Outfit Post: Caped Crusader + Alex and Ani

After traveling with a {now} four-year old all weekend, I need a vacation. We packed up and took D3 to Chicago for a weekend of touristy fun and a visit with my friend Cara. In just one day we hit up the Bean, the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, Portillo’s (for hot dogs and milkshakes) and the holiday L train (it is amazing). I am exhausted but it was one of the most fun trips I’ve taken in a long time (although I haven’t taken many trips lately… so there’s that).

But there’s no rest for at least a couple weeks so I’m back at work trying to make it through to another jam-packed weekend. The holidays can be exhausting in the best possible way.

Unfortunately I’m not quite as put together today as I was last week when I donned this cape for a day of meetings. I love the color mix but wanted to add a little something underneath to toughen it up so I paired it with this faux leather jacket I’ve been wearing non-stop. Did double duty of keeping me warm and giving the outfit that extra touch it needed.

I also mixed it up with these Alex and Ani bracelets borrowed from Gumer Jewelry. I layered up a bunch of them but couldn’t help but love the blue/green stone combo the best. These bracelets make a great gift for those hard-to-buy for gals on your list. Especially since they won’t break the bank so you can snag a couple that fit their style. I’m loving this feather one big time.

Tan Cape with Leather Trim: Ann Taylor (bought it last year but this year’s version is similar AND 40% off); Faux Leather Jacket (underneath): ASOS; White T-Shirt: Forever 21; Necklace: Bauble Bar (old but love this option + save 30% off with code INSTAGLAM); Jeans: True Religion; Heels: Jessica Simpson (so old); Bag: Kate Spade

Bracelets: Alex and Ani – All Available at Gumer Jewelry (225 Hurstbourne Parkway)
 Stop by their store this Thursday for a special shopping event. No big party or high-pressure environment – just a relaxing spot to break away from the crowds and check a couple gals off your shopping list. I heard there may even be a little bubbly. Sounds like my kind of shopping. 

Photos by Hayley Grant. 

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Gumer & Co. Jewelry. All opinions and random musings are my own. 

Shopping: Cyber Monday Deals & Gifts Galore

Let’s just get straight to the deals since I know that’s what you’re looking for. Here’s a list of my favorite Cyber Monday sales + a smorgasborg of gift ideas. All of these are from sales with great deals. Happy Shopping!

* Ann Taylor50% off everything with code CYBER50
* Anthropologie – Extra 20% off sale items with code HOLLYJOLLY
* ASOS – Get 30% off everything with code ILOVEMONDAYS
* Banana Republic – 40% off everything with code CYBER
* BaubleBar - 20% off with code CYBER20 with the chance to save up to 30% off
* Bloomingdale’s - Take 25% off your purchase
* Brooks Brothers – 10% off your purchase with up to 30% off some items.
* C.Wonder - 40% off everything!
* Dress & Dwell – Use code LUCKYCYBERMONDAY to see what you save between 25 – 35% off.
* Forever 21 - 20% off order $60+ with code CYBER20; 30% off order $120+ with code CYBER30
* GAP - 40% off everything with code CYBER
* J.CREW - 30% off with code MONDAY
* Kate Spade – 30% off with code CYBER30
* LOFT – 50% off everything with code MONDAY
* Nasty Gal – Up to 50% off
* Nordstrom – Up to 40% off
* Old Navy – 40% off everything with code CYBER
* Sephora – Free Seven Piece Sample Bag with $25 purchase
* Sole Society - Save 30% off shoes and bags.


Outfit Post: Cozy

First off, can we talk about how crappy I am at blogging these days? Seriously, I am the queen of good intentions, lofty goals and running out of time.

This whole working full-time with kids thing is no joke. Add in this little blog on the side and a pile of laundry that is threatening to overtake my house and you’ve got one worn out gal juggling a lot. Not going to throw myself a big ole pity party though because it’s not all dirty clothes and work. There’s been a lot of fun thrown in there too but even the good times get exhausting. I’m in need of one of those weeks with zero meetings and a weekend with nothing on the calendar. Super Lame? Yes, but totally necessary.

Now that I’ve finished confessing as to why I can’t get my ass in gear, it’s on to the outfit. You know me, keeping it pretty basic … and ALWAYS in booties.

I’m pretty obsessed with these puppies because of the color. The wine/burgundy color stands out just enough and pairs perfectly with both brown and black. And they’ve got that wedge. Gotta have that wedge on long days (and for balancing while carrying about 19 bags and random things for work/kids/life/returns at the mall).

As far as sweaters go, I’m not usually a huge fan of just a sweater. Honestly because I don’t think they suit my frame BUT this one has an interesting a-symmetrical cut and is beyond soft. Perfect for one of those days when I can actually sit down and catch up on that ever daunting email inbox.

Make it a good one friends and don’t forget to VOTE!

Trapeze Sweater: ASOS; Jeans: c/o Levi’s (old – seen here); Wedge Booties: Sole Society (also LOVE these and these); Necklace: Loren Hope; Bracelets: Stella & Dot

 Photos by Whitney Neal.





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