Celebrate / Travel

Chicago Birthday

While in Chicago, we also got to celebrate a little day I like to call my birthday. I am a lucky lucky girl because I crammed all of my favorite things into one day, and I got to do them with my favorite person.

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I started out the morning at the {Elysian Spa} at the Waldorf Astoria. The relaxation room was quite cozy, and I loved all the snacks!

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They have a green tea infused water and a vanilla bean infused water, along with mixed nuts and dried fruits such as kiwi and strawberry. Yum. The massage was perfect as well.

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Here’s a birthday girl pic! I love plaid just as much today as I did when I was five! After warming up by the fire, we were ready to brave the cold. It was time to eat.

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The Goddess and Grocer was just around the corner from our hotel. They offered just what we were looking for: a quick bite to hold us over until Afternoon Tea…and strength for shopping!

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The shopping in Chicago is unbelievable! I thought Houston had good shopping. Lucky for me, I found great sales at J. Crew and Lululemon. Happy Birthday!

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By 2:30, it was time for Afternoon Tea at The Peninsula Hotel. As most of you know, Afternoon Tea is my favorite, and it’s supposed to be the best at The Peninsula.

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E had the Traditional Afternoon Tea {pictured above}.

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I had the Gluten-Free Afternoon Tea {pictured above}. So pretty, right? I know I’m usually all waterfalls and butterflies, but I have to give my real opinion. They, without notice, gave me a ham sandwich instead of a lobster sandwich, and a rock-hard chocolate chip cookie instead of a chocolate pot de creme. The service was atrocious and the food even worse. And they knew it was my birthday!

*Update: I got a call from The Peninsula after they received my letter explaining our Afternoon Tea experience. The person I spoke with was sincerely sorry, and a complimentary tea was offered to make up for the less-than-perfect experience.

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At least the tea was hot and we could warm up for a bit. It was also pretty cute to see all the little boys dressed up and eating mini hamburgers while their mums and sisters had tea.

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Luckily, dinner at Paris Club was spectacular. When we were seated, we were asked if it was a special occasion. “Your birthday? Let me bring over the champagne cart!” That’s what I’m talkin’ about.

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They offer a gluten-free menu, which I especially appreciate. I had the Sea Bass in Papillote and E had the New York Strip.

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Next stop was the lounge on top of the John Hancock Building for a birthday dessert with a view.

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And just when I thought my birthday couldn’t possibly get any better, E got down on one knee and asked me marry him! This one will be hard to beat.

xoxo,

Christie

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