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When In The Windy City

An easy dress for traversing the streets of Chicago
Filed Under > #OOTD (Outfit of the Day)

Recently, I made a trip home to Chicago for my bestie’s wedding.  I couldn’t wait to be back walking those windy streets, especially since the temps had begun to drop and snow was on the verge of falling.  I love that in-between; you can almost smell the first snow before it hits.

The problem though, for me is always what to pack? I mean I’m a terrible packer in the best circumstance. But add in bridesmaid dresses, hot to cold temps, and outfits that would have to be comfortable, and warm enough, to walk around plus fabulous enough for wherever the wind may blow me. Enter my go-to combo: long dress, high boots, and a hat.  Warm, comfortable, and almost always a “no fail.”

I love this W by Worth dress for a few different reasons.  First, it’s extremely comfortable.  Second, it’s extremely light which makes it the perfect outfit to take when traveling.  It doesn’t take up too much room, or weight, in my suitcase plus it’s easy to steam if it wrinkles during the journey.

And third, it’s extremely versatile.  Technically it’s an “off the shoulder” dress, and looks completely the part accessorized with heels and something shiny.  But here because I was going for a bit more relaxed look I wore the dress on the shoulders rather than off and paired it with my over the knee boots and favorite Rag & Bone hat. This allowed me to walk around Chicago comfortably during the day, but felt ready for drinks with friends later that evening.

All in all, it was the perfect outfit for what turned out to be the perfect week in Chicago.  Tell me, do you have a go-to outfit when traveling?  Truly, MKR

 


 

Location, The Waldorf Astoria Chicago | Photography, Luke Schneider

What’s Old Is New Again (If You’ve Been Around Long Enough)

An Easy, Comfortable & On-Trend Outfit with The Best Black Bodysuit & Duster
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When I was putting this outfit together in my head, I felt very on trend.  I was proud of myself for stepping a bit outside my comfort zone.  I almost felt a little Kardashian-esq…which actually kills me to write as I’m not a sucker for most trends.  But when I was actually getting dressed, I realized these weren’t new trends at all.  No, they were all things I’ve worn before, or remember my mother wearing, in my much younger years.

This black bodysuit, for example which I’m convinced that it’s the best black bodysuit around.  It’s inexpensive, made of soft cotton from J.Crew…and it happens to be 30% off right now with code BIGSALE.  It’s long enough for my torso, unlike most other bodysuits that I’ve found.  If you’ve ever worn a bodysuit that’s not long enough, you’ll know that there’s nothing worse.  You’ll be talking or walking, and feel it go snap-snap-snap, and then your bodysuit is suddenly creeping on up.  Anyway, this bodysuit is exactly— like exactly—like my capezio ballet leotard I wore for 13+ years of my life and really is the best black bodysuit I’ve found.

And these jeans are another example…they’re faded, ripped and high waisted.  I’m pretty sure that I had a dozen of these back in high school.  I paired the casual jeans with my go-to Stuart Weitzman heels to dress up the look a bit more.  I have these heels in nude, silver, and the patent black shown; they are absolutely worth the price tag.  You’ll have these ones for years and years, while less expensive versions I promise, will not last.

And this flowing robe-like trench reminds me exactly of one from London Fog that my mother used to wear all of the time.  I loved that jacket; it was soft, flowing and feminine.  This one is super old from COS—I was serious when I said everything comes back around—but I’ve linked a few very similar options in the widget below, and I especially love this one on the high-end, and this one on the low-end. 

Lastly, this beautiful YSL bag is a major investment, but there’s no denying the power of a great bag that you’ll probably pass down someday.  And one of my favorite features is actually its large leather convertible strap so that you can wear the bag over your shoulder in a more casual sense. The effect is actually so much more my style!  After all, a fancy bag with a casual outfit always tends to bring an unexpected I’m-not-really-trying vibe.  

But all in all, I can’t deny how easy and comfortable this outfit is; it just made me feel good.  And that’s an outfit win-win in my book. So basically, all I need is a scrunchie, and I’d swear it was 1995 again.  But I’m not complaining.  Truly, MKR

P.S. I heard scrunchies are actually making a comeback!? xo

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Photography, Kathryn McCrary for Waiting on Martha

Red, White & Blue; A Classic Combo

Rethinking a color combo I've always shied away from away from
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I’m not one to wear red often.  In fact, this might be the only red shirt I actually own.  But there was just something about the classic feel of the stripes with the modern flutter sleeve spin that caught my attention.  And I felt if I’m going to wear red I might as well dive all the way in and pair it with navy for a full blown Americana look. Let’s break it down shall we.  

As I said, the stripes caught my attention, but the under $90 price tag made me add it, and the black and white stripe version, to my cart.  And I’m so glad I did.  The shirt itself is so incredibly soft, and the slim fitted jersey balances the large sleeves, creating a flattering silhouette every time.  Even for someone like myself, who rarely wears anything form fitting around my mid section.  While the top fits perfectly tucked into this pleated knee-length skirt from Ann Taylor, it would also look amazing with crisp white denim and heels for a fun night out.   

Because I’ve never been shy about professing my love for pom-pom and embellished everything, these embroidered crystal earrings from J.Crew were a quick buy.  They’re in-your-face in the best kind of way; the earrings measure just a little over three inches and really make the playful and vibrant statement that I love during spring and summer. And unlike most large statement earrings, they’re super lightweight.  Win-win in my book!

And these shoes.  Can we talk about how great they are?!  I snagged these  in the recent Shopbop sale and almost wish I had bought two pairs!  They have a gorgeous frayed trim in circle detailing that gives a little nod to pom poms, along with a stacked heel , and triangle-cut straps that add even another layer of interest.  And their coloring is such that they literally go with everything; in fact, a little mis-match and pattern play just makes them better. 

Continuing the classic Americana vibes, I grabbed this bamboo clutch.  It’s compact, SO well made and has great texture that I don’t ever want to put it down.  Lastly, to top it off, I stacked my favorite gold all-weather bangles from the shoppe.  They really have become my go to piece this season!  

All in all, this look has made me realize two things: maybe I need to re-think my no-red policy, and I’ve already got my go-to outfit for Memorial Day and Fourth of July!   Truly, MKR

P.S. I’ve linked all of the products seen below, and rounded up a few similar styles in the scrolling widget. xo

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