Mini Weekend Vacation

Good morning babes! Hope your week is going well - mine is flying by, as we've been super busy over here. Tomorrow is my hubby's birthday, so we are heading to the city for a little stay-cation and a (much-needed) adults only night out. As I was thinking about what to bring, I started mentally packing things I don't have...HA! Please tell me I'm not the only one who does this?! With the cooler temperatures finally rolling in, I've decided to put together a list of items I wish I was packing for the weekend. 

I've been searching high and low of the perfect leopard coat, and actually ordered this one, but I'm not positive I'm going to keep it. It's not exactly what I wanted, but I'm afraid if I return it, I'll regret it. Thoughts? I love this gray one - a little different from all the others I've seen, and this one is pretty amazing too.

I'm in need of a great overnight bag, I'd love suggestions! A vintage Louis Vuitton wouldn't be too shabby, but also loving this one

I'm on the hunt for a new plaid shirt for fall, each year I find a new one, but it's never "the one," know what I mean? It's like trying to find the perfect white tee. I have been lusting after this one, and think I need to pull the trigger. Love the lace up detail on this one, it adds a bit of sexiness to the lumberjack look. 

I don't "need" another hat, but I neeeeeeed this one. Yes. There's a difference.

I ordered this bag from Farfetch (my new favorite site, BTW), but it's not here yet. After browsing bags on bags, and thinking and contemplating (real serious decisions, I know), I decided I wanted a smaller cross body bag for fall/winter instead of another large bag. I've loved this bag for so long, and never get tired of seeing it, so I can't wait for it to arrive! I also love this one (it's more amazing in person + fringe is so in for fall), and this one is much more budget-friendly. Bags, shoes, and coats are the items I don't mind spending a bit more money on because they last for a long time, and are an "everyday item" unlike most clothing items.

I couldn't choose just one item from this look - instead, I'd love the whole thing. It is so simple, but not boring - and perfect for the transition to fall (not to mention city walking). I keep coming across great double breasted jackets, and am determined to find one to keep warm this year. Obsessed with this oversized version, but this one is a bit more classic (and probably more wearable). 

Because it's always fun to have something pretty to wear around a fancy hotel. I'll take thisthis (umm hello gorgeous!), and this please!

 What's on your autumn wishlist? 

images: hush / sincerely, jules / the blonde salad / dulceida / fancy 

A Glimpse of my Everyday Life!

sunrise - Run. My boyfriend signed us up for a 15K run in November so I've started running again. If anyone has any tips, send them my way!, I need all the help I can get! He did just hook me up with some Nike gear so that has definitely helped!
nike pegasus 31 running shoes | pants

morning - Catch up on a couple of my favorite blogs (Sincerely Jules, Cupcakes and Cashmere, Thug Kitchen just to name a few!) and of course check Revolve..I have a serious addiction to this website, anyone else? Drooling over these Anine Bing moto leather pants and this Simone Camille leopard bag #wishlist

coffee please
wedges dress - chambray

morning - Get to work (Trunk Club!!) I'm so lucky I get to do something I love, it definitely makes days at the office much more fun! If your boyfriend/husband/brother or any of your guy friends would be a good fit for the service, send them my way!

lunch - I'm back on a health kick I usually eat salad but I always try to mix it up! I love power salads like this (I make a huge batch so it lasts all week!) and this yummy chopped one . Don't take me too serious though, Jimmy Johns gets ordered at least once a week - especially after nights I throw back one too many glasses of wine ;)

afternoon - A lot of my fittings are in the afternoon. Guys come in, have a couple drinks, and I pick clothes out for them! I couldn't think of a better way for a guy to shop! All the fitting rooms are like mini man-caves, guys are always in awe when they first walk into Trunk Club!

happy hour- Go to drink: dirty martini with blue cheese stuffed olives. Favorite spots: Hubbard Inn, Boss Bar, Hub51...pretty much any bar walking distance from work!
blog shoot - If I'm still feeling somewhat together, I'll try to squeeze a blog shoot in before I veg-out on the couch. The lighting at this time is seriously perfect! I'm sad it's starting to get dark early already - boo!
sunglasses | top (similar) | necklace

night - If I'm not on the couch watching crappy reality TV (can never resist a little Bachelor in Paradise, anyone else?) I like go on walks by the lake, hang on my rooftop or explore different bars and restaurants! And of course, a major pin sesh before bed!

That's a little glimpse of my not so exciting everyday life! xx

Hair Stories (my new hair + a look at the past year)

Good morning, ladies! If you follow along on instagram, you know I dyed my hair dark yesterday - and I'm loving it. I get so many questions about my hair (I'm planning a few hair-related posts, stay tuned!), so I thought it would be fun to take a look back at my hair over the past year. It was the year of experimentation, and was a lot of fun. Here we go! 

Pretty close to my natural hair color here (I've colored it for so long, it's never really "natural"). 

Moving on to the DIY ombre I did - this was fun, for a few weeks (then it started turning really brassy). 

Instead of dying the ombre back dark, I decided to chop it off. A fresh (7 inches to be exact) cut felt so good.
Can't wait to use this clutch again for fall - it's the perfect size! 

