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The Sweater Trend I’m Loving for Fall

Varsity Sweater OutfitStirrup Pants: Vintage, similar here | Varsity Sweater Vest: Vintage Escada, similar here | Shoes: Zara, similar hereRuffle TopClub Monaco

In case I haven’t talked about it enough…I was in NYFW last weekend…and it was kind of amazing. You probably saw most of my outfits on Instagram (if you follow me – and if you don’t…let’s be friends!), and I featured a sneak peak of this one which was my all time fav of my NYFW looks.

I’ve been really into varsity sweaters as of late! I came across this gem at a vintage shop in Evanston a couple weeks back (I’m thinking about featuring my fav spots to shop vintage in Chicago – thoughts?!), and knew I hit the jackpot when I saw the Escada label inside. Sweater vests can be tricky because they’re a bit masculine, so I offset the boyishness with a feminine ruffle sleeve top and stirrup pants (my mom’s from the 80’s – I feel 10 lbs skinnier in these pants at all times). Bottom line – I need more varsity sweaters in my life! Below are a few I’ve been eyeing lately – they’re just too chic and cool to pass up.

Varsity SweaterRuffle Sleeved TopNYFW Street StyleVarsity SweatersClub Monaco Ruffle TopFall Sweater TrendVarsity Sweaters for Fall

Things to Do in Kansas City

Things to Do in Kansas City

About a month ago, I was in Kansas City for the weekend with Visit KC. In a matter of two days, we hit up the city’s best food spots and squeezed in time to explore the must-see places in town. Looking back, I can’t believe we managed to do all of the things we did in such little time! Overall, it was such a memorable trip. It helped that I had awesome hosts & great company… I was there with a few lovely Chicago bloggers – Lauren, Kit and Maya.

If you live in the Midwest, Kansas City should definitely be a destination on your bucket list! It’s only a quick plane ride, and depending on where you’re at, you can make a road trip out of it. If you end up taking my advice and make a trip (let me know if you do!), here are a few things to do in Kansas City based on my recent experience –

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My First NYFW Show…EVER

My First NYFW Show…EVER

Wool Pants: Vintage Escada, similar here | Blouse: Vintage, similar here | Shoes: Robert ClergerieEarringsForever 21 | Bag: Chanel, similar here | Lipstick: Nars, Deborah

You may have caught in my million Insta stories last weekend, but for those of you that didn’t…I was at my first NYFW! I went for a jam packed two days – and it was an experience to say the least. I landed in NYC on Saturday around noon, and rushed to get to Manhattan and make it to the Yuna Yang presentation at 3pm. It’s safe to say my first fashion show was my favorite of the weekend.

It was a gorgeous day out (really, the entire weekend was ideal weather), so I decided to wear this monochrome number with some fun accessories. I’ve been rocking the head scarf look all summer – it’s SO easy and chic. You can’t go wrong. I added a bold lip and hoop earrings to finish off the look.

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An Easy DIY: How to Paint Speakers

An Easy DIY: How to Paint Speakers

One thing Leo and I had been debating over for weeks was whether or not we pull the trigger on new speakers. With all of the other house expenses, we wondered if it was worth it to replace speakers that were fully functional…eye sores, but functional. After a lot of thought (& a lot of Pinteresting), we decided with a little love we could make our speakers more of statement piece by painting them. We desperately needed color in the our living room, so we decided to go with a retro mint green color. I secretly love this color so was ecstatic that Leo was into it too!

We wanted to make the process as simple as possible (aka avoiding priming, sanding, sanding again), and decided that chalk paint was our best bet. The end result came out so good I just had to share! Below are the steps on how to paint speakers if you’re looking to try this at home –

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How to Reinvent an Oversized Cardigan

How to Reinvent an Oversized Cardigan

Cardigan: Zara, similar here | Skirt: Vintage, similar here | Shoes: Topshop, similar here | EarringsForever 21 | Belt: Vintage, similar here

BREAKING NEWS – I’m going to New York Fashion Week this weekend and I can’t WAIT! First time and it’s so exciting! That said, I’ve been scrambling to pull together outfits for the few days that I’m there – it’s been so fun raiding my closet and trying to combine what I have in new, creative ways. Spoiler alert…there will be lots of vintage being rocked…and I have no shame. I’ve just snagged so many good vintage finds lately, this is their moment to shine.

In my frantic moments of outfit compiling, I realized that I could rock one of my oversized cardigans as a wrap top. DING DING DING. I bought this sweater earlier this year, and have worn it in various ways, but never wrapped and belted. Why haven’t I done this with all of my cardigans?! I’ve been dying to wear this vintage Donna Karan belt for weeks now (one of my recent vintage purchases), so naturally I reached for it first. Paired with a wool midi skirt and black ankle boots, I felt like I was ready to take on fall.

