15 Nov 2016 Permalink

I attend a number of blogger-related events in and around Chicago, but my favorite has to be the annual playCHIC Fashion Show every November!

If you’re not familiar, the playCHIC Fashion Show is all part of Chicago’s annual Toy and Game Week…a week that is dedicated to celebrate play and innovation through consumer events, conferences, awards and, of course, a fashion show!

This will be my second year as a PlayCHIC Fashion Ambassador and this year’s panel is comprised of some of the most influential social media mavens. These lovely ladies will be joining me!

PlayCHIC FASHION Show Fashion Ambassadors 2016

April Giannosa | Nicole Regan  | Christine Jones

Kate Loscalzo | Candice Kilpatrick 

 Cheryl Leahy  | Alison Ray  | Souk Supantavong

Attending PlayChic is like no other fashion show you’ve experienced. Nowhere will you see a runway show that pairs the hottest fashion designers with world-famous toy and game brands to create an unforgettable evening.

PlayCHIC Fashion Show Navy Pier


Much like “Project Runway”  PlayCHIC challenges Chicago’s top fashion designers to create a runway look inspired by a playful toy or game. Borris Powell, will serve as host for the evening and creating a womenswear look inspired by Twister celebrating the 50th Anniversary. Elda De La Rosa is teaming up with Twister for an evening womenswear design guaranteed to turn heads. PomPomWow and Orbeez are creating their own looks and from what we hear, it’s going to be larger than life!  

“The designs are currently in transit from California and they are quite massive. So large that we are having them shipped in special shaped packaging.  I’m so excited for the audience see this ‘illuminating’ show.” says Souk Supantavong (PlayCHIC’s Fashion Show Producer), as she winks to us.

The 2016 PlayCHIC fashion show hits the catwalk Friday, November 18th at Navy Pier Grand Ballroom following the TAGIE Awards

PlayCHIC Fashion Show Navy Pier

GRAB YOUR TICKET TODAY! Ticket includes OPEN BAR, Playful Desserts, Fashion Show hosted by Borris Powell and After Party with DJ Brent Rolland from Fig Media.

Available for $50 visit See you at the After Party at Navy Pier for Chicago’s most creative and unforgettable fashion experience!

Reserve your parking spot in advance with SpotHero, a parking reservation service that helps drivers find and book parking online! Enter promo code CHITAG at checkout for an extra $5 off parking!

Catch a Lyft to get to and from all of ChiTAG Week events or to get around and explore Chicago. You’re not a member yet? Don’t worry it is super easy to join:

I was selected to be a playCHIC Fashion Ambassador. All content and opinions expressed here are honest and all my own. 

Fall Uniform: Jacket, Skinny Jeans & Booties

27 Oct 2016 Permalink

outfit for fall

distressed jeans

red jacket and backpack

ankle booties

outfit for fall

ankle booties

Every fall I find myself reaching for the same kinds of pieces…cute jackets, skinny jeans, and ankle booties that can take me from day to night. In fact, it’s a pretty solid uniform that I’ll probably exhaust until I need to bust out my heavy-duty outer wear.

Besides for making it easy for me to get dressed in the morning, this kind of uniform also makes it easy for running around with the kids. On this particular day, both kids had a doctors appointment…so we ended up treating ourselves to lunch, a little shopping trip, and a playground visit afterwards. Gotta make the most of our days together!

These booties from Rhea Footwear couldn’t be more perfect for a day on my feet! They are super comfortable, and the bottoms have these special NeverSlip soles. But as well as for being functional, they are stylish too! I love the little heel and the pointier toe. These babies are definitely going to be put to work this season!

Besides for wearing these ankle booties with distressed jeans, I’ve also worn them dressed up with black pants and a light sweater for work. As an elementary teacher, I’m usually on my feet aalllll day long. And once the dismissal bell rings, the afterschool running around begins. When I first wore these booties to work, it was a rainy day. Storms from morning until dinner time. But, I didn’t even notice the wetness with my feet! Usually dress shoes can become a little slippery, especially on the titled floor of the school, but I didn’t slip at all. I wish my pumps had the same NeverSlip soles as these puppies!

Jackets, skinnies, and ankle boots are such an easy and adorable uniform for fall. And with booties like these, it’s sure to be a winning combination!

jacket – Old Navy // t-shirt – Gap // jeans – Banana Republic // backpack – Aldo // booties – c/o Rhea Footwear

Last Bit of Summer

28 Aug 2016 Permalink

off the shoulder dress

straw tote with tassels

cute summer outfit

Last weekend a girlfriend and I went shopping on Michigan Avenue. There were tons of cute ankle booties and leather moto jackets…all of which would usually get me excited for cooler temps! But I’m just NOT feeling it this year.

I might just wear sandals and open-toe shoes until the first snowfall.

This straw tote will keep me thinking about the hot summer sun though. I spotted similar ones all over the place during the summer. They were gorgeous…minus the price tag. I wasn’t about to drop $80 on a straw tote! So, I got a little resourceful.

I found this bag at Savers. Spent a whopping $4 on it. Then, I scoped out Etsy for colorful tassels. The multi-colored pom pom one here just sent me back 20 bucks. $24 versus $80 for a simple summer pick-me-up? I think yes!

One Big Happy Back To School

11 Aug 2016 Permalink

Back-to-school fashion

Back-to-school boys' fashion

Back-to-school girls' fashion

Back-to-school fashion

floral pants

boys sneakers

girls sneakers

Back-to-school fashion

I’m in serious shock. Not only has this summer FLOWN by with record speed, but my little guy is also starting Kindergarten this fall. KINDERGARTEN!

Someone pinch me.

I’m not gonna lie though. With the kids being the ages that they are, my life has been a smidge easier. Long gone are the diapers, the nighttime feedings, the constant dependence… Heck, these two even surprise me with breakfast sometimes.

One thing that Julia and Ivan still don’t mind me doing – and I’m hoping that I can do this for many, many years – is clothing shopping for them. I make sure that they have plenty of good clothes to choose from. The mornings flow so smoothly when the kids have options that they like hanging in their closets.

Gymboree is definitely one of my top places to shop for the kids’ wardrobes. Their clothing is beyond adorable, and it’s able to withstand the wear and tear of these two. That’s not easy to come by.

Recently I’m crushing on Gymboree even more! It isn’t always easy to drag the kids to the mall. I mean, they’re way more independent than they were during their toddler days, but I still hate shopping with them. It’s awful. Gymboree gets that. They’ve curated bundles, outfits hand-picked by style experts, so that online shopping for kiddos can be done seamlessly. Ready to wear outfits with a click of a button. It couldn’t get any easier!

The back-to-school bundles are beyond adorable! Obviously…it is Gymboree after all! Plus, the pieces in each bundle can easily mix and match with what the kids already have in their closets.

I can see Ivan dressing up or down his Every Wear Pant. (Bonus that the pants are lined with jersey for the cooler months.) Julia will get tons of use out of her Floral Gem Hoodie. She even mentioned wearing these floral leggings with her favorite winter boots. It makes me so proud that she’s able to put her own outfits together…Ivan just picks a random top and bottom when he dresses himself. Ha! Boys…

Gymboree gifted us everything you see here (minus Julia’s sunglasses), as part of their One Big Happy Back To School campaign. All opinions are my own.

Size note: Julia is 7 1/2 years old and is wearing a size 8 here. Ivan is just turning 5 and wearing a size 5. I know the clothes look a little big on him, but I’m sure he’ll fill them up soon enough.