Monday, September 9, 2013

Keeping the Summer Alive

Summer is winding down, and while I'm excited to start shopping and wearing all of Fall's must have clothes, shoes and accessory trends (bordeaux lips anyone?), I find myself not yet willing (or able...) to let go of summer just yet.

Part of this has to do with the weather in Chicago lately. It's been HOT, like brutally hot, like walk-outside-and-lose-your-breath hot. I'm not about to stash away my sun dresses and sandals when it feels like a pizza oven outside (pizza?). 

I guess the other part of it for me is just the way we up north romanticize summertime. We spend so much time cowering indoors in the winter that summer never quite seems long enough; we always find ourselves always wanting more (like pizza!).

I got the opportunity to flaunt my summer whites this past weekend when I went out with some girlfriends to celebrate a friend's 30th Birthday (wooo!). I'll be there soon enough so I might as well start getting excited about Dirty 30 in advance.

showing off my signature hair swirl

I happen to love the way white pairs with denim, and I love to mix in a printed shoe to keep a look interesting without having to add color. 

I'm currently trying to wear my leopard Madewell flats as much as I can in an attempt to break them in because they are definitely a somewhat painful pair to wear. I got a blister on my right foot on the first wear and then my left foot on this one! Yikes! I'm hoping by the 3rd excursion of long-term wear that I might notice a change in wearability. I find that shoes with leather insoles kind of need to 'mold' to your foot before they really become yours (and not painful).

I bought the white buttoned dress from Gap last summer to wear to my bridal shower, so it is not available for purchase, however there are still plenty of breezy white dresses out there to chose from (MANY on sale) to keep your summer going as long as you (possibly!) can.

Summer forever!

Outfit Details:

Dress - Gap - No longer available - Similar (and on sale) Similar (also on sale) Similar (are you seeing a pattern here - ON SALE)

Denim Moto Jacket - Gap - ($89.95 - but I had a coupon for 40% off of any one item - yay savings!!)

Madewell Sidewalk Skimmer in Calf Hair - $118 (but currently going for $98 during Madewell's shoe sale)

Anthropologie Long Sparkly Necklace (worn layered) - No longer available Similar

Marc Jacobs Henry Skeleton Watch - $250

Spiky Leather Cuff - Forever21 - $6 Similar (I love buying 'going out' jewelry cheap because that way it doesn't matter what happens to it)

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Beach Wedding in Indiana: A Retrospective

A while (let's face it, a long while...) back I was musing on about the proper wedding attire in terms of summer weddings specifically.

We in the midwest understand all-too-well the complications that can go along with outdoor weddings/parties in the summer. Between the heat, humidity and inherent plausibility of a torrential downpour, we have to have our game faces on once we decide what to wear (and stick with it!).

So, as seen in my previous post, I decided to go with a full-skirted, breezy striped dress from Anthropologie that I ended up getting almost half off when it went on sale! Cha-ching!

Our friends held their wedding on the beach in gorgeous Michigan City, IN over Labor Day weekend. What a treat! Who doesn't love a wedding, and to have a wedding over a 4-day weekend, muah! Perfect recipe for fun!

Here are some of the high points from our fun-filled weekend away:

We stayed in a HUGE vacation house with 13 other people from the wedding party
I only brought dresses...
I tried to bring shoes with enough variation to make multiple outfits work
Walking in the woods to the rehearsal
Out and onto the sand
My rehearsal dinner outfit with the greatest summer accessory: canned beer!
Some bad weather looming on the horizon come nightfall
The weather luckily cleared up by the next afternoon! (photo by Jackie Gruber)
The Bride looking breathtaking (photo by Jackie Gruber)

Everyone from the wedding was driven to the reception in a school bus

Perks of the school bus... you could drink beer!
We also ended up at the casino
Roulette time
What a great way to spend Labor Day weekend, spending time with dear friends to celebrate love!

I would love to see/read about how any of you lovlies out there spent your labor day weekend, and I hope that it was spent stylishly and amongst friends.


Here is some info on the attire for sartorial reasons:

Anthropologie Emerald Ripple Dress - ON SALE for $89.95 down from the original $168 (woo!)

Anthropologie Zelie Maxi Dress - No longer available Somewhat similar

Anthropologie polka-dot tutu dress (old) - No longer available Similar

Anthropologie Pintucked Ponte Dress in Red - No longer available Similar (AND... in searching around the internet, I found out that Taylor Swift owns this EXACT dress seen here which made me embarrassingly excited)


Madewell Sidewalk Skimmer in Calf Hair - $118 - but currently on sale for $98 (I wore these with my wedding outfit to show off some bold pattern mixing)

Seychelles Freesia Flat in Whiskey - On Seychelles website for $95, but on Amazon for $30.20! (raved about in a previous post)

Urban Outfitters Mustard Yellow Pump - No longer available (which I am kind of disappointed by because these shoes are a really nice go-to option if you need heels but aren't a 'heels' person)

Target Sparkle Sandals - No longer available


Anthropologie Primary Spheres Necklace - No longer available (but I came across this piece via Etsy recently that's definitely similar in style)

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint in Spirited - $24 - This is my absolute FAVORITE lip stain/tint! It's perfect for summer/outdoors as it holds up to humidity and does not need much reapplication (I think I reapplied once or twice over an 8 hour time period)

Essie Nail Lacquer in Snap Happy - $8 - A gorgeous orange-red that highlights almost every skin tone (and matched my lip color!)