Those summer nights

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Blouse: Anthropologie
Skirt: Banana Republic
Bracelets: stolen from sisters, Forever 21
Earrings: bought on the street in New York City
Bag: thrifted
Shoes: DSW, Steve Madden (thanks Mom)
Nailpolish: Chinaglaze, "Re-fresh Mint"
Toe nailpolish: Chinaglaze, "Frostbite"

High summer = long days. Long days = longer, lazy nights: my favorite kind. I wore this last week in Pilsen for dinner and drinks with some of my best.

I last wore this shirt on another hot, hot day. It weighs nothing, it has pretty colors, it's slouchy and still girly. All things I look for in my clothes. (Did I mention I got it for $18 dollars?? Hollerrrrrr.)

I couldn't tell if I was under or overdressed for the occasion, which I'm hoping was a sign that I was dressed just about right. I guess I always lean toward overdressed, but I'd much rather have it that way than the other. It was too hot to do much more than what I did in terms of accessories and makeup - I find those are the first endeavors I abandon when it gets super hot.

I. Am. Obsessed. With. These. Shoes.

Found them with my Mom on major sale at DSW - could not pass them up. I've been stopped on the street and asked about these shoes more than any other item I've ever worn. They are so comfortable (notable because I have terribly shaped feet and almost all shoes, including flats, tend to pinch me), and I feel like a dainty ballerina in them. I also wore them with black skinnies, a black tank, and a black leather jacket this weekend - twas a perfect marriage of aggression and vulnerability.

This skirt is in my top 5 MVPs, for sure. I wear it at least three times a week, and it only cost $15 dollars. It may have more wears per dollar spent than anything else I own. It's been seen on So What If I Like Pretty Things here, here, and here.

I'm off to violin the rest of the day away,
happy Tuesday to you!

Bag check

Friday, June 24, 2011

What's in my purse?
From bottom left, clockwise:

Ecotique notebook, for notes, doodles, lists, thoughts (thanks Michelle)


Not-so-trusty Blackberry Bold

Friendship bracelet in little pouch, made for me by one of my students :)

colorlab lipstick, "Rogue Wave", never without it! (thanks Marie)

New lipstick crush, Wet n Wild's "Coral-ine"

Jelly Bellies (I swear at any given moment I could have up to a pound and a half of candy on my person)

Keys, complete with lion cub and Disney World keychains

Rosewood perfume, trial size, Banana Republic (this is my current scent, I suppose)

Work keys

Blue leather wallet, Banana Republic (replacement from when mine was stolen last fall)

Blistex, yes please

L'occitane hand cream, perfect in a pinch

iPod, most important thing in my purse, cannot live without my tunez. (thanks Joe)

Happy Friday!

Glam grocery safari!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

T-shirt: American Apparel
Shorts: Anthropologie (on sale!)
Sunglasses: Anthropologie
Earrings: vintage/gift (thanks Bizzy)
Lipstick: Wet n Wild, "Coraline"
Purse: Lucky Brand (thanks Mom)
Shoes: H&M

Nailpolish: Chinaglaze "Re-fresh Mint"
Toe nailpolish: Chinaglaze "Frostbite"

I wore this grocery shopping yesterday. Unnecessary? Yeah. Over the top? Definitely.

I bought these shorts today (I swear I have not a DROP of self control in me). As we know, I have an extreme dislike of shorts because they never, ever fit me. Even these are truly too wide for my body and allllmost too tight in the waist, but they were still kinda cute, and so help me god if I have to wear pants for the rest of this crazy hot summer.

I got the shoes on sale at H&M a couple of weeks ago for $15! While I do have a pretty substantial shoe collection, I don't have many sandals, and I don't have any heeled sandals. They're a wacky color but I have a feeling I'll find them to be more versatile than I can imagine.

This lipstick is an insane neon orangey-coral color. The only lipstick I've ever consistently worn in the past is the red that I had made at colorlab, but I figured I could give this one a try since it cost a cool $2.99 and I'd found a 5 dollar bill on the sidewalk. The pictures don't do it justice - in real life it looks completely unnatural, radioactive and AWESOME :)

What's the craziest thing you've ever worn to do a totally mundane thing?

Michigan in the summer

Monday, June 20, 2011


I went home to Michigan this weekend to meet up with all of my sisters. We typically only see each other once a year at Christmas, so it was incredible to be able to hang out in the summertime.

(My mom told a fart joke as this photo was taken. Note my face.)

The purpose of the trip was to throw a HUGE surprise party for my parents, in honor of their anniversary/general awesomeness. We invited their family, friends, former colleagues and students, old name it! They were totally surprised to have their four daughters at home, and even more shocked to find 60 of their closest friends in their house on Friday night. It was a BLAST.

My backyard in the summer :)

Baha! Danielle.

