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The Final Countdown

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I can’t believe it’s here.. the move is upon me! My stuff will be leaving for New York today and I’m following it next week. This week was a wild mix of late night packing, decisions on what to keep/get rid of, and slowly starting to say my goodbyes.

I think the most shocking part of this week was realizing how much I came to Chicago with and how little I’m taking with me. It was kind of unsettling at first, but then I realized it’s a totally freeing feeling. I am taking with me the stuff that I really care about and will use.. if it didn’t make the cut, it probably shouldn’t have been bought in the first place! I will definitely be adjusting my shopping style when I get there.

I said goodbye to some of my fellow Windy City Bloggers last night at a new bar here in Chicago (that I instantly loved) called Henry’s Swing Club. I am so proud of this group of women (and men) and the progress that their blogs have made and what a strong community there is here in Chicago. Talk about a group of positive and inspiring people! I’m thankful to have met you all and hope to keep in touch and continue to follow your blogs and successes.

This next week will be a blur, I’m sure. We have Lollapalooza this weekend, a wedding, a bridal shower, and night after night of goodbyes until the last one next Friday. I’m sure it will be an emotional week! Stay tuned for some recaps of the Sip & Shop and Lollapalooza style next week, and of course the big move! I hope you have fun weekend plans!

Photo via Stephanie Sterjovski

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Wandering West

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When it comes to stripes, be still my heart. I have no idea how or when it happened, but at some point I realized I had a true struggle with keeping myself from buying more striped pieces of clothing. They’re just so classic, flattering and are one of those “prints” that you can easily mix with.

Blair and I ventured over to the West Loop for a little change of scenery while I had the Cadillac the other week. It’s definitely one of the areas of the city that for whatever reason I never made it to until I had been here for a little while. It was a little outside of my initial bubble, but that has expanded over the past few years and I’m now a huge fan of this part of town.

I ended up pairing my go-to layering utility vest over the stripes for a good contrast of color. I love this dress even though I’ve drifted from bodycon dresses as of the past few years. The long sleeves make it feel sophisticated and with a dress or jacket over I felt surprisingly low key about the whole outfit. I opted for booties at the last minute instead of heels or flats (even though it’s summer) because they just felt right.

My vest-over-dress has been a go to move lately. What have you been wearing on repeat?

SHOP THE POST

DRESS: French Connection french striped cotton dress (c/o)  •  VEST: Ecote utility vest via Urban Outfitters (similar)  •  SHOES: Hinge cognac booties (similar)  •  BAG: Deux Lux bucket bag  •  SUNGLASSES: Prada cat eye sunglasses

Photos by Blair Culwell

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GiGi New York Madison Fall Launch

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Fall… I can’t believe it’s already around the corner! I have to admit, the transition from Summer to Fall is one that has always been tough for me just because I love summer so much. In the past I’ve had a hard time embracing the colder temperatures and layers, but I have a feeling this year is going to be different. I think my perspective is changing, though and Fall in New York will be fabulous.

I’m beyond excited to share that I’m helping my friends at GiGi New York launch the Madison crossbody bag today! It’s yet another reason to be excited about the season that is fast approaching. After living in the city for 3 years, I’ve come to really appreciate a good crossbody. I need to be able to have my hands free to carry things (like groceries, my phone, etc.) and quickly get to my necessities. It’s important to me to have a bag that’s stylish and on trend for the season, but classic at the same time. This one hits all of the marks!

Not only is it a beautifully made pebbled leather bag, but I can fit all of my essentials inside – my Kate Spade wallet, sunglasses, keys, phone, lipstick and more. It’s literally the perfect size for everyday use! My favorite part of the bag is a tie between the tassel and the monogram. I love the way that the gold letters pop off of the shade of wine and the personal touch of the monogram, and I will take tassels on pretty much anything. The bag also comes in other hues, too (I’m also partial to the stone and navy).

I ended up styling it with skinny jeans and a colorblocked, layered sweater that I thought would pair well with almost any Fall colors. I picked up these booties at the beginning of Spring actually after looking long and hard for some in this color. I have been wearing them this Summer even with cutoffs and dresses. I’m in the middle of purging my entire closet for the move to New York and am finding myself realizing how important it is to find things I love all year round.. closet space will be tight in my new place!

