Sunday, 28 April 2019

Driving Old Route 66 from Chicago to St Louis.

Driving Route 66 has always been a dream of mine, but it's an incredibly long drive and would take weeks to complete, which isn't really feasible with work. Therefore I came up with a plan to do part of it, which fitted into out roadtrip from Chicago to New Orleans! A few years ago I went to Los Angeles and actually stood at the very end of Route 66, so it was crazy now standing at the very start of it (and also super cool)! The Old Route 66 road from Chicago to St Louis is easily do-able in one day and is well worth it for all the Americana you'll experience.

Driving Old Route 66 from Chicago to St Louis

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Thursday, 25 April 2019

Hotel Review: The Langham, Chicago.

I've been a huge fan of Langham Hotels for a few years now, having stayed at Langham London, Langham New York, and Langham Sydney. So when I noticed there was a Langham in Chicago, I knew I had to stay there and see how it compared to the others. With two nights there, it certainly didn't disappoint, and we really loved our entire stay. The spa was especially welcome after a rather long indirect flight! So let me tell you more...

Langham Chicago Hotel Review


We arrived late Saturday afternoon to a glorious sunny day, and a very green Chicago River! It was St Patrick's Day weekend in Chicago, and the city had dyed the river green with eco-friendly dye to celebrate. We were staying in a club level room so took the elevator up to the club level to check-in. As always check-in was very quick, and before we knew it we were opening the door to our room (after dragging out suitcases across the carpeted hallway - WHY do hotels insist on carpet in hallways, it really doesn't make it easy for suitcases).

Apologies but half of these photos are from the hotel - most of my photos didn't come out so good, and originally I wasn't going to review it on here but we loved it so much I really wanted to share it!

Langham Chicago Hotel Review
Langham Chicago Hotel Review


We were staying in an Executive Club Room, with twin beds, a huge amount of space, and the most INCREDIBLE view over the bright green river! We also had a separate wardrobe and dressing table area off to the side of the huge entry hallway, and a beautiful marble and white granite bathroom. The bathroom I think is one of my favourites, and I loved how they maximised the smaller space to ensure guests can still enjoy a separate shower and a big soaking bath tub, by creating a sort of wet room with the shower and bath behind a glass panel.

Langham Chicago Hotel Review
Chicago St Patricks Day Weekend Green River
Langham Chicago Hotel Review
Langham Chicago Hotel Review
Langham Chicago Hotel Review


The Club Level itself was brilliant, and one of the best club evels I've experienced. The food was AMAZING and I loved the huge donuts at breakfast, and the snack/chocolate/sweet station in the afternoons! I find it quite unusual to be served decent food in club levels, but this one was really standout. 

Langham Chicago Hotel Review


On the afternoon we arrived in Chicago we were absolutely exhausted from waking up at 3am to get to the airport, and were in desperate need of some relaxation! Thankfully Langham Chicago have a really incredible spa, so we spent an hour or two chilling out there. There are two different types of steam room, a sauna, a swimming pool, jacuzzi, and a relaxation room with heated loungers.

Langham Chicago Hotel Review


The only thing I was a little disappointed about was that at check-in they didn't explain what was included with the Club Level. For example we weren't notified that we could use a complimentary town car service, which would have come in handy a couple of times when we went out for dinner and cocktails. We also didn't get a personal escort to show us around the room and instead had to figure it all out (there were some complicated buttons!). 

Apart from that minor disappointment, our entire stay was wonderful and we loved every minute! 

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Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Why You Need To Know About The Hideaways Club.

I don't often do brand collaborations as I'm incredibly fussy about who I work with, and only work with brands I really truly believe in. So I'm super excited to introduce you to a brand that ticks that box, and - in my view - is a really exciting company that I think some of you may be interested in!

The Hideaways Club is an established and award-winning property investment brand, which means you pay a certain amount, and you essentially own dozens of holiday homes around the world without worrying about the management of the properties. You can pick and choose to holiday whenever and wherever you like within the portfolio depending on your membership level, and when you come to sell your investment, you may even end up earning money from your investment. Sounds incredible, right? Let me tell you more about why it needs to be on your radar…

The Hideaways Club Property Investment



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Saturday, 20 April 2019

36 Hours in Chicago, Illinois.

We began our big American roadtrip in Chicago over the St Patrick's Day Weekend, and with just one full day to explore the city, it was a race-against-time to see as much as possible and more importantly, EAT as much as possible!

Thankfully we found Chicago was a really chilled out and laid-back city, with everything very close-by, so we pretty much conquered the main tourist sights of the city that we were interested in seeing (and its food) in our one-day allocated. I absolutely fell in love with the city though, and am now desperate to go back for a long weekend to really experience it properly! If you're short on time like we were though, or just keen to see a glimpse of what the city has to offer, keep on readin'...



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Wednesday, 17 April 2019

A Spring Ladies Lunch at Dalloway Terrace.

Despite it being just round the corner from my office, I haven't been to Dalloway Terrace for a while, so it was high time I returned. I was keen to check out their new Spring floral display, and Arleen and I were well overdue a catch-up so we popped along for lunch last week and enjoyed a feast of cocktails, seafood, and dessert! 


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