Fashion

Unexpected Pairings

Unexpected Pairings

Countdown to spring has officially begun. We were teased with really nice weather earlier this week, and it dropped to the 20s on Friday night. Can it just stick around for good?! Fingers crossed it’s only getting better from here on out.

I had a lot of family time this weekend which was refreshing. Sometimes, it’s nice to get out of the city and take a break from the craziness. I had a date with my brother on Saturday & we went to see Hamilton. Let’s just say I woke up listening to the soundtrack and I can’t stop. It was just as amazing as I expected it to be!

While at my mom’s, I took a few pieces from her closet (hopefully, she’s not reading this), including a pair of strappy Stuart Weitzman sandals, a beautiful red overcoat that I wore to the theatre AND this vintage Gucci canteen bag. I knew the bag would be perfect for my Sunday outfit! I’ve had this suede wrap skirt for a couple of years now (it was actually one of my first outfit posts, ahhh! my hair was SO short), and haven’t worn it enough. I decided to layer it over a pair of cropped denim to make it more versatile and appropriate for daytime. I’ve been experimenting with layering lately and am having so much fun with it! What do you like to layer?

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Overcast in San Diego

Overcast in San Diego

San 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 Trends | Fall 2017

#NYFW Street Style Trends | 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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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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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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Tracksuit Deja Vu

Tracksuit Deja Vu

High school me came out last week when I found this embroidered 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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Killer Combo: Fur & Velvet

Killer Combo: Fur & Velvet

I’ve been wanting a vintage fur for years now. Finally, when in LA, I came across this gorgeous fox fur coat & grabbed it immediately. Funny that I found a fur in LA of all places! It’s nearly impossible to find a vintage piece that fits just right, so I knew I had to grab this coat then and there. It’s super functional for Chicago winters – it was nice to have the warmth factor without having to wear a puffer coat (I have a love/hate relationship with puffers – they’re just meh, but also a necessity).

I paired the coat with a wool burgundy turtleneck, and my cropped Levi’s that I’ve been obsessing over the last month. Confession – these jeans are the first non-stretch jeans I’ve ever owned. They fit snug in all of the right places, and I love that the wash has that vintage look. The raw hem is a perfect match for ankle booties, so I brought out my navy velvet boots to add another trendy element to the look. The creme, burgundy & navy color scheme was perfect for a chilly January afternoon. Shop the look below!

PS – The velvet boot trend shop, and more winter coats.

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Fitness: Four Ways to Stay Motivated

Fitness: Four Ways to Stay Motivated

We’ve all been there – a few weeks into January and our motivation to exercise is slowly fizzling out. For those of us in colder climates, it’s even harder to stay on track. Cuddling up on the couch on a cold day is so much easier to do than hauling over to the gym to get your workout in. I’ve been working out regularly for the last 5 years or so, and I still find it hard to stick to my fitness routine! Over the years, I’ve realized that there are a few things that keep me motivated. Hopefully, they work for you too.

Wearing: GFit for Gap Factory sports bra, jacket & leggings

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Athleisure at it’s Best

Athleisure at it’s Best

I always neglect to buy lounge gear, so when I came across these velour joggers at Target I pulled the trigger immediately (the fact that they’re under $25 helped!). I typically wear them while lounging around the house, but when paired with the right shoes & accessories they can easily be worn for running errands, out to dinner…basically, anywhere. I’m all about comfort, so the fact that I’m able to stay comfy in these while being out and about is a huge win.

For more of an on-trend feel, I slipped on fishnet tights below the sweatpants & layered on a cropped sweatshirt and booties. My go-to bomber jacket completed the casual ensemble. Shop the look below!

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Trend Shop: The Statement Sleeve

Trend Shop: The Statement Sleeve

I haven’t done a trend shop since I featured velvet booties – it’s been long overdue! Statement sleeves aren’t necessarily a “new” trend per se, as they really blew up earlier in 2016. I’m usually one to jump on trends quickly, but this one was a bit outside of my comfort zone. I’m finally at the point where I’m ready to embrace this trend. Bring on the bell sleeves!

Statement sleeves look best when paired with a simple outfit (you can potentially do eccentric accessories depending on the material/cut/print). Moral of the story, let the statement piece be the focal point of the outfit. Below are a few statement sleeve pieces I’m digging right now – click on the links below to shop!

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