This weekend was another one for the books.. I’m close to the single digits of days left in Chicago and trying to savor every minute! Don’t forget to pop on over to the GiGi New York site and check out their other Fall handbags that launched today!

SHOP THE LOOK

BAG: GiGi New York Madison crossbody in wine (c/o)  •  SWEATER: Goodnight Macaron colorblocked sweater  •  JEANS: Henry and Belle black cherry ombre jeans (c/o)  •  SHOES: Hinge booties in cognac  •  NECKLACEJ.Crew statement necklace  •  BRACELETSJ.Crew linked arrowhead bracelet (c/o), BCBG boho stone cuff (c/o), BCBG beaded bracelet

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Cadillac Weekend

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Anytime a season in my life comes to an end, I get extremely nostalgic. It’s just how I’ve always been. My time in Chicago felt so short even though it’s been almost three years. Whether it’s re-visiting all of my old favorites or just taking in the views of the city, I’ve been trying to get it all in before the big move.

My friends over at Cadillac gave me one of the best going away presents I could’ve asked for – they lent me the beautiful ATS for a week so that I could easily make my way around town during one of my last “free” weekends here.

I started a bucket list when I first found out I would be moving and with the help of my friends I’ve been getting some of those items checked off while hitting my staples one last time. I thought it would be fun to share my exploring in a little photo diary!

The week started off with a bang and a beautiful night on the patio at The Dawson. It was my first trip for dinner and has quickly become one of my new favorite summer spots. They have a beautiful patio with bulb lights, great drinks and a surprisingly low key scene that I can’t get enough of. My roommate and I celebrated because I actually signed my lease and started my new job that day!

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One of the best things about having the car was getting to drive around and find unique places to shoot with Blair. We shot in the Loop on Tuesday evening before grabbing dinner at my favorite sushi spot – Union Sushi. I love the Hokkaido and Clifton #4 rolls!

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Driving to work is something that I no longer take for granted after moving away from Texas. I love mornings in the car with a coffee and my favorite tunes, even if it’s just a 10 minute drive.

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I pass by Elaine’s coffee call everyday on the way to work, but since I’m on the bus I just admire the beautiful sign and try to remind myself to make it down the weekend, which never happens. I don’t always judge a place by it’s sign, but I will absolutely try a place if they have a great one. I finally made it in to Elaine’s before work for an almond latte that didn’t disappoint!

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Chicago is known for it’s architecture and unique buildings and you could spend years in the city and still be astonished by how beautiful some of the buildings and signs are. Two of my favorites are the Congress Hotel and the Chicago Theater sign. They both remind me of special memories when I first arrived in the city.

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It dawned on me on my way home from work that I had never seen the sunset behind the skyline. Well, maybe I have.. but never from a really great spot. I drove out to the Planetarium and watched the sunset (my favorite, definitely a sunset > sunrise kinda girl).

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I was down in the West Loop several times during the week – it’s one of the best areas in the city for food and unique/industrial buildings. We took some fun photos for a recent shoot.

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I’ve always wanted to go to Girl & The Goat and somehow never made it – until this week! I had a friend at work lend me an extra reservation (you have to make them 3 months in advance) and so I finally got a chance to try the cuisine of Steph Izard. It lived up to the hype.

Big Star is another gem that it’s difficult to get to but a perfect Saturday or Sunday trip to Bucktown. We drove over for lunch and had al pastor tacos and of course, chips and guac!

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I made it out to the Westfield Old Orchard to scoop up some items to style for this week’s event. Maybe it was how practical I’ve had to be lately, or maybe it was just love at first sight, but this camo oxfords (that are so me/not me at the same time) came home!

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We found some unique alleys in Lincoln Park for some last shots before I headed to brunch with one of my closest friends, Andrea.

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We started going to RL, the restaurant at the Ralph Lauren store, because it reminds us of Paris and has our favorite dishes (crab cake benedicts and fantastic reubens) to celebrate our birthday that are only days apart. It has become our spot and it was a must-visit before I leave.

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After a week of having a car, I felt totally spoiled! I love being able to run around the city (even if parking is a nightmare) and get to visit some of my favorites + add a new few spots to the list.

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Thank you again to Cadillac for helping drive my wonderful week here in Chicago! The countdown is at 2 weeks… see you soon NYC!

 

A huge thanks to Cadillac for lending me the ATS for the week!

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