Monday Mindfulness

Monday Mindfulness

I can’t believe it’s already October! Where has this year gone? It’s officially fall…which is great because I love fall…but it also means I’m turning 30 soon. WOAH. That’s kind of a big deal right? A month from now, I’ll be going on three decades of life. Crazy to think about.

I remember when I was younger, people would say after you pass a certain age, the years just FLY by. The older you get, the faster time goes. I catch myself saying things like “oh, 15 years ago I went to…”. WHAT?! 15 years ago now refers to a time when I was a coherent & “almost” responsible adult…it’s no longer referencing a moment in time where my biggest concern in life was when the next I Love Lucy marathon would air (yes, I was into I Love Lucy, and no I’m not ashamed of it). How times change.

Surprisingly enough…I feel alright about it. Six months ago I was in panic mode, but now I’m okay. I thought about why I would be afraid/sad to turn 30, and really, I’m quite happy with where I’m at in life. In fact, I’ve never felt so comfortable in my own skin, and it’s a good feeling. So, what’s the deal? There’s nothing to be afraid of. I’m ready to embrace 30 people. BRING IT.

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Where I Shop For Shoes

Where I Shop For Shoes

If there is an item I find myself shopping the most, it’s shoes. Ever since I can remember, shoes have been my favorite accessory…almost to a fault (I have very few bags and need to step up my game!). A chic pair of shoes can elevate any outfit, and depending on where/what you’re buying, you don’t have to break the bank to build a solid shoe collection.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more particular about the types of shoes I buy. Sure, I’ll get a cheap-y trendy shoe once in a while, but for the most part, I want a high quality shoe for a good price (I’m a major bargain shopper). That is virtually impossible to find when you’re shopping at department stores. If it’s made in Italy, you’re likely going to pay a premium for it. With that said, I’ve resorted to various online shops to fuel my shoe addiction – and so far it’s been working out for me! Below are a few sites I regularly stalk for the next shoe purchase.

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A New Way to Wear a Button Down Shirt

A New Way to Wear a Button Down Shirt

Corduroy Pants: ModCloth | Striped Blouse: ModCloth | Shoes: Zara, similar here| Turtleneck: H&M, similar here | Lipstick: Bite Beauty

We had a little glimpse of fall before the heatwave came – I’m not complaining about the extended summer, but I am ready to get my fall clothes on (because fall fashion is the BEST!). On one of the cooler days a couple of weeks ago, I put together this burgundy look that I can’t get enough of. First of all, corduroy pants remind me of my childhood and I can’t wait to wear them again. I had like 3 pairs in high school that I wore on a regular basis…with Birkenstock Boston Clogs of course (which apparently are also back!). I’ve officially lived a cycle of fashion, and even have my Birks from 10+ years ago. I’m old, but at least I’m saving some money. Ha.

In effort to elevate this outfit, I wanted to think outside of the box in terms of how to style a button down blouse. A new way to wear a button down (for future reference) – layer a blouse over a thin turtleneck, the ultimate layering piece for fall. With a pop of dark lipstick and chic white ankle boots, I was ready to take on the day.

Both the blouse and pants are from ModCloth – their fall stuff is SO on point right now. I love that their sizes are made for every shape & body type…and their stuff fits so well! It’s tricky for me to find pants that fit properly, and these fit like a glove. Shop this look & other ModCloth stuff I’m loving right now below!

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The Vintage Furniture in Our Home

The Vintage Furniture in Our Home

I have a soft spot for anything old – you’re already fully aware of my obsession with vintage clothing (I feel like that’s all I’ve been buying lately!). This obsession also applies to furniture…are you surprised? It all started with my first apartment, where I didn’t have much choice but to take in hand-me-downs. I was 24, after all. I inherited furniture from old roommates after we parted ways, from Leo’s previous apartments, from my mom’s house. The only piece of furniture I actually paid for was my dining table & chairs from Ikea (here are a few Ikea hacks if you’re shopping on a budget!).

Funny enough, Leo is not typically a vintage anything kind of guy, but I’ve sold him in on the few vintage pieces of furniture we do have a the house. It took time, but I broke him down! The first piece was an easy sell, because it was the perfect fit and price…our bedroom dresser.

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The Sweater Trend I’m Loving for Fall

The Sweater Trend I’m Loving for Fall

Stirrup Pants: Vintage, similar here | Varsity Sweater Vest: Vintage Escada, similar here | Shoes: Zara, similar hereRuffle TopClub Monaco

In case I haven’t talked about it enough…I was in NYFW last weekend…and it was kind of amazing. You probably saw most of my outfits on Instagram (if you follow me – and if you don’t…let’s be friends!), and I featured a sneak peak of this one which was my all time fav of my NYFW looks.

