Friday, April 18, 2014

Dreams Do Come True...

After four long years of regaling (and surely annoying) everyone who crosses my path with tales of foggy Londontown, I am finally going back. It definitely hasn't sunk in yet... on account of the fact I am not running circles around my neighborhood crying tears of joy to anyone who will listen. Guys, I just really love London.

So expect to see a lot more London content on here the next two months! While I think our trip will be a lot of just wandering and exploring the city, I'd also like to pin down any "must see" places and hidden gems. Shopping on King's Street a la Kate Middleton, the Warhol exhibit at the Tate Modern, Neal's Yard- you get the idea. 

If anyone has any suggestions or must-see places, I'd love to hear them! June 10th cannot come soon enough...

Happy London-ing!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Black & Camo

Top- J. Crew Factory (similar) / Camo Skinnies- Gap (similar) / Heels- J. Crew (via eBay) / Earrings- J. Crew (love these- & on sale!)

Sorry I've been a little MIA this week, everyone! I came down with a cold, and it totally knocked me on my butt. I'm usually not a complainer, but I find colds so unbearably frustrating that I turn into a self-pitying disaster. I made it to work everyday but then promptly came home and got in bed. After a lot of sleep, Emergen-C, and whining, I'm feeling pretty much back to normal. Pretty much. Tomorrow brings a field trip to the zoo, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't have a favorite student I'm hoping to be paired with...

I'm hoping the weather steps up its game in time for the 3-day weekend ahead! I've got a few friends celebrating birthdays, and then Denny and I will be spending Easter with my family. I also need to get out there and start snapping some more spring-inspired outfit pictures! I'm tired of this hot-then-cold weather tease. It's officially spring. Get it together Chicago.

Happy Shopping!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Double Take

Look familiar? Sometimes when I find a look I really like I try use similar pieces to achieve the same idea. This time, I basically recreated the entire thing in another color palette on account of essentially owning the same pieces in other colors...

Yep, basically "Bitch Stole My Look"-ed myself. 

Happy Shopping!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Dreaming of Dresses

1. H & M

So what do you do after spending hours searching the internet for dresses you can't actually buy right now? Make a collage and whine about not being able to buy them, of course! Guys, I just want to order every single one of these right now. I'd love to just buy them, send my bank account into an irreversible negative funds status, and flounce off into the sunset, but I'm, you know, trying not to be the most financially irresponsible adult on earth right now. 

I've obviously got a huge love of florals and prints happening right now. Bright colors, flattering cuts, structure- these dresses have it all going on. I'm not sure I can necessarily choose a favorite, but #3 and #4 keep calling my name. I guess I'll just have to cross my fingers that a sale happens some time in May...

Happy Shopping!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Summer of Dresses

Blouse- J. Crew / Dress- J. Crew Factory / Necklace- J. Crew / Heels- J. Crew via eBay / Bag- Kate Spade 

I absolutely love warm weather, but I find warm weather dressing trickier than cool weather dressing. It's not necessarily a body-conscious thing, but I guess I don't find skimpier clothes as flattering on me. I just don't love the look of shorts, and things like racerback tanks just accentuate my man swimmer shoulders... Okay, maybe it is a slightly body conscious thing. I've decided my best bet for the summer is to stock up on a few great dresses and structured tanks that can easily be paired with jeans. I absolutely love the comfort and simplicity of this dress from J. Crew Factory. It can easily be dressed up or down with some great shoes and jewelry. I think it will definitely get a lot of wear this summer!

I'm having a surprisingly tough time finding dresses I really like right now. I've tried on a few others at J. Crew Factory and Gap, but none are really hitting the mark. When I buy dresses, I prefer v-cut or scoop necks, knee-length, and some definition at the waist. If anyone has suggestions on where to shop for dresses, I'd love to hear them!

Happy Shopping!

PS- Linking up with Threefer Thursday!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Trend Spin Linkup: Colors

Today I'm so excited to be cohosting the Trend Spin Linkup with Walking in Memphis in High Heels and The Fashion Canvas! When I heard the theme was going to be colors, I knew it was the perfect time to bring out this pink midi skirt. This ASOS beauty is way outside my fashion comfort zone, but I love it. It feels so perfectly chic and Parisian. I couldn't help but do a few twirls just to have a very Sound of Music moment. 

Blouse- Gap / Skirt- ASOS (similar) / Earrings- J. Crew / Heels- J. Crew via eBay

Make sure you link up your colorful outfit below!

Happy Shopping!

PS- Also linking up with What I Wore WednesdayGet Your Pretty On, and Random Wednesday

Monday, April 7, 2014

Old (Trench) & New (Bag)

Trench- Gap (similar) / Tee- J. Crew (similar) / Denim- Loft / Scarf- J. Crew / Bag- Kate Spade / Shoes- J. Crew via Ebay

This jacket is the oldest thing in my wardrobe which proves just how versatile a trench coat is. It's been everywhere from Chicago to London to the depths of my closet, and it's still as great as the day I got it. This bag, on the other hand, is now the newest thing in my wardrobe. I guess my Lenten shopping ban became a 30-day shopping ban. Whoops. I'd had my eye on this bag since I saw it in the Kate Spade store window back in February, and I decided I'd save up for it. When I ended up getting part of my tax refund and an email advertising the Kate Spade 25%-off-everything sale on Friday, it was all just a little too perfect to pass up. This is the first designer bag I've ever bought for myself, and I could not be more excited. I know I'll carry it constantly from now until the fall. 

I hope everyone had an equally fantastic weekend! While I was bummed not to see Denny, I spent a lot of time with my family, did some spring cleaning, and finished up some important work reports. I'm feeling a little more invigorated thanks to the beautiful weather, and I'm looking forward to the next few weeks. Maybe I won't be such a hermit anymore?

Happy Shopping!


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