Tuesday, September 26, 2017

And the Livin' is Easy

Well, it's finally fall, even though it's been ludicrously hot in Chicago for almost a week now. This summer was been super eventful, and it was such a nice change of pace from the first several months of the year! First, my mom came to visit, and after spending one of the nicest weekends I've had all year with her, I had two days of Trashy Diva meetups the very next weekend. I went to Vintage Garage Chicago for the first time and scored some sweet new dresses and an epic suitcase, and Jeff and I had a lovely babymoon around Chicago.

purple deadly dames hawaiian hideaway dress

Oh, and after almost two years without it, I got my beloved car back, along with a bonus visit from my dad!

While the pace has slowed a bit as I've entered the final countdown to baby, Jeff and I have still managed to get out for some fun here and there. One of my favorite things to do once the late-summer heat (temporarily) cooled to liveable levels was strolling around the parks in our neighborhood. A few weeks ago, we finally visited a park we'd driven past for two years: Washington Park, on Chicago's South Side. I thought it would be a nice place to look around and take a few photos, but it turned out to be one of the loveliest places we've gone in ages!

purple deadly dames hawaiian hideaway

I've said it before, but Chicago's green spaces never cease to amaze me. New York gets a ton of credit for Central Park (which is gorgeous, of course), but for the sheer park-to-neighborhood ratio, I think Chicago gives my favorite city in the world a run for its money! The parks here are beautiful and so well-maintained that they look like the pictures in a book, and I'm constantly amazed by how much effort and thought clearly went to creating public spaces here.

I'm also impressed by Chicago parks when I think back on life in LA. The parks in LA were fewer and further between, but it also seemed as though they never attracted as many people as the green spaces in Chicago do. At first this was perplexing, since LA is the land of year-round perfect weather. But the more I thought about it, the more sense it made to me that folks here would want to take advantage of the brief 5-6 months of decent weather we get here each year.

Let's pretend I was thinking Deep Thoughts when this was taken.

Since Jeff and I wanted to get over to the park while the weather was still comfortable, I decided to forgo makeup. I've been wearing it less and less, even to work, and honestly, it's nice to feel like it's really my choice when I decide to get all dolled up!

Even though this wasn't a particularly tropical setting, I couldn't resist wearing my Hawaiian Hideaway dress to ramble around the park. I'm not ashamed to admit that I have all three colors of this dress, because it's one of the best-made sundresses I've ever put on my body. I adore the print, the massive phone-hiding pockets, and the full circle skirt, though I kept a lid on the twirling for once as I've gotten a little too pregnant to safely spin in circles!

Although I'm feeling a bit too tired to venture out for one last pre-baby jaunt around the park, I'm looking forward to exploring the park next to the Museum of Science and Industry after she's born. It was part of the grounds for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition and apparently there are still little relics of the Exposition scattered throughout the park. Stay tuned, though: I know I'll drag Jeff over there soon, and there will be pictures!

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  1. I hope you don't hate me but I am not a big fan of Central Park. It's just so big! My favorite is Washington Square Park but I might be a bit partial because I went to college in that area. I can't wait for your next park adventure!


  2. I love parks and reading in the parks. So relaxing! The one next to my home is full with kids so I tend to avoid it. But when it's quiet... I love your dress! so colorful! xx corinne

  3. That dress looks so beautiful on you. Love the colour! Great photoshoot lovey. Over from littleowlblogs.wordpress.com x

  4. That dress looks so beautiful on you. Love the colour! Great photoshoot lovey. Over from littleowlblogs.wordpress.com x

  5. That’s so nice for you to have visits from your mom and dad! Love a good green space, so relaxing and of course pretty backdrops for amazing photos like yours!

    Jessica & James | www.foodandbaker.co.uk / www.foodandbakertravels.co.uk

  6. Awww this is a lovely park! My boyfriend and I love park walks too, as does our dog! It must be so exciting that you're so close to meeting you little one, in no time you'll be bringing her to the park with you!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

  7. Chicago sounds absolutely lovely & it maybe doesn't get enough credit as other "main tourist destinations" in america! I love the picture by the lake 😍 xx


  8. I'd love to visit Chicago! The park looks beautiful. Central Park was so exciting to visit for me but it was super busy and touristy, whereas parks like this look so much more welcoming and naturally friendly.
    Love your dress! And I'm a huge fan of vintage things too. Wish there were more thrift places over here in England.

    ~ R ~


  9. That's awesome that there's so many parks in Chicago! I live in the boonies, surrounded on all sides by mountains, farms, woods, and open land, so I probably take it for granted a bit.
    Aren't the Hawaiian Hideaways the best?! I have two, and love them both so much.
    The one you're wearing here is my favorite of the 3 colorways.

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