What I Wore: High Waited Shorts Take 2

Does anyone remember these shorts from this outfit disaster? Well I’m trying it out again and I think I did a much better job this time around. Or at the very least, I was totally comfortable in this one. Even though there is a whole lot of blue going on. I’m going to go ahead and give myself a pat on the back for this one. It’s easy, simple, and leggy. Win? 
So the high waisted thing is kind of running it’s course. You don’t really see as many pants or shorts that are high-waisted. I think a lot of women got scared that they were getting the whole mom-pant thing going when wearing them, but I still love them and you can’t make me stop! For my body type, they are perfect because I have stumpy legs and a long torso so sometimes dresses and shirts end up way too short. They are the perfect solution so I don’t think I’m willing to give up the high-waisted thing any time soon. Besides, I love the vintage vibe that shorts like this and high waisted capris give any look. I mean, be honest with yourself, can you really put on a high-waisted pencil skirt and not feel like a pin-up girl? 

Blue high waisted shorts from a local boutique – similar
Button up from Urban Outfitters (and this post) – similar button up
Shoes on super sale from Urban Outfitters two winters ago (and this post) – similar vintage style heels

What’s one fashion trend that you’ll never let go of?

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What I Wore: The Scooter Edition

First thing first: no, this is not my scooter. I really wish it was. How cool would that be? It belongs to my friend and it just happened to make a fun backdrop. Moving on to the outfit. Sleeveless dresses, let’s chat about them a bit shall we? I used to hate wearing anything sleeveless like this because I’ve always been really self-conscious about my arms, so anything that showcased just arm and no shoulder made me feel weirdly exposed and naked. I know, it doesn’t actually make any sense, but that was the deal. The older I get the less self-conscious I am about things like that so I’ve recently re-discovered and embraced the sleeveless dress (like for my Birthday outfit)!  

Sleeveless chiffon dress – Topshop (similar dress that I also tried on)
Leopard print kitten wedges from Target forever ago (similar pair of leopard print wedge – not that leopard print shoes are hard to find)
Yellow skinny belt – (similar belt)

I actually wore this dress in the Shedd Aquarium outfit post, but covered up due to my sleeveless dress self-inflicted paranoia.

So sleeveless dresses are really not as scary as I remember them being and the ones with collars are even completely office appropriate (which is fantastic because I seem to be having hot flashes in the office this summer – menopause? Is it me you’re looking for?). BUT, if you’re like me and love the sleeveless dress but don’t like wearing them, add a sweater! It’s the solution to everything. I probably own a cardigan in 30 different colors. You think I’m over-exaggerating. I’m not. However, getting more comfortable with yourself is strictly a good thing, so if you have some article of clothing that you tend to stay away from, I highly recommend breaking that habit. It’s terrible how sometimes we can be our own worst critics. So I’m learning to love the sleeveless dress for summer! And as you can see here and here, I’ve been pretty damn successful.

So here I am, conquering the sleeveless dress damnit! Sorry, I got excited…er? Empowered? I suppose clothes and conquering insecurities is a pretty empowering feeling. If you haven’t done it recently, I highly recommend.

What type of clothing do you usually try to stay away from?

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What I Wore: The Tourist Edition

A couple weeks ago I took a little staycation here in my lovely city of Chicago and it was a blast! Well I guess any kind of vacation usually is, huh? I wish I could still be on vacation, but at least I took a little time to recoup. Anyway, today’s outfit post is from a little trip I took with my friend to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and I got the chance to feel like a tourist! It’s a really fun museum with lots of crazy art that I will never understand and lots of crazy art that just makes me admire the incredibly talented people in this world. It involved a trip downtown and lots of walking so I had to put on my best and most comfortable tourist gear and jaunt around Chicago a bit.

Outfit details? Well all the parts of this outfit are pretty much from Urban Outfitters and a year or so old, but loose cotton high-waisted shorts, and a breezy cotton tank top with comfy sandals were all I could have asked for when it came to the heat and walking around all day. I liked the color in the shorts and the tank is actually embellished with velvet sequins. Even though I love being comfortable when “traveling” it’s hard for me to just ever be a shorts and t-shirt kind of girl. You can definitely be totally comfortable and fun at the same time. And if you’re going to be spending a lot of time outside and walking around, I highly recommend wearing something with pockets. A over the shoulder bag is definitely also a must, especially if you’re going to be doing any sort of shopping. It’s great to have your hands free.

