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Do you ever have one of those weekends that’s nothing extraordinary happens, but it’s still just the best weekend? I had one recently and it left me so happy. It included tapas on Friday with college friends, brunch with Sarah and her husband, clothes shopping with the husband (which I can’t always convince him to do), an unexpected trip to a brewery, alone time Saturday night, and the Super Bowl. I guess the key component there was quality time with the hubby and great conversation over good food (and drinks). I feel like so many times Steve and I feel like we need to be doing something special or unique to make it a weekend to remember, but as I get older and even busier I find it’s low key weekends doing the things I actually enjoy that really stand out. Obviously, because I’m still talking about it two weeks later. Ha. Speaking of standing out, what do you think of this royal blue velvet varsity jacket?
When the velvet trend first came back around I immediately thought of the 90s – and cringed! Synthetic fabrics, unflattering cuts – ick! But, after I saw more and more velvet clothing it grew on me, and suddenly I remembered all of the things that were actually good in velvet. Baby doll dresses, headbands, even blazers. So, so good! I eased myself into the trend with a headband, graduated to a velvet skirt, then bought a velvet jumpsuit for this past Christmas season. I realized it was just as good as comfortable sleepwear as it was for the day! You can’t beat it: a stretchy waistband, soft velvet, plus it’s also an amazing price, less than $25. So I guess you can say I’ve got a pretty big CRUSH on velvet. If you feel the same way I do, I’m rounding up affordable velvet clothing options after the jump.
Man, I was really ready to take on 2018. I ended 2017 on a good note – feeling rested and newly excited by workouts again. I came back to work after the New Year feeling slow and disinterested. What was wrong with me, I thought? Then I got my answer. A tickle started in my throat, and the next morning I had a full blown cold. I slept 12 hours the first day of my sickness because I was so worn down. The gym back I’d packed hasn’t been used in the four days I’ve been alternating between sleeping in my bed and resting on the couch. Of course, a little sickness isn’t the worst way to start the year. But it certainty does help me feel ready to grab 2018 by the … well, you know.
I’m trying to keep my momentum going by thinking about everything I’ll do once I’m not sick. Everything I’ll do immediately and for the rest of the year. Which yes, includes trying new trends like wearing a beret. While I’m not one for “resolutions” in the traditional sense of choosing a change to make or add, I have thought about several goals I have for myself this year. Can’t wait until I’m recovered to see them through!
There are a few trends I hope will be left in 2017, such as lucite shoes. But something I’m bringing with me into the new year is the tassel jewelry trend – seen above in the Rocksbox earrings I’m wearing. I’ve been gravitating toward tassels more and more and I think it’s a trend that should stay! In fact, I’m not just here for the tassel jewelry trend. I like seeing tassels the many ways they’ve been incorporated into fashion, including on dresses and shoes. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite tassel-accented items as well as inspiration from fellow tassel-wearing bloggers. Check it out!
There may be some bad things about social media – FOMO, for example – but I do love how it helps us chronicle our lives. Social media is our digital scrapbook, and with the click of a button we can look back. That’s why I love the 2017 Best Nine on Instagram! The Best Nine, my nine photos from the past 12 months that received the most likes, captured some of my biggest and best memories. I thought I’d share a quick blurb behind each photo in chronological order.
I’m not big on men’s gift guides. I read a lot of them that are tech or hardware geared and think, “How sexist; men in my life don’t care about most of this stuff.” Buzzfeed recently published their own list of great gifts for men with the same sentiment. I read it and realized just because a gift guide says it’s for “men” doesn’t mean it has to follow the typical pattern. Today I’m rounding up my own suggestions of gifts the men in your life might like. They’re not all the stuff you’d see in GQ or Sears, but instead they’re actual items guys I know have been into. Some even overlap with the Buzzfeed list because Steve has tried them himself and can attest for their appeal!
So the big, exciting news this week is that I got tickets to the Taylor Swift show in Chicago!!! Well, actually, I got tickets through a friend’s friend, but still it means I’ll be at Soldier Field for the Reputation Tour! I am going with five other people – four of whom I don’t know – but still think it’d be fun to dress up as Taylor’s eras for the concert. I’ve only mentioned it to my friend so far, and he told me I will have to be the Red era because I can pull off her signature red lip. I will happily accept that challenge.
I am having so much fun thinking about the concert and the possibility of dressing up as my favorite Taylor that I started researching the other eras and Taylor Swift outfit ideas. I looked at SheIn because of their inexpensive clothes and breadth of styles and trends. (You can read more about my SheIn experience here.) Keep reading for my top picks of adorable, inexpensive clothes for each Taylor era! (P.S. This post goes best with a soundtrack, I currently have “Speak Now” on.) (more…)
On this site I try to always share outfits, products, reviews, etc. that are real. Admittedly I often have to use the weekend to take photos of my life, so sometimes the clothes featured weren’t actually worn that day other than to capture them with a camera. However, I can assure you they were worn at some other time as a real outfit. The photos I’m sharing today may be my realest ones yet though, because this is a true work out and a c/o jacket from a brand I actually shop! Thank you to my coworker who ran outside with me on a chilly day to capture what I wore in our office, which has a business-casual dress code. This tweed blazer is perfect for work appropriate layering during cooler weather.
Today could not have started off any better. I had Taylor Swift’s new album downloaded on my phone and Chicago saw its first snow! I know a lot of people groaned when they looked out the window, but I felt so excited. I love winter, a lot. Steve’s and my first date was in winter (February, to be exact) and I told him near the beginning of our time together that I really, really liked Chicago winters. He still likes to laugh about that and how he thought “Who is this crazy person?” Sure, winter can be a bit too long. And it can be depressing when there are 20 cloudy days in a row. But give me cold air, snow and sun and I’ll be happy.
This past weekend was Steve’s and my final wedding of 2017. It was his cousin’s wedding, and several aunts and uncles asked us how many wedding we’ve been to this year. We did count and we’ve been to eight. I think that’s pretty par for the course in your late 20s with a big family, but everyone else was really surprised! We’re certainly excited traveling for weddings is over for now (and just in time for the holidays). Of course the trips we did have were good because we got to celebrate our loved ones getting married. And some of the weddings we went to this past year brought us to cool cities in one of my favorite places to visit: the east coast. We got to go to Philly and Boston, where these photos were taken. I wanted to share some of the fun we had out east, as well as one of my Nordstrom sale purchases. This cold-shoulder dress is out of stock, but here is one that’s very similar as well as other options at the end of this post.