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What I Wore: The 60s Shift Edition

Ah, estate sale shopping. That is the life. If my day job could be hunting for gems at estate sales, I’d be one happy camper. Unfortunately, it’s just a hobby for now, but when you hit a jackpot it’s oh-so-satisfying! I stumbled across a gorgeous collection that belonged to a little stylish lady who travled a lot in her lifetime with her husband. The collection of souvenir plates in their home was out of this world. But, naturally, I gravitated towards the closets and I was not disappointed. This little number is definitely one of my favorites that I picked up recently. So simple, yet so eye catching with it’s delicately detailed collar and sleeves.

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Interior Design: 7 Creative Work Spaces

I’m a lucky girl. I have the most wonderful and patient boyfriend who let me turn our spare bedroom into a craft room, while he suffers out in the dinning room with a table and a bookshelf. What can I say? I have more crafty crap and most of his hobbies involve the garage, so it seemed fair. But I’ve been feeling guilty lately because I’m not great at organizing, making it really difficult to actually craft in my craft room. Essentially, it’s a giant, somewhat orderly storage closet. I have a tendency to grab what I need and just craft in the living room anyway. I know. I’m a jerk. So, I think it’s time to start getting myself organized in a way that makes it easy to use the craft room. For that inspiration, I go to Pinterest (naturally).

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DIY: Easy Skull Earrings Tutorial

I’m a very bad DIY blogger because I’ve been holding on to these gorgeous skull beads for over a month because…well, life. Anyway, the very nice people over at Auntie’s Beads gave me a $25 gift certificate to go nuts (as if I could ever buy just $25 worth of beads, but it was a nice gesture) and I picked these up along with a few other awesome jewelry making pieces and I knew exactly what I was going to make with them. These DIY skull earrings are super easy to make and you can customize with any kind of beads you’d like, so I thought they might make for a fun tutorial!

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What I Wore: The Flasher Edition

I’m not one of those girls that’s “secretly” excited that fall is here. Fall in Chicago isn’t really anything to get excited about for too long. However, I do love dressing for fall. I always have so many outfit ideas for fall. I think it’s the season where I’m most capable of looking the most put together with the smallest effort. Dress, tights, and an open sweater? No problem. I do feel like I can get into a little bit of a uniform though, so this year I’m trying to break it up with a few new fall outfits. Step 1: new fall coats. 

I’ve been on the hunt for a classic trench coat for a while now. I’ve owned a few trench coats in the past and have abandoned them. They were never really for me, but I thought I’d give them another try this fall season and I’m so happy I did. This coat is my new favorite and I’ve been wearing it every chance I get. (Even though I do kinda feel like a flasher in it with a dress and no tights on. Surprise!) 
Outfit Details:
Red Dress – Old Navy
Classic Trench – ASOS
Arrow Ring – ASOS 
Heeled Boots – Modcloth last season (similar)
Necklace – Madewell (on hella clearance, score!)

Okay, let’s talk about this dress for one minute. Yes, it’s from Old Navy. Yes, I’m as surprised as you. Now, to be fair, I don’t really shop at Old Navy so I don’t really know what they carry, but my boyfriend loves them. Sometimes when he needs a new shirt or whatever he buys, I wander in with him. This last time I was pleasantly surprised to find a ton of really affordable dresses that were also super cute. (Amy Poehler is not lying to you in those commercials). I walked away with 4 new dresses and a sweater that day and I want to go back. I love this dress. It fits perfectly, is a great orange-y red color, and is totally work or going out appropriate. It’s just the perfect, basic fall layering dress. You always need a couple of those in your closet, right?

Fall, of course, is also the easiest season to dress vintage for. I don’t know how people wore so many clothes in 80 weather in the 50s. I’ll hopefully have some fresh vintage looks to put up soon.

What’s your favorite season to dress for?

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What I Wore: White Summer Dress Edition

A few weeks ago I talked about my love of summer whites, especially when you’ve got that sun-kissed summer glow going on. Something about that summer heat just screams a need for bright whites and bright colors, which was definitely the inspiration for today’s outfit.

White in the summer is the easiest thing to style in the world, because, for the most part, you let the accessories add the interest and let the white speak for itself. It’s, literally, a blank canvas for your accessories and I am an accessory junkie, so it’s no wonder that I wait all year round to bust out the white dresses again. In the sweltering heat of summer, there’s nothing that feels cleaner than a fresh, white dress or t-shirt. I mean there is just something swoon-worthy about a guy in blue jeans and a white tee — am I right?

 Outfit Details:
ASOS Short Sleeve Swing Dress – they unfortunately don’t have the white anymore
Ankle Strap Heels – H&M (now on sale!)
Chunky Necklace – Local boutique (similar style necklaces)
Beaded Clutch – Local boutique (similar style clutch

Anyway, for this one, I picked out some of my brightest accessories and wanted to make the clutch the focal point of the outfit so I kept the other accessories solid, but still bright. Looking back, I think I could have added a little more color, but overall I loved being about to show off the shoes and the clutch because, you know, I’m a show off. Or something. I think this combination of style would work for a day date or a night out, but white just works for everything, doesn’t it?

 Jewelry Details:
I am a big jewelry fan, obviously that stems from my accessory addiction. My jewelry collection is very extensive. I probably own hundreds of rings. I don’t know and I’d rather not count because I think it would be shaming to me. But, I do love a good find, so I wanted to take a minute to talk about Dixi. I’m pretty much in love with everything they carry and have been for a while, but I got my first shipment in from them about a month ago and I think I wear these pieces pretty much every other day. They are definitely worth checking out. A note though: they are based out of the UK so the sizing is European and the rings are tiny. I almost thought they wouldn’t fit. Unfortunately, the only really carry two sizes for rings right now, so if something sounds small, it probably is. The knuckle rings fit perfectly, but I’ll probably stick with bracelets and necklaces from now on. 

What are your favorite details to pair with a white outfit?