Thursday, April 24, 2014

Vintage Pea Coat

A few weekends ago I joined my Blogger friend April of Knocked up Fabulous on a thrifting trip organized by Troy the Thriftanista herself! It was a two-stop party bus full of mimosa-drinking thrifting lovers! What a wonderful way for a novice like me to enter the thrifting world! I was in the presence of pros! They are seriously the best at what they do and they helped me get some pretty amazing pieces for such amazingly low prices. Case in point, this pea coat with great gold buttons was just $9! I also scored a silver La Mer watch for $2 as well a few random pieces that I'm sure will make their way onto the blog soon enough.




Vintage Pea Coat ($9 from Goodwill) // Joe Fresh Sweater (scored for $3 at JC Penny!!) // Theory jeans (found at the Theory store in The Fashion Outlets of Chicago) // Converse Sneakers // Revlon Matte Stick // Sparkle and Sophistication necklace (named after me!)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Workout Wednesday: Bright and Patterned

So as it turns out, Spring break made for lots of time to work out. And some time to make some new workout buddies. I'm happy to say that my blogger buddy Jalpa of Samosa Pop tried out Bar Method and liked it enough to sign up! Yay! She was even kind enough to take pictures of this outfit for me!

Even though it was Spring break, the beginning of the week was still really chilly so I layered up in this bright Ellie top and patterned Gap pants combo.




Forever 21 hat // Ellie top //  Gap Leggings (similar) // Sunglasses //  Nike sneakers (from this post)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Dressing Up a Graphic Tee

Lately I've had a weird obsession with graphic tees. I'm not usually attracted to them since they don't really fit in with my teacher attire. I've been trying to find ways to add them in though and if disguised with a blazer and a pencil skirt I can totally wear them to work!

What are your thoughts on graphic tees at work?

forever, 21, graphic, tee

silver, sam, libby, oxfords

green, j, crew, pencil, skirt

dream, on, dreamer, tee

Uniqlo Blazer (similar) // Forever 21 "Dream on Dreamer" Graphic Tee // TopShop Necklace // J. Crew Factory pencil skirt and tights (similar) // Sam and Libby Target Oxfords // J. Crew silver belt (similar) //Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain in Smitten // Zara sunglasses




Monday, April 21, 2014

15 Pieces: The Hot Pink Edition



This list has been years in the making: some of my favorite pink things. Some are old and some are new but all go to prove that pink is such a strong presence in my life! And my hope is that sharing some of these pink wonders will prove to be just as indispensable to you!

1. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion: Magic pimple eraser that I've been using for years. Smells so strongly that my husband can identify it in the dark, but if you put a dot of this magic lotion on at night when you wake up it will be GONE! Magic, I swear! And at a pretty great price too!

2. Pink Luggage: It's easy to spot your luggage in a sea of black bags at baggage claim with a bag like this!

3. Portable Wireless Speaker: I use one of these everyday in my classroom and on breaks I take it home with me so I can keep the party going where ever I go. Also to ensure nobody steals it. Truth.

4. YSL Glossy Stain: This stuff is awesome. It's like a science experiment for your lips. Goes on wet and then instantly turns into a balm. And bonus, it's a stain but has a ton of lasting moisture. My favorite is #16 which is a bright pink with just a hint of purple.

5.  Weleda Wild Rose Smoothing Lotion: Some of the best facial lotion I have ever used. Gentle, pink and has a great, almost addicting scent. Oh, and you can get it at Target.com so that's pretty awesome!

6. Essie nail color in Bahama Mama: The perfect shade of dark pink thats not too dark and not too bright. The perfect color in my opinion for a professional setting. My go-to when I don't know what color to choose.

7. Nars "Yu": My signature lip color. and the best part is that its like liner and color in one easy stick.

8. Viviscal: Ok, it's not pink but the box is. This twice-a-day pill that has been the ONLY thing that has made my hair grow: so quickly and so well that my hair stylist was shocked at the results even after only 2 months!

9. Nars the Multiples Stick in "Orgasm": This color is just the right balance of peachy pink and shimmer that it just looks amazingly flattering on EVERYONE! And who doesn't love a blush that you don't need a carry a brush around to apply!

10. Silk Blouse: I've said it before and I'll say it again. I love me a good silk blouse and even more so when it's in a great shade of pink!

11. Pink Running Shoes: I coach an all-girls running team despite my loathing of running. One constant source of motivation is a good (pink) pair of well-fitting supportive running shoes. I went to Fleet Feet and got fitted before the season started and these were the winners.

12. Valentino Knock offs: I can't afford Valentino Rock Studs. But I am always open to a good affordable knock off and these ones are pretty spot-on!

13. Blush Tote Bag: This is currently my work bag. It looks like real leather but its a fraction of the price.

14. Rose Lensed Ray Bans: Ive been in love with these since I saw them on the cover of the J. Crew catalog but I have yet to see a pair in real life with my own two eyes. If that day comes and I still like them I just may have to make them mine.

15. Yosi Samra Rose Gold Foldable Flats: I discovered these foldable flats on Catherine Giudic's (Sean of the Bachelor's new wife) Instagram! They made her a custom pair for her wedding but she has been rocking them in her everyday looks and I'm loving them!







Thursday, April 17, 2014

Blue Tweed With Silver Oxfords

I was almost certain that I shouldn't buy this tweed jacket a few months back at Target, but as it turns out I was wrong. I wear it all the time. Even one of my students told me it was her favorite. 

Since this is the first time these sunglasses have been on the blog, let me tell you a little story about them. I had their tan-framed sister for almost a year when they snapped in half right at the bridge of the nose. They had been sitting in a plastic ziplock baggie designated for broken Nordstrom accessories for months now. Since I had a solid baggie full built up of bits and pieces, I finally made it to Nordstrom Michigan Ave and cashed in my broken-bits bag for over $50. Point of the story is, if you have something from Nordstrom, even as cheap as my $12 sunglasses, and they break, Nordstrom has such great customer service that they will look up your purchase on your Nordstrom card and refund you your money!  And this is why they get my continued business and why I bought these as replacement glasses!





Sunglasses // Target Jacket (similar here &love this option) // Nordstrom Pants (similar) // Target Oxfords // H&M socks (old) // Lips: YSL Glossy Stain // Forever 21 Necklace (old) // Ralph Lauren Oxford Button Down // J. Crew Silver Belt