My weekend kicked off on a note of disappointment. Truly. I cannot even begin to tell you the pit that resided in my stomach all day as I was contemplating how to handle a client situation. It was beyond stressful. Fortunately for me, this happens once in a blue moon.
My husband came home and made an audible that we should do a movie/fort night with the girls and chow down on some burgers. At that point I felt lifeless but quickly agreed. Who could argue with this idea? Truthfully, that went wrong, too. Through no fault of her own, one of my daughters spilled my giant, untouched glass of pinot noir all over the floor and adjacent rug. I could have lost it but I didn't. I think the look on my face said it all. Tears happened, I felt bad and then I realized this was all of my work stress channeling out on the wrong people.
So what did I do?
I apologized. How ridiculous! It was bedtime and my Friday night was shot until she asked me to lay with her in bed. I obliged with about zero energy. Fast forward to midnight when I realized I had been sleeping in her bed the entire evening leaving my poor husband solo on the couch.
Why am I telling you this? I'm not sure. I suppose to illustrate that I am human. And I let my work get the best of me but I also let my family center me once again. On that note, let's just say I woke up well rested and ready to turn a bad situation into a good one, stat!
I'm here to report we had a great Saturday/Sunday. Major QT time with the girls discussing future travel plans and snuggling followed by late night chats (wine induced) with my brother and his girlfriend on our patio...finished off with a family brunch and serene stroll through the Chicago Botanic Gardens yesterday.
This weekend was exactly what I need to regain focus and brush off the negativity. If only we had a weekend in between Monday's + Tuesday's!
On the sartorial front, I have been living in this dress! It's casual and dressy at the same time and it goes with just about every pair of shoes I have. It's like sweat pants in the form of summer. Obsessed!
And the shoes? I saw these cork beauties on another blogger and immediately dug up the birthday gift card reserves. They're my new favorites because I get height + boho all in one! Whenever I buy Michael Kors shoes...they tend to become closet staples until they're no longer presentable. That should be noted.
Anyway, I hope your weekend started out on a more positive note than my own. I suppose everyone needs a mix of the bad to appreciate the good. Thank goodness for family.
Shop my exact outfit below:
My style has evolved over the years and I've quickly adopted the" less is more" theory. For example, if you're going to show more skin on top, cover up on the bottom and vice versa. This does not remove "sexy" from the equation, however. I believe you should flaunt what you've got and for me...it's always the legs. I'd like to think that after decades of ballet class and most recently, a pretty dedicated workout routine that "I've still got it"...as they say.
Camisoles can decidedly dress up just about every pair of denim you own. I get bored with graphic tees at times and opt for something more feminine. Don't get me wrong...I think every girl should have an arsenal of different tops for their moods, especially if your go-to uniform is denim!
Summer arrived and I wasn't even prepared. In the best way possible! Packing up warm weather tops and cut-offs for Mexico seemed only temporary but Chicago had something special in store when I returned!
One tequila. Two tequila. Three tequila. Floor!
Hi folks! I just returned from a stint in Guadalajara, Mexico with some amazing Chicago influencers. I cannot wait to share the 4-day recap with you...but that's going to take some time to curate. On the other hand...now you understand my radio silence last week. Sorry...#notsorry. It was AMAZING!
In approximately eight minutes <as I write this...> I turn another year older. One more year! I could write you this long diatribe about what I've learned this year but we'll save that for my NYE recap. I'll give you the cliff notes. This year I learned one thing:
If there is one thing you can count on Chicago for - it's raging mood swings when it comes to weather. It's totally insane. For example, last week I wore this "almost leather" skirt to our seminar and meetings. Yesterday it was 92 and I was wearing a sundress. I surrender. Don't I say this every year actually?
I'm breaking out the sundresses. It's official. <REJOICE> I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I had one of the best Mother's Day celebrations thus far. The weather was gorgeous. We hit the zoo, ate lunch outside, took in all the flowers at the Lincoln Park Conservatory and topped it off with a froyo date. It was amazingly perfect and I am so grateful for this little family of mine.
This weekend was gorgeous topped with birthday parties, family time and some light errand running. Still a ways away from shorts and sandals weather but getting close. I've had this trench for some time and I am always happy to break it out again. It's one of my favorite basics. It's funny when you purchase something that you aren't ultra excited to wear but then find it's one of your most trusted pieces a decade later. I suppose that's a testament to our personal style evolution.
It's always fun to look back and conjure up creative ways to reinvent your wardrobe. It's also a best practice. As my husband so aptly put it the other day, "Are we in the 'wear once' mindset or what?" He asked this after I rented a dress from Rent the Runway. And he's probably right...I have many dresses in my closet but that's a different story for a different day!
Twinning is the new black. I'm sure you knew this! Well, looks like I'm on-trend again because this past Easter my girls and I dressed from head to toe in Lola and the Boys. And it was awesome! We wore their leaf dresses which were more than comfortable to entertain in and play in.