Friday, May 6, 2016

Friday Finds

I had one of those weeks where I looked in my closet and hated everything. I think it may be because I keep buying fun and trendy items that don't necessarily mix and match well, versus basics that I can pair with that fun pair of shoes or that patterned skirt. Even though I've recognized the problem I still seem to only want the fun statement items, like these gorgeous dresses or some striped shorts. I haven't actually made any purchases yet for the month so hopefully I can turn it around!

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

House Updates - The Dining Room

Wow have I really not shared our dining room yet? I shared the living room and entryway back in December and an update about our coffee table in February, but totally ignored the dining room - whoops! I'll also probably get around to the rest of the house at some point too ;)

Really, I've been holding off because the dining room just doesn't feel done yet. We're looking for some art for the main wall and I'm still trying to figure out what to do with all of those shelves. That being said, I don't know if it will ever feel done, so now's as good a time as any!

Who doesn't need tasseled placemats in their life?! I couldn't find the exact ones online, but these green placemats are similar, and these ones are so fun for summer!

Unlike most of our house, everything in the dining room is brand new. At our old place we were renting from my father-in-law, so our dining room set was his from the '90s - this giant slab of glass set on giant plaster columns. Ummm, not quite our style ;) I was really excited when we moved to to find something that was more us. We looked at a lot of sets but had a hard time finding the right one - a dining room table can be so expensive so we wanted to find something that we'd have for a long time. Finally we stumbled into Walter E. Smithe and ended up custom designing everything. The chairs, rug, and table are all from Walter E. Did I tell you we met the Walter E. Smithe while shopping at Walter E. Smithe?! Lol, it was really funny - he made us take a picture with him haha.  

The rug probably isn't actually going to stay here. It feels just a little too small for the space, so once we find something else it's going to go down to Jeff's office. 

The bookcase is from Crate & Barrel. We actually picked it out way before we found a table, but held out on actually buying it until the table came so we could make sure they would be a good match. I think it may be my favorite furniture purchase we've made, but it's kind of intimidating to decorate! I'm thinking I'll add more of our wine glasses and other functional kitchen stuff as well as mix in more cute decorative items. 

This wall is where we're planning on adding a large scale art piece, but I just haven't found anything I really like yet. The room just feels really blue at the moment so I'm looking for something bright with lots of coral or orange in it to break things up. I'm really picky when it comes to artwork though, and the tiny hipster inside of me also wants to make sure that I find something unique that not everyone would have. Yes, there's a tiny hipster inside of me. I often also find myself talking about the "little feminist lion" that also has taken up residence. Apparently my body is a tiny hotel. 

And here's the view into the living room. Ta da! 

I've gotten a bunch of requests for an updated home tour now that the place is furnished, so that's coming soon! I wanted to wait until the roof deck was complete, and that should hopefully be today - fingers crossed!!

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016


We keep getting hints of warm weather here in Chicago, but I'm dreaming of long lazy days when I can comfortably hang out in a skirt and sandals all day, with no jacket in sight. Bring it on.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

A Little Ikat

Dress (similar) - The Limited Factory / Heels and Bracelet - Michael Kors / Bag (similar) - Coach Factory / Necklace - Stella & Dot

I saw this dress during my outlet mall binge a couple of weekends ago, and it was so cute I had to have it. One of the sales people asked what occasion I was buying it for, and I said I didn't know but I was sure I'd find a reason. So far in two weeks I've already found two reasons - first a work event, and then this weekend for a baby shower tea party. I hadn't been to a tea party since my American Girl dolls were also invited, and frankly the last time I was a bit more concerned about what my girl Molly was wearing than my outfit. I was a little worried about what to wear when I first got the invite, but the prim and proper cut of this dress definitely fit the bill. In an ideal world I would have paired it with nude pumps, but I somehow don't own those (?) so they're definitely on the shopping list for next time! 

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Monday, May 2, 2016

This Weekend...

This weekend I...

...Met up with a friend for brunch at Corridor, and oh my gee the breakfast pizza! It's basically just regular pizza with an egg on top, and as someone who frequently eats pizza for breakfast I appreciated that it has somehow become socially acceptable. Give me cheese or give me more cheese.
...Went to a friend's baby shower, which was a tea party at The Drake. I'd never been to the hotel before and was excited to check it out, because people, it is Fancy with a capital F. I was a little apprehensive about the whole tea party thing because I don't usually like tea, but it turns out that oolong (with all of the sugar cubes that would fit) is kind of my jam! Plus instead of just cucumber sandwiches they also fed us mini lobster rolls, and who can say no to that?!
...Had a couple of my college roommates and their boos over for dinner at our place, which means there was lots of giggling and lots of wine (and luckily also lots of cheese).
..."Accidentally" wandered into J.Crew the day after their big sale ended and really wanted this dress, but since it wasn't on sale I left it in the store for later, only to come home and buy an almost identical dress from Banana Republic online that was on sale - fingers crossed it fits!
...Had a girls morning out getting mani-pedis at ME:U, which is seriously the best nail salon I've been to in Chicago. It was so cute, everyone was really friendly, and they did a great job. It also definitely helped that they bought our group a bottle of wine (even if drinking a glass of red wine at 10 in the morning is a little odd ;) After nails we went for brunch + bottomless mimosas at Revolucion where I somehow managed to order breakfast that came with a side of the best french fries ever - additional cheese for the win. Are you sensing a theme here?

I feel like I need another weekend to recover from my weekend now ;) I hope you had a good one!

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday Finds

Oh hello, here are a few of the things on my wishlist right now! I maaaaaay have put #4 in my shopping cart while writing this post ;) Happy Friday!

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

April 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

Well this month's budget post is a little confusing - I went to the outlet mall and actually bought a bunch of stuff, which of course isn't available online. Lately I haven't had any patience for malls, but I stopped by the Aurora Premium Outlets on my way home from volunteering a couple of weekends ago determined to find some new business-appropriate attire for my trip to San Francisco last week, and oh did I find a few things ;) I had to hold myself back from buying up everything. And while I found some cute businessy items, I also came home with this adorable striped sweatshirt, because who can say no to a sweatshirt that's 1000x cuter than any other sweatshirt? Anyway, here's the damage for April:

J. Crew Factory Sweatshirt - originally $69.50, on sale $35.25
J. Crew Factory Tee Dress - Originally $98, on sale $59.50
J. Crew Factory Striped Popover - originally $64.50, on sale $37.50

Ann Taylor Factory Striped Skirt (similar) - originally $89.99, on sale $36.00
The Limited Factory Dress (similar) - originally $109.95, on sale $55.47

Total Spent: $223.72
Total Saved: $208.22

Honestly I'm not really surprised that I was under budget again since I didn't do a ton of shopping in April besides my outlet mall binge, but I do feel an over budget month on the horizon. I have a couple of trips coming up which means, of course, I need things (ahem, not really, but you know), plus summer clothes are my favorite so I'm sure I'll be spending a lot in May & June.

Did you budget in April? How did you do?

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