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#TravelTuesday :: our trip to chicago was topped off with the perfect outfit from prAna :: review + giveaway

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Last weekend, we took our little ladies to Chicago. We met up with friends and had an absolute blast! It was a quick 36 hour trip. We were leaving the baby home with my parents and I just didn’t want them to have her too long. After all, they are retired and are free as birds. I didn’t want to tie them down. So, we picked up the girls early from school on Friday and headed to Chicago! It was so much fun driving with them, other than the crazy Chicago traffic. They did love seeing the city from a distance and in the middle of it. I love watching them experience life and seeing it through their eyes! The dogs in the city, the tall buildings, the lights and ALL the shops had their little eyes twinkling at every corner.

We hit up a couple shops, but nothing extreme. While we were there we went to American Girl, the Lego Store, the Disney store and had lunch and dinner at two separate restaurants. Lunch was at the Rainforest Cafe and dinner was a the California Pizza Kitchen. We were so loud in both of these restaurants, but loud to me means loads of fun. 🙂

Family Fun in Chicago

We reserved Saturday for the Shedd Aquarium. The girls had never been and I had always heard such wonderful things about it. What a blast this whirlwind trip was!! TONS of memories created with our family and friends!! We talked about making it an annual trip!

I want to share with you my go-to outfit for this crazy town too! The thing about Chicago is, it’s typically always cold. While packing, I realized my “layering” outfits were slim to none this year. You see, I still have this baby belly that I can thank baby Kensington for. Thankfully, no one has asked me if I’m preggo, but I’m still super conscious of it. Right now, I dress to conceal the best I can. All that being said, my choices are a little less than they have been in years past. I was talking with my girl over at prAna and we decided on the perfect outfit that would not only work well as layers for the Chicago weather, but I was comfortable in choosing it for my “problem area” as well.

prAna outfit for cold weatherI absolutely love the Kirsten Tunic Sweater. Not only are the colors absolutely fabulous, the length is just as awesome. It kept my bum warm as we went in and out of stores and covered that same area discretely, but was very flattering and not frumpy. Total win! I paired this with some Kara Jeans that I previously shared with you all (you can get these in NEW colors now since my prior post!! I have the herringbone on my Christmas list). The Milly Vest was added for some extra warmth for this given outfit, yet I can see this vest being worn a LOT! It’s again, not frumpy, and lays really nice. Plus, the color is stellar and pops any outfit. You guys, I LURV it!!

All in all, the outfit was fabulous, and the trip with my family made this weekend perfect.

With all the stellar choices at prAna, what would be your top one from their site to add to your Christmas wish list this year?women-Sweaters-Hoodies

**See my other prAna picks HERE**

One SIMPLE reader will win either a $250 gift card OR the outfit (top and vest) shown in this post. Here is how to enter:
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  • brittany
    December 29, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    i like the meryl sweater dress.

  • heather
    December 29, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    I want the learning tower.

  • Liz
    December 29, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    The kaghool jaket. i need a new jacket desperately and with it getting codler by the day, I would love this one! This company looks really cool Thanks for sharing. and what a great trip to Chicago.

  • T Michelle Trump
    December 29, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    My niece would love the Learning Tower!

  • wen budro
    December 29, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    I like the learning tower….it would be useful for my kids.

  • Rebecca Parsons
    December 29, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I like the Learning Tower Step Stool. Such a great way to evolve with your kid and aid their learning.

  • Nicole H
    December 29, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    I love this whole outfit! Also love the Mena Sweater.

    From the Little Partners site, I love the art easel.

  • Misha Estrada
    December 29, 2014 at 9:55 am

    I like the Nanette dress.

  • christine j
    December 28, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    I love the learning tower

  • Missy
    December 28, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    I would like to get Little Partners Learning Tower.

  • Jessica B
    December 27, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    The Art Easel because my kids LOVE drawing & it would keep them away from my walls.

  • trixx
    December 22, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    I’d like to have the Ronnie jacket, it looks so cozy!

