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Staycation at the Holiday Inn North Shore

We love being able to share the hustle of female entrepreneurs with you and one such opportunity recently presented itself.  We were invited to check out the newly renovated Holiday Inn North Shore in Skokie by CFO Sheila Lakhani Gilani for a little #Getaway and I am not sure if the kids or us chicks had more fun! 

This enormous property has 250 rooms and 15,000 sq. feet of flexible banquet space perfect for up to 1000 people.  Sounds about right for an Indian wedding venue! They have a full service catering staff on hand to make your event special.  As part of the renovation, all of the rooms were also upgraded with BeautyRest mattresses, new amenities, and an updated look.  We loved that our room that had a kitchenette in it, it is such a life saver when traveling with kids.

Banquet Room

Located 30 minutes from the airport and the city, this conference center stays very busy.  During our stay there were several large corporate meetings taking place as well as a poker tournament.  The property, however, did not feel congested or crowded.

We enjoyed playing at the indoor pool and also dining at the Bar Louie located inside the hotel itself!

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Thank you so much to the amazing Manager and staff at the Holiday Inn North Shore for a fun staycation with our kiddos!

We love reviewing places to stay and sharing them with you, check out our post on the Hyatt Regency in Orlando in case you are headed there for your summer vacation. We also have a few tips for visiting Harry Potter World if that’s your thing.

Thanks for stopping by Chicks And Salsa!

Your Chicks,

Rina and Sonia

**This post was written in exchange for a complimentary staycation.

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Growing up with many female influences in my personal life has generally made me gravitate towards smart, creative, and interesting women as a whole.  Joining the Style Collective was one of those no brainer decisions I made after watching founder, Annie Spano, week after week hustle as hard to achieve her dream as I was to achieve mine.  I knew that being around her energy would rub off on me.  She not only recruited me, but many  like me.  These women were like minded motivated females all trying to change their story.

When the Style Collective announced that it would be having its first conference I dare say I was the first to register.  I was thrilled at the prospect of being around other women, mothers, and bloggers that were all trying to navigate a new industry that allows women to authentically share themselves with the world.

Last month we all met up in the beautiful Cannon Room in the heart of Raleigh. NC!  A beautiful space that inspired and enthused us. The agenda was filled with women that I wanted to hear and learn from and best of all, they were willing to share!  Among many highlights from the conference, here are my top three.

The Venue

The Cannon Room was named after the first female Mayor of Raleigh, Isabell Cannon.  With that as a backdrop it was just the perfect vibe and space, intimate yet spacious and generously lit with its large windows.  It made for an inviting space that made us want to network in.   Lucky for us, this room has already been booked for next years conference!

The Influencer Panel

With our blog, we try to be open and honest about our journey as women and as mothers.  At the conference, we were lucky enough to hear from mother to be Holly of @MakeTodayAHollyDay, Courtney of @CourtEInk, and Keke of @StyleYourSelfie and they were wonderful! Each shared their story, journey, and ideas generously with all of us.  I recall chatting with Holly and discussing giveaway ideas!  I really appreciated that!

The Agenda

Generally we had a lot of information that we needed to cover during sessions, so by Sunday afternoon we were tired.   The agenda, however, anticipated that we would need creative breaks.  We had the chance to play in a live photo booth and network in a beautiful corner space.  The agenda also included a cocktail hour on Saturday night and a trolley ride surprise on Sunday!  Everything had been thought out and considered.  The team at Style Collective did an amazing job putting it all together (Thank You!).

I, along with my fellow chicks, am truly grateful for the camaraderie and the learning and I am looking forward to next year. Here is a peek at all the fun!

Your Chick,

Rina Puri

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