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How to shop local in Chicago this week

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As I mentioned on Monday, I didn’t have time to get any outfit photos this past week. So, instead, I’m going to share two pop-up shops that are happening this weekend that, if you’re local, I think you’ll want to take advantage of.

The first is Friday night, March 10th from 6-9pm at 1555 W Diversey.

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I mentioned this in a previous post, but, as reminder, Garden Center growARTS artisan training program provides a space for individuals of all abilities to create stunning pieces of art as a means of self-expression and as an alternative path to self-employment.

Shop for locally painted art and browse the concurrent LuLaRoe pop-up shop, all while sipping on complimentary wine or beer and enjoying snacks. Proceeds from all art sales benefit the program and a portion goes back to each artist.

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Actual items for sale on Friday!

I definitely plan to stop by to show my support and probably buy something. The art is reasonably priced (around $20 or so) and the proceeds go to a good cause. And who doesn’t need more fun art in their life?

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The second is the spring Moonfish pop-up shop at Sugar Fixe Dental Loft, 3346 N Paulina St. This runs from 10 AM to 6 PM Saturday through Monday and you can make an appointment for a free personal styling session here.

You may recall that Moonfish sold me my favorite pair of jeans along with my first real pair of leggings and a super comfy sweater.

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They’ve got more of my favorite denim for spring and I’m excited to see what other fun items I can find. I’m so sick of my winter clothes so I have a feeling that I might do some damage.

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So, if you’re in Chicago or nearby, maybe I’ll see out shopping this weekend!

P.S. I was totally not compensated for writing about these two things. I just like them and wanted to share!

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Fashion Philanthropy

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Shopping

I have a friend. Her name is Annabelle. She’s one of the nicest, most interesting, hardworking people I know. I’m thrilled that I’ve gotten to know her a bit better recently since I’ve ended up behind the scenes of her latest endeavor to raise money for services and create jobs for adults with disabilities.

She recently became a LuLaRoe consultant, which, if you don’t know what that is, is a clothing line that is sold online via Facebook groups or at houses during pop-up shops. Yes, a lot of women sell it to make extra money but Annabelle is hoping to use her side business as a way to create jobs for adults with developmental disabilities. She’s even donating part of her proceeds to her “day job” employer, Garden Center Services.

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LuLaRoe dress | same jacket | similar scarf | similar shoes

Because I think this is so awesome, I’ve been helping her out when I can. And spending my own money on things like this dress. It’s called a Julia and it’s basically stretchy t-shirt material.

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The thing about LuLaRoe is that when you see a pattern and style you like, you’d better grab it. Consultants order sizes and styles but don’t get to pick patterns. Which means that what they have is always a surprise! I was helping Annabelle unbox her initial inventory shipment when I spotted this dress. Lucky me!

The best way to shop Annabelle’s inventory is either via her Facebook group or at her pop-up shop in Lincoln Park, Chicago. In fact, she’s got one coming up on March 10th from 6 to 10 PM that will coincide with another fundraiser for Garden Center Services – the growARTS art show! So, you can shop for art or you can shop for clothes and either way you’ll be helping fund Garden Center Services.

I did both at the February art show and not only came home with the dress, I also came home with some lovely art.

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Art for sale is either painted by adults in the growARTS program or is donated by their family or friends. The artists in the program also get paid a commission for each piece that sells. There is truly something for everyone, though, and I had a difficult time sticking to just this one piece.

Same thing with sticking to just one dress. I have a feeling that if I continue to help out Annabelle behind the scenes I’ll own a lot more “LuLa”.

Oh, and speaking of art, there is so much street art in our new neighborhood! All three of these photos were taken within a 5 minute walk of our house. So fun! And, yes, it’s been warm enough in Chicago to dress like this. I’m loving this weather, too!

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Uncommon Goods for an uncommon space

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This post is sponsored by Uncommon Goods but, as always, all opinions are my own.

I hate to be like, hey guys, I’m back to blogging so here, have a sponsored post, but, to be honest, I haven’t had time to take outfit photos because I’m still working on unpacking and figuring out how to find places for everything in our new apartment/duplex/house.

So, when Uncommon Goods approached me and asked if I could highlight some of the items on their website, I took a look and decided, yes, I could. Because I need some of these in our new space!

For example, while I’m not one for dust-collecting home decor, I am all about practical home decor. We have two bathrooms in our new apartment but neither has the same amount of under cabinet storage space as in our previous place.

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The nicer of the two bathrooms

Which is why I immediately fell in love with this toilet paper storage shelf that makes the paper rolls look like clouds! I’d hang it across from the sink/toilet area and it would serve double duty as art AND storage!

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That’s what Uncommon Good is all about. The items not only look good, they do good, too.

