Is it just me, or are the last few weeks of summer the busiest of all? Every week I find myself with more on my calendar, from events to hosting guests to impromptu trips (I’m heading to Kansas City next weekend with a few other Chicago bloggers – can’t wait to share more!). As much as I’m excited for fall, there is still so much to enjoy before then. I’m trying to take it slow and soak in every moment. I also turn 30 in November, so this is officially my last summer in my 20’s. More reason to be present and mindful!
As we’re nearing the end of the summer, I’ve been slowly introducing fall pieces back into my wardrobe. Chunky sweaters, ankle boots, and my favorite layering piece…the oversized blouse. This weekend, I paired my white blouse with a Ganni denim wrap top I purchased a couple of years on ASOS. This denim top has been worn as a beach cover, a halter with a bandeau and now as a layer over a blouse. There are just so many ways to wear it! I particularly love how the bow looks in the back.
I’m a big fan of layering over this blouse, if you haven’t noticed (I did it here and here too). An oversized white blouse is (IMO) a wardrobe necessity – it’s one of the best closet basics! If you don’t have one yet, get on it ASAP. I’ve linked to a few for you to shop below, you’ll thank me later.
Real talk for a second…how is it already AUGUST?! This makes me so sad. Time needs to slow down, I was just getting used to summer! We spent the majority of last weekend prepping our deck (I know, who does that at the end of July), which included replacing old boards, power washing, re-staining…the works. Lots of uninteresting stuff that requires manual labor and is the last way we want to spend our precious summer weekends. Good news is, it’s done, and it looks decent. I’ll share pics in a couple weeks once we get our furniture out there. Hoping we can enjoy the deck through October at least!
I also managed to squeeze in time to grab lunch at PQM (obvi listed in my West Loop guide) and check out the Randolph Street Market. My find of the day was this killer belt (I mean…is it not amazing?). It was insanely hot so wearing these black pants was not the brightest idea, but they looked so damn cute with these shoes…I had to do it. I’ve had this Spiderman tee since college, so it’s near and dear to my heart. I bought it around the time of my superhero obsession (which, let’s be honest, is still a thing), but have been bringing it out more and more lately. Graphic tees are fun & edgy, and are now acceptable to wear with basically anything. Why not take advantage of this special time?! Below I’ve shared a few (IMO) of the best places to shop for graphic tees. Where do you buy yours?
Is it just me or is this week DRAGGGINNNG?!! I’m still exhausted from our weekend errands – on Sunday, we replaced about 40 planks on our roof deck. Yes, on our own (with the help of friends). I’m still winded from all of that…and even spent this afternoon adding in the last few screws to the new planks. Who am I?! This weekend, we’ll be power washing & re-staining. If you don’t know what any of this means, please continue living in oblivion. I envy you.
Between recovering from vacation and our house work, I squeezed in time to head to my favorite vintage event in the city, Vintage Garage. I didn’t go too crazy there this time around, but this safari dress was one of the two things I came home with. This is not something you’d typically find me wearing, but I loved how much material this particular dress had. It just sits so nicely with a belt. Since the dress is fairly simple, I spiced it up with funky, bold accessories and an orange lip. With a few additions, the dress felt super chic…not so plain after all.
Below I’ve linked to five safari dresses to shop – some are near identical to mine, others have a little twist!
As a former Nordstrom employee (Nordy’s basically paid for all my bar tabs in college), I get particularly excited about the Anniversary Sale every summer. I remember back in the day the chaos that would ensue the first day of Anniversary – running “dump” (what we called tried on clothes that had to be put back – WHY did we call it “DUMP”?!!), fighting for the best Anniversary shifts (the first day of the sale mornings were always best!), making sure the floor was spic & span after hundreds of people had rummaged through. Things have changed a bit now with presale & early access, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the killer deals!
For the Nordstrom rookies out there, this sale is all brand new fall gear marked down. Once the sale is over, whatever inventory is left gets marked up to regular price, so now is the time to go cray. I will be the first to admit I’m not one who shops in stores much anymore, but this is an event I show up for.
Now we’re in the phase of “early access”, which means you can only shop if you’re a Nordstrom Credit or Debit card holder (if you’re not, find a friend who is STAT). Otherwise, everyone will be able to shop from 7/21-8/6! I’ve linked to my favorite products below – so so many good things to choose from. Shop away!
