Thursday, March 19, 2015

spring shopping

Spring in Chicago is about as fast as an eye blink. No really. We will have some gorgeous days mid 50-60, then a week back to the 30s, hello today, and then bam, 70+. So investing in a big spring wardrobe never seems to be worth it for me. 

Plus add I'm always cold, I still need layers. But doesn't mean I don't want to add a few things to my closet. Mostly basics, that I'll layer with more wintry items and then pair down easily in summer. And sorry for endless posts of this tank, water bottle, and overalls....and the bikini would be on there again too but with no beach vacations planned I'm holding that in the wish pile still. 

A blue top with a beautiful back // will be amaze in summer with cutoff white shorts!
Moto joggers // I.E. sweats ok to wear in public! Hells ya to athleisure! I want to wear these with a leather coat and sneakers, then with tanks and sandals in the summer)
A sweater midi dress // Bc I can NOT handle putting on tights any more. the. worst!
Overalls // I might be 12, and I'm ok with it!
A beautiful tank // With some fun detailing and currently On SALE!
New water bottle //  bc hydration is sexy ladies! 

Shop these items (and similar items at various price points) and the two other items on my iPhone note pad aptly titled 'Only buy this shit, no impulse buys!: 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Let's Go Shopping 3.13.15

I think the corner on Winter weather has been turned. The clocks already turned back, there is daylight far into the evening hours (praise tacos!) and I'm ready to add a few items to spruce up my summer wardrobe. Yea, I just jumped right past spring, cuz this girl is ready for the heat! Here are a few items currently on my wish list, some I could wear now and some I might need a beach. But hey it's never too early to start planning these things! And yes mostly black...I'm turning into my mother!!! :) 

Time to book that tropical summer vacation! And stat! 

Are you headed anywhere warm in the coming months? Or this summer? We are thinking tropical, Caribbean, perhaps. 

Shop all these items and a few more: 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Over it All

So how do we feel about overall's? Is it overall's or overalls? I guess that isn't really the point. But seriously what do you guys think? 

Last summer when they really started to pick up some sartorial power I was all 'ewww no way' stupid dumb. But now I'm singing the damn I shoulda got on this train sooner tune! I really want a pair, like really! 

I was even explaining how they could be so cool to my Hubs, and I kid you not, without a hint of sarcasm in his voice. He wholeheartedly agreed that they could be pretty cool and encouraged me to purchase a pair. And when I showed him the last photo above, of Dakota - He was like oh yea! So I mean.....right?! 

And gosh dang it. I. Just. Might. These two are my favorites. 

But I also have all these pinned as favorites as well! Do you have any? Do you recommend them? I want the perfect combination of skinny without being fitted, but not total baggy, dumpy. Ya know?! 

Can I pull them off?!  

Thursday, February 26, 2015

well then, I guess that is how it goes!

Isn't it March in like a lion out like a lamb? Or something like that???

Well that was February, for me!!! Uggh what.a.month! Started with a big ol' blizzard Superbowl Sunday. [Which, doesn't that sound like it was months ago now? I can barely recall the yawnfest of halftime] 20 inches of snow in 24 hours, driving a car was real fun! So was shoveling.....we did tonnnnnnnns and tons of that. So much snow! Pretty for a very short while. I was smart enough to try to drive two days after was fine til my car hit deep patch of snow in our back alley. Being it was 4:45am (going to teach barre!), I was alone, and my Husband was sick in bed, I tried to 'un-stick' it on my own. Not a smart move. Commence laying on back for 5 days straight with what I can only describe as the most intense muscle pull ever.

Pheew, I'm better. Not. The terrible head and chest cold that plagued my Husband while I was hurt had now lodged itself firmly within my nose and chest. It hit me for almost a week and half straight without letting up. Yea, I don't ever take time off work....thanks February for using up so much PTO.

