Rainy Day Roundup

Happy Monday! Hope everyone’s weekend was as relaxing as mine. I got to hang out with the boyfriend, spend time with the extended family, work on blog stuff, and attend a baby shower/blackhawks viewing party. I’d chalk that up to a pretty good weekend.

I also took the plunge and chopped off my locks. I’d been debating this for awhile but was really nervous because I loved my long hair. But it was definitely something that needed to be done. While I’m fine with spending money on some things, getting my hair cut is not one of those things. It’s just so hard for me to justify spending $40 for someone to trim a half inch of hair every 6 weeks. I can’t and I won’t. Which is how my ends get to the point of looking like they’ve been fried and then deep fried. In other words, they were not pretty, or healthy. Pretty sure my stylist was appalled, but pretending not to be. Thanks Hannah!  Luckily she did a great job though and I’m really happy with how it turned out. I also splurged on a Keratin treatment because it was on sale, so now my hair is smooth as a baby’s bottom, though I haven’t really been around too many baby bottoms so I can’t actually verify that as fact. Please enjoy this awkwardly serious selfie.



Anywho, it seems like we’re finally out of those terribly awful woods that I like to call: winter. But as soon as the cold seemed to disappear, the rain has taken its place. The outlook for the week in Chicago is rain, rain, rain, rain, rain. Cool. Reeeeal cool. Not. Can we just have some normal, NICE weather? Is that too much to ask? Until then, let’s make sure that you’re still lookin’ cute even when it’s the exact opposite of cute outside. Check out some of my favorite rainy day gear in the roundup below.

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How NOT To: Pack for Spring Break

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SPRING BRRRRREAK! I am going on spring break! Or the adult version of it I guess, which to me means, a long weekend in Nashville. I’m beyond excited to switch into vacation mode tonight, which basically equals a lot of drinking and a lot of shopping and a lot of walking. Yes! Two whole days off of work and I couldn’t be happier! What I could be happier about is the packing situation. I literally despise packing. I’m the worst. I overpack every time. EVERY. TIME. Even when I’m just heading home to the ‘burbs for less than 48 hours I end up bringing at least five outfits. Why??? I honestly couldn’t tell you, I just don’t know how to pack.


I mean, for one thing, how am I supposed to know what weather to pack for? If the meteorologists who get PAID to know this sort of thing only get it right about 50% of the time, why would I trust them?! I wouldn’t. Hence, the overpacking. Currently the high while we’re there is 70. But yesterday the high was 74. And the low is 40. But yesterday it was 42. I need an accurate, on point forecast people! Plus I have nothing packed for rain, so if it rains, I’m SOL. 


Additionally, I am very, very bad at planning an outfit in advance. Max gets his outfit ready for the next day every night before we go to bed. And while he’s doing that, I lay in bed and help him figure out his outfit while flipping though Pinterest on my phone.  I couldn’t possibly figure out what I’m going to wear the next day the night before! It just seems like way too much decision making late at night when my brain has already powered off for the night. So how am I supposed to plan out outfits DAYS in advance? I can’t. Hence, the overpacking.


The one thing that I think I’m actually pretty decent at is fitting the nine extra outfits into the one carry on bag…shoes, accessories, makeup and hair appliances in another of course. I’m a professional pack and roller. Rolling is key when overpacking people.


So this is how NOT to pack for four days and four nights in Nashville in April.


TOPS
Teal tank
Blue tank
Striped boatneck
Striped popover
Cream blouse
Black graphic t
Rose sweater
Neon orange sweater
Gingham button up
Pink cardigan
Blue cardigan
Striped running long sleeve
3/4 workout zip up
Running tank

BOTTOMS
White denim
Pink denim
Royal blue denim 

Dark wash jeans
Yoga pants
White shorts
Pink shorts
Royal blue skirt
Jean shorts
Yoga shorts

DRESSES
White lace dress
Black lace dress
Maxi dress

SHOES
Flip flops
Sandals (2)
Keds
Running shoes
Leopard flats
Wedges

EXTRAS
Sunglasses (3 pairs)
Baseball hat
Panama hat
Scarf
Earrings (6 pairs)
Necklaces (5)
Brown belt
Pink belt
Crossbody bags (4)
Socks (3 pairs)
Bathing suit
Trench

Four days. I’m going for FOUR DAYS. I clearly have a problem. Max has it too though, his response to me telling him he just needs to accept my problem was “why pack light when you can pack everything?” Ugh, love him for that. But let’s just end this right now. Lest us not forget the curling iron, hairdryer, camera, water bottle, blah blah blah….and yes, I packed underwear, I just didn’t think I needed to tell you that, but now I feel like I do. I realize I’m missing cowboy boots, but the pair I have hurts my feet. Maybe they’ll be a last minute addition, I guess you’ll have to just wait and see! See you back here on Monday!

