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Retro in Red

Retro in Red

Happy April – did you get fooled this weekend?! Luckily I didn’t, which I attribute to Leo being out of town. I spent time catching up with friends on Friday at Dove’s (we wanted to hit up Big Star but of course the wait was outrageous per usual), and Saturday I got things done around the house. We have visitors staying with us next week and I want to make sure the house is in good shape before they arrive! I’m usually scrambling to prepare last minute and wanted to avoid that this go round. I’m sure I’ll be scrambling still but at least I tried #oldhabitsdiehard.

A few weeks back, I came across a few awesome vintage finds, one of which was this chic red blazer (based on the intense shoulder pad situation, my guess is that it’s from the 80’s). I’m not normally a red kind of girl, but I’ve been SUPER into it lately. Maybe it was the inspo from NYFW? Whatever it is, I’m not fighting it! Anyway, it’s such a cool piece but depending on the outfit, it could look either edgy & cool or extra frumpy. I obviously was going for the edgy vibe, so I wore it with my Spiderman vintage tee (I’ve had this thing for years and haven’t gotten sick of it yet) and my go-to high waisted wide leg jeans. I topped off the look with my silver strappy sandals – I usually only rock these in the evening, but they were too perfect for this look so I had to do it!

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Warm Neutrals

Warm Neutrals

This weekend flew by too fast! We had a gorgeous day on Friday that turned into two days of nonstop rain. I guess that’s to be expected this time of year, but I wish we can just skip to June weather already! We had a jam packed weekend – thankfully, we got to chill a bit on Friday and check out Dox (Leo’s been wanting to go since it opened). I wasn’t a fan of some of the smaller dishes, but the chicken skewers are really good and so are their salads. I think we’ll be back! We also saw Get Out, which was insanely good. I’m so easily terrified (I NEVER see scary movies), yet I thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommend.

It was just warm enough this weekend to bust out the bare feet – that was kind of exciting. I’m so over boots at this point, so I’m trying to take advantage of any opportunity to not wear them. I just bought these killer wedges on Yoox this week (almost sold out but you can find them here too), so I obv went straight for those! I wore them with these cropped Missoni trousers that I’ve had FOREVER (I rarely get to wear them), as they just go perfectly with these chunky wedges. I paired the pants with a burgundy wool turtleneck to keep me warm when the temp dropped later in the day, and my vintage Levi’s denim jacket over for a more casual feel. I’m wearing the hell out of my mom’s vintage Gucci – she’s seeing me rock it and is now questioning giving it to me ha!

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Spring Is In The Air

Spring Is In The Air

Annnnd…Spring is officially here! I felt like we were far far away from spring early last week, but things have taken a turn for the better. The weather warmed up a bit on Sunday, and we got some needed sunshine. Fingers crossed that it’s here to stay.

I don’t know what’s gotten into me lately, but I’ve got some major vintage feels. On Saturday afternoon, I hit up a local Salvation Army and found a few killer designer pieces for spring (currently at the cleaners, but don’t worry, I’ll be revealing these on the blog in the coming weeks!). There’s no better feeling than walking out with 7 amazing vintage pieces and your bill coming out to $90. What?! That is the cost of one knit at Zara. Amazing.

As I’m in the vintage spirit, I decided to kick off spring with a beautiful piece knit by my grandmother 40 years ago. My mom wore this cropped knit tank when she was 13 years old, just like I did here, with a white button down blouse. Funny how fashion works sometimes, huh? I adore the knit for its uniqueness & 70s vibes…it’s special in many ways. I wore it here with a pair of Levi’s and blush/nude loafers, but I can’t wait to wear it with a skirt & chunky heels in the summer. What are you doing to get the spring feels going?

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Hand Me Downs

Hand Me Downs

Annnd it’s Monday! I don’t know about you guys, but losing one hour yesterday really threw me off. I was shocked that I woke up so late, and realized that it was because of daylight savings. Pleasant surprise! I spent the rest of my Sunday playing catch up with groceries, cleaning the house…all fun stuff. It’s been a brutally cold week in Chicago, and the weather was bringing me down. I’m so so over the cold…I’m hoping that we’re nearing the end! To keep my spirits up, I decided to bring some color out this weekend with this bright orange-red coat. It wasn’t until after I ran out of the house in this ensemble that I realized the majority of pieces were hand me downs.

The coat was my aunt’s from the late 90’s/early 00’s. I remember around that time Sisley had killer stuff, and she shopped there ALL of the time. This was one of many great pieces she got from there, and it was one of the items I snagged from my mom’s closet a few weeks back…that and the vintage Gucci bag. Coincidentally, the bag and this coat were a match made in heaven. The other hand me down? The shades. They’re vintage Carrera from the 80s, and funny enough, they’re my DAD’s! Dad was rocking stunna shades back then. I’m happy he takes care of his stuff, as I’m currently reaping the benefits. I dressed down the outfit with cropped jeans & a graphic tee (one I’ve had since college!). A pop of red lipstick and I was ready to take on the cold! Shop the look below:

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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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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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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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