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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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More Than Just Your Typical Sweatshirt

More Than Just Your Typical Sweatshirt

I’ve just started to come around to wearing sweats. Growing up, I was never the sweatpants/sweatshirt kind of girl (outside of this weird phase I had in junior high where all I would wear were Gap hoodies – let’s pretend that never happened). Even throughout college, I made an effort to dress like a normal human being to class. Nothing crazy, but sweaters, jeans, you get the picture. I recall witnessing classmates in pajamas at morning lecture. That was not me. You wouldn’t catch me dead with PJs on in public (unless I’m rocking the PJ trend, which I have yet to get accustomed to).

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Blush Bomber Jacket

Blush Bomber Jacket

It’s clear that I’m digging neutrals and bomber jackets lately. That said, you can imagine the excitement I felt when I discovered this beautiful blush bomber jacket in Dubai. I had to have it!

My wardrobe is a bit of a mess right now as I have my fall clothes in boxes at the new house (another reason I can’t wait to move already!). On top of not having access to all of my stuff, my weekends have been consumed with running house errands, i.e. carrying boxes of tiles, faucets, AC units…you get the picture. Bottom line is, I have to get down and dirty on the weekends. Comfortable, functional clothing is required. This knit skirt & rib tank combo paired with my fab new bomber jacket & sneakers was just what I needed to get stuff done (without completely sacrificing my style). Sometimes, you gotta get down to the basics.

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Transitional Greys

Transitional Greys

I SO underestimated the potential for hot weather this past week. Twice I busted out a thick sweater and ended up regretting it shortly thereafter as I sweat profusely in private (at least I hope it was private). You just never know what you’re going to get with Chicago fall – it can range from 40-80 degrees. Good luck trying to figure it out.

Instead of trying to predict the future, as that’s clearly not panning out for me, I’ve resorted to transitional pieces that are appropriate in both [semi] hot & cold weather conditions. This sleeveless knit tunic I picked up last year was the perfect piece for this weekend, which included hot summer days and fall nights. I’ve been digging the monochromatic look as of late, so I rocked it with grey cropped trousers and nude loafers from COS. I didn’t sweat my butt off, so I consider my outfit choice a #win. Shop the look below!

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