And I’m Off…

I’ll admit it.  I’ve been hit with the travel bug! I spend my days inside my fake wood cubicle looking up airfares  to far away lands & planning vacations I probably can’t afford.  Let’s face it, all-day access to this  doesn’t help either.

In 2011, I was able to cross off a lot of wonderful places on my bucket list.. which reminds me, I really should do a post on New Orleans….but we’ll save that story for another time…

  Me and my friends at the Creole Creamery! Yup, the same place my favorite Gossip Girl & her hunky boyfriend were just seen. Just so you know, I was there first ;).

Back to my point…

 Lucky for me, I have a bunch of fab girlfriends who have been hit with the same bug. So to kickoff 2012 we’re heading some place I’ve been wanting to go for quite some time…I can’t wait to see this:

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and eat lots of this:

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Okay, so that’s a photo from a place in Phoenix…but I think you know where I’m going with this. Most of all, I really just want to see this:

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Yes, what I affectionately call “The Bean.” It’s true, ask my friends, I would go to Chicago just to see “The Bean”.

So, when am I hitting up the windy city you may ask? March 1st! Yes, it’s about a month away but hey, a girl needs something to look forward to. Now, here is where you guys come in. Give me the low down on what sights to see, where to shop, where to eat, drink and most importantly get my dance on! Any suggestions are welcome!

xo, Maura

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Grey Days

To start off the week, I thought I’d share some inspiration I found over the weekend to spruce up these dreary winter days.

{gorgeous bikini for the fauxcation I’m planning in my head}

{prayer that will force me to hit the pavement}

{where said fauxcation will take place}

{future husband who will meet in Hawaii after his BIG win on Feb. 5th}

{peanut butter cup popcorn that will foil all of those bikini dreams}

Help a girl out here & let me know I’m not alone in my Pinterest addiction! Any good pins lately?

(all photos found on Pinterest)

xo, M