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Wisconsin Wedding Weekend – Part 1…

“Good morning Wisconsin!” That’s exactly what I exclaimed everyday for the last three days because I got the chance to travel to the far away land of WISCONSIN! Why WI do you ask? Well if my title didn’t give it away, but I embarked on my first trip to the Midwest for the wedding of my former college roommate.  So with a flight booked, off to the country’s dairy capital I went! Meeting another friend early on Friday morning, we rented a car and decided to take in as much of the great state we possibly could in the short amount of time we had.  First stop was of course, lunch! We hit up the International Safe House – a spy themed restaurant appropriately hidden down a back alley in downtown Milwaukee.  It was a fun treat even from going through a faux bookcase that opened up to the main dining room.  The walls are covered in James Bond memorabilia and your server hands you clues and encourages you to wander around and open trick doors and passageways.  Even the exit is a hidden door you have to try to find and oh yea, pay a quarter to get out of….

Next up on our first day in WI – The Bronze Fonz of course! Yes, Milwaukee has a bronze statue of the Fonz also on the waterfront. Check it out below! We met a lovely couple from North Carolina who were very confused as to how two such young ladies knew who the Fonz even was, but rest assure we definitely do!!!

Well our time in Milwaukee was very short, and in just a few hours we were back in our chariot (rental car) and off to the middle of no where (literally) to visit the House on the Rock – a HUGE home, that looks more like a Disney World attraction, built on top/into a large rock formation, filled with antiques, crazy rooms and creepy music.  While an interesting thing to see, not sure I’d be going back year after year…

After the house it was on to our final WI destination – the state’s capital of Madison.  An hour ride from the House on the Rock, we stopped at cheese outlets, sausage outlets and laughed at all the fun/quirky signs that popped up in every small town.

Finally in Madison, we ventured for some grub and let me tell you, the Midwest lived up to it’s stereotype of having nice people – even the drunk ones were nice, making sure the hostess at the restaurant had our name down on the list for a table and pointed us (several times) to the bar for drinks.  It was a great first day in WI and stay tuned to see what else I experienced!!!

Top: Ann Taylor; Jeans: Forever 21; Shoes: Steve Madden; Bag: Louis Vuitton

Like A Fine Wine…

Like for most 20 something’s, wine becomes more of an experience rather than a 8 dollar gallon bottle of alcoholic sugary juice that it once was back in college.  We take time to pick one to be perfectly paired with our meals, ones that will leave us a little bit less stressed, and then there are those that you can finish a whole bottle of, have a good cry, and wake up headache free! Woohoo! And those wines are exactly what inspired my search for the perfectly fitted, wine colored skinny pant. And here they are! They go perfectly with whatever I’m having for dinner, have a robust color, and are the perfect addition to my fall 2013 clothing harvest.

Top & Pants: H&M (Bought online!!!); Shoes: Steve Madden

Last Bit of Summer…

Well there it went folks, summer.  Slipped on out the back door just as fast as it came in.  But what can we do? Hopefully you all enjoyed it as much as possible and let’s face it, the best season is now nipping at our heels, but that’s just my opinion.  But while this Labor Weekend has been a bit of a bust weather wise, I did get a chance to pull out one last pair of shorts to try and chase away the clouds.  Wishful thinking that the bright colored pair I grabbed from my drawer would bring out the sun, but at least I gave it a whirl.  So long summer, you’ve been, umm well, you’ve been something.  Here’s to those few memorable moments, but this girl is ready to pack away the swimsuits (THANK YOU BABY JESUS) and ready to pull out the leather pants!!

T-Shirt: H&M; Shorts & Bracelet: J.Crew Factory

Miss Me?…

Did you miss me? Hopefully you did, even just a little bit.  But seriously, can you believe the summer is basically over?  It went by way to quickly, and when you only have the weekends to enjoy the beautiful weather, it makes it seem even shorter.  That’s why had taken some time off the blog to just focus on myself and enjoy my final weeks of tan lines and cocktails.  But don’t you worry posts this week will be all new and full of good stuff, and just to tie you over till then, here are a few pics from my family vacation to Maine! Lobsters and blueberries and ocean, oh my! Until tomorrow fashionistas!

Mid-Summer Glow

With the summer half under wraps, it has finally clicked to me that the warm weather won’t be here for much longer. And that’s why I have decided to take advantage of every last minute of it, with trips to visit friends, spending time in the sun, and enjoying the great outdoors.  It’s as though my tan finally figured out that summer was speeding towards an end as well, and decided it was actually going to make an appearance this year.  WOOHOO! Even the my blonde becomes slightly too blonde, and finding a shade of foundation/concealer in my makeup arsenal to match my new skin tone is quite a challenge, nothing beats someone saying, “you look so tan.”  It really is a great feeling to know the time you’ve spent taking in all that vitamin D (responsibly of course) has paid off.  Nothing like those little moments to really make you happy!

Dress: Hello Miss (Purchased on Haute Look); Shoes: Alloy

Breezy & Cool…

When life hands you a day with 80 degree temps, and absolutely NO humidity, you take it and run with it.  A day that gives you perfectly volumized, non-frizzy hair and has a slight breeze could put a smile on even the grouchiest of faces.  After a week of record highs, we were due for a gorgeous day like this past Friday, which could only be described as picturesque.    Topped off with a boat ride on the river during sunset, it was a summer night for the books.  Now a girl can only hope that this weather continues for the rest of the season, so perfectly plumped hair and all my other breezy blouses can make an appearance before it’s time to pack them away and pull out the wool sweaters.  Fingers crossed!

