Lake Geneva, baby!

I have a pretty close-knit family. We love each other a lot and like each other the majority of the time. We spend time together most weeks and text or call during the week. Considering my mother is one of 16, I think this is pretty awesome. Last weekend, six of us (my grandmother, three aunts, my cousin, and myself) decided to take a drive up to Lake Geneva in Wisconsin. We piled into my Aunt Charm’s truck, turned on Luther Vandross Pandora station and hit the road. We decided to take side streets in order to do a little exploring.

At about 10 o’clock Saturday morning, while I was waiting to be picked up it dawned on me that I could use this trip as an opportunity to buy a selfie stick! So on our way out of town, we stopped at Walgreens and bought one. Here’s the first selfie-stick pic of the weekend. Notice we all put on the same lipstick- although it really doesn’t look like it- in a show of solidarity. Also, the lipstick is MAC’s Rebel so it fits us.

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We took a few “Welcome to” signs too:

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The first place we really landed was a little spot in Richmond, IL that had four Antique shops; we only made it to three of them. The first place we walked into, purely because of proximity, was Fox and Finch Antiques. Ginene was the owner and she lived upstairs and kept the cutest little shop on the first floor. She didn’t just sell antiques, she modified them. Check out this child-sized arm chair and ottoman. She tried to clean the original fabric but, because of its age, it started to crumble. When she went to remove the fabric, she found five layers of fabric underneath. It was like a time capsule. I really wish I’d taken a pic but it was damask, then velvet, then leather, etc. You could see the owners changed the fabric with the decades. It was really cool. She chose a super cute fabric and here’s Kendra-the-Cute modeling it:

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Here’s a few more from her shop:

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Like I said, we hit a few more stores and here are the pics:

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This table. Apparently the owner of this shop gets a bunch of things that the men that work down at the salvage yard make and this beauty was amazing. Just beautiful. Wish I had $1200 and space in the truck. I tried to convince someone to stay behind but my aunts are selfish.

I couldn’t get really good pics of the inside of our hotel room but it wasn’t anything nice anyway, just a clean place to lay our heads. We opted for a suite so we had a living room and kitchenette. This was really great for middle of the night talking, drinking, and laughter. The best part of suite was the view:

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Later that night after Grandma was is bed: #turnup

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We shopped, we ate, we drank, and we made merry. We had a blast.

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When we got back to Evanston, we had our final dinner at Boltwood. I didn’t take pictures of all the food but check out the one’s I did. Everything was delicious!

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 Check out my grandmother playing on her cell phone instead of talking to us like a teenager:

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Final pic from our trip:

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The next trip is already in the works and we can’t wait! Until next time-

Love the CRAP out of everything!

-Brit

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