Blending in with Nature

Hello sunshines! Holiday season is upon us! Can’t believe Thanksgiving is in two days and 2016 will be over in a little over a month…time is flying by so fast! We went back to West Bloomfield, Michigan a few weekend’s ago for an early Thanksgiving celebration with Mr. Photographer’s family; we had lots and lots and lots and lots of delicious food and wine and by 8 pm that Saturday, all of us were on the couch and no one could move!! It just so happened that college football was on too. Wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a little football (according to Mr. Photographer, LOL). The weather was perfect that weekend too, so we all went for a little walk the next morning at a nearby nature reserve. I have a cozy sleeveless turtleneck tunic on and it’s seriously the best thing ever for fall/winter when temperatures start to drop! I actually wore a pair of rainboots to walk through the nature reserve and changed to my booties only when we had to take pictures…I was warned that it may be muddy!!! Sleeveless Turtleneck Tunic: Banana Republic (last season’s but similar styles here and here from The Limited, and how CUTE is this fringed version?!) // Top: J.Crew Perfect-fit scoopneck shirt shirt // Jeans: 7 for All Mankind (old but currently eyeing this pair by Joe’s Jeans –Jerlyn) // Bootie: Nordstrom Rack (similar version by Lucky Brand and BP, peep-toe version […]

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Corduroy & Over the Knee Boots

Hello sunshines! It has been a while since my last post, 3 weeks to be exact. Life has been crazy hectic lately! Mr. Photographer and I have been on the road every single weekend the past few weeks and this trend is going to continue until the first week of December. Also, I wanted to share some exciting news with all of you – I’m getting my MBA part-time at Northwestern! It’s my first quarter of classes, so balancing work, life, and school has kept me quite busy…which is also contributing to why my blog posts have been so infrequent. Adulting is hard, am I right?! Anyway, this past weekend, Mr. Photographer and I went back to my hometown in Columbus, IN to celebrate my little brother’s 14th birthday. I can’t believe that he’s already a freshman in high school and is growing up so fast! I always enjoy going home to spend time with my family and wish that home was closer…how about 20 mins instead of the 4 hour drive! So my little brother was the one that suggested that I take pictures next to the iconic bridge in Columbus. Many of you may not know that Columbus is actually an architectural gem and named “a Midwestern Mecca of Architecture!” I will have to stop by more hot architectural spots for pictures the next I visit home :). Columbus is further south so I was super lucky to […]

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Woodstock, IL // Fall florals & apple picking

Hello sunshines! Happy Wednesday! Mr. Photographer and I went apple picking this past weekend in Woodstock, IL, which is about an hour away. Apple picking has been a tradition for both of our families, so we are super excited to be continuing our tradition together :). I knew exactly what I was going to wear, no pondering needed. Urban Outfitters was having a 20% off dresses sale last week and I stopped in at the store on S. State St. after work one day and found a red floral dress. It was flowy, but not too thin, and I knew right away that I was going to be taking this dress home! The dress is STILL ON SALE for $29.99, check it out here ! Such a great deal. The dress has a plunging split-neck opening in the front and has an open-back, so I wore a lacey bralette and didn’t have to worry about any accidents!! I ended up wearing my hunter boots to apple picking since it rained the night before…I didn’t want to ruin any of my other shoes if the ground was wet and muddy! Links below to my outfit & similar items! Dress: Urban Outfitters – Ecote Tyler Split Neck Bell Sleeve dress (ON SALE for $29.99!) I’m also crushing on this Kimchi Blue Dragonfly dress here // Boots: Hunter in Black Matte from Nordstrom // Watch: JORD Wood Watch from the Fieldcrest collection in […]

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Streeterville // JORD Wood Watch

