Showing posts with label Lincoln Park. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lincoln Park. Show all posts

Beanie with a twist

Saturday, November 21, 2020


Nowadays, if I want to wear a skirt with a pair of lacy tights, I just go for it. It hasn't happened often but it has some mood boosting powers for me. 

We had such a beautiful end of October, and early November with lots of sun and warmth. We went out for picnics a lot. That's exactly what we did on this day. Now, with the cooler temps and lockdown, I'm not sure if it's going to be possible to relax outdoors just like we did, and I'm back to wearing sweats for the most part. 

I have to write a few words about this beanie with a twist (got it last year from h&m). I love it, it's so feminine, and puts an elegant touch to any outfit. I had to adjust a bit to the look though, it was just a total departure from my usual cuffed beanies.
 
I like pairing the beanie with the cat-eye sunglasses to achieve this retro inspired look. Anyway, I am not afraid to experiment with different hats, it's fun and an affordable way to add something new to a winter wardrobe.



Some of the best beanies with a twist I found were from Anthropology, look at this one!

Chicago

Monday, November 2, 2020






Exactly 5 years ago on a second day of November, I moved to Chicago. It was a warm, sunny day, and all the way from Michigan to Chicago my future husband and I ate leftover Halloween candy. Our cats were meowing anxiously from the back seat of the car out of their pet carriers. It was exciting, our new life in a big American city was ahead of us.

Our first apartment was in Lincoln Park right across from the LP Zoo. It was unusual and fun to wake up to the lions' roar, and fall asleep to the howling of the wolves.

I'm still enjoying Chicago, the golden coast, the parks and the zoo. Pandemic makes it harder, but we're trying to soak in as much of the city as possible. 

For this casual monochromatic outfit, I shopped my closet yet again, and I borrowed this Chicago sweatshirt from my husband's! 

I've been a fan of total gray outfits for a while now (wearing same coat here, and a different one here).

Leather leggings have been an essential part of my wardrobe since maybe 2009!

A simple fall outfit with culottes

Friday, October 16, 2020



Just a quick update on the outfit with culottes I wore over the last weekend. The weather was beautiful, and it's very pretty everywhere I look. All around me is a photoshoot location. For me, fall is the beginning, not the end. I'm always excited over something at this time of year I can't even put my finger on. I want to dress up in a more interesting way, especially after I basically wore shorts with t-shirts all summer long.

I continue to shop my own closet - still loving this knit I bought a few years back, and last season's Uniqlo culottes are on point and fit my lifestyle. I like how easy it is to wear culottes, and how comfortable they are. I'm wearing glitter oxfords from Doc Martens, they are timeless. 








Levi's baggy overalls

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

I've loved a good overall for quite a while, especially after having a child. It's simply a matter of comfort, and no wonder it's loved by so many professionals. However, it could also be challenging to wear it without looking like a farmer.

That's why I opted for a feminine top with balloon sleeves, some jewelry, and kitten heel mules. The baseball hat was just a fun touch.

A few posts back I mentioned reading The Ballard of Snowbirds and Snakes, and I loved it. Totally recommend it. Another book I've finished and enjoyed a great deal is Men Walking on Water. It's genius!





Champion

Sunday, June 14, 2020

I've had a bit of Champion obsession lately. Their reverse weave is good quality for the price, especially at TJMaxx's price point.  Luckily for me, the temperatures are still cool enough for this sweatshirt dress.

Also, I've seen chunky chain necklaces a lot, and decided to get a very affordable option just to test the trend out. It took me forever to get over the ridiculousness of this chain before I wore it. 

I have to mention my new colorblock sandals. I needed something to rotate my Birkenstocks with, and when I saw these Teva sandals, they were a perfect match.

As for non-clothes related news, I've been really missing massages, and started looking into some self massaging techniques and tools to relieve my ever growing muscle tension. I've been practicing Gua Sha Facials, and started using this Shiatsu Back and Shoulder massager. I'll report later in more detail how it worked for me!



Sherpa lined denim jacket

Sunday, December 9, 2018



Just about a week ago, walking with bare ankles wasn't such an outlandish idea. It's back to freezing now. Winter came early, and it's here to stay.

I'd always wanted a denim jacket with sherpa lining, and I got this one at J. Crew Factory. It's an OK jacket, but I regret not buying Levis. I didn't really save much and the quality is not as good. But it's really warm though. And it's a forever piece. 

I'm wearing leopard again, the jeans are a bargain from TJ Maxx.



Dad sneakers: Fila Disruptor 2

Friday, November 23, 2018

Two things, these Fila sneakers and green beanie have been my best purchases as of late.

I had no idea that these oversized sneakers are called "dad sneakers" as I've never seen my dad wear sneakers ever in his life but I love the chunky look. They run half a size small, they're comfortable and keep my feet warm - the best!

As for the beanie, it really gives me life - the color, the knit, the slouchiness. I wear it with almost everything.



Telephone booth and a midi skirt

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

I've walked by this phone booth a hundred times, and was yearning (really) to take photos by it. Who knows, it could possibly be the last working phone booth around.

The weather has been pretty fall-like but we have some warmer days coming, and I'm definitely going to wear this midi skirt again. I bought it at Uniqlo last summer, judging by reviews, it was a hit. And I love it too. The skirt is especially perfect for late summer, early fall. It's very comfortable, dressy yet not fussy - perfect for my current life style. It'll also work with a lightweight sweater and boots. A versatile and classy piece for a few years to enjoy. I must mention the pockets! Pockets are everything.




Andy Warhol T-shirt

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

A fashion rule says you gotta ditch your cat tees by the time you're thirty! I'm going to be forty soon and I'm guessing it's OK now to go back to cats. If you take yourself seriously, do follow the rule. If not - get yourself a cat tee!

I failed to mention my kitten heel mules in the last post. I love them. It's my all time favorite shoe, albite the impracticality. My pair is basically a thrifted vintage pair of Donald J Pliner mules from back in the day when they made them in Italy.



Shady lady

Sunday, September 16, 2018

A good pair of shades has always been my must-have. Now it's more than a fashion statement, I wear my sunglasses rain or shine to hide my tired eyes.

The time has come when I can't keep the baby in the stroller for long, and when she's out, the walk turns into a chase.

Most of the days we wake up before sunrise, I hop in the shower, put on something similar to what I am wearing here, and off we go.

I can't believe I never appreciated the days when I could get ready for hours - slathering serums and creams into my face, smoothing my hair...ahhh, those days are gone for good!

P.S. My most favorite and used accessory - leopard print backpack.



Le Rebelle

Friday, August 24, 2018

So... my animal print obsession is back. A couple of years ago, I'd have never thought it was possible though.

I do have some preferences as no animal print is the same. I also like it flirty, sporty, fun, and keep it to a minimum. 

Pictured is my go to outfit, a pair of jeans with a fun tee - perfect to run after my baby, pick her up, redirect her, and repeat 100 times a day. All we have been doing lately is walk and walk some more.



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