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Birthday Picks: Chicago Edition

3/06/2013 Unknown 0 Comments

So I (Whit W) celebrated my birthday in Chicago over the weekend and had a fun-filled couple of days! I did a little shopping, celebrating and tried a few new things. Here's a little recap:


I stayed at theWit Hotel (very fittingly), a very chic hotel located in the Loop of downtown Chicago. I loved the decor in the place and the upscale Roof lounge. I would definitely stay there again. The suite I stayed in was very stylish and roomy with great views of Marina City. I had dinner with family at David Burke's Primehouse, so I had to go out in style! It was the perfect time for me to wear my BCBGeneration Long Sleeve Surplus dress that I blogged about in a previous Whit Picks post. I added a skinny belt, printed tights and slingback patent pumps to finish the look:

By the way... the food was GREAT at David Burke's, so I would definitely recommend trying the restaurant (especially the bacon sticks and truffle fries)!

I finished out the night with some more celebrating at the hotel. The following day I did a little shopping in the city on State Street and Magnificent Mile. I went to places like H&M, DSW, Steve Madden and Topshop. I got a few things and added a few to my most wanted list:

Basic black blazer from H&M: I needed a new fitted one in black since I have a few in other colors of the rainbow.

Coach sneakers: I like being able to wear casual sneakers on any given day. A great chic option to Converse are cute Coach sneakers, and I was able to find a cute pair at DSW... in addition to using a 20% off coupon I had and a birthday coupon. I love freebies!

Birthday Makeup from Sephora: Speaking of freebies, I love this time of year when I get free stuff haha! This year's free makeup for Sephora Beauty Insiders is Benefit They're Real Mascara (which I love) and Benefit Watt's Up Soft Focus Highlighter for Face. I love a little makeup from Sephora so I was thrilled to pick up my freebies!

Studded Candies sneakers from Kohl's: Who doesn't love studs?

Topshop Suspender Tights: I have loved these for a while, but never got a chance to get a pair. I love wearing printed tights with skirts when it's cold, so I thought these were super cute! Plus, at only $16, the price wasn't bad. Topshop also sells the House of Holland tights.

Topshop Geo Studded Holdall: I just purchased a bag recently, so I didn't think I needed to buy this just yet, but I love the studs and color! Also love the tan version.

Steve Madden Store: I saw so many shoes I want in here! Heels, flats, and so many cute sandals for the spring and summer. I will be back. Trying to be good for now.

Extras: I got some cute new earrings and the new Twilight DVD (Breaking Dawn Part 2) - the final and best one in my opinion. I also had to tell myself I didn't need another dress - at least right now (a very cute Topshop lurex midi dress)! Overall, I had a great birthday weekend and even got to try out some new things that I enjoyed so much that I will definitely be trying again, like ice skating:

Check out my skates! Haha

... and also got a little daring a tried a pole dance class at Flirty Girl Fitness - it actually is a great workout and extremely fun (my stomach muscles were probably sore from all the laughing). I would definitely recommend trying it or any of their other fun fitness classes for women.

Here are all of my picks from the weekend below:

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