Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Stay classy

I've been obsessed with this doctor bag by a European brand called Pieces for a few months now. I love how expensive it looks without actually being expensive at $57. The color isn't exactly what I've been looking for, but it's such a great, clean design that I can't seem to get it out of my head.

I have a black vintage doctor bag that I use in the fall, so I don't really have a need for another. But can you blame a girl for wanting more? J. Crew had a similar style called Marquee being sold for $248 last year, and Louis Vuitton has the Sophia Coppola for LV bag at $4580 (sported below by Ms. Garance Dore). I can't even fathom spending that much on a bag, but ugh! They are absolutely gorgeous.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Shopping sentiments

Dress: H&M
Sandals: Urban Outfitters
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs

About 4 or 5 months ago I was having one of those days where you just find yourself in H&M because you're forced to go downtown and you figure it'll make your trip worthwhile. I was lucky enough to go on a day where they were restocking this dress that immediately caught my eye. I am the kind of girl that will stalk a single item until it's mine, so needless to say I snatched the last one in my size. The best part about this story is that the dress wound up being $10 full price. Can't beat that! Plus, I love fuss-free dresses and this is definitely one I can always rely on. It can literally be laying in a ball in the corner of my bedroom for weeks and it will never wrinkle, and will always look and make me feel like a million bucks.

On another note - I am starting to realize that my shopping habits are getting a bit ridiculous. I've bought so many things this summer and I'm feeling kind of guilty. I have literally bought 5 jackets this summer! I guess I just feel bad because I wrote down all the things I really wanted to buy this fall but so far I've only been buying pieces that I've found around town that are really good deals, and not necessarily things that I've been dreaming about. I feel like I'm guilty of this every season, so I can't be the only person that does this! I'm starting to think that seasonal wishlists will never work for me. Thoughts?

Monday, July 19, 2010

The little skirt that could.

Shirt: H&M
Skirt: Anthropologie
Belt, Shoes, Bag: Thrift

Summer calls for the most basic of clothes, but this skirt is kind of special. I bought it at Anthropologie a while back on sale for $20. It's definitely not the most versatile piece, but I knew I had to have it. The picture really doesn't do the poppy print justice, but I assure you, it's charming! And the fabric is so wonderfully silky, I wish you guys could feel it through your computer screens. I have to say, I'm a little ashamed to admit it, but this skirt sat in my closet for two years until I finally wore it out! I've been on the look out for the perfect white t-shirt (a mixture of a crew neck and a scoop neck and the right fabric), and I finally found it on sale at H&M. The easiest equation for a perfect little summer outfit!

P.S. Thank you to everyone that answered my bazillion questions about their recent ASOS orders! I just made mine a few days ago and I can't wait to get my package!! I'm getting a pair of jeggings, a green military parka, three dresses, and a slouchy tee. I'm excited!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

It's gonna take a lot of love

First of all - I'd like to thank everyone who entered the Shabby Chic giveaway! The lucky winner was Emily of All Things Emily. So congrats to her!

In other news, I've had a bit of a whirlwind couple of weeks. Like I said in my last post, (which was over a week ago... yikes! I'm sorry!) I got a full time job at the loveliest boutique in Lincoln Park called Art Effect. It amazes me how our buyer is able to mix pieces from $2 to $1200 in one shop. I can't even explain how lucky I am to have this opportunity. Selling can sometimes be a challenge for me, and I think it's mostly because I'm the kind of gal that likes to shop quietly. It's been tough to really open up and find my voice on the floor. This job is too perfect for me to let it slip through my fingers, so if you guys have any tips on selling in retail, let me know!

It's crazy to sit back and realize that work has basically been consuming my life all summer, as I've been working 35-42 hours since I've been out of school. It's hard to find time to document my life! I did manage to have a great 3 day weekend spent with friends that I've not seen in months. I also had the pleasure of going to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion to see Caribou and eat dinner in the park with Ryan. It's been a wonderful few days!

Shirt, Shorts: Thrift
Necklace: Renegade Craft Fair
Sandals: Urban Outfitters
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs

And of course, the boyfriend. :) I figure he should make a cameo every once in a while on the ole blog! And excuse the weird quality photos. I'm still trying to figure out all the settings for my new camera.

And now I'll leave you with one of my new favorite songs by Caribou called Odessa,

Monday, July 5, 2010

Shabby Apple giveaway!

I apologize for the lack of posts last week! After a year working in the food industry, I finally got a full time retail/boutique job and I couldn't be happier about the new transition. I have to admit - it is kind of intimidating to SELL product. After a full week, I'm still not really used to it, but I think I'm getting better day by day. I hope I can keep it up!

In other news, last week I was contacted by Shabby Apple, an adorable online retailer that specializes in classic dresses in a range of colors and sizes. In the blogging world, you sort of hear about the same online retailers over and over, so I'm thrilled that Shabby Apple contacted me because I'd actually never heard of them before (which, hello, is the whole idea)! So, without further a do, here are the following dresses on their website that you have to choose from:

La Tour Eiffel and Oh La La

Barefoot in the Park and Pretty in Pink

Baja and Circo

Nine To Five and Five to Nine

Anchors Away and Tuxedo III

I specifically asked for at least one plus size option, and this is the dress they are letting me give away! It comes in a 16-18, (the 20-22 seems to be sold out) and 24-26!

Here's how to enter!
Visit and pick out your favorite dress. Leave me a comment with the link attached and you'll be entered in the giveaway! Only 1-3 entries per person and this is limited to US residents. (I'm sorry international readers! You'll have a chance at getting something I'm planning on giving away in the coming weeks, I promise!) Winner will be picked with a random number generator a week from today. Good luck!