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Spring Wedding Options

what to wear to a spring wedding

This year’s wedding season has a different meaning for Steve & me. Sure, we’re looking forward to our wedding, but we also have a few others before and after! We’re super excited to celebrate with our friends around such a big time for us, too. Planning for their weddings is giving me a great excuse to think about something other than our big day. It’s also an excuse to pick out my outfits, something I have so much fun doing!

You might be surprised to hear this, but while I own lots of dresses, I can wear very few to a spring wedding. (That’s one of the reasons I signed up for a Rent the Runway Unlimited subscription again.) I’ve gone through my closet to evaluate what could work for a formal event or cocktail hour.  Obviously this floral dress was on the top of my list, as were fun dancing shoes. While both of these items are no longer in stores, I rounded up similar products I found in case you’re also in need of ideas about what to wear to a spring wedding.

What to wear to a spring wedding?

I know, I know: floral for spring, groundbreaking. But there’s a reason this trend pops up year after year. Just how adorable are these floral dresses?

what to wear to a spring wedding

Wedding Guest Shoes

And of course we can’t forget a fun pair of shoes. I love a pair of fringe shoes I purchased last year from Banana Republic. The store has similar pairs this year, and there are plenty of options in all colors:

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Whatever you wear, just be sure you can dance in it. You wouldn’t want an uncomfortable pair of shoes or tight dress to ruin your time as a guest at a wedding this spring!


“Spring” Style in Chicago

Spring Trench CoatWhat do you do when it’s April and there’s snow in the forecast? A lot of things to trick yourself that’s not the case, and to remind yourself what you have to look forward to. For me, I bring spring inside. I pick up fresh flowers for the house. I also try to remind myself of some of my favorite spring clothes in my closet. I wear open toe shoes, but layer up top with a spring trench coat. I pull out spring skirts to pair with tights or wear bare-legged with a sweater. These are just a few ways I try to make spring come early (okay, not even early!) when Mother Nature won’t.

Visit this post for more spring trench coat options | Photos by Audrey

Spring Trench Coat

I’m not going to harp on the weather too much. For one, this doesn’t surprise anyone who’s from the Midwest. I remember springs when I was a child and we had our Easter egg hunts in snow! Second, I’ll be escaping it soon. This summer I’m traveling to Charleston for my bachelorette party! It’ll be my first time in the city and I can’t wait to explore. I’ll post more later this week about what we plan to do and pack.

Spring HeelsSpring Trench Coat

By the way, this suede layering piece, which I’ve now determined is my spring trench coat, has been a staple in my closet since last fall. Want to see how else I styled this vest? Check out my posts:

How’s the weather where you are? Are you still waiting for spring? Or are you enjoying fresh blooms outdoors already? I hope it’s the latter! I’m really jealous of all the ladies I see on Instagram rocking their spring dresses sans coat. We’ll get there soon, Chicago.

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The Bigger the Hoop

hoop earrings

Okay, so I want to talk about something real that I grapple with when I’m putting together outfits. Is it true that the bigger the hoop the bigger the….well, I’ll let you finish that. (A friend recently finished that statement with “THOT.” LOL) I personally love hoop earrings and have worn them ever since high school when I finally had money to start shopping for my own jewelry. I never thought that they went out of style, and have about eight pairs on my earring tree. But I guess they must have been a fashion faux pas at some point, because now they’re back? I see all kinds of 90s style hoop earrings again. The pair I’m wearing here is Kendra Scott, via Rocksbox. I love how dainty they are and that they have little gems along the earring. I’ve been wearing them nonstop since they arrived in the mail.

Hoop earrings/necklace/ring – via Rocksbox {sign up for a month free using code “SincerelyJenniexoxo”} | Rent the Runway – floral jacket {get $30 off your first order with my link} | Express – skinny jeans

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In addition to the hoop earrings I’m wearing, I just have to sing praises for this floral jacket. Earlier this winter I tried on a Zara floral bomber jacket that was for sale at an incredible low price. Sadly, it was a size too large. I couldn’t find another size anywhere – not in stores or online. (By the way, have you ever tried calling a Zara store to check if an item is in stock? I did, and they are not helpful if you don’t have the item number. Just an FYI before you try calling.) That bomber jacket that got away has been in the back of my mind for a while. I was excited to see something similar on the Rent the Runway site when I was choosing items for my next Unlimited shipment. I wore it two days in a row I liked it so much! I’ve sent it back already to exchange it for something new, so you can go online now and get it for yourself. J

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I’m glad we tackled the tough fashion question here, the meaning of hoop earrings. Leave a comment and let me know what you think!


