{GBF Life + Style + Travel} Orchards In The Sky

Friday, July 26, 2013

I've always been quite the apple aficionado. Without fail, I eat one almost everyday and relish each crispy, fresh, and juicy bite. So of course, an invite from Stella Artois to fly to Chicago to taste my favorite fruit in its bubbly libation form was accepted without hesitation. 

The rooftop of EPIC in downtown Chicago was transformed into Nantucket as apple orchards and stacks of apples gingerly decorated the space. A game of boule set atop a freshly rugged grass turf captured the attention of party goers while music pouring from a pair of string duo floated in the air. Predictably, the center of the action was the bar as bottles of Stella Artois Cidre bubbled in custom wine glasses that were constantly topped off by Stella girls. The cider strikes a great balance between sweet and crispy as notes of apples, peach, and apricots complimented a subtle flavor of spicy orange. I sipped on the cider while taking nibbles of pear and brie crostini and tuna tartar all the while fully enjoying the complexity and elevated sophistication of the cider, the downtown skyline, party chatter, and the experience of being in Chicago for the very first time.

I packed one outfit for my seventeen hour Chicago stay. As I didn't know the details of the party beforehand, I wanted to pack something versatile and sweepingly appropriate for different settings. A floral Urban Outfitters maxi dress (one of my current obsessions) with a white denim AG jacket {similar} and Jimmy Choo espadrilles fit the bill as the print is casual and summery while the length and high slits factor glam into the equation. The espadrilles kept me tall yet comfortable for any walking that may be involved while the jacket shielded against windy Chicago. I wore the outfit to the party, an after party dive into deep dish pizza at Lou Malnati's, and a midnight stroll along the river. What a short and sweet Chicago trip!

Made with Hand-Picked Apples”

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Stella Artois via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Stella Artois.

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