Another solution for mega cold weather: a million layers. I wore this for lunch with a dude friend, followed by meeting his lady friend at the Armani store. I had wanted to pair this sweater with the green necklace, and I just kept piling on layers.
Fun fact: one of the shopgirls at Armani assumed these boots were J. Crew! Umm, not exactly…
FREEZING OUT! I wore this just to go shopping, but shopping in the city means a lot of outdoor time. My favorite trick for when it’s super cold is to wear my cheapest sweater. You heard me! Cheap sweaters are made of cheap, synthetic fabrics which trap in your body heat. This wrap sweater is an old go to for cheap warmth. I had forgotten about these (also cheap!) fur lined boots. Paired with wool socks, these babies kept my feet nice and toasty.
The drawback to all this synthetic heat is that the fabrics don’t really breathe once you are inside. Between my plastic layers and the additional 50% off sale items at J. Crew, I was in a bit of a sweat.
(I only tossed on these necklaces for a little pop of color in the pictures, but I took them off to make room for a big scarf once I headed out.)
WOW, I forgot how much better pictures look when taken outside! Jill had been trying to get me to agree to outdoor pictures for several days – she is made of hearty Greek stock and I am a sad little wimp. I finally agreed on this day when I was pretty bundled up. It was beautifully sunny out and actually not too cold, until the wind hit us! Even she realized we had made a terrible mistake. We sucked it up and took a few shots quickly, and then agreed not to do this again unless the temperature was at least 45 degrees.
I was warned that the other couple we had dinner plans with were coming “very casual”. That was fine with me, since I spent the first half of this Saturday barfing up the Old Fashioneds I had the night before (NEVER AGAIN.).
I tossed these jeans back on, and immediately grabbed for this favorite burnout sweatshirt that hasn’t gotten much play recently. I threw a bunch of sparkly jewelry on – including this ooold Gap necklace with flannel plaid that ties into a bow in the back. The red boots added a pop of color, and kept the jeans from dragging on the soggy ground outside.
Here’s what I wore just to run some errands. It was COOOLD out, so I wore minimal jewelry. My hair is still a little wet in these pictures; I normally just let it air dry, but today was so chilly I decided to blow dry it a little to speed up the process. Not the most amazing outfit ever, but I figured I’d sneak in a super casual look before it’s back to work clothes every day.
New Year’s Eve started off pretty normal. The Mr and I had tickets to the afternoon Bulls game, but we woke up and got ready pretty early. Mr suggested that we take my new Canon Rebel out for a spin down in Millennium Park.
I made him stop at Nordstrom Rack first (OF COURSE) to pick up some new gloves. Millennium Park was PACKED, especially around The Bean! We took some pictures and fooled around with the few camera settings we learned to use. Eventually we made our way over to The Faces, and this picture:
quickly became this picture:
But I digress 🙂
Here is what I wore to the game. I bought this Rachel Roy shirt in Philadelphia with my Daffy’s gift card (oddly enough). I usually just sleep in it, and I actually struggled a little to put it in an outfit without looking like an angsty teen. I’m as sick of looking at these boots as you are, but knowing that we would be hanging out in the park, naked ankles were NOT an option.
I got a lot of compliments on this hairdo (two french braids, ends shoved under the other with Spin Pins), which was really just a solution to waking up too late to wash it. But most curiously, this necklace inspired a lot of compliments from the preteen boys. They are generally charming young men who have grown up around a lot of women, so usually this wouldn’t phase me. But after being perplexed by the third “I like your chain”, a fourth young man explained that it looked like I “stole a lock chain and dipped it in gold.” I was also told I’m “just like 2 Chainz.” Ahh, boys.
Please excuse the quality (or complete lack-thereof) of these photos. Because of Spirit Week, I knew I wouldn’t have many work outfits to share, so I made The Mister take some iPhone snaps of this look I threw together for Bar Trivia. This sweatshirt is about a decade old and needs to be hiked down a little, but I still wanted to share these new boots with you. Not only do they have GLITTER (my favorite color!), they are also quite comfortable – which is good since we had to walk almost 4 blocks to catch a cab!
I hadn’t anticipated taking pictures this day, so my work outfit was kind of “meh”. But the DSLR camera shows this awesome sweater a lot better than the iPhone photos from before! I’ve been holding onto this post (as you can tell by my hair color) in order to spread out the sweater repeat.
Even though this geometric/tribal print cardigan seems a little crazy, the neutral colors means it goes with pretty much anything. I’ve even been guilty of wearing it around the house over my pajamas, as though it were a makeshift robe. It’s always a nice surprise when a kooky piece gets a lot of use.
I put this outfit together one morning when I knew I wouldn’t be taking photos, so I was trying to find old stuff or things that I’ve already featured on the blog. But this came out so cute I took it off, hung it up together, and saved it for another day.
The cardigan, belt, and corduroy pants are pretty old, and you’ve already seen the leopard shirt and Dr. Scholl’s several times. But how fun is the color combo of the belt and sweater? Black shoes would’ve been better but, like I said yesterday, I’m still searching for the perfect black (COMFORTABLE) wedges for school. I’m actually considering going back to TJ Maxx, getting another pair of these Dr. Scholl’s and finding a way to dye them black. It’s that serious.
ALSO: You may notice that I’m paler and puffier than usual. I’ve been fighting off some bronchitis and a never ending runny nose for the last week, so please excuse my red nose!
See what I mean about reading butch if I’m not careful? Take away the curls and the shoes and that could be Elijah Wood under that jacket.
I can NOT get the photo colors right today. The belt is much more of a neon lime green, and I DON’T have an enormous bruise on my palm!