Friday, October 24, 2014

Funnelneck Sweatshirt

Sweatshirt- J. Crew Factory / Denim- J. Crew / Flats- Tory Burch / Earrings- J. Crew 

I guess there are more flattering outfits I could have worn in a blog post, but I'm so in love with this sweatshirt I don't even care. Here's my dirty little secret- when I get home from work during the week, I immediately change into leggings and a cozy knit. All that outfit planning and fashion stuff? Totally out the window. Now that the weather outside is dull and gray by the time I get home there's nothing I want to throw on more than a sweatshirt. The funnelneck on this one makes it just stylish enough that I don't feel like a total bum, but I can also take a very fulfilling nap in it. The best of both worlds?

Today I'm spending a few hours at a handwriting course to help best teach my kiddos how to improve their handwriting. I've been an occupational therapist for a full year now, but it's amazing how much you don't actually learn in school. I've taught myself a lot of the basics, but I'm pretty excited to find some new techniques and activities to make handwriting the not-most-boring-thing-in-the-world. (Have I mentioned most kids hate handwriting?) Plus, it only means 3 hours until the weekend instead of my usual 8-hour school day. 

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Buffalo Plaid x2

Sweater- J. Crew / Blouse- Gap (similar) / Denim- J. Crew / Scarf- Gap (similar) / Flats- Tory Burch / Watch- Michael Kors

I mentioned in a previous post that I love this buffalo plaid top, but it's a little shorter than I'd like. That became really apparent when I layered it under this sweater, and I was a bummed because I love the colors together. Then, I realized I had the perfect solution- layer it with a scarf I got from Gap in the exact same pattern last year. It was one of those great moments where my penchant for buying extremely similar items really paid off. So there you have it- buffalo plaid x2!

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PS- Linking up with Random Wednesday!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I Liked It In Theory...

Trench- Gap (old) (similar) / Dress- J. Crew Factory / Boots- Hunter / Necklace- J. Crew 

 I think the idea of this dress is great (comfy, easy to throw on, striped), but my immediate reaction upon trying it on was "Well, this would be a perfect maternity dress... if I planned on getting pregnant any time soon." I carry my weight in my midsection, and it was just a bit too clingy around that area. I think the dress looks great layered under this trench, but I couldn't find any other way I liked to wear it. I've made a really concerted effort in the last year to only keep items that I can style many different ways so I don't think I'll be keeping this one. However, despite promising myself I'd never again order a "Final Sale" item, I did it again here. eBay, here I come...

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Linking up with Style Sessions and Trend Spin Linkup!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Top 3

Vest- J. Crew Factory / Tee- J. Crew / Denim- J. Crew / Scarf- Zara / Boots- Tory Burch / Earrings- J. Crew / Watch- Michael Kors 

I'm just going to say it- this is one of my favorite outfits ever. I'm not sure the etiquette on fawning over your own outfits, but I just feel so perfectly fall in this outfit. (That's a feeling, right?) My friend had a party over the weekend, and I guess the unofficial dress code was "vest" because we pretty much all showed up wearing one. I guess the whole layering-with-a-vest thing isn't original, but it's a welcome time of the year before temperatures necessitate the use of sleeves on outerwear. 

I also went a little domestic diva for the party this weekend, and I have to give a huge shout-out to Kristina for her Mint Oreo brownies. They were seriously the easiest recipe ever, and people (well, mainly the boys who got to them first) loved them. I also made this sangria and this sangria which were a great festive option. Add in the world's easiest buffalo chicken crock pot recipe and I seemed much more gifted in the kitchen than I actually am.

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

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PS- Linking up with  Mix It MondaysManic Monday, and Let It Shine!  

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Wardrobe Inspiration: Kate Middleton

When I saw this adorable picture of Kate helping Prince George take his first steps in public, I thought two things- 
1.) This is adorable.
2.) Kate's outfit is simple yet perfect. 

