Chicago in review

I'm back from the dead! After a far-too-short trip to Chicago for a journalism conference, I'm ready to start blogging regularly again. I should be back with an outfit post tomorrow, but until then, here some snapshots from my trip.

Buildings. So many buildings. 

Eating at Portillo's like a good Midwesterner. 

Being an official college journalist and learning stuff.

A few friends and I stumbled onto this adorable and delicious crepe stand for lunch one day.

I had to fit in some pizza. And a terrible picture of a menu.

I spent a lot of time shopping and way too much money. Jenn and I had fun on our, um, second trip to H&M.

 That time I convinced T.J. to pose for pictures with me in the middle of the sidewalk. Also, I had a LOT of Starbucks. 

I can't really prove it from these photos, but I actually had the amazing opportunity to meet up with Marlen from Messages on a Napkin and Katie from Beautifully Pure. Marlen works really close to where I was staying and met me at the hotel so we could take the train to Lincoln Park. There, we got coffee and chocolate chip scones at the cutest coffee shop and were later met by Katie. We also visited an Urban Outfitters outlet nearby where I scored a couple of dresses for a total of $13. It was amazing to meet them both in person and to talk about blogging with people who actually understand what I have to say about it. I only wish that I hadn't locked my key and phone in my room on accident the next day so I could have hung out with Marlen one more time. I suck.

Lastly, make sure to catch me on Flock Together today!


  1. looks like a fun trip, enjoyed your post on flock together today!

  2. Elana! I'm so glad you had a fun trip to Chicago! It's always a good time in that lovely city. And I'm excited to see the dresses that you got for $13. That's such a ridiculously good deal!

  3. Looks like a fabulous trip! I love Chicago...its one of my fav places! And so jealous (but so pumped) you got dresses from UO for cheap! Missed your posts but your guests did a great job:)
    Much love,

  4. Welcome back! It looks like you had a fabulous trip. I love the Lincoln Park area, it is so beautiful there.

    xo Jenny

  5. your blog is nice! aww you got to visit Chicago! it seems like a fun city to visit. :)
    I've actually been really interested in how fashion merchandising is like ;O


  6. Looks like you had such a fun time Elana! And 2nd time to H&M? Oh my...haha, can't wait to see what you got!
    So jealous you got to do a blogger meet up >_< That's on my wish list haha

    Trendy Teal

  7. I'm still so bummed we didn't get any pictures together!! Like talk about a blogger fail haha. And I love that first picture you took of downtown, it looks goooorgeous

  8. That's so amazing! I'm so glad you had a good time! I'm really looking forward to having you back :)

  9. I still have yet to make it to Chicago, and this looks like such a fun trip!! Great shot of the buildings, and I love that picture of the old books! Also, you and TJ are tooo cute! Really awesome that you could go on something like this!

    perfectly priya

  10. I had so much fun getting together with you and Marlen! If you're ever in the area again we should totes grab a coffee/tea again. ;D