Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Boy Sweaters

Recently, I took a couple days off to round out a 4 day weekend. I spent a day just walking around North & Clybourn - the main shopping area in Lincoln Park, trying to find a sweater. I must've looked at 6 different stores, but I ended up finding the perfect one at Forever 21 in the men's section, completely by chance after seeing it in a window display. The smallest size in the store was a S - but I noticed online that they do come in extra smalls. Very cute on - just roll up the sleeves and throw on a scarf or necklace. It's a very good fit, if you like the casual, slouchy look - and all for under $20.

Sweater Critera:
- Grey
- Crewneck
- Cotton knit
- Plain, no patterns
- Not dry clean
- Price to an extent - under $50

Anyway. This is my first foray into the men's section for finding clothes. It sucks that women's clothing is dominated with acrylics and polyesters - either 100% or blended with rayon/viscose. Nothing is ever 100% cotton. I'm actually very curious to the reason why. It's almost like you can only choose 2 of 3 - price, style, or quality. Does anyone have any knowledge on this? Is it a business reason? I'd love to know more about it if I knew where to start. Initial googling did not really educate me at all.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Suburban Casual

shoes - sweater (old from h&m) - jeans
These sneakers again. I've been wearing them non stop - they seem to pull together every outfit and make them seem much more cool than I actually am, ha. Anyway, they've been practical the last couple days since it's been so rainy. There's nothing I hate more than wet feet. On a side note, I've been searching for a better version of this sweater I'm wearing, preferably a cotton knit. This one is acrylic, unfortunately. If you've come across any light grey crew neck sweaters, let me know.

I've been back at my parents' house for the weekend, so that means food and relaxing in the suburban serenity that is Northern Illinois. Here are a couple photos from this weekend.
 Union Station Great Hall
 A pond by my house.
Today's lunch - mom's homemade eggrolls, rice vermicelli, romaine lettuce, and nuoc mam. 

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Sunday Brunch

chambray shirt - old from h&m; black jeans; roshe runs
Haven't posted an outfit here in a while, mainly because my summer outfits have been on repeat. I own probably 3 dresses, and 2 of them are the same black swing dress. We had a touch of cold weather this weekend, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Nothing makes me happier than wearing long pants and chambray. Just want to quickly share some photos from today. 
My brother, boyfriend, and I hit up a local brunch spot/cafe today - Bourgeois Pig in Lincoln Park. It's a cute little place, that looks like it used to be a large house that was refitted to be a cafe. I went with a drip coffee, which was gigantic and split with my boyfriend. My brother went with the orange juice, which came in a cute mason jar. 
My brother went with a turkey sandwich, and I had a grilled panini. My boyfriend got a grilled cheese, and then finished off the other half of my sandwich - since I couldn't finish it. My bro stayed with us last week, which was nice. It's always fun to have another person to keep us company around the house.
After brunch, we dropped my brother off at Union Station and on our way back to the north loop, I took a pic of this mural on Adams and State. Weird little octopus thing that's been there since my intern days.

All in all - a relaxing Sunday afternoon. 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Core Fall Wardrobe

I'm slowly unpacking from storage my cold weather clothes, as we're about to see a return of 60 degree weather here in Chicago. The list is composed mainly of shoes, outerwear, and accessories - with a few key pieces actual clothing that were under heavy rotation last Fall. I doubt that'll be different this Fall, except for a pair of new jeans that I'm still searching for. * indicates a new addition.

1. Camel Boots - Vince Camuto, worn to near death
2. Light Grey Scarf - H&M
*. Black Roshe Runs - Nike
4. Black Jeans - Old Navy (to be fair, these are an all year piece for me)
5. Red Plaid Flannel - Uniqlo
6. Navy Blue Vest - Eddie Bauer
8. Water Proof Trench - Nordstrom, Ellen Tracy
9. Grey Wedge Boots - Sperry
*. Black Leather Jacket - Nordstrom, Ted Baker

I think next on my list of purchases is a jean jacket, and I've been eying the Levi's one that Andrea from Seasons and Salt has, since it fits all my criteria. That'll be #3 of this season's purchases. #4 will probably be a pair of jeans. The first two were the Roshe Runs and my leather jacket. I'm actually quite proud of myself for not being spendy on clothing the past couple months. As you may have noticed, I've stopped participating in Fran's budgeting bloggers link up.

Short post today, since work has been kicking my ass for the past month, and I'm in a slump. I guess the whole writing for 30 days straight is out the window!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Fall Lookbook (inspiration)

Living in the Midwest, you need a jacket for 8-9 months out of the year because it's so cold - After a while, you grow to prefer that type of weather. It's September now, and although it is hot as F this week (think humid, 90 degrees, hazy sun), it also means that crisper temps are on their way. I can't wait to get back into wearing denim, wool, suedes, and leather in layers. And get back into my power colors. I feel most confident and most like myself in blacks, greys, camel, white, and navy.

On a related note - this month, I've brought some black Nike Roshe Ones into my shoe wardrobe and they've become my favorite shoe to wear. I don't think I've ever been a sneaker person, but I think I'm starting to become one. They're by no means shoes that I would run in (lift, definitely), but they look quite cute on and are a dream to walk in.

I think I'm also going to try this 30 day writing challenge again this month!