Friday, May 13, 2016

spotted






Blazer:  Banana Republic  |  Tank:  Banana Republic  |  Denim:  Banana Republic in tall so I could cuff  |  Heels:  Nine West  |  Sunnies:  Ray-Ban  |  Bag:  Henri Bendel  |  |  Watch:  Kate Spade  |  Earrings:  Etsy  |  Scarf:  Sole Society


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Yes, I found the perfect white blazer!  It'll be perfect for cool summer nights while having cocktails with friends, but for now it's out in full force for the office.  Now, just to keep an eye out for the perfect print! ;)

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This past March the WHOLE Brown family had a long weekend in Lake Galena IL.  We rented a gorgeous house with lake views amidst the farm country of rural Illinois.  We decided on a March weekend as it was after the holidays, but before the busy summer schedules.  We even lucked out on the weather too!  It was the perfect weekend to hang out, play board games, naps, hit up the hot tub, go for hikes, veg out and make yummy meals together (and lots of waffles).

We explored through our walks and hikes and went down to the waterfront.  The lake is used primarily for fishing and water sports, but it is not used for swimming due to the surrounding farm land.  I'd consider it a perfect spot for a family reunion, girls weekend, leaf peeping or a winter getaway!  :)

Galena's downtown was quaint, but busy and the shops were up my alley!  We had a great time shopping and even picked up some Polish pottery as gifts.  The streets and homes were stacked on top of each other as they lined the steep hillside.  It was really quiet an extraordinary view.  Something I would relate similar to Ithaca, but even a bit more-so!  I would have loved to live in most of the homes if only they were here in Saratoga! :)  Galena was only a short drive to the Mississippi (I sang the song while I typed this) River so we drove over to take a look.  Unfortunately it was a bit of a let down, but I'm sure it is more likely a better view amongst other areas that have towns right along the river making it a beautiful skyline!

Our family getaway was such a great experience and somewhere I've never been so it was great to try out!  I look forward to trying out another location if not next year, the year after that! :)

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