Between staring at the ceiling willing my back better, and sleeping through cold-medicine induced slumber the month is practically over. I only came back to the semi living mid week last week. :( I was so ready to be blogging every day and taking outfit pictures! I kid you not, I think besides workout gear, I've made it out of PJ's 4 times! [Note: I work from home, so pjs are often work wear when it's -18 outside! Nothing is warmer than sweats and my fuzzy socks].

Oh well, right. That's life! I feel great, physically and health wise. I'm back and ready to conquer each day. See ya soon interwebs!

Photos - All from Pinterest.
1 & 2 - gathering inspiration for warmer days and wearing my leather coat (big Paris purchase!) 
3 - Still can't decide if i can make a really loud colorful rug work in our kitchen. Everything is pretty neutral, but I pin images of these everyday so over course I want to try. But I'm afraid of the biggest no, once I get one home! LOL 

Monday, February 2, 2015

let's go shopping.....2/2

Currently on my radar to purchase. Lots of items in boring can blame the white blizzard we had yesterday!!!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Luxe Water

Maybe if I get the most girliest, hot pink water bottle the Hubs will stop stealing mine! :) To be honest, he only stole one, and the other reusable bottle I lost. But the other night I was thinking about how many of those little plastic water bottles I'm drinking/trashing a week. Gross. I do recycle them, but still. We have a filtered water system in our fridge, I can easily bring agua from home to the gym. 

I've heard great things about the BKR bottles. Do you have one? Or do you have a better rec? I like the glass vs plastic and the amount of color options out there! Do I get girlie or basic? I want one of each size too! 

Shop my favorites here: 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Painting...The Master Bedroom

Note. Not my room.

Note. I wish it was. wait, scratch that something like it will be soon (I hope!)!

Since July, when we moved, very slowly our new place has taken shape. We love this condo!!! Gone are the days of my insatiable desire to rush into decorating. Inevitably those purchases & impulsive items grow old and I no longer love them the way I should. I don't have the funds, as I suspect most, to constantly redecorate (nor the energy!)

Our living, dinning, kitchen area is well on the way. Perhaps a few more small items would tie it up even more, alas I'm happy where it's at. But lets be honest, I don't know exactly what I want so it's better to hold off! It's a different story for our bedroom.

See photo below, the master bedroom the day we moved in. As in, all I had located were our sheets at this point :)

That paint and terrrrrrrrible blue silk curtains are still standing. Yuck. Is that paint tan? Is it yellow? Is it a real color? No, maybe, and who the heck knows.

Which folks, is why some loving and attention needs to occur in our room. The Hubs and I both vehemently agree without a doubt it's terrible. But here is the dilemma, what do we do. We like grey's but the whole rest of the house is grey's. Hello branch out a bit! Hey, I'm trying. We want a place that feels cozy, yet bright and something we won;t grow tired of quickly. Pinterest to the rescue!

We landed on the following colors: Navy, tan, white, and then a punchy accent color. The wife is thinking hot pink in summer, and moody burgundy in winter (thank you pillow covers). The Hubs hates pillows, so I win that round. Now how do you decide what colors to paint. A new tan wall was the easy obvious choice. Thank goodness (with 18 swatches on the wall) the Hubs said why again are we painting a tan over a tan? Damn hun you are right! Well it is a terrible tan so that's one. But really why tan?

Hubs encouraged me to think of something else, and guys my newest idea was loved! Now to find time to paint! Coming soon will be: a darkkkkkk navy wall behind the headboard, and bright white walls the rest of the way around. We have a large window (beside the bed) that gets only (bright) morning light, which also over looks our deck/common back stairs, so an entire room in navy wasn't really going to work. I don't do caves real well (claustrphobia). ;)

But look, it can be done and can still be bright, yet moody. Just what I wanted!!!! And I think a single wall will make just the right amount of impact! I can't wait!!! Pinned a million versions jsut to reassure myself, be sure to check them out on my 'Home' board.

