Winter Inspiration Pinterest Board

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What better way to get through the winter in Chicago, than to find things that inspire you.

I recently put together a Pinterest board to continue to inspire me this winter. Its basically just a bunch of pretty things that I like looking at, not really sure what the theme is just yet! But that’s the beauty of Pinterest, you can start pinning things to a board and see where it leads you. After a while, the board starts to curate itself, its really fun!

Let me know what you think, and feel free to check out the rest of my Pinterest page!

Things they are a-changin’.

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There are some new opportunities that have come my way, and I’m excited to report that in January I’m moving to Minneapolis for a new job!

With that though, comes some pretty severe weather, even coming from Chicago. I just heard its actually colder there than Alaska. So, there’s that. I thought I would begin to look into some additional winter coats. I have one winter coat at the moment, that works just fine (its Calvin Klein, from Macy’s and I’ve had it for some years), but I’m thinking that in order to get through a Minnesota winter, I’m going to treat myself to an additional winter coat or two. I’m thinking one additional hardcore, shapeless one and then perhaps a more fashion-forward one for when I attempt to look cute. There are a few rules though:

1. My butt must be covered.

2. There must be a hood.

3. A tie belt is a bonus, for a little waist definition.

I’ve been scouring the internet for a few days and here are some options that I’ve found:

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The North Face Miss Metro Parka

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Patagonia Down With It Parka

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Zara 3/4 Length Coat w Fur Hood

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Gap Fur-Trim Snorkel Parka

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AllSaints Klein Shearling Parka

 

National Handbag Day?

Today is National Handbag Day…who knew? Not me! Can someone please make me a calendar so I can keep track of all of these days? National Coffee Day, National Dog Day, National Pen Pal Day –I can’t keep track.

So in honor of these (pretend) holiday, I am listing my top picks for different kinds of bags (work lady bag, party girl bag, exercise bag, etc), in case National Handbag Day compels you to treat yo’ self and buy something new!

Work Lady Bag:

Yes, it has a strap. Love that the perforation changes it up a bit!

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Zara Perforated Office City Bag

Rich Lady Bag:

I mean, a girl can dream.

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MCM Small Leather Tote

Sporty Spice Gym Bag:

ITS ACID WASH DENIM.

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Herschel Novel Duffle Bag

Saving the planet/resuable shopping/attending a Farmer’s Market bag:

It says “for the love of fresh” in French. Can’t get more fresh than saving the environment.

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Madewell Tote

Glamorous backpack:

A red leather backpack isn’t the most practical, but whatevs.

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Party Girl Bag:

Hand-beaded, yes please!

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Special thanks to my girl Agnes for inspiring this post! xo

September Issues Volume 4: Madewell for Fall!

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As previously mentioned, I am a super fan of fall fashion, specifically, Madewell fall fashion. Madewell really does fall right. I don’t know if its because of its preppy-dressing champion, role model big brother J. Crew, or the fact that they originally hail from the East coast, but whatever the case. They get it. Take a peek at my favorite looks from their recently released fall lookbook! I know I can’t wait to get my hands on that oversized plaid shirt and those leather knee-patch jeans.

Added bonus! Groupon Coupons has a page devoted to Madewell promos and deals. Right now Madewell is offering free shipping on ANY order. Even BETTER added bonus? Groupon even keeps expired coupons on the site, so you can try your luck to see if you can get even more savings. I’m all about that.

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All images from Madewell.com

This post was sponsored by Groupon, but the opinions are my own. I wouldn’t share anything with you that I didn’t feel great about! 

September Issues Volume 3: I Heart Camel

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Another installment of the September Issues is here, just in time for it to start feeling a hell of a lot like fall. Its starting to get really blustery and icky out there, and I’m finally starting to feel like I’m getting in the right frame of mine for it. Late last week, as the temperature plummeted and it started raining sideways, I was upset. I felt a lot like a two year old throwing a tantrum, kicking and screaming as winter starts to rear its ugly head. But you know what? I’ve decided to turn my ‘tude around. I’m going to start embracing fall and subsequently, winter. I can do it, I know I can. And you know what’s going to help? Glorious camel-colored pieces, like the ones below.

Camel is the epitome of fall colors to me. Its super luxurious and the fact that is the most neutral of neutrals makes it super easy to style. Wear it with almost any color (I like navy, fuchsia, cobalt blue, or even a graphic pattern) for a fool-proof fall look.

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Jcrew Regent Blazer

 

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Madewell Rowhouse sweater

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Osborn Indigo Chelsea Boot- Urban

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“Dress Normal” -The Gap.

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Let me just quickly point something out here. I really, really love the Gap. I worked for the company for like 8 years and their jeans fit me the best. Ok, so now that I’ve gotten that off my chest…

Gap’s newest ad campaign dares its customers to “Dress Normal” and everyone is pretty upset about it–feeling that the campaign is ordering them to conform to normalcy. Recently, there is a huge stigma against being normal, or basic. Its boring to be normal. But is being basic (not in the 2014 sense, but in the literal, actual, Webster’s Dictionary sense) or normal necessarily a bad thing? –fashion-wise I mean. I get it, fashion is a form of self expression and many people use their clothes as an extension of their personality. But, what if Gap created this call to action to remind people that clothing shouldn’t speak on behalf of one’s personality? Maybe Gap wanted to remind everyone out there that although clothing can accentuate your self identity, its not the only thing you should rely on. One of the ads explains, “Your actions speak louder than your clothes”. Your clothing is an extension of you, it isn’t what makes you.

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In my opinion, the ad is not tell people to “conform to normalcy, have no identity!” I don’t think its that serious. What the ad said to me was, why doesnt everyone take a break from their busy, meat dress wearing schedules and put on a pair of black skinnies. Doesnt that sound refreshing? When I saw these ads, I interpreted them as a call to action to return to the basics. The staples of your wardrobe. Turns out, that’s what Gap creative director, Rebekka Bay, was trying to accomplish, as she said in GQ this month, “It is celebrating the uniform or those pieces that you gravitate to again and again, the pieces that you build your wardrobe around, the pieces that work really hard for you.” So whatever is normal for you, wear that. Its that simple. Additionally, the Global Chief marketing officer, Seth Farbman explains to Lucky Magazine that inviting customers to “dress normal” doesn’t mean the company doesn’t care about fashion. What they’re more interested in is helping customers dress like themselves.

Which I agree with, for the most part.

Lately, I feel like fashion is trending toward shock value. What is the most shocking gets the most attention. I mean, come on. Miley Cyrus wore PASTIES to a fashion week party last week. PASTIES. Shaped like ice cream cones.

Maybe Gap’s campaign is trying to swing the trend back to –gasp! People actually wearing real life clothes. Clothes that make people feel confident and like their “best selves”, not what they think will make other people feel weird. Wouldn’t that be a shocker?

What do you think?

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September Issues Volume 2: Oxblood Obsession

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For the second installment of the September Issues, I want to talk about the color oxblood. It first became a thing last fall, but I’m happy to report that it’s back in action for fall 2014.

In case you aren’t sure what color I’m speaking of, oxblood is a super rich, deep, purple-y red that’s almost kind of brown. Merlot, if you will. Oxblood is at its best when used as an accent piece (think a pair of boots or a leather skirt), and looks best with neutral colors like navy, camel or grey (or even camo??). Though, there are some really interesting color combinations that I’ve been seeing, like these looks from Phillip Lim:

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Here are a few gorgeous oxblood pieces I’m dying to get my hands on. How would you wear oxblood this fall?

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