Thursday, December 18, 2014

Rocked it & Swapped it

A great blazer is a wardrobe staple. I don't know about you, but I have about 10 blazers in different colors and even some with embellishments. This stripe blazer from Piperlime is fun because it's not a basic solid color and it gives each outfit a bit more of an edge. When I wore it last year, I styled it with high waisted denim, a graphic tee, and a crown braid in my hair (of course).

When Kaitlyn got her hands on it this year, she too paired it with high-waisted denim, but went with a more dressed up look. The darker denim and collar top make it more business chic and the hat is the perfect finishing touch.

Here is how we both styled the striped blazer:

What do you think of how we styled our looks? 

Do you have a blazer that different from the rest?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Matchy Matchy Winter Layers

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Lately I've been loving layering thinner items to get my winter style. I still feel warm, but not so bulky (if that makes sense). I started this outfit with blue skinny jeans, a black turtleneck, and then added a blue blouse over that. I don't generally love to get to matchy-matchy with my style, but this day I went for the full on look. I copied the blue black over and over in my boots, jacket, sunnies, watch, and even in my bracelet. 

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Jacket: c/o Sheinside // Blouse: Swap w/ Kaitlyn // Turtleneck: H&M // Jeans: J Brand // Boots: Rampage via Hautelook // Bag: Michael Kors // Cuff: c/o Shop Lately // Watch: Urban Outfitters // Sunnies: Ray Ban // Bracelet: T+J Designs // Necklace: House of Gemmes 

Do you ever get matchy-matchy on purpose? What do you think of this outfit?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

FUR the Win!



A fur vest is the perfect way to stay warm during winter months without feeling too bulky. As a layering piece, it’s a practical investment to keep you cozy on frigid nights and as a statement piece, a the piece speaks for itself, adding interest to any outfit with its luxurious look and feel.


I am always pumped when Lisa's vest makes its way to my closet via our monthly swap bag. I loved pairing it with a cable knit sweater for a night out with the girls. I even left my coat in the car...thank you layers!

(Puppy photo bomb!)

Vest: Swap w/Lisa (similar - a steal!)) | Sweater: Old Navy | Jeans: Old Navy | Necklace: ShopLately | Boots: Just Fab


See more photos from each style:

One | Two | Three | Four | Five

Shop the vest:




Do you own a fur vest? How do you style it?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Blog of the Month: By the Shore


We have followed Veronika for over 5 years. We first noticed her when she ran the blog, "girl in closet" then stayed with her as she transitioned into more of a lifestyle blog with "by the shore." She has always been so sweet to us with her feedback and we wished we lived closer so we could hang out!

Here is a little bit of background: hello, i’m veronika! i’m obsessed with floppy hats and west coast adventures. i'm married to my best friend, and a proud mama to one dog (scout) + a rescue kitty (sunshine). i also run an etsy shop & this blog. it's so very nice to meet you! 

We have also purchased some cute jewelry pieces from her other online store...does this girl ever sleep? :)










What makes your favorite style bloggers unique?

Friday, December 12, 2014

Chicago Blogger Holiday!


Without a doubt, Christmas is the the most wonderful time of year, especially downtown Chicago (though we may be biased!) It seems as every part of the city is glittering in silver and gold including 7 #fbloggers who are super excited to share their favorite holiday style looks. 

Our looks are based around two winter fashion staples, oxblood and sequins and will compliment any event whether it be the annual work party, a blogger soirée or New Years Eve (all that's missing is this FABULOUS sequin hat a la Bradshaw. Can she do any wrong?)



We were SUPER excited to team up with Shop Lately again. A collaboration with 7 girls means there are many unique styles and personalities that want to shine so ShopLately is perfect, as it's marketplace gives their many designers and brands the opportunity to showcase their products so there is something for everyone. Oh, and the quilted bag with gold hardware...I can't even. 

P.S. The ShopLately "Insider Program" is pure gold (makes sense!) You can receive free shipping on ALL items. This is only $9.00 a year... Sign up here! 

Now, let's talk sequins! I always check LuLu's when I'm on the hunt for a party dress or something with an extra hint of sparkle and again, they did not disappoint. I can't get enough of this gold skirt for the holiday season...I feel like it's one of those items every girl deserves to own in her closet because it instantly makes you feel glam. It's a great #GNO piece but I also enjoy the thought of pairing it with a chunky sweater for a more casual look...I can run errands in that, right?

A girl needs her vanilla latte, especially when sequins are being worn at 10 AM on a Sunday...
Okay, I think we all grabbed something from King Cafe -- who can say no to a little espresso?


Right after this, we donned matching outfits and did a round of "Sunshine Day"... ;)


Can we just live here? I love my tree at home but this one is what Brenda Lee was singing about...


Jacket: Forever 21 (similar) | Top: Forever 21 | Skirt: c/o LuLu's (similar) | Bag: c/o Shop Lately
Tights: Nordstrom | Booties: c/o Just Fab | Rings: c/o Shop Lately

How are you dressing for the holidays? Shop all 7 of our Shop Lately looks here

Photos by Gia Skyler

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Rocked it & Swapped it


One of my favorite things about our rock & swap posts is seeing how Lisa ended up wearing one of my items and I LOVE her styling of this versatile Old Navy skirt (similar). I wore it just as summer was turning to Fall but Lisa made it wearable year round by pairing it with black tights, a cozy knit and a leather jacket. 

By the way, remember the day when black and blue was a faux pas? (unless you were a BSB fan circa #TheCall...no shame) I actually always enjoyed the combo (when done right). I'm glad that it's made a comeback because it can look super chic.

Shop the Dots:




Do you swap for polka dots?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

All is Merry and Bright


One of my favorite holiday traditions is the "day of fun" I share with my Mom. For the 4th year in a row, I took the day off work and we headed north to Winnetka for our first (and favorite) stop at the Home Alone house. This has been our #1 Christmas movie since I was little and we watch it an embarrassing amount of times during the season so we squeal with delight when we round the the corner and the house is in view. I play the theme song on my phone and we eat peppermint Jojo's...it's a little ridiculous, but that's what makes its so fun.

This year, we grabbed lunch at Cafe Aroma, a cute corner shop with a hometown feel and then crossed some more gifts off our shopping list. We could be sitting in an empty parking lot listening to Christmas music and having just as much fun...it's just the time spent together that makes it memorable.






Hat: Target | Sweater: c/o Shop Lately | Scarf: Old Navy (similar) | Jeans: LOFT (similar)
Boots: Sole Society | Jacket: North Face | Purse: Old Navy

What traditions do you look forward to?