Fashion

How to Wear a Pleated Skirt

How to Wear a Pleated Skirt

Skirt: Mango | Belt: Donna Karan vintage, similar here  |BagSaint LaurentBootsZaraBomberCoat Check (last season), similar here| Crew Neck Sweater: Uniqlo | Lipstick: Glossier, in Leo

DISCLAIMER – I shot this look in the freezing cold, so I’m trying REALLY hard to look normal in these photos. You can see the struggle in my eyes. #fightingthearcticwind

You probably know by now that I’m not the girliest girl. I was a huge tomboy up until sophmore year of high school. I basically lived in hoodies, sneakers and jeans until age 16, which is about the time I started working at Nordstrom (fun fact – I worked at Nordy’s for 5 years part time throughout high school & college!). Thank GOD I got the job at Nordstrom – that gig is what sparked my love for fashion…AND of course, shopping.

With that said, I generally steer clear of feminine pieces because they don’t suit me. However, I had this strong urge to purchase a pleated skirt (which is basically as girly as it gets). I had a very specific image in my head…jewel toned, metallic. When I came across this emerald pleated skirt doing my Black Friday shopping, I was stoked. It was EXACTLY what I’d been looking for. Now, the question…how to wear a pleated skirt and stay true to my style? I wanted to steer clear of being too feminine, and I didn’t want to pair it with something simple to be safe, because…well, I didn’t want to look basic! Well, I think I figured out how to wear a pleated skirt and NOT look basic.

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New Year’s Outfits: 25 Pieces to Wear

New Year’s Outfits: 25 Pieces to Wear

Well hello there! Yes, I’m still alive…just extremely out of touch! It’s been a whirlwind of a week (or month really), and I’m glad the craziness is dying down. The day after Christmas, we flew out to NYC where we’ll be for the next week, hitting up our favorite spots. We’re crashing with our friends in Chelsea until the 1st, so bringing in the new year New York style! I’m still finalizing my New Year’s outfit – why is it so stressful every year?! I wait last minute every. single. time. So far, I’ve got a vintage purple velvet midi dress (it’s my aunt’s from the early 80s). I’m still on the hunt for glam earrings – I’ve had my eye on these bad boys, but haven’t pulled the trigger yet. For those of you still stewing on your New Year’s outfits, I’ve pulled together 25 pieces you can rock on NYE. Together, separate…it can all work. Be prepared for lots of sequins, metallics, velvet, and sheerness.

PS – a few tips as you work through your New Year’s resolutions, and how you can keep yourself motivated to work out post-holiday (because I know I need to hit the gym HARD next week)!

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A Winter Pick-Me-Up: Bold Sweaters

A Winter Pick-Me-Up: Bold Sweaters

Sweater: SUPER old, similar here| Pencil skirt: Vintage, similar here |BagSaint LaurentBootsZaraTights: Old, similar here | Lipstick: Glossier, in Crush

December has been one big hangover for me. Anyone feel me? I’m ready to get under a blanket and fully veg this weekend. I still have a couple of last minute gifts to pick up (if you’re still shopping, check out my gift guides!). Hopefully, you’ll have some time to lay low over the next few days. I know I need to! If you’re in the baking mood, try making these pretty holiday cookies (or these Christmas-themed ones!)

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Holiday Outfits: How to be Festive in a Subtle Way

Holiday Outfits: How to be Festive in a Subtle Way

Coat: Vintage , similar here| Sneakers: Nike |BagSaint LaurentJeans: ASOSScarfASOS | Turtleneck Sweater: Express, similar here | Lipstick: Bite Beauty, Truffle

CONFESSION. I can’t keep up with life lately. So overwhelmed! Holiday parties, birthday parties, house guests…it’s all happening at once and I feel like there just isn’t.enough.time. The one thing that helps me get through the craziness? The excitement of putting together holiday outfits. I’m usually not one to get all decked out, it’s not my thing. However, there IS something about the holidays that gets me in the mood to get, you know, a little festive. I’m not talking going full blown sequins head to toe (although, that sounds kind of amazing too), but rather adding subtle festive details to an otherwise everyday look. Here are four easy ways to make any outfit a holiday outfit  –

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My Favorite Winter Coat Trend

My Favorite Winter Coat Trend

Trench Coat: Vintage , similar here| Boots: Zara, similar here| Bag: Vintage Gucci, similar hereJeans: Levi’s, similar hereSweaterMango, similar here

Lucky enough for us, today is the first day that it actually feels like winter in Chicago. It is COLD out…but I mean, it is December after all. The last few weeks, we’ve been spoiled with mild weather. During this time, I’ve made a point to rock all of my lighter coats…i.e. blazers (because clearly I can’t get enough of those). The other winter coat trend I’ve been loving lately? The oversized trench coat. I snagged this one at a thrift store earlier this year – it was made for Nieman’s back in the day! The brown wool has a beautiful shine to it, and I love love love the burgundy lining. The best thing about oversized trench coats is that there is room to layer. I actually wore it back in May over a dress and sneakers! If the coat isn’t warm in and of itself, LAYER IT. In this case, I wore a thick sweater underneath, but you can even swap the sweater for a hoodie or a blazer (I really love a good blazer layered under a trench!). BOOM, you can now wear your trench in the winter too. It’s that easy. Shop my favorite winter coat trend below!