Back at It: Rent the Runway Unlimited

Rent the Runway Unlimited Reviews

Guys, I am so excited to share that I started using Rent the Runway Unlimited again! You may remember I cancelled last winter after several months of use. (You can read my Rent the Runway Unlimited reviews here and here.) I loved renting three designer pieces at a time, for an unlimited time, but I couldn’t justify the cost anymore. However, with my wedding coming up I found myself ready to make a lot of clothing purchases for bridal events. I realized that instead of buying a lot of white dresses I’d wear very infrequently after the wedding, it made more sense to just pay for the service for a few months. I got my first order via UPS last week and boy was I happy with it! The Rebecca Minkoff purse above was just one of three pieces. See more photos of what I rented after the jump, plus a link for $30 off.

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Invested

winter vest

Well it’s back to tights for those of us in the Midwest, but I can’t really complain. Seventy degree weather in February is amazing until you realize why it’s 70 degrees. (Climate change, ya know?) Anyway, I still have some dress/skirt+tight combos I’m looking forward to wearing and sharing. I try my best to stretch out my fall/winter wardrobe into spring, a la here, to avoid feeling the need to purchase new spring clothes. (That didn’t stop me for shopping for my Charleston bachelorette, though. I thought this floral maxi was perfect!) What about you? What’s your cutoff for tights and other winter wear?

winter vest

By the way, the vest in this post is one that I hesitated to buy at first. Now, I can’t believe I ever had reservations! It’s the third time I’ve shared an outfit with it on the blog, and I’ve worn it countless other times IRL. Although this Express vest is no longer available, I’ve rounded up some similar vests below. I think it’d be worth investing in a lightweight option for spring. Khaki vests just add something to an outfit!

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Sunny and Sixty

Chicago palm leaf mural

So this little twirl above sums up how I felt about the weekend. Chicagoans are going wild for the 60 degree weather. Even better, it’s supposed to continue through the beginning part of this week. Although Steve and I were inside for a large part of the day Saturday, we still got to enjoy the sun. We walked outside during our lunch break at Pre-Cana (Catholic marriage preparation) and went on an evening jog. On Sunday, we planned brunch and shopping on Milwaukee Ave so we could stroll outside for a better part of the day. Really, it was just such an amazing reminder about what’s to come in a few months!

Sweater – Banana Republic | Skirt – Banana Republic {similar} | Shoes – via Nordstrom Last Chance | FAVORITE red lipstick Lorac Alter Ego in Pin Up | Photos by Sarah

Chicago palm leaf mural

Since the weather has been warmer, I’ve been mixing clothing from different seasons. I purchased so many skirts last summer that I’m trying to find ways to decrease the cost per wear by pairing them with lightweight sweaters. You might remember this printed Banana Republic skirt from a previous post. I absolutely loved how a jean jacket could dress it down in summer, and now a gray sweater makes it a little more appropriate for this time of year when the temps haven’t risen past 70 degrees yet. (Even if the Chicago palm leaf mural leads you to believe otherwise.)

Chicago palm leaf mural

Oh, and if you’re wondering what Pre-Cana is, which I mentioned above, it’s a requirement for any couples getting married in the Catholic church. Steve and I chose a course in a Chicago suburb because the day-long class fit with our schedule. We had no idea that on Feb. 18 the class would also conflict with one of the nicest days of the winter! Luckily the teacher sensed we were all itching to be outside and let us out a little early. It felt really nice to have spent that important time with Steve, and then even better to end the day with a jog together. It’s something I rarely do with Steve, but who could pass up spending more quality time with the fiancé on a sunny day?

Chicago palm leaf mural

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My Heart on My Leggings

LuLaRoe leggings

Happy Valentine’s Day! This is really one of my favorite days each year, and not just because I get to wear a plethora of pink. I love all of the love in the air, whether it’s between a romantic couple, friends, coworkers or even just for yourself. It was fun today as I talked to coworkers about their plans for Valentine’s Day, it reminded me of my Vday evening five years ago. One coworker said she was treating herself to a gourmet meal and wine. Five years ago I also treated myself to dinner – albeit Kentucky Fried Chicken – and a movie on TV, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. I had just started texting with someone I’d met on OKCupid (the website, this was before apps). He asked me what I was doing that night and I shot back a photo of my KFC. It actually really appealed to him; he took it to mean I could enjoy greasy fast food once in a while.

The texting was intriguing at the time, but little did I know it would start a long standing joke between Steve and me, that we should get KFC on Valentine’s Day. Yep, that guy was Steve. On that solo VDay I had no clue that a guy I hadn’t even met in person yet was going to become my fiancé.

