Weekend Looks

A few looks I wore over the weekend...

This first look was for a day in the city - it was really chilly when we went for breakfast, but it was supposed to get warmer in the afternoon so I threw on a couple layers. This turtleneck is perfect for fall because it's sleeveless, so it's easy to wear alone or with a jacket. I found these jeans for only $54, and they run TTS. We walked 4 miles or more (+ didn't sit down all day), and my feet only started to hurt the last 10 minutes...these boots are honestly so comfortable. 
Strollin' with the nuna IVVI. I purchased this universal organizer for our stroller and love it, would highly recommend it! 
Finally found these sunnies online for you HERE (and for $100 less than retail!). 

And later that night...I changed into this new dress from Zara with these OTK boots. I love boots with dresses/skirts - such a fun, flirty look for date night. 
dress (also love this one) | bag (more affordable option here) | OTK boots (more sizes here) | sunglasses 

Happy Hump Day! xx 

Fall Wants

Fall Wants
sweater | poncho | bag
boots | bucket bag | lipstick | skirt
hat | jacket

Fall is in full swing over here which means I'm feeling more pressure to shop (ha, any excuse right!?) for the season. I'm a coat hoarder (recently got this and lovveee it!) but I'm still on the hunt for a trench. I love how chic and simple this one is, thinking it's a must have! This season is all about the bold lip so I want to step outside my comfort zone (nude lip all day) and go red! Mac has some great colors but I want to hear what you all love!


Feminine Edge

 jacket (more affordable here) | tee (only $13!) | belt (worn backwards) | skirt c/o | sunnies | bag (more affordable option here

Happy Monday, hope you had a great weekend! I love this skirt - it's such a statement maker and can be worn so many different ways. I wanted to add a little edge to it for a date night, so I threw on a graphic tee and my favorite leather jacket. I love the overall look - it's fun, flirty, but not too over-the-top. As you know I'm normally a jeans kind of girl, but I've been purchasing a lot of dresses and skirts lately and can't wait to wear them throughout the fall. I'm so tired from the weekend - off to grab coffee before a busy busy day! xx


1. What kind of camera do you each use? 
Brooke: I use a Canon 7D with a 50mm lens. I really want to purchase an 85mm lens, but it's pretty pricey (I've heard it's the best for shooting street style photography).
Meggan: I use a Canon 6D with a 24-105mm lens. We just got this last year and are really happy with it!

2. How do you budget for each season? I always feel like I need to buy so many new items as the seasons change. 
Brooke: I know this is going to be different for everyone based on based on budget, but I'll share what I do. It's so tempting to purchase everything new at the beginning of each season, but I try to only pay full price for basics that I know will last more than one season (denim, leather jackets, coats, boots for fall). For trendy pieces, I head to F21, H&M, and Zara - I certainly do not spend a lot of money on these items (for example - I absolutely love the suede skirt trend this season & just picked up this one, and I have to say the quality is actually great and runs TTS). The best piece of advice I have for budgeting is BUY NOW, WEAR LATER. This means search sales for spring/summer items that will always be in style - you can save SO much money this way, and it's one of my favorite things to do. I know it's hard to spend money on things you can't wear right now, but you'll be so happy once spring rolls around and you've got a brand new pair of nude sandals that you got 50% off. I was eyeing these all summer, and now they are on major sale - SCORE! This is definitely a sandal I will love for years to come, and I'm so happy I didn't pay full price. To sum it all up, my 3 tips for budgeting are: 
1. Only pay full price for basics - denim, leather jackets, coats, boots.
2. Head to budget-friendly stores for trendy items.
3. Buy (sale pieces) now, wear later. 
Meggan: I have to agree with everything Brooke said but will add a couple tips! Save money for big sales like the Nordstrom or Shopbop sale. Nordstrom's anniversary sale starts in July and you can score staple fall pieces (boots, faux fur, jackets) on MAJOR sale. I set aside money from each paycheck to save for shopping. So that way when fall comes I don't have to take money out of my checking account that I use for bills, insurance, etc. If you can save $50-$200 each paycheck (whatever works best for your lifestyle!) you can have a pretty good chunk of change to do some shopping. This summer I saved around $300 each month and had about $1,200 to shop for fall which was more then enough! Also, If you do a lot of online shopping you can almost always find a coupon code - always google before you order!

3. Meggan - any tips on how to create that perfect top knot bun? 
I've been meaning to get a tutorial done but it's been a little cray cray around here lately and I've been traveling every week! Buns are great for second day hair - if your hair is clean I would spray a little dry shampoo or hairspray in it to make it a little "dirty." Pull your hair into a high ponytail, wrap your pony clockwise and secure it with hair-tie (should have a donut shape), tuck in ends and bobby pin stray hairs. I pull down on the front and back of my hair to create a messy look. I will get a video/pics up soon, hope this helps in the meantime!

