Thursday, April 17, 2014

dotty, the default jacket, and an extra necklace

spring outfit
[wearing]
jacket: zara (similar)
top: dex
pants: j.crew factory (exactly)
flats: old navy
bag: marc by marc jacobs (exactly)
necklaces: forever21

[three things]
1. i have amassed over the last few seasons a pretty serious zara jacket collection.  there's one with big stripes, a tweedy one, a light gray one, and this mixed media one here.  they're all near each other in my closet, but it seems like i reach for this one early in the week since it's so good at making outfits look cooler.
 
2. this was my first shot at wearing my cropped hair in its natural curly state.  you can't tell very well from these photos, but it was a definite success.

3. lately i have been all about skinny pants with a slouchy top and a tailored blazer outfit formula.  maybe with some more spring weather i'll get back to wearing dresses.  yay, spring!

spring outfit

spring outfit

[previously on] zara pleather-sleeve jacket
spring outfit

Monday, April 14, 2014

dotty, stripes, and springtime coldness

spring outfit
[wearing]
hat: j.crew (exactly)
jacket: h&m
stripes: c/o boden (exactly)
scarf: marc jacobs x target
pants: wayf (exactly)
flats: chinese laundry (exactly)
bag: marc by marc jacobs (exactly)

[three things]
1. stripes!  can i just wear striped shirts and slouchy pants to work all summer?  okay, thanks!

2. i think of myself as not really a hat person, but whenever i see photos of me wearing hats i wonder "why don't i wear more hats?" (especially this hat...ha!)  maybe i should make this summer a summer of hats.

3. i really like these flats, but i'm having a little trouble getting used to the open sides.  pretty much i feel like my shoes are falling off all the time.  #dorsayproblemz

spring outfit

spring outfit

spring outfit

spring outfit

Friday, April 11, 2014

tour: living room

TOUR

we recently added a loveseat to our furniture collection which turned our one-couch-facing-the-television setup into a delightful L of seating.  i keep talking about how exciting this is to my mom and sister, but since neither of them will come visit us (they have pretty good excuses: a broken toe and a bajillion children) i figured it was time for some photos to pop up on the bloggity-blog!


living room tour
the view from behind the big white couch.  there are yellow dinosaurs all over since they were all over our wedding reception and traveled back to chicago with us after the festivities.  one of our friends once described our apartment as hide-and-seek for graphic designers.  when i grow up i want to be a graphic designer, so i love this description.

living room tour
everyone that visits asks us if we own this racehorse.  we do not.  we just really like his sassy demeanor.


living room tour
plants for days.  my husband really likes having the windowsills littered with potted plants.

living room tour
drinkies in the bar cart.  and sir hiss protecting the grenadine.

living room tour


as much as we love each other's faces, we decided that a life-size portrait from our wedding was not really our thing.  instead, we opted for a few framed mementos from our big day.  our first dance is on the left, the venue is on the right (in glare), and out of the frame below is my backup veil smushed into a picture frame.

living room tour
the newest member of the living room family.  so tweedy.  so grayey.

living room tour
the loveseat is a karlstad from ikea, but we replaced the chunky legs with midcentury style ones from this etsy store.  it was a total game changer.  like seeing someone who normally wears t-shirts in a tuxedo.

living room tour
bookcase storage.  and our grayscale books.

living room tour
vintage herman miller eames chairs.  i like these chairs more than the aeron i have at work.

living room tour
pillow and blanket time.

living room tour
reflections of plants in a botanical print.

living room tour
our giant mirror is also in this room.  (yes, mom, if our nieces ever show up at our doorstep we will triple anchor this to the wall before they make it up the three flights of stairs.  they have short legs and i keep our drill bits handy.)

living room tour
the triangle wall.  this is just yellow vinyl cut into triangles and then adhered to the wall using some creativity and a laser level.

living room tour
[wearing]
tee: dex
scarf: banana republic (exactly)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

dotty, gold pants, oversized sweaters

boden bistro crop trousers, dash dot dotty, boden pants, metallic gold pants, light neutrals, what to wear with
[wearing]
sweater: joie (exactly)
pants: c/o boden
flats: chinese laundry (exactly)
bag: marc by marc jacobs (exactly)
necklaces: forever21

[three things]
1. when i was picking out a piece from the boden site for this post i just kept coming back to these metallic pants.  after many gchat links back and forth with my sister, i was convinced that gold pants are a wardrobe staple.  anyway, these pants fit perfectly and have just the right amount of sparkle to fancy things up a bit.

2. after a winter of wearing of wearing pretty much all dark gray and black (exhibit aaaah, bee, and cee) i am so ready for some springy light neutrals.

3. new d'orsay flats!  after several unsuccessful shoe shopping trips and online orders, i finally found the perfect neutral suede two-piece flats.

boden bistro crop trousers, dash dot dotty, boden pants, metallic gold pants, light neutrals, what to wear with

boden bistro crop trousers, dash dot dotty, boden pants, metallic gold pants, light neutrals, what to wear with

boden bistro crop trousers, dash dot dotty, boden pants, metallic gold pants, light neutrals, what to wear with

boden bistro crop trousers, dash dot dotty, boden pants, metallic gold pants, light neutrals, what to wear with, chinese laundry easy does it

p.s. until april 19th, you can save 15% and get free shipping over at boden with the code X8W4. get yourself some stripes and thank me later.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

dotty, grouchface, and one ticket to pants town

dot_pants
[wearing]
jacket: h&m (similar)
scarf: banana republic (exactly)
sweater: club monaco via thredup
pants: banana republic (exactly)
boots: target
bag: marc by marc jacobs (exactly)

[three things]
1. these pants appeared last week on the blog (back hurrrr) and now here they are again.  these slouchy pants of wonderfulness are going to be worn every week until further notice, so expect to see them some more!

2. this scarf is definitely fueling my pattern-mixing addiction. #cantstopwontstop

3. i'm not sure why i look like such a grouch in that first photo.  i promise i was very happy since my outfit for the day felt like pajamas.

springtime!

springtime!

springtime!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

dotty, cardigan days, and remixed boots

springtime!
[wearing]
cardigan: twelfth street by cynthia vincent (exactly)
dress: joie (similar)
boots: forever21 (exactly)
bag: marc by marc jacobs (exactly)

[three things]
1. how awesome is it when you buy something and you want to wear it every single day?  and that three weeks later you STILL want to wear it every single day?  it's probably good that it's going to warm soon-ish, since pretty much everyone i know has now seen me wearing this cardigan at least twice!

2. for pleather boots, this low wedge pair has done remarkably well this winter.  they're not so good for snowdrifts though.

3. this dress is borderline too short for work by my standards of being able to wheel around the office at high speeds comfortably.  (my office has a chair hockey team, so we are always training.)


springtime!

springtime!

springtime!

[previously on] black low wedge boots
bootz

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

dotty, square studs, and triangle prints

springtime!

[wearing]
jacket: zara (similar)
sweatshirt: j.crew (exactly)
pants: banana republic (exactly)
flats: old navy (exactly)
bag: marc jacobs x target
earrings: c/o nomorerack

[three things]
1. i am thoroughly convinced that adding fancy earrings to a sweatshirt outfit immediately makes it so much more awesome.  this square pair that nomorerack sent over are perfect for slouchy pants kind of days.

2. hairs were cut this weekend.  my hair has never, ever been this short!  i'm still a bit undecided on it, but it gets quite a few points for just being a total switcheroo.

3. let's hear it for springtime!  we went to our first barbeque this weekend and it is so on, y'all.

springtime!
springtime!

springtime!