Friday, July 15, 2016

Friday Finds

Happy Friday!! Jeff and I are heading up to northern Wisconsin for vacation with my family tomorrow, so tonight we're mostly just packing and trying to eat all of the food in the fridge that might spoil. I was going to plan out content for all of next week, but my brother is in town and I frankly ran out of time - looks like it's blog vacation time too. So have a great week and I'll see you here after I get back (but follow along on Snapchat and Instagram to see what I'm up to - both @kristinadoes)!!

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Lace-Up Dress

Dress - LOFT / Sandals - Dolce Vita / Bag - Sole Society / Earrings - Charming Charlie / Bracelet - Baublebar 

Every summer I hit a point where all I want to wear is dresses. Unfortunately when I reached that point last week, I looked in my closet and realized that just about all of my dresses are on the fancy side - appropriate for a work event or a wedding, but not really something I'd pull out for a casual day of wandering the city. I quickly rectified that problem over the weekend with a stop in at LOFT, and now have worn this dress multiple times this week. I maaaaay have a problem. I just love the swingy cut, and the fun lace-up detail means I don't need many accessories. Perfect for those hot summer days when it's too hot to plan an outfit!

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

I Bought a Rashguard?!

As a fair skinned gal, sun protection comes up a lot. It's actually kind of funny to me, but when I was a brunette no one ever said anything about skin protection to me, and instead joked about how I needed a tan. Now that my hair is red, other people look at me when I'm in the sun and literally shout "GET THAT GIRL IN THE SHADE!" Okay, not literally, but no joke other people are seriously concerned about my skin, and it's making me more concerned too!

I rarely get burned anymore, but because of the extra attention from other people I'm always worried that it's going to happen. It gets to the point that if we're spending all day outside I stop having fun because I'm so concerned about whether I've reapplied as much and if there's anywhere nearby I could go hide from the sun. In Lake Tahoe we spent a couple of days at the pool, and while Jeff's family was hanging out and having fun and taking a billion Snapchats of Melissa Joan Hart (who was also hanging at the pool), I was several rows back all by myself in the shade. Lame sauce.

While we were in Tahoe, I noticed that almost every woman over the age of 30 out on the beach or at the pool was wearing a rash guard! I knew that J.Crew and other stores started selling rash guards, but I hadn't previously considered them before. All the sudden they just made sense - why worry about skin damage all day when I could just wear a long-sleeved swim shirt and call it a day?! Since we're going on another family trip this weekend that will involve a lot of sun time, it was really a no-brainer for me.

I looked at the expensive versions from J.Crew, but ended up going with this swim tee from Land's End (plus a matching bikini top and bottoms!) that was less than twenty bucks!! I also found a super cute inexpensive option from Target here. Sun protection here I come!!

So tell me, do you wear a rash guard? Or would you? Am I going to look like a super nerd at the beach next week? Let me know!

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Flutter Sleeves from Rosegal

Dress - c/o RoseGal / Bag (extremely similar version) - Kate Spade / Sandals - Dolce Vita / Necklace  (similar) - Amrita Singh / Bracelet - Baublebar (gift)

I love all of the fun sleeves that are floating around right now, between bell sleeves and flutter sleeves like these. I'm all about the trend right now, but whenever I love a trend and want to buy a million pieces with it, I think back to my sophomore year of high school. Peasant tops were huge that year and I had a ton that I rotated through constantly for a solid six months. Then all the sudden the trend disappeared, and I was left with this closet full of clothes that I never wore again.

To avoid that happening again, whenever a new trend comes along that I'd like to try, I first try an inexpensive version, like this fun dress from RoseGal that was less than twenty dollars! It's the perfect way to try out the flutter sleeve, and the dress is so easy to dress up or down. Win, win, win.

Just a tip on sizing - whenever I order from stores based in Asia I make sure to check out the size guide, and then still size up. This dress is a size 2X, and I probably could have gone with a 3X! I know it sounds crazy to buy something that sounds so big, but sizing is different here in the US. Just pay attention to fit and not to what the tag says and you'll be good to go.

Do you like to try out new trends for less?