This spring I decided to add major highlights (first time having lighter hair in over 7 years). 
My favorite jacket (I wear it year-round) - I ordered a small for those who wanted to know. 

2nd round of highlights - they were fun for summer, but not really "me." 
tee / jeans / bag

And today! Back to the dark side for fall/winter. 
Several of you commented about this scarf and lip color. The scarf is from Nastygal, and this color is currently sold out, but they still have the green version, and the lips are Laura Mercier (lipstick is 'spiced rose,' gloss is 'bare baby'). 

Do you have any specific hair questions for me? Please let me know, and I'll plan my upcoming hair posts around them! xx

Cozy Layers

Happy Monday gorgeous ladies! I need a double triple shot today - I'm still recovering from Iowa City (and probably will be till Wednesday). We didn't get in till late on Friday but still managed to go to a couple of our favorite bars and hit up Marco's grilled cheese after (an Iowa City must). Saturday was a full day of tailgating and we sat in the box for the game. It was a fun weekend to say the least!

When we got back to the city yesterday we went to a BBQ and watched some football. I wanted to be cozy and comfortable so I wore this over-sized sweater and ripped boyfriend jeans. This is the BCBG jacket I found at T.J Maxx - it's sold out online but I found this Marc New York one and this which are pretty close replica's! A lot of you asked about the lip gloss in my Instagram from Saturday (I'm wearing it here too) it's pink pop by Laura Mercier, my new favorite!


Thoughts For Friday

TGIF - I can't wait to partake in some serious rest & relaxation this weekend! Today's post is going to be a random assortment of thoughts I'm having this Friday morning. First up, THESE BOOTS!
How amazing are they?! I came across them last night, and can't get them out of my head - I definitely think I'm going to need to splurge and get them - I feel like they'd last a long time, and since they're flat, I know I'd wear them all the time (whenever I buy boots with heels, I don't wear them nearly as often). What do you think, are they worth it? 

The weather is (finally) starting to cool down in New York, and I can't wait to start wearing more outfits like this - so simple, yet amazing. I'm big into oversized turtlenecks this year, I think I need to make a trip to Zara over the weekend, I haven't been there in a while. Have you been lately? 

I was at Nordstrom yesterday (making returns, not shopping), and spotted this bag - immediately started drooling. I know the Sac de Jour isn't a brand new style that nobody has seen, but I've never seen it in this color - it was amazing, more gray in person than brown as it looks in this picture. The size is perfection - not too big, and not too small. 
It also comes in red - equally as beautiful, but I think I may get tired of the red (although I've been on the hunt for a great red bag). Thoughts? 

Blogger gossip: One thing Meggan and I were super surprised (and disappointed, to be honest) about when we were at fashion week was the cattiness/two-faced personalities we came into contact with. Of course we'd never share who, but we were shocked. Blogging is funny, because you think you get an idea for what people's personalities are like, but you could (probably) be wayyyy off. We were in an elevator with a somewhat "big" blogger, and she and her friends were talking about a fashion show she'd just been to, and she said " didn't miss much," (followed by talking poorly of a mutual friend these girls had) only to instagram a photo of the show 30 minutes later saying the designer is always one of her absolute favorites (#barf). However, many of the bloggers (even and especially those who have a HUGE following + worldwide campaigns) that we met were ultra sweet, so that made up for it. It seemed like those who were the most standoff-ish, were those who had somewhat of a following, but not everybody knew their name (except the elevator experience, LOL). Just thought it was interesting, and had to share. In the words of Diane von Furstenberg, "You don't have to be a bitch to be successful." 

I'm desperate for new hair, and am loving this look on Jessica Alba. It might be a little brassy for me, maybe I'll just go back to dark brown for fall/winter. Please send help. 

Have a happy weekend, loves!! Xx

NYFW Slip Dress + Leather Jacket

Good morning, babes! Today I'm sharing my third look from NYFW: I opted for a slip dress with my favorite Schutz lace-up sandals (sold out, flat version here), and threw on a leather jacket to give it a little edge. This slip dress is from ZARA (last year), but I'm loving this, this, and this one. I get so many comments and questions about this bag - it's by Celine, and you can find more affordable, pre-owned options here, I purchased mine at Barney's, but they are hard to find online. After leaving the Carolina Herrera show, we spotted cutie Bill Cunningham snapping our photo, and I so wish I would have had time to take a photo of him - he is seriously a legend.

We wanted to take a moment to reflect on today's date, 9/11. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those families who were affected. #wewillneverforget

Floral Two-Piece

bag | sunglasses | heels | dress (similar)

Hi ladies! I'm still exhausted from my four-day weekend in NY - that city will really get you! The good news is, it's already Wednesday and I leave this Friday for Iowa/Iowa State game! I wore this outfit on Monday to the shows. I never buy floral since I like to dress a little edgier but I really love this little two piece set. I can't find it online but I love this floral romper (on sale for $30!) and this short sleeve mini from Revolve. The shoes are French Connection and are no longer available since all their fall stuff is out. We went to the French Connection party on Friday night and got to preview the holiday collection and I now have a giant FC wishlist - this, this and this please!! Have a great day boos!

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