Style Post — Dressing For Spring

Dressing for spring in Chicago can be tricky. The mornings can be quite chilly while the afternoons are comfortable. And then you can get days like Monday where we had blizzard like conditions; while today is pushing 60° and sunny. It’s madness. You never know if the snow is gone for good until it hits 90° and even then it can be a crap shoot.

Mad For Plaid House Of Hipsters Style Post Dressing For Spring

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I Used To Be Punk Rock – Style Post

Ever since I started writing this blog I knew I wanted to create style and fashion posts. But for me, photographing myself is not the easiest thing to do. (Unless you’re Heather Wyancko she makes it look like a piece-a-cake!) After returning from Alt Summit, I knew I need to make this style thing happen, so I searched and searched for just the right photographer and finally found Hallie Duesenberg. She shoots Amelia over at The CHICago Life. Hallie was going to be my girl whether she liked it or not. She has also shot my favorite band PHOX…yep, sold!

I Used To Be Punk Rock Style and Fashion post

Lucky for her me, she agreed right away, and I didn’t have to resort to threats. But with this crazy cold Chicago weather we needed a location inside because I didn’t want to freeze. Hallie found this amazing restaurant and cocktail lounge called Presidio. And let me tell you, if you’re ever in the Chicago area, check this place out. It’s decor is industrial slash mid-century slash chic slash just plain rad. I was dying over the decor as soon as I walked in the door. Hallie said when she saw it, she knew it was right up my alley.

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last days of summer

OMG! Summer is almost over! With Labor Day weekend quickly approaching, I’m in sudden panic mode. The dude is about to wrap up his days as a daycare toddler and enter full-time preschool. I haven’t nearly flea marketed enough. I need to sit on the back patio more often and relax by the fire. And most importantly, I really need to get to the beach. Lucky for me, I have an entire beach weekend slowly approaching (it can’t come soon enough) to Camp Wandawega. The boy and I rented a cabin, just the two of us to unplug and unwind. And yes, a trip to the Elkhorn Flea will be in order. I’m hoping to make fast friends with Tereasa Surratt and learn her wily ways to becoming one serious flea market professional. To make matters worse, right now Amanda Jane Jones is blowing up my Instagram with her week long stay at Camp Wandawega. Tick tock, tick tock! I’m quite impatient.

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Photo by Amanda Jane Jones

But until my special weekend comes, I’m packing my beach bag in my head. Here are my 11 shore-side must haves for the end of my lazy summer days.

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10 under $100 – bargain buys

the boy always tells me i have champagne taste and yes, i will agree…it’s been that way since i was a kid. my mom would always tell me, “no one is going to know if you have $20 jeans or $200 jeans unless someone looks at the tag on your behind.” i beg to differ. while watching hgtv the other day, the host said, “with a little DIY, you’d never know this table was only $20.” ummm, yes. yes, i would…and the boy’s response to that was, “well that’s because you’re a snarky bitch momma.” bahahahahaha…this is also true (and he says that with love). but just because i have champagne taste, doesn’t mean i don’t have a budget.

so let’s do a little budget friendly shopping, shall we?

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pack a perfect carry-on

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a month ago i was enjoying some r&r in hawaii and oh how i miss it so! because we left for 2 weeks and half of our vacation was spent with my husband’s co-workers, i had to pack smart…and that included my carry-on bag. it got my thinking, what makes the perfect carry-on? this flight in particular was about 10 hours…because i’m not a good flyer (all i can think about is twisted metal and plunging into the ocean…i’m petrified), i have to stay completely entertained (and partially tranquilized). we upgraded to first class lay flats, so that helped tremendously…but what was in my bag? well, here is a glimpse.

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what is in the perfect carry-on bag?

i think the most important thing to me is the bag itself. it has to be roomy, lightweight and pretty to look at doesn’t hurt either…my bag of choice is this one by mara hoffman. i bought mine last year during shopbop’s black friday online holiday sale. the leather straps are really heavyduty, so i don’t have to worry about ripping my bag from the weight. i like to carry a couple magazines (but not too many or it weighs you down). here i chose instyle and yoga journal. what my magazines do not cover, i know my gold covered iPad will have me covered. books, movies and music are all i need to pass 8 hours worry free. my bose noise canceling headphones are amazing…even if you are not listening to audio, they keep the chatter out and your flight quiet. my brookstone backup battery keeps my technology charged for the duration of the flight and i d’not need to fret about battery life preservation.

my skin tends to get really dried out while flying, so hand cream, cuticle oil, and facial moisturizer are a given. the pressurized air increases your skin’s oil production, so i combat that with a little help from a tiny bottle of priori moisturizer…it’s so hydrating, plus it’s spf 30, so when you are standing outside waiting for that rental car, you face is already prepared for the sun! fresh sugar lip treatment has been a lifesaver for chapped lips (i even use it on my kids). it smells amazing and makes your lips sooooo soft! i received it as a sample from sephora and immediately bought more when my tiny tube ran out…i know it is pricy for lip balm but it lasts forever. if i want to add a little color, i use urban decay’s lip love honey infused lip gloss. the smell is divine. sometimes after a couple alcoholic beverages, my mouth feels like a cat pooped in it…this disposable toothbrush is just the ticket to keeping my mouth from feeling like a litterbox. in fact, i carry them daily in my purse. my final dryness protection is butter’s handbag holiday cuticle oil. it smells fabu…like vacation and a pina colada and i think someday i’d like to swim in a vat of it. for my hair, a few hair clips from ban.do keep my topknot in place…and always have a sweet pair of aviators…i like sunnies better then an eye mask because i can wear them yet still look around the cabin of the plane.

i know you can get a blanket on the flight, but being a slight (ok, freakish) germaphobe, i choose to bring a cozy cardigan and colorful scarf. it keeps me warm and my mind doesn’t go into a neurotic tizzy thinking about the last person who use my blanket. an easy, quick release watch is great for getting thru security without fumbling around with bands and holes. this one by michele is a nice easy on, easy off option and keeps you clear of the metal detector. we usually travel to a warm weather destination, and my travel footwear is not always conducive to beach weather, so i like to carry a change of sandals…i like these from joie because the black and tan leather slides go with anything.

on my first plane trip ever, the airline lost my bags…i didn’t get them back for 3 days, so learned at an early age to be prepared for the worst. i’d have such a frowny face if i arrived in hawaii with no bikini…i usually pack an extra in my carry-on as a just in case. even if i have to live in the same clothes for 3 days, at least i can sit my the pool and drown my sorrows in a fancy fruity cocktail with an umbrella on the side. this swimsuit by j.crew has more of a high-waisted retro look and coverage on the backside area…which i’m partial to.

my wallet and clutch keep all my tiny bottles and such rounded up in an easy to find compartment…everything stays organized and the clutch comes in handy after your arrival for dining out. so there ya have it…did i miss anything? do you have any essentials that i missed?