Thursday, December 8, 2016

Break Out the Fur

Shirt (same cut, same color) and Pants - J. Crew Factory / Vest (similar) - Banana Republic / Necklace - Stella & Dot / Bag (similar) - Gap / Watch - Wristology / Booties (similar on sale for less than $80!) - Adrienne Vittadini

You guys. You guys. I'm not ready for winter. It's too freaking cold. We had it so easy last year, and I'm definitely not ready for this Chicago winter to get really real, and I'm definitely not ready to bundle. I'm super sensitive to temperature, which means I'm always freezing until I'm suddenly way too hot and have to take off everything on my walk to the train. I mean, no, that never happens.

For me, layers are key in the winter when you're going between hot and cold all day. I somehow forgot that I owned this faux fur beauty until my co-worker challenged me to a vest-off, but it is freaking amazing. It's so soft and warm and cozy without being overwhelming. Plus, faux fur is a great way to luxe up your outfit. Win win.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Gift Guide: for the Hostess

Oh hey there, looks like it's time for another gift guide! Can you believe we're only two and a half weeks from Christmas?! This week I went after hostess gifts, which are some of my favorites because they're things people don't typically think to buy for themselves or won't splurge on. My favorite of course is this Nest candle, it smells freaking amazing! I tried buying a couple of cheaper Christmas candles but the scents don't permeate the way that the Nest one does - this seriously fills my house!

Looking for more gift ideas? Check out gifts for the couch potato, gifts for the mixologist, and gifts for him.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Navy + Plaid

Shirt (in Black Watch) - L.L. Bean / Sweater and Necklace (similar) - J. Crew Factory / Denim - Madewell / Booties - TOMS / Bag (similar less than $100!) - Coach Factory / Earrings (similar) - c/o Shopbevel

I love love love my red plaid. I was looking through my closet the other day and it is literally taking over. I think I have about 10 options at this point, I could literally wear it every day if I wanted. I'm really glad though that I managed to step back from the obsession and pick up this navy and green plaid shirt too. The more subtle pattern is really easy to wear, and I can see wearing this all winter long (as opposed to those Christmas plaids, which definitely have a defined shelf-life). I love it with this navy sweater because it's basically acting as a neutral, but it also works well on its own or paired with my ever-expanding puffer vest collection.

Oh, and what's even better about this shirt is its flannel, so it's super cozy for the chilly weather coming this week! Did you hear we're supposed to have a "polar blast" tomorrow? So not ready for that!! We're actually heading to adults night at the Lincoln Park Zoo tomorrow night and you had better believe I'm getting super bundled up! Last winter was so mild that I don't think I pulled out my Joan of Arctic boots at all, and since I hadn't worn them in so long I was worried I had lost them or given them away! After a frantic search I'm glad to say that I did locate my giant boots, as well as about a million hats and scarves I forgot I owned, so I should be nice and cozy outside. And if not, there's also a bar at the event that should help to warm me up ;)

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Monday, December 5, 2016

This Weekend...

This weekend I...

...Had a little casual date night with Jeff at River Valley Farmer's Table, where I had the best fried chicken ever because I was feeling super healthy. We then tried to watch Home Alone, my favorite Christmas movie, and I fell asleep before Kevin went sledding down the stairs. I may be an old person.
...Hosted a little white elephant gift exchange, which as you might have seen on Snapchat (follow @kristinadoes!) got a bit rowdier than expected haha ;) Things were broken, weird drinks were consumed out of weirder containers, and we had so much fun. Oh, and I ended up with a 64 ounce flask from the gift exchange, so, #winning.
...Went to brunch at a friend's house, where we realized we were the only couple without a kid or a kid on the way - weird! When did everyone grow up? It was so cute watching the little boys, the el goes right by our friend's condo and they were completely enthralled by the train every time.
...Got a little crazy online shopping for myself, because that's definitely what a person should do around Christmas right? Such a grinch ;) I snagged a couple of things I'm really excited about though, including these gorgeous studded heels that have been on my wishlist forever.

I hope you had a good one!

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Friday Finds

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

November Budget

Every month I post about my clothing budget. My budget per month is $300, which to some may seem like a lot and to others a little, but feels just right for me. You can read my thoughts on my 2015 budget here

I feel like I say this every month, but holy crap, how did we get to December? In my brain we're still just heading into summer, yet here we are.

This month I wasn't super excited about shopping, which is really weird for me. I think part of the issue is that I started working downtown again and thought it would be really fun to be able to shop, but it turns out I'm not really into shopping in stores any more! I've wandered through Nordstrom a few times and it's seriously overwhelming! Plus, I know that they've changed their formula for the stores so that there's more inventory online these days than in store, but it's super frustrating. I have a lot of issues when shopping, one of them being big feet. I went into Nordstrom looking for OTK boots and they only had one pair that I could even try on! I was also looking for red flats and they had zero pairs to try!!

So, I thought it was going to be a huge shopping month but it turns out I didn't do too much damage. Here's what I got in November:

J. Crew Factory Plaid Ruffled Shirt - originally $74.50, on sale $50. This is probably my favorite thing I bought this month (already worn here and here) - if you're looking for one shirt to pick up for the holidays, this is it!!
BP Scoop Neck Black Tee - $18. I realized I needed some more basics - enter the perfect drapey tee!!
Sole Society Wrap - originally $59.50, on sale $34.95. I'm so glad I picked up this wrap (seen here) because I've been wearing it nonstop! It's so comfy, and I've been joking that you could hide an entire turkey dinner or perhaps a 5 month pregnancy underneath ;)
Sole Society Bliss Drop Earrings - $34.95. I'm particularly sensitive to heavy earrings, so all of the giant earrings that are popular right now haven't worked on me. These, however, are light as a feather so I had to snag them! I successfully wore them for 12 hours straight earlier this week, so these are definitely keepers!
J. Crew Factory D'orsay Glitter Bow Flats - originally $98, on sale $64.50. Umm, I love these (seen here and here). Can I wear them every day now and forever? K thanks.
J. Crew Factory Teddie Sweater - originally $59.50, on sale $35.50. I mentioned a while ago that I was looking for a navy sweater, and this one checks all of the boxes!

Total spent: $237.90
Total saved: $106.55

So quite a bit under budget! I did more shopping during Black Friday/Cyber Monday, but none of it has come yet so I can't judge if those will actually be keepers or not. Besides what I already picked up though, I'm still on the hunt for a pair of over the knee boots (or maybe just some riding boots!) to help get me through the winter. Yesterday I was freezing in my bare ankles and ankle boots, so it might be time to move into real boots for the rest of the winter.

Did you budget in November? How did you do?

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Gift Guide: for the Mixologist

Who doesn't love a good cocktail, amiright? Or, you know, at least a cute glass to drink out of ;) But seriously, gifts that relate to drinking are perfect for coworkers, gift exchanges, or when you're looking for something to bring to a dinner party in addition to a bottle of wine. Yes way, rose!

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