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The unfortunately inevitable has arrived; my air-and-road trip around The Great Lakes – or Lela Takes The Lakes – has come to an end.

And what an end Chicago was.

Though I had been to Chicago a few times in my youth, it was never for more than 24 hours and always for an occasion outside of my control. I couldn’t wait to explore the city properly.

Take a look back with me via blog (and vlog!), below…

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I live a life of Laptop Clubbing (aka using London’s coffee shops as my roaming office space). And while I’m fortunate to have that freedom, I’m often weighed down with – at the very least – a laptop, chargers, and an SLR.

My life is quite literally on my back. Turtle vibes.

When looking for something to replace the Manfriend’s shattered backpack, I was lucky enough to stumble on a brand that combined all my particular Laptop Club OCD needs with stylish, heritage designs. His and hers; padded laptop compartments, quality materials, utilitarian storage , and stealth back panels that slide over luggage handles (for your Laptop Club On Tour needs).

What I Wore:
Dress from Alice’s Pig (vintage-inspired and detailed but insanely comfortable)
Jay Leather tote from Solo New York (a deceptively spacious handbag)
East Hampton backpack from Solo New York (on Bae)

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Let me preface this particular adventure with a bit of a disclaimer…

I kind of hate malls.

Having spent a couple of my fresh-faced years in them caking people’s faces and trying not to gauge my eyes out, they’re simply not an environment I want to spend my free time in.

“But wait..wait…you booked a trip to the Mall of America?”

I did, indeed. During a pre-Lela Takes The Lakes research session, The Mall of America (and its surrounding areas of Bloomington and Minneapolis, Minnesota) seemed to offer everything I love in a new travel destination.

I expected much more than a mall. And boy, did I get it…

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