I just want to thank you all for being so patient with my blogging hiatus. I really needed a break. I know life went on for all of you but I am super hard on myself so bear with me. I needed a moment to get inspired and just breathe.
The real reason I was absent was because I went to NYC with four girlfriends to celebrate a big birthday. I don't go on many girls' trips but it was fantastic. I've been such a stress basket case lately and they reminded me (continuously) that I need to stop and just enjoy life. Amazing food, lotsa belly laughs and genuine, authentic girl talk. My cup runneth over. I've waited for girlfriends like this my whole life.
You can follow my trip on Instagram! In other news, I really need to detox and get healthy this week. I lost my voice and drank gallons of wine. But, that's what girls' trips are all about, right?
On the sartorial front, this is my favorite Fall look. Not too cold for bare legs but cold enough for long sleeves. I can't describe it but I will tell you that Chicago is on a warm front with the world's best weather and I am soaking it up in every way I can.
My hat was a recent scoop from Target...a great solution to bed head days and the rest I've had in my closet for quite some time. Just reinvented! Get ready, too because I'm about to do another closet purge and it's going to be quite good.
So hello...I'm back and I can't wait to reconnect with all of you! Shop my outfit below:
I don't know a singular woman who doesn't love a good deal. Myself included. This dress is under $50 and on mega sale due to the impending holidays. I think it would be equally cute with a pair of black tights and mary janes...in the summer, with espadrilles or platforms.
I've always been somewhat of a skeptic regarding Cyber Week. Or perhaps just not ready to get my holly jolly on. I would shop sporadically all month and go at my own pace. I feel differently this year. Honestly, I think it's because I ready to celebrate the end of a very difficult year. The ups and downs were tremendous so holiday shopping and the holiday spirit seem like something I can rally around.
The black and white phase continues. It's just SO easy to get dressed. I know you all discovered this before me so please forgive. This was yesterday's shoot outfit for a day of schlepping without sacrificing chic.
Monday...we meet again! Hi friends! Back at it again after a busy weekend. I think we are all feeling the same, right? It was full but it was so great. Mom + Dad got a little date night fun in and we pretty much laid around all Sunday. Okay, that was me. I laid around all Saturday. #truth
When you look at me, you probably thing "DANGER." I know. I totally get it. Suburban mom in black. Watch out!
In all honesty, I love an all black ensembles. It's the young girl longing to be a New Yorker in me that never quite dissolved. Coulda, shoulda, woulda right? It's cool.
Greetings! Long time no write or at least it feels like it. Are you guys entering Thanksgiving mode? I feel like we just stored all the pumpkin goodies and I am already seeing Christmas commercials. Heaven help me!
This is a Friday dress. No muss, no fuss. And velvet is right on trend at the moment. Who knew?
No, I actually totally knew and have been hesitant to jump back onto the velvet train, however, when I saw this dress - it was a non-starter.
Attending a college football game 17 years after the fact is a completely different experience. Dare I say - I felt old but I was really glad to be through all the trials and tribulations of my 20's.
My husband and I attended the Iowa/Northwestern game with friends this past weekend and I joked that this was my tailgating attire. It may not have been school gear but I did represent in t-shirt colors!
There's something about a crisp, cold morning that I really love. I think it makes coffee taste that much better. Just a theory I have. By noon, the sun has burned off and what you get is the perfect Fall day that does not necessitate a jacket. My favorite!
I am mourning the loss of another weekend. I feel like October is flying by so quickly. It's insane. From here on out we are going to try and cram as much pumpkin into our schedule as possible. I will admit...the weather has been hovering at this perfect 70ish mark which makes outfit prepping kinda fun still. Not quite in layers but chilly at night.