Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Light Layers

Sweater - Banana Republic / Shirt (similar) - JCrew Factory / Denim (similar) - Gap / Booties (similar) - Target / Bag - Old Navy / Watch - Wristology

Do you hold out as long as possible every fall before pulling out your jackets? I know I sure do - I love coats, but I'm not ready for them yet! Instead I've been relying on light layers to provide a little more warmth, like this beautiful draped sweater. I mentioned this in my budget post last week, but I usually don't go for oversized pieces. On my curvy figure they tend to look sloppy and unflattering. However, if I size way down (this is an XS/S!) sometimes they work. I'm so glad I gave this sweater a chance because it is so soft and comfortable, I've been wearing it non-stop. Pair it with some leggings and I'm ready for a nap ;) On this particular day I, you know, had to go to work, so with jeans and a button down I managed to stay awake. A button down is a bit unexpected with this particular sweater (I typically go for long sleeve tees where the sleeves are tight), but with rolled sleeves it works.

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Previously on KDTI - this plaid shirt!

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Monday, October 5, 2015

This Weekend...

This weekend I...

...Went to a pumpkin patch with my little niece! Oh, and you know, my sister and brother-in-law. We successfully navigated our way through a giant corn maze and took yet another "Jeff is holding the baby so of course she is crying" picture ;) Yay fall-tivities!
...Snagged a friend's reservation at RPM Steak and then proceeded to eat all.of.the.steak. And, you know, some killer super bacon and a whole lot of mac and cheese. And then we rolled ourselves home. Completely unrelated, who wants to set some fitness goals with me?
...Thanks to the rain and cold, finally got a chance to break out my new Sperry boots! Let me tell you, they are so comfortable & warm, especially when you have on two pairs of socks ;)
...Had a little date night at home with a couple of bottles of wine we brought back from Italy and Spy with Melissa McCarthy, which had me laughing hysterically. Does anyone else still think of Sookie whenever they see Melissa McCarthy?
...Did a little football watching (ahem, chili cheese dip eating) and fantasy football trash talking - turns out that despite knowing nothing about football and not having Jeff's help this year, my team has the highest point total in our league. Not too shabby ;)

I hope you had a good one!

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Easy DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

I've shared a fair few Halloween costumes on the old blog over the years. It's definitely my favorite holiday even though I'm not so into the creepy elements - I really just love a good costume! Here's a roundup of a few of my favorites over the years:

This was one of those costumes that looked really complicated but was actually pretty easy to make. Plus, wearing a onesie all night was so comfortable! 

Another fun and easy costume I put together at the last minute - thanks for lending me one of your shirts Jeff! Of course, those who were not Breakfast at Tiffany fans just thought I was a very confused Risky Business. 

Now this is one of those costumes that looks easy but actually took me FOREVER since I hand drew all of the stripes. Maybe I should have tried fabric paint instead ;) 

Want everyone to give you Halloween hugs? Dress up as a Carebear ;) 

One cheapo nightgown plus one ribbon equals this easy Wendy costume - I had my friends dress up as Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, and Tigerlilly to match :) 

Looking for more easy costume ideas? Check out my Five Minute Costumes!

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Stripes & Plaid

Dress - SheInside / Scarf (similar) and Booties (similar) - Target / Vest (similar save and splurge) - Old Navy / Watch - Wristology / Bag - Old Navy

Stripes and plaid are one of my favorite combinations - they both feel so neutral-y that they pair really easily together. Of course my three month niece did not seem to agree, I held her while wearing this and she kept tugging on my scarf, she's so not into the pattern mixing. My dad was also not so into this look, he kept asking if I was going on a safari. You know, not that I need his fashion approval ;)

I've been wearing these booties basically non-stop lately - they've been in my closet for the past couple of years and basically ignored, and all of the sudden I realized they are my comfiest and most versatile booties. Get ready to see a whole lot of them this fall!

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Previously on KDTI - more vests!

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

September 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 2014 budget here

Another month, another budget post. Usually September is a high month for me, but not this year. I think it's partially because I still love all of my fall clothes from last year, partially because I'm not quite ready for sweaters yet, and partially because Jeff and I are currently looking to buy a house and need to save our dollars and cents ;) I managed to fill a few holes in my closet, so overall I'm pretty pleased with the month.

Here's the damage for September:

Adrienne Vittadini Thomas Bootie (DSW) - $69.95. Every year when the weather gets cold enough for tights, I start to panic about shoe selection. Every holiday party I went to last year was a struggle because I didn't have any closed-toe heels I could wear with tights, except for one old pair that's so uncomfortable I can't wear them if there will be any walking involved. I'm excited to have found this heeled pair that (so far) seem pretty comfy!
Girly Chevron Necklace - $16. I lost my favorite long necklace at some point last year, which was a total bummer because it's hard finding longer necklaces that work with a bigger chest. I was super excited to find this one (and at such a good price!) and have been wearing it basically nonstop ever since (ahem).
Zella Leggings - $52. My favorite leggings were falling apart, and I've heard people rave about these so I had to give them a try. Length? Check. Full coverage? Check. Comfy? Check check check.
Banana Republic Sweater - originally $79.50, on sale + used rewards $37.70. I try ponchos and oversized sweaters on all the time and usually they don't work on me, but for some reason this one does. It helps that I ordered the Small/XSmall so it isn't so oversized. I'm excited to wear this with leggings and boots once it cools down a little more.
LOFT Hi-Lo Tee (in black and purple) - originally $49.50 each, on sale $24.75 each. I got this tee in green back in August, and once it went on sale again picked up the black and purple versions. They're so flattering and seem to work for any occasion, so I've been wearing them all the time.

Total Spent: $225.15
Total Saved: $91.30

Once again I'm not really sure what I'm looking for next month (besides a new watch) - probably as the weather cools down I'll be looking for some sweaters, but I don't feel like I need anything. We'll see how the month plays out.

Since we're three quarters through the year, here's how the budget has been going so far:

January: $309.38
February: $256.22
March: $300.33
April: $228.74
May: $196.20
June: $401.28
July: $178.30
August: $275.40
September: $225.15

Total Spent: $2,371
Average per month: $263.44

Did you have a clothing budget this month? How did you do?

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Monday, September 28, 2015

This Weekend...

This weekend I...

...Did a whole lot of eating and drinking and eating and drinking at an Oktoberfest on the north side. And maybe some more eating and drinking. Basically the theme for the weekend.
...Made it down to Chicago Oyster House for a little date night with Jeff where I tried baked oysters for the first time, and let me tell you, I may be a convert!
...Went to a big family birthday party at Highline - I can never say no to a taco bar, but holy barbacoa!
...Saw a big Cubs win - yay playoffs!

I hope you had a good one!

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

LOFT Sale Alert

A post on a Saturday, say whaaaaaaaat?

I know I know, I'm confused, you're confused.

I was flipping through LOFT's sale this morning (40% off EVERYTHING with code FALL40) and there was so much goodness I just had to share. Their sweater game is on point right now - don't you love this fun blanket sweater? I also want all.of.the.scarves and have my eye on this dress - it has potential for our confusing dressy but not too dressy and still work-appropriate work holiday party that got added to my calendar this week.
Enjoy your weekend!

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