Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone! Halloween has been my favorite holiday for the past decade because I love costumes. Oddly enough, I hate all of the scary stuff, but dressing up and going into a sugar coma from all of the candy more than makes up for it. Tonight we're having a little Halloween party at our house to celebrate and passing out candy to the trick or treaters in our neighborhood.

All images via my Pinterest board

Are you a fan of Halloween? How are you spending the spookiest of nights?

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Stripes & Sparkles

Shirt and Blouse - Loft / Jeans - Gap / Flats (similar) - Tory Burch / Bracelet (similar) - BaubleBar

I originally bought this jewel collar oxford back in September, when I commented that I was unsure of it because it was a little big. Well, lo and behold, Loft had another sale (shocker, I know) so I reordered a size down and now the fit is perfect. I also just had to order a few more things when I reordered (you know, for the free shipping!) and ended up picking up this sweatshirt tee. I love that the tee can go super casual for a lazy Sunday, but can also be dressed up a little for the office. I feel like I say this all of the time, but seriously, this may be my new favorite tee. I'm actually wearing it again as I write this (these pictures are from last week), and it's oh so cozy. Sweatshirt tee FTW.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

October Budget

So I know I said I was going to try to stay below budget this month, but I'm not sure what happened, because I am waaaaaaay below. I just wasn't very into the shopping thing this month. I was really busy so I didn't hit any stores in person, and all of the online sales just exhausted me. The couple of things I did get I absolutely love - the two striped tops are kind of basics and are something I definitely needed in my closet, and the scarf I basically want to wear every day.

Here's the damage for October:

Loft Striped Zip Shoulder Tee - originally $39.50, on sale $19.75
Loft Striped Sweatshirt Tee - originally $39.50, on sale $19.75

Total Spent: $56.49
Total Saved: $39.50

I'd say this certainly balances out my overspending in September! Next month, I'm going to try to hold back too since it'll be the start of present season, but I am looking to pick up one of the laptop bags I had my eye on - maybe on Black Friday?

How'd you do this month?

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Tee - Loft / Scarf (similar) - Target / Vest - Old Navy / Jeans - Gap / Sneakers (similar) - Nike / Bag (similar) - Coach Factory / Watch - Kate Spade

I wore this for our flight and first day in DC. I usually go for comfier outfits when I travel, but I knew we were going to be heading out sightseeing as soon as we go to the city, so I wanted to be ready to go. The vest and scarf (yes, I picked up that scarf) were great for staying cozy on the plane, as well as for the hot in the sun, cold in the shade weather DC was having. The sneakers weren't supposed to be a part of this outfit, but when I went to put on my favorite riding boots, the zipper broke off. I was so sad because I've worn them four or five times a week for the past years. On the bright side, I guess that means it's definitely time to pick up a new pair now! And sneakers ended up being a good choice for the day, between walking through the airport, taking public transit, and walking the length of the mall.

What do you wear when you travel?

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Monday, October 27, 2014

This Weekend...

This weekend was a three day trip to DC for a friend's wedding, where I...

... Did the touristy thing and took a walk down the mall. I hadn't been to the city in four or five years, so it was fun to check out the sights again. We also found the MLK memorial which I hadn't seen before and was really cool.
...Stayed in Dupont Circle, which quickly stole my heart. If I were to move to DC and had lots of cash to throw around, that's definitely where I would live! Adorable little boutiques, lines of classic row houses, beautiful tree lined streets, what more do you need? Of course, then I would have to take this terrifying four story escalator down to the train every day...
...Met Jeff's brother for dinner at Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe and got to sit outside (something we haven't done in weeks in Chicago!). It's actually half bookstore, half restaurant, which was initially confusing but fun for browsing before dinner. Oh, and dinner? I tried duck cassoulet, and errrhhh me gerdddd it was good.
...Caught up on my Hills gossip with one of Jeff's friends, who was recently a bridesmaid with Jen Bunney. Apparently she's still super upset about the way she was portrayed on the show (and claims to have never hooked up with Brody, for the record ;)
...Went out for a post rehearsal dinner dance party at Diego, where we may have scared the other patrons by how enthusiastic we were when Africa came on.
...Had a big fun boozy brunch with everyone at GBD Chicken & Donuts, where I had an amazing Nutella donut (and I don't even usually like donuts that much) as well as chicken and waffles and  (probably unnecessary) bottomless grapefruit mimosas. Lemme just say, I like the way you DCers do brunch ;)
...Tried out my new clip in hair extensions for the first time and freaking loooove them. They literally made me feel like a different person. I would wear them every day, except that by the end of the night I was dying to take them off, they started to get really heavy.
...Actually, you know, went to the wedding we were in DC for. It was at the Josephine Butler Parks Center, which is a historic old mansion that used to be an embassy. Jeff's friends are basically crazy people on the dance floor, which was perfect for Jeff's and my aggressive dance moves.
...Hit up Bethesda Bagels the morning after for breakfast, and holy moly, the biggest egg sandwich I've ever seen.

I hope you had a good one!

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Friday, October 24, 2014

A Day Off

Oh hey! Today I'm in DC for a friend's wedding. The last time I was there was the shortest roadtrip ever - my dad, sister, and I drove from Chicago and probably spent more time in the car than we did there. Nonetheless, it was quite an amusing trip and resulted in a lot of inside jokes as well as one particularly odd song about waffles that my dad is now too embarrassed to admit that he wrote. I'm hoping this time to see a few sites but also to experience DC a little more as the locals do.

I hope you have a great weekend!

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Blue & Leopard

Tee (similar) - JCrew Factory / Sweater (similar) - Gap Factory / Scarf (similar) - Sole Society / Jeans - Gap / Boots - Sam Edelman / Bag (similar) - Coach Factory / Necklace (similar) - Yuni Kelley / Watch - Kate Spade

I have the writer's block, and am getting ready to fly off to DC for the weekend, so I'll leave it at this for today.  C'est la vie ;)

Enjoy your Thursday!

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