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Monday, July 11, 2016

This Weekend...

This weekend I...

...Flew back from San Fran late on Friday afternoon (which, by the way, ended up being super fun! On Thursday after work I rented a car to drive around and see some of the sights, including the Golden Gate Bridge which I have somehow never seen before! After sightseeing I drove across the bridge to Sausalito to meet up with a friend for dinner on the water at Barrel House Tavern. We were sitting outside above the water and a sea lion came over to say hello!! I've never seen one before so I was a bit overly excited haha. Okay, long enough parenthesis?) and basically ran straight into the shower and then hopped on the el to meet up with a bunch of friends for a White Sox game. Every year Jeff's friend celebrates his birthday by inviting everyone he knows (seriously everyone, there were 80 people in our group) for tailgating and a game, and it was so fun. I still never have any idea what's happening in baseball, but I love going to games - the food, the beer, the sitting outside, the fireworks... I love it all! Then when we left we ended up getting stuck underground on the red line going home for about 45 minutes!! It was hilarious for about the first 20 minutes and then slowly got less and less funny - I think it took me over two hours to get home.
...Felt an urge to drop a little cash, so under the guise of returning things I ran to Loft and ended up coming home with this adorable lace-up dress - definitely wearing this for the rest of summer and into the fall!
...Met up with a bunch of friends at Gene's Sausage Shop in Lincoln Square, and holy crap, how did I not know this rooftop was in my neighborhood?! The downstairs is a grocery store, but on the roof they had a ton of picnic tables and umbrellas, plus a bar with a bunch of different kinds of sausage and other German food. The food was so good, plus it was so nice to be outside on a beautiful Chicago summer day!
...Had a movie night at home with Jeff because he's been sick all week, the poor guy somehow got pneumonia in 90 degree weather!! Don't worry guys, he's not dying - the doctor said it's "just a little bit" of pneumonia whatever that means. Unfortunately movie night did nothing to make him better because we decided to watch Sisters which was terrible. Seriously, so bad. I didn't know that Amy Poehler and Tina Fey could touch anything and not have it turn to gold.

I hope you had a good one!

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Friday Finds

Happy Friday!! I'm currently headed home from San Francisco! Tonight we're headed to a White Sox game for a friend's birthday, but besides that I'm hoping to do a whole lot of nothing ;) Hope you have a good one!

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Carry On Makeup

You guys, I don't know what happened to me. I used to be able to carry just the bare minimal number of beauty items onto a plane with me, and now whenever I travel I bring a giant overflowing bag of makeup with me, plus a giant Naked eyeshadow palette or two taped closed floating around inside of my suitcase.

This weekend, after heaving my 45 pound suitcase up the three and a half flights of stairs to my bedroom (oh, who am I kidding, Jeff and I traded bags because I couldn't handle mine), I decided enough was enough. For my trip to San Francisco this week, I decided to go with the bare minimum - or, at least, my version of the bare minimum. One extra top besides my work shirts, two pairs of pants, gym clothes, three pairs of shoes including my running shoes, and just a couple of makeup items. Oh, and both my work and personal laptops, which probably defeated the whole purpose of packing light. Le sigh.

I posted a couple of months ago about my bare minimum makeup routine, but for a work trip where I'm meeting a lot of new people I didn't want to go super light. So here it is, what's in my travel makeup bag:
Naked Basics Palette - everything I need for day and night looks. With an angled brush the darkest color also works as eyeliner, and the second darkest is perfect for filling in my brows.
CARGO Blush in Los Cabos - the perfect coral peachy pink
Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes - perfect for covering my dark circles (and any other problems that hopefully won't arise!)
Maybelline Fit Me Powder in Porcelain - my go-to powder for years
Benefit Roller Lash Mascara - a new favorite ever since Ulta tricked me into going their store to pick up my "free birthday sample" and ended up walking out with $100 of items I didn't need. It's great because it's super layerable so you can go from day to night, plus the brush combs through lashes so well that you don't need a separate brush
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler - the holy grail eyelash curler for a reason, perfect for making me look awake even though I've been up since 4am thanks to jetlag.

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