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Instagram Guide to Chicago

1:24:00 PM Andrea Ryan 4 Comments

 Greetings from Chicago Mural
The Greetings From Chicago Mural is located at 2226 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60647.
Flamingo Mural
This amazing mural is part of a building.  The whole building has flamingos painted on it.  The business is called Flamingo Rum Club, at 601 N. Wells Street.  
Willis Tower Sky Deck
I think this is probably the second most popular Instagram spot in Chicago (after the Bean).  I definitely do not feel like the Sky Deck is overrated.  I've been a few times and always enjoy it.  It can take a very long time to get up to the top, so make sure you go early enough that it will still be light out.  There are amazing views.  Chicago has such a pretty skyline.  
Millennium Park
Millennium Park has so much going on these days.  There are tons of Instagram worthy spots here.  This is where the Bean is located.  Cloud Gate is just a tiny section of this park.  Just take the time to explore the park when you go.  It's especially good in the warmer months.  Although, there is ice skating here in the winter.  
Michigan Avenue
There is a really pretty courtyard located right off of Michigan Ave.  It's located just North of H&M and Topshop.  I think it's part of Fourth Presbyterian Church.  It just feels kind of surreal when you walk in because it's such an old, beautiful building in the middle of sky scrapers.  If you're one that enjoys old architecture then you would probably really like this spot.  
Uniqlo has huge windows near the Starbucks, that give you a good view of the historic Water Tower.  It's above the trees, so it can make for a nice good Instagram shot in the middle of the city.  
Lake Shore Drive Lakefront
Every part of the Lakefront Trail near Lake Shore Drive is pretty.  It boarders Lake Michigan.  There are marinas, break walls, and beaches, and makes for some really good shots.  Of course it's best in the warmer months because it's a lot more active and the boats will still be in the water.  It very pretty at night as well.  
Navy Pier
These views are from the new Navy Pier Ferris Wheel.  There is a lot to explore at Navy Pier.  It's pretty tourist-y but good for a first time Chicago visiter.  
The Chicago River
I think the best view of the Chicago River is from the DuSable Bridge (Just ignore the Trump Hotel). There is a park that goes along the river.  Just follow the set of stairs down.  This is where the river gets dyed green for Saint Patricks day too.  
Buckingham Fountain
Buckingham Fountain may not look that amazing in my pictures but trust me, it is.  It's located in the center of Grant Park.  It's huge and has lights that shine on it.  It's one of my favorite spots in Chicago. 
The Chicago Theatre 
The Chicago Theatre sign is just one of those pictures you have to take while you are there.  It's located on North State Street.  
Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo is a free zoo in Lincoln Park.  It's fun to just walk around.  There is a new boardwalk area that goes around the pond.  That's where this wooden arch is located.  It's right outside the zoo.  It's a super popular spot for wedding photographs so it may be difficult to get a picture there.  
If you walk over to the Lincoln Park Conservatory, there is an amazing green house.  I think it's actually my favorite green house ever.  It's also free to go inside.  There are a bunch of separate rooms with different plants and flowers.  Just be aware, it's super hot inside.  
Chicago Botanic Garden
The Chicago Botanic Garden is literally one of my favorite Chicago spots.  It's pretty far outside of the city.  You cannot walk there and I'm not even sure if it's actually in Chicago, but it's incredible.  It's also free to enter but parking costs money.  It's an enormous garden that spans miles.  There are different themes to each area.  It's chucked full of Instagram worthy spots and a little bit less common for tourists.  
           Welcome to my Instagram Guide to Chicago.  I have been wanting to put this together for a while.  Chicago is one of my favorite cities with so much Instagram potential.  A lot of the spots that I have included are pretty popular and already well known but I think they are worth a mention.  I would like to make a part two to this in the future.  I'm moving away soon so I'm not sure how long it will be before I get that up.  Let me know if you guys have visited Chicago or are planning on it soon.  


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My Favorite Jewelry Pieces

10:00:00 AM Andrea Ryan 4 Comments

This bracelet is by Marc by Marc Jacobs.  It's from Nordstrom.  I bought it as soon as I heard the announcement about the end of Marc by Marc.  
          We had our first real snow yesterday and it's cold and wet.  I don't feel like doing an outfit post so I am going to talk about my current and all time favorite jewelry pieces.  Some of them are very inexpensive and some more expensive.  There is a wide range in quality and price but as of right now, they are all my favorites.  I also wanted to experiment with my new camera.  
These are from Topshop.  I think they are amazing.  The crystal cube on the front is super shimmery.  The glitter ball goes on the back of your ear.  
This necklace is from Etsy.  It's a sterling silver plated mermaid.  I love mermaids and wanted a piece of jewelry to acknowledge that. 
These are from Forever 21.  I got them about 5 years ago and I still love them.  
I bought this Swarovski bracelet from a small boutique in Cedarburg, Wisconsin when I was in High School.  It's by the brand Firefly.  That brand is difficult to find because it's a small designer that pretty much only sells to boutiques in tourist areas.  I just love the color and will probably keep it forever.  I feel like it's a work of art.  
This is my engagement ring.  Of course it has to be a forever favorite.  I genuinely think it is the prettiest ring I have ever seen.  It's faceted opal with diamond accents and rose gold.  
I got this necklace in Michigan last summer.  Michigan is one of my favorite places to visit.  It doesn't matter to me that this isn't my home state.  I just love Michigan.  
The earrings on the left are opals from Mexico.  I got them a few years ago when I was there with my fiancé.  Opals are my favorite stone and also my birthstone.  
This ring is rose gold and moonstone from this Etsy shop.  I love moonstone as well.  It is another one of my favorite stones.  
This Scorpio necklace is from Target.  I got it a few years ago, but it's still for sale.  I am really in to zodiac signs and was looking for a while for the perfect Scorpio necklace.  I just love how this is on a coin shaped charm.  
I recently got this rose gold "A" necklace from LC Lauren Conrad.  I just love how delicate it is.  I'm also obsessed with rose gold.  I had the same one in gold a few years ago but all of the gold coating came off of it so I got a new one to replace it.  
These earrings were a Christmas present.  The were from Macy's.  I just love how sparkly and classy they are.  
These earrings are new, from LC Lauren Conrad.  I think they are beautiful as well.  They are cubic zirconia so they are super sparkly.  There is a matching ring for sale that I don't own.  LC Lauren Conrad is honestly one of my favorite affordable jewelry brands.  
I picked up this handmade ring when I was in Key West.  It's a rose gold starfish.  I just love the simplicity of it.  It's really fun for me to buy jewelry as souvenirs from places.  It feels like you are just wearing a little piece of that place wherever you go.  


