Monthly Archives: November 2016

Shoe Shines at Shoe Drop


At the end of October I hosted an event with Shoe Drop, the company in Chicago that is working to make getting your shoes repaired and shined easy and simple. They have a retail location at 353 N Clark Street that they nicely opened up for event attendees to get free shoe shines and discounts on shoe repair.


If you’ve never had your shoes shined, let me tell you: it makes a huge difference! And it’s not just for men, either. All of us ladies in attendance got our riding boots shined and polished.


Most of us also dropped off shoes to be repair. I dropped off my red ballet flats that had insoles that were falling apart and cracks that were forming in the leather on the outsides. I picked them up this week and they are beautiful! Yes, if you look closely you can see where they patched the crack, but considering these shoes are over 10 years old and I bought them off the clearance rack, the fact that they were able to fix them at all is amazing.


Those who attended who have picked up their repaired shoes have also said that they look brand new.

While we were getting our shoes shined (and watching the Cubs!) we sipped on wine from Madison Vine Wines and nibbled on appetizers from Siena Tavern. For as many times as I’ve run past Madison Vine Wines or seen their free wine and beer tastings posted on Twitter I still haven’t been. Did you know they are dog friendly? Now that patio weather is over I know where we’re taking Chewie to get more people exposure! screen-shot-2016-11-08-at-8-39-10-pm

Photo from Marzlet. Food courtesy of Siena Tavern.

Martine, the man who works at the 353 N Clark Street location, is very friendly and will remember you by name if you go in often enough. In fact, I stopped by on way home on Tuesday to pick up my ballet flats and get my black riding boots shined and he knew me right away. I LOVE service like that!

And no worries if you’re wearing a dress! They’ll give you a nice cozy blanket to make sure you stay decent while Martine shines your shoes.


Plus, shoe shine are only $8, which includes tip! Seriously, if you’ve never gotten your riding boots or any other shoes shines you HAVE to stop by Shoe Drop. Or, if you can’t make it to their retail location, you can use any of their almost 200 drop-off spots. Additionally, if you have a Pressbox location near you then you can just use that since Pressbox partners with Shoe Drop. You drop off your shoes, you’ll get a text saying they’ve begun work, and when they’re ready you pick them up where you dropped them off. It’s that easy!

Thanks again to Shoe Drop, Madison Vine Wines, and Siena Tavern for putting on this event so I could show off one of my new favorite Chicago-based businesses! If you’re in Chicago I hope you’ll consider using Depo provera hormone for your future shoe needs.


SIA: 108 Years

Style Imitating Art

Happy Monday, everyone! Chicago has been in a beautiful daze for the past week. The weather’s been gorgeous and we’ve been celebrating. What are we celebrating? Well, in case you missed the historic moment, the Chicago Cubs baseball team won the World Series for the first time in 108 years!

Yes, you read that right. They hadn’t won since 1908. I’m not really a sports fan but it was impossible not to get caught up in the excitement and the overall good feelings that seem to have enveloped the city.

So, because of that, I actually found the cover of the program/scorecard that was used during the Cubs’ 1908 season and chose it as my Style Imitating Art pick for this week.



I’m thinking menswear, loafers, red, tan, black and white, Cubs apparel, all kinds of ideas. I hope you are inspired to participate! Just snap a photo of an outfit you wore that was inspired by this pick and send it to me at by Monday, November 14th! I’ll post the round-up of everyone’s submissions on Tuesday.

Go, Cubs, go!

Why did that run feel so miserable? Maybe it’s hormones.


This past week I decided, kind of last minute, to head to a suburb and run a 5K to help support my running club. However, I also had to run 8 miles that day so the 5K would just be a part of my run.

And then I caught a cold. And a few days later I got my period.

Yes, we’re going to talk about periods. Feel free to skip this post if that weirds you out.

I took an extra rest day on Friday but my run on Saturday morning was, in a word, miserable. I did a two mile warm-up and was already dripping sweat. The 5K race started and I could barely hold an 8:00 minute pace. After the race I grabbed a water bottle from the finish line, turned around, and ran the course again to get in the rest of my 8 miles. I was struggling to keep a 9 minute pace when just the week before I breezed through a 7 mile run at a sub-9:00 pace.


