September 1, 2010

Shopping in Chicago

Shopping in Chicago

On Friday morning, Kevin and I took a cab from our hotel in Chicago to a small bakery the Ukrainian Village, Shokolad Pastry & Cafe. We started the day with their crepes… glorious crepes. Chocolate & cinnamon for me, Nutella & banana for him. Heaven! Despite being *completely* stuffed, I couldn’t pass up this incredible looking Opera cake from the pastry case. With layers of chocolate, vanilla, almond biscuits and espresso buttercream, how could I resist?? :)

Of course after that, I totally deserved our 2 mile trek up Chicago Avenue.

Shopping in Chicago

We made our way through the Ukrainian Village to the trendy Wicker Park neighborhood. Our first stop was Pitaya, where I totally fell in love with this dress!

Shopping in Chicago

And these earrings! Had to grab these earrings. Only 5 bucks! Won’t they look nice with this ruffly top?

Pitaya has a few locations across the US, definitely check them out if you’re near one! Too bad the closest one to me is 5 hours away. I might have to consider driving there sometime!

Shopping in Chicago

We ran in the Marc Jacobs boutique, and look what I found! Yep, that stressed-out look is definitely the face of someone with two boston terriers. ;)

Right after that we ran into the sweetest, tiniest, fattest little BT I have ever seen. Totally scooped him up and got some kisses. I wanted to put him in my purse and run. Wicker Park was very dog-friendly. Most of the stores had water bowls out front for the thirsty pups.

Kevin tried to talk me into buying this shirt, but I resisted. But check out the back! It was hard. But then check out the price. Ack!

Shopping in Chicago

Oh man. Stopped in this cute store, M2 Boutique. Loved this place!

Shopping in Chicago

I was mesmerized by this necklace. It just so happened to go perfectly with the navy blue dress I was wearing. And the khaki dress I just bought. And that white top I brought with me. And everything else I own. Or have ever owned. In my entire life. Amen.

Shopping in Chicago

This bracelet was conveniently (and innocently) sitting right next to the necklace. I could get into some serious trouble if I lived in Chicago.

Shopping in Chicago

This cuff bracelet was calling out to me! Between this place, Sephora, and Sur La Table, I think I spent my entire life savings in Chicago.

Shopping in Chicago

Kevin’s a huge Braves fan, and it just so happened they were playing at Wrigley the weekend of his bday.

Shopping in Chicago

It was a pretty exciting game. The left fielder and third baseman had a huge collision going after a fly ball. The pitcher got beaned by a line drive. And the Braves came back to win it in the 9th inning!

And I finished off the rest of my Opera cake. :D

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Deb September 1, 2010 at 8:39 am

Awesome, Amanda! I love your pose! Btw, I like the dress too! Yay!


Misti September 1, 2010 at 9:12 am

I remember coming to your site from Scrapjazz long ago, before it was a blog! So much has changed here! That dress—super awesome!

Looking forward to seeing what else you’ve got here on your blog!


Jenny Flake September 1, 2010 at 9:15 am

I LOVE all of your Chicago pictures girl! That first picture of the Opera Cake has me drooling, might be the most beautiful dessert I’ve ever seen! Lol! Looks like you guys had a fabulous time!


Alisha September 1, 2010 at 9:18 am

Amanda I think you achieved the TRIFECTA! Baseball, chocolate and lots and lots of ruffles! Glorious. Have a good day! :)


Shelia September 1, 2010 at 9:32 am

I am enjoying your Chicago pictures so much. Just one question…how do you stay so slim with all the delicious food you eat or do you just sample everything? Would love to know. Keep posting your wonderful pictures! Have a great day!


Jenny September 1, 2010 at 9:48 am

I spy a super cute necklace on you!!


Amanda September 1, 2010 at 4:12 pm

My fashionable friend! :) After borrowing yours 57,000 times, I finally broke down and got one. Love it!! :) Can’t wait to go shopping with you in 2 weeks! :) xoxo

Maria Trader September 1, 2010 at 10:33 am

your purchases are making me jealous and that cake is making me hungry!


