Monday, June 26, 2017

This Weekend...


This weekend I...

...Spent most of my time down in Knoxville, TN volunteering with Destination Imagination again! I said last week that this weekend is always so inspiring, and it definitely was!! It's always so fun to get this chance to be really creative and think up crazy things, and I love getting to meet all of these different creative people from around the country. You may have seen the couple of things I posted on InstaStories - we're a very amusing group ;) We spent most of the weekend working and pushing our brains to their limits, but also got to visit a couple of my favorite Knoxville spots, including a wander through World's Fair Park, and a visit to The Brewery.
...Got back into Chicago and went over to our friends Andy and Laura's house for a little barbecue and a lot of visiting with their adorable little son Henry! I can't believe he's almost a year old now - we're going to his first birthday party next weekend. And then my niece Mae's second birthday party the day after. Someone tell all of these kids to stop growing up so darn fast!

I hope you had a good one!!




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Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday Finds

Looks like I'm on a bit of a patriotic kick this week, huh? But seriously, how cute is that Rosé in the USA tote?! I feel like I need it in my life ;) 

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Summer Showers


Dress (sold out :( but I also love this white eyelet version, and this off the shoulder version) - J. Crew Factory / Earrings (also, have you seen these ombre ones?! so cute!!) - BaubleBar / Bag (similar) - Ann Taylor / Sandals (similar sandals in gold, or a splurge heeled version - major heart eyes!) - Sole Society


So I don't know how well you can tell from these photos, but Jeff and I got caught in the middle of a downpour!! I was waiting for Jeff to walk over as the wind started to pick up, so I could tell it was going to rain. But while we were taking these photos (in the span of less than a minute) it went from a couple of sprinkles to a full on downpour! We literally took the last shot, and then turned around and sprinted to the car. Good thing I wasn't wearing flip flops! Oh, the things I do for blogging ;)

This dress is definitely my new favorite. It sadly sold out SO FAST but (!) there's a super cute white eyelet version that's still available, and an off the shoulder striped version. I also just got this blue and white striped dress that has some fun embroidery detail. Do I have too many one shoulder/off the shoulder dresses in my closet right now? Ummm, can you ever?

Today I'm heading down to the good old University of Tennessee again (I was just there last month) to do a little more volunteering with Destination Imagination, and I'm super excited for the next couple of days. I'm going down as a writer, which is something I did for a couple of years in a row but then couldn't go for several years because of our wedding and a family vacation or two. While I'm going down as a volunteer, it really is like a master class in how to be creative and how to generate ideas. I always walk away feeling so inspired!

I do have my usual Friday Finds post scheduled for tomorrow, but have a great weekend and I'll see you back here next week!







Dress (sold out :( but I also love this white eyelet version, and this off the shoulder version) - J. Crew Factory / Earrings (also, have you seen these ombre ones?! so cute!!) - BaubleBar / Bag (similar) - Ann Taylor / Sandals (similar sandals in gold, or a splurge heeled version - major heart eyes!) - Sole Society








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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Fourth of July Outfit Inspiration

You guys, the Fourth of July is right around the corner!! Which reminds me, we're finally throwing another Fourth of July party after a four-year break (silly getting married, silly going on family vacations), and I really need to hop on things! Like deciding where to hang our giant American flag. And how many red, white and blue items I can serve ;)

If you're from the USA, you know how fun dressing up with a little patriotic flair can be. I personally love rocking a little red, white, and blue. I'm thinking this year my new blue and white striped dress will be on the menu. If you're trying to find some Fourth of July inspiration, look no further!









Here are a few more of my picks for some patriotic style!





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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Big Girl Pants



Dress (currently on final sale, fits TTS - until 10am today take an extra 50% off with code FLASH!) - LOFT / Bag - Rebecca Minkoff / Heels (similar block heels here and here) - Sole Society / Necklace - Stella & Dot / Earrings - Sugarfix by BaubleBar


I don't know about you, but I've been working in a casual office space for so long now that being asked to dress up throws me into a tizzy. (Did I just use the word tizzy?!) But seriously though. I manage to get myself dressed every other day of the week with no problem, and am usually more dressed up than everyone around me. But ask me to find something business casual in my closet and I freak out.

The main problem is those dress pants. I mean, really you guys, the only pair I have and like I bought over five years ago and are a skinny black pant. So really, they're basically a pair of leggings. (I think it's actually this pair, but mine seriously are from 2012 so who knows if they've changed something.)

