Photos by Heather Mowatt
Summertime is just around the corner and I’m finally ready to closet swap my boots and sweaters for sleeveless tops and shorts! Yes, closet swap. Because in Chicago (and New York for that matter) there isn’t enough room in your closet for both, and unlike in Texas there are truly 4 seasons here. When I moved here, everyone thought I was crazy to have so many pairs of shorts and skirts… but that’s what happens when you only need one coat! Love this Equipment shirtdress — it’s my new go to for a breezy, summer day to night look. Happy sunshine, hope those endorphins brighten your day and week.
Photos by Jill Badlotto
I had the extreme pleasure of being a guest model on the WGN Morning Show this morning with the Chicago Blogger Network and Rent the Runway! Our host Dana of the Possessionista walked through our looks from Rent the Runway — Rachel of Chicago Chic, Alison of Brown Eyed Style and myself showed three different outfits that are all fit for different types of summer weddings. I was the “country club chic” look and loved the Shoshanna sheath dress that RTR sent me. It’s classy, but the pop of color makes it fun.. and it has pockets. I paired it with nude shoes to keep the overall look light and summery. The earrings were fabulous and the perfect day to night accessory for casual wear and special occasions. The cuff was amazing and shockingly fit my wrist really well. I have a tough time with bracelets because of my infant wrists, but the cuff’s shape really fit me well and there is no way that thing would slip off (always a concern with anything without a clasp for me).
It was such a fun morning and I really enjoyed getting to meet Dana, Rachel, Alison and Jill of CBN! The WGN team was fantastic and it was really exciting to see fun autographs on the walls of local celebs, old Friends TV show posters and the set where they used to film Bozo the clown. All in all it was a fun experience and I’m so grateful to the Chicago Blogger Network for the opportunity to take part in the fun! Here’s the link to our segment if you didn’t catch it bright and early this morning.
Petite Plug: The dress is perfect for petites and hits at an appropriate length, especially for a wedding. When shopping RTR I would recommend looking for a length of “mini” because those will hit us at the right length on the thigh
Happy Tuesday! What a quick week that was! I’m super excited about the Soludos for J.Crew kids that I recently scooped up, and with an 80 degree day today in Chicago thought it was the perfect day for new espadrille-y flats. As a self-proclaimed flat hater I will say that anything is possible… I’ve found myself loving a lot of them lately and obviously they’re more practical for summer days that turn into summer nights. I have more favorite flats here as well — enjoy your day!
Zara skort | Nike Dunk Sky Hi Wedge sneakers | Nordstrom striped cardigan (backwards) (similar) | Alexander Wang Rocco bag | Ecote vest from Urban Outfitters | Prada rimless aviators | Marc by Marc Jacobs watch | Anthropologie, BCBGeneration, gifted bracelets | Banana Republic collar necklace | Gifted spiked necklace
Photos by Mary Graves & Heather Mowatt
They say that all you need to wear is a smile — did they also tell you that one way to put that on your face is to wear all of your favorite things at once? Well, I tried it today and it for sure worked. That and Bruno Mars songs on repeat all day (who knew).
I finallllllllllly caved on the wedge sneaker trend. I’ve been riding that fence for a while now and couldn’t make up my mind about it. The best way to figure out if you really are into something is for it to disappear – the panic sets in that you may have missed out and suddenly you’ll do anything to get it. I stalked Nordstrom, Bloomie’s and Nike for a week straight every night to see if they got these back in stock in green in a 5. They randomly popped up one night on Nike and only in a 5 (whaaaat?!) and so I bought them immediately. For anyone who is unsure, just try it out. It’s not for everyone but I’m already loving them.
I had also discovered this skort — yes you heard me right, skort — at Zara and fell in love instantly. It’s been photo bombed left and right all over the blogsphere and Pinterest, but I swear I was one of the first to discover it. I waited a month or so before I actually bought it and almost had a panic attack when they went out of stock in my size for a few weeks, but now it’s back and yours for the buying.
The sweater is a secret that no one at work noticed today. It was my latest backwards sweater trick days where you actually wear your button up cardigan backwards for a twist and to repurpose it as a normal sweater. Est. by the famed Oscar PR Girl (of Oscar de la Renta), it’s a personal favorite of mine when you don’t have the exact sweater you’re wanting for an outfit but have a good cardigan for it. I wore the vest over it to be a little more discreet since this one had pockets. Betcha never would’ve guessed it! :)
Although the sneakers and studs can come off a bit tougher, I tied it all back together with the skort and polished striped sweater to even everything out. I’ve really grown to love mixing and matching different styles to make outfits feel less one dimensional. Apparently all of these little babies were destined to end up in my closet… lots of other weird, fate-y things have been happening lately so I’m excited to see what the near future holds. I’ll be ready… in my new dunks.