Ok friends I was so excited to bring you this post! I threw it together quickly, but I had to get it out there ASAP! If you know me, you know I love getting together with my fellow friends who I have met through blogging. I had not seen these ladies since December 2019 when we went to Windy City Live! Check that post out HERE. This overnight to Chicago with these ladies was especially sweet because I’m not going to see my other best gal pals in Nashville the first week of October! You’ll learn more why on my Instagram stories today.


But at least I got this overnight with these fabulous friends! We started off the day by me picking up Jill from at the train station and checking into our amazing hotel called the Aloft Chicago. Jill and I scoured a city block or two for picture opportunities, a great lunch with mimosa's.


 Then, we met the other ladies as after they checked in. Sweet Laura made us are coolest Sweatshirts with our hashtag as we are all blondes and then after we all got ready we went back to their room for Cheers with Champagne that Kathrine had brought.

And a pic of our Teddy Blake Bags all lined up!


for 30% off!

Dear Caroline met us for dinner amazing restaurant called Cruz Blanca, as she had made a reservation for us. 

I presented Gucci Bee Bracelets to the ladies from my dear friend and jewelry designer Valerie from 2 Wonder and Wander.

USE CODE: CLOUDNINE10 for 10 % off all her jewelry!

Next, it was off to the Hoxton to the amazing bars there that I have been dying to try! Mr. Nine told me he was even jealous that I was getting into these bars with my gals. First up was Rooftop called Cabra. So cool, even a pool up there.

Why the sword? Now the ask in the other pocket I get!!

Then we went down to the very exclusive Speakeasy called the Lazy Bird. Big thanks to Scott for hooking us up. Very Exclusive!

It was so dark in there but this is what it looks like without people!

The night was so much fun!

We were sorry we only had our Caroline for Friday night, but we will see her again soon.


The next morning it was up in early for a class at the new gym called Rumble! A cardio boxing gym with amazing facilities! Spencer was our class instructor and man what a blast! Of course, I shouted “let’s get ready to rumble!” And I wanted to say "Mama said knock you out!" it was HIIT with bag punching in interval where the class was dived in tow and switch up twice between sides. SOOOOO FUN!!

All the gloves they rent are hanging there when you walk in.

Wearing our cute sweatshirts from Laura!


Oh, you knew we would fit in a yummy brunch! For this late morning deliciousness, we went to The Smith! I have always wanted to go there, and it wasn’t too far from our hotel. Of course we took our Teddy Blake bags. 

It was a little chilly outside so we got a great booth indoors.

Just look at that french toast and yummy egg Benedict's. Cheers friends.

A little shopping was to be had and then time to say goodbye. Til we see each other again...much sooner that this last time. Darn Covid.



To the ladies had at home and Jill and I returned to downtown so she could try and catch her train and I could get headed back home out of traffic for the end of the Notre Dame game which was being played at soldier Field! Gosh, if I would’ve known that sooner I just would’ve dropped Mr. Nine off there, LOL! Can’t wait to see these girls again soon.

Hope your week is started off GREAT!!!

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  1. This post is perfect in every way my friend! It was so good seeing you and connecting. Can't wait until next time. XO

  2. What a fun trip! It is so cool that you have formed such close friendships and get to see them in person!

  3. What a fun getaway with a great group of girls. I'm so glad you got to have this time. Nothing refreshes you like a little girl time. XOXO

  4. Sounds and looks like a great get together!

  5. How amazing! I am so glad you ladies were able to get together!! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

  6. I was so happy to see you all, but I definitely wish that we had more time together. Next time! Hugs to you my friend! Xo

  7. Oh what a fun trip! I'm so glad you got to get away! Chicago is high on my list... I've never been!

  8. How awesome that you all got together in Chicago for a girls weekend of fun Andrea. I enjoyed looking at the photos and reading about what a fun time you all had together.

  9. Look at all your hot babes out on the town together! That's wonderful.

  10. What an amazing time. I am so glad you got to get out with some good friends!

  11. What a great getaway! It's so nice to catch up with friends we haven't seen because of covid!

  12. That sounds like such an amazing getaway weekend!!

  13. It was such a fun time seeing you all! I'm so glad we were able to get together. Now we won't let so much time pass before we see each other again!

  14. Loved your stories and I am so glad you had so much fun!!!
    Love ya!

  15. I love these friendships, and loved following along on all your adventures! So happy to see you all back together again XO


  16. Gosh, what an incredible time together. Almost makes me wish I lived in Chicago!!!

  17. It was such a fun weekend! I'm so glad we were able to get together and can't wait until next time!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

  18. Looks like a good time was had by everyone. Would provide info on the dress you wore to brunch at The Smith? It's really cute. Thanks

  19. That looked like so much fun! I'm glad you got to see your gal pals again! All of the food looked amazing and the exercise class looked like fun! You ladies know how to have fun!

  20. What a fun time! Love this group and so excited you were able to get away with them!

  21. I had fun catching some of your stories! I haven't been to Chicago since 2017 when I ran my marathon and I got a little time with Jill then. Looks like lots of fun with tons of amazing food (and drinks!!!).


  22. What a super fun trip with a bunch of cute, amazing babes!

    Le Stylo Rouge


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