As soon as I look past the dress pants option, I always end up realizing I have a closet full of things that would work for business wear, including this adorable dress I snagged on final sale at LOFT. Normally I wouldn't advise buying things on final sale online, because duh, you're stuck with whatever you buy even if it doesn't fit. But I had actually tried this particular dress on in a different size a month or two ago, so I was pretty confident that it would work. Winner winner chicken dinner. If you really want this dress, I keep seeing sizes pop in and out of stock - I'm wearing a 12 here (my normal dress size at LOFT) and would say it fits pretty TTS for a shift dress.

So what did I have to dress up for? At the last minute, my boss asked me to step in for him and give a presentation at a conference last week! Now, I actually did a lot of theater in high school so I like performing, but public speaking is a whole different animal. It's one of those things I don't think I'll ever feel fully prepared for, but I went up and did it anyway, and you know what? Once you start talking, it's not so scary anymore! Oh, and it helped that the session I gave was only for about 75 people ;) And to the sweet reader I met at the conference, thanks for saying hi! It was so fun to meet you!!







Dress
 (currently on final sale, fits TTS - until 10am today take an extra 50% off with code FLASH!) - LOFT / Bag - Rebecca Minkoff / Heels (similar block heels here and here) - Sole Society / Necklace - Stella & Dot / Earrings - Sugarfix by BaubleBar




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Monday, June 19, 2017

This Weekend...


This weekend I...

...Had a quiet night in with Jeff, which we hadn't done in a long time - hello Kimmy Schmidt & VEEP binges! Have you been watching? They're definitely two of my favorite shows right now! We're all caught up on VEEP but I think we're up to episode 9 for Kimmy - all of the Titus storylines so far this season have been amaaaaazing ;)
...Put in an order for this fun little off-the-shoulder number, potentially for a wedding we have coming up in a couple of weeks - fingers crossed it fits!
...Drove out to the 'burbs for a party to celebrate my grandma's 92nd birthday! I hadn't seen my extended family in a few months (or my brother since we saw him in Thailand!) so it was really fun to catch up with everyone and see all of the new little kids in our family run around the backyard and somehow commandeer all of our family's favorite party crackers.
...Spent the night at my sister's house, which meant lots of Sesame Street and cuddles with my niece in the morning. I really appreciate that she let me sleep until 6:45 in the morning, I don't know how all of you mamas do it!
...Celebrated Father's Day with the family with all of the breakfast tacos and a few boozy gifts, so really, just what the daddy ordered ;)
...Celebrated our second wedding anniversary (What?!?? It's actually tomorrow but still!) by heading out to The Aviary for all of those fancy cocktails, and then to Bar Siena for dinner. I hadn't been to The Aviary before, and man oh man is it an experience. Jeff got to slingshot one of his drinks to crack it open, I got to experience what was basically the bubble tea of cocktails, and we both loved some flavor-changing drinks. Definitely something fun to check out if you've never been!

I hope you had a good one!!




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Friday, June 16, 2017

Friday Finds

Happy Friday!! We've got a packed weekend ahead - I may need a weekend to recover from my weekend! We've got lots of family time on the docket between a party to celebrate my grandma's 92nd birthday and Father's Day, plus Jeff and I are squeezing in a date night to celebrate our second wedding anniversary!! Phew, I'm exhausted already, but in the best possible of ways.

Anyway, here are my finds for the week:

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

All Dresses, All of the Time


Dress (similar shirtdress, I also love this one!) - Ann Taylor / Bag (another fun summer tote for less than $30, I also love this cute pom-pom bag!) - Sondra Roberts / Flats - Banana Republic / Jacket - J. Crew Factory / Earrings - J. Crew / Bracelet - Michael Kors


Does it feel like all I've been sharing lately is dresses? Well that's because yes, yes it is all I've been sharing - it's dress season, y'all!! At this point of the year, being able to (comfortably, without freezing to death) pull on a dress is so exciting to me that I end up wearing them all the time. See here, here, and here. Whoops. 

As you may have seen, I recently *found* this dress in Jeff's closet (it's been hiding amongst his dress pants since we moved almost two years ago!!) and I was so excited to pull it out again. There's nothing like shopping your own closet, amiright? It's like having something completely new! 

