Jul 7, 2014

Ordinarily Lovely: Chicago + iPhone

My husband and I recently celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary and we spent a long weekend in The Windy City to celebrate. We were there to see the sights, but also because Dave Matthews Band was doing a show on Northerly Island. I know…I know… DMB is one of those love ’em or hate ’em bands. Well? We love ’em. We often travel around the US to see them in concert and make a vacation out of wherever they are playing.

So THAT is why we were in Chicago. We really….REALLY…loved it.


The only problem was? Those people talk so very fast! 😀

We did the architectural boat tour, visited The Bean, ate at some super yummy restaurants, saw THE GREATEST blues band at a little hole in the wall club, saw Second City, met up for breakfast with some friends from Clickin Moms, and….get this….slept in.

I left my DSLR at home and only used my iPhone during the trip. I also forgot my Olloclip attachment and was kicking myself the entire time. Ah well….back to the basics, I guess.

Anyway, it was fantastic and I loved every.single.second of it. (Especially DMB!)

Here’s my not-so-small iPhone share from the trip. All edited within the iPhone with the VSCO app. (Tilt shift applied within IG)


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  1. tarah says:

    wow! these are incredible! Totally inspiring <3

  2. Traci H says:

    These are really great – and with your iPhone, wow! I was wondering how you got the tilt shift look using VSCO? I love that look and haven’t figured out how to do it with my iPhone yet.

  3. Kristin says:

    These are all so awesome Melissa!!! I’m almost glad you left your dslr at home!

  4. Melissa says:

    Hi Traci! I actually did the tilt shift inside of instagram. I completely forgot about that! (going to edit my post to say that, thank you!) I did use the tilt shift on ‘Click’, airplane and the bikes on the sidewalk. 🙂

  5. Erin Konrath says:

    WOW, just WOW! I love your eye so much and you rock that phone! You made my city look amazeballs. (Which isn’t hard, but still…) LOVED this!

  6. Tracy H says:

    Tracy from MN ;). What a wonderful assortment of photos!! You always inspire me! Do you have favorite downloads within VSCO that you tend to go to most often?

  7. Elizabeth says:

    Awesome as usual…. immediately downloading VSCO! LOL

  8. Lacey Meyers says:

    Totally loved every single one of them …. I don’t even have an iPhone and I’m terribly inspired. 😉

  9. Ginger says:

    Absolutely STUNNING images. Just proves that it’s the person behind the lens, not “the camera”. So impressive and inspiring. I underestimate the power of my iPhone. Thanks for sharing!