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.
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.
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!
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!
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!