Monday, November 30, 2009

This post is more about KEVIN!!!!! than fashion.



As I write this post it's November 30, 2009 and I'm feeling a bit forlorn. Not that I didn't enjoy my day of trail hiking with the dog in the cold winter weather and watching TV with The Boy, but at this time LAST year - I was having one of the best days I've ever had.



(See at this time last year I had white/blonde hair! Told you it changed a frequently!)

Let me explain, a few days after Thanksgiving in 2008 - I was jetsetting to Chicago to partake in a week of trainings, meetings and networking at our office there. However, because my company allowed me the liberty to book my own flight, I decided to arrive in Chicago a day early to give me a chance to see a few sites. I went to Wrigley Field, Obama's House, Michigan Ave. but first and foremost... I went to the hap, hap, happiest place on earth:
Yes... the Home Alone house from the biblical (to me at least) movie series starring Macaulay Culkin.
I arrived in Chicago at 5 am after enduring the red-eye flight. Tired but excited, I loaded the Home Alone house address into my GPS in my rental car and headed straight from the airport to the house. I was sweaty and wearing my odd yet comfortable plane outfit but my camera had an empty memory card with full batteries: I was ready!

I parked outside of the Home Alone house at 6:30 AM (after having driven straight from the airport), set my camera to self-timer and just let it do its thang.

The house itself was beautiful as was the entire neighborhood in Winnetka. It was also where Chris Columbus/John Hughes filmed many other of their famed, big-white house, family comedies: Ferris Bueller, Uncle Buck and The Breakfast Club (among others) were also filmed in the area.

After prying myself away from the house for fear of being arrested, I decided to look around Winnetka a bit more.

The Train Station in Winnetka, IL. All decorated for Christmas. I love this picture.The church used in Home Alone - just down the street from the house!

On the streets of Winnetka town mall. So cute!



Anyhoo- I'm sorry to deter so greatly from my Blog centered around fashion but in the spirit of Christmas and recalling such a fun day- I thought it might be appropriate. Also, once I arrived to the Chicago office later that evening, I was elated to tell my coworkers about my fabulous day... if you want to see the insanely dorky video I made to send to my family of me walking up to the house - please feel free to watch below (semi-cringing at this offer!)



2011 post about visit here
My posts about Winnetka here
"Home Alone" thread here

Happy Tuesday!!!

23 comments:

OceanDreams said...

How fun that even though you were there for business you were able to have a little bit of fun too! This is my first time at your blog and I love it. You seem so fun and full of life! :) I'll definitely be back to follow more posts and I am now following as well. YAY! :) Have a great day hun.

bananas. said...

WHAT?! that is the coolest trip ever. i had no idea that house was real. you just enlightened me! HA!

you look adorable too. i tend to look a bit haggard after flying. and my airport outfits are usually super casual and heinous.

jociegal said...

And so your obsession with Illinois began. I cannot believe it's already been a year - I feel like you were just there!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jaime said...

That's so great you saw the Home Alone house! lol :)

Kristin said...

That is sooooo cool. That is like my favorite movie house EVER!

Rasha @ and this is what she said... said...

I effing LOVE this movie. That house is GORGEOUS. I want to go. Im sooooo jealous you got to go.

Dragonfly said...

That looks like fun :-) Its lucky you got to do something special on a work trip!!

kimber doll said...

Cute outfit!!

The Owl's Closet said...

omg, that's so awesome!! i love home alone, too:D i didn't know it was filmed at an actual house in chicaco. i thought it was at universal's backlot haha! nice neighborhood, too! ooo the church!! man, now i feel like watching the movie now lol:D such a cute video, caitlin! ur hair looks great blonde, too!:D

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Leah said...

That is just so awesome... seeing the actual Home Alone house. I love that movie and all it's sequels. It's still one of my favorite movie of all times. You know, the kid in me never wants to grow up.

Sher said...

Aww, such a sweet post darling! You look beautiful as a blonde and how cool it is to actually see the house of Home alone!! Used to watch it every Christmas growing up hehe! Must have been a really great day for you, thanks for sharing this with us:)

Stevie said...

Eeeeeeeek!!!!!! I absolutely LOVE Home Alone and I would die for that house. I'm so jealous!!!

Healthy Shift Worker said...

No sign of Macauley Caitlin??!!!!

Yvonne said...

SUCH a fun trip! thumbs up!

p.s. I must say that even tho u make a SENSATIONAL blonde... my opinion prefers you with dark/more natural looking color!!! you're such a gorgeous brunette!! don't deter!

animal print gal said...

This is such a cool post! I am grateful you followed your heart. I loved all the house's pictures.
We watch this movie every Christmas with my family, it is a classic!

Holly said...

That is just plain fun. I love the house...I have never seen that movie!

COME OVER TO THE DARK SIDE... WE HAVE CANDY said...

Hahaha! That is so cool!!!

Miss Eve said...

What a great trip...and your outfit is lovely :-)

Cheers: Evi

Jennifer Fabulous said...

You visited the Home Alone house?! That is AWESOME!! :P That town looks really cute and charming. Gosh, wouldn't it be great to live there? Sigh...
Chicago is one of my favorite cities. It's where most of my family lives but unfortunately every time my parents and I go to visit, we have to visit relatives instead of enjoy the sites. Blurg.
I'm glad you have an awesome trip! You look so adorable in all those photos!

Jord. said...

Haha HOME ALONE!? No way! such memories from that film.

And as someone above said; the around around the house does look gorgeous. You're so lucky to get to go to Chicago. Wish i had the means to travel.

Don't know how i stumbled across your blog; but i like it! I'll keep my eye on it [:

P.s, your hair looks great in both colours.

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Cafe Fashionista said...

Oh. My. Gosh. You went to the Home Alone house?! I die! I die! I die! I die! I swear I am the biggest Home Alone fan on the planet - I worship that film. Christmas is not the same unless I watch it at least 14 times - and you were actually at the house! Oh, I envy you!

By the way, I am now following your blog! :)

Tights Lover said...

Great post...hahaha. I wish I had seen the Home Alone house when I was in Chicago, now! Great pics of you!!

JadeRose said...

When people ask me what my favourite movie is, I always reply with Home Alone. THis often gets a lot of laughs, but I stand by my choice! So jealous!! I was in Chicago earlier this year, how did I not know that I could visit this house. Great post, made me smile :)