Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Late Summer Pom Poms

Dress (currently on sale!) - endless rose / Jacket (similar) and Earrings (similar) - J. Crew Factory / Bag (similar) - Coach Factory / Sandals - Dolce Vita / Bracelet - BaubleBar

Do you ever get a new piece of clothing and need to wear it immediately? I got this dress in the mail on Thursday (after seriously stalking it on Blair and Maya) and had to find a reason to wear it. Work seemed like a weird choice, so the Billy Joel concert it was. The dress is gorgeous and feels fancy (and would be perfect if you're a bride looking for a shower or rehearsal dress!), but it's actually a sweater dress and worked just as well dressed down with a denim jacket and casual sandals. I somehow made it through a night of meatballs and many cocktails without spilling all over it (nothing short of a miracle!) and now I'm looking for another reason to pull it out - maybe a little date night ;) Since it is a sweater dress I think it'll work well into the fall, so there's no rush.

Billy Joel was amazing, by the way. If you ever get the chance to see him live you should definitely do it. We've actually seen him twice now and both times it was so much fun to sing and dance along. I don't know about you, but Billy Joel was our jam in college - we used to always put on Uptown Girl when we were getting ready to go out, and one of our favorite activities was going to a weekly show called Piano Man where a guy would play Billy, Elton John, and Ben Folds all night. Old Billy brought me right back to those two dollar long islands and dancing the night away ;)

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Monday, August 29, 2016

This Weekend...

This weekend I...

...Saw Billy Joel at Wrigley Field with a couple of friends and some of Jeff's family. We saw him a couple of years ago and he was just as good this time. Who can ever say no to dancing around to Uptown Girl?!
...Went to Medieval Times! Lol! So you may remember that I'm in a couples fantasy football league, and every year the winning gender picks an activity to do and the losing gender pays for it. Two years ago the ladies won and we took the guys to get pedicures. Last year the men won and this weekend we finally had to settle up with a trip to Medieval Times. I wasn't quite sure what to expect but it ended up being hilarious and terrible and awesome all at the same time (as you may have seen on Snapchat haha - follow along @kristinadoes). Afterwards we wound up at a dive bar singing karaoke, so you know, embarrassing decisions made all around ;)
...Went to a little family party out at my grandma's house in the burbs, which meant I got to get in some good hangs with my baby niece.

I hope you had a good one!

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday Finds

Happy Friday!! This weekend I'm going to Medieval Tiles - lol! I'll explain on Monday after I've experienced all of the gloriousness and horses and shouting for the Black Knight to win. In the meantime, here are my finds for the week:

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Dog Days

Tank (similar) and Jeans - Old Navy / Bag (similar) and Sandals (currently on sale!) - Sole Society / Necklace (similar) - Madewell

So it seems we've hit that point in summer where I only want to wear white with almost white (you know, like last year, and last year, and last year), and only want to lay on the couch with the fan running and Bachelor in Paradise on the TV because the dog days of summer are for real. Also there's something funky going on with our air conditioning right now where the sensor says it's 97 degrees inside and keeps kicking into overdrive, so I've been overcompensating by turning it off completely and sweating to death.

So anyway, back to the white. I think I realize every year that white bottoms season is drawing to a close (I know that I could wear white jeans into fall and winter, but I just usually don't) and try to get in as many wears as possible while the sun is still shining. Plus, you know, it's hard to say no to these particular jeans - the fit and the distressing are juuuust right.

What have you been up to this week? Besides being a part of #bachelornation, I also managed to snag a reservation to Monteverde from a coworker for a little mid-week date night! I've basically been stalking Monteverde on OpenTable trying to find a reservation so I was super excited to scoop it up - all of the pasta for the win!

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Previously on KDTI - white jeans:


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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Dining Room Updates

I shared my dining room a couple of months ago, but I wasn't quite happy about it. For one, it was SO blue, and felt really dark unless it was the middle of the day. I also was never quite happy with the rug. We actually had a lady come and measure for the rug when we bought our table and chairs, and she insisted that the size we bought would be perfect for the space. Well, not quite - whenever you pulled the chairs back from the table they went off of the rug, and then would get caught on it if you tried to scoot your chair. No bueno.

