Friday, June 14, 2019

Friday Finds

Happy Friday!! Alllllmost forgot this post, but was writing something else last night and realized I hadn't scheduled it in advance like I thought! I typically schedule most of my posts at the beginning of each week or over the weekend when I have time so that I don't forget or get distracted by baby and run out of time. So when you hear me talk about "yesterday" just think in your head that it hadn't actually happened yet when I wrote out the post - trippy!

This weekend is Jeff's first Father's Day, and as per the usual we have overscheduled ourselves - hoping he actually enjoys himself! I'm a little nervous because one of the events includes taking Mia to a fancy restaurant that Yelp has labeled "classy" and "not good for children" so we'll see how that goes ;)

Here are my finds for this week:

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Striped Sweatshirt

Sweatshirt and Jeans (similar) - J.Crew / Sandals - Target / Sunglasses - Amazon / Bag - Clare V

I don't know if it's the cooler than average temperatures in Chicago or being home with a baby all day (hint: it's that), but lately I have been LIVING for a good sweatshirt. The sweatshirt part of my closet is exploding. Seriously, someone send help. It's almost as bad as the shoes.

Let's be real though, nothing will ever be as bad as the shoes ;)

I had my eye on this sweatshirt for weeks hoping it would go on sale (and crying silent, internal tears when it went out of stock in pink) and when it finally did go on sale you know I immediately snapped it up. I wore it here with jeans (see: Chicago's current weather forecast) but I've been mainly wearing it with dark or white denim shorts. Long sleeves and shorts always feels unexpected and fresh, and keeps you warm(ish) and cool(ish) when the weather is unpredictable. As far as sizing goes, you want to go up at least one size. I went up one size and could have still gone up another for a good, oversized fit.

If you've been following me on Instagram lately (omg I just typed "fallowing" I think I need to go back to work!) then you know that I've been spending a lot of my maternity leave days going for long walks through Chicago. On this particular day Jeff had to run some errands in Lincoln Park, so Mia and I decided to tag along and take a Lincoln Park walk instead of a Lincoln Square walk. Somehow (somehow!) we ended up at Sweet Mandy B's when Jeff finally caught up with us so we got a cookie and a cupcake out of the deal ;) We then wandered into Floriole to grab a bite for lunch. I'm still never sure whether Mia will behave herself at a restaurant or will scream, so we ordered some sandwiches to go. Mia decided it was the perfect time for a stroller nap though, so we ended up enjoying sandwiches and some rose hibiscus lemonades (which sound pretentious but were so good) out on their patio. The perfect little afternoon!

Sweatshirt and Jeans (similar) - J.Crew / Sandals - Target / Sunglasses - Amazon / Bag - Clare V

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Friday Finds

Happy Friday!!! Jeff is heading out for a bachelor party this morning, so Mommy and Mia are flying solo! Except I really couldn't quite handle the thought of a weekend all by ourselves, so we're heading up to my parents' house for at least part of it. We've got a family party planned plus I'm getting together with my high school girlfriends (+ all of the babies!) so it should be a good one :)

Here are my finds for this week:

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Red, White & Blue

Top - J.Crew / Shorts - Old Navy / Sandals - Target / Bag - Madewell / Earrings - J.Crew Factory / Sunglasses - Amazon

I was going to order this top in white. Or maybe the petal pink. But something in me (probably the pregnancy hormones since I was about 38 weeks when I ordered this) made me go for the red instead. And you know what? I'm not mad about it. The red is so fun, and it's different than everything else I have in my closet. I actually had Cinco de Mayo in my head when I ordered it, but how fun would it be for the Fourth of July too? Which, by the by, is already less than a month away. Yes. What is happening. In case you're looking for more red, white, and blue inspo, check out this post. 

Okay, so the details on this top. It's fitting way oversized on me, but that's because pregnant brain apparently thought I would still be huge months later when Chicago finally started to warm up and ordered a 2XL. So you know, order your usual size and it will fit normally. And it is still available in six colors, so if red isn't your thing know there's another way. I'm still considering the pink I initially passed up, or maybe navy! Me and navy are having a major moment right now ;) 

And then these sandals. I know I've mentioned them a few times before, but they were only $20 from Target and they are the best things ever. Target shoes are a funny thing, I usually hate every pair and think they are so uncomfortable, but every now and then you find a real winner. I had a pair of booties from Target that were amazingly comfortable and I wore into the ground. These sandals are going to be the same thing. The faux leather top is really soft and sculpts to fit your foot really well, and the footbed is nice and cushy. I've been going on lots of long walks with Mia lately and these didn't bother me on a three miler we did last week. 

