Monday, January 16, 2017

This Weekend...

This weekend I...

...Had a little dinner date with Jeff to RPM Italian. We hadn't been in a couple of years, and it was just as good as I remembered! I mean, it's hard to say no to carbonara that's mixed tableside, am I right?!
...Went to a big fundraiser for the Kerry Wood Foundation and saw a bunch of the Cubs!! We went to the same event a couple of years ago and I remember only seeing a couple of players so my expectations weren't high, but this year they pulled out all of the stops! Just about all of the starters were there, with several of them hopping behind the bar as guest bartenders, and at the end of the night they all got on stage and sang "Go Cubs Go" - so cool!
...Drove out to my Grandma's house for dinner with the fam. She was away for Christmas this year, so we exchanged presents just, you know, a month late ;) I got her this gorgeous fur-trimmed blanket, and oh my gosh you guys, I want one for myself now. It's so pretty and cozy (plus it's currently on sale)!
...Had a movie night at home with Jeff and watched Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, mostly because we couldn't agree on anything else! I was expecting it to be bad, and I was really surprised because it was really funny. Definitely not a good movie but fun at least ;)
...Met up with some friends at Joe's for a couple of drinks and sports viewing (ahem: gossiping).
...And I'm still weekending! I had an unexpected long weekend (as in, I forgot about it until I looked at my calendar on Friday) so today I'm planning on relaxing and hopefully getting my office in order after a whirlwind of wrapping paper hit it this Christmas - wish me luck!

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday Finds: Getaway Edition

I don't know about you, but I am freaking dreaming of a warm weather vacation!! We're planning a trip to southeast Asia for late March so I guess I'll have to wait it out in the cold until until then. I'm so tired of sweaters and boots though, so I'll just be sitting here in Chicago bundled under a million blankets ordering all of the coverups and dresses and pom poms and swimsuits. I seriously pinned so much stuff I wanted this week that this week for Friday Finds we're going double-time. Oh, and sorry Ellen, but I don't think anything is actually under $50 this time. Looks like I fail at budgeting and dressing weather-appropriate. So anyway, here's what would be in my suitcase if I were packing for a little warm weather getaway!

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

A Little Lace

Sweater - c/o RoseGal / Jeans - Gap / Booties - TOMS / Bag - Sole Society / Necklace (similar here, I also love this pretty blue statement necklace) - J. Crew Factory

It seems like all I've been pinning to my wishlist lately has been lace, but so far the only thing I've added to my closet is this sweater, which has a teensy bit of lace on the side. I guess I'll have to count it. I've been looking to add a little new flavor to my closet, and lace seems like just the ticket - enough of a departure from the flannel button-downs I wore just about every day this fall, but still easy to blend with my favorite cardigans, leggings, and vests. Because, really, there's no way I'm going too long without my vests ;) 

What have you been up to this week? We've been keeping it pretty quiet because it's Jeff's busy month at work, but tomorrow we have an early dinner date and then we're going to an event with the Kerry Wood Foundation where we'll hopefully get to meet a few of the World Champion Chicago Cubs!! Don't worry single ladies, I'll put in a good word for all of you with Kris Bryant or whomever you're crushing on ;) We went to the same event a couple of years ago and it was super fun and a little weird for me, I'm not a huge sports person but I actually got the chance to talk to Kerry Wood for a second and I was totally starstruck. So really, I should never be introduced to a celebrity I really care about because I'll probably pee my pants. So, you know, keep Ryan Gosling away from me! 

Sweater - c/o RoseGal / Jeans - Gap / Booties - TOMS / Bag - Sole Society / Necklace (similar here, I also love this pretty blue statement necklace) - J. Crew Factory

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Celebrating One Year of Home Ownership

Okay, so this post is a little late because we actually moved into our condo back in November, but I was so busy with the holidays that I completely forgot to post!

