Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Root for the Home Team

Sweatshirt - L.L.Bean / Jacket and Jeans - J. Crew / Flats - BP / Bag (similar) - Sole Society / Watch - Wristology

Who else is excited for baseball in October?

Okay, honestly, I'm not really a sports person per se, but really, I can't help but get swept up in the playoffs again. I mean, heck, as a Cubs fan I literally never got to experience the playoffs until a couple of years ago, so it's still new and exciting enough to hold my short sports attention span.

Of course, we all really know I'm in it for the beer and the snacks ;)

During the playoffs last year, a bunch of my friends started going to the same bar for every game (and even sitting in the same booth and drinking the same beers), and we decided to start it back up again this year. Sports superstitions are the most important of superstitions - frankly I'm glad that Jeff has decided he has to drink Sweetwater 420 for every game instead of wearing the same pair of socks without washing them or something. Tonight though, instead of heading to our Cubs playoff bar, we have tickets to the game so we're headed to the stadium!! The Cubs haven't done great in this round so far (ahem) but I'm hoping tonight is the night they turn it around! I also have my eye on a little Hot Doug's ;)

When it comes to dressing the part, I usually opt to go for rocking the team colors these days versus a team tee or hoodie - it just feels more me! Over the weekend I pulled on my new favorite sweatshirt (so freaking cozy - I sized up to an XL because I wanted it a little oversized) over a blue and white striped tee, added my red bow mules (because they're totally sporty) and, of course, my Cubs hat to watch the game. Tonight though, since we'll be outside the whole time, I'm planning on layering a flannel shirt and a fleece for a little extra warmth. Oh, who am I kidding, I'm a total wimp so I'll also have a warmer coat and a beanie and a snuggie and furry boots and can I just bring my whole bed with me to the stadium?

Go Cubs Go!!

Sweatshirt - L.L.Bean / Jacket and Jeans - J. Crew / Flats - BP / Bag (similar) - Sole Society / Watch - Wristology

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Monday, October 16, 2017

This Weekend...

This weekend I...

...spent a lot of time at home! Jeff and I haven't had a weekend with much free time and it was great - I don't know why we don't stay home more often! On Friday night we took down a big pot of chili and a nice bottle of red wine while catching up on some shows (does anyone else watch You're the Worst? I always want to talk about it but no one I know watches - it started out as a show similar to It's Always Sunny, just about terrible people and the terrible things they do to each other, and it has gotten so dark and intense and real.) and, because it was the only movie on-demand we could both agree to, Snatched. Which, you know, isn't a good movie per se, but was pretty amusing. I basically love whatever Amy Schumer does.
...got a huge order from Loft and a couple of other places in the mail, and really, it was mainly a disappointment. You may have seen on Instastories that almost everything is going back. The two keepers? This awesome pullover from L.L.Bean (which I'm wearing as I write this ;), and the J.Crew field jacket that I've wanted forever - it's seriously so good.
...most of our Saturday was spent at home too because it literally thunderstormed all day. We both caught up on work and I managed to finally do a little crafting and play with my new water brush pens and pretend that I can do calligraphy. Okay, so I did that for about five minutes, gave up, and then blended watercolors on canvases to make gradient backgrounds that I will, in theory, do some lettering on top of ;)
...drove out to the suburbs to eat all of the Vietnamese food with a couple of friends. Seriously, we went to Pho Kho Gia Lai and every dish they served came in a bowl that was bigger than my head. I've been craving Vietnamese food since our Southeast Asia trip this spring so it was good to finally get my fix. I don't know how I've managed not to eat Vietnamese in Chicago, since our house is like, a mile from all of the Vietnamese restaurants. Luckily we also have a reservation at HaiSous for next weekend, so more papaya salad and noodles and dipping sauces for us!
...watched all of the sports - I think this actually may be my least favorite time of year because there's always a sport on the television instead of some stupid Bravo drama. We watched football, hockey, and baseball, and then went to Butcher's Tap for one of the Cubs playoff games with a bunch of friends. But you know, when you go to a bar to watch the sports, there are nachos ;)

I hope you had a good one!