Okay, and this bag. It's the zippered transport tote from Madewell and I tried to ignore the fact that I wanted it for years because I deemed it too expensive. I ended up snagging it this winter with a gift card from Christmas, and it is so good. It somehow goes with everything, the leather is gorgeous, and it's the perfect size for adding in a crazy amount of baby stuff if you're rolling that way, or a laptop and all of your work essentials. I got the one with the zippered top because one time like eight years I got pickpocketed on a city bus and I am still scared of bags that don't close. 

Is that enough rambling for today? Probably - go enjoy your Wednesday! 

Top - J.Crew / Shorts - Old Navy / Sandals - Target / Bag - Madewell / Earrings - J.Crew Factory / Sunglasses - Amazon

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Monday, June 3, 2019

What I'm Reading

I thought that having a baby meant I'd be reading way less, and initially I was. But then I realized I could put the Kindle app on my phone to read while breastfeeding, so I've been cranking through books faster than ever before! Here are a few of recent reads:

A multi-generational story about a Korean family living in Korea and Japan from pre-WWII through (almost) present day. This book is incredibly well-written and really pulls you into the world of the characters - definitely one of the best books I've read this year. I wouldn't quite call this devastating (Jeff always makes fun of me for how devastating my book choices are) but it definitely is sad, and full of twists and turns as you follow the strong matriarch of the family as she helps her family survive. I hadn't read much about this time period and had no idea about the incredible discrimination that Koreans face from the Japanese, as well as how the occupation and wars affected the Korean people. I also personally found it fascinating to read about the towns of Busan, South Korea and Osaka, Japan because my brother and his family are currently moving from Busan to Osaka.

A Well-Behaved Woman
The (fictionalized) story of Alva Vanderbilt, who marries into the Vanderbilt family when they're still new money and negotiates the waters of high society to raise the family name. While this wasn't the most well-written book, I found the whole thing fascinating. From the look into what immense wealth could buy you in the early 20th century to how Alva found her voice and championed a number of causes, I couldn't put this one down.

Rich People Problems
The third and last of the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy, in this book you travel back to Singapore to see how the Young family behaves when their matriarch is ill. No, these aren't the best books (and the footnotes are SO annoying) but it's definitely an enjoyable read and wrapped the series up nicely.

This Is How It Always Is
Oh my gosh, I loved this book. I don't want to give anything away, so let's just call it a story of love and what parents are willing to do for the happiness of their children (and questions whether happiness is really the right choice). I thought the family dynamics as well as the discussion of hot-topic societal issues were really well done, and really, it's just a beautiful novel.

A Window Opens 
When a woman's estranged husband suddenly reappears wanting to reconnect with their kids, she ends up finding herself during a summer alone in New York. This is definitely a fun, light read (while a bit predictable) but would be perfect for a beach read!

A Place For Us
Okay, so you want to talk about those devastating reads? The novel opens at the wedding of an Indian woman from a very strict Muslim community, where you learn that her younger brother is estranged from the rest of the family. The rest of the novel dips back and forth through time and perspective showing what led to the estrangement and how each member of the family shows their love but still end up failing one another. The story made me smile and made me cry, one of my favorites this year.

French Exit
This book was truly bizarre but so amusing to read - a true dark comedy. It follows the story of an older wealthy Manhattan socialite and her co-dependant adult son as she is on a quest to literally spend every penny of their fortune. They end up moving from New York to Paris with their odd cat to continue their quest to dump the fortune, and make an amusing set of friends along the way.

We Were The Lucky Ones
A Holocaust story of a Jewish family spread across Europe from the outbreak through the conclusion of WWII. It follows the characters through Poland, Russia, the Middle East, France, Morocco, and South America as they try to find ways to survive. The story is so sad but also full of familial love, and unbelievably based on a true story. I wouldn't say it's terribly well-written, but the story itself was enough to keep me going.

Nine Perfect Strangers
I really wanted to love this, since it's Liane Moriarty's follow-up to Big Little Lies, but it just didn't hit the mark. The story follows nine people as they check into an unconventional spa retreat to try to solve various issues in their lives. I just couldn't get into the characters and found the story a little too ludicrous, so I wouldn't recommend this one.

I just started The Whole Thing Together, which I'm finding so far to be an interesting concept but not as well-done as it could be - focused on two teenagers who share step-siblings but aren't actually related themselves. I'll let you know if it gets better!

Do you have any book reccos for me? I'd love to hear! And in case you're looking for more than 11 book recommendations, check out my last reads post here.

