Friday, March 27, 2015

back to basics.

jacket // shirt // belt // jeans // shoes 

Lately I've been trying to get back to basics when it comes to my wardrobe, whether it be buying a few more pieces or refining the ones I have in my closet now. I blame the changing of the seasons, and the new Madewell catalogue {mostly the latter...I think I have a new, dangerous obsession}.

This Free People jacket from Lily and Violet has quickly become one of my go-to pieces for any occasion: Work, weekend, attempting to go out before I pass out at 11 PM {adulthood, so real my friends}  It's been a basic that's gotten me through the seasons, cocktails, and boyfriends - so basically it's a basic piece I'll have for life. 

Any basics you can't live without this spring? Please share - I'm all about expanding my wardrobe this season ;) 

Ps. Have the best weekend ever - I hope you enjoy some sunny weather, margaritas, and time to relax and unwind! xx
Thanks to Em for the photos!
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

best tote bags for spring.

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Hey friends! Zoe's taking over the blog today to share some of her favorite toes for spring! 
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Is it just me or is a good tote hard to come by? Maybe I’m just a bit picky with these things, but it really takes me a little while to settle on one. It has to be just the right size, color, have the right amount of pockets and zippers and be able to fit all of my many random piles of stuff. Basically, I need a bag that makes me feel like Mary Poppins, but is still chic.

I mean, lets be real, a good tote needs to fit your computer, books, and other assorted odds and ends, battle the elements, and multi task from work, to the gym, to the store… and who knows where else. No wonder this is such a difficult purchase!

Well, worry no more! I decided to put together a list of some of my favorites and the ones I’ll be considering for my next purchase. Let me know what you think!

xx, Zoe

Monday, March 23, 2015

awkward turtle.

jacket // t-shirt // necklace {similar} // jeans // boots // purse

Can we talk about the awkwardness that is taking photos real quick? 

I'll be the first to admit that I'm super awkward when anyone takes photos of me. I've accepted this into my heart,  and have come to understand that I am an awkward turtle, who still uses the phrase awkward turtle on a regular basis {see what I mean?!}

So when someone graciously takes photos of me, I can't help but curl up into a metaphorical ball and get really, really awkward. Like, one out of every 50 photos is socially acceptable awkward. I have so many friends who magically strut their stuff in front of a camera, and I'm the one who's all like, "what do I do with my hands?!" I usually don't know, but I always manage to make it really ridiculous 99.9% of the time. 

Happen to have any tips on how you look Beyonce flawless in photos? Please share with the class - I'm hoping to lower the awkward points and raise my cool points in the coming months {fingers crossed!} xx

Thursday, March 19, 2015

spring has sprung!


Spring is officially back in Chicagoland, and this gal couldn't be happier. And now that the gloomy weather is on the outs, I've been busting out some more colorful pieces from my wardrobe, and acquiring a few more than I probably should...My new favorite combo is maroon and anything, and this jacket has been on constant rotation the last few weeks {guilty as charged right here}. 

I also snagged my new favorite bag during the Shopbop sale a few weeks back, and I couldn't be more in love. I'm gearing up for a trip in Portland in a few months {okay, it's in June, but I'm looking forward to it already...} and I thought this bag would make a pretty killer travel companion around the Pacific Northwest. Reason enough to buy a new purse, right? Go ahead - judge away. 

In other news, I'm headed off early this week to enjoy some time with my family and friends. Enjoy the weekend and the beautiful weather we're having! xx

Thanks to Shaheen for the photos!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

love at first sight.

jeans // sweater {shop similar here} // shoes {on sale!} // necklace {sold out, but I love this one}

I have a confession to make: I'm really bad at shopping. 

I know, I know - that probably makes me a terrible blogger, but for some reason, I can't quite figure it out. I have the patience of a 5 year old, paired with an inability to ever know my real size {am I a 0? Or a 6?} - which makes for quite the shopping fail combination. In truth, I usually last about 15 minutes, find one thing that fits and then buy it in a bunch of colors to make life easier. And don't even get me started on online shopping - that's just straight up wizardry. Let's just say I send quite a few things back and forth before I finally, defeatedly give up. 

But every once in awhile, shopping magic happens and I find something I immediately love. Maybe "love at first sight" is a little much when talking about a sweater, but there's definitely a part of me that felt that way {and was immediately smitten.} I found this sweater at J.Crew last month and immediately knew it was "the one." Of course, no love story ever comes easy, and my new love only seemed to come in XX,  but, through pure stealth and eagle eyes, I found a mannequin in the back of the store who happened to be rocking a size S. Needless to say, I very unashamedly stole it off her back - oops! Now were in love, and I wear him {her?} at least once a week. Hey, a good sweater is hard to find - so I'm going to let my love be known to the world ;)

Thanks to Emily for the photos!
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