Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Real Steal!

Seeing as I am a firm believer in instant gratification (I'm that girl who is practically ripping the tags off of clothing in the car ride home from a shopping trip), it's a strange condition for me to be proud of myself for exercising patience.

This time, my insatiable need to buy pretty things, was overtaken by pure strength of will and I was, in turn, rewarded for this... handsomely...

Back in the Springtime or as we call it in Chicago, Winter part 2, I saw and instantly fell for these little beauties:

Seychelles Freesia Flat in Whiskey

So if you would be so kind of to follow this link you can see that these shoes are still currently going for the full price of a whopping $90 (I think that's a lot for flats), however if you would click your pretty fingers onto this link, you will find the SAME EXACT pair of shoes in Whiskey for $35.53 on amazon! Be still my heart!

Plus super saver shipping, thanks Amazon, love you!

So sometimes, waiting it out can be to your advantage when shopping, and always shop around, you never know when you might find a deal for the exact same item on Amazon, Zappos or even Piperlime. Try to calm your fashion cravings and use that extra cash for a pedicure or something.

Happy hunting!

Jess K.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Summer Wedding Attire Part 2

Today is one of those days that I'm thankfully wearing my hair curly because it's GROSS outside! So humid and sticky! Not exactly the kind of day that you want to leave the sanctity of an air-conditioned office building, but I was on a mission...

After my trip to the Gold Coast Anthropologie did not go quite as planned, I had the location on State Street put a different choice on hold for me to try on during my lunch break.

This is the dress...

Anthropologie Emerald Ripple Dress $168

Here was the result:

So, at least to me, the dress looked and felt fabulous, so OF COURSE I bought it. However, I am keeping the tags on because I'm not certain about wearing stripes to a wedding. I love stripes, but there is something really breezy and casual about them to me...like drinking a canned beer on a weeknight. I digress, I suppose I could gilt it up with some shiny accessories. For now, I think it's safe to say that I'm still on the hunt (let's face it, I'm always on the hunt for clothes...), but this dress is a solid contender.

Oh, and if anyone who is taller and has a smaller bust than me cares, the dress in my last post that can be found here is now on sale for $89.95, down from its original $168! What a steal! If you like it, head to the store (it's nearly sold out in every size online) and get you one!

Loves and loves and loves,

Jess K.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

What to wear to a... Summer Wedding

Hello Babies!

Yes, it has been a while, I know....

Since my last post, my husband and I have moved to Chicago from the suburbs (with all of the craziness that comes with it...), and have been slowly but surely fashioning our new home the way we want it. It hasn't been easy, and now that the dust has mostly settled, and I can get back to blogging regularly.

With summer in full-swing, I hope that everyone in my neck of the woods is finally enjoying some of this gorgeous weather. It was a long time coming for us, so we have the duty to get as much out of it as humanly possible.

We all know that with summer, comes invites. Lots and lots of invites. Cocktail parties, showers, graduation parties, the list goes on. And while all of these occasions are worthy of looking one's best, none seem more daunting to me than summer weddings.

Now, don't misunderstand, summer wedding fetes are fabulous, what with the strong likelihood of perfect weather and ample sunshine to make for happy guests and flawless photographs. However, I sometimes find myself in a bit of a bind as to what is appropriate to wear and what is not (summer whites are obviously out of the question). Can I wear just a sundress with bold accessories? How about a maxi dress? Patterned or solid? Will I be too hot, too cold... etc.

I took a trip to my not-so-local Anthropolgie in search of the one, and things strangely did not go as I thought they would.

I made the trip to the location in the Gold Coast (!!) in search of this dress:

Anthropologie Tarana Maxi Dress $168
The Gold Coast location was the only Anthropolgie in the city that had my size, so I figured I would take the drive (and annoyance of downtown Chicago on a Saturday in the summer) to try it on. The results were as follows:

The print looked beautiful, but it was obviously too long, and had some fit issues in the bust. I was a little bit disappointed that I had gone all of the way there to have this dress not work, but at least I didn't have to buy it to figure it out. I'm also on the fence about even wearing a maxi dress to a wedding, even if it is in the summer. This dress is beautifully made, but I still can't help but feel very casual in any summer maxi, regardless of the material.

I also tried on some other selections while I was there.

Anthropologie Empress Dress $78


I love the colors in this one (and I actually own and love another dress from this same line that can be found here), but the dress was completely unlined which can not only border on revealing, but wears  very casual. Very cute, but not wedding appropriate, in my opinion. 

Anthropologie Sikuli Diamond Dress $168

I wasn't sure about the color of this one (I don't normally wear green or any variation), but I did like the fit. That being said, I was very disappointed in the quality for the price. This dress is made from a variation of Rayon, but feels like a slightly silkier cotton jersey. It has no embellishments, no zipper. and is only partially lined, as can be clearly seen in my photo just above my knees. Yes, the dress was cute and I liked the cut, but I was shocked at the price tag for a dress that, from a visual standpoint, could have been purchased at Target for $30. Hard pass.

In the end, I left the store without purchasing anything. I have another dress on hold at the Anthro near my work, so I will give it a whirl on Monday and post a follow up. 

I welcome any and all suggestions as to what women should and most definitely should not wear to weddings in the summer, and although I have my own opinions about this subject, the bottom line is that gals should wear things that make them feel both beautiful and comfortable, regardless of the occasion.

The very best,