And we’re back to Monday! I had a busy but fun weekend. Hanging with my mom on Friday, attending a fundraising gala on Saturday, and visiting a craft show on Sunday.
Speaking of the craft show, it was being held at the Revolution Brewing tap room that is less than half a mile from my house. I thought this was a great opportunity to actually wear a sweater, a scarf, and a puffy vest so that I would be warm enough on the short walk there but not feel too warm or bulky when I was navigating the wares.
This vest is perfect for wearing to something like a craft show. The pockets are large enough that I can put my wallet, phone and keys in them and not have to worry about carrying a purse.
Speaking of the craft show, I was there with Annabelle and some other people scouting out vendors for the monthly vendor fairs they host at the storefront we’re calling Collage Collective! The next one is on November 12th and you get all at the details here.
Sometimes photo shoots come together with little effort. Sometimes we find awesome backgrounds and great lighting and the smiles are genuine and the dog behaves and I love my outfit and what I pick matches my own Style Imitating Art choice perfectly.
Then there are days like yesterday. In the interest of keeping it real, I will tell you that I haven’t actually worn this outfit yet other than for these photos. I tried on a bunch of different things but didn’t like I how I felt in any of them. That while purple is one of my favorite colors, I actually own very few purple items.
Sunday was a struggle for me. I had almost zero motivation to do anything. Everything was making me grumpy. I woke up dehydrated even after drinking a ton of water on Saturday. I did;t feel comfortable in any of my clothes. I’d ripped a hole in the crotch of my favorite go-to jeans the day before. I told Jason that the photos didn’t matter because “no one reads my blog.”
Yeah, I’m just a ray of sunshine, aren’t I?
I know it will get better. I know I can turn my own attitude around. Perhaps I need to try that routine of writing down three things for which I’m grateful or that make me happy each day. Have you ever tried that? Does it work?
Or maybe I just need to drink more water and wear more purple. Or remind myself that people do indeed read my blog as evidenced by the SIA submissions I’m getting already! Don’t forget that if you want to participate just snap a photo of an outfit you put together as inspired by this week’s painting and send it to me before Wednesday, May 10th so I can include it in the round-up.
I didn’t take pictures of all the beautiful clothes, jewelry and purses because I was too busy shopping, sipping, and admiring the decor that is Sugar Fix Dental Loft. Seriously, who knew a dentist’s office could be so beautiful? Sarah at Moonfish does such an amazing job of finding spots to host her pop-up.
And, of course, I had to be the person who wore something from Moonfish to show my support: my favorite scarf.
Sarah gifted me this cardigan when I first met her last fall and it’s been a staple in my wardrobe ever since. Everyone at the pop-up was enamored with it. Personally, I was enamored with all the comfy, neutral items that were available for sale.
Believe it or not, I actually bought the navy dress and the polka dot top to replace items in my closet. So, it was almost a one in-one out situation. Almost.
If you want to check out Moonfish yourself, the next pop-up will be in June in Edgewater. Make sure you sign up for the mailing list so you don’t miss out! In the mean time, I’ll be over here waiting for the weather to warm up so I can start wearing all of my new purchases.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Who’s ready for Monday?? I’m still battling a cold that hit me hard last week and I ended up spending most of Saturday afternoon in bed napping. It was glorious!
However, that didn’t leave me much time to snap photos, even though I’ve worn some variation of this outfit approximately three times in the last week and a half. I attempted to get a snapshot for this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge but I used the wrong lens and the photos came out blurry and grainy. You can’t even see that my earrings are feather shaped!
Scarf – c/o Moonfish | Vest- Gap (similar) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Jeans – Paige c/o Shopbop (same) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Earrings – Le Tote (same)
I went with grays and blacks since those are the main colors in this week’s pick. And, of course, my brown riding boots for the tan/orange accent, See, people have been pairing black and brown together for decades!
I was able to get my brown boots shined at last week’s Shoe Drop event and it really made a huge difference! I’ll be writing a whole post on the experience and the event later this week. Let’s just say, though, I think everyone who attended was pretty impressed and is looking forward to seeing what Shoe Drop can do for them.
Normally I write my blog posts in the evening but lately I’ve been writing them in the morning. The tough thing about that is that I am NOT a morning person. Never have been and I doubt I ever will be.
My alarm goes off at 5AM but I don’t usually drag myself out of bed until 6AM. And the first hour of so of my workday is just lost time as I start at my computer screen trying to wake up.
Of course, I don’t want to come to work later because that would mean having to stay later. Such a dilemma.
Jacket – Velvet c/o Shopbop (same) | Tee – Out of Print Clothing (same) | Jeans – LOFT (same) | Shoes – Sperry (same)
It’s also a dilemma to figure out what to wear this time of year. You have to check the weather everyday, plan for air conditioned offices and possibly sweltering outdoor temperatures. For some reason I’ve been avoiding wearing my utility jacket like a cardigan even though it’s definitely light enough to do so. But last week I decided that I wanted to wear my new library due date tee and needed something to throw over it when in the office. Hence the utility jacket.
This tee is super soft but, warning, it runs SMALL! I’m wearing a medium and probably could have gone up to a large. It’s much more fitted than some of my other tees so that’s probably why I’m not used to the sizing.
