My Kind of Town Chicago Is!

Every single time I fly into Chicago I feel so much excitement.  It’s like there is electricity in the air.  This town, my hometown, has so much to offer.  It is definitely “My kind of town!”  From the people, food, shopping, sports and beachfront it is a place like no other.  My friends from Texas just went for the first time in their lives and sent me a text that said “We just got to Chicago! OMG! I just have 2 questions for myself, why didn’t we get here sooner and why did I think I had to go to NY!!!  Chicago has everything!”  Well that text made my heart so happy! It’s exactly how I feel. Is it a perfect city, nope, are there problems, sure, lot’s of them but all in all it is just spectacular.

I mean, if you haven’t been to Wrigley and sat in the bleachers are you really a baseball fan?

The lakefront is what makes this city special!  I especially love Oak Street Beach!

And then there’s the shopping! From Southport to Michigan Avenue to Oak Street and everything in between there is something for everyone!  Whether window shopping or in the mood to have some real fun, Chicago has it all!


The people of Chicago love love love their summers (because winter can be pretty brutal!). So summer is my favorite time to visit. (The Thanksgiving through New Years time is pretty fabulous too! Chicago puts it on y’all!)  I hope you visit and have the best time.  There is soooooo much to do, see, eat and shop.  You can paddle board, kayak, take a boat cruise on the river or along Lake Michigan. You can dine high or low and both are the best.  Feel free to take in sports, ride a bike along the lake, visit museums, visit the botanical gardens, go to Lincoln Park Zoo and lots more.

Here are a few of my Chicago favorites:

Wrigley Field

Millennium Park

Portillos (Best Italian Beef and Hot Dogs! Live it up and get cheese and both peppers!)

D’Agostino’s Pizza and Pub Wrigleyville

The Art Institute of Chicago This museum is as wonderful as any I have seen in Europe  (check online for exhibits and free admission days) And its right next to The Bean at Millennium Park. Make a day of it.

Contact me if you want more fun ideas.  I have used Lyft and Uber while in the city as well at the L Train.  No need to rent a car. Happy Summer everyone!

Thanks for stopping by!








My Day With Paige

Hello Everyone!  Thanks for stopping by.  I had a great day last week exploring my hometown and having Paige McCall of @b.simply take some pretty amazing shots of yours truly.  She is an angel if ever there was one.  She made me feel so comfortable as I was pretty nervous and self conscious at the beginning.  She knew some lovely spots and was so full of creativity and fun.  Thank you so much Paige!!!  As you can see, my love affair with off the shoulder tops continues and I am always loving a kimono to cover my arms in the air conditioning.  Light and Breezy in this hot Texas weather.  I hope you enjoy “My Day With Paige”  Xo, Kim




Top/NSale here, Jeans/old similar here, Sunnies/old similar here, Bag/Chanel, Bracelets/David Yurman, Watch/Michele, Necklace/Apricot Lane, Earrings/Kendra Scott, Shoes/H&M



IMG_1971Kimono/Zara sold out similar here, Tee/JCrew on sale here, Necklace/Bevello old similar here, Jeans/old similar here, Sunnies/Old similar here, Earrings/H&M old similar here, Booties/Jessica Simpson old similar here.

The Japanese Tea Garden

IMG_8510IMG_8516IMG_8517IMG_8531IMG_8552Day Date with Mr. Frickspicks!  We enjoyed the day at the Japanese Tea Garden (notice the sign says Chinese Tea Garden, all part of the fascinating history.  I googled it and you should too!) on St. Mary’s here in San Antonio.  The smell of the mountain laurels was intoxicating.  The sun was shining.  Everything was in bloom.  I saw huge koi in the ponds.  So much history here.  If you visit San Antonio put it on your must see!  And, very important, wear shoes you can walk on rocky paths with.  It’s free and it’s fabulous!  Happy Weekend!

The Hotel Emma

What a gem San Antonio has in The Hotel Emma at the Historic Pearl!IMG_6639IMG_6598

IMG_6599I hope you have the chance to enjoy the wonderful restaurants, views, farmers markets and this very special hotel all located at The Historic Pearl.  Merry Christmas!IMG_6590IMG_6622


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