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10 Things to Buy at the Zara Sale

10 Things to Buy at the Zara Sale

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 –

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Five 90s Inspired Skirts You’ll Want ASAP

Five 90s Inspired Skirts You’ll Want ASAP

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!

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3 Ways to Wear an Oversized Blouse

3 Ways to Wear an Oversized Blouse

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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How to Wear a Dress Over Pants

How to Wear a Dress Over Pants

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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Wrapped Up

Wrapped Up

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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Palm Print Dress

Palm Print Dress

I spent Mother’s Day at my mom’s eating her homemade kebabs (amongst other delicious food). It was surprisingly pleasant to spend the entire day in the burbs – so low key. It’s a nice change of pace from the city life I’m used to! Less people, peace and quiet, little to no traffic…lots of Mom time. She liked her gift (I got her a new Cuisinart food processor per her request haha), so I consider Mother’s Day a success!

I wore this cute little palm print dress from Old Navy (they are CRUSHING it right now, perfect #summervibes) – if you know me, you know I rarely wear print. Something about the print on this dress really captured my attention – it’s bold but not obnoxious (and um…it’s on sale for $15!!!). I also loved how it was just long enough where it feels super summery but not too scandalous! Denim jackets are my go-to when the weather warms up but you still get a breeze in the evening, so I added it as an extra layer to the look. This dress would look cute with white sneaks, but I paired it with my absolute favorite white platform sandals (I LIVE in these in the summer – they instantly make any outfit cool). I topped off my tropical look with an orange lip, because I felt like it was necessary (lipstick is Nars Audacious – Juliette).

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Rainy Weekend

Rainy Weekend

Maybe I spoke too soon last week about the nice weather, because I feel like winter is again upon us. What is happening?! This rain needs to end. April is over, let’s move on!

Most times, I’m down when the weather is gloomy (because I’m always go-go-go), but this weekend I needed to do nothing and the weather encouraged me to be lazy. It’s been a hectic few weeks catching up with friends, traveling for work, hosting visitors…I needed a weekend off. I caught up on some house things, including touching up the cabinets in our den (tile is going in next week and I can’t wait to share the before & after pics!), and tidying up the house. Why do I feel like I’m always cleaning? Can the house just stay clean for like 4 days? Impossible. We did watch a movie on Saturday night – Colossal. It was super funny and entertaining, I highly recommend it! I’m not normally an Anne Hathaway fan, but I actually liked her in this one.

When I did venture out of the house on Sunday, it was drizzling rain, so I threw on this trench I picked up on my last thrift run. It’s from Neiman’s from god knows when – the wool is light and has this beautiful shine to it. Leo laughs when I wear it (I’ve been called an 80’s secretary), but I seriously love this thing. The buttons have been miraculously preserved somehow, and though it’s hard to tell in pics, they add so much character to the coat. The lining is also this rich burgundy – so beautiful. To give the coat a more modern twist, I belted it with a double buckle leather belt and wore a sweater dress over jeans underneath.

Let’s hope next week I’ll be sharing a more spring-y outfit! Fingers crossed that this weather takes a turn for the best!

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Mint Green & Bell Sleeves Please

Mint Green & Bell Sleeves Please

What’s my favorite color this season? Mint green, no doubt. I don’t know when or how I became so obsessed with this color, but it’s officially a thing. Now that I think about it, I’m crushing on pastels lately in general. Maybe it’s the time of year, or maybe I’m going through a phase. Either way, I’m owning it!

I had a family luncheon for a baptism in Andersonville on Sunday, and I was SO excited to finally bring out this mint green cropped sweater. I rarely have a more formal event to dress for (yes, this is formal for me, sad), so I was looking forward to getting dolled up and putting on wedges for a change. I even straightened my hair (which, as you know, is a rarity). Before the lunch, I walked around the neighborhood, because I don’t get to go up there often. My parents used to take us there frequently when we were kids, mainly for Swedish Bakery, which recently closed (I’m still getting over this). Almost every single one of my birthday cakes was from this bakery – I was a big fan of their marzipan cake – so I was really sad to see them close after all of these years. Ahhhh…nostalgia.

Backkkk to the outfit! I’ve worn this cropped sweater over a slip dress with sneakers, but I’ve found it also looks great over an oversized white button down. With a pair of cropped grey skinny pants, chunky wedges, big sunnies and my mom’s vintage Gucci, this outfit was the perfect balance of neutrals and a touch of color for a lunch out in the city.

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Oversized Silk & Flares for Easter

Oversized Silk & Flares for Easter

Maybe I’m speaking too soon, but I think that spring weather is here to stay! We had friends in town all of last week so we laid pretty low this weekend to catch up on life. I used our roof deck for the first time on Saturday and it was amazing. Can’t wait to spend many summer afternoons up there! Yesterday, we spent time with family for Easter. We decided to have everyone come over to our place (since most of our family was out of town this weekend), and enjoyed same tasty Middle Eastern food. I finished the day off with a lonnnng walk – I think we walked 6 miles, no joke – on the 606 with Mom. It was the best way to burn off all that falafel, and it was just too beautiful out. Def had some Mom/daughter bonding time!

I didn’t get too dressy this year for Easter, since I knew it would just be a few of us and we hosted. It’s been a while since I got to wear these flare jeans (I think this was actually the last time), so I felt it was time to bring them out. They also make me feel like a million bucks because they just suck everything in – ha! I picked up this oversized silk shirt – I’m pretty sure it’s men’s – on my last vintage shopping run, along with this pretty blush & cream scarf. To finish off the look, I wore my tan square sunnies & pulled my hair back (partly because it was dirty and partly because I wanted to show off the pretty scarf).

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Slips & Bombers

Slips & Bombers

I’m so behind on everything this week! We have Leo’s friends in town, so we spent the weekend out and about enjoying the beautiful weather…and have basically been out every weeknight as well. I spent Monday night at Kingston Mines – like, what? I’m partying like I’m 24 again, and my body is so not equipped for this anymore. I’m in need of a desperate detox. Is it Friday yet? And no, not to party like it’s the weekend, but because I need to sleep in and not drink until July.

On another note, I’m so happy dress weather is finally here! You probably remember this slip dress from back in February, but now I can wear it without a million layers over it. Exciting stuff. We hit the mid 70s on Sunday, so it was the perfect time to rock this dress with a white tee. I brought out my blush bomber to throw on later in the day, which I’m so grateful for because it got crazy windy in the evening (in case you couldn’t tell from my wacky hair/holding hair in place photos). Something about grey and rose pink together is so soothing – I love the color combo.

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