Hi Everyone!

I know I have taken a very long blog hiatus, I needed some settling in time here in Chicago. I hit a bit of a rough patch but am back on my feet and absolutely loving it here. I’ve been fortunate enough to make some wonderful and supportive friends, am settled into my new job, and have been enjoying exploring my new city now that our pool is closed. Because it was hard to drag me away from there when it was open!

I will do a post to share my new studio apartment, but in the meantime here is a sneak peek. And Coco was sure to make a cameo!  : )

 

We’ve had a truly beautiful and warm October so far, but I’ve been getting myself prepared for the coming colder months and have found some great deals! In addition to some shopping, I also decided to give Rent the Runway Unlimited a try and am really enjoying it. They have expanded their options as well which is really exciting. You can pay $159/month for 4 items (used to be 3) that you can exchange as much as you’d like, or you can pay $89/month for 4 items that you keep all month and then send back. Pretty cool! Use my link if you want to give it a try, you can cancel anytime.

I’ve been renting a lot of cute tops as they work with my lifestyle well, but also rented this beautiful royal blue dress for a gala I went to a few months ago. So great to not have to buy anything for it!

Now onto the shopping…

Blondo’s are my favorite winter boots, stylish, relatively affordable, and most importantly waterproof! Perfect for wet and/or snowy climates. I know these will be a staple this winter, I picked them up in the gorgeous taupe as well as the black.

Blondo Tiana Waterproof Bootie

In Chicago I try to walk to and from work weather permitting, and I really hate wearing flats. So I’ve been finding heels that work for my 20 minute or so walk each way, but still look cute for day at the office. Found these great low block heels with a pointy toe.

Sole Society

My new life in Chicago requires more casual and going out clothes that it did in New York. In New York it was very unusual to change between work and the evening activity I had planned, it was just too hard to get around. I had a ton of dresses that I would choose from based on what I had planned. In Chicago however, I can generally head home after work with time to change and freshen up before I head out. It is nice! And fortunately I have plenty of closet space here : )

I have 2 new pair of jeans that are pretty much all I wear anymore. I’ve always been an American Eagle jeans fan, but I finally tried their hi-waist jeans and I’m a convert. They are just high enough, keep their shape, and suck you in. So comfy too. I’m a 4 regular in these.

Denim X Hi-Rise Jegging

Super Soft Denim X4 Hi-Rise Jegging

Found this super soft and affordable sweater that will be great with leather leggings

BP Gray Sweater 

I am one of those people who orders a ton of stuff and then returns a lot of it. I’ve done a lot of shopping at Nordstrom and Banana Republic, but I must say, so far Old Navy has really been pulling through for me this season.

I usually hate wearing pants to work because I sit all day long and I find them uncomfortable. But I have lots of cute sweaters and tops that aren’t getting much use these days. Well, not anymore because I found the perfect work pant! I’ve always loved the pixie pant, but would find them uncomfortable after 8 hours and found myself mostly reaching for my black ponte pants from American Eagle. Unfortunately they don’t come in other colors there, so a bit limiting. But Old Navy has made their pixie pant out of ponte fabric in 4 lovely shades, and I’m so excited! Wearing these in the navy as I type this. Seriously so comfortable, a stretchy waistband, and they suck you in! Yay for the sculpt factor. I took a size 4 regular in these. Get them while you can!

Mid-Rise Ponte Knit Pixie Pants

Fell completely in love with these bell sleeve tees – perfect for work and weekend. The material is nice and thick, no need for a cami, and the fit is great. I took a medium and bought in 3 colors!

Semi-Fitted Bell Sleeve Top

Easy dresses that I can wear with bare legs as well as tights are on my must have list. And polka dots! How could I resist. I actually bought this dress in all the patterns and solids, but only the navy and the polka dot fit. I found the sizing to be a little inconsistent, heads up. And it is on the shorter side, if you are over 5’5 I would suggest a tall. I might have needed a tall in some of the other colors that didn’t fit, the hips just sat too high. I took a medium in this.

Ponte Knit Ruffle Sleeve shift dress

I know the chilly days are on the way so I stocked up on a few of these sweater tunics, love the length! Took a medium

Textured Turtleneck Tunic

This ruffle hem sweater is SO cute. I got it in 2 colors. Took a medium but I likely could have done a small. I’m ok with the slouchier fit though. If you aren’t busty or between sizes, would size down.

Ruffle-hem Sweater

If you’re looking for a great layering piece check out this open front cardigan. I’m wearing it today in the light grey over a cream blouse with my navy ponte pants. I took a small in this based on reviews and was happy I did.

Open Front Long Line Cardigan

What are your favorite finds for the fall/winter season? Happy Shopping!