We’re committed to offering you a creative and exciting merchandise assortment and are working with our suppliers – from artists to small manufacturers – to make their products in a more socially and environmentally responsible manner. Since our founding, we’ve featured products that contain recycled components and have not sold products containing leather, feathers or fur – we’re committed to selling products that do no harm to people or animals.

We used to store plastic bags in the space between the wall and the fridge but our kitchen now doesn’t have that space. Which is why this trash can appeals to me. It’s in a section of the website that bills itself as gift ideas for wives but, since I’m a wife and I’d like it as a gift I think it’s totally appropriate. Maybe it’s in that section because Uncommon Goods knows that this wife likes things to be organized. Actually, this wife would like just about everything listed in that section. Especially the wine glasses.

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Kitchen and dining room before we cluttered it up with our stuff

Finally, our place is all hardwood and tile so my feet are always cold. Even though our old apartment was also hardwood, it was on the 8th floor of a nine story building so our floors were always heated by the people below us. Now we have the first floor and the basement of the house we live in so there’s no one below us to keep our floors warm. Which is why I need slippers. Like these. They have even more slippers (and socks!), as well as other gifts for women here.

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This is our basement. We honestly have no idea what to do with this space since it’s not big enough for our couch and the washer & dryer are behind those doors.

I’m really impressed with the items on the Uncommon Goods website and will probably be ordering some in the future. I’m glad they reached out to me because otherwise I don’t know if I would have thought to look there! Especially since they have a “give back” program that allows you to donate a dollar to a charity of your choice when you checkout. They’ve given over a million dollars since they started it 15 years ago!

Now, if you don’t mind me, I’m off to figure out where to put all these clothes I have now that I don’t have as much closet space as I used to.  Maybe I just need a bunch of these reclaimed wine barrel hooks

 

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Things I’ve worn 100 times

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall · Shopping

Don’t forget to enter the Moonfish giveaway!

I have this habit of wearing something 100 times right after I buy it because it’s foremost on my mind. Currently it’s either these flats or, since it’s gotten colder, these boots.

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Cardigan – Le Tote (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same) | Jeans – Paige c/o Shopbop (same) | Booties – Steven c/o Shopbop (same

I enjoy buying shoes from Shopbop because they carry my two favorite brands: Sam Edelman and STEVEN. They even restocked my favorite Sam Edelman riding boots.

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These jeans are also my favorite black jeans I’ve ever bought. Highly, highly recommended.

And, guess what? It’s all on sale, just in time for holiday shopping for yourself or someone else.

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Sale ends 11:59 PM Pacific on Monday, 11/28

Last year during this sale I bought my leather cross-body tote bag. This year? I haven’t decided yet. I’m debating either another pair of the Sam Edelman flats because they are SUPER comfortable. Or maybe a pair of Sperry duck boots. Or maybe I’ll be generous and buy some Christmas gifts. Anything you want me to pick up for you?

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All Moonfish, All the Time [Giveaway!]

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Remember my post about how I finally found leggings that I would actually wear out in public thanks to Moonfish? Well, I finally  made it to a Moonfish pop-up shop and, let me tell you, they have so many other cute things and Sarah, the woman behind Moonfish, does a GREAT job of picking out items for you to try on that you probably wouldn’t have picked yourself but, once you have them on, you can’t imagine taking them off.

For example, the entire outfit I wore literally the day after I went shopping at the pop-up at Beermiscuous.

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Scarf c/o Moonfish | Top – LAMade via Moonfish | Jeans – Principle via Moonfish | Shoes – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Necklace – Soko via Moonfish

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These jeans, you guys, These jeans. I want to wear them every single day. They are the best fitting pair of denim I currently own. Finally! Jeans that fit my waist AND my thighs. And they were around $100 which, yes, is more than Old Navy but for something I can wear all the time now? Yes, I want many, many more pairs.

Which is why I will be doing my best to attend the next Moonfish pop-up at the end of November.

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In the mean time, I have a great giveaway of just two of the awesome items you can find at Moonfish: a hat with a furry pompom and a wonderfully cozy scarf!

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Want another chance to win something awesome from Moonfish? Check out Erica’s giveaway!

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Renting the Runway…in Person

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I’ve mentioned Rent the Runway in the past a few times. I rented a dress from them for a friend’s wedding, wore one of their dresses when I went to the horse races for the first time, and rented a tulle skirt from them when I wanted something fun to wear to a dog prom.

The first Saturday in November Jason and I attended the Illinois Science Council Science Cocktail Party and I wanted to use it as an excuse to dress up. Their emails always say to wear “weather appropriate cocktail party attire” but also go on to say that if you don’t feel like dressing up you can wear jeans and flannel, too. So, really, it’s anything goes!