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The Best Purse Brands of the Moment

The Best Purse Brands of the Moment

Knit Pants: Vintage Escada , similar here| Sweater: H&M, similar here| Bag: Danse Lente| Boots: Acne Studios, similar here| Oversized Scarf: ASOS

Annnd it’s Monday. Isn’t it so tough to get back to the grind after a holiday weekend? I am struggling. I hope you guys got some good shopping in (here are the deals I featured on Friday – I’m sure some of these are still going!). I tried to keep it together on the shopping because I treated myself a few weeks back on a BAG!! I never buy bags, so this was kind of a big deal. Not saying I didn’t buy anything, but ya know, I reeled it in a bit (we also did just come back from Paris, yeesh).

Since I rarely invest in a good bag, I researched the sh*t out of this before pulling the trigger. I’m talking months of scrolling through Instagram, flagging various bags to investigate. I ended up deciding on this beautiful bucket bag by Danse Lente. I love the versatility of both the color and the ability to wear it as a cross body and as a handbag. It’s also just plain stunning. This past weekend, I paired it with neutral colors and it made my outfit.

On my adventure to find the ultimate bag, I came across so many brands that I fell in love with. None of them were major designers (which I was trying to avoid), since I was hoping to find something a bit more exclusive and unique. Keep on reading to get the scoop…

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21 Black Friday Sales to Shop Right Now

21 Black Friday Sales to Shop Right Now

Pants: Vintage Escada , similar here| Crop Top: Old, but similar here| Embroidered Bomber: Zara, similar here | Boots: Zara, similar hereLipstick: Milk Lip Metal

Hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving! I spent the evening at Mom’s with family – we went overboard on desserts per usual. That’s how we roll! I started the day today with a quick AM workout, and then proceeded to lounge around the house the rest of the day. SO productive. I’m procrastinating the Christmas tree assembly; it needs to happen this weekend. Sigh. I’ll get around to it.

PS – It’s Black Friday sales weekend! I finished up my shopping early yesterday – only bought a few things since I’ve been on a 3 week shopping spree (it was my birthday & I treated myself!). I wish I had waited because the sales today are TOO GOOD. Below are 21 Black Friday sales to shop ASAP –

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Five Thanksgiving Outfits You Already Have in Your Closet

Five Thanksgiving Outfits You Already Have in Your Closet

I don’t know about you guys, but Thanksgiving really crept up on me this year! How is it already the end of November? With only a few days left until the holiday, I’m focusing on prepping my pumpkin pie (that’s all I’m responsible for, thank god). I’ll be heading to my mom’s in the north suburbs where we’ll be having a little family gathering. I’m bummed we’ll be missing a few family members from out of town this year – I have a big family and love it when we’re all together! It’s madness, but always fun.

Anyway, I’m always stressed about Thanksgiving outfits, and figured you might be too. That’s why I’ve pulled together a roundup of five potential Thanksgiving outfits that you probably already have in your closet. You may have seen some of these on the blog recently, but either way, it’s just a casual reminder that you have options!

PS – If you’re looking for some festive recipes for the holiday, try my healthy pumpkin squares or this delicious pumpkin seed dip.

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How to Wear a Midi Skirt

How to Wear a Midi Skirt

Skirt: Vintage Escada , similar here (for under $200!)Turtleneck: Frank & Oak, similar here| White Button Down: Zara, similar herePumpsYoox (almost sold out – similar here) | Fishnet Socks: ASOS | BagSaint Laurent

Something as simple as the length of your skirt can take an outfit from classic to trendy. The maxi, the mini. Sure, they’re great, but we’ve worn these for years. It’s fun to get out of your comfort zone once in a while. That’s why I’m all about the midi skirt as of late. I’ve worn it before (and more recently!), and I’m loving seeing it in different patterns & textures this season.

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Where to Shop Vintage in Paris

Where to Shop Vintage in Paris

Two Piece Suit: Vintage Lagerfeld (from one of my fav vintage shops at home!) | Turtleneck: H&M, similar here| Boots: Topshop, similar here| Tights: Wolford | BagSaint Laurent

The first item on my agenda when we arrived in Paris? VINTAGE. Where. is. it.

We landed, took a nap to recover from our flight…and as Leo was still sleeping, my vintage hunt began. Luckily, we stayed in Le Marais, which is basically the vintage mecca of Paris. Immediately after visiting the first vintage shop, I knew I was in for a treat. The Parisian vintage shops are well curated, and house ALL of the trends you can imagine, nicely organized in separate racks. Kimonos? Check (I actually bought one! You’ll see it soon). Plaid shirts? Check. Varsity Jackets. Check (except I couldn’t find my size – so sad). Items I’d normally be looking everywhere to find were right there at my fingertips. It was a vintage shopper’s dream.

I popped into several shops, but these were my favorites –

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