A little toast on the day we closed

Buying a home, especially in the crazy real estate market in Chicago, was super scary - it feels like you're signing your life away! But now, a year later, I'm so glad we did it. I seriously love our place. Jeff and I will literally look around all the time and talk about how we can't believe we actually live here.

It has been fun (and challenging - making decisions is hard!) to decorate a space that's truly ours for the first time, but we're finally starting to get to the point where it's feeling done. Before living here, Jeff and I lived together for two and a half years, but we rented Jeff's dad's house down in the South Loop, which was fully furnished from when his dad lived there in the early '90s and was totally not our style. Helloooo, giant glass dining room table! Now we have a place that's full of furniture that we found and love, and almost full of art we love (seriously, making decisions is super hard).

The year hasn't been completely easy for us. We thought we were moving into a completely move-in ready home, but it seemed like for the first couple of months that everything that could break, did break. I guess that's what they say is going to happen when you buy your first home, but I still wasn't ready for it! We had our oven, dishwasher, and freezer repaired in the kitchen, a leak in our roof fixed twice, leaking windows repaired, a big patch of moldy drywall replaced (and repainted by me!), and had work done on our fireplace and furnace - whew! I'm hoping that year two is a bit easier, both for our wallets and for my stress level!

We also got the chance to do a little construction we wanted, and added a deck to our roof! The gigantic private roof space was one of the major selling points for this place, and I'm so excited that we factored a deck into the cost and got to build our dream deck space. Of course, we went a bit over budget (mostly because I really wanted some shade #palepeopleproblems) but I think it was totally worth it. We had a bunch of parties up there this summer, and also went up by ourselves just to relax or have a drink under the stars (and airplanes - we live right under a flight path!).

So what am I still working on, besides a little more artwork? Our bedroom! You'd think that would be one of the first spaces we finished, but I was more concerned with getting our main living space in order, and had a lot easier time decorating little spaces like my office, bathrooms, and hallways, than tackling our bedroom. On Black Friday I finally found some lamps I liked and ordered a gigantic floor mirror that was on backorder and was just delivered on Saturday. We're still looking for a chair and footrest, somewhere for Jeff to put all of his shoes (#highmaintenence hahaha), and finishing touches like art, pillows, and some updates to my vanity (which still looks like this!! Holy 2012!). I eventually would like to replace our bed frame and nightstands too, as those are our only remaining hand-me-downs from Jeff's dad, but I'm willing to wait a little longer so we can save up for those .

While this year has definitely been a whirlwind, I'm so glad we decided to take the plunge and become homeowners. I can't wait to make a lot of new memories in our home together!

P.S. I realized while looking for photos for this post that I haven't shared any updates in a while, a lot has changed!! I'll be sure to share some new pictures soon!

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Statement Earrings + Lace-Up Heels

Sweater (similar here, I also love this one I got for my mom for Christmas - sizing tip, these always shrink in the wash so definitely get it a little big!) - LOFT / Pants and Bag (super similar under $30!, or a splurge)  - J. Crew Factory / Earrings (similar here, I also love these druzy drops and this fun striped pair) - Sole Society / Heels (currently half off!!) - Sam Edelman

When I want to get a little dressed up but not look like I'm trying to hard, I like to combine a couple of dressy items with pieces that are more casual. That way you can fit in anywhere, whether people are dressed to the nines or are in jeans and tee shirts. For example, here I'm basically just wearing leggings and a tunic, but add in some fancy earrings, lace-up heels and a cute little bag, and suddenly I'm ready for a little dinner date or a night out with friends. Bing bang boom. I've actually worn this exact outfit for a fancy work dinner, for a casual Saturday out with Jeff, and for happy hour. And probably some other times, because once I find an outfit I really like I can't get enough of it ;)

For a long time I had a problem with statement earrings, I loved the look but most of them are just way too heavy for my ears. I think whatever bored teenager who was working at Claire's the day I got them done put the holes a little too close to the bottom, so they just can't support much! This pair, however, is perfect - major shine with minimal weight, so I can actually wear them all day. Another pair I've found that work are these mini tassel earrings - the regular size were too much, but the minis are perfect.