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Friday Finds

After all of our plans last weekend for Memorial Day, I'm excited to slow things down this weekend!! We're hoping to check out the rooftop at Gene's if the weather is nice, but besides that just have plans to chill :)

Here are my finds for this week:

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

May Budget

Every month I post about my clothing budget. My budget per month is $350, which may seem like a lot to some and a little to others, but feels just right for me. You can read my thoughts on my 2018 budget here.

Can you tell I'm planning a summer as a stay at home mom from this budget post?? Lollll. It's the month of the sweatshirt! I even bought one more pullover that is meant to be sleepwear so I'm not including it here, but also it's the softest thing ever so I might end up wearing it out of the house haha. I've been loving all of the pullovers, front-tucked into some denim shorts they make the perfect warm weather casual look.

I also have been shopping for my brother-in-law's wedding at the beginning of July. Normally I would pull a dress out of my own closet to wear, but since we haven't had many weddings lately I decided to treat myself. I literally ordered and returned over $1,000 worth of stuff to the Nordstrom last week. Yes, you read that correctly. With the little girl it's so much easier to order a bunch of stuff to try on at home, and Nordstrom has such a great return policy that I just went with it.

Here's the damage for May: 

Eliza J Dress - $158.00. Eliza J's dresses are beautiful and come in extended sizes now, almost everything I ordered to try for this wedding was from Eliza J! I looooove this one, it's so flattering, but I also still have this dress in my possession and think it would be so fun for a July 4th wedding. It just is too low cut and I'd need to put in a hook and eye or sew the top shut or something. But I'll keep one or the other, they're both the same price.
J.Crew Colorblock Sweatshirt - originally $65.00, on sale + used rewards $40.50. One of those things I saw and needed, and it is so cute in person! Definitely size up in this one, I got an XXL. You can see it here.
Lou & Grey Striped Sweatshirt (also available here) - $39.50. I went for a quick wander by myself while my MIL was babysitting, and ended up walking out of Lou & Grey with this. It's so funny, I would never buy something full price online, but in person when I'm in a bit of a rush? Yep, happy to do it haha. I grabbed this to try on and it's so cute, the perfect light sweatshirt material for summer lounging. The sales girl said just about every girl who'd been in that afternoon walked out with one.
LOFT Striped Romper - originally $89.50, on sale $44.75. I don't usually love a romper, mostly because it's always so tricky to find one that fits your body type. This one is gorgeous though, I would love to dress it up with some pretty espadrilles and rattan earrings (would be so cute for a bachelorette if you're a bride-to-be!) and the fit is perfect with the little waist tie.
Universal Thread Slide Sandals - $19.99. I bought these in brown last month and loved them so much I snagged them in gold too! They are insanely comfortable, I've had zero issues with blisters and I wore them for a mile walk over the weekend. I love the gold for a dressier summer option.
Aerie Striped Beach Fleece - originally $44.95, on sale $31.46. I saw a few girls on Instagram talking up this shirt so I had to give it a try. The fabric definitely surprised me, I thought it would be soft fleece but really it's more like terrycloth. Not quite as soft as I thought it would be, but I'm hoping it will get softer in the wash like the reviews suggest. It's the perfect summer weight to pair with shorts when you want your skin covered when it's hot or for a cool summer night.

Total Spent: $334.20
Total Saved: $82.74

And here's what I bought that I returned:

J.Crew Striped Popover - Just not as flattering as I thought it would be. For some reason I thought this was tunic length too, and it is not.
LOFT Floral Romper - I thought this would fit just like my polka dot romper from last summer, but it's different, somehow way less flattering.
J.Crew Factory Floral Midi Dress - Not flattering around the midsection, way too much fabric at the waist.
Sanctuary Floral Jumpsuit - I had a hard time deciding on this one, sometimes I thought it was cute and flattering and sometimes not.
Lou & Grey Chambray Jumpsuit - This jumpsuit is actually pretty cute, but the back dips a little too low to wear a regular bra.
Gal Meets Glam Midi Dress - I think all of Gal Meets Glam's dresses are beautiful, but when I actually put them on they're a little too buttoned up for me. Plus this one felt like too much fabric around the waist.
Gibson Eyelet Top - The tiers on this didn't work on my bust. Too bad because it is beautiful!
LOFT Floral Dress - So cute in person but it runs small and the buttons gaped a lot.
LOFT Linen Cardigan - I hated the fabric of these, not soft enough for me.

In June, I'm on the hunt for some great nude sandals with a thick heel to wear to this outdoor wedding (hoping this pair or this pair will work! I also ordered these as a flat option.) and some more summer denim - maybe these?

Did you find anything awesome this month? Let me know!

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