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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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Monday Mindfulness

Monday Mindfulness

Denim Jacket: Vintage, similar here | Tee Shirt: 24/7 Perspective| Stirrup Pants: H&M, similar here | Ankle BootsZara | ClutchHolly & Tanager

It’s been a while! Sorry, I was in Paris celebrating my 30th birthday last weekend (not sorry, haha). So here I am, after being MIA for a week or so, now in a new decade of life. I was filling out a form today for something that required me to put my age…plugging in the number 30 was a weird yet comforting sensation. It feels right, so why is it so strange to say that number out loud? It will take some getting used to! I’ll of course be sharing more on my birthday weekend in Paris and my take on this “big” birthday and saying bye to my twenties – more to come in the next few weeks!

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My New Fav Combo: Blazer + Hoodie

My New Fav Combo: Blazer + Hoodie

Blazer: Target | Hoodie: Target, similar hereKnit Skirt: Club Monaco, similar here (more affordable one here| Sock Boots: Zara (you saw these in last week’s post!)| LipstickMilk Lip Metal

Blazers have always been my thing, especially lately. I’ve only posted outfits with blazers here, here, and here. Excessive? I think not. You can imagine when oversized blazers became a hit, I was overcome with joy. A trend I was already a pro at rocking, FINALLY.

One thing I’m liking about the latest blazer trend is that I’m seeing blazers worn in new, unexpected ways. Over a slip dress, with a graphic tee, layered over a mini skirt or shorts, and my recent favorite…with a hoodie. That’s right, that hoodie you rocked back in junior high is now acceptable to wear out in public. Okay, maybe not that EXACT one (mine were all from the Gap), but you get the picture. This is groundbreaking stuff.

It’s chic meets casual… who wouldn’t love it? Shop more of this trendy combo below –

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How to Wear a Power Suit

How to Wear a Power Suit

Suit: Vintage YSL (a lucky find from a Vintage Garage event), I couldn’t find something like it but you can pair a midi skirt with a cropped blazer for a similar look! | Sock Boots: Zara | Beanie: I picked this up in Berlin a few years back, but here’s a similar one | Lipstick: Mac, Chili

I’ve been waiting all year for this. Secretly, I’ve built up my stash of vintage power suits and have been waiting for the right moment to bust them out. Now is the TIME. My first suit purchase was actually this blazer (yes, it comes with pants!). I’m working on tapering the pants as they currently have a wide leg. TBD on that. Hoping to get that done so I can rock that bad boy soon.

Now, back to this suit. Vintage Yves Saint Laurent from the 70s. The previous owner sold it to me herself – we had a moment. I think she was very excited that I was excited about it, and that this beauty was given a second life. From the stitching to the buttons to the colors of the wool…it’s a stunning set. AND, it fits me perfectly. I didn’t even have to tailor it. Meant to be.

You are probably thinking to yourself, “I don’t know how to pull this off”. I thought the same thing, and here I am. Here’s how to wear a power suit. you can do it…

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My Fall Bucket List

My Fall Bucket List

Blazer: Vintage Escada (from one of my favorite vintage shops!), I couldn’t find a leather blazer, but here‘s a navy moto jacket! | Jeans: Levi’s, similar hereSilver Sandals: Massimo Dutti, sold out (similar here and here) | White Tee: Frank & Oak | Sunglasses: Celine, more affordable option here

It may not feel like fall yet, but it’s definitely here. I’ve been rocking fall clothes & sweating my ass off, but I don’t care. I refuse to wear summer gear in October. It’s just not happening. NO MORE OPEN TOES. Done…except for these silver sandals, though. They just went too well with this navy blazer. I had to do it. But after this, I’m done. For real.

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Vintage Shopping in Chicago: My Go-To Spots

Vintage Shopping in Chicago: My Go-To Spots

Blazer: Vintage, similar hereSlip Dress: Zara, similar here| Velvet Boots: Sam EdelmanClutch: Vintage, this one is also chainmail but a little different (I like it more than the one I have!) | Lipstick: Milk Lip Metal

Over the last 5 years, my vintage purchases have increased exponentially. The first piece of vintage clothing I purchased was this blazer 4 years ago. I used to be hesitant in buying vintage clothes…until I realized the quality I was getting for a fraction of the price of something new. Let’s just say the cleaners have become my new best friend!

Outside of being more affordable, my favorite thing about buying vintage is the fact that each piece of one of a kind. I love the feeling of finding an awesome vintage item and knowing that I’m the ONLY one who has it! The exclusivity of each purchase makes for a thrilling shopping experience – such a good feeling. I’m at the point now where 70% of what I buy is vintage, and there’s no turning back. I will say, though, that finding the right places to shop vintage is key. There are plenty of vintage stores, but depending on where you go, you’ll find yourself leaving the store defeated and confused (“why can I not find anything good?! What’s wrong with me?!”). The key is knowing WHERE to shop. That said, today I’m sharing my go-to spots for vintage shopping in Chicago.

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#NYFW Street Style Trends | Spring 2018

#NYFW Street Style Trends | Spring 2018

Shorts: Vintage Levi’s, similar here | White Tee: Frank & Oak | Shoes: Zara, similar hereBlazer: Vintage, similar here | Necklace: Zara, similar here

New York fashion week feels like ages ago, but I realized that I never did my standard round up post of the street style trends! Typically, I find the trends after perusing through all of the street style pics..but this time around, I saw everything first hand. As crazy & overwhelming NYFW was, the most fun part was the inspiration you’re surrounded by, both on the runway & on the street. Walking in and out of shows may have been my favorite part of it all, with the street style photographers crowded at the corners, waiting for the next street style star to walk on by. Here are 5 trends I saw everywhere the few days I was there! I’ve pulled together my favorite pieces from each trend so that you can shop it too, if your heart desires.

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