Top, Jeans, & Shoes: Forever 21; Earrings: Anthropologie

Smokey Gray….

So once again I found myself running around my apartment trying to put together an outfit in a mere 15 mins so I wouldn’t be late for work.  But it’s becoming more of a routine since I’ve been hit the snooze button more and more.  All in all I think my 15min closet scavenger hunt was a success.  Sometimes you just need to go back to the basic black pencil skirt and build from there.  Even the nice guy in the other cubicle thought I hit the nail on the head.  This will definitely be a go to outfit next time I’m in a rush…

 

 

Top: H&M; Skirt: J.Crew; Heels: Michael Antonio; Necklace: Custom Olena R design (Find her on Facebook by searching Olena R Jewelry)

Hot & Humid…

Sometimes the summer just doesn’t cooperate with my plans, and the weather has an identity crisis and can’t decide what it wants to be or do.  Like yesterday, which started off fairly cool, them muggy, then there was some drizzle, then some sun… With all that said, getting dressed for a day of errands I’ve been pushing off, was rather difficult.  Going in and out of stores that are practically refrigerators then it being a humid 90+ degrees outside, it was hard to find something in my closet hat would keep me comfortable in ALL situations.  After some thought and a few swaps, this is what I came up with.  This peppy pink linen popover did just the trick.  I rolled down the sleeves when I started to freeze in the supper market and then unbuttoned and rolled them back up when I was walking around town grabbing my afternoon cup of joe.  What are you all wearing to beat the heat???

 

Top: J.Crew; Cutoffs: American Eagle; Flip Flops: Old Navy

Summer Getaways…

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Happy Friday folks! I know everyone in the corporate world is jumping up and clicking their heels as they run out the door to the nearest happy hour.  But for those VERY lucky ones, instead of gathering at the local watering hole with the same people you’ve been stuck inside with all week, they are heading to an exciting weekend getaway to somewhere fabulous.

As I prep for my own mini-vacation next week, I thought of all those who also take advantage of the short summer season and get away, even if just for the night, for some rest and relaxation.  More importantly I thought of what they pack for those short trips.  I’m guilty of being an over-packer.  I always expect the unexpected, love to have a ton of options and oddly seem to buy something while on my trip to wear and usually come home with a suitcase of clean clothes, which don’t get me wrong isn’t all that bad. BUT, there are definitely a few things I never leave home without on one of these said weekend retreats.

1. White T-Shirt ….Can’t go wrong with the basics right?  Since most weekend getaways are road trips, throwing on a white t-shirt with basically anything whether it be leggings, jean cutoffs, a terry skirt, or whatever it may be, will have you feeling cool and comfortable for that long car ride to and from.  And if you are only going for a night, this can also double as your pjs, giving you space to pack a few other items in your luggage.

2. Maxi Dress….I’m sure some of you are rolling your eyes and going, “I’m too short to wear a maxi dress.” YOU ARE WRONG! Oddly enough, maxi dresses have a way of looking great on everyone, you just have to find what works for you!.  Whether it be a cotton/spandex tank maxi dress, like I’ve worn here, that can be used as a cover up or great for just wandering around town souvenir shopping.  Or one like this (Maxi Dress), that’s a bit fancier and a great option for a romantic sunset dinner with your love dove…

3. Bathing Suit….Again with the eye roll! But us curvy girls must swim too! I especially love J.Crew’s swim line because they offer so many mix and match options that everyone will surely find a suit that fits them.  The material on these suits are fantastic and if you take care of them, a suit can last you YEARS! I still have the suits I bought from them back in HIGH SCHOOL! Granted they don’t fit anymore, but I still have them…Can we say hoarders???

4. Sandals…The summer footwear staple.  Not the best when it comes to ankle support, but whether it’s a basic flip-flop to wear down on the sand, or a bejeweled strappy gladiator to compliment that maxi dress, sandals are great for weekend trips.  No need to pack the clunky wedges or sky-high heels for these quick trips.  Be comfy and stylish all at the same time.

5. And finally, the other item I HAVE TO HAVE on my weekend trips is a cozy knit sweater.  Nothing beats those cool nights sitting out under the stars, next to a bon-fire with great friends.  Some of the best memories I have of summer are doing just that, and after a long day in the hot sun, nothing feels better on your skin then a comfy sweater .

So go on, get to packing, because if you don’t hurry the weekend will be gone before you know it!

Coming Apart At the Seams…

You know what is just a knee slapping good time, wearing linen pants on the one day those meteorologist people were correct in predicting total downpours. Yup, day got off to a GREAT start.  Oh but it gets better.  Nothing says, “you are going to have a great day Alina,” like pulling off a pesky thread from said linen pants, to later find out it was the thread holding the seam on the perfectly pressed, light-colored trousers, together.  And THEN spending the majority of the day with your leg immobilized in hopes that the seam would not completely unravel in front of your corporate co-workers’ eyes.  One thing after the other had my patience and composure coming apart at the seams as well.  UGH, IS IT FRIDAY YET!?!!?!

 

 

Top, Pants, & Necklace: J.Crew; Shoes: Alloy