I was too distracted during the actual party to take photos. But my backyard looked like a summertime fairy land, complete with candles, tiki torches, flowers, small globe lights, and sparklers.

I'm hungry just looking at this picture.

The whole weekend had me thinking about how lucky I've been. It's easy for me to get bogged down in daily life and it's dumb, small annoyances - oversleeping, not having time to grocery shop, never having time to workout, always being broke, looming feelings of aimlessness as I walk on through post-collegiate life. The fact is, none of it matters. I have been absurdly blessed and that's all there is to it.

See how much we love each other?!

Getting ready for the big evening - sisterly champagne toast.

Happy Monday!

Cotton silk and canvas

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Blouse: Anthropologie
Belt: Anthropologie
Skirt: Forever 21
Necklace: Francesca's
Shoes: DSW, Tahari
Ring: Target
Nailpolish: Essie, "Borrowed & Blue"
Toenailpolish: Chinaglaze, "Frostbite"

I put this together yesterday - I don't know where I'll wear it yet. But I really like the colors and textures...

The blouse and belt were part of my first Anthropologie purchase (along with this skirt, seen in a collab post with My Closet In Sketches) when I started working there. While at brunch the other day I tried to tally up how much money I've spent since I started working there, and let me tell you folks. It is not pretty. It is more than I will ever, ever admit to.

My love for this little Forever 21 skirt has been proclaimed repeatedly. But I gotta say - wearing it without tights is alllllways a challenge for me. I wish it was an inch and a half longer for summer, so I could stop yanking it down every 28 steps I take. Anybody know of a place I can get short, cotton-stretch skirts that are SLIGHTLY longer than this?? That don't stretch out??

I've had this necklace for 3 months and never worn it - I've actually lent it out to three different people in that time. In keeping with the shock and shame I felt during the brunch tallying of my spending, I'm really trying to use the things I already have instead of buying new things. It's a beautiful little piece, it's silly not to wear it!

This weekend is going to be full of excitement and mania - except a really full, happy photo post in the next couple of weeks!

Happy Wednesday!

Summer photo post

Saturday, June 11, 2011

[Memorial Day, 2011]

[Morning tea in Mr. Mugs, 2011]

[About Goddamn Time, 2011]

[Hi City, 2011]

[Grass?, 2011]

[Bellini Brunch, 2011]

All taken around beloved Chicago in the past few weeks.

Day off, pink + DIY

Friday, June 10, 2011

Hat: Banana Republic
Tank: gift, J Crew (thanks Mom)
Belt: Calvin Klein
Shorts: J Crew DIY
Sunglasses: Anthropologie
Shoes: thrifted
Lipstick: colorlab, "Rogue Wave" (thanks Marie)

The INSANE heat wave brought out some of my summer staples! Welcome back to the game, little fedora :)

This is what I wore Wednesday afternoon, running around Chicago trying to get a million things done. My mom sent me the tank a couple weeks ago (my sister delivered it in person!), for no apparent reason. As always, she knows exactly what I'd like. Aren't moms great?!

So, I've had these shoes for about a year and barely worn them since they were so slippery on the bottom. I mentioned this to a friend, who proceeded to look at me like I was insane and say,

" know you're supposed to scratch up the bottoms, right?? So they have some tread...?".

WELLP! Problem solved.

They're all torn and full of traction now. I've worn 'em 4 times this week.

The shorts are an old, old pair of J Crew chinos that I decided to chop up in pretty much my only DIY project ever, detailed way back here. I have no talent or understanding (or patience, honestly) for making clothes, this was a one time only fluke that just happened to work out really well.

Sunny, clean, kind of silly. Just how I like it.

Happy Friday, guys! Do something exciting this weekend :)

An ode to Robyn

Thursday, June 09, 2011

I'm so, so, so late to the party on this one.

For anybody else who is behind the times, Robyn is a Swedish electro-pop genius bad ass queen. If you like pop music, if you like dancing, if you like honesty, if you like the struggle, if you like music that lives in moral grey'll love her.

Here's the video for the first song I heard by her:
"Dancing on My Own"

I've been listening almost exclusively to her 2010 album Body Talk for the past few months (maybe this explains my lack of music posts...). I can't remember the last time an album had such a large impact and presence in my life.

I feel like Robyn does what GaGa wishes she could. (Though I loved GaGa when she first came out, I've grown bored with her schtick/her music. Has anybody else noticed that "Bad Romance" and "Judas" are EXACTLY the same song?? I know that people say all electro pop sounds the same, people even sometimes say that about Robyn, but seriously, those songs are no different. Like, as not different as "California Gurls" and "Tik Tok". Wait how did this post turn into a GaGa bitch fest?? Sorry...)

The music video for "Call Your Girlfriend" came out last week. I can't say much about it except that I laughed, I cried, I rooted for her, I fell in love.


