Weekend Away

Hi, guys. I’m Amy’s friend Reina and I’ll be guest blogging for her while she’s vacationing in Mexico. I’m so honored that she has asked me to fill in her for again and so jealous that she gets to spend a week in the sun. I live on the East Coast and let’s just say I could use a good tan.

This past weekend I had a day off for President’s Day, so I decided to make a long-overdue trip to visit my friend Amanda in Illinois in an area known as the Quad Cities. She is one of my best friends from college and while we have seen each other many times since we graduated, it had been way too long since I’d visited her in her hometown. We had a great low-key weekend doing many of the things we love to do – eating, drinking and watching our favorite TV shows and movies.

On Saturday night, we decided to grab drinks before dinner. Amanda took me to this great historic hotel called the Hotel Blackhawk.  It was such an elegant place and the cocktails were delicious (not to mention stiff!). After dinner we convinced her husband to take photos of us in front of the fireplace. I even managed to squeeze in an outfit photo.

Pants: Loft (on super sale in prints!) | Sweater: Loft (available in gray on final sale!) | Boots: Me Too (great price!) | Necklace (old, Kohl’s, similar)


The Quad Cities area is pretty casual, and I was trying to pack light, so I brought clothes that I thought could transition from day to night. I bought this polka dot sweater at Loft earlier this year and I liked it so much that I also bought it in gray. I think the little pockets in front are so cute! When I find things I like, I often buy them in more than one color. You might also recognize these skinny oxblood pants from some of Amy’s posts. What can I say? Great fashion minds think alike.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that one thing I didn’t get to do this weekend was shop. Since I am Catholic, I decided to give up shopping for Lent.  I decided it was the one thing that would be truly be a sacrifice for me. So, I am just going to “shop my closet” until Easter. It’s not going to easy, but I am determined to do it and I think that it will help me to become a more thoughtful shopper in the future. If you want to see my outfits and read more about my experiences, be sure to check out my blog, ShopGirlDC.

Thanks for reading and I’m sure I’ll be back again before Amy returns!

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Hi Reina! I read Amy’s blog and was excited to read your post. I live in the Quad Cities! Curious if I know your friend. The Black Hawk Hotel is beautiful and has a nice martini bar. Hope you enjoyed your stay!


Hi, Laurie! Thanks for reading! The Quad Cities is such a great place. I LOVED the Blackhawk and the cocktails! My friend’s name is Amanda Newman and she lives in Moline. Such a small world! – Reina


    Thanks for responding. Unfortunately I don’t know the friend you were visiting. Anyway it was kind of exciting to see my hometown on the blog. I’ve added you to the blogs I follow! 🙂


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