A striped tee, pair of jeans, and Sperrys are all it took to recreate the perfect day-to-day outfit. I find myself wearing it constantly- running errands, lunch with friends, shopping. There are some days I tell myself to dress it up a little more, but I just don't want to. Sometimes you just can't argue with simple!

 Jacket- J. Crew Factory (similar) / Tee- J. Crew / Denim- J. Crew / Shoes- Sperry / Necklace- J. Crew

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Not So Glamorous Paris

Over the past few weeks, quite a few bloggers I follow have been living the glamorous life in the city of lights. My instagram has been inundated with the most exquisite pictures of quaint cafes, breathtaking architecture, and one very sparkly tower. Paris promises it all- romance, beauty, fashion, food. Could there be anything more perfect? 

Well... yes. Rather, there are certain aspects of Paris that are far from perfect. I am by no means a hater of the French capital. Some of the most defining moments of my life took place in Paris- the first time I left the country, the first time I lived outside of Chicago, the first time I traveled alone, and, most recently, the site of my engagement. I was lucky enough to visit in high school, study abroad there in college, and return twice. (Yes, I've been spoiled.) The downside of becoming really familiar with an iconic city? The facade beings to crack a little. Let me explain-

That language barrier- Talk about frustrating! Now, being a young, American female helps, but I had a really hard time not being able to use my first language. It can be a fun challenge at first, but it gets exhausting having to use so much brain power just to order a cup of coffee! Je voudrais un cafe, s'il vous plait. (See? Exhausting.) 

The RER- Also known as Paris' most extensive metro system. If you've got sufficient funds, you can grab cabs. But traveling on a budget? The RER quickly becomes your best friend. It's cheap, efficient, and can get you anywhere. It's also dirty, crowded, and smells like urine. Easily the least glamorous part of Paris. 

Constant catcalls- I always hated the girls who complained about getting hit on "all the time." Yeah, it must be so hard being so attractive. Well, then I spent some time in Paris. There's an obvious cultural difference where the men seem to be less afraid of rejection, and, therefore, much more forward in their approach. If you're a girl, you will be hit on constantly. If you're an American girl, you will be hit on incessantly. (Apparently, our smiling nature gives us away.) By the end of my study abroad program, I was regularly traveling with sunglasses on, head down, and headphones in. Sometimes a girl just wants to walk in peace, you know?

Gypsies- Apologies if this isn't the PC term, but it's the term I was given. They're super sneaky, and they'll do anything to sell their little trinkets. Tourists are their number one target so look out or else you'll be paying 10 euros for that piece of string they just tied around your wrist. 

Where is the normal size coffee?- Paris is all about espresso. If you want an "American" size coffee, you'll likely find yourself in a Starbucks buying an "Americano." And, yes, you will get snide looks.

The Louvre- It's just so big. And I'm just so bad at appreciating art that I don't understand. 

Things break... and don't get fixed- Metro ticket machines, bathrooms, the lock on my dorm. Europeans in general tend to be more laid back, and they definitely weren't in a hurry to fix "minor" things. ("But I'd like to know the front door of the dorm is locked... Also, I need a metro ticket to get to class.") 

Diet Coke- It's hard to come by and tastes really weird. Oh, and it's also served warm. 

So you haven't quite managed to get yourself to the most beautiful city on earth? Or maybe you have and it wasn't quite as idyllic as all those Instagram posts made it seem? Sometimes the reality isn't as beautiful as the fantasy. Every city has its charm and its dirt, and Paris is no exception. 

But would I go back?

Oh, absolutely. 

Happy shopping (and traveling)!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Shopbop Friends & Family Sale

Today marks the start of Shopbop's 3-day Friends and Family sale! Take 25% off sitewide on every little thing your heart desires. If someone was willing to supplement my shopping habit, I'd have my eye on everything pictured above. 

Hey, a girl can dream, right?

Happy Shopping!

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