Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Courtney's Visit to Chicago: Blazer Styles!

I had the absolute best weekend with Courtney and her husband, Mark, during their visit to Chicago for Mark's work conference. Courtney was one of my bridesmaids and has been one of my best friends since our sophomore year at Saint Mary's. We danced together on Troop ND and lived across the hall from each other for the majority of our time at Smick! She lives in the adorable area of Mount Washington in Pittsburgh. I sadly don't get to see her as often as I want to, so I really cherish the time we do have together. I was lucky enough to spend Friday and Saturday in the city with her! 

We met for brunch on Friday at Summer House in Lincoln Park. It's AMAZING! It's extremely airy and open-- I had a fabulous Cobb salad and the rest of the gals ordered the fish tacos. We were so happy with our choices! Everything was fresh and delish. Our waitress, Alison, was phenomenal and accommodating with our bundles of joy at our table! OMG-- and you have to try the Rice Krispie Treat chocolate chip cookie. Anna had a hankering for it, but I ended up eating a lot of it-- haha! It's HUGE! They warm it up and add ice cream to it. It was EPIC! 

Courtney got to meet Finn! Anna and Finn met us for brunch, too. Courtney is going to be an Auntie herself in August!

We were so happy to see Jackie, baby Milly and Jackie's youngest sister, Jenny! Milly and Finn are future husband and wife (just sayin').
Totally in love with Jackie's yellow cardigan. It's from Banana Republic during their Mad Men inspired line. Here is a similarly gorgeous option. Also, love this with these whimsical lemons! Cute! 

My sister and my nephew! 

Courtney is not only one of the smartest gals I've ever known, but she is also one of the most well-dressed! This civil engineer knows how to work a look.

Gingham blazer: J. Crew.
White jeans: Gap
Navy silk tank: similar here.
Navy flats: Tory Burch, similar here and here
Purse: Kate Spade, similar here, here and here
Watch: Kate Spade, similar here.  Additional navy options: here, here, here-- soooo cute! and here.

Green blazer: old Nordstroms, but similar here and here
Glasses shirt: old Banana Republic, similar printed tops here, here and here
Booties: Toms (the most comfortable heels ever! I walked miles in them Friday!), similar here and here.
Tote bag: Tory Burch

Walking around Michigan Ave. together! 

Okay, I'll be the first to admit this: I am a doting aunt. I just can't get enough of Finn Patrick! Doesn't he look like he's dancing a little in the above pics? He is 1 month old! 

SO happy-- I have my bestie and my nephew! All together!

Courtney and I hit up the Saks on Michigan Avenue. We drooled over the designer shoes and picked out our faves; we also stopped for some mirror selfies. I am sure the employees loved us-- haha!

The Manolo flats were calling my name. A girl can certainly dream!

But then, we saw the creme de la creme of ALL shoes: these Jimmy Choo stunners! OMG! 
A mere $3,850... hahahaha! 

Courtney is so stylish and classy with her wardrobe. I totally copied her style with the blazer in my above looks. Below are some additional blazers to peruse. They are a staple year-round. 

This blush blazer is perfectly lightweight for summer!
I am loving the mint color of this one
Seersucker is always summer-ready! 
Linen is also another lightweight option for work in the summer months. 
Try this one as a collarless option.
This yellow blazer is by far my favorite!
Another J. Crew option with several great color choices. 
This mint! I can't get over the color. Pair it with white shorts for a cooler night this summer.

Which blazer is your favorite?
PS: many thanks to Court for allowing me to photograph her! :) Best model ever! 

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