Florals + Pleats

Keeping it short and sweet today! I got so excited seeing your positive feedback on yesterday’s post that I spent majority of yesterday afternoon writing and scheduling the next few posts in the series. (And it’s killing me to wait to hit publish until next week, ahh!) Around 11pm last night, I realized I hadn’t actually written *today’s* post… Whoops!

I’ve been gravitating towards all of the pretty, feminine pieces in my closet the last few weeks! Silky fabrics, floral prints, soft hues, and ladylike silhouettes are always a win in my book. I’ve been packing my calendar with meetings, events, and catch-ups so it’s been fun to have an excuse to dress up a little more often that I normally do during the week! I have a feeling this is going to be my go-to springtime uniform for work-related happenings… A silky blouse, a midi skirt, and a pair of fun shoes! (Only if I’m taking a cab, obvi. Gotta protect that ankle!)

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A New Series: Wellness Wednesdays

I’ve been a bit of a fitness freak for the last four or five years, but it wasn’t until I got injured and couldn’t work out for an extended period of time (going on 10 weeks now!) that I really started studying my health from more of a holistic standpoint. And throughout this journey, I’ve been getting more into wellness and healthy living by the day! It’s hard for me to put into words just how transformative the last ten weeks have been, but this has easily been one of the most eye-opening experiences of my adult years. I’m working on quite a few posts that both directly and indirectly stem from my injury, so be on the lookout for a lot more health and wellness-related content over the next month or two.

But I want to start with the topic of weight loss, just to show how impactful this can be! I didn’t mean for it to happen, but somehow I lost weight when I stopped working out. If you’re as mind fucked by that as I was (and still kind of am), let’s dig in a little bit.

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Supportive Shoes & Sneakers

For whatever reason, wearing sneakers with jeans always makes me feeling like I’m wearing the stereotypical mom uniform. (And I don’t mean that in a derogatory way at all, obviously!) Mom or not, a version of this outfit is usually what you can find me in when I’m running errands! This whole ankle thing has been kind of weird… I’m finally out of the boot (HALLELUJAH!), but I have to be pretty careful with my shoe choices if I’m going to be walking around a lot. As I work to rebuild the muscle in my legs and work on my overall balance, it’s apparently important that I have supportive shoes when I’m going to be on my feet or doing some walking. Even in sneakers, my foot and ankle get sore after a while since they were immobile for nine weeks. Patience has never something I’ve been very good at… I always want to dive right in, but I’m doing my best to take it slow! I’ve so badly wanted to throw on my cute pairs of slides or a heeled bootie, but I’ve been sticking to flats and sneakers.

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Stores I Haven’t Shopped at in a While

Lately, I’ve been re-visiting a few of the stores I used to regularly shop at. And I have to say, I’ve been pretty impressed! My girlfriends and I got into a conversation at breakfast the other day about where to shop for things and it kind of got me thinking. Ever since online shopping has become the norm, and the world has become our oyster for being able to track down pretty much anything, the retailer options are almost endless! And that can be really, really overwhelming. When I’m shopping for something specific, I usually head to Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Revolve to look through their options. But when I feel like I can’t find what I’m looking for or don’t feeling like spending a million dollars, I get a little bit stuck. J.Crew is always a favorite. I usually have pretty good luck at Old Navy, Tuckernuck, and Express, too. But lately I’ve been re-discovering old favorites and switching it up a little bit! I pulled together a few of my favorite things from each store. Hope this helps as you’re shopping for spring and summer! xo

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April Showers Bring May Flowers

Can you believe April is here already?! I can’t get over how fast the last few months have flown by. While I’m happy winter seems to be behind us, I want to keep working on being present and making the most out of every day and week! Whether it be fun lunches or work dates during the week, it’s so important to slow down and savor the small things.

April is known for it’s showers and that couldn’t be any closer to the truth in Chicago right now… Rain is in the forecast for the foreseeable future! While it may wreck havoc on my hair and shoes, I’m all about those May flowers. I can’t wait to see everything in bloom again!

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