It was impossible to pick just one song, so here are a few of my favorites:

"Dancing on My Own" - Robyn
"Get Myself Together" - Robyn
"Hang With Me" - Robyn
"Call Your Girlfriend" - Robyn
[scroll to the bottom & click the link by the little red flashing arrow]

It's too hot for this...

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Necklace: Forever 21
Blouse: Anthropologie
Skirt: Forever 21
Shoes: Sears
Nailpolish: Essie, "Borrowed & Blue"

First off,
the color in these photos is

I usually shoot photos early in the morning when I get a lot of light in my apartment, but since I woke up super late againnnn (maybe it's the heat??), I didn't have time yesterday. I worked 12 hours, so this is late evening sun and it just isn't pretty. Sorry!

Chicago hit a record 96 degrees yesterday - this outfit was as thin and light as I could get, and I still felt I was melting. I started off wearing just a tank, but after I bought this silk blouse at work yesterday I had to wear it immediately.

It's the lightest, preppiest, most precious pattern I've ever owned. I don't care much for pastels, or overt East Hampton-style staunch, but the fact that this blouse was sooo slouchy seemed to cancel out the innate syrup-y quality of the pattern. It wasn't really designed to be tied, but as we know, I love me a tied button-up :) (evidence here)

I had tried on this skirt months ago and decided not to buy it. Luckily another one turned up this weekend at my local Forever 21, after having mysteriously disappeared for at least 8 weeks. The rope tie in the waist band was too cute next to the blouse.

The necklace was another Forever 21 score. I have almost no silver's not really my thing. It was nice to find some silver I actually dig. I REALLY dig turquoise but have almost none, for some bizarre reason. Killed two birds with one necklace! (This photo also has the most true representation of the colors in the shirt - pretty, right?!)

I just hit 100 Followers via GFC - you guys are the best!

Stripes on Sunday

Monday, June 06, 2011

Top: borrowed, Forever 21 (thanks Emma)
Skirt: AK Anne Klein, TJ Maxx
Necklace: Banana Republic
Shoes: thrifted, Seychelles
Ankle friendship bracelet: made by my students :)
Nailpolish: Essie, "Borrowed & Blue"

I had a fabulous weekend full of productivity and fun - worked, practiced, organized, and celebrated with several of my dearest. After a Saturday night spent sleeping on the hard floor of a hotel room underneath a blanket that felt like raw canvas, I was feeling less than sparkly Sunday morning. I went for something comfortable and easypease.

This outfit was a combination of four things I like, that can all be individually tricky to make happen: 1) print mixing, 2) navy, 3) high contrast, and 4) some 'tude.

I think that combining all these elements (and wearing flats instead of heels) makes it gel better than any single element. For example, I first tried this skirt with a plain navy top, white linen blazer, and a coral necklace. The result? Marie-Joins-A-Dixieland-Street-Band-From-The-1920s. I also tried the shoes with a plain white tee and a navy skirt. Same result. I can hear the clarinets and tambourines...

This outfit was remarkably inexpensive, too!
Top: $0 (borrowed)
Skirt: $6
Shoes: $10
Necklace: $18

+ Nailpolish: $3 (I have a secret source for incredibly cheap nail polish...muahahah)
$27, in total!

Here's a silly picture of me with a camera on my head. This tripod thing keeps sounding better...

Happy Monday,
and as always,
infinite appreciation!

**Also, if you're looking for inspiration today, click over to Make Space. It's an awesome Chicago based blog that just featured TONS of really talented artists. I was particularly fascinated by the work of Brian Vu and Erin Washington.**

Classic, Catty

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Sunglasses: Anthropologie
Earrings: vintage (thanks Gram)
Lipstick: "Rogue Wave", colorlab (thanks Marie)
Necklace: gift, Ann Taylor (thanks Mom)
Cardigan: Banana Republic
Shirt: Gap
Skirt: Gap
Shoes: Payless
Toenail polish: "Jade is the New Black", OPI

I overslept this morning and needed to get dressed faster than I've needed to in a long time. I went for an equation that always works (in my opinion):

Something classic,
Something sassy,


Red lips: classic.
Top knot: sassy.
Blue striped oxford: classic.
Leopard print cardi: sassy.
Black silk pleated skirt: classic.
Gaudy, big jewelry: sassy.

I just bought these cat-eye sunnies yesterday when my old faithfuls broke (yet again), and I don't know that I'll ever turn back.

I wore bejeweled sandals instead of heels to work (when you're walking like 8 miles a shift, heels can only stay on for so long anyway), but these are the shoes I would have worn if I was wearing it out.

The night is young - I may still make it out of my apartment, and amazingly enough, this thrown together ensemble will function just as well for drinks as it did for work.

Yay for last minute victories!