Slouchy Sweater and Stirrup Pants

I never thought I’d be back wearing stirrup pants since I last wore them back in third grade, but here we are! Here’s my argument for them – they don’t get saggy after a few hours of wear, they are super slimming, and most importantly, they are basically as comfortable as wearing yoga pants. I first started looking for them after seeing one of my favorite style icons wearing them. I loved how the stirrup added a twist to a simple black trouser, making the whole look so much cooler. I tried a few and ended up choosing these stirrup pants which are actually on sale here! These are perfect for the demure fashion girl who loves to try new styles, not for the sake for being trendy, but also a little bit for the sake of being trendy.

I’m pairing my pants with some of my favorite items in my closet right now: a cozy knit sweater, my favorite suede bag (that was just restocked in this color), and white pumps.

In other news, I’ve been busy with a couple of really awesome projects that I will share in greater detail here soon, but just to give you a hint on one of them – I recently collaborated  with Blue Meets Blue, and modeled their Fall collection for their site! Some of the pieces are on the website right now, and you can check it out here! Blue Meets Blue is an amazing organization that provides jobs to female refugees living here in Chicago, and the clothes are made of the highest quality materials so they are both beautiful and luxurious.

Lastly, don’t forget the Shopbop sale is going on now! You can get 20% off your order of $500 or less and 25% off of your order of more than $500! Just use code EOTS17 at checkout. I’ve already picked up this and this – both pieces that never go on sale! Sale ends Friday, happy shopping!

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Stirrup Pants – (Similar Style under $60) | Pumps (exact ones sold out)| Similar Sweater | Bag

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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