Whew, I'm back from beautiful Chicago and home in hot and sticky Florida! I've got to say that I'd forgotten how gorgeous and comfortable summer weather is outside of Florida. We do most of our northern travels during the winter, so it was great to take a break from the heat of Florida summers. And to be traveling to the CHA SuperShow to meet such fabulous and talented people was just truly the sweetest icing on the cake. We stayed at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosement which faces the convention center. So turning into the hotel, our view was cause for excitement!
OMG, these girls are so much fun! Although I came for the SuperShow, this was really the highlight of the whole trip, I am so glad I got to meet them both. We had a blast just talking, getting to know each other, and goofing off. I swear it was so comfortable and I felt like I'd known them for years already. And a big plus...I got to meet Paulina's mother, Nami, who is just the sweetest woman EVER. I admire how genuine she is after 20+ years in business. Truly an inspiration!
I met so many wonderfully talented people at the show! I was so excited to get to meet everyone, including Kelly Marie (Lawn Fawn), Laurie Chilton (DeNami DT), Taylor (Taylored Expressions), Susan Opel (PaperCrafts), the PTI girls, and we even ran into Ashley Cannon Newell (Embellish Magazine) on the "L" train while out sight seeing. And of course, Ms. Dawn McVey herself. She really is a doll and extremely sweet in person.
After the show, Kerriane and I jumped on the "L" train. I tell you, I'm so proud of us, we got really good at navigating that train! There were definitely some scary characters, and some of the cars smelled like urine...but we're tough and we managed. LOL
We decided to head downtown to take in some of the night life and a little of that famous pizza. And oh yeah, it really is the best pizza I've ever had. MMMM!
We stayed at the SuperShow all day Friday, and since Kerrianne had never been to Chicago...and I was traveling sans-kids...we decided to go sight seeing Saturday.
We did all of the touristy stuff including, Millenium Park, the Magnificent Mile, and of course we hit Wicker Park on the way back to the hotel where we ate at Cafe Absinthe. I could have stayed down there all night if we didn't have such an early flight the next morning. There was a huge music festival going on and it was a great eclectic and artsy crowd. But I refrained...rescheduling a flight would have just been way too expensive. ;o)
Now I'm back home and hard at work on the August release. We have some great fun going on this month starting on the 5th! Can't wait to share it all with you!