Well, here we were again, another birthday approaching and not really prepared for a big trip “trip” so we were lucky to hit the Windy City again for an overnight thanks to Mr. Nine! It worked out perfectly that Saturday with my actual birthday as I always think it’s so much more fun to do something neat on your actual day. Sharing a little bit of the time in Chicago with you all.

Had to get a pic with my sweet Girl Before I left!!

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1. Hoxton Hotel

Mr. Nine and I had walked past this Hotel in the Fulton Market River District last year on my birthday weekend and said we are going to stay there someday. I was able to go to the rooftop bar there in speakeasy with my girlfriends in September but was so excited to stay at night there with my beloved. 

It had such a cool vibe, different than downtown and we started the day with a little snack and a Mimosa for me in the lobby restaurant, Cabra


2. Trivoli Tavern

I literally must’ve checked Resy for a reservation at this restaurant, the Trivoli Tavern, which is recommended by my friend , 60 times, we were finally able to score an early reservation which is perfect for us and anyway as they are an hour behind us. The atmosphere was like a 1920s swanky Hollywood gangster vibe, lol.

We had some fabulous cocktails, ate red meat, lol and you should’ve seen how high that meringue was in person on the Butterfinger pie. They even brought a candle over in the ice cream, lol. 

The restaurant was down a cobblestone area and It felt a little like we were in Italy.

3. Lazy Bird Speakeasy

I was excited to take Mr. Nine back to the speakeasy, the Lazy Bird, in the basement of the Hoxton. Such a cool vibe there as well. Of course, us old folks were too early for the live music, but we still had fun.

4. Little Goat Diner

We’d love diners and talk about a spectacular one right down the road from our hotel. The little goat diner is one of the spinoffs from the original restaurant girl and the goat. The portions were huge, the cappuccino delicious and the flavors in the scrumptious homemade food amazing. I highly recommend this spot. 

I was a Pizza Angel, lol. mr. Nine got some really cool shots of this adorable lemon dress, but this one was just for fun!
Lemon Dress HERE // Canvas Sneakers HERE // Straw Bag HERE

5. Walk Around the West Loop

Boba & Shopping

The weather was still cold, but the sun was shining so we decided to walk around a little bit until check out. We checked out a Boba tea shop which I was calling Bobo all morning. I have never tried one of these and let’s just say it will not be a repeat. The little balls which people equate to big tapioca balls remind me more of snot balls, lol! You. But the shop was super cool, like an 80's video.


I guess these pillows in the window display are Boba balls, lol!

My mood quickly was elevated after that drink when Mr. Nine took me in Free People and bought me some birthday gifts. I will be sharing those soon.

I also want to give a huge shout out to all my friends and family that showered me with love. When birthdays approach, especially as you get older, you think that people don’t really care even if you’re one of those people who tries to make others feel special, you don’t know if other people have the time or the notion to do so. A couple close to me did forget, lol. BUT I’m always so thrilled to get even just a happy birthday from y’all. I was going to list all the wonderful gifts and cards I got here, but I’m just going to savor them, and you know who you all are! Big BIG hugs. The only thing that would’ve made this birthday better is if every single person I love including all you far away blogger turned real life friends were in the same room with me!

Posts of the Week

Hopefully you caught the posts earlier in the week, especially the wonderful one on Wednesday where I shared my birthday visit with my mom to the Parker Grace Tea room. Such an enchanting place.

And shared lots of beauty products from Amazon on Monday

I'll be back Monday with the Easter PORCH!!!

Linking up with  Friday Favorites  // Metamorphosis Monday



  1. Your birthday trip looks like a lot of fun and good eating! The pizza angel photo is adorable and so are you! Celebrate your birthday all month!
    Love you!

  2. Aww Happy Birthday Beautiful! What a perfect way to celebrate XO

  3. It looks like you had a great trip. There are so many great spots to hit in the windy city and it looks like you did a great job of finding some gems. It looks like a fabulous way to celebrate your birthday!

  4. What a great celebration! I know what you mean about people not doing much for your birthday. I don't think I got any gifts this year other than money from my parents!

  5. Happy happy birthday, sweet Andrea. Looks like such a fun getaway. Love your darling outfits. Enjoy your weekend.

  6. That sounds like a wonderful birthday weekend! You look fabulous in all your stylish outfits too. I can not get over the height of that meringue!

  7. Sounds like such a wonderful birthday celebration! Love all of your outfits too, always so stylish! Hope you have a great weekend!

  8. Happy birthday Andrea!! Sounds like a great trip, and that hotel room is gorge! :)

  9. Oh my gosh...that meringue!! My favorite! What a special trip for a special gal. Love you so much - you deserve the best! xo


  10. You look beautiful and looks like a wonderful birthday celebration!

  11. This looks like a super fun weekend! That meringue pie has my mouth watering! Yum!

  12. What a fabulous birthday celebration. You sound like us in eating and not staying out late, LOL

  13. It looks like you had the best weekend! The rooms in the Hoxton look amazing! Glad you were able to get into Lazy Bird! Love Little Goat!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

  14. What a good way to celebrate your birthday! We always love to do so with just the two of us doing something special.

  15. Your birthday weekend looks so fun! Happy Birthday! :-)

  16. I seriously may have drooled looking at that pie!!!!
    So glad you were able to celebrate it up!!!!

  17. Happy Birthday. You looked like you had a great time. That cake at dinner was soooo amazing looking!

  18. That picture of you holding your cocktail at Trivoli Tavern could totally be an ad in a magazine! Every single thing about it is picture perfect!

  19. Argh, I hit publish before I was done. I also meant to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! I swear, you do not age!! As a matter of fact, you seem to be aging backwards!! Haha.


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