Monday, September 22, 2014

fall fashion picks | 2014

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Tis the season for pumpkin spice lattes, cozy sweaters, and beautiful colors. This girl loves the fall, and my bank account has the proof to show it (Seriously, cannot stop shopping! Send help) This season, I'm falling for capes more than ever (especially this Gloverall cape, isn't it amaze?) and boots, boots, boots! So many boots, so little time (and little money, too) Anyway! I'm glad to be rockin' plaid, and layering up. What are your favorite trends of the season? My wish-list below! Happy Shopping!

Henri Bendel ring | Forever 21 watch | Baublebar statement necklace | rebel lipstick
Baublebar ring | Journal | SheInside cape | floppy hat | plaid scarf (only $6) | nailpolish |
Baublebar earrings | Aldo bag (obsessed) | Kimono | sunglasses | glitter boots 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

oversized plaid | fall fashion

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I'm going to let you in on a little secret -- this outfit was not planned. I thought I was walking out with a plaid scarf, but quickly discovered otherwise. I'm in love with this purchase! Fashion is all about experimenting, and taking risks! That's what makes it so much fun, right? I encourage each and every one of you to find something you normally wouldn't wear, and rock it out. I have an obsession with plaid (apologies in advance) so naturally paired this beautiful cape with blue jeans, and strappy Steve Madden heels. (He is the love of my life, I tell ya! That man has yet to make a pair of heels I hate). Oh, and this Aldo purse has been on my wish-list for a month! I finally treated myself last weekend. Bonus: It's from the Project Runway collection, adorbs. The trapezoid style is hot hot hot! 

I know a lot of us dread the cold weather, but I'm so grateful to live in a city where seasons exist! Chicago, you're so good looking, and I can't wait to see my next photo backdrop! Are you a fan of oversized sweaters, and capes? PS: Don't forget to get a floppy hat! They're too much fun ;) 

Let's buy some fun stuff, shall we? 

Cape: Thrift store (similar here & here & here) | Blue Jeans: Zara (I also love these a lot) 
White tee: Forever 21 (but Madewell makes the best knits!) 
Shoes: Steve Madden (similar here & here) | 
Floppy Hat: Forever 21 (sold-out) but this one is on my wish-list. 
Bag: Aldo Shoes (As seen on Project Runway!) 
Sunnies: Aldo Shoes (Also seen on Project Runway!) 
Necklace: The amazing T+J Designs (Can't find my exact one, but this is very similar!) 
Rings: Topshop Bracelet: Forever 21

Monday, September 15, 2014

route spontaneous | 10 tips to boost spontaneity

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Wake up. Snooze. Wake up. Snooze. Eat. Sleep. Repeat.  Sound familiar? (Maybe yours has one less snooze in there? Why is it so hard to wake up?) I have been in a rut lately. I’m just not myself. Do you ever feel this way? There’s just something missing, and it’s that passion for life. Don’t get me wrong; I love mine, a lot. I’m just so busy making a living that I forget about my passions/aspirations.

So, with that being said --- I’m headed to route spontaneous. I encourage you to join my ride! I’m scared of change, and fear the unknown. We get this once chance to be awesome, and I’m too busy living in comfort. (Hit the snooze button). I’m ready for a change, and more importantly, some fun!  Adding spontaneity gives us a sense of adventure, and flavor. Life isn’t ordinary, so why are we?

1) Book a trip: The most common form of spontaneity! Book a flight out of town – and if you’re really brave, don’t even pack a bag! Leave town as soon as possible, and go have some fun.

2) Try a new fitness class: Fitness can be intimidating! I’m always afraid to start something new in fear that I’ll completely fail, and embarrass myself! PS: I just joined classpass – it’s an amazing fitness app that gives you access to Chicago’s finest (yoga, spin, barre, and more!) for $99 a month. If you’re looking to spice up your workout, this is definitely the answer.

3) Add a twist to your normal activities: I love this one --- Take the same running path everyday? Switch it up tomorrow. Do you often write from your desk? Try visiting a local café. You never know what may happen!

4) Play basketball: I may be bias to this one --- how I met my boyfriend! PS: I rarely played prior to this, but had just moved in with my roommate, and we were bored one day. I threw this suggestion out there, and practically had to drag her along! Fast-forward 2 years -- still dating my man, and this is one of our favorite things to do together. You never know!

5) Talk to strangers: I remember sitting in Millennium Park with my best friend when a gentleman approached us. He worked as security in the park, and told us some beautiful love stories. One of my favorite memories in Chicago. Obviously use caution, but the oldies are the goodies!

6) Do something scary: Ride a roller-coaster, go skydiving, run a marathon, something! Being spontaneous means regularly stepping out of your comfort zone. What scares you?

7) Let’s explore: Go explore a new location! I do this all the time in Chicago, it’s so much fun! (PS: I have discovered some of my favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurants!)

8) Get up and dance: I’m serious! Turn those tunes up, and have yourself a fab time! Bonus: grab a dance partner.

9) What would a 5 year old do: But, really – Do you see how excited kids get when they play with bubbles? We should continue to look at life the same way, and have more fun. Look at life through a child’s eye. I bet you’ll find something small to celebrate.

10) Take the town: Grab your friends, and hit the town. Go somewhere you’ve never been! A fun show, concert, or painting class! These new, exciting locations we share together often have an impact on our friendships. Memories to last a lifetime…

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

handbag | trapezoid

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The trapezoid handbag is definitely on my fall shopping list. The wider, the better -- I recently spotted Jessica Alba rockin' this Narciso Rodriguez bag and it was love at first sight. Bags that are wider than they are tall make them unique, and a fashion-favorite amongst many! I am crushing on this Phillip Lim style, but if you're looking to save, this Kohls option (on sale!) is the perfect substitute. What's your pick? XX

Monday, September 8, 2014

let's have fun | to do list

Happy Monday, babes! I have a lot going on this week -- and, if you're a lot like me, you live + breathe  to-do lists! (It just feels way too fun crossing them off!) To get the week started on a lighter note, I wanted to provide some old fashioned F-U-N. You with me? What would you add to the list? Happy listing! XO

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

you can sit with us...

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I don't know about you, but Mean Girls will forever hold a special piece of my heart. Can you believe it premiered 10 years ago, and it's still relevant? The infamous, 'You can't sit with us' line leaves me nostalgic for those good old high-school days, and yes, every school has a Regina George. So, when I saw this Zara tee, I just had to have it. Brings me back!  Screen tees are not only fun, but they're easy to style and accessorize. I chose to pair the casual tee with a skirt, and heel to give it some extra Regina George flair! I also added a pop of color to brighten a gloomy Chicago day! What do you think of my look? 

Top: Zara (similar here & here) Skirt: Zara (similar here & here) Heels: Ted Baker (similar here & here)
Purse: Aldo (similar here) Necklace: Forever 21 (similar here) Black cuff: Forever 21 Sunnies: Aldo 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

j.crew | labor day sale picks

Happy long weekend, all! And, more importantly -- Happy shopping! Time to do some serious retail therapy as we mourn the final days of Summer. (sad face). J Crew is having a killer sale, with an additional 40% off sale items (use code: weekend at checkout) -- I've rounded up a few of my favorite things; with my office attire in mind. What do you like to stock up on before summer ends? 

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