Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Off the Shoulder for Winter

Coat (similar and on salea hooded version, or a black version) - Marc New York / Sweater (just a few sizes left! A similar sweater is here) and Earrings (similar here and here) - J. Crew / Leggings (also available here) - Spanx / Booties - TOMS / Bag (similar splurge and save) - Old Navy

It's kind of funny, but every time I wear this sweater, I think it gets bigger. Back in Paris it fit like a normal sweater, and now I can't keep it on my shoulders! Not that I'm mad about it, since bare shoulders are like, totally in this winter ;)

I wore this downtown to see Beautiful with Jeff's family on Sunday. It's a little weird to be in the Loop on a weekend in winter - it's so empty - and was made even weirder by some incredibly thick fog. Can you see the buildings disappearing behind me?

I always try to dress up a little for the theater, and this was the sneaky perfect outfit for it. Looks dressy, but is as comfortable as can be! As a tall person, the theater is not always the most comfortable experience. Faux leather leggings for the win.

Speaking of these leggings, I actually thought before I bought them that they wouldn't be comfortable because the brand is Spanx. Definitely not the case! They're supportive and super flattering, but still really comfortable too. The price tag is definitely higher than I'd like to spend on leggings, but they're actually my favorite pair and I wear them all the time. So they may be more expensive, but that cost per wear is actually really low since they get so much use. As long as you can keep that cost per wear, you can justify those more expensive purchases.

Coat (similar and on salea hooded version, or a black version) - Marc New York / Sweater (just a few sizes left! A similar sweater is here) and Earrings (similar here and here) - J. Crew / Leggings (also available here) - Spanx / Booties - TOMS / Bag (similar splurge and save) - Old Navy

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Monday, January 22, 2018

This Weekend...

This weekend I...

...was not sick! Oh my gosh for the first time in two weeks, and it felt great. I've been off of booze thanks to recovering from illness / recovering from NYE / taking antibiotics. It was a nice break, but I broke the fast with blood orange tequila fizzes. Not mad about it ;)
...drove out to the burbs for a kid's bday party at Wagner Farm in Glenview, and honestly, it was an amazing place for amusing kids. There were animals outside, but the building we were in was a mini farming museum - I had a hard time dragging Jeff away from the exhibits ;) The party was for my cousin's son, so it was also nice to see all of my family, even if it was to the songs of a children's performer. We ended up at my parents' house for dinner afterwards, which meant lots of carbs to consume and I got to open a couple of late-arrival Christmas presents. I'm now the proud owner of a beautiful casserole dish, so who needs me to bring over a casserole??
...took advantage of a sale at J.Crew to snag this reversible sweater - it can either be a v in the back or in the front! It's so freaking cute online. Not that I need another pink sweater ;)
...celebrated Jeff's mom and stepdad's 29th wedding anniversary with tickets to Beautiful, the Carol King musical. I wouldn't say it was the best show I've ever seen, but I'm a huge Carol King fan (it was one of the records my mom played when she cleaned when I was a little girl - anyone else have favorite music like that??) so I still loved the show. Afterwards we went to First Draft to watch some football and grab some food - we used to love this spot when we lived in the South Loop, they have an amazing beer list!

I hope you had a good one!

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Friday Finds

Happy Friday!!! I'm so happy to be healthy again, especially since I was sick for the past two weekends in a row! I mean, don't get me wrong, being a couch potato is second nature for me. It's just that fourteen straight days of couch potato-ing starts to get old, despite discovering old seasons of ANTM on Prime video and re-downloading The Sims (two past addictions ;). To celebrate, I have a million plans, including a party for some friends who are visiting and seeing Beautiful the musical. I can't wait to actually leave the house and be social!!

