Monday, August 31, 2015

The Fall Suede Jacket (See Jane Wear)

suede jacket outfit, flare jeans
Veda suede jacket (similar here and cheaper version here)  Topshop tank,
Paige flare jeans, Mansur Gavriel bag, Saint Laurent sunglasses
This jacket was a big fall purchase for me.  I decided I needed suede, in any form and once I laid eyes on this baby, it was game over.  It's lightweight, but has a nice heft to it and the color is absolutely beautiful.  Plus, I have no suede jackets in my name, so this fills a void.  And yes, this whole post has been one big justification.  There's no disSUEDE-ing me now.

fall 2015 suede jacket

veda jacket outfit

Friday, August 28, 2015

Style + Trunk Club Women's (See Jane Work)

If you follow me on instagram, you know that I love a good work mirror selfie.  I work at Trunk Club and it's our job to, you know, style people, so I do try to dress my best each and every day.  You might also know that I've been at Trunk Club for four years now and that we're launching women's--it's all very exciting.  I previously worked in the finance industry and joining Trunk Club, which was a small, virtually unknown start-up, was one of the crazier things I'd ever done; the reward definitely has outweighed the risk, though, and I'm pretty sure we're just getting started!

If you're curious to learn more about women's, please visit www.trunkclub.com/womens (or shoot me an email anna@trunkclub.com).

Outfit 1: Paige leather jacket, Frame denim, J Crew cami, Chanel flats
Outfit 2: TopShop sweater, Current/Elliott jeans, Steve Madden heels
Outfit 3: 1.state top, Zara culottes (similar), M Gemi flats

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Watermelon Kiwi Popsicles (See Jane Freeze)



Do you know what's worse than a teething baby?  Well, actually a lot.  Scratch that--teething toddlers are FUSSY.  My little #babyharrystevens is having a helluva time with his canines that are erupting (vampire teeth as I like to call them, as they're pointy).  I don't love giving him unnecessary sugar so I quickly made him some watermelon kiwi popsicles this weekend.  Teething pain be gone!

They're really easy and very sweet on their own.  I took a quarter of a small watermelon, threw it in my Vitamix with a a kiwi, added in about 4 ounces of coconut water and stuck them in some molds - et, voil√†!  Teething relief in popsicle form.  For about 10 minutes.


Monday, August 24, 2015

Blacked Out (See Jane Wear)

ALC skirt (on sale!), Zara halter (old but similar here and here),
Steve Madden heels (similar), Chanel bag (vintage here)
Why is it that weekends that you want to realx/go by slowly seem to go by the fastest?  I was looking forward to a low-key couple of days; I blinked and it was over.  I honestly think the "The Unauthorized Full House Story" on Lifetime had a roofie-like effect on me...I blacked out and woke up on Sunday not knowing what had happened.  Or maybe I'm blocking it out of my memory--it was THAT bad.  Weekend regrets, people.


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Hurried (See Jane Wear)

all white summer outfit
rag & bone top (on sale!), Paige flare jeans (on sale!), Splendid espadrilles (on sale!),
RayBan aviators, Chloé bag (old but similar, and cheaper version)
When I can't think, I go monochromatic.  But really--when you oversleep, have to make an important meeting, teeter on whether or not to shower (and then you do--cutting away more precious time), all while getting a fussy toddler fed/dressed for the day before heading out the door--there isn't much time to think.

Shop white jeans here.
Shop crochet tanks here.
Shop brown bucket bags here.

white-flares-outfit

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Life Without Dad - Year 1 (See Jane Reminisce)


It's been 13 months since my dad passed over the other side.  Although, I keep this blog fashion-oriented, I owe it to myself and whomever is reading out there, to keep writing about what I love.  I'm not the best writer or conveyer of thoughts, but it's very cathartic for me, so that's why I do it.  My dad was a writer.  A poet, actually.  When we started to clean out his things in the house where I grew up, he found several journals, notes, cards, post-its, passing thoughts--all buried in a disorganized fashion through various nooks and drawers.  Seeing his entry from when John Lennon was assassinated was an interesting tidbit as were his deep thoughts as he traveled across the country on his motorcycle solo.

