Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Birthday Tutu and Our New Home

Ahhhh!! It is good to be back! I am so sorry for my hiatus! We moved officially on Saturday, and for a few days at the apartment prior to the move, we didn't have internet, so blogging was nearly impossible. Also, I still needed to pack up my life's possessions, and we were *slightly* behind schedule! LOL! (Nothing a late night Meijer trip Friday before the movers came Saturday morning couldn't fix when we ran out of packing tape. And boxes). SO, I am writing this post from our HOUSE! We have a garage! And a driveway! I actually have not parked in a driveway since I was a mere 18 years old, back home in Ohio. Let me tell you something, it is glorious. (Aside from every morning when I text Mike after I get to work because I'm certain I haven't closed the garage door!!!). Shout out to my coworker, Dave, who tried to punk me about my garage door this am, but couldn't because he was laughing too hard. #failedpunk #Istillgiggled #Genevabuddies :D

Backing up to January 6, though, let's talk FASHION! I wore this tutu (yasssss, girl!) on my 30th birthday that was just so whimsical and fun! Here are some snaps from the eve-- again, my apologies for everything being fuzzy iPhone camera quality. I do have a photoshoot on the books for next weekend!  (This weekend I'm chaperoning Operation Snowball for our school-- did you ever do that retreat in HS? It's going to be so fun!). 

It was very special to have my old teaching pals out to celebrate my birthday at Penrose! We can't wait to spoil Kelly's future baby boy very soon!
Skirt: here
Tassel Necklace: here.
Glitter pumps: here. They are currently down to $100! I got mine for free! (Well, sort of haha!). My sweet MIL got me a gift card to J. Crew for Christmas, and I had another return, so my glitter pumps were FREE!
More glittery shoes in all price ranges:

FINN! Anna, Shawn and Finn (and Coop) spent the night on my birthday. It was the highlight of the birthday week to have my family out in Geneva! My darling former student, Brittany, was Finn's babysitter for the eve so Anna and Shawn could join us at the brewery. SO. Much. FUN! I just wish I had some more pictures! haha!

Tulle skirts for all budgets:

This is one of the 5 photos I have from my birthday party, and it makes me smile so big. Gotta fluff the tulle! hahaha! Candid shot of Jenny Lynn and Kel!
The beauty of this fun skirt is that I just needed a plain black shirt and black tights. Done and done. 

Add in Sarah! We missed Mandy so much! Can't wait for all six of us to be together next weekend! 

Aerial shot of the shoes!
Jenny's adorable Toms wedges shined brightly!
Jenny and I can both attest to the major comfort level of the Toms wedge. Here are more options, with a few on sale currently:

Totally excited that my barre belle, Taryn, and her husband could make it out, too! How cute is her choker shirt? 

More tassel necklaces:

Insta-worthy shoe shot hahah
The best part about these pumps is that they are both comfortable and practical (LOL). Practical in the sense that they are coated, so the glitter isn't loose. 

Two of my favorite males, ever!! In matching Patagonia puffers.
Unkie Mike's: here.
Finn's: here

Finally, one of the best days of our lives-- closing on our first home together! ^^^
We couldn't have done it without our amazing lawyer, Mary, and incredible realtor, Val. Please let me know if you're in the market to buy in the Chicagoland suburbs. I will get you in touch with our crew!

Holding a key and a garage door opener at the title place. LOL

The family room! 

Mike at the bar! haha

Our dream come true. 


Gettin' comfy at the island. 

We arrived in our new home to this surprise. Val was absolutely fabulous in every way. I couldn't believe my eyes! PS: my friend, Jena, made the sign! I can get you the scoop on those, too! 

HOW IS EVERYONE? I am so happy to be back! 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Trending 1.11.17: What you Need in your Closet Right Now

Hello!  So much excitement has transpired recently! I turned 30 on Friday (more on that soon!), and Mike and I closed on our dream home. We move in on Saturday! We are really, really, really, realllllllly excited! Pics to come!

I wanted to get some ideas up for a trending before we do the major move. There are SO MANY good deals out there right now, and I want you to jump on them! Don't let them slip out of your grasp, you guys! Let's get started.

[1.0] This shimmer ruffle cardigan.
I have been eyeing this beauty from Loft for months, and my mentor, Lauren, came in wearing it Monday morning. She looked so FAB! It's even better in person, I promise  you. It's also currently 60% off $49.99, and while I don't do math (because it's devil magic), I believe that is well under $25. hahaha!

