Oct 23, 2017

The BEST suede neutral ankle boots










Soooo, a slight ankle boots addiction case right here haha! But seriously, what is it about ankle boots (and peep toe ankle booties) that always makes me want more? I have to admit, I haven't worn knee high boots in a few years and I find it extremely unlikely that I ever will. Mind you, we live in Chicago; we get brutal winters here and lots of snow, but I still only want to wear ankle boots. Alright, I'll admit, on heavy snow days I will wear my Sorels, but any other winter day qualifies for ankle boots for me haha. Maybe the fact that I rarely get cold, helps. I really am so hot blooded (is that the term?) and I rarely complain about being cold, so maybe that plays a huge role here and I am able to stay comfortably warm wearing ankle boots in winter. Alright, anyways, these ankle boots are THE perfect nude color and I wanted a pair like these for a long time, but I am extremely picky when it comes to the overall silhouette of ankle boots so it took some time to find these! I love their pointy toe (but not too pointy) and the back zipper. Are any of you into ankle boots as much as I am? I would love to hear!

Wearing: Dolce Vita 'Cassius' ankle boots (love these and these too!); Asos top (old, but almost an identical one here, here, here and here); Anine Bing jeans (old, similar here); Forever21 trench coat (old, similar here).


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Oct 19, 2017

Red fedora hat








 Hats are definitely growing on me but I still love them on other people more than I do on myself. That goes for any hat style; I just had never worn hats almost all my life. Seriously, even in winter (and in Chicago we do get crazy cold winters) I do not wear a hat, period. But I love how, for example, a knitted beanie just looks so cool and adds that laid back vibe to a look, which I love. Same goes for fedoras... Cool, sophisticated, edgy and just plain great looking! As recent as a few months ago I owned one hat (#truth) and now I have this beauty you see here, a white straw fedora, a black straw boat hat and an orange beanie, which I actually love, I just have to wear it more (I wore it once here in this post). Alright, enough rambling, but I will say that I am planning on getting more beanies for this winter, so stay tuned!

Wearing: Free People fedora hat; Target strappy ankle booties; Asos pants; Helmut Lang tee (similar here); Asos lace bra top; Swatch watch.


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Oct 17, 2017

Purples & gray from Forever21









We were taking these photos last weekend when it was unusually cold for this time of year. And very windy... Anyways, we scrambled to get them done quickly and get back into our warm car (#bloggerproblems). I've mentioned this before that my husband takes my photos and because photography is his hobby (it has been long before I got into blogging) he is the one to come up with different shooting angles for me. I mean, I have my own ideas, but a lot of what you get to see here comes from him, which I TRULY appreciate! What this process looks like for us, the fact that we both work full time, means that we only get to this on the weekends. Having two small kids, that also means that we can only plan for shooting photos in between errands or playtime. We NEVER separate with the kids to work on blogging stuff; meaning we shoot photos while being with the kids. If we're at the park and the kids are playing, we will snap a few pics, or we stop by one of my go to photo-taking spots and we snap a few pics there. I would feel extremely guilty (#momguiltisapowerfulthing) if I, on top of working my full time job, would then leave them behind on the weekends to go shoot my blog content. I just don't do it, period. I try to pursue my passion such that it doesn't disrupt our routines with kids, or it does so very minimally. It has been working fine so far, but I will say it takes A LOT of planning ahead, a lot of patience from my husband and my boys too... Why am I mentioning any of this? I guess because I feel like I always take my pics with the same background (we have a #1 go-to spot) and I don't want to bore anyone haha! If it seems that I always am in front of the same background, know that I am working extremely hard to bring you some variety haha. Alright, now onto this Forever21 blouse, which I am adoring! I love  the contrast of the purples with the gray and the watercolor effect of the print. I love it with jeans, but I will for sure wear it to the office too!

Wearing: Forever21 blouse; Maison Scotch jeans (old, similar here and here); Target ankle boots (mine are without the tie); Miss Sixty bag (old).

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Oct 14, 2017

Multistrap sandals in red













How amazing are these Zara sandals? Seriously, so pretty with the red heel and the colorful stripes. I don't generally get sandals with straps around the ankle as I find them semi-comfortable to walk in, but I gave in on those. I figured, I can have one pair of delicate sandals like that in my closet AND obviously the little pop of red has my name written all over it haha!
My look here is pretty basic (I wear this combo to the office too) but the touch of color and the style of the sandal makes it so chic and a little more elevated. I love the layering that's happening here: a dress worn over some skinny pants with an addition of a sleeveless vest. I could very easily go from an office to an after-work-drink in this look.

Wearing: Zara sandals; Asos pants; Poppy Apparel dress (sold out, very similar here and here); BCBG sleeveless vest (old, similar here and here).

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Oct 11, 2017

Black lace top and ethnic clutch














Leaves on the ground and still summer-like temperatures! Not complaining, don't get me wrong, but the end to this year's summer (and beginning of fall) has been so weird. We have so many leaves around our house already and clearing them is my husband's least favorite chore. The only upside to this time consuming task, is when our boys jump in the leaf piles and have so much fun just roaming around. The simplest things always make them the most excited and happy. Seriously, our kids are very outdoorsy so it doesn't get much better than jumping in leaf piles for them. Anyways, I am taking advantage of the weather and wearing as many summer-like outfits as possible. Or semi-summer-like outfits, because here I added some ankle boots. In Chicago it's almost impossible to wear ankle boots in the summer (in 90 degrees!), so the minute it gets a little cooler I am all into wearing them. I've said this before probably, but peep toe ankle booties and ankle boots are two of my favorite footwear styles, hands down!

Wearing: Forever21 lace top (old, similar here and here)EyeBuyDirect Aurora glasses; Anine Bing jeans (old, similar here); Cleobella clutch (old); Swatch watch.



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Oct 8, 2017

Lace dress & camo jacket









I came up with this pairing one day - to wear an elegant lace dress with a camo jacket which is representative of a very casual style. I thought it would be a good mix of soft and hard and that it would transition nicely into fall. It's an unexpected pairing and I like how it turned out, because  the colors contrast each other well and my dress is dressed down to be a more I-can-wear-it-to-a-not-so-formal-event look. I obviously don't wear pieces like this dress very often, so I am glad how I can pull this look off for a more casual occassion.

Wearing: Asos dress (old, almost an identcal one here; love this one too); Old Navy camo jacket (old, very similar here and love this one with bell sleeves); Target sandals; Zara bag (old); Swatch watch (old, limited edition).


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