So, we bought a new rug! The one we had was actually on the cheaper side so we decided to just move it downstairs into Jeff's office. I stalked tons and tons of rugs online, and ended up finding this one at Target.com. BUT then I googled the name of the rug, and found the exact same one for fifty bucks less at Walmart. So yes, the rug in my dining room is from WALMART hahaha. I can hardly believe it. I've actually found that if you're buying any furniture/rugs/decor online (especially from Overstock/Wayfair) it's smart to google the product name - usually it's available at another store for a little less. I love the way the rug brightens up this corner of the house, and even though the pattern has blue in it, the rug somehow makes this part of the room feel less blue. It also makes the room feel a little bit less masculine. We were going for the loft feel, but it ended up feeling a little too bachelor pad, so I'm trying to fix that now.

The other thing that brightens up the room and makes it a little less masculine is this painting I made! Pink for the win. I've literally been looking since we moved in for something for this space but had no luck. The wall is huge so we needed something fairly large, and all of the framed prints I wanted were $500+, and after buying the place less than a year ago I wasn't really willing to drop major cash on artwork. So I finally decided to run to Michael's, grab some paint and the biggest canvas I could carry, and get painting. It wasn't that hard to make, but I actually painted over the entire canvas at least five times before I got to something I liked! I just poured out a crap ton of white paint, and slowly added more red and orange to it as I went to get the ombre effect. I'm really happy with how it turned out, which is unusual because I usually hate everything I DIY! It makes the room feel a lot more peppy and bright. I'm thinking I'll get another pink/coral piece for another wall in the room, and also some coral pillows for the couch to tie the color in. 

So I think we're done with this area now! Next up - the bedroom. I'm still looking for lamps, a floor mirror, some art, and a chair. We've only lived here, for what, nine months? I figure I'll get the house done juuuuuust in time for us to move out ;)

Table & Chairs - Walter E. Smithe
Rug - Mohawk Home via Walmart
Bookcase & Table Runner (similar fabric / similar pattern) - Crate & Barrel
Bowl, Lemons, Fish Plates, Bottles - Target

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A Little Swingy

Dress - Gap / Bag (similar) and Sandals (currently on sale!) - Sole Society / Necklace (similar, love this one)- BaubleBar

So. This dress. It's basically the best thing ever. I got it in the mail next week and had to immediately put it on and wear it out the door... and then again to work the next day ;) The fabric is super soft and thick enough to hide imperfections, and the cut is swingy and fun without being overly large or too clingy. I love it dressed down like this, but will definitely be wearing it with a statement necklace and heels for date night too, or with a big blanket scarf once the temperatures cool down a bit.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

This weekend...

This weekend I...

...Tried to take it easy after a crazy week at work (ahem, actually hoping you DIDN'T see some of the Snapchats I posted Thursday night - @kristinadoes) with a little movie & taco night at home with Jeff. We finally saw Brooklyn and it was so good. I read the book though, and while you never expect a movie to follow the book exactly, there was something left out from this that made the point of the movie completely different. I think I weirdly actually liked the movie version better!
...Finally got the saddle bag I've been obsessing over in the mail, and you guys it's so gorgeous. I can't wait to pull it out for fall! They currently have all of the colors in stock (I went for bordeaux but I also love the saddle brown) so snag it now before it sells out!
...Went to the Chicago Air & Water show for the first time. I know, I know, I've lived in Chicago for six years now and have no idea how I haven't made it before. We watched from Montrose Beach rather than trying to go downtown, and it wasn't crazy at all. We were able to stretch out and have a little barbecue in the sun (and occasional downpour haha - silly Chicago).
...Tried my hand at making cheese! I found this book One Hour Cheese while we were in Tahoe earlier this summer and thought it looked easy enough that I could try it. It was pretty good but I could probably use a little more practice ;)
...Brought the cheese to a wrestling party. Yes, you read that right. For some reason my friends (ahem, and husband) are really into wrestling and get together to watch pay-per-views. I usually refuse to go, but the theme of this party was super hipsters so I thought it would be funny to go. What's more hipster than making and bringing your own cheese decorated with herbs you grew to a party?
...Went to Rent The Runway for a fitting! They sent me a coupon for a free fitting, and I have a black tie event coming up in a couple of months so I thought why not try a few things on. I found a couple of dresses I loved, this one might be the winner!

I hope you had a good one!

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