Tuesday, September 30, 2014


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When I tell people I spent 24 hours in Amsterdam I get the side eye. With all the trouble you can get into in this picturesque city people assume when you only go for 24 hours you are up to no good. Well let me tell you, this might have been the most PG trip I've been on. I don't even think I got tipsy while I was there. Ha! 
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I attempted to ride bikes (whoever said you never forget LIED). I went to the floating flower market. I ate INDONESIAN FOOD. I sat at a cafe and style watched (love their fashion sense). I took pictures and I might have taken a stroll through the Red Light District to see what the hype was about. 
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I mean how much trouble can you get into when your're wearing a J. Crew pineapple short set ;) 

**Simply Chic Travel Tip: Amsterdam**
This city is beautiful, so beautiful that I will share some of my photos and travel tips later this week (schedule permitting). Even though the city is small, you definitely need more than 24 hours. Dam Square is a good central location, but it's packed and touristy so avoid it if that's not your thing. I personally and highly recommend the SWISSOTEL. And if it's not being used, ask for the wheelchair accessible room for extra space ;) But even the regular size rooms are spacious compared to others in the city.

WEARING:  J. CREW PINEAPPLE SWEATER, SHORTS and necklace (SIMILAR), xoxo leopard sneakers (SIMILAR)

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Monday, September 22, 2014


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London bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down — I spent the bulk of my time on this trip in London living like a local because I have a friend who calls this great city home for the time being. I did get to play tourist a bit, and I have to say the London Bridge was my least favorite tourist attraction. And that's of all tourist attractions, not just in London. Ha! It pretty much looks like an overpass you wouldn't give a second thought to. But it does have one redeeming factor — you get great views of the Tower Bridge which is an absolute beauty! I mean, it's baby blue. How can it not be great? 
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On another note, HAPPY FALL! I love everything about this season; the colors, the weather, the fashion, everything! 
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My trench coat, which was my right hand "accessory" on this trip, is a staple for fall, as are tights with dresses and skirts and of course boots and scarves.
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**Simply Chic Travel Tip: London**
I'm a natural planner. I am starting to go with the flow more, but in a big city like London, it's good to have a plan and map your days out. I also recommend an international data plan, because there were a few times Google Maps would have been very useful and free WIFI wasn't as abundant as it was last year when I was in Greece. 
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Alas, I leave you with the London Bridge. What do you think?

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014


I found myself in this lovely city for the second time, and as they say, "Paris is always a good idea". People talk so much crap about Paris and I don't know why. Haters. Rolling up on the Eiffel Tower, and the Louve and the Arc de Tripmphe will never get old to me. I told myself I won't go back because there is so much more of the world I want to see, but something tells me this won't be the last time I'll find myself in this city. 
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Two of the main reasons I wanted to go back to Paris this time are because I wanted to shoot it for the blog, and I wanted to see the Love Locks bridge which wasn't around when I went in 2007. So clearly it only made sense to do my blog shoot on the bridge. Enjoy the pics!
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I bought this skirt for work,  but when I was trying on clothes and deciding what I wanted to pack, I knew I had to wear this in Paris. It could have been -10° or 100°, I was going to make this look work. It was so—dare I say—Parisian! Maybe not so much with the sneakers, but I'm no dummy. Comfy shoes are a must when travelling.
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WEARING: gap sweater (SWEATER), ann taylor loft skirt (CUTE OPTION), scarf from dsw, xoxo leopard sneakers (SIMILAR), zara trench

**Simply Chic Travel Tip: Paris**
When you are at the Eiffel Tower, there are several vendors selling ice cream (the same kind I think). Get some. It's so delicious. Also, I did not go up the Eiffel Tower this time, but from what I hear you have to buy advance tickets now. If you can't go up, don't fret. The views of the city are better from the Arc de Triomphe. Just be prepared to walk up 284 stairs! It's worth every step. 
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Can I just tell you that I scored this pink snake print jumpsuit for $13 at Marshall's?! Talk about a steal! It could have been, $43 $33 and I would have bought it and thought to myself "this is a great deal", so $13?? Wow! As my grandmother would say, you can't beat that with an egg beater. 
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And speaking of deals, I don't remember exactly what I paid for THIS bag (currently under $150), but she came in under what I budgeted for a nice black bag. I kid you not, I searched for years for the right bag at the right price and finally, I found her!
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On another note, I'm headed to 3 countries in 5 days! Talk about a whirlwind. I won't be posting while I'm away, but as always you can join me on my trip via INSTAGRAM! Toodles! 

WORN TO: wine tasting at ROSENBLUM CELLARS, & dinner at CHOP BAR for my birthday celebration part 2
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014


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I swore up and down that I would never work in a business casual office. In fact, at one point I didn't take a second round interview because the office (people, ambiance, outfits) was too stiff for me. Welllllllllllll guess what? Times have changed and so have I, and I've taken a new job at a company with a business casual dress code!
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I was nervous and excited because on the one hand I thought that meant I would have to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe but on the other hand — guilt free shopping! Turns out a lot of what I have in my closet will work for a business casual environment,  prime example being what I am wearing in this post. 
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Aside from these new babies, which I bought as my comfy commuter & office pumps (ha!) and my statement necklace I won in a giveaway, nothing here is new or was bought for my new work wardrobe.
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I didn't wear this exact look to work but with a slightly dressier pair of black pants I certainly could, and this would be considered business casual (in my mind at least). At the end of the day, I still work in eCommerce/corporate retail/fashion and I think bringing your own style to business casual is totally acceptable. Over on IG, I'm calling it #officechic. 

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014


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Well kids, if you follow me on INSTAGRAM you already know, this past weekend was my birthday weekend and this is what I wore on Friday night — just me and my birthday (jump)suit! Last year when I turned 30, I wanted so badly to wear a jumpsuit and I couldn't find the right one anywhere. Now, they are taking over my closest (wait for my next post) but this one just felt right for 31! 

WEARING: zara jumpsuit (similar fabulous options 1,2,3) j crew necklace (J. CREW CRYSTAL SPIKE NECKLACE), prada heels (GOOD OPTION FOR FALL), MAC REBEL LIPSTICK
WORN TO: dinner at EUREKA RESTAURANT & LOUNGE, followed by partying at THE CELLAR

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Monday, August 4, 2014


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Fisherman on my feet, searsucker on my head, Hawaiian print on my back — it doesn't get more old lady than this.

WORN TO: my church picnic

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