And the hardest decision since deciding what colors, was actually choosing a navy paint color. The one I have picked is currently Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore. (Yes that means I'm open to changing, but that swatch looks the best! Slight grey (vs purple) undertones in some light, really dark. The twp photos below are hale navy!) I've heard the Aura lines is the best! Low VOC and perfect coverage. 

Version 2 (from this great blog!):

What do you think? Any helpful tips on painting a wall that dark?

Here are a few of the other items I love and or might have already purchased to pull this update together!!! [Bedframe is staying, open to new beside tables, def still need new lighting]

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 there's that!

Busy...yadda, yadda, yadda.

I'm not going to try to blame the lack of posting on anything or any one. Life happens, it is what it is. But truth be told I missed it. When there was steam in my tank, I missed this place. 17th time's a charm, going to be back more than not. Or at least try!

Side note, are you following on Pinterest? That's one place I never stray from! Over there daily!

1 -Post More
2- Share some home decor that I mentioned agessss ago and finished. And love.
3- Figure out how to finish up the master bedroom. I think I know, but I don't know know. Ya know?!
4- Post an outfit or two. Gotta find time to take pics, damn winter and the lack of daylight.
5- keep having fun shopping my brain out!

If there is anyone out there, enjoy! And Hi Mom!!! :)

xoxox Friends, see ya tomorrow!

And a fun pic just because I like it (and i want a disco ball!)

Friday, November 21, 2014

ahead of the game, shopping style!

You can thank a particularly long 3 hour conference call (where my contribution was approximately 4.8 seconds) for this list, and the obscene amounts of store mailing lists I'm apart of!

Here are some GREAT sales coming up, or just started! Ready, set, SHOP!!!!! I've included some of my favorite items from each  - just to help get you on the right path! Stock up on extra winter clothes while you anyone else shocked at how cold it's been and it's not even December yet!!!!!

Current/Elliott: Take 25 percent off in store and online. (November 26-December 1) [My Picks: Coated Skinny Jeans, and Leather Biker jacket

Equipment: Take 25 percent off all full price and sale merchandise in store and online. (November 26-December 1) [My Picks: silk blouse with mini stars and Cashmere turtleneck]

Everlane: 100 percent of all November 28 profits will be donated to Everlane's silk factory in Hangzhou, China—specifically towards the beautification and greening of the factory grounds. [My Picks: EVERYTHING! I want one of everything! ;) ]

Intermix: Take 30 percent off all sale items, for savings of up to 70 percent, in-store and online. (November 27-December 1) [My Picks: Rag & Bone Sweater, Equipment plaid blouse, and this black wide brimmed hat (like the one I got in Paris)! ]

Joie: Take 25 percent off all full price and sale merchandise in store and online. (November 26-December 1) [My Picks: Turtleneck Sweater, these AMAZING metallic booties, and this perfume]

Lulu & Georgia: Spend $250 and get 20 percent off with PUMPKINPIE20; spend $500 and get 25 percent off with PUMPKINPIE25; spend $1,000 and get 30 percent off with PUMPKINPIE30. (November 28-December 2) [My Picks: Mr & Mrs Ornaments (WANT!!), Sate pillow (California Obvi!) and a cozy white throw blanket]

OTTE - Extra 40% off sale!! Starting TODAY, enter 'BlackFridayEA' at check out. 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

things I learned from French women....Lipstick

things I learned from French women......

Let your natural beauty shine through (ie no visible make-up), and add a killer lip - preferably red.

So while I was there I did just that, and every night out since we've been home. Wouldn't you know lipstick isn't scary and it makes me feel like I rule the world.

Here are my current favs! Both are from the NARS Audacious line Rita (left) and Olivia (right). So easy to use - so don't be intimidated! I have a running list in my phone of what I want to purchase next too! Heat Wave by Nars, Nude Vanille by Tom Ford and a few others. What are your go to shades???

[Full vacation recaps coming, had to order a new camera cord.....not sure who ate ours!oy!]