  • Birdiebee
    December 22, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    I would love to have the Art Easel for the grandkids.

  • ginger
    December 22, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    love the chrissa top!!

  • Lisa L
    December 22, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    I would love to get the pretty Holly dress

  • Barbara Adams
    December 21, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    The Learning Tower would be a splendid addition to our young ones culinary education.

  • Sherrie C.
    December 21, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    We would most like to have the Art Easel in Apple Green. Thanks 🙂

  • Cori Westphal
    December 21, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    The Royal Blue Art Easel would be fun!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  • lisa kay
    December 21, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Love the Art Easel

  • Elena
    December 20, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    I like the Royal Blue Art Easel.

  • pamela j
    December 20, 2014 at 10:28 am

    I would like to have the learning tower.

  • Andrea Darst
    December 18, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    I think the Art Easel is really cool and wish it had been around when my daughter was younger!

  • Cynthia R
    December 18, 2014 at 11:48 am

    I would like to get Little Partners Learning Tower for my niece.

  • Terry Maigi
    December 18, 2014 at 11:32 am

    I love the Playhouse Kits Popcorn Stand/Puppet Show!

  • Carmen Van Deursen
    December 18, 2014 at 3:54 am

    I like the royal blue art easel.

  • stephanie mcfarland
    December 18, 2014 at 2:49 am

    Art Easel looks amazing

  • Daisy
    December 17, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    the Learning Tower

  • Daisy
    December 17, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Learning Tower

  • Cassandra Eastman
    December 17, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    I love the Chrissa Top in Black!

  • ellen casper
    December 15, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    I like the art easel and from Prana the Milly Vest

  • Angela saver
    December 15, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    I would love The Learning Tower in Dark Cherry!


  • Ashley Tucker
    December 15, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    I like the Royal Blue Art Easel.

  • Thomas Murphy
    December 15, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    I like the Art Easel

  • Amanda Sakovitz
    December 15, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    i would love to discover more about the Learning Tower!

  • Wehaf
    December 15, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    I like the Canyon cord pants.

  • kelly D
    December 15, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    I like the Lyra Jacket in blue.
    The Learning Tower looks nice.

  • Jeanna
    December 15, 2014 at 11:10 am

    I like the Art Easel! I think this may be the wrong link. I also like the Julz Burnout Wrap in Black Posy from prAna.

  • Dawn Monroe
    December 15, 2014 at 9:04 am

    I think my girls would like the royal blue art easel.

  • RJ
    December 15, 2014 at 12:22 am

    Guessing you meant to ask about Prana here. My favorite from Prana is definitely the Juliana Sweater.

  • Meghan Finley
    December 15, 2014 at 12:11 am

    I like the leaning tower but I love everything that Prana makes

  • amy rouse
    December 14, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Canyon Cord Pant ( I think the link is for a different blog post)

  • Kristen
    December 14, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    I like the easel.

  • rebecca day
    December 14, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    I would love the Art Easel for my nephews

  • Peggy Johnson
    December 14, 2014 at 11:36 am

    I like the playhouse kits

  • Sarah Hayes
    December 14, 2014 at 2:30 am

    the learning tower is way cool! I wish we had one of those

  • Amy B
    December 13, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    That may be the wrong link…but I do like the Mini Green Learning Tower

  • Jessie shiflett
    December 13, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    I LOVE their Rhonda Duster Sweater (: Thank you so much for the chance to win this!

  • Jessamine D.
    December 13, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    I’d like the Playhouse Kits Lemonade/Ice Cream for my daughters. 🙂

  • Nancy
    December 13, 2014 at 10:25 am

    I also like the Popcorn Stand Puppet Show Kit.

  • Leigh Anne Borders
    December 12, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    I love the idea of this learning tower. SOmething that serves multiple purposes and it grows with your child.

  • Miranda Welle
    December 12, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    I would really like the Learning Tower for our kids! If we’re supposed to actually say a Prana product, I love the Julz Burnout Wrap!

