Everyone knows I’m always up for an adventure. What if I told you I went to Chicago to spend most of my time with a group of people I didn’t know? What could possibly go wrong? My life is basically a recipe for disaster anyways. LET’S DO THIS!!!
Here are some Snaps from the weekend
Chopped my hair, added some color.
I wanted to go lighter but because my hair is naturally 5 different shades of orangey brown, my stylist dyed it darker with color corrector.
Two hours before flight:
Go to Forema on Park Ave where my beautiful Ally styled me. I was in and out of there in five minutes. Ally is so talented, warm and friendly. I urge everyone to visit, especially after seeing all of their fall pieces!
I got caught in traffic, but made it to the airport on time. Parked my car, almost died trying to remove my heavy suitcase out of my car and ran around MCO in heels. I swear, they are not uncomfortable. Nine West have always been good to me!
My day was so crazy that I forgot to eat. Do you ever get so hungry that your head hurts? Or you get sick to your stomach? That’s how I felt. I found something similar to my usual dinner at home.
But then I picked these up because I felt sick. My body wanted carbs, so I gave it what it wanted.
My flight was interesting. When we were about 20k ft, it was waterworks. My sinuses have been awful lately, being in the high altitude didn’t help. I couldn’t see or breathe for the remainder of the flight.
I never get scared when I’m in the sky, I find it soothing. It’s my happy place, really. But 15 minutes before landing, we hit crazy turbulence. WELCOME TO THE WINDY CITY! Oh, and I met a really nice guy named John who sat next to me and told me multiple times to stay out of the South Side. Hi John!
When I arrived, I had a sweet 2015 Toyota Avalon waiting for me to test drive (Thanks, DriveShop. The review will be up soon!). Luckily, my hotel was super close to the hotel. I was able to settle in, shower and go to bed.
I woke up at 4 am with a horrible migraine. Most of my morning was spent hating life, puking and laying on the floor. My housekeeper took care of me, made me coffee, told me I was awesome and I was magically cured. I tried looking for gluten free deep dish pizza but that was a complete bust. Blaze was the next best thing since they had gluten free options.
Pizza gave me life.
I got ready for The Makeup Show cocktail hour. The Makeup Show will have it’s own post shortly.
After the cocktail hour, I went off to the Willis Tower to meet my fam for the next couple of days. They have founded or are part of Ascene Chicago , News/Media online magazine for Chicago’s Asian lifestyle, culture and extraordinary people.
I watched the Heat game, duh.
Sipped on some tea at the Metropolitan Club.
Searched for food.
Lily suggested dinner at Gogi .
We had her take over. The food was super tasty.
I’ll get to the club story later, but I made Randy my husband for the weekend. Looking back on pics, he did an amazing job not being amused by me. Just like a real hubby.
He’s over me.
The convo looks intense, but I can assure you, we all got along great.
Who eats lettuce at a Korean steak house?
Karaoke at Sing Sing because why the hell not? Sing Sing is a karaoke bar that also has private rooms with crazy lights. The song selection is good, but we could have been singing our ABC’s and had a blast.
Karaoke with Asians is the way to go. I refuse to do this with anyone else because they either take it too seriously or really suck. We had the best group, too.
Lily: MISS THANG
Melody: Song bird
Me: Don’t give a F about anything, shameless.
Lakhi: Born to entertain
Randy: He actually tries to rap
Cesar: Pretends to be Filipino Bryan Adams
I haven’t laughed this hard in a long time. I vibe well with people who want to have fun, we were all in great company.
Melody sings so good. Give this girl all of the ballads!
I loved that Randy and Lakhi picked Hip Hop songs. Randy is my music twin.
I remember all of us agreeing to “one hour”. Um, I didn’t get to my hotel until 6 am.
The Makeup Show Chicago.
Back in the city to meet everyone for another crazy night.
Melody and I wanted to do one touristy thing in Chicago. Most of the tours were closed, so we headed towards The Bean.
The Bean is located at Millennium Park.
“Constructed between 2004 and 2006, the sculpture is nicknamed The Bean because of its shape. Made up of 168 stainless steel plates welded together, its highly polished exterior has no visible seams. It measures 33 by 66 by 42 feet (10 by 20 by 13 m), and weighs 110 short tons (100 t; 98 long tons).
Kapoor’s design was inspired by liquid mercury and the sculpture’s surface reflects and distorts the city’s skyline. Visitors are able to walk around and underCloud Gate’s 12-foot (3.7 m) high arch. On the underside is the “omphalos” (Greek for “navel”), a concave chamber that warps and multiplies reflections. The sculpture builds upon many of Kapoor’s artistic themes, and it is popular with tourists as a photo-taking opportunity for its unique reflective properties.”
Here I am con el frijol.
Lakhi is awesome. He met up with us, showed us the best places to take pics at the bean and was our personal photographer. I can’t wait to visit during the day for better pictures!
After Millennium Park, we had dinner at Isla Pilipina . This was such a treat for me because I rarely ever eat Filipino food. I’m very picky when it comes to restaurants, so I normally turn them down. The food was so delicious that we didn’t even take pics. We devoured everything quickly.
Here’s a pic of Leche Flan though..lol
Rexy joined us!
Time to party.
Tequila at Vora
As for the rest of the night, most of that was on video. I’ll upload that soon.
After Vora, we ended up at a speak easy, Untitled. Walk through an unmarked door with the Prince of Chicago and you’ll end up in a dark club with prohibition/old school decor. I believe they have the biggest collection of whiskey in Chicago. I really enjoyed their Old Fashions. The music was decent but it was way too crowded for my liking. Next stop, Ybar.
I’ll never forget Ybar. It wasn’t as packed as Untitled but there were so many characters in that club. One fellow danced with his elbows and his elbows only. I had a dude rush and corner me, but fear not, a dance was created because of this incident. As he came closer, I did three hops back to the beat of the music. When I realized I was cornered, I slide forward and under him, where I ended up dancing in circles and ran to my friends.
Here’s an example of my signature dance move:
Also, a Polish guy brought me out to the dance floor. He was very tall, awkward and offbeat. It really messed me up, so I was over it. I headed back to my friends, but he followed. I told him “Hi, this is my husband, Randy!” hoping he would leave me alone. Polish guy asked him “Can I dance with your wife?”. Randy gave him the thumbs up and sent me away. Thanks, Randy. Thanks a lot. Luckily, Lakhi saved the day and danced with me instead.
Last stop of the night:
Saint Alps Tea House in Chinatown. I had a taro tea with green tea jelly. Very yummy!
and of course, I didn’t make it to my hotel room until 6 am and I had to be at the airport at 9 am.
I had an absolutely amazing time in Chicago. It had everything to do with the fantastic group of people I spent my weekend with. Thank you all for being fun loving, good people! I’m so happy you aren’t a bunch of socially awkward serial killers.
My baby love met me at the airport!
Chicago Travel Essentials:
Plane and hotel snacks by ThinkThin and Pure Organics. I always choose chocolate, peanut butter and coconut flavors. Super convenient to have in your purse.
A definite must for travel. I wipe down the arm rests on the plane, clean my electronics and even go over door knobs and faucet handles. Hello, my name is Annie and I hate germs. I also bring Febreze to go in case I come across smells. I am neurotic.
U by Kotex. Always come prepared!
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Travel size in Aveda Color Conserve shampoo & conditioner.
Shampure, their new dry shampoo that I love.
Aveda Shammy. I love this facial cloth! It removes makeup really well but is gentle on your skin. It dries hard so bacteria can’t build up in it. Genius!
Have you ever been to Chicago? What was your favorite thing to do there?