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Denim Tunic Dress

First off, I’m so pumped by the support I’m getting after I shared a life update with my Instagram followers. I posted a pic doing an open mic at the Laugh Factory, because…(drumroll) I recently decided to try out stand-up comedy. At first I was scared to share with anyone because I was worried about being judged. Then I got over it. I mean, my New Year’s resolution was to ‘be my authentic self’ – and so I decided, why not?! If I am terrible and not funny and get booed off stage so often that I end up quitting altogether, at least I’ll have a fun story to tell when I’m 80.

 I’m currently taking a class at Second City and also doing open mic’s weekly. I was really encouraged to give it a shot after I met a hilarious and super cool Chicago comic named Sabeen. Now I’m glad I did share publicly because I feel even more motivated to continue to do and share more about it. I’m still doing everything else I do around here, blogging about personal style, beauty and life in general, but now I’m just going to have to also make time for my newest endeavor. Stay tuned for more on that!

On to the look: I’m always attracted to outfits that look effortless and comfortable as well as chic. I just don’t have the time nor patience to be uncomfortable no matter how cute the look is.  A simple denim tunic is the perfect casual piece for every woman – wear year round as a top over pants or as a dress. I find myself reaching for this dress so often especially since it is so warm out. Seriously loving a Fall that feels like Summer!

Also – this weekend is the last weekend the Takashi Murakami exhibition is open and I’m still not sure if I will be able to catch it, but I am trying! It is a constant struggle for me to make time for the myriad of things I love. Sometimes I wish I wasn’t into so many things – life would be much simpler! Be sure to check it out if you are in Chicago – have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by ~
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Track Pants and Heels

Nothing is sweeter than spending time breaking bread with good friends. Tom and I are both introverts, so sometimes it is easier for us just to stay home and be anti-social, especially now that we have two kids. But it never fails, every time we make an effort to go out we are so happy that we did. Last night we celebrated a friend’s new career move, and we had so much fun. It was amazing to reminisce and think about how much our lives have changed since we first met. We went from being single co-workers whose biggest concern was what to eat for lunch,  to getting married, getting pregnant, and growing both of our families all around the same time.

I wore my favorite track pants (that I found on major sale!) with my go-to combination of this  cami and these strappy heels – If there are any items in my closet that are worn over and over again, it is these two. I gave up comfy shoes for a stretchy waistband, after all fashion is about give and take. I like the balance, dressing up the casual pant – though I would just as easily pair with a pointed toe bootie or loafers for a cooler Fall day.

I’m currently thinking Fall, despite the heat wave we are in (no complaints here!) but also hitting up some major end of season sales that are upon us. If you thought they were good around Labor Day, just wait until you see what is going on now. Some of my favorite places with sales right now are listed below – happy shopping!

Intermix – up to 75% off Sale + Extra 30% at checkout

The Outnet – They have Jonathon Simkhai just in (eek!)

Shopbop – New items added to sale!

Nordstrom  – TONS of end of season stuff 40% off

Neiman Marcus – free Alexis sandals with $350 purchase

Farfetch – So.Many.Shoes

Barneys – $25 for every $250 spent, more on $1,000+ (ends tomorrow!)

Barney’s Warehouse – extra 25% off at checkout!

Thanks for stopping by as always xx

Z

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PantsSimilar Style under $50 | Top | Heels – Similar Style under $80| Bag thanks to Rebecca Minkoff | Earrings  thanks to Sugarfix by Baublebar

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Top Three Must-Have Baby Items – Chicago Baby Show 2017

I recently attended my first baby expo and was blown away by all of the new and improved items on the market for babies. There were so many brands, big and small, with products for pretty much every category, but there were three that I feel really stood out among the rest. As a second time mom, I really focused on items I think are must-haves, items that everyone needs for everyday life. Scroll down to read more!

Top Three Baby Products – 2017

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  1. Doona infant carseat stroller – Doona created a carseat that opens up into a stroller so there is no need to remove your carseat, ever. The idea is absolutely genius and I tested it out and found it very easy to use. My only real concern was the weight, but if you aren’t lifting the carseat at all, just once before it is a stroller – it actually is a non-issue. Bonus points for the car seat height being taller than average, meaning your child can be rear-facing, aka safer, longer.4moms-breeze
  2. 4moms Breeze Pack and Play – Anyone who has had a baby knows what complete pain it is to assemble and operate the average pack and play. My current pack and play has been sitting in one room for months because I don’t feel like taking the time to break it down so it fits through the door. 4moms created the easiest one step open/close pack and play that makes it incredibly easy to move around and use.bloom-high-chair
  3. Bloom High Chair – One thing I hate about buying baby stuff is usually after a very short time, the child outgrows it and it becomes obsolete. The Bloom high chair is one of my favorite items because it grows with your child, you can use it as a cozy seat for infant, then when baby is bigger, you add the tray and use it as a high chair for the next several years. Also, it is so beautiful and sleek looking, it looks great in the kitchen instead of being a complete eyesore like most high chairs.