I’ve been really into varsity sweaters as of late! I came across this gem at a vintage shop in Evanston a couple weeks back (I’m thinking about featuring my fav spots to shop vintage in Chicago – thoughts?!), and knew I hit the jackpot when I saw the Escada label inside. Sweater vests can be tricky because they’re a bit masculine, so I offset the boyishness with a feminine ruffle sleeve top and stirrup pants (my mom’s from the 80’s – I feel 10 lbs skinnier in these pants at all times). Bottom line – I need more varsity sweaters in my life! Below are a few I’ve been eyeing lately – they’re just too chic and cool to pass up.

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Things to Do in Kansas City

Things to Do in Kansas City

About a month ago, I was in Kansas City for the weekend with Visit KC. In a matter of two days, we hit up the city’s best food spots and squeezed in time to explore the must-see places in town. Looking back, I can’t believe we managed to do all of the things we did in such little time! Overall, it was such a memorable trip. It helped that I had awesome hosts & great company… I was there with a few lovely Chicago bloggers – Lauren, Kit and Maya.

If you live in the Midwest, Kansas City should definitely be a destination on your bucket list! It’s only a quick plane ride, and depending on where you’re at, you can make a road trip out of it. If you end up taking my advice and make a trip (let me know if you do!), here are a few things to do in Kansas City based on my recent experience –

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My First NYFW Show…EVER

My First NYFW Show…EVER

Wool Pants: Vintage Escada, similar here | Blouse: Vintage, similar here | Shoes: Robert ClergerieEarringsForever 21 | Bag: Chanel, similar here | Lipstick: Nars, Deborah

You may have caught in my million Insta stories last weekend, but for those of you that didn’t…I was at my first NYFW! I went for a jam packed two days – and it was an experience to say the least. I landed in NYC on Saturday around noon, and rushed to get to Manhattan and make it to the Yuna Yang presentation at 3pm. It’s safe to say my first fashion show was my favorite of the weekend.

It was a gorgeous day out (really, the entire weekend was ideal weather), so I decided to wear this monochrome number with some fun accessories. I’ve been rocking the head scarf look all summer – it’s SO easy and chic. You can’t go wrong. I added a bold lip and hoop earrings to finish off the look.

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An Easy DIY: How to Paint Speakers

An Easy DIY: How to Paint Speakers

One thing Leo and I had been debating over for weeks was whether or not we pull the trigger on new speakers. With all of the other house expenses, we wondered if it was worth it to replace speakers that were fully functional…eye sores, but functional. After a lot of thought (& a lot of Pinteresting), we decided with a little love we could make our speakers more of statement piece by painting them. We desperately needed color in the our living room, so we decided to go with a retro mint green color. I secretly love this color so was ecstatic that Leo was into it too!

We wanted to make the process as simple as possible (aka avoiding priming, sanding, sanding again), and decided that chalk paint was our best bet. The end result came out so good I just had to share! Below are the steps on how to paint speakers if you’re looking to try this at home –

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How to Reinvent an Oversized Cardigan

How to Reinvent an Oversized Cardigan

Cardigan: Zara, similar here | Skirt: Vintage, similar here | Shoes: Topshop, similar here | EarringsForever 21 | Belt: Vintage, similar here

BREAKING NEWS – I’m going to New York Fashion Week this weekend and I can’t WAIT! First time and it’s so exciting! That said, I’ve been scrambling to pull together outfits for the few days that I’m there – it’s been so fun raiding my closet and trying to combine what I have in new, creative ways. Spoiler alert…there will be lots of vintage being rocked…and I have no shame. I’ve just snagged so many good vintage finds lately, this is their moment to shine.

In my frantic moments of outfit compiling, I realized that I could rock one of my oversized cardigans as a wrap top. DING DING DING. I bought this sweater earlier this year, and have worn it in various ways, but never wrapped and belted. Why haven’t I done this with all of my cardigans?! I’ve been dying to wear this vintage Donna Karan belt for weeks now (one of my recent vintage purchases), so naturally I reached for it first. Paired with a wool midi skirt and black ankle boots, I felt like I was ready to take on fall.

Shop my favorite oversized cardigans & waist belts below – you can reinvent your cardigans too!

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Monday Mindfulness

Monday Mindfulness

It’s been a while since I last wrote a mindfulness post, and I’m realizing that I’m having a hard time writing it now. Why? Because I haven’t been very mindful lately. I’ve been caught up with work, the million house projects we have going on (do they ever end?), trying to make time for my friends, family & Leo. Summer felt like a whirlwind…I haven’t had a moment to just take it all in. Not because I didn’t have the time, because I didn’t MAKE the time.

On Saturday afternoon, I went to my mom’s for a bit to hang. I haven’t spent a lot of time at home in the last couple of months, and I was really starting to miss it. I think what I miss the most is the simplicity of life back when I lived there. When I was a teen, all I wanted to do was grow up and get out of that place. Now that I’m older, I wish I had embraced that period of life for what it was and enjoyed it a little more. And I thought about how 10 years from now, I’ll likely be saying the same thing. How do I prevent this from happening? We’re all guilty of constantly thinking ahead – “when I do xyz, things will be better”, “I can relax once I accomplished abc” – that we don’t take time to soak in the present.

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