Oh, and can we talk about these heels for a second? I haven't shared them on the bloggy since October, but I swear I wear them all the time! Or, you know, at least as much as I can when it's not snowing or raining and the temperature is above zero, which is a tricky ask in Chicago in the winter. I normally can't wear a pair of heels all day, but I think these work because my foot is basically strapped in, so there's no rubbing anywhere, not even the bottom of my foot. Now if only Chicago would cooperate so I could wear them more often. You had better believe they made an appearance on our trip to Vegas for New Year's though! I'm currently putting together a post about my favorite things to do in Vegas and a little recap of our trip that I'll be sharing next week. You know, if I can get my act together ;) Have a great Tuesday!!

Sweater (similar here, I also love this one I got for my mom for Christmas - sizing tip, these always shrink in the wash so definitely get it a little big!) - LOFT / Pants and Bag (super similar under $30!, or a splurge)  - J. Crew Factory / Earrings (similar here, I also love these druzy drops and this fun striped pair) - Sole Society / Heels (currently half off!!) - Sam Edelman

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Monday, January 9, 2017

This Weekend...

This weekend I...

...Went out on Friday afternoon with a bunch of my co-workers to say goodbye to someone who was leaving, and had maybe a tinge more fun than I expected - I realized at 10 that I hadn't eaten dinner! If you know me, you know that I do NOT skip meals hahaha. We were too busy laughing and gossiping and dancing and whatnot ;) I had a ton of fun but I had a bit of a rough start Saturday morning - I guess that's why I usually spend my Friday nights falling asleep on the couch while trying to watch a movie!
...Did a lot of work around the house. We still had all of our Christmas stuff up, so I got all of that and our tree packed away and down three and a half flights of stairs to our storage closet. We also got a freaking gigantic mirror delivered on Saturday that I've had on my wishlist since this summer so I had to clean/reorganize our bedroom to make room for that. With all of the stairs in our place I counted those two activities as my cardio for the day, my thighs were definitely feeling the burn!
...Had my sister's family over for dinner and made this bolognese from SkinnyTaste, which let me say is freaking amazing! We're going to have leftovers for the next year or so, so hopefully I keep loving it hahaha. We also made this ricotta dip I shared on Instagram, which is basically whipped ricotta cheese, olive oil, and fresh herbs - so good!! I left out a couple of Christmas toys that my niece loved the last time she was over, and it was so cute watching her run laps around my couch with a jingle bell in hand.
...Lit our first fire in our fireplace! Sure, we only moved in a freaking year ago, but we just got it swept out and inspected so we decided to pop open a bottle of wine and light a fire! And when I say "light a fire" I really mean "use a lighter on a log bag" - I may have been a Girl Scout for ten years but building a fire was never a skill I acquired!!

I hope you had a good one!

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Friday Finds

Happy Friday!! After a whirlwind of a holiday season, we finally have a free weekend! I'm super excited to lay around, and more excited to (hopefully) get our Christmas tree taken down - that thing has been up for almost two months at this point! Jeff is headed to a guy's night today so I'm planning on taking it easy and maybe finishing Bridget Jones's Baby - I started it on the plane home from Vegas and thought all of the charm and fun of the first two movies was definitely still there!

I was chatting with my sister about the Friday Finds posts, and she said they're her least favorite posts of mine, mostly because she wants everything but thinks it's too expensive! I was planning on shifting to "Finds under Fifty" for 2017 since this little blog is fairly budget-focused, but I totally failed at my first attempt - only the first two are under $50! Sorry Ellen! So just know that there might be a little shift to keeping my finds under $50 or under $100, depending on my ability to hold myself to a budget for my fake shopping. Oh, except the shopping isn't necessarily fake, because I bought the peplum tee while putting this post together. The struggle is real.

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