Archives for January 2014

Part Nerd, Part Cool

plaid-jacket-ripped-jeansLulu’s Tweed Jacket (similar) |  Rag & Bone Ripped Jeans  |    Hubby’s worn in T-shirt  |  J.Crew Leopard Pumps  Celine Luggage Tote  |  Vanessa Mooney Cross Necklace  |  Timex Watch  |  Giles & Brother Cuff  |  ASOS Rings

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winter fashion 2014

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Photography by: Kina Wicks

I am a big fan of this sorta dowdy, sorta large, sorta nerdy blazer.  It looks like it belongs to your old Chemistry teacher from back in high school, or at least mine.  But, I could see the potential.  The right amount of distress on your denim, the right pop of leopard on your feet, a crumpled up boyfriend t-shirt (okay husband if we’re being technical) and you’re on your way to a whole different look, far removed from Ol’ Mr. Chem.

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White Shirt Dress

IMG_146110 Crosby Derek Lam Shirt Dress with Pleated Skirt  |  ASOS Biker Boots  |  Zara Necklace
Zara Coat (similar)  |  Alexander Wang Rockie Bag  |  ALO Sunnies from Korea (similar)

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Even though or maybe as a direct result of being in “the coldest month of the century”, I can’t stop thinking about warmer days and Spring trends.  One of my favorite trends for this upcoming season is the classic white shirt and the shirt dress.  You can keep it really classic and simple or you can now find unique white shirt dresses with eye-catching details.

I love how this one by Derek Lam is very simple from the front, but the back has this great separates effect.  It looks like a top and a pleated skirt, rather than a dress.  Oh and pleats are another huge trend for 2014 so loving that you can incorporate two trends in one look!

I paired the dress with my favorite new biker boots from Asos.  The one thing I will mention is that the side zipper is fake.  You actually have to untie and unbuckle every time you put them on and off.  But I think it’s worth the effort, considering the low price!  Will you be wearing a shirt dress this Spring??

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Wide Leg Pants

IMG_1379Zara wide leg pants (Similar)  |  Forever21 Shirt  |  Tweed Coat from Korea (similar)
Zara Necklace  |  Commes Des Garcons Classic Pouch  |  Forever21 Hair Clip

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Wide leg pants are back in a major way and some are even saying they will replace the ever popular skinny jeans.  I’m still hanging on to my favorite skinnies but I loved trying out this wider style.  I decided to go more masculine with the entire look with a striped button down messily tucked and a long tweed coat.  I added my go-to tribal necklace and my new bright orange CDG pouch for some interest.  To counter balance all the androgynous elements, I topped everything off with a large bow in the palest of pinks.

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Vintage Dresser Find!

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We’ve started purchasing pieces for the new home here and there and this find from last week has been my most exciting moment yet.  I found this small business (Twice Loved Furniture Creations) on Craigslist and I fell in love with her work.  They are antique pieces of furniture that she lovingly and tastefully refinishes.

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The quality of the furniture is unbelievable.  The pieces are extremely heavy, indicating high quality solid wood.  There is beautiful wear on the pieces while all the drawers are still functioning well.  The piece I bought was an American of Martinsville piece, which reassured me even more about the quality.  The listed price was $440, which in my opinion is a great price for such a large, beautifully refinished dresser.

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She updates her facebook page frequently with new pieces.  Definitely Like her page on facebook to see the updates.  And if you find something you love, act quickly.  There were many people interested in the piece I bought and instead of going to see it on the weekend as planned, I had to rush there on a Thursday to snatch it up first.

For more info on Twice Loved Furniture Creations, click here!

For those who aren’t local, you can shop other dressers and buffets here:

Suburban Migration

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll know that we are in the middle of a whole house renovation.  After 8 years of living in Chicago, we are getting ourselves prepared for the suburban migration.  We love our current neighborhood (Bucktown) so much but in the end, we decided to move for the great schools the suburbs have to offer.

We originally had our hearts set on building a house from the ground up but after almost a year of looking for land or a teardown house, we gave up on that dream.  We decided that it made more sense financially to just buy an older home and completely renovate the inside and update the exterior.  We closed on the home back in October and are knee deep in renovations at the moment.  

Here are some pics from Instagram on the house…

4fd315fa2dd811e3908222000a9f146a_8Going over floor plans…

9f053ffa64f511e3bc0512cf84830b09_8Let there be open concept!

53c4d818604d11e38a340accca05616b_8All the old carpet ripped out.

15263e42758a11e3ae3f120b5b7df32d_8Checking out marble tiles!

3e393a4c796211e3add91207bb9c8442_8Gorgeous Vintage Dresser Find!

I will definitely be blogging about the process and you’ll see a lot of updates on Instagram as well, so definitely follow along there!