Jason asked if the numbers and dates mean anything but I don’t think they do. They’re just an homage to the days when libraries stamped the due date on the card in the back of the book. Now most libraries use little printed out slips of paper. Which, I suppose, is nice since it gives you an automatic bookmark. But I fully admit I miss the stamp.
When you’re trying to come up with what to wear what do you do? Well, if you’re me, you turn to one of your favorite bloggers: Jen!
She wore her olive green pants with an adorable printed top, a gray cardigan, and her brogues. I thought about wearing one of my striped tops to echo the eyeglasses print of her shirt, but in the end I went with plain white and a necklace.
I’ve been thinking about replacing my black and white striped short sleeve tee. I’ve had it for years and I think I want something with a slightly thinner stripe and that fits a bit more loosely. Is it silly to want to replace a perfectly functional piece of clothing because your tastes change, though?
Oh, random tangent – do you watch Chicago PD? If so, you might occasionally recognize my neighborhood! Two weeks ago they were filming inside the physical therapy office that’s less than half a block from where I took these photos! Chicago Fire used to film in the building next door to my apartment, too. I’ve yet to see any of the stars of the show but I do see the film trucks!
Just one of the many reasons I love my neighborhood. Other reasons include the dog parks, the restaurants, and the ability to walk so many places. Like the dentist. Which is where I went while wearing this outfit. I lead an exciting life, right?
I got some sad news via email today. The Le Tote ambassador program is being discontinued! As an ambassador I got some nice perks just for doing what I was already doing: telling you how much I love Le Tote. I’ll still keep using Le Tote but I’ll have to rely on people using my referral link.
Anyway, speaking of Le Tote, today’s outfit features a striped blazer I got in my last Tote.
Blazer – Le Tote (same) | Camisole – The Limited (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (similar) | Shoes – J. Crew Factory (similar)
I really wanted to like this blazer. It’s cotton-y and comfy and I would like a striped blazer to replace a navy and white one I consigned awhile ago. However, for some reason I just wasn’t feeling this one.
But, again, that’s what I love about Le Tote. I got to wear this all day and then make my decision about whether or not to keep it. And, if I decide later that I want to try it again, I can do that.
So, even though I will no longer be an official Le Tote ambassador, I’m still going to use them and share about them here on the blog. And that’s how you know that something is good, right? I get no perks for telling you about it but I do anyway.
Speaking of my furry partner in crime, this past weekend we had perfect dog park weather. Well, perfect for spring, anyway. Perfect for Chewie would mean it was warm enough for the kiddie pool and the hose to be out. That boy loves him some water.
Anyway, we took the opportunity to take some weekend casual dog park trip photos.
A jacket with pockets so you can carry extra bags, keys, phone, and maybe a tennis ball.
A shirt that’s easily washable. You will get fur on you.
Jeans. You will get slobbered.
Shoes that you don’t mind if they get a paw print or two on them. You will get stepped on.
You also get to see me in fill-on weekend mode. Meaning, you get to see me with my hair up. I rarely wear my hair up except on weekends. I’m still working on perfecting the messy topknot. My Type A personality has some issues with it.
Strangely, dog slobber and fur don’t bother me nearly as much. Which is why I think I need this t-shirt in my life. Seriously. I don’t think it could be any more accurate.
Chewie, however, was dying to go play, as you can probably see from the photos. And by “play” I mean try to get some dogs to chase him and then give up and stand next to us until we ask him if he wants to go home. He gets along great with other dogs but is also more than happy to be at home. Just don’t ask to come into our apartment without a LOT of warning. He won’t be too thrilled with that.
Over the weekend Jason and I went back to our hometown so that he could work on his car and I could make my first pie with my mom. Salted caramel apple, if you must know. And it turned out amazing. Anyway, on Saturday night we went out to dinner and, as we walked through downtown Champaign, Illinois, we walked right past the Thai restaurant where Jason and I went when we were first dating back in high school.
Blazer – The Limited (same) | Sweater – Old Navy (similar) | Necklace – Rocksbox (similar) | Pants – Old Navy (same) | Boots – Cole Haan (similar)
We started reminiscing about going on some of our first dates there, wondering if the owner would still recognize us. She used to know Jason by name since he went there so often. It’s why he took me there. In fact, it’s the first place I ever ate Thai food. Pad Thai, of course. And it’s now who I compare all other Pad Thai to. Jason and I even had our picture taken there for a newspaper article about “young love”.
I haven’t changed a bit! Except my hair color. I think this was a reddish blonde phase?
Anyway, we decided that on our way out of town on Sunday we’d stop by for lunch. We could tell from looking in the windows that NOTHING had changed. Not the seat covers. Not the decor. Not the signage. Nothing. We even saw the owner through the window!
So, we went in for lunch. And when Jason walked up to the owner she exclaimed, “JASON?” Yep. And the food was as amazing as ever. And we sat in the booth in the back of that newspaper photo. We didn’t even look at the menu. We always get the same thing, even here in Chicago. But nothing we’ve found in Chicago is as good.
So, “they” might say you can never go home again, but in this case that just isn’t true. We did go home. And it was amazing.