L

Spring Color Report: Nails Pt. 1

I’m sure you’ve all heard by now that the Pantone color of the year for 2014 is Radiant Orchid. Purple isn’t necessarily my go-to color, but I’m by no means against this hue. But what this means is you’re going to see it popping up all over the place in fashion, in florals, in interiors, basically it’s gonna be all over the place this year. So that of course means that it’s also included in the Spring 2014 Pantone Fashion Color Report.

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So because my obsession with having my nails painted at all times is still at an all time high, I’ve scoured the interwebs for what I think are some of the best polishes for each of the colors on the report. A few cost a little more than I would personally spend on a polish (yes, I paint my own nails, I change them up far too often to pay to have them done), but they’re pretty, so they’re included. I’m going to break this up into two posts so stay tuned for part two and the last five colors in the repot. For now, I leave you with Radiant Orchid, Dazzling Blue, Paloma, Cayenne and Freesia. Who knew cayenne was spelled with an e after the y instead of an a? Not this girl. Anyway, let me know if you have any go-to polishes for spring that may not be on this report, I’d love to give ’em a try. Side note, if anyone can tell me how I get the job of naming nail polish colors, that’d be great, because that seems like basically the best job ever. 


d’Orsay Roundup

I’ve been drooling over the d’Orsay flats that are totally on trend right now. Well, when I say right now, I think I mean they SHOULD be on trend right now but no one has really been able to wear them yet because there’s been snow on the ground up until basically yesterday. Ok that’s a stretch, but you know what I mean. Anyway, I absolutely adore them. Except for the pair that murdered my feet last weekend, we’re absolutely still fighting. I mean there was bloodshed, I can’t just forgive that easily! I actually still love them, I just don’t know how long it’ll be until I can trust them again. I like this style because they’re a little bit more dressed up than your regular run of the mill ballet flat, but they’re not adding any extra height, which I’m a fan of, heels hurt! Anyway, here’s a round up of some of my favorites right now, all of them ringing in under $100.

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There were a bajillion more than I wanted to show you, but I decided to keep it budget friendly. So if your wallet can handle it, here are a few more options for a few more pennies, or like, ten thousand more pennies.

I die for this Tory Birch pair – $265
Loving this version of the madewell pair up top but in a bright blue suede – $108 
How about these Jenni Kayne that scream summer – oh you know, just $495
Oh my gosh. These are sold out but just so cayoooot – $240
And one more Jenni Kayne because, hello, cheetah? – $595

Woof. I wish I had way more pennies than I do. It’s still nice to look. Are you loving these or are your feet just not into it? If you’re on the fence, I suggest hopping on over cause they’re just all so lovely. Plus they make your feet look dainty, even if they’re not! 

L

A Nautical Life

How was everyone’s weekend? I went to an engagement party at Logan Bar for two great friends who got engaged a few weeks ago while they were in Mexico visiting family. But then they just dropped the bomb on us that they’ll be moving to New York. Well actually, Mark started his job there today! Talk about a whirlwind! Good luck M&C, we’ll miss you, come back and visit soon! Besides that, I took advantage of the lack of goings on by maxin’ and relaxing at my apartment. I caught up on some reading, worked on some blog stuff and hit up the new Nordstrom Rack! Unfortunately my experience wasn’t as pleasant as it could have been as I stupidly wore brand new shoes that ripped up the backs of my heels. I was limping around like an idiot the entire time I was there. Thankfully they were stocked up on band-aids even on day two of being open! Does anyone have any tips on preventing blisters when you’re wearing shoes that require no socks? This is almost ALWAYS a problem for me 🙁 Regardless, I did scoop up some really great stuff, that store is so tidy and organized, we’ll see how long that lasts!

As much as I love this city, there’s one place in the world that I would always rather like to be, and that is on a boat. I don’t care if it’s a big boat or a small boat, though 90% of the time I’d say the bigger the better, but I just love boats. I love being on the water, whether it’s a lake or an ocean, doesn’t matter. I haven’t been on a yacht yet, but I’ll own one soon enough – in my dreams of course! So while I may not be as seasoned as my good FRIEND Rachel Green when it comes to sailing (see what I did there?), I can definitely get into looking the part. Luckily for me, I’ve been seeing the nautical theme trending all over the place lately. Everywhere I turn there’s an anchor, a knot or some blue and white stripes. And if you know me at all, you know stripes are my jam. I actually just picked up an adorable pair of blue and white striped smoking flats (similar below) when I hit up the Rack over the weekend. A also got an adorable panama hat for the next time I hit the high sea. Just remember not to go overboard (I’m currently patting myself on back for the epic nautical pun) otherwise people may start confusing you for an actual boat captain. Check out some of my favorites finds below.

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What do you think of the nautical trend? Love it or hate it? Kind of hard to hate, huh? Clearly I think so. If you want to see even more, check our J.Crew Factory’s All Things Nautical shop

L