Sheer Dress: Zara, sold out (similar here) | Unitard: Topshop last season (similar here) | Shoes: French Connection Pepper Flatforms | Bag: Saint Laurent Mini Betty Bag | Lipstick: Rodial Suede Lipstick
I spent most of last weekend preparing for my Greece trip – I’m leaving on Thursday! Totally snuck up on me. It could not have been better timing for the Zara sale, because I of course was on the hunt for last minute items that I needed for the trip. Mainly stuff for the beach, because I haven’t had enough time to enjoy the sunshine here! I came across this gorgeous sheer dress that I thought would be ideal for the beach, but then quickly realized it would look super cool layered over basically anything. I got this unitard from Topshop last fall, and decided to pair it with this sheer metallic piece for something a little different. The shine is so subtle, but looks stunning in the sunlight!
There were a million other things I wanted to buy at Zara, but I’m trying to hold back so that I can shop on vacation! Below are a ten items you should buy while you can –
WEARING: United Colors of Benetton Mini Skirt (super old but you can find a similar one here and here!), Oversized white blouse (similar here), Vintage Levi’s denim jacket (found one just like it here), White platform sandals (I got these at Yoox last summer – similar ones here)
CONFESSION – I’ve had this skirt for maybe 5 years and this is the first time I’m wearing it. I never knew what shoes to pair with this thing…and then it clicked. Platforms! I feel like I came straight out of Clueless rocking this mini, and not going to lie, I’m into it. I’m not typically one for mini skirts (I’m super self conscious about my legs…have been my entire life), but this mini was just too cool to pass up. I love the purple & cream combo, and the higher waist. It pairs perfectly with a tied oversized blouse and a denim jacket.
This is the first time in my life (one of MANY to come I’m sure) where I’ve witnessed fashion trends come & go. The recent 90s revival has brought me back to my childhood, rocking scrunchies, choker necklaces, overalls, denim on denim…you get the picture. It been nostalgic, and I’m wishing I could fit into some of my childhood clothes because they would make for some killer vintage pieces! ha. Below, I’ve linked to a few other 90s inspired skirts you can rock this summer. Get on it if you haven’t already!
I’ve been obsessing over oversized blouses lately – particularly white ones. I keep discovering exciting new ways to dress them, soooo I end up wearing the same shirts on repeat. I can’t help it! It’s also been so hot in Chicago that oversized clothes are simply more comfortable to wear. Jeans are not an option, and form fitting tops are not known for masking how sweaty your pits are (so gross, but true). Blouses are versatile, stylish and comfortable, especially when you have the right fabric.
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Dress over pants?! What?! Why would anyone do that? Because it’s chic as hell, that’s why. I admired this trend from afar for a very long time, until I mustered up the courage to try it earlier this season with a sweater dress (I’ve also attempted the look with a wrap skirt). My worry was always that all of the layers would result in unflattering bulkiness, but belting the look made a world of a difference. Behold – there is a waist underneath all of the layers! Surprise surprise! The magic of accessories.
I took another risk this week, and tried it again, this time with a wrap dress. I’d like to think this was a successful attempt, but that is up for the people to judge. I’ve realized with a few rules of thumb, this look can be foolproof…read below for my tips in pulling this off.
PS – If you’re digging the tassel earrings, you can shop my favorites here!
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I’m sure you’ve noticed, but I’m really into white shoes right now. The obsession began last year when I found a killer pair of white platforms, and proceeded to wear them on repeat for the remainder of the summer. I could not WAIT to get those bad boys out this year.
80s vibes have always been up my alley, so maybe that’s what’s got me hooked on this trend. Either way, a white pair of shoes – whether they be sandals, platforms, pumps – can instantly elevate an outfit. Plus, white matches with virtually EVERYTHING, so the cost per wear is totally reasonable (yes – I actually use cost-per-wear as a consideration before making a purchase #shoppingaddictproblems).
Below are white shoes I’m loving currently – be sure to check out my other trends shops too!
Why is it so tough to get back to the grind after a holiday weekend? It was virtually impossible to adult this week. I just wanted to sleep in until 11AM and have breakfast in bed. Sigh. Being grown up is overrated. It didn’t help that we spent our Memorial Day prepping our roof deck (aka removing ~80 garbage bags worth of dead plants & old furniture down 5 flights of stairs), so that was fun. I can’t wait to get our new furniture up there and enjoy it! Just in time for summer.
On a happier note, this outfit makes me smile. I’ve been on the hunt for extreme flares, and nailed it with this pair from Zara. It was challenging to find ones that were flattering, and these checked all the boxes. I recently bought these 80s inspired white pumps (similar ones here) – the heel is the perfect height where I can actually walk around in them and feel normal. I’m so old now I can’t even wear heels above 4″ anymore ha!
The wrap top over blouse look has taken over my insta lately and I’m loving it. I decided I’d try it this weekend, because…well why not?! One of the things that inspires me most in regards to fashion is trying new things and reaching beyond my comfort zone. The end result? This super chic outfit that made me feel like a rockstar.
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