Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Great Outdoors!


I think we've finally turned the corner on weather up here! Days are regularly getting to 60 and at night the temps aren't dropping the way the were just over a week ago. So you know what that means right?!


Patio time!!!! Patio time at restaurants, and my favorite, at home!!! We have a great deck with more than enough space and I'm ready to sit outside every minute of everyday. Catch up on the giant stack of magazines and perhaps, cough cough, finish one of the bajillion books I want.

Plants galore, just like last year! They make me so happy! I might even try a veggie again....although the squirrels win every time so why try! Sad face, those tomatoes were so promising last year!

We have a great table, and chair set-up....or should I say it was before we covered it up for winter! Our umbrella was eaten by a late summer storm, so I"m on the lookout for a new one. And with the space we have I'd love to add a separate sitting lounging area. A love seat and ottoman perhaps. Or a good old fashioned lounger. My pale bits need to be heated to the core! Our fab neighbors have a huge sectional, and we all pretty much act like the decks are connected so, I'm kinda leaning lounger. Well, at least for today!


Has anyone had any good luck at any retailers lately? I've looked at all the regular places (Target, West Elm, CB2, etc) just always get the biggest sticker shock....esp since we only  have half a year to use/enjoy these items! But we need a sun umbrella for sure....here are some of the items I really like right now:



All images are from my pinterest Home board, loving them for inspiration right now!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Shopbop Sale Picks!

Uggh 25% off at Shopbop, freeze my credit card in a block of ice! HA!!! No but really I wait for these sales to pounce on those items I've been eyeing forever. You know those ones that never ever go on sale, or at least not in your size! Or ones you just don't want to buy at full price, but eye constantly (ahem, that black bikini and some overalls! hehe) :) Also the best time to scoop up some classic, well made basics at an incredible price!


So shop away my friends!! Just add SPRING25 during checkout!


The Friends and Family is my favorite!!! Here's what is I want...and may buy :P 

Shoes: 


Clothes: 


Accessories/Misc: 


Did you scoop anything up?! 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Save or Splurge??? 4.6 Edition

Isn't that always the question?! Do you save up and splurge? Or buy something similar for much less? I'm more of a buy less (and maybe spend more) and love it wayyy more/wear it all the time. Fast fashion is just that for me. I buy wear and it looses it's luster.

But sometimes I fall in love with something I just really do not want to spend that much on. Recently I found a few items that had a very reasonably priced similar item, from Forever 21. A store which, I feel, if you can spend some time digging you can really find some items that look a lot more luxe than their price tag.

So would you splurge or save on these???




I think I'd save on all. And I really want them all :)

[I'd crop the F21 Kimono jacket to make it a bit more like the original. I honestly like the Save sandals more, that cross is more flattering on my leg/ankle (and it comes in black white and tan!!) The sweater, umm I'm sure they feel different but looks, dead on to me!]

Shop all the items: 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Summer Slides


Safe to say I have enough new sandals to last me all summer! I've been stock piling them you could say, since I don't know Jan 1. Now if only we could get a temperature above 65, and I'd be golden!!! Jeans, light jacket and sandals HA!

No but really I love slides, and birks just work for my horribly flat feet (Sorry Mom!)

Here are a few of my favorites, and umm, I have the first 5 pairs :)

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 alone....it 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 neutrals...you 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: