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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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!

Happy Shopping!

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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!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Herringbone & White

 Vest- J. Crew / Shirt- J. Crew (similar) / Denim- Loft / Boots- Tory Burch / Bag- Tory Burch / Bracelet- J. Crew

I hope everyone had a great weekend! I'm enjoying a long weekend in Minneapolis where we celebrated a friend's wedding, ate a lot of brunch, and slept. I wish I always had Mondays off...

Happy Shopping! 

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Shades of Gray

Sweater- J. Crew Factory / Tee- J. Crew / Denim- J. Crew / Necklace- J. Crew

My 15-year-old brother has proven time and again to be weirdly good at picking out gifts for me. (It also doesn't hurt that he's very good at convincing my mom to spend a little bit more on my gift.) I'm not sure if he looks at my Instagram pictures, looks in my closet, or just knows me that well, but he always manages to buy something that I would buy for myself. Case in point- this J. Crew Factory colorblocked sweater. I purchased the tan and red versions last year at the regular J. Crew, and I quickly added the navy/olive one to my collection when they were reissued by J. Crew Factory. I was this close to buying the gray version but decided I would hold off until next month. Low and behold, guess what showed up nicely wrapped on my birthday? The kid did it again. 

One thing that isn't staying in my closet? These gold Tory Burch Reva flats. I found them at Nordstrom Rack for a really good price, but, after looking at my monthly budget and getting the leopard print ones for my birthday, I just couldn't justify keeping them. Being a responsible adult sucks sometimes. 

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