Monday, September 30, 2013

'Allo + Cheerio! (See Jane in London)

J Crew coat, Zara sweater, Rag & Bone jeans, Zara boots (very old but similar),
Gap sunglasses, Chloe bag (old but similar)

Just a quick hello (and goodbye) from London.  I've had an awesome time so far and the city is even better than I remember.  When I travel the world, I feel the most in my element; it makes you realize the world is a small place.  London has treated us very well, so far.  The people are fantastic and the streets are full of charm.  Plus, the weather has been absolutely perfect.  Don't make me leave!

View from the London Eye
Eric in Chinatown
Muubaa leather jacket, Club Monaco blouse (old but similar), J Brand jeans, Zara scarf,
Seychelles boots, Chloe bag

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Imperfect (See Jane Miss the Mark)

Blogging has always been a great way for me to tap into my creative side.  I initially started See Jane as an outlet of sorts back in 2010 and for a way to explore my passions.  Years later, it's evolved but still remains a way for me to express some of my favorite past times: fashion and food (fine, and shopping).

The thing about blogs is that they often portray perfection.  I totally get it--I don't want to post a hideous picture of myself on the internet (because the internet IS forever, you know) or an unappealing meal that I cooked.  If you didn't already know, blogs can be a bit of smoke and mirrors; they often only show the pleasant and the poised--and that's ok!  I'm the first to admit that I prefer looking at pretty, inspirational images.  Just know that not everything in the blogosphere is as perfect as perceived and that many have become a business where their job is to constantly inspire.  A style editor once said to me, "it takes a lot of effort to make a shoot look effortless."  Her words have always resonated with me and as a result, I try not to take myself too seriously.  I wanted to give you a glimpse into some things in my life that DIDN'T make the blog.  They're self-explanatory (I expect zero of these images to be pinned), but I'll explain myself anyway.

I tried to make homemade gnocchi and failed...miserably.  It tastes as good as it looks.

This is what happens when you try and take outfit pictures in 30 mph winds.  They look like this.

Mmm, grilled pineapple.  Nope, tastes like burger.

Tried to change up the scenery and all I got was awkward in front of strangers who kept walking by.  This whole 'scene' consisted of me moving out of the way.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Buckles 'n Chains (See Jane Wear)

Muubaa jacket, Equipment top (c/o), H&M jeans, Seychelles booties,
 Marc Jacobs bag (old but similar), TOMS sunglasses
Hope your fall is off to a great start.  Although I'm not one to wish for summer to end, nothing beats a crisp, fall day when the sky is a true blue and the air has a slight chill--it's too bad those perfect days don't last long here in Chicago.  I'd really like to be able to get as much wear out of these cut-out booties as I possibly can; sadly, they don't seem like they'll mesh with winter slush very well.

Friday, September 20, 2013

London Calling (See Jane Travel)

I'm headed to London next week with Eric for a quick vacation (and yes, there is a Steelers game involved since it's Eric's birthday) and I couldn't be more excited.  I haven't been since the college days (2005!) and I can't wait to experience the city again.  London has edge--and a whole lot of history. It's a cosmopolitan area with a good amount of grit--plus, it's the birth place of punk music (ok fine, NYC is, too).  Anyway, I need to pick up a few items before I leave and I'm definitely veering towards neutral colors and a slight rock 'n roll vibe.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

After School Boy Blazer (See Jane Wear)

Zara sweater, PJK leather skirt (black version), vintage Gucci clutch, Gap boots (similar),
UO sunglasses (old but similar), Lips: NARS 'dragon girl', Nails: Essie 'After School Boy Blazer'
Yesterday was a perfect, cool day.  Of course, it's supposed to be scorching again later this week, but for now, I'll take the few days of fall while I can.  It's clear I was inspired by my nail color, Essie's "After School Boy Blazer."  Navy hues always work, in my personal opinion, but it never fails to remind me of my high school uniform.  In fact, our uniform consisted of a navy crewneck sweater and a matching, pleated kilt; perhaps that's why I'm so comfortable in this tonal outfit.