[2.0] This fully-sequined midi dress.
The pleats and length add to the perfection of this dress. I will never stop twirling in this! It is everything gorgeous, including that bright pink color, placed into one dress.

[3.0] The Edie dress.
Remember the Edie ruffle shirt I posted about? Well, J. Crew has answered all my dreams and turned it into a dress! I am equally in love with this version! HOW CUTE IS THAT! Black tights and black boots for winter for the microgingham version. For the chambray version, wear navy tights and brown boots. Then, transition it to spring when you can say Bye, Felicia! to those tights.

[4.0] A tasteful cold-shoulder top for weekends!
Cold shoulder tops have a place, and I will be the first to say that place is not at work. They are perfect for weekend wear. My fashionista friend, Krista, and I chatted about this cold-shoulder-conundrum the other day. There's a tasteful way to wear a top like this, but it's not around your boss. (My apologies if this is in your rotation for work!).  Krista inspired me to write about cold-shoulder tops and the choker shirts-- more on those to come. There is a sensibly stylish way to wear both.

[5.0] These fun and festive pants.
The best part? Your outfit is easy as pie with these pants. Throw them on with a collared shirt (white or chambray) and a black pump, and you are ready! How adorable are they!? Obsessed.

[6.0] This yellow "party top".
So, I haven't had a "party top" since my college days at Club Fever or my downtown Chicago days of Duffy's; however, I love this for a weekend night look. It's not a Forever 21 fully sequined top or a tube top from Akira, but it will fancy up your look for a GNO! It is the 30-year-old's version of a party top. And, it's currently 60% off! ($26 for all you math-haters like myself haha!).

[7.0] This adorable peplum work shirt.
It's going to undoubtedly be a workhorse in your closet all season. Pair it with skinny black pants and a leopard heel for work. Throw on dark denim and ballet flats with it for weekends. It will get so many uses! Also, the peplum detail updates the typical collared shirt to be even trendier. Side note: Milly makes an identical version for $295! HA! SMH.

[8.0] These lacey party pants.
I. can't. stop. staring. at. these. pants. in. my. J.Crew. shopping. cart. AHHHHHHH! Seriously! Beautiful! Practical! And over the top fabulousness. Again, the ease of outfit preparation with a pant like this is phenomenal. All you need is a collared shirt and a heel, and you are ready for work or weekend. They are comfy, too, because of that pull on quality. As soon as I start my SAT prep classes that I teach, I will re-visit this beauts. Until then, I should probably focus on paying our mortgage. hahah!!

[9.0] This Kate Spade FUN clutch.
I have never gasped more loudly then when we walked into the Kate Spade section of Von Maur on Sunday after mass. BUT REALLY. THIS CLUTCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't get over it. The price is ASTRONOMICAL and totally stupe, but one day, I will own that bag. I will watch it like a hawk. I will wait for it at the outlet. Whatever it takes to buy, I will earn money for it. Perhaps a lemonade stand? Car wash? bahaha. But really. THAT BAG! AND, the magnetic part to clasp it together? IT'S A BOW!!!!!  A bow!

[10.0] This striped-ruffled-pepum top.
I bought this for myself with a gift card last week, and it's even better in person. I will wear this navy and white top for Fridays at work (spritwear!). It's currently on sale, too! Get after it!

How is your week going thus far? It is RIDICULOUSLY windy out here in Northern IL! I swear I thought the street lights were going to fall onto my Corolla today on the ride home from work. EEK!


Saturday, January 7, 2017

Fully Sequined for 2017!

Author's note: SO MUCH EXCITEMENT has happened since NYE! I will have more deets to come on the house (!) we just bought and my 30th birthday! Ah!!!! Until then, enjoy the glitter!

If you know me, you know that I LOVE sequins, glitter and anything sparkly. If you're around me for a few minutes, you realize it very quickly (shout out to my coworker, Kyle, who has to share a classroom with me and notices my glitter obsession hahaha).  I happened upon this amazing dress just by accident one Friday night in early December. The Geneva Christmas Walk was happening, which means pure and utter craziness in downtown Geneva. It's an adorable event, but the parking is horrid, and it's kind of chaotic when you live downtown. So, I had staked out my parking spot as quickly as possible (it's even hard to park around 3:30/4 on the first night!), and we decided to stay put. Well, that's until I was scrolling through my Insta and saw the holy grail of NYE dresses thanks to Copper Fox

At that time (early December) we didn't have NYE plans yet. So, we built our plans around the dress! LOL! I messaged Copper Fox on Insta and said to HOLD ONE FOR ME! Then, I literally speed-walked (sped walked?!) through the hustle and bustle and picked up this beaut. It's an Endless Rose dress, but seriously, you have to get IN to the Copper Fox Shop in downtown Geneva. 

