Recently I’ve been on the lookout for patterns – like I mentioned here. Luckily for me, when I was checking out eShakti’s fall collection, I came across this beautiful floral print blouse.
I wore it a little dressy in these pictures – it was parent-teacher conferences – but I can easily see this blouse in more of a casual light, too. (Blazer and jeans anyone?)
As for last week’s break, it was definitely great to step away for a little. I’m convinced that there’s nothing that a few days in the Caribbean can’t fix!
Between late nights at school for parent-teacher conferences and…life, I need a little break.
See you in a week.
Until then, make sure to stop by Sassy Moms in the City. I’ve been writing a weekly beauty post.
You have some catching up to do.
So it has taken me about two weekends to pack up my summer clothes and unpack my winter ones. Scratch that. I’m still unpacking. This transiting between wardrobes is such an involved process. Mostly because I’m purging and rearranging things as I’m doing it.
As I’ve been unpacking though, I noticed that I need to update my winter wear a little.
I’m going to be looking for pieces that add a fun and playful pop to my already dark and neutral clothes. Pieces in shades of cream, blocks of color, and patterns are on my lists.
And after doing a little window shopping around the web, it’s going to be pieces like these that get added to my wardrobe. These guys will fit perfectly with what I already have, and help bring a little life to my winter.
I’m always looking for a reason to take a date with my husband – plus I think it’s so important for us to break away from the kids every now and then, too! So when Vimbly offered to cover my ticket for the Gold Coast & Old Town Food Tour with Chicago Food Planet, I knew I had to take it!
When you live in a city like Chicago, there are always so many great places to eat. One thing I liked about the tour, was that it shared some historical and popular selections, as well as newer ones that I might not have ever come across.
The tour started at the famous Lou Malnati’s where our 10-person group indulged in a signature salad and a slice of the Chicago Classic deep dish pizza. (Sorry – no photographs were taken at Lou’s! I was too busy stuffing my face!)
From there we stopped at Teagschwendner for a spot of tea and a mini lesson on the different types of tea. Fun fact – white, green, and black teas all come from the same Camellia leaf! The difference in taste comes from the ways that the leaves are processed.
Then we walked over to Kamehachi Old Town for a little sushi and sake – a darling place where I can easily envision more date nights occurring!
After our Japanese sampling we walked across the street to The Fudge Pot. (I could have easily stayed there all day!) This place creates many custom pieces for people and businesses, but I fell in love with their toffee. Buttery, chocolaty, crunch… (Mmm – drooling on the keyboard as I’m typing!)
The following two places were stops that I would consider more as specialty shops. Old Town Oil carries specialty oils and vinegars, and The Spice House carries, well, spices! Both places smelled so good, but I wasn’t ready to do more tasting. I still had the taste from the toffee in my mouth and I didn’t want to ruin it!
I had my husband be the taste taster. Both shops would definitely be places to stop at it you were looking for special seasoning or marinades for cooking or baking. Both places also are frequented by local chefs, and after smelling all they had to offer, I can easily tell why!
Our last stop was at Delightful Pastries where we devoured two tasty perogies and two macaroons. The perogies were seriously the best we’ve ever had – two orders came home with us, but they didn’t last very long!
Overall the trip was such a fun experience! I really enjoyed tasting the food – it was all so delicious!
Vimbly offers tons of other classes, activities, and date ideas. They’re not just in Chicago either! You can find them in other major cities around the U.S. including Seattle, Las Vegas, and NYC.
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As much as I can complain about winter coming, I do have to say that wearing sweaters again is a welcomed treat. There’s something a little magical about slipping into a warm, cozy sweater on a brisk day.
Jeans are part of everyone’s wardrobe. But there are a few pairs a denim that always seem to be on my must-have list. I’ve shared boyfriend jeans and distressed ones – today’s post is about colored denim.
I always find myself grabbing these gray skinnys when I don’t feel like wearing blue jeans. Sometimes blue jeans just don’t look right with the tops that I want to wear. Plus, I think dressing up colored denim can be easier than it’s counterpart.
I took these pictures three weeks ago, and I’ve worn these gray jeans every weekend since.
Three weeks ago?
One thing that I’ve learned as a blogger is to have some extra posts in reserve for your rainy days. ’Cause let’s face it – life happens. And literally it has been rainy and/or gloomy for the past week.
Halloween Day was no exception. The kids got dragged to two houses before I realized I was not about to punish them or myself anymore.
We went home, ate dinner, and played find-the-hidden-candy in the basement. The combo of Easter egg-hunts and Halloween sweets was just what the kids needed.
And that’s how life has been recently – going with the flow while wearing gray skinnys and eating leftover candy.
This week I’m talking about the jeans you need in your closet, and today it’s all about distressed denim.
I while back I tore up this pair of jeans. And though I don’t wear distressed denim to work, they are the perfect pant for nights and weekends.
Distressed denim looks great when worn casual – it works with a double dose of plaid here. But one of my favorite ways to wear a pair of distressed jeans is in more of a dressed up, glamorous way.
My legs are all for flaunting themselves around in warm weather, but come fall, they want nothing to do with the chilly air. (Such a shame too, because I love my skirts.) Maybe once I get used to the cold again, I’ll be brave enough for tights. Maybe. But until then, it’s pants season.
This week I’ll be sharing my favorite styles of denim. Spoiler alert – all the pairs that I’ll be sharing have been showcased here before. (I think I wear these boyfriend jeans a few times a month!)
So yes, today’s denim feature focuses on the infamous boyfriend jeans. I like them because their comfortable and add a little attitude to an outfit.
A few tips for wearing boyfriend jeans:
1. Keep the top sleek. Since the bottoms have the volume, opt for a top that will balance this without adding volume to you.
2. Add a little structure with a blazer or moto jacket. (See how I wore these jeans with a structured blazer.)
3. Step up your kicks. Save those gym shoes for another day and bust out a pair of heels. The mix of masculine (from the jeans) and feminine (from the heels) are always a stylish combination.
And a little side note on the heels. If you haven’t already, you really need to get yourself a pair of nude ones. Find a pair that matches your skin tone. Wearing them with dresses and skirts will make your legs look longer. (Take it from a short girl!)
Since everyone is out buying boots, you’ll find many a pump on sale. Here are a few of my favorite ones in nude:
Last year I really started focusing on my outer wear. I felt like I already put effort into getting tops, bottoms, and dresses that I liked and that fit my body type, but I didn’t really pay much attention to my coats and jackets. And when winter hits, my outer wear ends up being part of my outfits whenever I run errands with the kids.
Today was one of those days. Tons of running around. In and out of buildings and offices…
Of course as soon as we walk into a place, the kids are ripping off their jackets and handing them to me. And since I’m not about to give myself another item to carry, I just wear my coat for the day.
So, for our crazy run around days, my mommy outfit choice was kept super simple – white tank, gray jeans, black booties, and this olive-green coat. No jewelry, but, of course, some red lips and a favorite pair of aviators.
Last week I attend an event by CAbi and had the chance to hear the fabulous Geena Davis share her wisdom as the guest speaker. (You can read all about the event details here.) Of course I wanted to look semi professional, but I also wanted to look stylish. Sometimes I find it a little hard to keep a sense of style when needing to look professional. When in doubt, I add a jacket like this. I swear…wearing a moto jacket to basically anything just looks so good! Wouldn’t you agree that a little leather (even faux leather) helps to spice thing up?!