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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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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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What to Wear to a Holiday Party

What to Wear to a Holiday Party

Yay! It’s snowing! We had a crazy weekend of snow in Chicago – and because it’s the holidays, I’m not against it. I’ll take the snow over below zero temperatures ANY day. Given we’re amidst the holiday season, it’s not unusual to have a least three holiday parties to attend. Maybe it’s just me – but I find these things stressful! How much do you dress up? How much can you dress down? I’m the queen of casual so the fact that I have to put any extra effort in for these events stresses me out.

I’ve finally determined the formula that works for me – I mix a few dressy pieces with casual pieces and find that I’m more comfortable physically and mentally. This obviously doesn’t work for black tie affairs, but I’ve found it works for most holiday parties/happy hours. For a holiday event last week, I paired this metallic copper skirt with an oversized v-neck knit and a fur vest. I added a pair of crew socks & pointy ankle boots and I was ready to go. I took it to the next level and added a beanie, obvs an optional touch! Given our weather conditions, it was more for functional purposes :). Shop the full look below!

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Velvet Overload

Velvet Overload

It’s been way too long since I’ve posted an outfit! We spent the entire weekend packing up Leo’s place. Officially moving into the new house in 4 days. THANK GOD. I want my life back. I can’t wait to start baking again, and prepping the new house for the holidays. I’ll finally stop ranting about moving, packing and all the stress that comes with it – will hopefully have some great posts to come for the holiday season :). Ahhh – Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK!

You know I’ve been obsessing over velvet & burgundy lately, and this outfit encompasses both trends. I got the Free People catalog in the mail last week, and wanted literally everything in it. These pants particularly caught my eye. The flare is intense, but so unique and fun. They have a high waist, so they’re actually really flattering on. They run a little big, so I recommend going down a size if you’re going to pull the trigger! I’m a big fan of flares + oversized tops, so I resorted to this comfy vintage cashmere sweater. This was a find from Vintage Underground – $20! Amazing deal. I wish I bought 10 of them.

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Lucky Vintage Find

Lucky Vintage Find

Leo and I have been more selective with where we’re eating out as of late, as we’re trying to eat healthier. Once the holidays approach, it’s game over, so might as well try to squeeze in some healthy eating now! Believe me, sometimes we are so not in the mood to make dinner, but we stick with it. The outcome has been positive – we feel better for one thing, AND we appreciate our dinners out more than ever. A few weeks back, we planned dinner out at Giant in Logan Square.

We haven’t been to Logan since the end of the summer, so we thought we’d head over early & have drinks before dinner. On our way to the restaurant, I stopped at Tusk, as small boutique just a few shops down from our dinner spot. I was immediately drawn to to the unique items on display & the artsy vibe. They have a mix of local designers, vintage pieces and objects created by various artists. I was lucky to find this beautiful oversized vintage blouse in my brief visit. I can’t wait to go back for more!

Oversized anything is up my alley, and I really love how oversized sweaters & shirts look over flares. I tucked the blouse in on one side and topped it off with an edgy necklace. Shop the look below!

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All Stirred Up

All Stirred Up

I can’t wait to get full access to my wardrobe again – this living in across two places thing isn’t working so well for me. With the weather feeling more like fall (outside of our 80 degree day this week – AMAZING), my apparel choices available at Leo’s are becoming slimmer by the day. Luckily, we’re making major progress at the house, with first coat of paint complete & floors almost done. I can’t wait to 1. MOVE IN and 2. share photos of the space we’ve put so much effort into. We’re getting closer & closer!

I went to get my hair colored last Saturday in the Gold Coast (I went darker for fall/winter – it’s barely noticeable in pics but it’s def darker!), and snuck in a brief shopping sesh at H&M. These stirrups happened, along with this dusty rose cropped knit. Stirrups are an interesting concept…they’re a bit odd, but I’ve always been a fan. I immediately gravitated towards these because the quality was impressive, and they fit like a glove.

I topped off the look with this beautiful wool bomber from new Chicago designer, Coat Check. I love being able to support local designers, and Coat Check has gorgeous pieces perfect for fall (I adore the car coat and the cropped jacket as well). All the coats are made in the USA – the story about how the brand started is really inspirational! I can’t wait to rock it over the next couple of months. Shop the coat I’m wearing here, and the rest of the look below!

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