Ali September 1, 2010 at 10:37 am

I just loved that t-shirt – thought it was perfect for you! Thought you would have bought it at ANY price – that was until I saw the actual price! I cannot believe that anyone would pay that kind of money for a t-shirt! I mean it is a great t-shirt, but really – it is just a t-shirt!
Thanks for sharing always, Amanda!


Amanda September 1, 2010 at 4:14 pm

I know, right?? I gotta admit, I’ve paid $100 for a piece of clothing (can we say Miss Me Jeans?? :)) but for a t-shirt?? Yikes! :)

April September 1, 2010 at 10:43 am

Love the outfits and all…however, there is a reason I do (and always will) shop at Wal-Mart!! :) Happy Birthday Kevin (aka: Amanda’s Husband (:)


Deirdre September 1, 2010 at 10:50 am

Isn’t Wrigley Field great? I love to go to games there, especially when the Cubs get beat. The fans are soooo serious and get so annoyed!


Amanda September 1, 2010 at 4:15 pm

I was totally surprised at how small it was.. and the manual scoreboard! :)

Sheryl September 1, 2010 at 10:57 am

Mmmmm! That opera cake looks heavenly!! I’m drooling here and just dying to take a bite! Loved the photos of the dress and jewelry, too. Looks like Chicago was a grand time!


Kendra September 1, 2010 at 11:38 am

I love that necklace! I have never been to chicago but it looks like I need to now! :)


rebecca September 1, 2010 at 12:46 pm

that dress is stellar! i love love it. and those earrings. girl, just come be my stylist!


Stephanie O. September 1, 2010 at 1:05 pm

I’m loving that taupe ruffly dress and cuff bracelet!


Donna September 1, 2010 at 1:13 pm

I love that dress–looks wonderful on you. Did you add the belt or does it come with it? Great touch, either way!

Check out this site for Boston Terrier stuff. Better prices for showing off your love for BT’s!

Thanks, as always, showing us such beautiful desserts, oh yum!


Amanda September 1, 2010 at 4:16 pm

It came with it.. Isn’t that awesome? :)

And OMG, that is so funny, not 15 mins ago someone sent me a link to that SAME site! For the owl stuff! Crazy!! :)

I was like wait..??! Wasn’t I just here?? :)

Major deja vu moment! :)

Donna September 1, 2010 at 1:14 pm

oh yikes, sidetracked by desserts….
the website:


Lana September 1, 2010 at 1:24 pm

You had right until you said the Braves came back to beat MY CUBBIES in the 9th inning! :-( Sigh…….. Looks like you experienced all of Chicago, except for maybe Rush Street????? Good for you!


Tana September 1, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Hello there….I have been here before and I kind of stumbled upon your place again! I love it! It caught my eye that you were in a Ukrianian area. I am full blooded Ukrainian…all my great grandparents are from Ukraine. Anyway….I thought it was on your site that I once found a place for scrapbooking. You could get a few free things and other things you had to pay for. Do you have any idea what I am talking about. If not…just excuse me….I may be going crazy!! Stop over and say hi. :)


Amanda September 1, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Hi Tana! Good news! All my stuff is freeeee! :D I have a few digital scrapbooking freebies and some really cool free fonts! :)

Amy September 1, 2010 at 1:27 pm

I just signed up for your posts and just happened to be we are headed to Chicago tomorrow!! Thanks for the great info and will for sure hit some shopping spots!


kelley blake September 1, 2010 at 1:32 pm

I have to say that Chicago is one of my favorite cities! I absolutely LOVE that gray rhinestone bracelet! I’ve been to the Pitaya in Athens, Ga but didn’t purchase anything (somehow!). Athens is only a little over an hour from my hometown. One of my good friends works for the cubs so whenever I can make it up there I always try to make it to a Cubs game (although the Braves always come first!). Isn’t Wrigley Field awesome?? Looks like y’all had a great time!


Southern Gal September 1, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Yummy. Beautiful. And Go Braves!!


Janell September 1, 2010 at 1:43 pm

you have the best fashion sense!


Suburban Sweetheart September 1, 2010 at 2:08 pm

You. Have. OUTSTANDING. Taste. <3


Sherrie September 1, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Awesome weekend for you, Kevin and the BRAVES… YAY, go Braves! :)


emily September 1, 2010 at 3:36 pm

i love chicago and the miracle mile! its been a while since iv’e been so thanks for sharing your trip!


