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7 Weekend Getaways to Take This Summer

Summer weekends beg for epic road trips to visit far off places. Whether you go away with a car full of your best gal pals or on a romantic weekend away with the significant other, these 7 cities are a must visit this season.

I’ve rounded seven of the best weekend city guides that will help guide to a fun filled weekend of adventure. Have a city you would love to visit? Let me know!

:: Charleston, SC – Hither and Thither ::
Charleston is a place rich with culture and southern hospitality; a perfect place to relax and enjoy yourself. For foodies, Charleston is a culinary hotspot filled with southern fusion food. For those of you who prefer a relaxing weekend on the waterfront, the city provides you with so many great places to put down your beach towel and relax.
Charleston, South Carolina, Weekend City Guide

:: Traverse City & LeeLanau, MI – The Fresh Exchange ::
Michigan might not be a state that comes to mind when you think of a good time but Traverse City will change your mind. Home of the “Michigan Cherry Festival”, Traverse city is filled with beautiful beaches, delicious homegrown food, and towns that look like they were built out of a Normal Rockwell painting.
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:: Chicago, IL – The EveryGirl ::
For you mid-westerners that are looking for the “big city” experience, look no further than Chicago. Chicago offers art, culture, beaches, and city life wrapped up into one amazing area. This weekend city guide by Chicago based website The Everygirl hits all the “must see” places of the city along with a few local hidden gems. Come find out the real reason that Chicago is called “The Windy City”. hint: it’s not because it’s windy here!
Chicago, Illinois, Weekend City Guide

:: Nashville, TN – Keiko Lynn ::
Weather you call it “Music City” or “Nash Vegas”, Nashville has become the must visit destination on everyone’s bucket list. Nashville is a huge city with so much to offer. Why not cut down on the research and use this travel guide by frequent Nashville visitor and blogger Keiko Lynn.
Nashville, Tennessee, Weekend City Guide

:: Palm Springs, California – A Beautiful Mess ::
Home of Lily Pulitzer and dessert sunshine, Palm Springs has transformed itself from “retirement village” to “retro style vacation destination”. This Palm Springs guide gives you the scope on the best places to stay, visit and eat. Don’t forget the palm print dress and sunscreen!
Palm Springs, California, Weekend City Guide

:: Portland, Oregon – Charmingly Styled ::
Nicknamed “the city of weird”, Portland has become a culinary destination on the west coast. Make a stop at the famous Voodoo donuts while you shop the local fare for a unique gift to bring back home. This guide to Portland by Maya will be your bible.
Portland, Oregon, Weekend City Guide

:: New Orleans, LA – Design Love Fest ::
The Big Easy boasts a vibrant city with a rich history and culture. Spend a weekend in the French Quarter, a night on Bourbon Street, or take a tour of the historic cemeteries – there is something for everyone. Enjoy the food, drinks, and culture with this weekend travel guide to make it easy!
New Orleans, Weekend City Guide

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Hornitos Tequila Lime Chicken & Heirloom Tomato Salad

Hornitos Plata Tequila



This post is sponsored by Hornitos® Tequila. Compensation was provided by Hornitos® Tequila via Mode Media. 
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Although it may officially say “summer” on the calendar, for me the official start of the season is the good ole’ Fourth of July! No one does the Fourth like Chicago with its special concerts, festivals, and decorations that you don’t see anywhere else. This year I’m extra excited for the holiday as my Chicago rooftop has a spectacular view of the Navy Pier fireworks.

I’ll be hosting my family over for a big barbeque dinner and the star of my party will be this Grilled Tequila Lime Chicken salad. Looking for a taste of summer? This salad has everything you want to make your taste buds explode. Heirloom tomatoes and fresh avocados bought from the farmers market – can’t get any closer to the farm to table freshness in this city. All under a bed of butter lettuce and topped off with an easy grilled tequila lime chicken and light vinaigrette. This salad is light, refreshing and pairs so well with my tequila agua fresca cocktail.

How will you guys be celebrating America’s Birthday? I would love to hear your ideas!

Tequila Lime Chicken Marinade

  • 1lb of boneless chicken breast
  • ¼ cup of Hornitos® Plata Tequila
  • ¾ cup of fresh lime juice
  • ¼ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ½ bunch of chopped cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded & minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper


  1. In a large bowl mix together the tequila, lime juice, orange juice, garlic, cilantro, jalapeno, salt & pepper. Add your boneless chicken breast ensuring that the chicken is covered well in the marinade. Cover and refrigerate to marinate for at least 2 hours; overnight is best.
  2. Fire up your grill to the appropriate temperature. Remove the chicken from the marinade and place on the grill. Cook on both sides until chicken is cooked through.

