Two-Tone Retro Crop

Good morning friends! Madewell has quickly become my favorite denim brand. Not only do they fit amazing and come in a variety of styles, they also have a price point that can’t be beat, especially for the quality of jean.  Now, I’ll be the first to admit when I initially saw these jeans lying on the table I was a little apprehensive. I mean it’s a two-tone cropped jean after all. But, I’ve been trying to break out of my skinny jean rut so I decided to give them a go! Needless to say, I’m glad I did! They are so incredibly flattering and go with a lot more than you might realize upon first glance. Gladiator sandals weren’t my first thought, but being that the shoe gremlin raided my closet it’s what I went with and I think it works.  I can’t wait to pair them with boots when we transition into fall!

Top: Ruffle off the shoulder wearing a medium $14.99

Jeans: Wearing a size 26, On-sale for $79.99 here but limited sizes still available, fully stocked here. Sandals: Leather gladiators $19.99

Sunglasses: Cat-Eye $12.99


Chicago Part 2

Breweries weren’t the only thing we did in Chicago! In fact I feel like we saw and did so much we hardly had a chance to delve into the food scene!

We flew in on the fourth of July, and after checking-in to the Warwick Allerton Hotel we headed directly toward Navy Pier for the firework show. That idea was short lived however. As we approached the pier officers and staff started shouting at the massive crowd that the pier was at max capacity and they would not be allowing anyone else in. With that, we decided to bag the firework show and packed streets and instead find a place to grab a bite to eat. We happened upon Bub City. A BBQ joint that has country karaoke with a live band on Tuesdays!

Wednesday was the big day and our main purpose for going to Chi-town! Wrigley field. My husband is a huge baseball fan and it’s his dream to visit all the iconic stadiums (this trip was originally planned as a surprise for his 30th birthday but our daughter was born a month before, so the trip was pushed back to his 31st birthday). Wrigley was just how we imagined it to be. Steeped in culture, filled with enthusiastic fans decked out in head-to-toe cubs gear, and vendors singing songs while throwing out hog dogs or pouring beer.

On Thursday we had breakfast at Yolk and then hit Gold Coast beach. Soft, white sand, a beach bar, gorgeous blue water, and chairs for rent. My kind of day. Relaxing and soaking in the sun. AJ, however can’t take lying on beach for long before he starts to get antsy and quite frankly annoying. Asking every 2 minutes how much longer “we have to do this.” I got about 3 hours out of him before I gave in and said we could go. We took our time walking back to the hotel and hit up a few shops before getting ready for ‘adults night out’ at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Once a month in the summer the zoo closes it doors early and re-opens them at 6pm for, you guessed it, adults only. Complete with bands, entertainment, free carousel rides, and bars stationed throughout. What a way to experience the zoo!

We weren’t ready to end the night just yet! We swung by the hotel, changed, and headed back out to find the speakeasy, Three Dots and a Dash. Beyond anything I expected to be in the ally!

Friday morning we visited Millennium Park before embarking on our bicycle brewery tour (you can read the full post here), capped off with deep dish pizza at Lou Malnati’s. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint!

Saturday morning we headed down to the riverwalk to hang out before boarding the Chicago First Lady for our river cruise. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and schooled us on the history of Chicago while showing us the sights.

The cruise ended at about 3pm which left us plenty of time to hit up one more spot before heading back to the hotel to get ready for dinner. I had saw Cindy’s rooftop on Thrillist as a must see and do spot so we figured we should check it out. We stepped into the lobby of the Athletic Club and immediately knew we must be in for a treat because the line was 30 deep and controlled by an usher just to get onto the elevator to head up to Cindy’s. Don’t let the line scare you off if you visit though. Once off the elevator we headed outside to the patio where bartenders served up craft cocktails with a view.

We ended the day, and our last night with dinner at The Franklin Room, which AJ and I would both highly recommend. Excellent service, food, and cocktails in a swanky little underground environment. Then it was off to find another secret speakeasy! We landed at The Drifter which is located by entering the Green Door Tavern. If you were following my snapchats you saw AJ and I walk through the bar, down the stairs toward the restrooms, and enter through a secret bookcase door. The lights are dimmed, the menu is written on tarot cards, and a random act comes out on the hour, every hour and provides entertainment. Which is absolutely genius because you end up staying there for hours because you HAVE to know what is coming up next!! If it weren’t for an early flight I would have stayed until they kicked us out!

It was a fabulous trip! Thanks Chicago!


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale — Styled

The Nordstrom Anniversary sale is officially in full swing! I shopped the day it started but I still find myself looking daily either in store or online. I always feel like there are pieces I may have missed or overlooked on the first day. I don’t want to have buyers regret that I didn’t swoop something up (at a ridiculous price) when I had the chance. I’ve styled up a few looks for you featuring pieces from the sale and linked the rest of the goodies I bought below.

