Overcast in San Diego

Oversized Zara Sweater with cropped pantsSan Diego is a place Leo and I go often – one of his best friends lives there and I have family there too. It’s become our relaxation destination. There is something nice about visiting the same place every year where you don’t feel like you have to sightsee and explore…been there, done that. Because I’m the type of person who is always on the go (even on vacation as I want to make the most of every minute!), this type of trip is a necessity for me. I need a little bit of doing nothing for my own good.

That said, I spent the long weekend doing Pilates – by the way, I experienced “jump” Pilates for the first time in my life, and boy was I in for a surprise when I realized that I’d be jumping nonstop for 50 mins – blogging, eating delicious (bad for you) food, and spending time with my fam. My cousin has a four month old that I got to meet for the first time…I’m in LOVE. It’s so weird/awesome to see your cousins all grown up & having kids #adulting.

With my luck, the weather in Chicago was better than San Diego last weekend. REALLY?! Good news is that the overcast days made for pretty photos, so at least there’s that. I wore this cardigan from Zara a lot during the trip – it was perfect to throw on at night or during the day when it was chilly & raining. I took this office-friendly look & added some edge with fishnet socks & my new flats from Zara. Shop my look below!

PS – Stay tuned for my San Diego travel guide later this week! Can’t wait to share my fav places w/ you…here are a few SD food spots I love as a teaser.

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#NYFW Street Style Breakdown | Fall 2017

#NYFW Street Style Breakdown | Fall 2017

I can’t believe the long weekend is almost over! There was plenty of relaxation time & unwinding in San Diego – it was much needed. I feel re-energized & ready to take on the week (also ready to eat normal food and hit the gym hard given what I’ve consumed the last few days #vacadietproblems). As much as I love traveling, it was too much this month. I’m looking forward to staying put for a while…need to get my personal life in order (do I need to do my taxes yet?).

During my weekend down time, I took the time to peruse the highlights from NYFW. My favorite part of fashion month is not only getting inspiration from the runway, but scoping out the street style scene. I want to know what the hottest trends are and keep them in mind as I shop for new spring pieces. Obviously, these trends aren’t for everyone, but I enjoy seeing what’s out there and putting my own spin to it. Given the snow storm in NYC during fashion week, I was especially curious how the fashionistas would improvise their outfits.

I’ve recapped 5 major trends I’ve seen among NYFW street style stars, and put together a few pieces you can shop under each trend. I’m loving the sporty looks and fun plays on color & fabrics!

PS – In case you need more inspo, here’s my street style breakdown for NYFW Spring 2017.

PPS – I hope it’s still 70s in Chicago by the time I arrive!

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My Denim Care Tips

My Denim Care Tips

I know I’m not alone when I say that I have a denim obsession (point proven here here and here). I own probably around 10-15 pairs, but truthfully speaking, there are about 5 pairs I rotate between regularly. You can imagine, I wear these 5 pairs of jeans A LOT. There are a couple pairs that I’ve had for 5+ years (my favorite are my J Brand Maria High-Rise – I have 4 pairs of these in different washes). As we all know, denim can be an investment and once you find that favorite pair it’s kind of like the beginning of a long term relationship.

As with all relationships, you have to treat your denim with tender loving care to ensure it lasts as long as possible (or if you’re in it for the long haul, forever! haha). After many trials, and lots of failures, I’ve officially gotten my denim care routine down to a science.

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Layered Slip Dress

Layered Slip Dress

I don’t know about you guys, but I am SO ready for spring. Luckily, our winter has been relatively mild over here, so I can’t complain much…but still. Last weekend we almost hit 60, and I took the liberty of wearing a layered denim jacket in place of my puffer coat. It was kind of nice.

Granted, I wore a lot of layers. A slip dress layered under cropped knit & denim jacket. I just love the look of an oversized denim jacket layered over a thick cozy sweater, so effortless & chic. This particular slip dress was a killer find from Zara a few months back. It has the versatility of going from casual day to night (I wore this dress on NYE!).  I finished off the look with a vintage silk scarf & this pineapple-esque bag I snagged in Rome a few years ago. I don’t get to wear this bag often, but it always adds edge to any outfit.

