home for a weekend, find a great movie, make your favorite snack and splurge on that fancy candle you have been dying to try.



The Waldorf Astoria Chicago

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Dinner at Merlo Maple
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Top: Free People (similar here!) // Boots: Steve Madden

A Day as a Tourist at the Lincoln Park Conservatory

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Bubbly Basics: A Beginner’s Guide to Champagne

With so many options, it is hard to know what kind of bubbly to purchase. Google is not much help, only offering hundreds of different links with scatter brained suggestions. I was up early this morning skimming through my favorite sites, and found a champagne guide via Cupcakes and Cashmere. With six Under $20 suggestions and a description of each taste, I bookmarked it instantly for future reference. Champagne comes with the connotation that you have to spend a lot of money, which is false if you choose the right bottle.

If you are not going to finish the bottle, simply put a stopper in the opening and place it in the fridge. To chill you bottle of champagne fast, wrap it in a damp paper towel and put it in the freezer for 10-15 minutes. Having a girls night or a date night? Crate & Barrel II (CB2) has great champagne glasses for about $1.95 a piece, so you do not have to spend a small fortune to make the drink look as great as it tastes. Personally I prefer stemless glasses to prevent accidents. Pair with a simple cheese platter, strawberries, or grab some small desserts to compliment your drinks.


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One: Bernard Rondeau Bugey Cerdon Rosé ($13.99).  Vibrant, fruity taste on the sweeter side, pairs well with chocolate.

Two: J. Laurens Brut Cremant de Limoux ($13.99). Pleasant citrus notes, nice alcohol balance.

Three: Jean-Louis Cremant de Limoux ($14.99). Balanced fruity flavor, smooth finish. Great bargain.

Four: Graham Beck Brut Rosé ($14.99). Pale pink, with a nice floral taste. Very crisp, with a deeper, fruity finish.

Five: Antech Cremant de Limoux $13.99). My go-to brunch bubbly. Fresh, light taste with a clean finish.

Six: Deligeroy Cremant de Loir Brut ($11.99). Easy drinker, with slightly spicy finish. Nice to serve at a larger party.


Personally, I would much rather have a glass of champagne than a vodka or whiskey based drink. I enjoy the taste, and can sip slowly without making strange faces. I like to add a little fresh orange juice to my champagne, or peach juice.

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