L y s h a September 1, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Chicago looks amazing. And that cake? Drool!


B Smith September 1, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Looks like you guys had a blast and yes…LOVE that dress!


Soifa September 1, 2010 at 4:58 pm

I don’t know if this is weird to say, but that dress is so adorable and your legs are so amazing! I’m jealous! Chicago seems like a really fun place to visit!


Irene September 1, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Oh thank you! I so much enjoyed your post, it felt like I was there! Beautiful finds. And I would certainly not pass that cake! Wishing you many more happy birthdays, trips, and posts.


Kathy F September 1, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Amanda…how in the world do you stay so tiny? All those mouthwatering photos of all the food you find on your trips…I am hungry just looking!


jc September 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm

amanda – chicago’s my home – i unfortunately just moved! you have to try cafe babareeba – spanish tapas :) and you must go also try meli in greektown for breakfast.


Carrie Gamber September 1, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Hey Amanda
LOVE your pics from Chicago.. Such a beautiful city!
Where do you like to shop for your little sweaters and shrugs that you always seem to have with cute little sundresses.. I’m always looking for something like that to throw on top of tanks or dresses and have trouble. Yours are so cute!


Amanda September 2, 2010 at 12:18 am

Hi Carrie! That one I have on in the pic was from Pitaya- I just tried it on to see how it’d look with the dress. I have one at home that’s very similar that I got at Ann Taylor Loft. I also see them a lot at the little “teen stores” as I like to call them! :) Charlotte Russe, Forever 21, Papaya, etc. :)

Teresa Verhoestra September 1, 2010 at 10:47 pm

Amanda let me say you look totally amazing in that dress. Great job!


Amanda Sevall September 2, 2010 at 1:20 pm

That t-shirt is too cool!! I may just have to get one… ;) And I love all the jewelry and that dress and the cake… I think I’d go broke and gain a few pounds in that City!! :)


Alex September 2, 2010 at 1:54 pm

I have one question. How do you capture such AMAZING photos?! You must have a secret technique–or else you’ve got a great camera. :) Please tell.


Jill September 2, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Hi Amanda! I don’t know that I’ve ever commented before but I’ve been reading for a LONG time. All I have to say is a)please go shopping for me as you have great taste and b)your blog always makes me hungry!!

My blog is private due to a stupid family drama situation but if you’d like to see it, let me know. :)


Allison September 2, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Loved the clothes and jewelry and about died seeing the yummy crepe photo! Oh my goodness I wish I could’ve pulled that thing out of the screen to eat it!

And hello girl–you look HOTT! That dress looks amazing on you too. Keep it up!


Danielle September 2, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Oh my goodness! That cake..mmmm…I am almost drooling all over my laptop. I absolutely LOVE that dress!! And I also love the jewerly. Looks like you had a great time :)


Bernice September 2, 2010 at 10:24 pm

What a way to start off a post – that cake looks delicious! And I love that dress too, it’s way too adorable! Now I want one!


Angela September 2, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Looks like a fantastic trip! And, you look great!


Nancy September 3, 2010 at 2:24 am

Can I just say that I’m thoroughly impressed that you shopped someplace OTHER than Michigan Ave in our fair city? Very brave of your tourist selves. :) How far west did you go on Chicago Ave? Past a certain point, it can get a bit scary…


katie September 3, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Looks like a great time in Chicago, the game sounds like it was a good one. Just curious…what camera and/or lenses are you packing around on your adventures?


Aquarius September 17, 2010 at 5:07 am

Great shirt but indeed the price…
I love the dog on the right that is my doggie i just picked up my little pup chica


Stephanie March 4, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Thanks to your amazing blog and your section on Pitaya I have some brand new shorts from their website


Amanda Cooper December 18, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Hey Amanda,

I’m from Chicago so never stayed at any hotels there, but now that my family and I live down here in Birmingham I’m planning on taking my husband for his first trip there to see where I grew up. What hotel did you stay at while you were there? You usually stay at some great places!



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