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The scarf of the pop-up you’re going to see

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

As I mentioned in a previous post, the latest Moonfish Pop-Up took place in Chicago recently. I went over there for a morning of mimosas and doughnuts and, of course, did a little shopping.

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LA Made Dress | LA Made Tank Top | KLD Signature Blouse | Necklace & Earrings c/o Moonfish

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.

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Scarf c/o Moonfish | similar cardigan | same jeans | same boots

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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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
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July Shopping Summary

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Leggings – Onzie c/o Shopbop (sold out but these are similar and adorable) | Sandals – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same, seen here)

If you follow anyone via social media who occasionally blogs about clothes you probably saw about 1000 posts dealing with the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale over the past two weeks. But you didn’t see one from me.

Why?

Because I’m still sticking to my not spending my own money on clothes challenge! Both items above I got courtesy of my partnership with Shopbop and were paid for by my monthly Shopbop stipend.

And while, yes, I certainly “window shopped” the Nordstrom sale, I honestly didn’t feel like I HAD to buy something. And since I wasn’t buying I didn’t feel like it would make sense for me to blog about it. Although I’m sure the affiliate link income would have been nice.

Speaking of which, those links above do not earn me any money per-click but they do let Shopbop know that people are visiting their site because I’m talking about it. Which in turn allows me to continue my partnership with them. Also, I’m bummed that those leggings sold out before I posted about them here. I did share them on Twitter and Facebook when they were still in stock, though, so definitely follow me there for more up-to-the-minute announcements of things I love.

To be honest, though, I did almost break down and buy a few things. Mostly for the gym. Like this shirt from Jekyll & Hyde Apparel, this top from Old Navy or these shorts, as recommended by my personal trainer.

But, I have other things I want to save my money for so I stuck to my guns and didn’t bust out my credit card. Although, it was tempting!

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June Shopping Summary

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Jeans | Shoes | Dress

Once again it’s time to fess up about how I did with shopping and sticking to my only buying things with gift cards and store credit plan.

And you know what? I did it! The jeans were purchased with my Shopbop credit and the dress and shoes were bought with a gift card I got from doing surveys.

Actually, the shoes I bought were pink and on super clearance which is why I don’t have a picture of the exact pair.

The jeans were like the fourth pair I’ve ordered and I actually had to buy these in two sizes to try. I really, really dislike buying jeans. But these were the best I’ve tried on so far even though the waist still gaps a bit and, weirdly, the button is on the opposite side from all my pants. I suppose, though, that will be a nice workout for my brain!

The dress was kind of an impulse purchase when it was 95 degrees outside and I wanted something I could wear out to dinner. Funnily enough, I personally wouldn’t consider this dress work appropriate but I actually saw a girl in my office wearing it in the olive color with a denim jacket over it. I think I’ll stick to wearing it outside of work, though.

 

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May Shopping Summary

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Library Stamp Tee | Leggings (30% off this weekend!) | Tanks (on sale!) | Workout Top (30% off this weekend)

So, in my quest to not spend money out of my bank account, I failed a little bit when I went to Target after having three drinks. This is what happens when I have to walk home past Target after going out for dinner and alcoholic beverages and I’m left to my own devices! I also bought underwear but you’re not getting pictures of that. For shame.

The tee is something I’ve admired on Jen for years and when I saw Out of Print was having a sale I couldn’t resist any longer. I still had a Visa gift card with money on it from doing a survey so that’s what I used to buy the tee.

Earlier this month I ordered these jeans with my Shopbop credit but they were WAY too big so I ended up returning then. After reading some reviews, I decided to try these and these (both on sale) instead. As I write this, they haven’t arrived so I don’t know if I’m keeping either of them.

I’m also considering ordering these shorts since I have a $50 Express gift card and I want another pair of denim shorts. And these are 40% off.

And then there are these Bucketfeet shoes. You guys. They are ADORABLE. Especially for a dog lover. Do I dare splurge?

Overall, though, I’m in this funk where I want to ditch everything in my closet and stick to simple items. That probably wouldn’t make for a very interesting blog, though, now would it?

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April Shopping Summary

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Hey guys! It’s time, once again, to take a look at items that joined my closet this month. Once again I was able to only purchase items either with store credit or with dollars I earned from doing survey stuff. I’m doing really well this year!

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Jeans | Top | Black Jeans | Purse

I fully admit it’s silly to pay money for jeans with holes in them, but I keep seeing the look on people online and in real life and, well, I like it. So, since I had some Old Navy cash and there was a sale I scooped these up after seeing them on Bri. They’re lighter in person and tighter on my calves and ankles than pictures but nothing I can’t handle. They’re just the right amount of destroyed and for the price I really couldn’t beat it. I haven’t worn them on the blog yet but I am actually wearing them as I type this post.

The top (seen here) was also a good price thanks to my Le Tote membership and I still have some credit left from being an ambassador (and people signing up using my referral link). Speaking of which, I have three more free Tote codes to give away! Leave me a comment if you’re interested. Anyway, this top will be a replacement for one that I’m taking to the consignment shop.

The black jeans (seen here) are also something I’ve seen on almost every blogger under the sun. I purchased them during the last Shopbop sale since my current black jeans are fading. These are also tighter in the ankle than I was expecting and they don’t conform to my shape like everyone said they would, but it’s not worth returning. Now I just hope I can keep them from fading.

Finally, the purse was something that Le Tote recommended to me and I decided to give it a try. It has pockets on both sides which is perfect since I need quick access to my phone and my work ID. We just changed offices and now we have to use our ID to get into the building. I hate having to dig for it so having it easily accessible via the pocket is perfect. I have two purses I’ll be taking to consignment, too, now that I have this one!

Also, during the Shopbop sale I ordered these booties but, alas, they didn’t work out. The sizing was odd and they just felt too big around my ankles. So, I’ll just stick to my TOMS Cheetah wedges when I need a pair of tan booties. I’m wearing those today, too. In fact, two of my coworkers like them so much they ordered pairs for themselves!

Linking up with Fran’s budgeting bloggers

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My Top 5 Favorite Shopbop Purchases [on sale!]

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Yes, you’re going to see about 100 Shopbop sale posts today. Why? Because those of us that partner with Shopbop really love doing so and when they ask us to post about the sale we want to give back. As I’ve said in the past, their customer service is amazing and I’ve purchased some of my favorite items of all time from them.

And just what are those items, exactly? I’m going to tell you. Some of them are sold out but I’m sure you can find something similar that you love from their current selection. Especially since almost everything is 25% off until April 7th!

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So, let’s move on to my favorite Shopbop purchases!

1. Tretorn Polka Dot Sneakers

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2. Velvet Jacket

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3. Club Monaco Faux Leather Leggings

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4. Sam Edelman Boots

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5. Koral Activewear Leggings

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And what am I planning to buy during this sale that I hope will become a new favorite? I think I’m going to splurge on a pair of the Paige Denim ultra skinny jeans in black. They’ve gotten great reviews from both Audrey and Bri and my current pair of black jeans are fading. Plus 25% off premium denim? Perfect timing.