What to expect in April (2017)

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Spring is here! For me that means spending a lot of time outside, travelling and shopping for spring/summer.

 

Here is what to expect:

 

Travel:

I’ll be spending a weekend in Chicago (4/21-4/23). I have lived 45 minutes away from Chicago for 23 years, aka my whole life, and I have never spent a night in Chicago. I also haven’t done or seen about 90 percent of what the city has to offer, I suck. I know. That is all going to change though, starting this year! I want to see everything!

Towards the end of the month I will be attending C2E2. This This is a Comic and Entertainment Expo that happens every year. My boyfriend, Bryan goes more for the comics, I go mostly for the entertainment and artwork. This Expo started in 2010, I’ve gone twice and each one is better than the last. I’ll be posting a blog later on about preparing to go to C2E2, what to expect and what to bring along. My boyfriend will be posting on his blog – ComicBookSense — about how to prepare to get your comics signed, the artists and entertainers who will be there, and how he plans to have a successful trip. Follow along on his blog for more info on that!

After our trip I’ll be posting about what we did, where we stayed and what we ate, look out for that at the end of the month!

 

Fitness:

Look out for posts this month about the beginning of my fitness journey. I will be going over my meal prep, the beginning of my 5k training and my yoga/flexibility journey.

 

Fashion:

I’ll be sharing some of my favorite workout clothes and where to buy them.

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A Small Town With a Large Surprise 

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I am halfway through my week off and I have enjoyed every second of it so far. I spent yesterday in a nearby town called Volo. Volo, llinois is a little town here in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, just about 15 miles south of the border to Wisconsin. This town has a population of about 3,000, but don’t let this tiny town fool you, the hidden gem in Volo is what the website calls a “35 acre antique themed park”. 
The Volo Auto Museum is a great place to spend your day, whether you have a love for cars, antiques, movies, history, there is something for everyone! 

The photo above is the map from the website that shows all of the attractions this museum has to offer

This Museum features 33 exhibits, below is a list of some of my favorites and why I enjoyed them, I won’t list all 33, and there is no way my words or photos can capture the awesomeness that is inside, so you will just have to venture out to Volo for the full experience! 

Duesenberg Room

After buying tickets you walk into the Duesenberg room, in this room you will find a collection of Duesenberg II’s. This room is filled with an elegent collection of vehicles. This is one of my favorite exhibits due to the beauty, details and care that has been put into all of these cars. Each one is truly a work of art. 
                                                    

Duesenberg II Torpedo Phaeton

 

I also have a slight (growing) obsession with hood ornaments, that made the Duesenberg room extra cool for me as some of the vehicles featured Lalique Crystals. René Lalique was a freelance jewelry maker and after working for some of the best Parisian jewelers he purchased his first workshop. Years later he began to experiment with glass and created his first perfume vile. After much success following an exhibit he took part in he continued to grow his business, eventually venturing into retail. In 1920 car mascots, better known as hood ornaments entered his inventory. These pieces of glass are beautiful and are by far one of my favorite things to look at on these vehicles. 

                                      

Here you will see two upclose photos of some of these brilliant pieces of art. Search Lalique glass to view or purchase some of these stunning pieces of art.

                                          
     
Bizarre Car Exhibit

This exhibit features some very unique cars, cars that you didn’t know exhisted, but you end up glad that they do. There is a lot of variety, from the World’s fastest barstool to Johnny Cash’s Git-tar Dragster, you are sure to find something you’ll love! 

                                

Cars of the Rich ad Famous – Including vehicles owned my celebrities ranging from Michael Jordan’s 2005 Bentley GT, Britney Spear’s 2006 Mercedes-Benz to Rod Stewerts 2002 Dodge Viper and many more in between! 

                                                    

Michael Jordan’s 2005 Bentley GT


The Disney Exhibit — Featuring movie inspired displays, including Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and Herbie the Love Bug.

There are many more exhibits this Museum has to offer, including (but not limited to)Hot Rods and Customs, TV and Movie Cars, the Warner Bros gallery, Campers, Kiddie rides, and Muscles cars. There are constantly new vehicles being restored and brought into the museum, so each experience will have something new to offer. You can follow their social media pages for more details on events and what is coming to the museum. Feel free to comment with any questions and check out my instagram at MarieBakerBlog for more photos from the museum. 
The Volo Auto Museum also offers four, that’s right, FOUR different antique malls with over 300 vendors. I have not had the chance yet to photograph my finds, but I will be doing that tomorrow morning. I have not decided on whether or not I will be making a mini blog post, or just posting them on my Instagram/Twitter, but follow me there for more details! 

Below are some more photos from my trip. Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter, at MarieBakerBlog, for even more photos from the museum and details from my antique finds!