Friday, August 30, 2013
When the new J. Crew style guide arrived in my mailbox, the t-shirt on the cover instantly reminded me of this old favorite already in my closet. Mine may not say "kiss," but for about 1/4 of the price of the J. Crew tee it's close enough for me. My tee is old, but I found this one for just $10.80 which is practically its twin and comes in three colors!
These white Converse low tops are something I've been eyeing for a while and finally gave in to at the Converse store in the outlet mall from Wednesdays's post. Let's see how long they stay so fresh and clean, I imagine not too long.
Jeans and Green bag: Zara (both bought at the summer Zara sale)
Sunglasses: Forever 21
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Every now and then I'll find a cheapie gem in the least-expected places. Like this cute maxi dress.
This dress came from a store very similar to the Discovery of the Chicagoland area, but it differed because it had mostly shoes. For just $10 at Bare Feet Shoes in Philadelphia, this comfy striped maxi was all mine.
What I love about it is the length. Now, most women shorter than I would be happy to find a maxi that didn't drag on the floor. I NEVER have that problem. Must be terrible for you all. The length of this dress is super easy to walk in, and a little more breezy than most maxi dresses. And guess what? You can get your own cheap and cute dress here!
Dress: Actually available online here for just 10 bucks!!
Sandals: Zara (old)
Nails: Mint Candy Apple by Essie
Sunglasses: Kate Spade
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Visiting the new Fashion Outlets of Chicago was high on my shopping bucket list this summer so I made sure it happened before I went back to school.
My blogger friend Amy and I went with low expectations considering we are not much of outlet shoppers (although there isn't a shopping challenge we would turn down).
The mall is super clean and orderly, and with some of the shops still not open it feels very much under construction. It's all very wide open, not the most welcoming place. Kind of hard to describe. The parking was plentiful and free up to five hours.
In my opinion this mall is PERFECT for men. By that I mean men who actually want or need clothes. The way I see it, a men's designer suit from last season marked down hundreds of dollars looks exactly like the suits at the regular department stores now. So if you are looking to take your gentlemen friends shopping and also want to do a few stops for yourself along the way, this place is for you... and him.
Check out a full list of stores here!
Some of the very random artwork hanging in the mall.
A whole table full of Rebecca Minkoff goodies at the Bloomingdales Outlet.
Amy happily purchasing her long-sought-after low-heeled leopard Vince Camuto heels! 25% off too I might add!
A lay of the land. Actually a very easy layout. It looks much bigger than it feels.
White Moto vest: Forever 21
Booties: Old Navy
Necklace and polka-dot button down: J Crew Factory (on sale now for $37.50
Purse: Sam Edelman
Sunglasses: Forever 21
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
These pictures were taken on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. I was there for my favorite blogger pal Amy's bachelorette party. These pictures are also taken about one day after I got back from Greece, which explains why I'm so darn tan.
P.S., the black bra glowing through was an intentional choice to look a little more "Atlantic City." Turns out my wardrobe is way more "teacher" than "club goer."
Tank: Banana Republic Outlet
Shoes: Prabal Gurung for Target
Lips: Nars "Heatwave"
And in case anyone is interest...Bra: Nordstrom (my absolute favorite!)
Monday, August 26, 2013
Hi all. Hate to break it to you, but if you came here looking for beautiful pictures of Grecian scenery, the show is over! Back to real life. In fact, to make it even more real, it's my first official day back to teaching. In summary: Goodbye Greece, hello professional pencil skirts!
Today's post is from last weekend, when I was asked to speak on a panel for an organization called Women Empowerment at the Unisono festival in Pilsen. The panel featured four women in fashion and the arts. I was so honored to be asked to speak, and I met so many wonderful women.
To be honest, I was a little nervous considering this may have been the first time I have ever done any public speaking that wasn't for a grade. I was really happy to tell people about what I do and explain to them how I have found an outlet to pursue my dreams and still have a successful day job.
Thank you Women Empowerment for the great opportunity. Here are some pictures from the event and of course what I wore. You know I had to wear some hot pink to represent!
Dress: Piperlime (on sale now!)
Wedges: J. Crew Factory
Belt: J. Crew (similar here)
Watch: Charming Charlie
Purse: Kate Spade (here in light tan)
Friday, August 23, 2013
What to do if your hotel is literally across the street from the airport? Go take pictures before the sun sets of course!
I had this top left in my luggage and I realized it made a nice tribute to Greece, being the colors of the flag and all.
I'm so happy with our whole experience in Greece. I'm glad too that we waited almost two years after we got married to go on our honeymoon, because we both needed a good long trip. The memories are just incredible and the sights will be forever in my mind; whenever I need them I know just were they are.
I hope you enjoyed this long trip down a not-so-distant memory lane. I'm so happy I got to share it with you and maybe I've even inspired some of you to book a trip!
Thanks for reading,
Shorts: J. Crew Factory
Shirt: Zara (from the summer sale, but fun blue option here)
Scarf: Madewell (still loving this option)
Sandals: Sam Edelman "Trina"
Thursday, August 22, 2013
This was our last morning in Santorini. I think after seeing the last few posts, you can understand why this was a sad day. Santorini is the kind of place you wish that time stood still and work and responsibilities didn't matter and you could just stay there forever.
But all good things must come to an end, and so this one did. We got picked up to catch a flight back to Athens where we stayed for one night, and then flew back home in the morning. Only one post left from Greece after that, it's back to the Chicago city streets backdrops. Are you as sad as I am?
Shorts: J. Crew Factory (on sale now!)
Bracelet: Oia Jules
Earrings: Forever 21 (more here)
Sunglasses: Street fest (similar here)
Goodbye Absolute Bliss. Until next time.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
This dress has some pretty stiff competition against the views of Santorini. But I still think that the island wins this and every round.
I was pretty excited about wearing this dress here. In fact, I purchased and had been saving it for Santorini specifically. I really thought it captured everything I had been expecting from the pictures I had seen.
I was pleased with how all these shots turned out, but I mean really: the sunset, the ocean, the view. How could they not, right!?
Sunglasses: Kate Spade
Shoes: Enzo (love this cute Enzo option)
Earrings: Forever 21 (similar)