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday Finds

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

My Saturday Dress

Dress - LOFT / Jacket (available in 5 colors!) - KUT from the Kloth / Booties (similar) and Bag (similar) - Sole Society / Earrings - BaubleBar / Bracelet - Michael Kors

I was joking with Jeff that this is my Saturday dress, because I'm pretty sure I've worn it every Saturday for the past five weekends straight. Which, really, is proof to its versatility. I've worn it with a denim jacket, with this suede jacket, with OTK boots, with booties, and with sandals. It's worked in 50 degree weather and 90 degree weather. Because that's how fall in Chicago works. Oh, and I wore it to my cousin's wedding. This is, without a doubt, the best purchase I've made in a long time. Oh, and now it's on super sale - it's currently less than thirty bucks!! What?! It is a final sale item, which normally I would steer you away from, but in this case I'm thinking the flowy fit means it will work on you no matter what - just make sure to size down! I'm in a medium here, and normally go for larges in dresses at LOFT. 

So now that I have my Saturday uniform set, looks like I just have six more days to plan for ;) 

Dress - LOFT / Jacket (available in 5 colors!) - KUT from the Kloth / Booties (similar) and Bag (similar) - Sole Society / Earrings - BaubleBar / Bracelet - Michael Kors

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Refueling Post-Workout with Odwalla

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I don't know why it still comes as a surprise to me, but after a workout I'm always starving! Inevitably I've forgotten to bring a snack and it's been a long time since lunch, and I end up roaming the streets on my way home searching for something to eat. I've been going to Pure Barre for the last six months or so, and since my friend is an instructor I travel a couple of miles to go to her location. Let me tell you, if I try to get on the el without grabbing something first I get hangry!! 

To refuel after a workout, I've been ducking into a grocery store on the way home to pick up something easy that will help me stay on track after a workout. I love snagging these juices and smoothies by Odwalla - they're a great way to sneak in some easy, great-tasting nutrition. I've been drinking these for years because I'm lazy and don't want to take the time to make myself something healthy, but know I still need to get all of those servings of fruit and vegetables in. I love that Odwalla smoothies are 100% juice, non GMO verified, and have no added sugar.

I also just tried the almond milk smoothie for the first time, and you guys, I might be addicted now. I mean, it's basically chocolate milk but made with almonds - yes please! Jeff tried it too and then had to finish off the bottle. 

Right now Odwalla is running a promotion with Jewel and other grocery stores to offer $1 off in-store fresh cut fruit when you buy any two Odwalla 15.2oz juices or smoothies.* The lazy girl inside of me loves to buy fresh-cut fruit, it makes snacking (and life!) so much easier!! I found the Odwalla juices in the fresh juice area in the produce section right by the fresh-cut fruit - easy peasy! Now if you'll excuse me, I have quite a few strawberries to take down.

*Save $1 on your next purchase of in-store fresh cut fruit when you buy any TWO (2) Odwalla 15.2 fl. oz. (You'll receive a print out coupon at the register.). Offer ends 10/31/2017.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Four Jackets You Need for Fall

Does anyone else have a coat problem? ::raises hand::

When you look in my coat closet, I think there are about two empty hangers, four of Jeff's coats, and two hundred of mine. Okay, that may be a slight exaggeration, but it is basically exploding. The thing is, when you live in Chicago and have to go through our crazy weather patterns, it makes you feel like you need every coat under the sun.

Really though, there are only five coats you need this fall:

1. Raincoat 
I went all through college and a few years living in Chicago without a raincoat, and really, I don't know how I survived. Rain in Chicago always seems to be blowing sideways, so unless you have an intense golf umbrella you're still getting wet. Enter the raincoat. Look for something lightweight so you can wear it in warm weather, and then layer up for chilly fall days. 

2. Field Jacket
A field jacket is one of those coats that you can throw on over anything and look put together - your gym clothes, leggings and a tee shirt, or you know, your pajamas if need be :) I'm on the hunt for a new one because the jacket pictured above has some faux leather that sticks to my neck. I'm looking for a coat that is lightweight and cinches at the waist for a more flattering fit.

3. Denim Jacket
I have my fingers crossed right now that denim jackets stay in style forever, because they're another super versatile piece. I'm loving them right now over dresses for chilly fall mornings, or with joggers and sneakers for a little athleisure look.

4. Moto Jacket
Denim jackets and utility jackets are great because of their versatility, but when it comes to picking a coat for going out at night or for wearing to work, a moto jacket is your best bet. They toughen up anything you throw them over, and make you look instantly more pulled-together. For larger-chested gals like myself, look for an asymmetric cut - it's amazingly flattering!

So tell me - are you a fellow coat-addict? What's your favorite style?

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