Green River, Pink Drinks

Saint Patrick’s Day.

A very special day.

A day in which it is socially acceptable, if not encouraged, to drink heavily before 5pm–this is especially true in the beautiful, albeit windy city of Chicago.

Some friends and I decided it would be lots of fun to go out there this year and spend Saint Patrick’s day in style.

Style for me, however, went out the window when we arrived in the city and it was a BRISK 30 degrees outside.

The only coat I brought matched the green beret that I eagerly bought off of a street vendor in search of something to make me just a little bit warmer. And by “matched”, I mean it made the colors of the flag of Ireland, since I was informed that my coat is actually orange–not red, like I had thought when I bought it 2 years ago.

Fortunately, Saint Patrick’s Day is an Irish holiday, so I went with it.

It was a great adventure and so wonderful to enjoy it with old friends.

And,

I was just dumb enough to carry around my expensive camera this  city full of drunken crazies for 3 days.

Here are some of the results!

Hotel Felixxxx! "It's a boutique hotel."

Hotel Felixxxx! “It’s a boutique hotel.”

Brunch!

Brunch!

Steph and Marcel looking lovely.

Steph and Marcel looking lovely.

Laura's teapot

Laura’s teapot

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Green.

Green.

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Friends by the river!

Friends by the river!

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Foggy and cold.

Foggy and cold.

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Matty!

Matty!

I tried to get a nice picture of everyone--would have gone smoother before the Jameson.

I tried to get a nice picture of everyone–would have gone smoother before the Jameson.

The obvious course of action to take when someone moons you.

The obvious course of action to take when someone moons you.

The best picture we could get out of the drunk lady. Notice I'm ready to jump at any moment if she drops the camera.

This is what happens when you let a drunk woman take photo of your group.

Oh, Joe.

Oh, Joe.

Documenting the chaos.

Documenting the chaos.

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My favorite bride and groom!

My favorite bride and groom!

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It's love.

It’s love.

I like taking pictures of people taking pictures.

I like taking pictures of people taking pictures.

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Precious!

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Friends!

Friends!

Laura and the river!

Laura and the river!

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I'm too fancy for green beer.

I’m too fancy for green beer.

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Obsessed

Obsessed

Charcuterie!

Charcuterie!

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Absolutely gorgeous Cathedral

Absolutely gorgeous Cathedral

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Going out in our boldest colors!

A bunch of photos from Matt's improv show!

A bunch of photos from Matt’s improv show!

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Such skill.

Such skill.

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So awesome!

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Cute, Larz!

Cute, Larz!

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raindrops

raindrops

Engagement Buddies!

We almost forgot to get this photo we wanted–Engagement Buddies!

I believe that success in life is measured by happiness–

–and there are few things in this world that make me happier than creating new memories with old friends.

xoxo,

Monica

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