Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Taste the Taste and an OOTD

Last week in an attempt to squeeze in as many fun daytime activities before Matt started his new job, we headed to the Taste of Chicago.  The Taste is one of the world’s largest food festivals, held downtown the week before the 4th of July.  We’d heard tons of people talk about how awesome the Taste was, so we thought we’d head in to the city to see what all the hoopla was about. 

DSCN3215Our friends, Matt and Christie, still hadn’t been after living in the city for three years, so we persuaded them to join us for the fun :)

DSCN3222 We had heard enough reviews of the event to know that going on a weekend was out of the question.  So, we went on a Tuesday, and though it wasn’t unbearable, it was fairly crowded.  And the food?  Ehhh, not so impressed.  I don’t know why, but I was expecting a bit more class or culture or something at the event.  I thought it would be more of a “foodie’s delight.”  Buuut in the end, it was really just like a state fair, greasy food, overpriced, and not so great.  It actually reminded me a lot of our State Fair trip in October, though on that occasion, I went prepared and looking forward to the greasy goodness :)

DSCN3223 One food that did not disappoint?  Elote.  Yum, yum, yum.  Matt and I loved it so much we created our own version for our 4th of July bbq, only we kept ours on the cob.  Seriously, so stinking good!  We used a recipe similar to this one.  Warning though, its pretty spicy!

DSCN3226 After stuffing ourselves silly, we walked around for a bit and stopped to pose for pictures in front of Buckingham Fountain.  This is one of my favorite spots in all of Chicago, and I want to go back once the Taste is over to enjoy its beauty, sans the smell of grease and cheap beer.

DSCN3216 A few hours after we arrived, we left with full stomachs and empty wallets.  Though the Taste wasn’t quite what I expected, I’m glad we went.  We don’t know how long we’ll be living in the Windy City, so we are trying to take advantage of all the sights while we can!  (By the way, thanks to our friend Matty B for this photo idea!)

DSCN3240 I also thought I’d share this quick OOTD picture with you.  It’s actually from working a shift at “the store”  this past weekend.  (Yes, I’m still being semi-secretive about the store I work at so this blog doesn’t turn into a shameless promotional tool.)  Its a terrible and blurry pic, and I highly recommend you all email my OOTD photographer to tell him he is slacking on his job :)

Top: Ann Taylor {in other colors here}

Cardigan: Ann Taylor

Skirt: Banana Republic

Shoes: Gianni Bini

Belt: Anthropologie {similar here}

Bracelet: vintage {it was my great Aunt Bunny’s}

Earrings: my wedding day gift from Matt

Ring: David Yurman

I saw this top at Ann Taylor in April and was lucky enough to snag it during one of their 40% off sales.  Flowers, ruffles, flowy fabric…I adore it’s over the top girliness!  So imagine my delight (and my wallet’s dismay) to see that Ann Taylor brought it back in two new colors this summer.  I love love love the cream and am doing every thing I can not to buy it as well.  Willpower, don’t fail me now!

That’s all for now, hope your Tuesday is fabulous :)


Olivia said...

ooo fun! i looove gray and ruffles! can't go wrong there!

undomestic chica said...

SUCH a cute top!

suburban prep said...

Looks like a good time was had at the Taste.

Kinsey Michaels said...

I've been to the Taste of Chicago before! So fun. Glad you got to experience it with friends. That shadow pic is too cool. I also love your outfit of the day, the ruffly top is adorable!

Tina said...

Love the outfit as usual! And i have to write down to go to the taste of chicago when I visit again! sounds interesting!

Anonymous said...

Super cute outfit and what a cool photo with the shadows! We have an award for you here:


Anonymous said...

I lived in the Chicago area for two years and never experienced Taste of Chicago -- From what you said here, though, it might've stunted my love for the Windy City ... One of my favorite cities in the world! Glad to see you looked on the bright side of the experience. :) Fabulous OOTD, too!

Tabitha said...

I'm such a bad Hispanic...I've never liked corn prepared that way. The combination of lime juice, chili pepper, mayonnaise and corn just doesn't appeal to me. lol

MsGiggleswurth said...

i love love love your grey outfit... the ruffles and everything!!!

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McKenzie said...

Ooo Taste of Chicago sounds like fun! I'll actually be in the Windy City this weekend to visit my boyfriend's brother -- maybe we'll bump into each other on the sidewalk :) Happy Thursday!

Mel said...

Once you have spicy corn, you never go back! We've been making "spicy corn" for years now, and we've tweaked the recipe down to be quick.

Grill Corn
Roll in melted butter
Roll in mix of Mayo, Chunky Salt & Cayanne
Roll in Cojita cheese (yours says parmasean, and you may not be able to get Cojita in Chicago - it's the Mexican equivelent of parmasean thought)

We took out the cumin & lime and other stuff, and can't really taste the miss. All our friends love it, and they don't know it's missing anything...

Elle Sees said...

Love the Ann Taylor top!

CMae said...

I LOVE your top! I first saw it on this other girl's blog http://www.thechloeconspiracy.com/search?q=petal+top

Was wondering is it true to size or kinda big? I find that ann taylor's S is often baggy, and sometimes the XS is more like a S! Help! :)

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