4. Brooke - any tips on apartment hunting in NYC? 
Uhg - apartment hunting in NYC is no joke! There's no way to sugar coat this - it's unlike anywhere else I've ever lived (Iowa, Arizona, California, Chicago), the apartment game is so different here. There are buildings you can go to that are considered "no fee" apartments which is a great option if you're on a budget. Unfortunately, we didn't find any "no fee" buildings that fit our criteria when we were apartment hunting (but we were still living in CA at the time, and flew in for ONE day to find an apartment, so we didn't have a lot of time). Basically, if you're interested in renting a condo, townhome (or anything "no fee"), you must have a broker. You can't even get an appointment to look at an apartment without a broker - it's all sorts of ridiculous. When we were looking, we thought for sure we could get around this...but you just can't (unless you know the owner of the condo or it's a special circumstance). Just like everything else in NYC, it's expensive...I know, not what you wanted to hear. You end up paying your broker around 15% of your rent cost FOR THE YEAR (which with NYC prices is a ton...and you have to write them a check before you secure your lease). This may be different for different brokerages, but I'm speaking from our experience only - we worked with Douglas Elliman. In terms of neighborhood, your options are endless - we lived on the Upper East Side in Manhattan which is great for families, but I would have loved to live in Tribeca (my absolute favorite neighborhood in NYC). Other great neighborhoods: Upper West Side, West Village, East Village, and SoHo. There are obviously great neighborhoods all over Manhattan (and Brooklyn), so my best piece of advice would be to explore all of the neighborhoods you are interested in, and figure out which one works best for you! 

Insta, Lately

The deets of our insta, lately...
Both of us recently purchased tobacco suede over-the-knee boots and are in looooove. They are nearly identical, but Meggan has this pair & Brooke has this pair
We are trying (hard) to eat healthy and stay active & so far it's working pretty well. It's tough to pass up the doughnut section at our favorite bakeries, but we know it will pay off! 
Loving this sleeveless turtleneck (AND the price tag!). It also comes in black. 
We will never get tired of our DW watches - they are the best. So simple, yet stunning and they go with everything! Both of us also have this leather jacket, and it's proven to be one of our favorites. 
So excited for fall nail polish colors - this one is Dark Dahlia by CND
The perfect fall #ootd - we love outfits that easily transition from day to date night! 
The prettiest Anthro ever! 
 We are doubling up on the latt├ęs these days - love these Celine sunnies! 
 This coat is my new favorite for fall, and it's under $70! I'm wearing a small, but could have gone with an XS. 
 Confession: I had been using cheap shampoo since my salon brand ran out, and I noticed a huge difference in a BAD way. My head was so itchy, and my hair felt so waxy...I'm not making this up. I purchased Biolage Color Care shampoo & conditioner, and my hair already feels soooo much better! I'll definitely be avoiding cheap shampoo/conditioner in the future. 
 Coffee coffee coffeeeeee! xx

Indigo Flares

 top (sold out) similar here and here | jeans c/o | bag | sunglasses | pumps

You can't go wrong with a little denim on denim action. These indigo flares are one of four pairs I picked up from Henry and Belle (my favorite jean brand FOR SURE!) last week, so you will be seeing a lot of their jeans. I know ordering jeans online can be hard but these fit pretty TTS and have a lot of stretch. I'm wearing a size 24 and they fit perfect. Sometimes it's hard finding a shoe to wear with flares - I paired mine with these classic pumps but they would also look great with a pair of clogs like this or this. My top is sold out but this J Brand one is almost identical and on sale!

P.S - H&B is 20% off site wide today - perfect time to order!


Budget-Friendly Fall Entry

I love decorating for the holidays, but don't go all out until Christmas. I wanted to get a little fall/Halloween decor into my home, and picked up a few goodies for my entry. I made a trip to Home Goods, and used some items I already had as well. I always have this candle holder on my entry table, but I just switched the candles from white to black. I also came across this one and this one which are nearly identical, but a bit more budget-friendly. These mercury pumpkins are from Home Goods, but these are an exact match and not too pricey! I'm definitely going to go pick up this scull to add to the table as Halloween gets closer - soo good! I'm getting a little bored with the bottom of my console right now (but still love this stool), and am trying to think of ways to switch it up. Any ideas? It's narrow, so a tough space to decorate, but I don't like the look bare (plus the basket hides an ugly outlet). 

Recreate the Look:

Black Brown Mix

dress | boots | hat c/o | sunglasses | bag | ring c/o | bracelet

Getting excited the temps are starting to cool down in Chicago! One of my go-to fall outfits is a long-sleeve dress and OTK boots. I just got these (also come in grey and taupe!) and lovvveee them! They are a little pricey but the price-per-wear will definitely even out. This pair looks like the Stuart Weitman OTK boots but only $150! If you're planning on buying boots, I would buy them ASAP - they seem to always sell out by the end of September. I made that mistake last year!