In completely unrelated news, I realized I forgot to mention my brother and his wifey got home last night!! You may or may not remember that they have lived in South Korea for the past few years, and I'm super excited to have them home for the summer again. Of course, this year they're only staying four weeks instead of the seven or eight they've done in past years (come on, guys!). I guess I can't really complain about their "short" visit this year though, since we just saw them on our trip to Asia. Speaking of which, can it be spring break again? I need some more quarter beers and bun cha in my life! Anyway, I'm going to have to squeeze in all of the family time I can in the next couple of weeks, starting with a big family barbecue this weekend! Bring on the over-processed meats!!










Dress (similar shirtdress, I also love this one!) - Ann Taylor / Bag (another fun summer tote for less than $30, I also love this cute pom-pom bag!) - Sondra Roberts / Flats - Banana Republic / Jacket - J. Crew Factory / Earrings - J. Crew / Bracelet - Michael Kors





Previously on KDTI - this white shirtdress in Rome!

 

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

At Home / Dressing Room Try Ons

Oh hey there! I've been doing a lot of shopping lately (so, what else is new?) so I thought I'd share some of the hits and misses. 


Ann Taylor Cold Shoulder Dress - wearing a 12
I really wanted to like this. It's trendy but still work-appropriate, the navy lace is really pretty, and you know, who can say no to a ruffle? On me though, the shoulders were a little too narrow, you can see the straps of my nude bra showing through the sides! I tried with a couple of different bras and it didn't work with any of them, and the narrowness of the shoulders looked a little weird with my bust, so back it goes. Definitely give it a try if you have narrower shoulders than me though!


J. Crew Factory Fringe Sweater Tank - wearing an XL
The fringe is what drew me in to this sweater tank (so so cute!) but this is definitely going back. I usually size up for items from J. Crew Factory because they tend to shrink, but this was huge - definitely should have sized down! Mine also arrived with some snags in the fabric in the front and center, so it's going back. I'm sad though because it's such a cute concept - hoping I can find a non-damaged, smaller size in stores when I go to take it back!


J. Crew Factory Striped Studio Tee - wearing an XL
This tee is definitely a keeper! I love anything with stripes, but most of the stripes in my closet are of the navy/white or pale blue/white variety, so it's fun to have this brighter blue. Is it crazy that I'm talking about distinctions between different colored blue stripes? Yes, yes it is. I have been buying these studio tees for years because the fabric is so nice. A lot of tee shirts these days are tissue paper thin, but these are nice and thick and hold up well through a lot of washes. I definitely would suggest sizing up because they do tend to shrink a little.


J. Crew Factory Striped One Shoulder Dress - wearing a 12
This dress is sold out, which is sad because I love it so much I want you to have it too! It's really comfortable, there are pockets, the one shoulder is really fun, and it's nice and light for hot summer days. It is, however, still available in white eyelet, which is super cute too! I did wear it over the weekend though and discovered the side that lacks the shoulder tends to slip down a little - nothing a little fashion tape can't fix though!

 

LOFT Striped Pom Pom OTS Tee - wearing size L
This tee is super cute. I love the pom-pom details and the bows/tassels on the sleeves. The tee shirt material is nice and soft and drapes really well. The downside? The shoulders don't really like to stay down - I had this on for approximately one minute and they managed to ride up twice. I think smocked OTS tops don't work nearly as well as those that just have a band of elastic at the top. Super cute but it had to go back.

 

LOFT Gingham Side Tie OTS Top - wearing an XL
I'm not sure why I thought an XL was a good idea (was it a mistake?) but this thing is huge. Like, so big that I could have gone down to a medium. I still don't think I'd like the shape of it on me though even if it fit, plus these sleeves also refused to stay down, so back it goes. It's too bad, because gingham + sleeve bow tassels are so cute.



LOFT Eyelet One Shoulder Top - wearing a size M (also wearing these adorable tassel earrings!)
Apparently I forgot to actually take a picture of this top when I tried it on, but look, instead I'm wearing it! So, in case you couldn't tell, it's a keeper :) The reviews suggested sizing down, I'm usually between a large and medium at LOFT and the medium fit perfectly. The white is just the tinist bit sheer, but not so much that I felt self conscious about it. I love that the bottom material is like a tee-shirt, it's super comfortable and flattering.

 

LOFT Fiesta Dress - wearing a L on the left and a M on the right
I described this dress to a friend as a combination of all of my favorite things. Off the shoulder? Check. Stripes? Check. Embroidery? Check. Blue and pink? Check. Bows? Check. It also has a cute bow in the back. I tried it in a large and a medium, the large was definitely way too big so I went for the medium instead. I'm thinking I'll wear this casually all summer, but it's also a contender for my cousin's casual wedding at the end of the summer.





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