I can’t believe the long weekend is almost over! There was plenty of relaxation time & unwinding in San Diego – it was much needed. I feel re-energized & ready to take on the week (also ready to eat normal food and hit the gym hard given what I’ve consumed the last few days #vacadietproblems). As much as I love traveling, it was too much this month. I’m looking forward to staying put for a while…need to get my personal life in order (do I need to do my taxes yet?).
During my weekend down time, I took the time to peruse the highlights from NYFW. My favorite part of fashion month is not only getting inspiration from the runway, but scoping out the street style scene. I want to know what the hottest trends are and keep them in mind as I shop for new spring pieces. Obviously, these trends aren’t for everyone, but I enjoy seeing what’s out there and putting my own spin to it. Given the snow storm in NYC during fashion week, I was especially curious how the fashionistas would improvise their outfits.
I’ve recapped 5 major trends I’ve seen among NYFW street style stars, and put together a few pieces you can shop under each trend. I’m loving the sporty looks and fun plays on color & fabrics!
PS – In case you need more inspo, here’s my street style breakdown for NYFW Spring 2017.
PPS – I hope it’s still 70s in Chicago by the time I arrive!
It’s been a hectic few weeks over here – we managed to move a week before Thanksgiving. Not the greatest timing, but hey, it’s over! It was actually nice in the sense that we had time off for the holidays to get our lives together, and also reflect and appreciate all that we have. We’re on the hunt for house items and have been taking advantage of the latest sales for furniture & other house necessities. I’m so used to spending my disposable income solely on clothing, shoes & accessories, so it’s been strange having to make big furniture purchases when I’d normally be splurging on my wardrobe. However, it doesn’t mean I haven’t been looking to see what’s out there (hardcore window shopping). There are some great sales happening this week…and even though I can’t fully take advantage, you absolutely should! Below are some sales you need to get on ASAP. The deals are just too good.
Burgundy is on FIRE this season. Between that and dusty rose, I’m absolutely loving the color palette of fall. It took some time for this color to grow on me, only because I rocked a burgundy Juicy Couture velour jumpsuit 10 years ago and I’d like to erase those days from my memory. Now, I’ve learned to embrace this beautiful color in a completely different light…one that is Juicy free.
It’s not super intuitive to style burgundy because it is a unique color – does it clash with other neutrals? How much burgundy is too much? Should you do leather, velvet, knits, lipstick? I’ve pulled together my fav burgundy street style looks to help you address these important questions. Also, shop my burgundy wish list below!
After months of dealing with my constantly dying iPhone 6 (not to mention the constant “low on storage” warning), I finally pulled the trigger and bought the iPhone 7 Plus – yup, I even upgraded the size of my screen! I can’t tell you how many times my iPhone 6 battery gave out on me during critical moments – i.e. while my Uber was on the way to pick me up #firstworldproblems. With all that said, you can imagine how excited I was to finally get a bigger screen, better battery life & an incredible camera!
One thing I have yet to purchase is a phone case. I HATE that phone cases take away from the beauty of the iPhone – I mean, the hardware is just too pretty to hide – but they are so necessary. I’ve cracked my old phone’s screen one too many times, and now that I have a new shiny device, I feel like I should attempt to take better care of it. Here are some stylish cases I’ve been eying lately – shop via the links below (I clearly have a thing for marble – ha)!
I haven’t had time to do much shopping for myself as of late, but I have a running wish list of items that I want/NEED in my closet right now. My fall shopping has been put on hold due to all the items we have to buy for the house. Let me tell you – it’s not easy. It also doesn’t help that fashion month just wrapped up, major #envy going on right now. One of my favorite things to do is stalk street style pics and get the low down on what everyone is wearing. Shop some of my favorite fashion month street style looks below!
A couple of weeks ago, my obsession with flea markets reached an all time high. After years of failing to go, I FINALLY made it to Vintage Garage Chicago, and it was glorious. For all of you flea market lovers, please take a seat as I explain.
Vintage Garage is essentially a massive garage takeover. On a normal day, this is your typical city parking garage. On the 3rd Sunday of every month from April-October, it turns into a magical place. You’ll find 75 vendors swarming the garage, and it’s filled to the brim with everything vintage. Furniture, clothing, jewelry, decor, art and more. Let’s just say this is my flea market dream come true.
Last week was spent prepping for my vacation, which meant packing (LOTS of packing going on lately), wrapping up things at work, and running some last minute errands before the trip. I have barely worked out the last 2 weeks, which is so unlike me, and just haven’t felt like myself.
When I heard Topshop was hosting an in-store event (with the lovely Fleur De Force) that included free manis, braids, makeup touch-ups, and cocktails…I knew that I NEEDED to go. How could I turn down an opportunity to get pampered after an exhausting week…or ever, really? This was my chance to unwind before a long day of travel.
Life has been so crazy lately, I haven’t even had the chance to think about my upcoming vacation! I’m now scrambling, realizing there are last minute things I need for my trip…one of them being a proper beach bag.
I don’t know why, but purchasing a nice beach bag is never high on my priority list. I put a lot of focus on the swimsuits, sunglasses, towels…and every summer I realize the importance of a stylish beach bag. This summer (or at least this “summer trip” as summer is almost over – it’s painful to think about!) I’m making changes. I NEED to find the perfect beach bag, and I’m leaning towards getting a straw one…mainly because they’re adorable and I don’t have to worry about sand destroying it. Though my options are limited given it’s end of summer, I’ve still managed to find a few bags that I love. Click on the images below to shop!
Isn’t it strange that sunglasses are a one-size-fits-all? Most everything we purchase comes in sizes, yet sunglasses are an exception to this rule. We all have unique head shapes…there’s no standard by any means. Something’s not adding up here.
Well, I’ve got news for you. I’ve discovered that there ARE sunglasses out there that come in sizes, measured perfectly for your pretty (or handsome) face. Introducing Moscot – you can thank me later. Now, this isn’t a new brand by any means. They’ve been around for over a hundred years, and it’s apparent when you take a look at their classic designs. Their frames are timeless, and highly customizable. You have the ability to select your frame size, shape, color and lens. Given how much we spend on sunglasses, you’d think this would be the standard.Continue reading…
Nordstrom will always have a special place in my heart as I worked there for 5 years throughout high school & college. It essentially was the reason I didn’t have to work when away at school – best seasonal job EVER! I made special friends from my time there, and also learned more than expected in the hustle & grind of the retail world. I was a hardwired Nordstrom fanatic, as you can imagine, so every summer when the Anniversary Sale came along I was pumped. It’s THE biggest sale of the year.
I’d creep into the stock rooms of all the departments as they were getting their Anniversary merch to get a sneak peek. It was always fun to get the inside scoop on what product they’d be featuring that summer. Over the years, their sale strategy has evolved, and now we’re all able to get a sneak peek at the awesome merch they’ll be featuring before it becomes available for purchase…even without a Nordstrom card.
Here’s how it works – if you’re a Nordstrom card holder, you get early access to shop the sale now. For the rest of you, everything will become officially available on July 22nd, but you can still see what will be featured on the sale now!
Here’s what’s currently on my #NSale wishlist – click on the images below to shop.