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Affordable Christmas Gift Guide for Her

1:23:00 PM Andrea Ryan 3 Comments

          Since it's getting closer to Christmas, I wanted to make a post about affordable Christmas gifts for females.  As you can guess, I've intended this to be aimed at a somewhat younger female, perhaps 16-35.  I love all of these items and even have some.  I feel like they would make good gifts because they aren't too obscure and are pretty.  I feel like the average young female would probably appreciate one of these.  Like I said, this is my "affordable" gift guide so I've kept all of these under $50.

1.  Who doesn't love Beauty & the Beast? I know I've always wanted a real Chip Mug.
2.  Candles are always a good idea.  I think they make good gifts because you can never have enough and everybody likes them.  This one is beautiful and copper.
3.  Every coffee or tea drinker appreciates a Starbuck gift card.  It's the perfect thing to get somebody when you just have no clue.  Every time I was given one I was ecstatic because I can't afford to buy Starbucks very often.
4.  What's good about gifting perfume is that it feels special and luxurious but doesn't have to cost a load.  My favorite is Daisy Marc Jacobs.  Most perfumes come in mini size bottles or roller ball tubes.
5.  I think anything personalized like monogram jewelry is nice too.  This one is by LC Lauren Conrad. 
6.  I found this Charles & Keith Cardholder and fell in love.  I think it's beautiful but any cardholder or wallet is a good idea for a gift.
7.  These Kate Spade Earrings super sparkly! Kate Spade makes some really pretty earrings and they are under $50 for the most part.
8.  Anything zodiac or constellation is really popular right now.  I think it's cool to get somebody with their own zodiac on it because it feels very personal.  I love this necklace from Baublebar.
9.  If you can find out what somebody's favorite Christmas movie is, that can be a good gift idea.  Find the Arthur Christmas DVD and the Elf DVD here.
10.  I picked out this other pair of Kate Spade earrings because I love them too.  They look festive.


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Red From Zaful

7:25:00 PM Andrea Ryan 7 Comments

         I'm back with another wishlist from Zaful.  This time I am talking about red for Christmas.  Red can be kind of a difficult color to come by but it is a necessity for this time of year.  I have selected some of my favorite Red pieces from Zaful.  Red is also a color that is considered trendy right now.  Red bags are especially trendy.  That's another reason why I chose to highlight red items.  
          I think this red sweater is really cute because I love the mock neck style.  The sleeves are also really cool.  They have so much volume.  I think they would look really cool with these tassel earrings.  They remind me of a retro christmas ornament.  Also, if you know me, you know that I really love tassels.  This red bag has a high fashion element to it.  It just looks like something that you might see on the runway.  Like I said, red bags are very popular this winter.  I think this tank top would look really cute with a white cardigan over the top.  You could dress it up or down, depending on where you are going.  Lastly, I feel like this skirt is just a winter staple because skater skirts are really nice in the winter with black tights.  


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Color Block Scarf

12:33:00 PM Andrea Ryan 4 Comments

SWEATER: Thrifted  |  SCARF: Primark  |   PURSE: Ted Baker  |  JEANS: Asos  |  BOOTS: Gamiss
          Happy december 1st!  It's advent calendar time!  Now talking about my outfit.  I got this scarf from Primark when I was in London.  I love it so much.  It matches 3 of my coats and is super warm.  It's also incredibly soft.  I'm hoping that I can get a lot of use out of it this winter before I move to L.A.  I paired it with this outfit because I think the combination of pinks and lighter colors go really well together.  


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Black on Black

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SWEATER: Zaful  |  JEANS: Forever 21  |  BERET: Rue 21  |  BOOTS: Primark
          I finally got a beret while Black Friday shopping.  I used to have one in High School that I wore all the time but I lost it.  It's funny because I was just in Paris and saw them for sale everywhere.  I thought about getting one but decided not to and have regretted it every day since.  As soon as I got home they start popping up everywhere, and became super trendy.  I have been wanting one because I have always loved the style but it would have been nice to have one from Paris instead of Rue 21.  
          I like it paired with this new sweater from Zaful.  I ordered it because I love the allover embroidery.  I am very happy with the design but it is much more cropped then it appears to be one the website and the sleeves are very oversized and I have to roll them up.  It's just overall too big.  Since I love the design so much, I'm still going to wear it.  


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