Friday, May 6, 2016

Outfits on Repeat

I recently have unpacked some clothes from storage - and this old brown sweater has become a recent favorite. It's a little short on me due to shrinkage, but I just try and air dry it and it ends up drying a bit longer. It's been quite chilly lately in Chicago, and I've been super busy - so that means uniform time. Lately, I've been relying on my black slacks from Old Navy, these slip ons from Everlane, and some sort of top. No shame in that!

What is your lazy day uniform?
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Saturday, April 23, 2016

A Couple Outfits

Hello!

Things have been busy -

 
Drastically different weather! Apologies for the dirty mirror.

1. I have been so busy at work (good!). An analyst on one of my projects left the company, so I've been picking up the slack at work and trying to keep it on timeline. In the meantime, my other two projects have picked up a ton as well, so I've really spent time working, doing chores, or relaxing.

2. My lease is up in June, so I've been looking at new apartments and finally signed a lease on a beautiful, sunny, one bedroom with a washer and dryer in unit! It's super rare to find in an apartment without paying a boatload of rent. I'm so excited to move in!

3. Wardrobe Updates: Added a short sleeved striped dress from Uniqlo, different than the one on my list. Also added a pair of Everlane Street Shoes which I ordered along with my loafers, which are very cute, though very painful when breaking in :( Otherwise, Grana have just restocked their silk tops with new colors - so I've been carefully deciding if I want to add 1 item or 2 for the last 2 things for my S/S 5PFW.

Hoping you're all warm and well!
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Thursday, March 10, 2016

REVIEW: Everlane Modern Loafer

Hello all! I’ve been MIA for the past month due to traveling for work. I’ve had no time to really shop, but still managed to absolutely fail at sticking to the list and came away with an extra pair of shoes from Everlane while I was picking up these loafers (review to come!) AGH. I’m a sucker for beautiful shoes.

Now for the review of the Everlane Modern Loafer.

  • 1. The full grain leather is smooth, unblemished, and wears (creases) beautifully.

  • 2. There is a break-in period! I threw on some thick SmartWool socks and walked around the house for about an hour over the course of 3 days, and they broke in very well! I would not advise breaking them in out in the wild, but I’m a baby about sore feet!

  • 3. The bottoms are not grippy at all. I took them to the cobbler actually, as it bothered me so much, and got some Vibram soles put on them. It’s much better now, and it will protect the soles!

  • 4. Follow the sizing guidelines and size up 1/2 size. I’m normally a 7, but a 7.5 fits perfectly!

  • 5. I have the shoes in Olive, which I think transitions well from business casual to casual - as well as season to season. The website photos skew a bit more green than they are in person, where they solidly olive-y brown.

Overall, I love them. I’m very glad they were part of the list, and I think they’ll be well loved once it’s consistently warmer in Chicago (#believe)!
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

FEELING COLD... And Some 5PFW Updates

Spring WILL come, no matter what the weather might be in Chicago right now (cold). Nevertheless, I’m re-doing my list of items for S/S because I realized that a lot of the things I currently have on there are winter-mindset items, and that they’re more appropriate for later in the year.

So what’s coming off? Just 2 of the 3 things. A long sleeved silk blouse. Why do I need to wear long sleeves if I’m buying for 80 degree weather and >70% humidity? And lastly, a work bag. I’ve decided to wait for the winter sales, since they’re much better - and I’m still quite happy with my Longchamp.

What’s being added? Lots of silk! Whaaaat! I wrote a while back about how I didn’t like how high  maintenance silk was. But I wash it in the washer and dry it in the dryer with other delicates of course! Very daring, and I feel bad every time I do it. But I figure clothes are meant to be worn and nothing bad has happened yet. They come out wrinkle free and clean. Anyway, I think I’m starting to figure out what my summer uniform might be. For work, a pair of cropped slacks and a silk tank or a silk tee. For casual, the same, but instead of slacks, shorts or a skirt.

So the new list...

1. Loafers
2. A silk tee or short sleeved button up
3. A silk tank or a camisole
4. A shift dress, appropriate for work and play. Something striped, or something patterned.
5. ???

I've been really into Grana's tops, which I've heard are more petite friendly than Everlane. I still haven't worn the Everlane sleeveless top I received for Christmas yet because it doesn't fit at all! I actually held up the difference between the XS and the S and it's +1.5in to +2in bigger in both body width and length. Very sad :(

Anyway - stay warm people! The windchill is currently 3 degrees in Chicago and my face hurt while walking to the train home.
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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Early Riser

Are you a morning person or a night owl? I work a very flexible schedule. It's not uncommon for me to roll into work around 9:30 and sadly, it's become a habit as I've changed jobs. My first job was one where it was common to get in around 8:30 and stay very late. And now I've ended up at one where it's so flexible that I frequently have the privilege to work from home. I have a much higher propensity to work late in the evening than to wake up early to do work.

