Changing Leaves

BOO! Happy October! I cannot believe we’re 9 months down in 2014.. time has really been flying. I’m finally switching over fully to Fall/Winter outfits and looking to Pinterest these days to remind myself of what that even means. Is it just me or does it feel like that was forever and a day ago?

I’ll surely be seeing and wearing lots of tartan and plaid and giving my quilted coat a lot of love. I’m most excited to get a chance to layer a bit more before it gets really cold – Fall was a short season in Chicago and I’m hoping to have a bit longer to try things out!

Outside of that, I’m really hoping to make it to Brooklyn for a day, take a sunset boat ride around the island, lounge and read in a new park, and try at least 5 new places outside of my neighborhood.

What are you most excited about for Fall?

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The Trench

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Fall is about to be in full swing and I’m finally embracing the crisper temperatures and opportunities to wear light layers. It’s perfect trenchcoat weather these days – right in the 60’s/70’s where you can still pull off a dress or skirt but a long sleeve is necessary.

I have been on the hunt for a leather sleeved trench coat for I can’t even tell you how long! I like the mix of textures and that it looks great belted over a dress (for other petites it’s almost a full look on its own that way) or open for a more casual look. The contrast of colors in the sleeves make it easy to play with bolder prints like a leopard blouse or a striped sweater for a casual, dressed down look with jeans.

My favorite trick for tying loose belts is to pull one loop through like you’re going to make a bow, but leave the other side hanging. I think it adds a unique touch over a traditional bow!

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JACKETJones New York Faux Leather Belted Trench Coat  c/o •  DRESSASOS petite drop waist dress  •  SHOESIvanka Trump two toned pumps  •  JEWELRY:  J.Crew linked arrowhead braceletBCBG boho stone cuff c/o  •  SUNGLASSESKaren Walker Super Duper

Photos by Jen Dang

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Twirling in Tulle

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It must be something in the air or just this season of life, but it seems like every weekend I know someone who is getting married or engaged! Weddings are such a blast and I always get excited about getting dressed up for the special celebration.

Sometimes I struggle with finding dresses to wear to special occasion events because I want it to be special, but I also know I only end up wearing the dress once, maybe twice. This is why I fell in love with Jenny Yoo‘s little black convertible dress, the Wren! I can wear this timeliness number to dinners, weddings, date nights, and even during the day I could play it down with a blazer and cute heels or even a denim jacket and a topknot… the possibilities are endless.

When I first discovered the convertible line of Jenny Yoo dresses (that also come in a wide array of colors), truth be told I was blown away. Love at first sight! There are two panels on the front and back of the dress that allow you to style it endlessly. I love the idea of getting to buy one dress and transform it for different occasions. Not only is it versatile, but it is one of those dresses that when I’m wearing it makes me feel as pretty as it is!

When I was shooting with my friend Andrea, we were playing with some of the fun ways to wear the dress. You could go strapless, one shouldered or cross the panels for a luxe high necked look. I ended up wearing mine with the panels pulled up and bows on the back (top right below) with sheer straps and I also pulled the waistband around for a bow at the back.. who doesn’t love a good bow?

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There’s also a longer version (the Annabelle ) and a chantilly lace version (Aster) that are both convertible as well.  I couldn’t help but want to twirl in this beautiful tulle dress. It’s been a while since I’ve done a gif in a post, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity. Happy Friday!

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P.S. If you’re a bride, bridesmaid or just a girl who loves pretty dresses, for every dress purchased in October Jenny Yoo will be donating $20 to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (part of American Cancer Society). As someone who has lost a few dear people and also seen several triumph over breast cancer, I’m going to be doing what I can to show my support as well and appreciate Jenny Yoo’s support of the cause.

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DRESS: Jenny Yoo Wren convertible tulle dress c/o  •  SHOES: Pelle Moda gladiator sandals  •  RINGS: Kendra Scott Naomi double ring c/o, Arielle stackable rings  •  CLUTCH: Vince Camuto snakeskin clutch c/o  •  HAIRSTYLE: Loose curls with braided back sides provided by The Stylisted

Photos by Andrea Plecko, Chicago Andrea Creative Photography

Thanks to Jenny Yoo for having me as a part of their blogger series and to The Stylisted for the gorgeous ‘do! 

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Slimmed Down

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 After I finished organizing my room, I also had to start “New-Yorking” other parts of my life. The next thing up was my wallet! I have loved and adored this Kate Spade stacy wallet for a while now (I have it in gold and white), but I have found that it’s too hard to pull in and out of purses when I’m running to work in the morning and trying to get my access card out at my building.

I have several friends who downsized to slim card cases when they moved to bigger cities and I’m finally doing the same. I was on the hunt for some of the cutest ones and found that there are a ton of bright options as well as classic black ones.  Now with my new iPhone (finally upgraded my broken one to the 6!) and a slim card case my purse is lighter and more practical with a slimmer, stylish twist. Which is your favorite?

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