LuLaRoe leggings

I’ll try not to write too sappy of a post because I probably border on that often in my Wedding Wednesday musings. I just want to say thank you to Steve for everything he brings to our relationship: his love of travel, upbeat personality even when I have a frown, and nurturing of friendships, to name a few. He helps ease my naturally stressed out self, especially during our wedding planning. That’s not to say he’s perfect or we’re perfect, but we can take the unexpected and frustrating and face it head on to turn it instead into something happier. And that’s the thing I like most about our relationship.

LuLaRoe leggings

I also want to say thanks to Steve for his support of my blogging and photo taking. He selflessly snapped photos of me in my Valentine’s Day themed LuLaRoe leggings while we were on vacation this past week. (But the photos waited until after he was treated to a New Glarus beer, of course.) I gotta tell you, what they say about these LuLaRoe leggings are true. They feel like butter. I’m super happy to have them in such an adorable print, too. (Yes, I wore my LuLaRoe leggings to work today.) So back on track, thank you Steve, and happy Valentine’s Day! Can’t wait to eat our KFC tonight!


A Watch for My Valentine (& a Giveaway!)

men's watch

This year, because of all of the big expenses Steve and I have in our lives with the upcoming wedding, we agreed not to exchange gifts for Valentine’s Day. We did still take a little getaway this past weekend, during which Steve surprised me with the thoughtful gift of a massage certificate. Luckily, I had already partnered with Jord and chosen a men’s watch for Steve. He’s quite the fan of watches and I loved that the wooden ones on Jord weren’t like anything he’s purchased for himself.

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Like I said, Steve loves watches, and he also loves cultivating his own personal style. It’s been fun to see his style evolve since we started dating four years ago. There were visits to the Trunk Club where he learned the value of layering, and online shopping sessions together to grow a professional wardrobe for work. To be honest, I think a part of his paying more attention to his attire is because I sometimes put him in front of the camera as my blogger fiancé, haha! Because I know Steve likes infusing unique items into a classic outfit, I thought the Conway Series walnut and jet black Jord watch would best fit Steve’s style. And I was right! The first day he wore it, the watch paired perfectly with his jean-on-jean combo and cognac work boots.

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Men’s Watch Giveaway for Your Valentine

And now, it’s your chance to enter to win a Jord men’s watch for your Valentine! All you have to do is visit the link below and fill out your name and email to be entered to win a $100 gift code to use on the JORD site! One person will win, but everyone who enters receives a code worth $25.00 at the end of the contest! Here is the contest link: https://www.woodwatches.com/g/sincerelyjennie_.

A few deats: The contest will close February 26 at 11:59 pm. The $100 and $25 Gift Codes will expire April 30, 2017.
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So happy {almost} Valentine’s Day to Steve, the guy who always puts a smile on my face! Looking forward to tomorrow and our dinner of Kentucky Fried Chicken (that’s a story for another time)!

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Donut Make Me Angry

graphic sweatshirt

How about that football game last night, huh? Just kidding, I didn’t really care about the game! I go to Super Bowl parties for the commercials and halftime show, like I’m sure half of America does. My former roommate hosted a get together that Steve and I attended and there was no pressure to wear team colors or get dressed up (thank goodness!). My friend and her husband both wore their Cleveland Browns apparel and workout pants. I followed suit in Lululemon yoga pants and this graphic sweatshirt. The perfect, comfortable outfit for all the French bread pizza and guac I consumed.

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Layering Pieces

suede vest

Yesterday I shared top posts from the past year in honor of my blogiversary. Today I wanted to share a personal favorite post that I hadn’t published yet! Although this outfit was snapped in the fall, I love that it would be versatile enough for almost three seasons, with lots of other ways to style the suede vest beyond jeans and a T. (In fact, here is the suede vest with a skirt.) This vest was a bit out of the norm for me, as it’s more boho than my typical preppy/classic look. But I think it’s always good to have a few pieces in your closet that can change the look and feel of others pairings. This vest elevates jeans and black shirt from bleh to boho-wow!

Suede vest via Express {similar} | jeans – similar {both from Old Navy} | very similar brown booties {both from F21} | hat c/o POPSUGAR Must Have Subscription Box

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You might be noticing that my hair seems a bit longer here than in other photos you’ve seen. If so, you’re right about that! I purchased extensions to use in wedding photos and have had fun playing with them in everyday life. There are a lot of good wig/extension shops in the Chicago area and once I started talking about my extensions I’ve heard lots of other brides-to-be, etc., shop them for their hairstyles. I won’t bore you with more details now, but I feel a blog post coming on!

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Thank you all for following along with my blogiversary week. Don’t forget to follow on Instagram for a giveaway as my way of saying “thank you!”

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