And this is my friend Sergio who very kindly snapped some shots of me after I got in some golden ones of him. Thanks Sergio! 

The rest of the shots I took were with my iPhone and put up on Instagram. Chicago at the lakeshore, my first time eating at Lou Malnatis (I know, I’m a bad Chicagoan), finally seeing the Dark Knight, my friend’s birthday party, and, of course, grilling up veggie burgers!

Yum! The pizza was definitely delicious. If you’re visiting Chicago, I hear it’s a must and I have to agree. A week off was just what I needed for a memorable summer and now I’m refreshed and ready to get back to working! Oh well, not the office job. That I could totally change. I meant this and the vintage shop, the jewelry shop, and this shop that I just started toying around with. Say what?! I know, I need to pick on and focus. Trust me, I’m trying. In the meantime, I hope you enjoyed my staycation photos! 

What was the most fun you’ve had so far this summer?

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What I Wore: The Summer Lovin’ Edition

Hey all, time for another narcissistic post all about me! I guess this whole blog is kind of like that thought isn’t it? In all honesty, outfit posts make me feel a little silly, but I just love sharing outfit ideas and especially when I find out about new store of sales so I’m going to keep doing it. Hope you don’t mind 😉
Anyway, on to the good stuff: maxi dresses! I think I heard a groan or two from the audience. Okay, so I know they’re not as popular as they were a few summers ago, but I can’t seem to give them up. It’s probably a tall girl thing, but I’m curious to know if you shorter ladies out there love rocking the maxi dresses too. I feel like I’m partial to maxi dresses and maxi skirts because I’m 5’9″ so everything that’s not a maxi is usually too (and sometimes TOO) short on me. Maxi dresses just make me feel comfortable, covered, and surprisingly very lady-like. There’s some sort of classic, elegant feel to maxi dresses and even though I am by no means classic or elegant (or a lady) it’s nice to pretend sometimes, knowwhatImsayin?
Wide Belt – Urban Outfitters (uhhh I can’t even remember when)

Okay, now a word about this outfit. I’ve mentioned before that I’m very much an accessories girl. The right accessories can make or break an outfit. For this one, I actually think that I’m pretty bare when it comes to accessories and that’s because the length and pattern in the dress have so much punch on their own, I didn’t want to take away from that. However, I still needed a pop of something and I couldn’t resist the bright red shoes. Will I ever be able to let an outfit stand on it’s own? I don’t know, maybe in my old age….maybe not. I’m probably going to be an even more eccentric little old lady. Oh well, nothing I can do but accept it. Leopard print and sequins forever!!!

Do you ever wear maxi dresses?

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What I Wore: The Shedd Aquarium Edition

I LOVE the aquarium. Period. Done. Love it. It is my favorite tourist trap in Chicago. I go to Shedd Aquarium every year around my birthday because it’s the only time of year I can guilt people into going with me. Although I’m finally starting to realize that I’m not the only aquarium lover in the bunch and I probably don’t have to guilt as hard as I have been.

These pictures were taken right along side the aquarium on the long winding path around it. It’s days like this that make me love Chicago and never want to leave. But don’t you worry, I’ll be eating those words as soon as winter rolls around. Also the wind was kickin’ that day and my hair looks nuts in absolutely every photo for this outfit, but I figured you could still see the outfit well enough so it shouldn’t really matter. Let’s face it, you’re not here to see me, it’s all about clothes! And you get to see a little backdrop of the city and Lake Michigan so that’s nice. Oh lake, how I love your ecoli goodness.



Sleeveless chiffon dress – Topshop (similar dress that I also tried on)
Strappy sandal heels – Ruche (they have a ton of adorable shoes)

And just for fun here’s a picture of me going crazy because of how windy it was and some shots from the Shedd Aquarium! 

Where’s your favorite tourist trap in your city?

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