Hello sunshines! As many of you know, I love accessories and I am always on the lookout for a new unique piece to add to my collection. I am so excited to share with you all my new JORD Wood Watch! Yes—you read that correctly, WOOD watch. When I first discovered JORD Wood Watches, I was so mesmerized. It didn’t even cross my mind that you could make watches out of wood, so I was instantly hooked and curious to learn more! The watch that I’m currently wearing is the Fieldcrest collection Zebrawood & Maple watch (retail $139).  The Fieldcrest collection is more of a mid-sized watch, which was perfect for me because I didn’t want the watch to overwhelm my tiny wrist. JORD does have a wide variety of watches in different face sizes and wood materials too for men and women! Check out the rest of the women’s selection here! Also, I love that JORD gives you the option to size the watch to your wrist (with instruction on the site) so that it fits perfectly right when it is delivered to you….and free shipping worldwide too with an 1-yr warranty! My JORD Wood Watch arrived in the mail a couple of business days later and when I opened it, it was in a custom wood box with the JORD “J” logo inscribed on it, as you can see below. The packaging is truly unique and adds to […]

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Lincoln Park // White After Labor Day

Hello sunshines! Who’s ready for October?! Pumpkin and apple picking season is upon us and I could not be more excited! Mr. Photographer aka boo and I have an apple picking date coming up! How about you?? There’s so much to look forward to about fall, from cozy slouchy sweaters, to burning amazing smelling candles (bath & body works, anyone?!), to Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Halloween! Living in the city makes me miss passing out candy to all the adorable trick-or-treaters! When you the hear the words, fall fashion, you immediately think of booties, sweaters, plaid scarfs, and grays/blacks etc; however, I personally don’t see why the color white is excluded from the mix! Over the weekend, I was chatting with some girlfriends about wearing white after Labor Day, and it was mixed feelings for a lot of them. I’m all for white after Labor Day!  The color white is such a staple in my wardrobe (as it is in many of your closets, I’m sure), so why limit yourself because of a so-called “fashion rule?” So, on today’s post, I’m showing you my white after Labor Day style. It was 85 degrees over the weekend so I went with a thin top, but I’m excited to wear cozy chunky sweaters/cardigans and even blazers with white jeans! Outfit details below! 🙂 My colorful striped top is from The Limited – it’s a top I’ll wear to work (either by itself […]

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Navy Pier // Lace & Booties

Hello sunshines! Hope everyone is enjoying these warm fall days we’re having! I know I am! This past weekend we were running our 20 miler on Sunday, so we snoozed until 9 AM and then decided to be touristy and explore Navy Pier. I haven’t been to Navy Pier yet this year and they just replaced the famous ferris wheel there not too long ago. The view there is also AHMAZING – you get unobstructed views of the Chicago skyline from the south to the north, so beautiful! Since it was like 80 degrees already around 10 AM, I was seriously debating between a flowy summer dress and sandals or something that was a little bit more fall-y. I ultimately decided to go with the more fall-y option (booties mean fall, right?!) and went with a long-sleeved open back shirt, a blue lace skirt, and booties! I cannot wait to wear this blue lace skirt sometime in October when the weather gets cooler and I’ll pair it with my favorite chunky sweater :)! Also, I’ve owned this entire outfit for years now and they are still in fabulous condition! I am all for buying clothing that are good quality and will last. That being said, I did decide it was time to treat myself and buy myself a new pair of booties that are maybe in a maroon/burgundy color…check out what I’m eyeing below! Shirt: Urban Outfitters (old) // Skirt: […]

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Gold Coast // Fall Lovin’

Hello sunshines! Happy hump day! With a blink of an eye, we are now in mid-September, HOW is time going by so fast?! The mornings are chillier and the air is crisper, aka fall is here. Today I am excited to share with you my first fall post :). Just last week, I randomly found a Forever 21 giftcard stashed in one of my purses; low and behold, there was actually value!!! I was looking for a denim jacket so this was the perfect opportunity to see if I could save a few bucks and use the giftcard. I found this awesome distressed denim jacket (worn on today’s post), long floral flowy v-neck shirt (worn on today’s post, sold out but other favorites from forever 21 and free people), and this blush colored corduroy button-front skirt (color sold out but there is a hunter green one here, and similar suede one here from forever 21), all for around $50 after the 10% off coupon I had! SCORE! I paired my new distressed denim jacket & floral shirt with shiny leggings from American Apparel and black booties. I WAS carrying my black Rebecca Minkoff crossbody (mini 5 zip on sale at Nordstrom Rack!) but may have forgotten to take it back for pictures once I handed it to Mr. photographer to carry it for a hot second (oops!!). Anyway, I’m obsessed with long flowy shirts/sweaters that I can wear leggings and […]

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