Snowy Sunday

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Coat: Forever 21 // Scarf: Target // Cardigan: H&M (old) // T-Shirt: J.Crew // Leggings: American Apparel // Purse: Therapy // Boots: Sam & Libby // Ring: Julie Vos

Last Sunday, we woke up to birds chirping and a dreamy dusting of snow, so we shrugged on our coats and headed off to brunch. Two new breakfast spots have opened up in town over the past few months, effectively doubling our brunching options. Hooray!

We decided to check out Pullman, an upscale diner with an open kitchen and some beautiful red leather banquets. One bloody Mary, a bowl of cheesy grits and some delicious house-cured bacon later, we headed home via College Green and the scene was just too pretty not to snap some pictures. Next up on the brunch tour: Ride.

Navy + Black

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Jacket: Zara (old) // Scarf: Master Peace // Hat: Forever 21 // Sweater: J.Crew // Pants: American Apparel // Boots: Sam & Libby // Bag: 3.1 Philip Lim for Target // Earrings: BaubleBar // Necklace: BaubleBar // Ring: Stella & Dot // Bracelet: Julie Vos

As I’ve mentioned before, it’s hard for me to find hats that fit my extra-large head. But on a recent trip to Forever 21, I had a bit of a Cinderella moment with the lovely wool fedora pictured above. Picture this: I’m waiting in a long line to check out. I’m browsing the displays near the registers and notice a lone abandoned hat. I absently try on said hat. The second I put it on, I knew it fit perfectly. A quick glance in the mirror confirmed that it would indeed be coming home with me.

I love how structured the hat is, and I love the way it effortlessly combines black and navy. I decided to carry that color scheme throughout this errand-running outfit that—thanks to serious statement jewelry and a bit of faux fur—feels as luxurious as it is comfortable. Another of my recent accessory obsessions? These new BaubleBar eyelash ear jackets. I love that they add a unique wink to every outfit I wear, no matter the style.

Fair Isle for Foul Weather

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Sweater: Old Navy // Shirt: Old Navy // Jacket: J.Crew Factory // Jeans: Old Navy // Bag: Rebecca Minkoff // Boots: Sam Edelman // Bracelet: Julie Vos // Ring: Stella & Dot // Nails: Essie in Blanc

I learned a new word this week: Chiberia. And with temperatures dropping below -15° with wind chill in Chicago, I came to a full and complete understanding of the origin of that chilling nickname.

As winter settles in for the long haul, I’m daily realizing how ill prepared my wardrobe is for sub-zero weather. Not to mention the fact that I’m still without proper footwear due to the massive nationwide shortage of duck boots. But let’s look at the silver lining of this snow cloud, shall we, and discuss this cozy ensemble that fought bravely against the elements.

My plan of attack is to layer until I’m warm enough or I can no longer fit into my coat, whichever comes first. Thankfully, this fair isle sweater and button-down combination provides warmth while maintaining a streamlined silhouette—win-win. Even better? I got both on mega-sale at Old Navy.