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The Perfect Fall Weekend in Lake Geneva, WI

Monday, October 24, 2016

Sometimes taking a day off is all you need to get back in to the swing of things. Just a couple of days ago, Sarah and I headed up to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin for a little girls weekend. We picked the perfect date to make the most of the changing leaves and fall weather. Of course, we thought it was going to be all sunny blue skies and a cool lake breeze with gorgeous red and orange leaves.... well, we were about half way there. It was a whole lot of breeze and very mild skies (hint hint: the bright photos!). We aimed to knock out a few blog shoots, but staying at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa had us super relaxed and before we knew it, our to-do lists went out the door and in came room service :)

Both Sarah and I actually don't have cars, so we decided to use the local service Getaround (c/o) to help us plan our trip. I typically just use a rental car, but this was actually perfect for what we planned for the weekend. I picked it up right in my neighborhood and dropped it off in the same area. The plus side to many other rental or car sharing services is that these cars are free of any promo stickers making it the perfect incognito vehicle. Definitely a car sharing program worth checking out if you're planning any weekend trips on a whim!

Before we even arrived at the resort, we made sure to stop at a local apple orchard first. Although apple picking season was over, we had a chance to explore the grounds and meet the sweet farm animals. Once we took our little break, we headed on up to the hotel with gorgeous fall decorations to greet us. We were pretty sure that the pretty decorated entrance was a sign for the perfect fall weekend!

One of the first items on our list was a trip to the Riding Stables on property. Yes, that's right, on property! After heading in to downtown Lake Geneva for coffee in the morning, we headed over to the stables for an afternoon ride. Not going to lie, it's been a little while since I was last in the saddle...literally, but it was a nice and slow ride through the woods. A great little moment to sit back and take in the scenery, and boy, was it gorgeous! Of course I had to toss on my riding boots for the occasion :)

Shop My Look: Sweater | Flannel Shirt | Jeans | Riding Boots | Scarf | Backpack 

If you haven't read my last fifty blog post where I talk about how much I love lambs, I'm here to tell you I love lambs. They are the cutest little farm animals I ever did see! (This is a sheep and a goat, but you get the point!)

One of our last fall moments of the trip was a seat on the haunted hayride. The entire time leading up to the ride I kept telling Sarah, "Oh don't worry. It won't be scary. They are just normal people who dressed up - Besides, they can't come on the actual hayride!" Well friends, was I sure wrong. As soon as we got on the truck we found out they can come on. Shoot were we scared!! I mean screaming our brains out. However, the mom across from us was squatted down in a fetal position.. and we managed to stay on the bench.

Shop My Look: Sweatshirt (I am obsessed with this sweatshirt!) | PJ Pants

And just like that, the trip was coming to a quick close. We tried our best to soak in every little bit of our morning before we had to pack our things and head out. We made some coffee in the room and got ready to take another little trip downtown before heading home. We stopped at a cute diner, Lake-Aire, in town for breakfast and then, took another look at the boats in the harbor for a final goodbye.

If you're thinking of taking a weekend trip out of Chicago, I sincerely suggest the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa. I actually have it on my list to head back to this winter. I love a good fire right on the ski slopes. Everyone one should really treat themselves once in a while, don't you agree?


Do you enjoy reading travel recaps on the LBB? I'd love to hear your feedback, as I have many more trips in the future and would love to share!

Thank you so much to the Grand Geneva Resort for providing us with an wonderful weekend. It means the world to have awesome brands like this who help support the Little Black Blog.

Off the Shoulder Obsessed

Sunday, October 2, 2016

I've been trying my best to keep my summer clothing out as long as I possible! I know in about two weeks I'm going to be missing sundresses like crazy. One of my favorite summer tops was this light weight, off the should top. This is the first and only off the shoulder top I own, but I love it! I seriously think this style looks fabulous on everyone and can be easily paired with a variety of bottoms.

I decided to go pair it with one of my favorite jeans from, you guessed it, Old Navy. These are so comfy, casual and especially the best if you have a long day of travel ahead - perfect for the plane. Paired with this top, it creates for a cute but casual date night look (that I totally just wore the other night) or with a little heel for work.

Friday Five // Vol. 6

Friday, September 30, 2016

Did anyone else notice how on top of my blog game I was this week? Excuse me while I pause for a minute and give myself a little pat on the back! Recently, I've found myself saying "yes" to way too many events and meet-ups. So, this week I pulled together a few items that I've found useful for having a night in and just relaxing instead of worrying about what is on my to-do list for work the following day. Take a peek and let me know if you've used any of them!

It's Good to Be a Girl

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Just a few short weeks ago, I had the chance to partner with one of my favorite brands, Vera Bradley, to host an exciting event at their Woodfield store. As you might have seen in a few of my past posts, VB recently underwent a little brand change. I headed out to celebrate all of the reasons why it's good to be a girl and this new chapter in the VB story with Sarah and my awesome mom!

When we started the event, the ladies asked me to write why I think it's good to be a girl - who would have thought it would be so difficult? I was trying to think of something smart, clever, funny, witty or even something basic - but when put on the spot, I had the hardest time! The fun little saying I decided on was "...because Bachelor Monday's wouldn't be the same with out wine and yoga pants." Don't you agree? :) While yes, it's not the most heart felt thing I could have said, I do think it speaks a lot of truth!

I love having those casual Monday's with some of my best friends. We can just hang out, catch up on what happened over the weekend and enjoy some take out and sweet treats with a glass of wine. Sometimes we get so caught up on the hustle and bustle of every hour and minute of the day that we forget to slow down and enjoy the simple things - even if that means watching reality TV shows on a Monday night. The one thing I know for sure is that it's the best medicine for getting your mind ready for what the reminder of the week has to bring.

An End of Summer Romper

Sunday, September 25, 2016

I think we are finally getting a taste of fall! This weekend, I had the chance to head home and spend some time with my parents out in the suburbs. I did lots of baking, enjoying what's left of the hot weather and hanging out with our family pup.

I actually think I'm catching a bit of a cold because I've been so stuffy and sneezy. Not fun friends, not fun. Either way, I was glad it's been a little bit warmer out these past few days so that I could keep wearing cute shorts and rompers like this! It's usually tricky for me to wear a romper because I'm pretty tall and everything is so darn short these days. The best part about this number is it's now on sale for $18 - and if you order it online today you get an additional 30% off. If that's not a #win then I don't know what is!