I read a lot of articles on high achievers. The types of people that are A-players, hyper productive. You've probably read them too - the titles often look like "30 habits CEOs have" or "How successful people do more in 24 hours than the rest of us do in a week." These are just two examples, but a LOT of them have "Wake up early" listed. And I am so bad at that, even though I go to bed consistently at 11pm. I'd love to get up early, get a work out in, eat breakfast, and otherwise be productive. I just cannot get up when it's cold and dark out though! It's a much easier pill to swallow in the summers here.

Are any of you guys ex-night owls, turned morning people? Especially up further north in the winter where it's cold and dark? On the bright side though, the days are getting longer by 2 minutes every single day. I can see the sun still when I leave work!
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Little Things


In the new year, I made a drastic change to my month to month spending. I moved to a 5 piece wardrobe method to cut down on my shopping. I started to pack my lunch every day consistently (saving 1 day for going out with coworkers). All my expenses now are just rent, bills, groceries, transit (pre-tax), and my gym membership. So, that means not very many posts about clothes this year! I've just been wearing the same 2 silhouettes every week to work, and that combined with the cold makes for very utilitarian dressing.

But, I'm really enjoying seeing my savings grow every month, and how that will make my future a lot easier to attain. It's so easy to be young, make an awesome income, and to blow it all on things to enjoy in the here and now. Clothes, drinks, eating out, going out. Sometimes I feel like I spend money on these things to fill some sort of hole, I'm not sure what it is. After I graduated, I felt a little like I had just come out of the prior 10 years of my life preparing, working, and waiting for the very decade I'm in now - my 20s. It was a constant narrative of "You deserve this" or "Treat yourself" and the timeline for that was "Now." 

I had reached the end of my 5 year plan that I had made in high school. Get into a good college. Finish my degree. Find a good job. I didn't know what I wanted after that, and I hadn't really thought about it past the basic life milestones (move out, continue working, get married). I hadn't given any more thought to what my next 5 years would look like except for work - get promoted - repeat. It wasn't until this year that I actually sat down and thought about what I wanted. And I realized that my goals are no longer on a 5 year timeline - they're more realistically on a 10 year+ timeline. And instead of the clear cut path from high school to college to work, post-grad is a lot more circuitous and unwritten. 

Anyway, I guess what I'm trying to say is I'm okay (happy even) with being a little more disciplined now to make the next 10 years a LOT easier on me. And I'm enjoying appreciating the little (read: free) things - a french press in the morning, cooking fancy plates at home with my boyfriend, the feeling after a good, long work out, and reading on a Sunday afternoon. 
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Saturday, January 9, 2016

The 5 Piece French Wardrobe


This season, I’ve been starting to think of how I should be adding pieces to my wardrobe. I’ve decided to follow the 5 Piece French Wardrobe methodology. I’m at a place right now where I’m really happy with my current core wardrobe. I never feel like I have nothing to wear. My style, however boring it may be to others, is something that makes me happy. I have wants, but nothing that is urgent anymore. So the idea of only buying 5 pieces a season really appeals to me. To only buy 10 things all year round, 5 for Spring/Summer and 5 for Fall/Winter.

I guess I’m starting off at a good place - I don’t even have 5 things on my list. Here’s what’s on it so far:

Seville tote from Lo & Sons, when there is a sale.
I love Lo & Sons. I love the brand, I love their travel-friendly and versatile designs, and I love the quality-for-price. I want to upgrade from my Longchamp tote, which is nice, but I’d love something nicer/more mature to bring to client meetings. I love the versatility of The Seville, since there’s an option to use two different shells that come with the bag - the saffiano leather one for day to day, and the nylon one for travel. The price point is a little steep for this bag, but I noticed during their winter sale, that it had been knocked down to the high $200s - which is exactly the price point that I’d pay.

Everlane Modern Loafer, April
I’ve had my eyes on this pair of shoes since they came out a year ago. I’ve hesitated to purchase though, since I had heard they ran narrow when they first came out. Now that they’re a bit older, and more well reviewed, I’ve decided that I’d love to add a pair in Olive. My only other pair of flats are my J.Crew factory smoking slippers, which are well loved, so having another pair to switch it up will extend their life a little bit longer!

Everlane Silk Shirt, April as well (for the free shipping on 2+ items)
I was skeptical about how silk could fit into my lifestyle. But after I accidentally washed and dried my Everlane silk tank (with no consequences), I’ve changed my mind. I really like the clean design of this Everlane blouse, especially the front placket to hide the buttons. I also don’t have a long sleeved blouse, and keep thinking to myself in the mornings how I’d enjoy having one to mix up my work silhouettes. I’m undecided on the color for now.
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