Did anyone else wear uniforms in high school?

Monday, September 16, 2013

Peanut Butter + Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats (See Jane Make)

It doesn't happen often, but when I get a sweets craving, it needs to be satisfied it immediately.  On yesterday's cold, dreary Sunday, the need for sugar hit me and only peanut butter rice krispie treats would do--with chocolate on top (just like my mom used to make for my classroom birthday treat).  These sugar cravings come so infrequently that I feel obligated to satiate them--just listening to my body, you know?

3 T butter
10 oz marshmallows
1/2 c peanut butter (I used Skippy Natural to lessen the sugar)
6 c rice krispies
1 bag semisweet chocolate chips

In a saucepan, melt butter and marshmallows over medium heat.  Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter.  Add cereal and mix until coated.  Place mixture in a greased baking pan and mold with fingers. Melt bag of chocolate chips and use spatula to spread over pan of rice kris pies.  Freeze for 5 minutes (so chocolate may set).

Friday, September 13, 2013

Very Casual Friday (See Jane Wear)

Duffy sweater, Gap pants, F21 sunglasses (borrowed from friend), 
Chanel flats, 3.1 Phillip Lim bag
It can't all be heels, skirts and well-groomed hair.  Sometimes I like to dress it down--especially on a Friday.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

7 Under $75 (See Jane Shop)

Fall is quite possibly the most exciting time to shop (and, I can assure you, coming from a retail perspective, it's the most profitable, too).  However, it's not so fun dropping loads of cash on new clothes (hey, leather and wool are expensive!).  Until the sales get good around Thanksgiving, there are ways to update your wardrobe here and there; here are some of my favorite pieces that give life to your wardrobe of yesteryear and all are under $75.

Monday, September 9, 2013

So Laid Back (See Jane Wear)

Gap jacket, J Crew henley (old but similar), J Brand jeans (distressed them more myself to look like this),
J Crew heels
, Urban Outfitters glasses (old but similar)
What is it with me and scissors lately?  I've been hacking up my jeans/shorts left and right.  I decided that these J Brand jeans weren't distressed enough to my liking, so I weed-whacked them into perfection (to me, at least).  Also, I saw this jacket at Gap a few weeks ago and decided it was time to replace the ol' Zara kids tweed jacket since I busted out the elbows (yes, plural).  And THAT is why an adult woman who's 5'9" should not wear kids clothing.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Downtown Dress (See Jane Wear)

H&M dress (old but similar), Zara jacket (old but similar), Converse sneakers, Celine bag, Ray Ban wayfarers
I haven't bought one single thing for fall yet because I refuse to believe that summer is coming to an end.  Honestly, fall doesn't really start in the midwest until the end of the month, so I think I have some additional runway.  In the meantime, I'll be pulling items from autumns past (and I went deep into the archives) like this striped tunic dress and my beloved, peplum leather jacket.  (HeckI even pulled out the old school Ray-Bans from college that needed a dusting off.)

Monday, September 2, 2013

Simple Blueberry Pancakes (See Jane Make Breakfast)

To celebrate the "end" of summer, I decided to make blueberry pancakes (I'm more of a savory breakfast gal myself).  The last time I made pancakes was probably in the 90s when my sister and I would make them on Saturdays while watching Saved by the Bell.  Turns out, they're still pretty simple to make from scratch; maybe I'll even add them to my weekend repertoire more often.  I modified this recipe which makes the fluffiest flapjacks ever:

1 1/4 c flour
1 T baking powder
pinch of salt
1 T sugar
1 egg
1 c milk
1 t vanilla extract
1/2 T melted butter
8 oz fresh blueberries

Combine dry ingredients and set aside. Whisk together milk, egg, vanilla and butter and fold into dry ingredients.  Mix well and let sit for 30 minutes (this makes it rise/fluffy).  Fold in 8 oz blueberries right before you makes pancakes on a hot, oiled skillet.  

(Tip: when the bubbles in the pancake batter begin to break, flip it to the other side.)