Shop my favorite oversized cardigans & waist belts below – you can reinvent your cardigans too!

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Monday Mindfulness

Monday Mindfulness

It’s been a while since I last wrote a mindfulness post, and I’m realizing that I’m having a hard time writing it now. Why? Because I haven’t been very mindful lately. I’ve been caught up with work, the million house projects we have going on (do they ever end?), trying to make time for my friends, family & Leo. Summer felt like a whirlwind…I haven’t had a moment to just take it all in. Not because I didn’t have the time, because I didn’t MAKE the time.

On Saturday afternoon, I went to my mom’s for a bit to hang. I haven’t spent a lot of time at home in the last couple of months, and I was really starting to miss it. I think what I miss the most is the simplicity of life back when I lived there. When I was a teen, all I wanted to do was grow up and get out of that place. Now that I’m older, I wish I had embraced that period of life for what it was and enjoyed it a little more. And I thought about how 10 years from now, I’ll likely be saying the same thing. How do I prevent this from happening? We’re all guilty of constantly thinking ahead – “when I do xyz, things will be better”, “I can relax once I accomplished abc” – that we don’t take time to soak in the present.

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Hosting Tips: Making Your Guests Feel at Home

Hosting Tips: Making Your Guests Feel at Home

Now that we have more space, we actually have a separate room for our visitors. Yes, they even get a door to their bedroom! It’s a weird thing to not default to the air mattress in the middle of the living room situation (which is what I did all of these years). I think you officially become an adult when you have a guest bedroom. Your friends don’t have to change in the bathroom, or have all of their personal belongings out in the open for everyone to see. Yep. Officially #adulting.

Since this is a new phenomenon for me (& Leo), we’ve had some fun brainstorming ways to make our guests more comfortable. Leo has many friends that live outside of Chicago, so we have frequent visitors at our place. It’s basically like a part time Air Bnb…so we figured, why don’t we make it feel like one? Here are few things we’ve done to help visitors feel more welcome in our home…

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Statement Earrings To Buy Now

Statement Earrings To Buy Now

Lucky Brand Silk Tank: old but similar here | PantsCOS | Shoes: Massimo Dutti, sold out (similar here and here) | EarringsZara

I wasn’t sure what to pack on my trip to Kansas City, but looking at the forecast, I knew it was going to be HOT. That said, I packed mostly dresses and skirts, but I just couldn’t leave these cropped pants behind (you’ve seen them before!). For our dinner at Extra Virgin, I paired the crops with an orange silk tank that I’ve had for years – more than I’d like to admit – and the metallic sandals I’ve been wearing on repeat since I got back from Greece.

The finishing touch to this look was these earrings I picked up at Zara a few weeks back. I’m obsessed with them lately! I’ve been wearing them with tees, blazers, and in this case, a silk tank. Since the earrings were the focus piece, I kept my lip a nude color and went necklace free. I used to be big on statement earrings back in the day but gave my lobes a break for a few years. Now I’m back and coming in hot. Below, I’ve linked to a few other pairs of earrings I’m loving lately.

Are you in on the statement earring trend? What style is your favorite?

PS – Shop my favorite tassel earrings too!

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The Cutest Seasonal Plates

The Cutest Seasonal Plates

All of the dishes we have in the house have simple, minimalist designs. I never thought I’d need or want anything else! Until, earlier this year, I came across these adorable salad plates at West Elm. Leo and I both fell in love with the silly portraits of various animals dressed as humans, and we immediately purchased a few that happened to be on clearance (this was right around Christmastime).

Since then, we’ve noticed that with every new season the designer, Rachel Kozlowski, comes out with a new set of plates. The attire changes as the seasons do – from birds in pullover sweaters in the winter, to sharks in bikinis in the summer. She recently released her fall line, and they’re more colorful than ever. We couldn’t help but buy every single design this season, they’re just too cute. We’ve slowly built a collection of about 15 plates – it’s been nice to switch things up and add some color to our kitchen cabinets! You can shop the dishes below –

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Where to Eat in Kansas City, Missouri

Where to Eat in Kansas City, Missouri

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to partner with Visit KC and make a trip to Kansas City along with a few lovely Chicago bloggers – Lauren, Maya and Kit. I’d never been to Kansas City before, but the only thing I had heard about was their awesome BBQ. After spending a few days in KC, I quickly discovered the city has much much more to offer, particularly when it comes to food. I mean, BBQ is great and all, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the food scene is really blowing up in KC. It’s cool to see that the dining scene we’re so spoiled with in Chicago is making it’s way to other places in the Midwest…and with it’s own twist. We ate PLENTY – one night ended in an unexpected double dinner situation (what Leo likes to call a bang bang – two meals back-to-back ha)! So naturally, I wanted to start off my KC series sharing the highlights of the amazing food we had on our trip! Here’s where to eat in Kansas City –

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