I was debating wearing my gold dress (sans blazer and tights) or renting something from Rent the Runway. I debated until it was too late to order something online. But, wait! Rent the Runway has a brick-and-mortar location here in Chicago! I made an appointment and showed up on Saturday afternoon to a dressing room full of dresses for me to try on.

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Plus a few others (like this one and this one) that I didn’t take pictures of. Although many of these look great in photos, they didn’t all fit perfectly. Until I tried on the one on the bottom right. fullsizerender-3It was kind of like when I was trying on wedding dresses; I knew this was THE one. It fit perfectly, the slit made it more fun than a regular sheath dress, and the colors, pattern and fabric made it a great choice for a fancy-but-not-fancy event.

Being able to try on so many dresses was the perfect way to choose something. Plus, since I was   doing a same-day rental I was able to get accessories for $15. The dress itself? $30 to rent! It retails for $465 so this was a great deal. Plus, as I tried on dresses my stylist would go out to the floor and find more things for me to try on as she saw the items on me. I didn’t even have to leave the fitting room area!

Plus, after I wore it I just put into a bag and dropped it at the UPS store! I didn’t even have to go back to the physical location to return it.

I highly recommend using the Rent the Runway location in Chicago (or find one near you) if you need a dress for an occasion. They also rent fancy clothing (blazers, jackets, tops, etc) and accessories (purses, jewelry). It’s so much fun to try on so many fun things that I could never afford normally. Now, I just need more reasons to wear fun dresses!

This is not a sponsored post. I just had such a good time and wanted to share it with all of you! 

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October Shopping Summary

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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.

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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!

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Booties and a Maxi Dress

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall · Shopping

I received this dress in my latest Le Tote and I LOVED it. Super comfy, interesting pattern, and I figured it would work well for late summer and early fall.

The only downside? I didn’t have the perfect shoes to wear with it for fall. I tried these gray booties but I wasn’t so sure about the outcome.

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Dress – Le Tote (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same) | Shoes – H by Hudson c/o Shopbop (similar) | Jacket – Velvet c/o Shopbop (same and on sale!) 

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Even though the dress has gray in it, I wanted to wear it with brown/tan booties. However, I don’t have any! I have my cheetah wedges but I wasn’t feeling the pattern mixing.

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Thankfully, though, Shopbop is having a sale and I’ve got my eye on a few pairs!

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The sale ends at midnight Pacific Time on Wednesday, October 14th. So, you can bet I’ll be walking on over to my computer ASAP today to order a pair (or two!) of booties. I’ve linked to my favorites at the bottom of this post.

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RIP Light Chambray Popover

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On Friday I went to the gym on my lunch break. I was wearing my light chambray popover top I bought 4 years ago from Old Navy. I crossed my arms over my chest in order to take my top off over my head when RIIIIIIP!

I’d hulked out of my shirt. Again. A huge hole ripped in the back of the shirt just below my left shoulder blade and it got bigger every time I moved my arm.

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A few times this shirt was featured on the blog.

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Sadly, because this shirt is four years old, I have a feeling it’s going to be difficult to replace. I already checked Old Navy and J. Crew Factory, two spots where I’d seen light chambray popovers in the past. Alas, no luck. Plus, this one is unique because it has a v-neck but no “stand-up” collar. So, it’s not really a mandarin collar, either.

I searched my trusty ShopStyle and found a few that MIGHT be a replacement.


Now I just have to decide which one to try. Because I’m probably not going to stop lifting weights any time soon. So shirts are just going to have to get replaced when my lats explode out of the back.
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August Shopping Summary

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I didn’t do my usual shopping summary post earlier this month because mainly, other than keeping this top from Le Tote and getting these sandals courtesy of Shopbop, I spent all my money in August on workout clothes.

And, yes, I spent money. Look, Old Navy had a 50% off sale on activewear and when you workout 6 days a week you get tired of wearing the same things over and over again. So, I bought some new stuff.

I also got an awesome new pair of Nikes from the Nike Decathlon event.

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These are now my go-to lifting shoes. They don’t have enough support for me for running, but otherwise they’re awesome.

As for what I bought from Old Navy, I’ve already worn all of it and love all of it.  old-navy-activewear

Strappy tank | Keyhole back tank | Sports bra | Crops

I’m aware that I bought nothing in color. Actually, I did buy a pink top but it was too small. I highly recommend sizing up a bit in the keyhole top and sizing down in the strappy tank.

Speaking of working out, my goal 5K is one week from tomorrow! Ahh!

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  • Monday 9/5 – Rest
  • Tuesday 9/6 – Upper body strength and 3 mile run
  • Wednesday 9/7 – 40 minute tempo run and length strength workout
  • Thursday 9/8 – Upper body strength workout
  • Friday 9/9 – Leg strength workout
  • Saturday 9/10 – 3 mile run
  • Sunday 9/11 – 7 mile run