“The Chi-Town Crop” is a term I just invented for when you wear a crop top in Chicago. It’s totally gonna be a thing.
OK, so I already told you yesterday about where we stayed in Chicago, but not about what we did. Here’s the rundown:
- Saturday night: Had cocktails at the hotel bar. Mine had chunks of strawberries in it and was amazing. Mom and Kristin both had gin and seemed to be giggling more than normal. Dad had a beer with a Socialist on it and was really excited. We all made our “debut” at the Empire Room, which is part of the hotel. Lots of famous people have been there and now we have too.
- Sunday morning: Had Mother’s Day brunch. There was a tiny worm in my strawberry but we decided it was a sign that no harmful pesticides were used. Mimosas were enjoyed by all.
- Sunday afternoon: Soaked up some culture at the Art Institute and on the architecture cruise. We came, we saw, we learned stuff. Mom thought her favorite painting wasn’t on display, but it was. I pretended that was my gift to her (I’m an amazing daughter).
- Sunday night: Had Giordano’s pizza after getting stuck in the rain. There’s nothing some deep dish can’t cure.
- Monday morning: Went somewhere I had never heard of: the Chicago Cultural Center. Saw the world’s largest Tiffany Glass dome. Not too shabby.
- Monday afternoon: Had lunch at Russian Tea Time. I inexplicably flung sour cream across the room. Everyone laughed and no one was injured. Went to the Field Museum to see the World’s Fair Exhibit and hang out with dinosaurs. I spent extra time with the tri-Sarah-tops, the most intelligent and beautiful of all the dinosaurs (or something like that).
It’s hard to pick a favorite part of the trip, but it might be the fact that I rocked the Chi-Town Crop. So there you have it: a fabulous and successful graduation getaway celebration!
Top // similar Skirt // Sunglasses // similar Necklace (under $11) // Lips “Romantic”
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So. You might have noticed one of the 10 trends for the Looking Lucky challenge is “cropped.” Originally it was cropped tops specifically, but then we just went with cropped because it gives you a little more room for interpretation. Because I’m an overachiever, I decided to rock a cropped top AND pants at the same time on Saturday.
For those of you afraid of the crop top trend, let this be a lesson to you. The crop tops of 2014 are not worn the same way the crop tops of 2001 were. It’s not about showing off your belly ring anymore (for the record, I never had one). I mean depending on your age, the occasion, and how many sit-ups you do, I guess you could still show a bunch of midriff and get away with it. But if you’re over 20, aren’t going clubbing in Miami, and can’t remember the last time you did a sit-up (unless you count time time you had to stretch really far to reach the bag of chips at the end of your bed), you still don’t have to cast off the crop top trend. If you layer it over a longer shirt like I’m doing here, you don’t have to show even a sliver of skin if you don’t want to. If you’re slightly more daring, I also love the idea of wearing a crop top with a high waisted skirt, so you just see a hint of skin right above the waist. I’m definitely going to try that some weekend when it warms up a little more! I might do a few sit-ups before I do it though…just to be safe.
So what do you think about crop tops now? Have I convinced you? If the idea intrigues you but you don’t want to spend money on one, you can always temporarily “hem” a shirt with fabric tape! Man, I am just full of helpful tips today. You’re welcome.
Crop Top // similar Shirt // Jeans // Shoes // similar Bag // similar Bracelet* // Ring* // Sunglasses (on sale) // Lips “Romantic”
*Bracelet provided courtesy of Asos; ring came in my GemmeBox provided courtesy of House of Gemmes.