Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Stripes & Vest


Tee and Jeans - Loft / Vest - Old Navy / Shoes (similar) - Madewell / Necklace - c/o Lovelywholesale.com / Bracelet - Michael Kors




This vest is seriously my new favorite. I had considered buying something similar for a while, but I wasn't sure I would actually wear it so I kept holding off. I was definitely wrong. It seems to go with everything (except for when I tried to pair it with an orange sweater and black leggings - pumpkin is not a good look) and adds an extra layer of warmth in the new office, which always seems to be about five degrees colder than I would like despite the fact that I bump up the thermostat whenever I get the chance. So I hope you like it too, because it's going to be showing up on KDTI a lot ;)



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Monday, October 20, 2014

This weekend...


This weekend I...

...Went down to Springfield for Jeff's cousin's wedding.  We were planning on just driving in on Saturday, but then realized that the wedding started at 2 and it's a pretty long drive, so we ended up heading in on Friday night instead.  It was nice to have the extra time to spend with Jeff's family, and nice to have some built in time for emergency shopping.  I realized on the way down that I had forgotten my strapless bra and had to make a run to Macys.  Emergency bra shopping is basically my worst nightmare because A) strapless bras are the worst, and B) my size is basically impossible to find.  There was one in the store that was close to my size, so I made do.

The wedding itself was really fun and beautiful. I've never been to one with Jeff's family before and I loved hitting the dance floor with them and playing in the photo booth (Snoop Dog? Lion? did a little photo bomb). I'm not sure if I've mentioned it here before, but the word I would most use to describe Jeff's and my dancing style is "aggressive," and we were in true form.  I somehow managed to seriously smash up my toe and literally got my heel stuck around the photographer's leg - she kept a much wider berth after that. So all and all, I would say a fairly successful weekend.

I hope you had a good one!



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Friday, October 17, 2014

The Friday of Halloweens Past

This weekend I had to finish my Halloween costume since I'm traveling the next two weekends for weddings, and while digging through my costume dresser (what, do other people not have an entire dresser devoted to costumes?) I was reminded of some of my favorite Halloween costumes of the past couple of years.  Here are some of my favorites:



















What's been your favorite Halloween costume?  Are you dressing up this year?



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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Plaid + Vest


Shirt (similar) and Necklace - JCrew Factory / Vest - Old Navy / Jeans - Loft / Boots - Bandolino / Bracelet - Michael Kors / Watch - Kate Spade




Want to place bets on which outfit you're most likely to run into me wearing?  It's definitely this.  I've worn this exact combo an embarrassing number of times over the past couple of weeks. It seems like the perfect mix of fall outdoorsy clothes without actually looking like I'm heading to the duck blind for the day. Although, considering how delicious the duck was a friend cooked for me last weekend (while I was wearing this exact outfit, no less), I'm kind of wishing I had a duck hunting hookup. Or at least more friends who are willing to make me duck at the drop of a hat.

What's your favorite fall outfit?



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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Easy DIY Art


My little sister just bought a new house (she's more of a grownup than me) and after seeing the couple of pieces I made for my new gallery wall, she requested I make some things for her new place.
The first thing I wanted to make was this easy color-blocked painting, which literally took just 20 minutes.

First, I laid out a little grid with some washi tape.  I started by measuring out thing to make sure everything was straight, and then decided that was far too much work and just eyeballed things instead.


Next I mixed up a couple different shades of pink/red, making sure that I would have enough to cover the whole canvas so I wouldn't have to remix the colors halfway through and not get a perfect match.  I then randomly painted different squares, leaving a couple white.


After letting things dry for about 20 minutes, I peeled off the tape, and voila!  A painting!


I'm excited to have an excuse to make a few more things for her, I'll share them as I go!




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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

White Button Down


Shirt - Ann Taylor / Blazer - JCrew / Jeans - Gap / Boots - Tahari (similar) / Necklace - Baublebar / Watch - Kate Spade



I don't know how I went so long without this closet staple. This is the first white button down I've owned since maybe middle school, when we were required to wear them for our orchestra concerts (I played violin), and because of that they always felt very "uniform-y" to me. How wrong I was. I've been loving how versatile this shirt is, and have been wearing it with my blazer, layered, and with skirts and pants.

Do you own a white button button down?  How do you wear it?


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Monday, October 13, 2014

This Weekend...


This weekend I...

...Finished up my Halloween costume!  I'm going to look like such an awesome pink nightmare...
...Went out for a super romantic burgers and beers date at Hackney's in Printer's Row.  I will never ever get tired of their inside out burger.
..Had my sister stay for the weekend, which surprisingly involved very little Kraft mac & cheese, but did involve quite a lot of crafts and Gilmore Girls.
...Hit up the Lagunitas Taproom for a birthday party.  It is by far the largest brewery I've ever been in and had the highest percentage of babies.  Seriously, babies for days.  We were talking about forming a Lagunitas play group, complete with a schoolbus that drops off the mommies after their day sipping beers.
...Briefly checked out the Chicago Marathon where it went by my place.  We were right by the 26 mile marker and were amazed by how not tired the people looked.  Seriously, I'm bright red and sweating buckets after 3 miles, I cannot imagine 26.
...Went to a dinner party at a friend's house where one of Jeff's college roommates made us the best duck I've ever had.  Seriously, I wanted to lick the plate, but felt that might be inappropriate, considering how adult we are now having dinner parties where duck is served.

I hope you had a good one!



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