White Poplin

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While I love to travel, my favorite part is getting back home and sleeping in my own bed. We arrived home late last night from a weekend at my best friend's and my old stomping grounds, and while I enjoyed some much-needed best friend time, I finally feel like I can breathe again. We had one short day between our trip to the Midwest and weekend in New Jersey to essentially unpack, do a few loads of laundry, then repack and set off.

After 48 hours in the Twin Cities, A and I headed to Chicago where we stayed in the sweetest little Airbnb. We had a sushi dinner take-out from Lawrence Fish Market, which doesn't look like much but is sensational, and then hopped on a bus to Montrose Harbor to watch the sunset -- post to come! The next day, we woke early to have brunch at Summer House in the Lincoln Park area, then took the 60-second elevator up to the Skydeck of Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower).

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Though we prefer the views from John Hancock, looking down and out through the glass boxes that protrude from Willis Tower is an experience.

White Poplin | affecionada
White Poplin | affecionada
White Poplin | affecionada
White Poplin | affecionada

We hydrated at my favorite little coffee shop, tucked away in a pseudo alley.

White Poplin | affecionada
White Poplin | affecionada

I felt silly snapping a photo of the cats lining the shelves of ShopHouse, adjacent to the coffee shop, but then three others stopped to snap a photo as well.

We attempted the Art Institute but arrived too late, so instead ended the day with cupcakes and Korean food.

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Topshop via Nordstrom dresssimilar in blue and white stripe | Loeil shoes, last featured here and here

This white poplin dress (first mentioned here) was perfect for exploring the city in the heat. I love every detail -- the tie front, cutout, cinched waist, front slit -- and want to wear it every chance I get!

See my recent travel posts: Midwest Sunsets MinnehahaDay & Night, Twin Cities48 Hours in Minneapolis & Saint Paul

Happy August! What do you have planned for the rest of the summer? x

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