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Top: Theory sheer sleeve blouse  |  Skirt: Express quilted leather (similar) |  Vest: Ecote olive green vest  |  Shoes: Michael Kors suede boots (similar)  |  Ear Cuff: Pixie Market (similar here)  |  Necklace: Bauble Bar tortoise maltese necklace |  Rings: Ariella stackable via Nordstrom  |  Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters round sunglasses (similar Karen Walker)

It didn’t take me long to fall head over heels in love with Chicago. Although this winter has been rough so far, I’m still constantly intrigued and excited by the possibilities that the city has to offer. Maybe it was the sweet, midwestern charm mixed with the big city vibe that had me at hello. One thing is for sure — my opinion was heavily swayed by the wonderful people that fill this city.

From the chipper and kind cab drivers, the man who takes people up and down the elevator at work for an hour every morning dancing and listening to music, to the sweet woman who makes me coffee across the street, I’m constantly surprised and delighted at how wonderful the people here are. I’ve made the most amazing new friends lately that I’m so thankful for and I’m looking forward to seeing who else this year brings into my life!

My first year here I had a list going of all of the restaurants I wanted to try and would save every place I had been. What a list we made! I’m determined to try out a few new ones in the next month or two. In particular, Tanta, Blaze Pizza, Au Cheval and Carriage House. I typically read Eater Chicago to find out about new openings and rely on my foodie friends to share their insider knowledge!

I also have discovered some of the cutest boutiques and shops, but I know there’s so many more to uncover. I’m on the hunt for great vintage shops – do you guys have any recommendations?

In the next month I want to also…

Go Sledding or Ice Skating

Go to a Bulls Game

Find another great stationary shop

Snag a new dinner recipe from a new restaurant

Spend at least one weekend day in Wicker Park/Bucktown

Do you have any recommendations for me for the above? If so, shoot me a comment! :)

For this look, I decided to take a few pieces I’ve worn recently and remix them with a vintage clutch I found over the holidays at the same place where I found this satin jacket. I thought it was a really cool and unique blend of colors and I pulled out this vest to highlight the olive undertones. I love that this vest can transition from summer to winter so easily!

It was a warmer day (and by warm I really mean 30 degrees) and I was able to bring out my quilted leather skirt again with tights and these Michael Kors boots that I’ve been wearing on repeat. Plus, I FINALLY gave in and bought myself an ear cuff. I know it’s not something I will wear all of the time, but I just had to try it! This was my first attempt.. what do you think? Would you ever wear one? Looking forward to hearing what else you guys are looking forward to trying in the next month!

 

xo,

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  • Reply Katie @ Live Half Full

    Stationary- have you been to Twosided at Clark/Wellington? It’s so cute!
    Bucktown/Wicker Park- Oiistar’s ramen is amazing and the brunch at The Savoy is good too!

    Have fun!

    January 24, 2014 at 12:46 pm
    • Reply cpetric

      No! I haven’t even heard of it so I’m going to have to check it out – it’s super close to where I live. I love the Savoy as well :). I also am adding that ramen place.. thank you so much for the recs! Have a great weekend Katie!

      January 24, 2014 at 12:58 pm
  • Reply Danielle

    I LOVE the clutch! If you haven’t been to the Bedford yet check that place out for sure, it’s a fun Wicker Park dinner/drinks spot! I haven’t eaten there personally (just been for drinks), but hear the food is great. The cocktail menu is awesome with some really creative stuff going on.

    Danielle @ Allusional

    January 24, 2014 at 11:45 am
    • Reply cpetric

      Thank you Danielle! I haven’t eaten there either, just drinks but I loooove the space. Thanks for the rec!

      January 24, 2014 at 12:57 pm
  • Reply Nicole

    1. If you haven’t been to Beavettes or Summer House Santa Monica, they are my current favorites! 2. I hear Sophia’s is fantastic vintage. 3. You can totally pull off that ear cuff. So cute and love your photo back drop ;)

    January 24, 2014 at 1:05 am
    • Reply cpetric

      1. We have the same taste I love it, I am obsessed with both. Top 5 in my list! 2. I will try Sophia’s with you if you ever want to go, I’m adding it to my list now! 3. Thank you! You’re the best

      January 24, 2014 at 12:57 pm
  • Reply Monica

    Lady I will visit all those restaurants with you! I’ve been dying to go visit Carriage House!

    XOXO,
    Monica

    January 23, 2014 at 8:53 pm
    • Reply cpetric

      Can we pleaseee? Dinner date in early Feb?

      January 24, 2014 at 12:55 pm
  • Reply Everygoodthingblog by Melissa

    I love that jacket and your clutch! i’m so undecided about whether or not to purchase an ear cuff, but i think you make it look stunning… there’s nothing wrong with a little bling!

    January 23, 2014 at 6:38 pm
    • Reply cpetric

      Ok.. you should totally do it! They’re not super expensive and it’s fun to try.. I linked to one from Bauble Bar that is great! If you do you have to show me :) I wanna see you rock it!

      January 24, 2014 at 12:55 pm

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