‘Fashion’ Category

29 September 2011

Things I’m loving right now

By: Jessica B.

Yep I’ve been a bad girl lately, buying things (without peer pressure) and sampling things that I end up falling in love with. Some things are more tangible than others and some aren’t that healthy for me either, but sh*t happens.

Let’s take a look at some stuff I’m loving this fall, non-weather wise.

Truffle honey butter – Was served this at a new Chicago restaurant, Morso, in Lincoln Park as part of my meal and nearly licked the mason jar it came in clean. Sadly, service at the restaurant wasn’t great that night so to make up for it, my waitress gave me a hunk of it to take home. It’s delicious, I would eat it with a spoon. I want more right now.

Suri’s Burn Book – A coworker shared this Tumblr and Twitter feed with me and I’m 100% obsessed. I literally check it daily for Suri’s new bitchy, mean girl commentary of celeb children and it has made me cry laughing several times. Let’s just say, she’s not a huge fan of the Jolie-Pitts and Garner-Affleck kids. She also has a huge ego, I love it.

The Real Milania G – As a Real Housewives of New Jersey fan, this is pretty much the best Twitter feed ever. The faux Twitter profile, written from the point of Teresa’s devil child Milania is really damn funny, especially during the RHONJ airings. I highly recommend it.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery – I’m pretty much a Kiehl’s addict already but I finally started using my samples of this product at night and my face feels like butter. I have really dry/oily/sensitive skin and this feels really soothing and hydrating on it. Literally, I love the way my skin feels with this. It’s a little pricey so I’ll stick to samples for now but LOVE.

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment – Friends have been using Fresh products for a while and preaching about their awesomeness but after my regular lip balm ran out (goodbye Burt’s Bees!), I picked this up at Sephora and cannot imagine living without it. Yes, it’s a little pricey too but I love how soft it makes my lips and gives them a little tint too (without being tarty). I will have to see if others agree they’re kissably soft one day.

Riding Boots – Two years ago I got my first pair of flat riding boots fromĀ  Banana Republic and have almost destroyed them from use. They’re super comfortable and perfect for wearing in snow and winter weather. Now I’m on the hunt for a new pair and finally found some similar ones at Nordstrom. They’re a little pricier than I wanted to pay but since I know I’ll wear them out, I’m okay with it. It’s almost boot season!!

What are you loving right now? Big weekend plans?

25 September 2011

Weekend recap: Fall shopping mission

By: Jessica B.
Tagged: Fashion, shopping

Happy Sunday everyone! Well, the lowdown of this post is that I need fall clothes. Badly.

And no I’m not saying that as I have a full closet full of fall clothes that are sitting there with the tags on. My tendency to keep and wear things until they, well wear out, is coming full circle again and I literally don’t have much to wear.

Especially things that fit.

So Saturday, I put my iPod on, went dead inside and went shopping in downtown Chicago. I worked Michigan Avenue like it was a pole, getting in/out of stores and in/out of clothes as quickly as possible.

As always, I was prepared, wearing no jewelry and very thin tops so I could try on things over my clothes whenever possible. I hate waiting for dressing rooms.

If you know Chicago, this will make sense, and if not, well hopefully you’ll still see how productive I was. I went from H&M (north end of Michigan Avenue) to Banana Republic, Express, Forever 21, Nordstrom, Ann Taylor Loft and Gap (ending at the south end). I only took a 15 minute rest at Nordstrom to enjoy coffee too (and rest my arms).

And (un)fortunately, the shopping venture was pretty successful too.

Deals of the day:

  • $24 fedora at Gap (so fabulous) for $8
  • $138 dress at Banana Republic for $45

In the end, I came away with several pieces I’m anxious to try on again and hopefully keep. And I have more that I will need to add, but this will definitely help.

The one thing I did try on (and tweet/Facebook) that I didn’t get was this

I have a history of trying on sequin dresses but this time, is was a Banana Republic Monogram dress that made me look like sparkle Barbie or Elle Woods dipped in sequins. It was itchy, loud and PINK. But part of me loved it. But at $200 and so much more to buy. I couldn’t justify it. Also, I don’t even know WHERE I would wear something like this.

How was your weekend?

19 September 2011

Emmy fashion recap!

By: Jessica B.
Tagged: Fashion

Although the weather is getting colder, it’s officially award season and I’m ready to ride that fashion train all the way to the Oscars. It also means I can be overly critical on celeb fashion choices and make a few, if not several, bitchy comments along the way. Hmm, I love the smell of fall and bad fashion in the air.

And the first award show of the season is the Emmys. Due to my RL and time constraints, let’s take a look at an abbreviated list of some of my favorite and least favorite dresses of the night.


