8.06.2013

Jet setting & What to pack in a carry on

First of all, I wanted to say thank you for all the sweet birthday wishes and comments I got from you all! They mean the world to me, and this birthday I felt truly loved and blessed by all the wonderful people in my life! 30 will definitely be the best year yet, and I'm so excited to see what I have in store! I took tons of pictures and will be sharing them over the next few days. 
But also amidst all the birthday festivities I think I forgot to tell you all D and I are taking a little mini vacation to Chicago this weekend. I've never been there so I'm super excited! So today I've put together some of my travel essentials you need to pack in your carry on. Check it out:
Travel.

Carry-on essentials:



As I mentioned before, I've never been to Chicago so I have no idea what to expect, what kinds of clothes to pack or really what to do. For anyone who's been there -- I'd love some recommendations for places to see, food etc. All I know is I am getting some deep dish pizza for sure!!

So where should I go when in Chicago?
Again, thanks for all the birthday love and hope you all have a wonderful day!

xo Steph

33 comments:

  1. Love all these picks! Those shoes are fabulous!

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    1. I know -- I want those cute shoes so bad! perhaps the TB sale right now will have them!

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  2. Happy belated Birthday! Love the MK bag!

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    1. Thank you! And isn't that bag lovely! They have it in a pretty red and blue color too tat has a fun nautical feel to it!

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  3. Love the choices! Have a fun birthday! :) I followed you via GFC & Bloglovin. Come see my blog and maybe follow me, too? See you in my blog. :)

    I am Jenniya

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    1. Thanks for the follow Jenniya! I'll be sure to check yours out too! xo

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  4. LOve these summer picks. The TB shoes are beautiful.

    Have a wonderful day.

    Kisses,
    Sofia

    stylishlyinlove.blogspot.com

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  5. Love the shoes!! Happy late birthday hope it was a great one ;)


    Nightchayde

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    1. I know those shoes are so great -- especially for travel when you're going a lot of walking! and thanks for the bday wishes : )

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  6. I want those TB flats, love the stripes! I went to Chicago once and loved it, have fun!

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    1. You can never go wrong with stripes! Thanks Tara!

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  7. That heart print scarf is adorable! I've never been to Chicago either but it's on my list of places to see.

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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    1. I kinda have a scarf obsession! Plus I think they are great on airplanes because they can double as blankets and makeshift pillows if you bunch them up! haha

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  8. yay Happy birthday again! You'll have so much fun in Chicago. The boat tour was definitely one of my favorite things. It seems cheesy but it's cheap and you and D can grab a drink and sit up on the boat and get a little tour/history/art history lesson all in one!

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    1. thanks jenn! and I'm definitely hoping to do as many touristy things as possible!

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  9. perfect timing im about to start packing for our Seattle vacation too! love the pics and really love the tory burch flats. Have a safe and fun trip to Chicago!

    Delightful Ideas

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    1. ohhh that's fun -- enjoy Seattle! I've never been there myself and it's on my travel bucket list as well!

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  10. Happy birthday!! I just posted my Chicago recap! Good timing! Definitely try Giordano's pizza - it's amazing! Also - check out the skywalk at Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) - I didn't do it and I'm kicking myself for it! Have fun!

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    1. yeah your post was helpful -- and I'll definitely be checking out the skywalk. thanks Niki! xo

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  11. Have so much fun in Chicago!! It's on my bucket list! Hope you had a happy birthday!

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  12. Have so much fun! You should definitely go to the Signature Lounge at the top of the Hancock Building. It gets you one floor below the observatory deck, and instead of paying admission you can have a fancy cocktail. There's a great view during the day, but at night it's awesome because you can see all of the city lights. Also, hit a Cubs game if you can, and do the architecture boat tour.

    Kristina does the Internets

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    1. great recommendations -- it sounds fabulous! Thanks Kristina! xo

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  13. I haven't yet been to Chicago, but I think everything you're planning on bringing seems like a great start! That Evian spray is a MUST. It probably doesn't do more than make me feel refreshed mid-day, but that's exactly what I need it for. Perfect at the end of a long flight. Have so much fun!

    xo,
    Elissa
    sparklesandprays.com

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    1. the Evian spray is awesome. such a little luxury! Thanks for the comments Elissa! : )

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  14. Great travel essentials! My Tory's are with me on every flight ;) Also add to the list, plenty of hand sanitizer :)

    xx
    Megan
    Instagram: megawat
    http://hellonewlywedlife.blogspot.com/

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  15. Loving the Tory espadrilles- can she do no wrong?!

    Brooke du jour
    www.brookedujour.com

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  16. i'm from chicago, you're going to have a great weekend :) i'd recommend doing any boat tour that gets you out on the lake, the views are incredible. walk the lakeshore path, there's a fun rooftop bar at the trump tower, and checking out lincoln park!

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  17. i 2nd the signature room- they do a great brunch or just go for a drink, the views are spectacular!

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  18. Love everything you pack in your carry on! I make sure to pack my iPad, DSLR and a big scarf that can double as a blanket if I get cold during the flight!

    xo jen
    Pearls & Lace

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I love getting and reading all your comments and respond to most of them when I can. Love hearing from you all! xo

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