I loved this metallic jacket from the moment I laid my eyes on it, but I completely missed this sweatshirt dress while in the throws of my shopping frenzy. I think it’s one of the hidden gems of the sale. It is so soft and cozy, comes in 3 colors, and is only $32. You can wear it now with sandals and easily transition it into the fall by wearing it like I did with sneakers and a jacket.

Shop the look: Metallic Jacket (size medium), Sweatshirt Dress (size medium), High-Top Sneakers, Sunglasses, Flannel Shirt

Blush and cognac, new favorite color combo. I mean seriously. So pretty. This jacket is already sold out in the cognac, but it is still available in black and don’t worry, Nordstrom frequently restocks popular sale pieces so there is a good chance it may become available again.

Shop the look: Double Face Coat (size x-small), V-neck pocket tee  (wearing the blush color in a size small), Black Skinny Jeans (size 27), Black BootiesLeather Tote, Sunglasses

1.) Gym and Tonic tee –I’ve already worn this tee shirt so much. It fits true to size and obviously goes with everything (sweats, jeans, skirts, and shorts) 2.) Free People Sweater—  I love this purple color under the suede moto jacket featured below, it fits true to size 3.) Cutout Choker Tee— this is a no brainer, it’s $18 and comes in 6 different colors! 4.) Suede Moto Jacket— remember the BlankNYC jacket from last years sale? It’s back, and since they ditched that pesky belt, its better! It runs smalls, I wear a size medium. 5.) Metallic Sneakers — I featured these in my dressing room snaps from the sale and got so many comments on them. They are super comfy and up my mom t-shirt and jeans game. 6.) Fringe Leather Moto Jacket — I am obsessed with this jacket.  Cocktails anyone? It fits true to size.

1.) Double Face Jacket — this is the jacket I’m wearing above. 2.) Sweatshirt Dress — also featured above. 3.) Cardigan — it’s barefoot dreams, need I say more? I might never take it off.


Tie-Dye Sweater

Good morning ladies! Even though summer is in full swing I still find myself chilly when the sun starts to set. I love having a fun sweater to throw on with my jean shorts for those brisk nights. This tie-dye one is under $25 and comes in 3 colors. I have also rounded up some other great options that would easily transition into fall and winter. Enjoy!

On me: Tie-dye sweater , Sunglasses, White denim shorts, Lace-up Sandals, Beach Towel is sold out but similar here

Row 1: Star Print Sweater, Off the Shoulder Striped Sweater, Row 2: V-Neck Sweater, Yellow Pullover Sweater, Row 3: Crew Neck Sweater, V-Neck Pullover.
And a few with some fun details!

Row 1: Knit Pullover, Open Back Sweater, Row 2: Lace-Up Sweater, Twist Back Sweater


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Early Access for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts tomorrow! I am so excited I can hardly contain myself! I have been going to the sale with my mom since I was a little girl. We would pick out tons of stuff for ‘back to school’ and I wasn’t allowed to wear anything until the first day. That didn’t stop me from modeling everything for my friends though. Ha! Nothing has changed. You can follow along on Instagram story as I shop tomorrow, but in the mean time I have rounded up a few of my favorite things that I have my eye on.

Topshop long coat $109.90, after sale $180
Trouve off the shoulder poplin sweater $58.90, after sale $89
Hinge shrunken bomber jacket $199.90, after sale $299
Bernardo quilted velvet bomber $89.90, after sale $138
Kenneth Cole double face coat $129.90, after sale $198
Chelsea28 bell sleeve top $58.90, after sale $89
Halogen long ribbed cardigan $59, after sale $89
Allsaints cross body bag $198.90, after sale $298
Argento stick ball earrings $29.90, after sale $45
Sonix sunglasses $79.90, after sale $120

Madewell ripped high waist jeans $89.90, after sale $135
Topshop faux leather skirt $39.90, after sale $60
Chelsea28 velvet skirt $52.90, after sale $79
Paige high waist skinny jeans $131.90, after sale $199

Dolce Vita double zip bootie $105.90, after sale $159.95
Mercer Edit full monty studded bootie $199.90, after sale $299.95
Vince Camuto bootie $99.90, after sale 149.95
Treasure & Bond perforated sneaker $66.90, after sale $99.95
Stuart Weitzman bootie $349.90, after sale $575
Halogen slide loafer $59.90, after sale $89.95
Vince Camuto suede pump $59, after sale $89
Vans old skool sneaker $39.90, after sale $59.95