Evan Rachel Wood – Loving the hair and the fit of this dress. Flawless

Sofia Vergara – As a fellow big boobed woman, I love that she was able to show her curves without too much boobage. Plus, the color is stunning

Martha Plimpton – I love the color and cut of this dress. Tasteful and sexy

Kate Winslet – I mean, stop it, color and hair together, shutting it down

Claire Danes – You can’t see the pressure her boobs are under in this picture (but could on TV) but as a fan of the color blue, I approve of this

Anna Torv – Not the best picture but her makeup, hair and earrings with the detail on this dress were gorgeous!

See Me – AKA Least Favorites

Dianna Aragon – I love the color and her hair/makeup, really, but this looks like it doesn’t fit or flatter her at all

Gwyneth Paltrow – You’re in such good shape but the midrif is not flattering on you. Cover it up and you’re set

Emily Blunt – I already hate you because you’re married to my celeb dream man but you get another strike for wearing a dress that looks like a dust ruffle and is forcing the boobs apart. Also, brush your hair

Show highlights!

  • Jane Lynch – Already a fan but her dry humor (despite some bad jokes) really made it entertaining to watch
  • Opening number – Mad Men and Friday Night Lights within the first 10 minutes of the show? You’re killing me Emmys!
  • FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS – I’m beyond obsessed with this show so seeing it win for writing and for Kyle Chandler, seriously, I teared up. FINALLY this show got some love. Clear eyes, full hearts…can’t lose!
  • Song montage – Seriously, the bit of the Emmy-nominated songs cracked me up. And Bill Macy took the dry humping like a champ. That’s an actor

What did you think? Did you have any celeb outfits that you loved or hated?

21 June 2011

Dress me: Retirement party chic

By: Jessica B.
Tagged: Fashion

As much as I love fashion, I am very indecisive at times about what to wear to certain events. In those situations, I turn to my friends and then Twitter and/or this blog for your feedback as well.

Brace yourself, it’s that time again.

This weekend, I will be attending a retirement party, so I thought a new, fancy dress he/she hasn’t seen me in would be appropriate. But my usual places (Nordstrom, Banana) were coming up a bit dry and I didn’t have a ton of funds to donate toward this, so I decided to look for something simple that I could complete by shopping my closet.

And to my sincere shock, Express, provided me with two options that are affordable, comfortable, pretty flattering and, well, age appropriate (aka not what you would necessarily find on a tall, thin model). Tickle me surprised! I also shopped my closet a bit too.

Anyhow, I need your help to decide what to wear!

Background: The party will be held at a home in mid-afternoon. Attendees will likely be dressed in a mix of “dressy” casual and more business casual wear. Also, apologies ahead of time of the poor quality pictures at top.

Option 1: Express

Will be paired with pink Tory Burch flats, gold necklace and charcoal cardigan (in case it’s cool)

Option 2: Express cotton LBD with ruffles

Will be paired with gold shoes and earrings

Option 3: Closet shop

Previously considered as Mexico wedding outfit option

Will be paired with silver shoes and necklace

Option 4: Closet shop

Previously considered as Mexico wedding outfit option

Will be paired with gold silver shoes and necklace

What one should I wear? I literally cannot decide.

08 June 2011

Things I love right now

By: Jessica B.

Right now, I’m not spending crazy, but let’s just say…I’m enjoying not funneling all funds in to a trip fund again just yet :)

So now that I’m helping Chicago’s economy by doing a little spending, I’m making a little list of things I’m loving right now.

Target’s Grocery – Okay this is a little lame but I’m obsessed with the grocery section of Target. City grocery stores (even chains) are expensive but this is SO NOT. I love it.

Chobani Blueberry Yogurt – I was not a Greek yogurt fan at first, but now I’m loving this. It’s a little pricey but a nice treat

Nordstrom-brand necklaces – I bought one about a year ago and I wear it all the time. Affordable and the metal doesn’t fade after multiple wears. I just picked up the Etched Link one this weekend. LIKE!

Kiehl’s Acne Blemish Control Daily Skin-Clearing Treatment – My pale skin shows scars pretty well but this has helped soften the scars I do have on my face and neck. LIKE!

Truffle Salt – I brought a LOT of this back with me from Italy and it’s so tasty. Adds so much to regular pasta dishes, popcorn, etc. LIKE!

Sequin enamel bracelets (Brights and Ikat) – Found them at Nordstrom and fell in love! Stackable and bright, two things I love in bracelets

Moleskine notebooks – My stationary-savvy friend introduced me to Moleskine and I picked up an adorable red journal for Italy. A) I never lose it and b) the bookmark and elastic closure keeps it from getting damaged

Summer nail polish colors! – My go-to colors are OPI’s Feelin’ Hot Hot Hot for my toes and Essie’s Guchi Muchi Puchi for my fingernails. Time to get back in the mani/pedi routine!

What are some of the products or foods you love right now?