Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Because Kaitlyn Loves Running

I have always led an active lifestyle starting with ballet as a toddler (I think it was more about wearing the tutu’s), then turning to soccer (where I realized I’m better with hand-eye coordination) and finally finding my talent on the basketball court. I played through Junior year of high school when I finally got fed up with the coach who made sure it was no longer fun to play.

Post high school, I developed a love for running, especially outside on a gorgeous day but because those are rare here in Chicago, I have forced myself to find joy in my time on the treadmill – my favorite TV show or the right playlist is a huge help, but it’s also my only time alone during the day where I can de-stress. I feel 100x time better if I’ve done something fitness related whether it’s a long run, walking with my husband or a strength class like Body Pump – somehow, an hour of sweating just makes the entire day seem better.

This Kingston pullover from Fabletics has become part of the regular rotation in my workout attire. It's lightweight but also has the cowl neck that I can unfold and wear to cover my neck when the wind picks up. Plus, it's my favorite color so it's a win/win. 

Pullover: Fabletics // Pants: JC Penney // Shoes: Nike // Insulated Thermos: Hydroflask // Hat: US Open
T-Shirt: Forever 21 // Sunglasses: Old Navy


What is your workout of choice?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Because Lisa Loves Nashville (Part 2)

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I am still going through Nashville withdrawal! Seriously. I miss the smells, I miss the polite people, I miss the live music all day long, I miss the girls everyday!

This day it was sunny, I'm talking not a cloud in the sky and 62 degrees. I was in heaven. This was officially the first time I wore shorts and was actually warm. It was bliss!

Prior to Nashville I had never worn cowboy boots. I got these from Just Fab specifically for the trip thinking I'd never actually wear them again, but I haven't taken them off since I've gotten home. I think I have a little country in me after all! ;)
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Top & Shorts: J.Crew // Boots: Just Fab // Necklace: Piperlime // Bag: Rachel Zoe // Bracelets: c/o It's a Bling Thing // Watch: Fossil // Sunnies: Prada 

I have always been a big fan of mixing neons and neutrals, but add some cowboy boots and a fringe bag and I love it even more!

What do you think of this neon and neutral look?

Have you ever been to Nashville during the Tin Pan South music festival? 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Because We Enjoyed Blogger Brunch (Part 2)

We are still daydreaming about the better than Martha brunch we attended 2 weeks ago. Mary of Sportsanista hosted a group of Chicago fashion bloggers at her lovely home in the west loop and we really enjoyed the intimacy of it all. 

Even though we see each other at various events around the city, it's hard to have a real conversation because there's always so much going on (outfit posting and shopping, the usual) so this was a great opportunity to get to know the girls outside of their blogs.

Here are some of the brunch details that made us swoon:
"Just add champs"

A gorgeous Spring table setting in turquoise and green

Simple yet such elegant details

Blueberry & Bacon Pancake Muffins

Scones with tasty Rare Bird Preserves (Chicago ladies, you must check them out!)

Rustic personalized place settings with a mini greek yogurt, fruit & granola 

Can't wait to see these ladies rock our T's! (zahra, jess, jill, mary, johanna, jess)

Probably talking about a very serious Instagram matter...

Our personal favorite

Only 100 different takes to make it happen ;)

A few iPhone views…the avocado eggs were uh-mazing, not to mention baked brie!  

Thanks again, Mary! Xo

Friday, April 11, 2014

Because We Enjoyed Blogger Brunch (Part 1)

We recently attended a lovely Sunday brunch (#bloggerbrunch, that is) hosted by Mary of Sportsanista. She said the idea came to her after she thought about how often we all converse regularly via Instagram, our Blogs, Twitter, etc but don't see each other nearly enough in real life and we couldn't agree more. 

It's so easy to leave a complimentary comment or send an e-vite for an event, but it's important to find the time to slow down and chat about the world outside of our digital footprints…we quickly realized how much we all have in common (besides a passion for fashion) such as the men in our lives rolling their eyes when we ask them to take ANOTHER outfit photo or hope they can see the need for that non-functional sequin pillow (yes, NEED). 

Blazer: Target (Swap w/ Lisa) // Shirt: JC Penney // Jeans: Old Navy // Belt: GAP // Shoes: Converse
 Bag: Windsor (Swap w/ Lisa) // Bracelets: c/o It's a Bling Thing // Sunnies: Target // Rings: Francescas,  Lili Claspe

We are already looking forward to the next get together…There was mention of pasta + wine, so I'm pretty sure we won't have trouble finding room in our schedule :)

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Dress: Because I Shop Too Much // Jacket: c/o Just Fab // Boots: c/o Sole Society // Necklace & Rings: T+J Designs 
Bag: c/o Funky Pretty by Design Dahl // Sunnies: Prada 

Check back on Monday for photos of the "could this be any cuter" brunch set-up Mary created just for us!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Rocked it & Swapped it

I brought my own leather jacket on this trip, but the nice part about sharing a room with other girls is that there's an abundance of clothes to go around so I borrowed Lisa's Just Fab jacket for our first night out in Nashville. I love that in addition to serving as a great moto jacket, the flaps in the front give it a bit of a dressier blazer feel so it can compliment a variety of styles from t-shirts to evening wear. 

Ready for BBQ & Blues at BB Kings
Jacket: Just Fab (similar) // Top: Forever 21 (similar) // Jeans: Old Navy // Shoes: Old Navy
Bag: Tignanello // Belt: Michael Kors // Watch: T+J Designs

 How cute does my Mom look for our first night out on the town? 

Do you have a go-to moto jacket? We can never have enough in our closets! 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Lisa 's Spring Wish List

We are finally feeling some spring temperatures here in the Midwest. Yes, they only last a day and then it's back to the 30's and 40's, but I think the worst is behind us now. (Come on sun, it's April and we NEED you!)

I can't wait to rotate my closet and get ready for some spring fashion! 
Here are a few looks and items I am currently lusting over:

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Jumper // Vest // Shoes // Bag

Silk Blouse // Shorts // Shoes // Tote Bag

Top Left // Top Right
Bottom Left // Bottom Right

Like every year in the fashion world, there are many new trends presented to us, and I always try to give one or two a try. Don't fill your closet up with pieces that will only be in style for one season, but collect items over the years that you can mix and match with new ones you pick up! That's what I do anyway ;)

What are some items you can't wait to wear this season?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Because Kaitlyn Loves Nashville (Part 2!)

I have been on the hunt for the perfect jean jacket for a few months now – I lost my favorite one a few months back and subsequently have felt lost without it. You know that item in your closet that you wear so often that you’re embarrassed by it but you don’t care because it’s amazing? Enter missing jean jacket. 

Needless to say, I was ecstatic when I found this one (half-off!) at the J. Crew in Nashville. It’s almost identical to my old one and fits just right. I knew we took this trip for a reason ;)

P.S. I apologize for the picture quality -- the hotel hallway was our go-to this day because it just so happened to be in the low 30's at night (yet 70's the whole week after we left). Apparently the Chicago weather follows us wherever we go but I was glad we still decided to brave the cold and wear the dresses we had packed. We're on gd vacation, after all! 

Jacket: J. Crew (similar) // Dress: Old Navy // Boots: Just Fab (similar) // Bag: Tignanello // Necklace: Forever 21

If someone told me I'd ever be wearing cowboy boots in my lifetime, I would have lol'd, but after spending the night in these, I can see breaking them out with some cute summer dresses. You can take the girl out of Nashville but...