I love the sleeves on it! It was a little shorter than my typical dress, but hey-- it was New Year's Eve! 

I got a new clutch for the occasion, this darling beaded one from Loft. It also comes in black and blush. 

Fixin the hair! Hair thanks to Annalisa at Beautiful You Salon in St. Charles. She's the absolute best! I've been with Annalisa since 2011. 

More sequined dresses for all budgets:

I can't get enough of the fully sequined look!

I got so many nice compliments on this dress. Girls stopped me all night to tell me how much they liked it. It was SO sweet! 

Annalisa gave me a fresh cut and curls before the night out.  She's incredible. She also did my hair for our wedding, in case you're in search of a hairstylist for your wedding day. 

These earrings are so special to me! They were my mom's mom's, Grandma Audrey. My grandmother passed when my mom was in her 20s, so sadly, we never got to meet her. I love that I can carry on a little piece of her fashion legacy each time I wear these earrings. I know she was an amazing woman, especially because she raised my mom, who is THE MOST incredible woman I know. 

A few iPhone snaps of the night: 

Had a blast with these gals! 
Lauren and Stephanie :)

So glad Lauren and Scott found this Two Brothers Roundhouse party. Such a great deal! 

We danced the night away. There's no one I'd rather spend the night with (and in no other dress!) than this man. 

Some more sequined Endless Rose dresses:

Did I mention my dress was 40% off $85 at Copper Fox? Get IN there!

More of my favorite Endless Rose pieces:

How do you feel about the fully sequined look?
You might laugh, but I totally wore a fully-sequined shirt to work on Tuesday! LOL.


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Scalloped Kiel James Patrick Oxford

Three Christmases ago, my mom bought me this scalloped Oxford by Kiel James Patrick. I found out about KJP because of one of my fashion idols, Sarah Vickers, who writes Classy Girls Wear Pearls is married to him. I love all things scalloped, and this Oxford is scalloped-collar heaven! You may also recognize this bracelet by KJP, as I wear my anchor bow bracelet from my friend Sarah SO often. 

The scalloped detail on the collar is the best part. I like to wear my hair up to show off the collar! This is a slimmer fitting shirt, and the medium was perfect for me.  I chose my J. Crew tassel earrings for Christmas Eve with this outfit. My J.Crew tassel earrings were down to $13 when I bought them, so they flew off the shelves. Here are a few other great options for a statement earring to pair with your scalloped collar:

You guys, I am obsessed. It's bad. Haha! I accidentally own 4 of them. 

The featured one today is certainly my Christmas version (see last year's Christmas outfit), but I absolutely love the fit and style of the skirt. SO nice, I bought it twice! (x2!) hahaha. Oh, and this year's Christmas outfit. Oh and just a nice black version. ::::insert monkey emoji with hands over its eyes:::: But, you know when something fits WELL, is great for work and weekend, and isn't super expensive, you just love it? It's easy to order online from J. Crew Factory, since I know my size. These skirts are UBER comfy, too. They fit TTS and have pockets! What else could a gal ask for?

^^Can you tell I am obsessed with Cooper? He belongs to Anna and Shawn (my BIL), but if he ever goes missing, he will be in Geneva, IL snuggling with me. haha

Happy! Home for break. 
Fendi specs: here

My sweet cuzzie, Ash, with FINN! Celebrating Gary's birthday. 
Finn's cozy booties: here

Step-sibs with Finny. 
Loving this $38 option of my shirt. 

Anna also loves the pull-on J. Crew Factory skirt! When my sis likes something I have, I know it's good. LOL

Cuzzies with baby Finn!

Our family: Uncle Gery, me, Anna and Finn, Ash and my mom (in her new Lilly P. top I got her! She loved it!). 

I. can't. evennnnnnn. He is the cutest child ever!!! 
Finny's outfit is all baby gap.
Sweater here, khakis here and collared shirt here. In love! 

I love  you, buddy! So lucky to be his auntie and Godmother. 

More scalloped pieces to covet:

And maybe my favorite scalloped piece to date: this jacket

Are you back to the grind yet? We started back on today. I was cherishing every moment of break, but I thank God every day for a job that I love to come back to.