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Cruise with Mystic Blue, Boathouse Blogger Bash

Cruising with Mystic Blue and Windy City Bloggers | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Happy Labor Day, to those of you who live in the US. I hope you’re all enjoying a good summer send-off with some form of barbecue or other outdoorsy activity (such as a cruise!). I’m headed to the Renaissance Faire to send off that season. So excited! Keep up with me on snapchat @dannie54 if you want to see some extreme nerdery.

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What happens when you combine Lake Michigan, a Chicago skyline sunset, a boat, and a group of bloggers? You get the most epic [and most photographed] sunset cruise to happen all summer. Mystic Blue Cruises teamed up with the Windy City Blogger Collective to throw us hard working bloggers an amazing party to enjoy one of Chicago’s signature summer events, a sunset cruise on the Lake. We had deck games including gigantic Jenga, adult fruity lemonade served in mason jars, cruise-worthy snacks, and so much more. It was an amazing time, a great chance to catch up with some of my favorite blogger friends, and a chance to really let loose!

Mystic Blue is one of the many yachts docked on Chicago’s Navy Pier which offers casual cruises that range from tourist day out all the way to formal holiday party for your corporation. Some of the others include the Odyssey, and Spirit of Chicago. They’re all pretty excellent but Mystic Blue definitely wins for being the only one I’ve successfully not gotten motion sick on. That’s a HUGE win for me.

It was great to hang out with some of my favorite bloggers including Nikki of 30s and Chic, Dasha of Windy City Wardrobe, Michaela of The Deep End Review, and Allie of Allie’s Fashion Alley. We even got to toast the 5th blogiversary of Christine’s blog, Lattes, Life & Luggage with her and Caitlin & Danielle of Once Upon a Dollhouse.

All around, the evening was definitely one for the books. I love getting together with the girls of the Windy City Blogger Collective. Thanks to Mystic Blue and the Collective for putting together this amazing blogger party!

Loving this koozie from @ecchicago as a favor from Tuesday. Still reeling in how much fun that was! #mysticbluechicago #boathouseparty

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Cruising with Mystic Blue and Windy City Bloggers | Stile.Foto.Cibo

That gorgeous skyline sunset. Ugh.

Cruising with Mystic Blue and Windy City Bloggers | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Enjoying a drink and those views with Dasha from Windy City Wardrobe

Cruising with Mystic Blue and Windy City Bloggers | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Add lemonade vodka to already delicious strawberry lemonade?! OKAY!

Cruising with Mystic Blue and Windy City Bloggers | Stile.Foto.Cibo

And it was so good.

Cruising with Mystic Blue and Windy City Bloggers | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Speaking of good, these tacos were heavenly. So were the mini Chicago-style hot dogs.

Cruising with Mystic Blue and Windy City Bloggers | Stile.Foto.Cibo

And no boat party is complete without some outdoor games. Like this Jenga.

Cruising with Mystic Blue and Windy City Bloggers | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Played on a boat. In heels. On drink… 2? 3? I lost count.

Cruising with Mystic Blue and Windy City Bloggers | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Gotta have a little bit of photo fun. Thanks for being my model, Dasha!

Cruising with Mystic Blue and Windy City Bloggers | Stile.Foto.Cibo

This amazing Debenhams dress is from 2011 and, therefore, very old. But it’s still a classic favorite of mine.

Cruising with Mystic Blue and Windy City Bloggers | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Gotta get that fab group shot. And this isn’t even all of us Windy City Bloggers!

Cruising with Mystic Blue and Windy City Bloggers | Stile.Foto.Cibo

And, of course, some smaller group shots. Looking great, girls!

Cruising with Mystic Blue and Windy City Bloggers | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Ahoy, there! Loved this night so much.

What’s your favorite summer activity? Does your area have a signature event or outing that you just HAVE to do each summer? I want to know about them all in the comments!

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  • kandja sylla

    This is one epic event! It looks so fun and relaxing. Boat activities, great food and awesome company are perfect combination. Hope I was there too though! Looking fabulous babe!xx

    http://www.prettyweirdbombshell.com/things-to-do-in-cannes/

    • Thanks for the comment! Everyone was really wonderful that night. xx

  • This looks gorgeous! What a great event. Anything with a boat = I’m in!

    • Right? Boats are the bomb.

  • Krysti Jaims

    I love boat events! Love the photography x

  • Paige Strand

    Wow the photos in this are gorgeous! What camera do you use?

    • I shoot with a Canon 5D MarkII. It’s an oldie but a goodie and really captures colors wonderfully. My lens for this event was just a basic 18-55mm kit lens, nothing terribly special but it gets the job done. I edit in Lightroom and Photoshop.

      • Dannie – treat yourself to a 50mm lens. It’ll change your life.

        • Oh trust me, it’s the #1 thing on my wish list.

  • Sheena Leong

    Man I wanna be on a sunset cruise & travel blogger party! That’s so cool of Mystic Blue & Collective to take care of you guys1 #goals

    • My collective is so great to us like that. Just wait til you see the holiday party!

  • Dannie! Looks so fun! And I love your dress. I so want a huge Jenga tower too! LOL!

    • Thanks, girl! It was so much fun to play but made such a huge noise when it fell. Everyone on deck knew I’d lost. hah!

  • Dasha Guyton

    This cruise way WAY more fun than expected! Thanks for the dance, Dannie. XOXO -Dasha http://windycitywardrobe.com

    • Yes! That was so fun. Literally always down for a good Cupid Shuffle. 🙂