  • Nina H
    December 12, 2014 at 1:29 am

    Assume comment should be for Prana and not learning tower, I love the Sulia top

  • Amanda Alvarado
    December 11, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Well I love the Learning Tower but I think this is supposed to be for Prana! I love this sweater that you are wearing! I love the colors and I like the length and the cut!

  • Jodi Armstrong
    December 11, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    we could really use an art easel

  • Destiny
    December 11, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    I love the art easel!

  • Natalie F
    December 11, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    I would love the ‘Playhouse Kits Popcorn Stand/Puppet Show’ and some of the other playhouse kits they have look like a lot of fun to bust winter boredom!

  • Nannypanpan
    December 11, 2014 at 10:57 am

    I would love the learning tower so my kids are safe helping in the kitchen

  • Kelly Tupick
    December 11, 2014 at 8:36 am

    I think The Learning Tower is really neat and i would love to learn more about this and have for my little one.

  • Samantha C.
    December 11, 2014 at 7:58 am

    The Art Easel would be great!

  • Kelly F
    December 11, 2014 at 12:52 am

    LOVE the art easel or learned tower!! My son would love either!!

  • iamalighthouse
    December 10, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    This is fun! http://www.littlepartners.com/the-learning-tower/

  • april
    December 10, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    I would love the Art Easel for my boys. They are rough and tumble boys, but they also love to create and get crafty!

  • D Schmidt
    December 10, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Visited and I like the puffer jackets 🙂

  • Daraya
    December 10, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    I love the Kasey Hoodie from Prana! 🙂

  • Daraya
    December 10, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    I love the Art Easel from Little Partners! 🙂

  • Kim
    December 10, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    love the Ramona sweater

  • Patricia
    December 10, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    I love the Learning Tower!

  • Brandy (Lynn W rafflecopter)
    December 10, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    The Learning Tower in Dark Cherry.

  • Anne Perry
    December 10, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    I love the learning tower.

  • Sonya Morris
    December 10, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    I love the Learning Tower!

  • Sacha Schroeder
    December 10, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    I would love the learning tower for my daughter!

  • jennifer
    December 10, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    It would HAVE to be a jacket. LOVE their jackets!!

  • rust
    December 10, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    The Playhouse Kits Lemonade/Ice Cream reminds me of my homemade stand when i was a kid …great for playtime.

  • Raine
    December 10, 2014 at 10:57 am

    I really like the art easel, especially the Green. I love encouraging my kids artistic sides and these are great looking easels.

  • Dpham
    December 10, 2014 at 10:45 am

    I love the leaning tower! So useful.

  • Dandi D
    December 10, 2014 at 9:46 am

    I really like the Playhouse Kits Lemonade/Ice Cream.

  • Denise Taylor-Dennis
    December 10, 2014 at 8:57 am

    From Prana I like Ada top in gray.

  • Denise L
    December 10, 2014 at 7:57 am

    I like the Toy Tower – kids always love those things!

  • Janet W.
    December 10, 2014 at 6:11 am

    I visited their website and the Ramona Sweater is my favorite item!

  • Janet W.
    December 10, 2014 at 6:09 am

    So many choices – hard to choose.

  • Austin Baroudi
    December 10, 2014 at 2:20 am

    I’d love the Dark Cherry Art Easel Special for my little girl.

  • Sindy Murray
    December 10, 2014 at 12:40 am

    I like the Mena Sweater from PrAna.

  • Jennifer Rote
    December 9, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    At Prana I like the Kara Organic Jean in deep teal.

  • latanya
    December 9, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    I like the learning tower step stool

  • Keara B.
    December 9, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    I adore your prAna outfit- they have such beautiful clothes!

  • Heidi
    December 9, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    I’m loving the Sedona top in purple!

  • Marnie G (Derrick Todd)
    December 9, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Chicago is a very fun city. I only live about an hour away so we get to go frequently. There is always so much to do and see in the city! Sounds like you had a great weekend!