I got a chance to do quite a bit of online shopping over the past couple weeks and my wishlist is currently bursting at the seams - here are my finds for the week:

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Let's Go Somewhere

It always takes about three days into January before I start researching spring break trips - anyone else?? I actually love snow, but the negative temperatures in Chicago make it slightly less enjoyable. Jeff's busiest time of year is actually January through mid-February, which always reduces my spring break plans to just dreams, but hey, even thinking about a beach helps!

To help get me through the gloom, I started shopping for fun, warm-weather pieces. What can I say, they're just more fun than sweaters right now! So far I've only brought home this bag and these earrings, but I see some cute dresses on the horizon ;) A word to the wise: if you've got your eye on a fun bag, snap it up early! My favorite tote from last spring / summer sold out in just days, and I've missed out on bags in the past because I didn't move fast enough. In case you don't believe me, the bag I bought is already sold out in the color I bought! Don't worry, I found the navy here.

In case you have a warm weather vacation coming up, here are a few of my favorites available now:

I found so many things I wanted to share and couldn't fit them all into a collage - here are a few more things on my wishlist:

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

How to Dress Down a Party Dress

Dress (no longer available in velvet but here it is in black crepe, the green and blue versions are currently 40% off!!) - CeCe / Sweater (similar) - Loft / Boots - Kaitlyn Pan / Earrings (similar metallic earrings, or budget option) - Charming Charlie / Watch - Wristology / Bag (similar) - Coach Factory

Tell me if you have this problem. 

You look in your closet and have nothing to wear, yet there's a whole section of "event dresses" that have only been worn once to a party or a wedding. 

Anyone else?

I've been trying to be better about the re-wear, but after a while I tend to get stuck - after all, now that we're out of the never-ending wedding funnel (the year we got married we had eleven to attend!!) there are fewer reasons to get dressed up. 

I bought this dress for the holidays and wore it for our photo shoot in Paris, but besides the one dressy holiday party we went to I didn't have another reason to wear it. So, it was time to dress it down! 

There are a couple of things you can do to easily dress down a fancy dress: 
  1. Choose casual accessories. For a formal occasion I would have picked a fancier bag, but with this casual cross-body and a fun watch this outfit veers towards daytime.
  2. Layer up! Look for ways to incorporate other pieces into your outfit, whether it's with a cozy cardigan, a tee shirt or turtleneck layered under your dress, or a casual jacket, adding another piece can tone down the formality of your dress. 
  3. Ditch the heels. By choosing OTK boots instead of heels here, I took the dress into fun territory, good for daytime or a fun night out with friends. Plus, they're so much warmer for these Chicago winter days! 
I've worn this combo out to a bar with friends, for running errands, and for a casual dinner date with Jeff, meaning I've gotten a ton more wear out of my fancy holiday dress than I thought I would! 

So tell me, would you dress down a fancy dress? Any tips I missed?

Dress (no longer available in velvet but here it is in black crepe, the green and blue versions are currently 40% off!!) - CeCe / Sweater (similar) - Loft / Boots - Kaitlyn Pan / Earrings (similar metallic earrings, or budget option) - Charming Charlie / Watch - Wristology / Bag (similar) - Coach Factory

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Cozy Life

Howdy folks! Sorry for the radio silence yesterday, but I was sick all last week and all weekend and barely left the house, so there weren't any weekend adventures to share! Oh okay cool, didn't think you'd mind ;)

Between some really freezing temperatures and being sick, I've been in full-on hibernation mode for the past couple of weeks - anyone else?? I'm actually kind of loving it, partially because I'm always a fan of some good old-fashioned couch time, and partially because it's so nice to snuggle up, light a candle, and catch up on shows and reading when it's so cold outside. Some of my entertainment choices have been really good (Seriously, pick up The People In The Trees if you get a chance, and then follow it up with A Little Life if you can handle lots of tears. Semi-related: I saw Obama's favorite book list of 2017, and over half were my favorite reads of the year too. So we're basically best friends.), and others, not so good (ahem, my new Floribama Shore addiction), but you'd better bet they were all cozy AF.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Friday Finds

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