Tequila Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

  • 1 clove garlic; minced
  • 2 Tbs. of Hornitos® Plata Tequila
  • 1 ½ Tbs. of Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • salt/pepper
  • 1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil


  1. Whisk together the garlic, tequila, Dijon mustard, honey, salt & pepper until well incorporated. Continue whisking while slowly add your extra virgin olive oil until emulsified.

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On Trend: Splish Splash

One of the best things about Chicago is that the city is surrounded by water. The numerous beaches that stretch along Lake Shore Drive are always packed with Chicagoans in the summer who can’t wait to spend as much time as possible outdoors.

What better way to start off your beach day than with a few beach essentials. Don’t forget the cocktails!  From a knockout swim suit, to a cute tote, and portable jams I’ve got you covered for your next day in the sun. Check out a few of my picks below and make sure bring a hat! Skin cancer is no joke, neither are wrinkles. ew.

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:: 1. PRISM “St. Barts” Swimsuit | 2. Filu Hats “kosha” Hat | 3. LOLO ‘Madison’ Tote | 4. H&M Beach Towel | 5. Soludos ‘Dali” Espadrilles | 6. Sunnylife ‘Beach Sounds’ Portable Radio | 7. Matthew Williamson Beach Dress | 8. Wonderland ‘Mojave’ Sunglasses ::

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Black Summer

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:: Tank: ASOS | Skirt: JAGGAR (sold out, love this & this one) | Sunnies: Urban Outfitters | Clutch: ASOS | Sandals: BCBG Paris (old, love these) | Necklace: Michelle Starbuck ::

Hello Sunshine! We missed having you around Chicago. This was my first weekend in Chicago in over a month and I was happy to be welcomed with warm temperatures and sunshine, now let’s just keep the momentum going.

So what have I been up to, you ask? Well my brother joined the adult world and is now officially a college graduate (parents = thrilled), two of my amazing friends got married this month (most beautiful brides ever), and a whole lot of little positive things happening on the career front (never, ever take a job in Human Resources. Like ever.) that have me excited. The biggest life lesson these past few weeks have taught me? You just can’t do it all.

My little corner of the internet will be a sporadic this summer. I’ve come to realize that at the end of the day my friends and career are far more important. Priorities shift and you have to nurture those things that are the most important to you. This however has given me the biggest case of FOMO; I wish I was able to attend all the amazing events happening in Chicago but alas I’ll live vicariously through the amazing bloggers who are seriously making it all work. teach me your ways!

So on that list of things that didn’t get done this weekend – laundry. While I usually gravitate toward bright and color dresses in the summer, this weekend I went a different route. This skirt has been a serious closet staple of mine (styled for the winter) worn at least once a week. I picked up this tank over the weekend and loved how the two items paired so well together. It may not scream summer but it’s a great way to add a chic twist on your summer style.

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:: Photography by Sam Kramer // Gold Coast Girl ::

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Chicago Events

Hello, Hello! If any of  you have been following me on instagram or snapchat (@caravanofstyle) you may have noticed that I have been one busy bee. This month has been a whirlwind of adventure and mini weekend getaways. Specifically, I was excited to be right by my college bestie’s side when she said “I do” to a fellow Spartan. Life is filled with joy and I’m glad that I’ve had the chance to be apart of it all, even if that means that this little blog has been slightly neglected.

To be honest, I’ve been back in Chicago since Monday and I still can’t seem to get unpacked and organized enough to get through more than just work on a daily basis. Meh – shit happens. I’m so happy to be spending my first official summer weekend in the city and I plan to take full advantage of it with these Chicago events. Join me and say hi!

1. Who doesn’t love a night of shopping filled with cocktails and great music? No one; unless your name is Grumpy Cat. Urban Outfitters is opening up a location on State street this Friday with a party. Check out the grand opening of the new Urban Outfitters and shop until you drop. You’ll find me in the dressing room.
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2. Rachel and I will be attending the Crawfish for Cancer boil this Saturday, June 27th at the Ohio Street Beach. Join us for a traditional Southern crawfish boil that benefits cancer research. It’s always great when you can have fun and help out a wonderful cause.
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3. On Sunday the Chicago Pride Parade will be out in full force in Boystown. Sunday Funday will have a whole new meaning with one of the most extravagant and fun parades you’ll see in the city. Head over to Halstead early to stake out your spot!
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