In case you missed the Internet on Monday, there was a crazy moon thing on Sunday. A lunar eclipse/bloodmoon to be exact. Jason and I went out to Chicago’s Adler planetarium and he rented a fancy lens to take photos of the moon over the lake.
And there were clouds. And we almost went home. But then the layers of clouds passed and we were treated to a perfect view.
When you’re going to be out near the lake in Chicago, even in the summer, it makes sense to also dress in layers. You just never know when a cool breeze is going to blow in.
But, when you take off the layers you want something of interest to stick around.
Which is where my brand new necklace comes into the equation!
I was at the Randolph Street Market on Friday evening and Saturday morning as part of the Editors and Designers Choice for Charity and I saw this awesome booth that was displaying all her jewelry and scarfs on white t-shirts. I thought it was such a great idea that I gave her my award for Best Booth. And then bought this necklace because I couldn’t stop thinking about it!
I promptly wore the necklace two days in a row. Yes, it’s a little Mr. T but, you know, I don’t really care. It makes for a great layered surprise.
Yay for fitness! And food. Speaking of food, I recently tried two new-to-me restaurants. I went to brunch at Dusek’s on Sunday and then lunch at Bottlefork on Monday. Does anyone else ever regret what they ordered as soon as they start seeing what other people got? Choosing something at a restaurant always causes me a twinge of anxiety and then I wonder if I’ve ordered the “right” thing. I mean, what I get is usually good, but I then I wonder if it’s the BEST option, you know?
I’ve noticed over the past few months that I’ve gone from crazy pattern mixing to more solids paired with one pattern. I’m not sure why that is, but today I decided that I wanted to work on my pattern-mixing skills.
It helps that Bri at Work Clothes, I Suppose has plaid for her Third Thursday Threads theme. So even though we’re still having highs in the 80s I wanted to wear something that fit the theme. Layer a plaid shirt over a striped tank top with jeans and sandals? That will do.
Shirt – J. Crew (similar and 25% off) | Tank – Marshall’s (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Express (similar) | Necklace – Le Tote (code ERIN25 gets you 50% off your first month)
I used to mix prints all the time, as evidenced by posts like this one (featuring this same tank top!) or this one (featuring plaid pants!). It actually felt a little good to wear these two items together. In fact, I have plans to pair more plaid and stripes this winter. Recreating this outfit I pinned, for example.
Although, I suppose that I should be wearing my dresses and skirts a few more times before fall really descends on us. Or maybe I can figure out when it is, exactly, that one can wear sweaters and skirts and bare legs…
My life has generally been going pretty well, you guys. I had a great summer, I kicked butt at the Chicago triathlon, and all seemed right with the world.
And then my driver’s license and all my credit and debit cards were stolen. Jason had some car issues that meant we had to go to Indiana two weekends in a row (three if you count this upcoming weekend when I will not be going with). Chewie seems to have developed the hacking crud and we’re keeping our fingers crossed it’s not dog flu. In other words, all the shit hit the fan at the same time.
So, I’m sure you’ll forgive me if I go with a mindless outfit and revert to a basic color combination: red, white and black.
Bad things come in threes, right? So here’s hoping that I’ve had my share of crap for the time being. I know that in the grand scheme of things, this is nothing. I got my driver’s license replaced the same day it was stolen (thank goodness for having a passport). I got my credit cards shut down and reported before the thief could rack up too many charges and they’ve all since been replaced. Jason’s parents were nice enough to lend us a car and Chewie is young and healthy so I’m sure he’ll make a full recovery.
Still, it would be nice to end the summer on a high note and start to feel inspired to create outfits again. So, keep your fingers crossed the universe turns around and at least the rest of this week goes well. Mmmkay? Thanks.
I’ve been feeling really uninspired with outfit creation lately. Even though I feel like everyone is all atwitter about fall and fall outfits, changing seasons always throws me for a loop when it comes to getting dressed. Cool in the morning but warmer in the afternoon is not something I’ve ever been good at. What do you do with all those extra layers you take off later in the day?
Anyway, when I feel uninspired I turn to Pinterest. Today’s Pinterest parallel outfit comes direct from Aubrey at Putting Me Together. I saved this photo almost a year ago with the idea of wearing it with my cobalt blazer. Instead, I ended up wearing my cobalt cardigan.
Cardigan – J. Crew (similar) | Top – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Loeffler Randall c/o Shopbop (similar)
I suppose, though, it’s almost time to bust out my scarves and my vests. And maybe finally figure out how this layering thing works.
This past weekend Jason and I drove to visit his parents in their new home in Carmel, IN. I didn’t realize until after the fact that the last time we visited them I wore this same dress, albeit under completely different circumstances.
No more mountains in the background, for one. Carmel, Indiana is quite a bit different than Flagstaff, Arizona.
Other than Jason breaking our car to the point where we had to borrow one of his parents’ cars to drive home and now we have to go back this weekend so he can repair his car, I actually enjoyed my visit. Carmel has an adorable downtown that I hope to feature in future posts. It also has a great biking/running/walking trail that I explored two days in a row. One day while running and another day while biking. I borrowed my mother-in-law’s bike and rode over 20 miles on it. And stopped for Square Donuts.
I may have also boasted that I’m pretty sure I can eat the Big Ugly burger at Bub’s and now I think someone is going to hold me to that. Maybe I’ll run the half marathon there on December 12th. Pretty sure I can eat a one-pound burger after that.
Anyway, Carmel might not have the skiing that Flagstaff does, but I think I’ll find enough stuff to keep me busy. Other than visiting my in-laws, of course!
P.S. It was in the 90s while we were there and I hate wearing shorts in the car, so I went with this dress since it can be dressed up or down. Also, I just noticed that my attempt to photoshop out the HORRIBLE bruises on my shins from deadlifting 215 pounds turns out kind of ridiculous in the last photo. See if you can tell….#humblebrag
I’ve been a bad blogger lately. It’s not because I haven’t been wearing clothes or anything. No. It’s more like I’ve just been too busy (or lazy) to take pictures. Especially on weekends. Two weekends ago I was completing my second-ever triathlon (and my first one in a real lake) and this past weekend we were visiting my in-laws. And while downtown Carmel, IN is adorable and would make for some great photoshoots, it just wasn’t in the cards.
And, while I was fretting over my lack of blogging, I realized I still hadn’t ever done a “favorite outfit” post for July OR August! Mainly because I took so few pictures in July and August. So, instead I decided to combine them together for a “best of summer” retrospective.
It’s appropriate because we didn’t really get summer until recently and even then only for a few days. Which is probably why my favorite outfit looks more like it belongs in spring as opposed to summer.
I just love the simplicity of this outfit. Neutrals. My favorite blazer. Dark jeans that I haven’t worn since because I think they’re buried in my closet even though I like them a lot. The necklace I almost kept from Le Tote. And that it’s the perfect culmination of my go-to casual but business-y outfit.
Anyway, I do miss blogging. I just don’t miss having to come up with outfits and figure out when to take pictures. Feeling a bit burnt out, I guess. So, cheer me up and vote so I feel like someone is still reading? Too desperate? Yeah, that’s what I thought.