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Monday Mindfulness

Monday Mindfulness

February is flying by! Not only because it’s a short month – between house projects, travel for work and everything else going on…I literally can’t keep up. I’ve been sick basically the last 2-3 weeks. I rarely get sick, and I managed to get the flu followed by another virus a couple of weeks later. It’s kind of brutal, and it put into perspective how important my health is. I need to find time to unwind and focus on getting better. Health should always come first.

In other news, my travel bug is kicking in. I found myself reminiscing about my trip to Peru a couple of years ago, and how disconnecting from the world for 7 days hiking the Inca trail was the best thing I ever experienced. When it’s just you and nature, you have nothing to do but to listen to your own thoughts and connect with yourself. The picture above is one of many from that amazing trip.

Since I don’t have the luxury of flying off to Peru anytime soon (though I do have a short trip to San Diego coming up this week!), I look to the internet for inspiration, motivation, ways to be better manage stress & be more mindful. Here’s what I’ve been reading lately:

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Trend Shop: Patchwork Denim

Trend Shop: Patchwork Denim

FriYAY! It’s so good to be home after a week of jam packed traveling – I’ve been fighting this brutal virus for the last couple of weeks and I think it’s slowly making it’s way back again. Trying to rest up today so that I’m not suffering the entire weekend. I have to be in good shape for all of the home projects we’re working on – follow my Insta to see what we’re up to on Saturday!

This month’s trend shop is all about patchwork denim. This trend is one that I’ve grown to love over the last year or so (& is here to stay for the spring). As someone who wears denim almost daily, this trend is an easy way to add a little flavor to the everyday wardrobe. Shop my current favorites of the moment below (links are at the bottom).

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Favorite Apps of the Moment

Favorite Apps of the Moment

I’m always on the lookout for apps that make my life easier – who isn’t?! I’m not one to download every new hot app, but I will if it provides value (I’m still used to having zero space on my phone – thankfully, I retired my 16GB iPhone 6 for the 7 plus a few months ago…hallelujah.) It’s been a while since I did a roundup of my my favorite apps, so I felt like it was time! Below are the apps I’m loving currently.

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Tracksuit Deja Vu

Tracksuit Deja Vu

High school me came out last week when I found this tracksuit. I instantly remembered my days of Juicy Couture velour – my uniform from my senior year of high school to early college. I owned 5-6 full tracksuits, no joke. I thought my days of tracksuits were over until I found this beautiful embroidered combo. Since track suits are having a major moment right now, I felt like I could own this look once again. I’m usually not one for embroidery but the colors & design on this bomber were just right (or maybe embroidery is growing on me, after all). I also love that jacket is reversible – inside is a rich, olive green satin.

The great thing about tracksuits is you can wear the pieces individually or separately. These track pants can be worn with a cropped hoodie + sneakers, and the jacket would look good with virtually anything (I’m especially looking forward to rocking it with some cropped denim & my velvet booties). Unfortunately, this tracksuit from Zara is currently sold out, but I’ve linked to similar items below!

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Home Spotlight: Modern Table Lamps

Home Spotlight: Modern Table Lamps

One thing I’ve discovered now that we’re decorating the house is that everything takes time & effort. EVERYTHING. From door knobs to bedding to furniture to lighting..the list goes on. We’re taking things slowly – believe me, we have to fight the urge to just buy whatever and get it all over with. However, in the long-term, I think we’ll appreciate that we took the time to decorate & purchased pieces we really love.

Since I’ve been researching various home decor items (across all categories), I thought I’d be cool to share my findings in a new “Home Spotlight” series. I’ll cover off on a new category we’re shopping for/researching each month, and hopefully it will save you some time when it’s your turn! This month’s spotlight is modern table lamps. Shop the ones we have in our bedrooms & office below, in addition to others I had my eye on!

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An Easy Way to Curb a Sugar Craving

An Easy Way to Curb a Sugar Craving

As stated in my Instagram bio – I have a sugar addiction. It’s a real thing…and I’m not denying it. I’ve managed to get it under control by only indulging once in a while, but if it were up to me I’d treat myself to a dessert after lunch & dinner (and maybe in between). I look forward to dessert more than dinner. My trip to a restaurant usually goes something like “I’ll have a salad with grilled chicken, thanks…hmmm and tell me more about your carrot cake”. #thestruggleisreal.

I’ve tried not eating sweets after meals, but I end up caving and binging eating eventually. It’s just not effective. It wasn’t until I discovered “dessert tea” that I found the solution to my sugar problems.

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