It's funny--when someone dies, you have a tendency to canonize them, only seeing their positive traits and sweeping their faults under the rug.  This isn't to air my grievances towards my father, quite the opposite, actually.  My dad was pragmatic, but wistful.  Sharp-witted, but empathetic.  Hilarious, but never dared laugh at himself.  I think now that I've slowly started to accept his death, I am trying to comprehend him as the human he was--flaws and all.  One of the things I admired most about him was his ability to admit his imperfections.  One of the most poignant examples was the ability to admit that he was an alcoholic. I have no memories of my father drinking; he had been sober for nearly three decades, but the fact that he recognized he had a problem and acted upon it was a hallmark of the person he was.  Growing up, I wondered why he didn't drink have a beer after work or cocktails with my mom like all the other parents; as I grew up, and started experimenting with drinking as a teenager, I knew (along with my siblings) that it was inevitable that my Dad (or Mom, really) wouldn't approve of 'typical' teenage behavior, but also that as someone who lived through it himself, he needed to let us live our lives and trust that the values he instilled in us would guide us towards good judgement.  Even more impressive, was how many people he helped in the recovery community.  At his funeral, there wasn't enough space for all attendees to even get into the door; I didn't know many people there, but smiled knowing that my dad had an impact on so many lives.

Ever since he died, I only want to listen to oldies.  Anything Beatles (see journal note above:  he was a diehard John Lennon fan), 60s, 70s; as a song comes on, I try to think of what he was like at the time that song debuted.  What did he think while listening to this song?  Did he act like a cool guy with his friends but secretly hum it to himself in the car?  Did he buy the record for that one song?  Had he met my mom yet?

Life.  It will never be the same.  When I think about months or even decades ahead, it's hard to reconcile that my dad won't be part of it.  I guess what I'm trying to say in this somewhat incoherent post is that: I miss him.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Weekend Skirt (See Jane Wear)

skirt and cropped tank outfit summer
TopShop tank (wearing a NuBra, too), TopShop skirt, Chanel bag
Saint Laurent sunglasses, ShoeMint mules
This weekend was a bit out of the ordinary; I went out both Friday AND Saturday night.  I think the last time that happened there was some sort of cosmic eclipse--in other words, it's been awhile.  Suffice to say, too much play makes for a scary Sunday night.  But back to the weekend--on Saturday, I celebrated some friends' birthdays and I was tired of the same old top + jeans combo or summer dress.  Enter: a patterned skirt (striped skirts are always a good choice).  I go through phases with skirts but I feel one of those phases coming on right about now...

Shop midi printed skirts here.
Shop cropped tanks here.
Shop mule sandals here.
Shop vintage Chanel bags here.

midi striped skirt outfit



Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Style the Bob/Lob (See Jane's Hair)


I've received some questions about my mom 'do (heh) recently and how to style it. A hair stylist, I'm not, but I learned a lot from this tutorial and it really helped me learn to style my bob.  Also, here are some of my favorite hair products!


garnier hair spray - because I don't believe in expensive hair spray
sea salt spray - perfect for 2nd day hair
davines spray - this smells like actual heaven
hair wand - 1" is great for shorter hair

kerastase shampoo - a luxury but it gives my hair some major volume
wet brush - great for my fine, tangly hair

What are some of your hair care favorites?

Monday, August 10, 2015

Le Sac (See Jane Wear)

ASOS dress (similar here + here)Stuart Weitzman heels,
Illesteva sunglasses
,
Chanel bag
This sweater dress is like a potato sack--and I dig it.  It's loose in the right places and although I'm not with child, I feel like it could double as a maternity dress (you need to think about these things after you have one kid).  Once the temperatures starts to drop, you bet your bottom dollar I'll be wearing this dress with knee high boots and a leather jacket--just wait!

For now:
Shop sweater dresses here.
Shop nude, heeled sandals here.
Shop Illesteva sunglasses here.
Shop vintage Chanel bags here.



Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Rusted Root (See Jane Wear)

fall-transition-outfit
Joie lace tee (old but similar), ASOS skirt, Zara shoes (sold out but similar),
Chanel bag, Saint Laurent sunglasses
For all of those aching for fall to get here, please don't.  In Chicago, summer is such a short season, I hate for it to be wished away.  There are ways you can incorporate fall fashion without transitioning fully to parkas and coats (although, I will take some of these burgundy + grey leather jackets, please).  Just start with fall colors in your usual summer fashion--I swear, it'll hold you over until Labor Day.

Shop Joie tops here

Shop denim mini skirts here

Shop pointed-toe flats here

Shop Saint Laurent sunglasses here

PS Catch me on Chi City Fashion's podcast here...

rust mini skirt outfit


Monday, August 3, 2015

Crop Up (See Jane Wear)

crop-top-office-outfit
ASOS crop top, ASOS skirt, J Crew choker (sold out but similar),
Steve Madden shoes, Illesteva sunglasses
When you think crop top, you probably don't associate it with being work appropriate--but it can be done!  I work at a place where it's very casual, so you won't see a lot of pencil skirts around.  But, I love to dress up and didn't want to look too corporate, so I felt a crop top pairing was perfect.  You could barely see any midriff (unless I stretched from side to side) so scandal was kept to a minimum.  Crop tops in the work place--who would've thought?