Smiling even though I felt like death

I’ve always been curious about how hormones affect running and fitness because, anecdotally, I feel much stronger and faster the week or two before my period than I do the week of or even the few days before.

Turns out there might be something to that. If it’s been awhile since you’ve taken female anatomy, the menstrual cycle comes with ups and downs of estrogen and progesterone. Apparently estrogen is a “runner friendly” hormone and you feel better when estrogen is high. So, basically, days 10-20 or so of your cycle depending on the woman.


Progesterone is not as friendly and it also affects your body temperature set point as well as your breathing. This means you won’t start sweating until your body reaches a higher temperature and you might feel winded more easily. Kind of a problem when it’s hot or humid. So, running and working out is harder during days 20-28 or so.

Guess when my past two 5K races fell? Yep, during days 20-28. And it was humid at each race. BLARGH.

Guess when my marathon is scheduled to happen? During days 20-28. Also BLARGH.

Being a woman is so much fun, am I right?

Source 1 | Source 2 | Although I just realized both sources are written by the same guy. And why is a guy the apparent authority on this topic, anyway??


  • Monday 10/24 – 3.5 mile run + lower body strength workout
  • Tuesday 10/25 – Upper body strength workout + 4 mile run
  • Wednesday 10/26 – Rest
  • Thursday 10/27 – Lower body strength workout + 5 mile run
  • Friday – Rest
  • Saturday – 8 mile run
  • Sunday – Rest

October Shopping Summary


So, I totally fell off the wagon in September and October when it came to shopping using only store credit. I went a little wild on workout clothes and bought quite a few lovely things at a friend’s Stella & Dot party.


Watch | Necklace | Earrings | Shorts | Fabletics Tank | Fabletics Capris

And, yes, I decided to try Fabletics. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s basically a monthly workout clothing subscription where you can pick an outfit starting at $49.95. You can typically get your first outfit for under $25 and then you can choose whether to spend the money every month.

I wasn’t super thrilled with my Fabletics options for November so I decided to skip the month. Either that or I was feeling a bit of regret for shopping in October. Especially since I didn’t really NEED the earrings or necklace. Or really the shorts or the other workout clothes.

The watch, though, I’ve worn a ton since I got it. I had a leopard print watch I bought several years ago for cheap and it fell apart. I’m happy to finally have a replacement!

My credit card, though, is not so happy. I think I’ll be back to deleting sale emails and not tempting myself for the rest of the year!

Favorite Outfit of October

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

I’ve heard several other people say it and it seems totally cliche, but what the heck happened to October?? Why it is November already?? Seriously, this is ridiculous.

I almost didn’t write this post because, as I mentioned on Friday, I feel like I’ve been slacking on blogging. But, it turns out I do have some outfits to share in the monthly voting round up.

First, though, how did I spend my month?

  • Running a 10K PR
  • Volunteering at the Chicago Marathon
  • Attending an event at a friend’s jewelry store
  • Trying a new brewery
  • Going to my first Stella & Dot party
  • Being in a bar when Chicago found out the Cubs were going to the World Series
  • Attending a clothing swap hosted by Mag Mile Runner
  • Going to an F3 meeting
  • Learning how to weld at Arc Academy 
  • Brunching at Highline 
  • Running the Lake Bluff Pumpkin Chase 5K
  • Hosting an event at Shoe Drop
  • Running almost 80 miles
  • Working my day job

So, yeah, I guess thats where October went!

Anyway, since I also wore clothes in October and took a few pictures of some of those outfits, did I have a favorite of the ones I shared? Well, if I went based on the number of times I wore an outfit, it would be this one.

But, in terms of the one I like the look of best, it would be this one:


And what about you? Did you think October flew by? What were you up to? And what was your favorite outfit? Vote below!


1 | Who makes viagra professional | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

What was your favorite outfit of October?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...