favorite winter dress

We have had some crazy back and forth weather in Chicago these past couple weeks. Right after the new year, the temps were frigid. This weekend, it was 50 degrees and sunny! The rest of the time, we’ve been in between it all.

This chilly weather usually means a go-to pair of black jeans for your girl, but I’ve tried to break that pattern a little more this year with a few dresses in the mix! Today, I’m sharing my favorite one – a sweater swing dress, with a subtle turtle neck from Old Navy.

favorite winter dress

Thanks Benavides Photography!

Saturday afternoon Eric and I had no plans (wahooo!), so we did a bit of shopping in Chicago’s Southport neighborhood. This dress, which happens to be the best combo of stylish and comfy, transitioned perfectly from the baby shower I attended in the morning, to our afternoon out on the town.

Those who know me know this wine hue is my favorite fall/winter tone. Not only is it the color of my dress, it’s also on my nails at the moment.

While unfortunately, it seems like this exact color is sold out online at the moment, I’ll tell ya a little secret: I loved this swing dress so much, I actually picked it up in two tones – a gray as well! After all, it’s perfect for work too.

(And, if like me, your obsessed with things the color of vino – this cardi also caught my eye.)

favorite winter dress

favorite winter dress

favorite winter dress

Dress | Coat (similar) | Bracelet | Tote

I wore this maroon beauty with tights (fleece-lined, a must!), black booties, and a dainty bracelet by Kendra Scott. Did you know during your birthday month you get 50% a piece of your choice at Kendra??

I’ve blogged that coat before – I think it might be one of my favorite purchases ever. It sadly always sells out quickly in the fall, but I’ve linked to a similar one here. This tote is an accessories staple!

Where do you find some of your favorite winter pieces??

Hope you had a lovely weekend, friends! Here’s to making it a great week.

Days By Day

men's wooden watch

Hi there, friends! It’s been pretty quiet around here, but if you follow along on Insta, you may have seen why…Eric and I have been hard at work these last couple months on his photography website!

It definitely took some trial and error, but it has been so rewarding. I love that we’ve got a fresh space to showcase his beautiful work.

Now, that whole journey could be another post, but today I’m talking about E for a whole other reason – holiday gifting with JORD! After all his hard work this fall, I knew I wanted to treat him to a special surprise this season.

You might remember from earlier this year that I’m already a fan of JORD’s wooden watches. Unique accessories that are both practical and stylish?? Yes, please. So when they reached out to fill me in on some new styles, Christmas came early for E.

men's wooden watch

men's wooden watch

This sweet husband of mine definitely loves a good watch. He’s been gifted a couple over the years, but nothing quite like this cool timepiece from JORD’s newest collection, the Hyde series.

Each JORD watch is made from 100% natural, hand-finished woods. E’s watch in particular is minimalism at its best, featuring a striking black face, metal tipped hands, and a walnut wood band.

 

men's wooden watch

men's wooden watch

Aside from their sophisticated look, I love how these pieces can easily be dressed up or down. Eric can pair it with casual weekend outfits as we explore Christmastime in the city, but also dress it up for the holiday parties and family outings to come later this month!

Landing on this watch was no easy task, there was a whole special selection of men’s wood watches at JORD to choose from. They also have a killer collection of elegant woman’s watches too. With the variety of finishes and colors, there’s honestly something for everyone.

You can check out the one I had to have for myself here!

men's wooden watch

 

Eric’s Watch | Men’s Watches | Women’s Watches

Thinking one of these unique timepieces might make the perfect gift for a special someone this season?

Or that it might be time to #treatyoself to some stylish new arm candy??

Then you’re in luck – I’m so excited to have partnered with JORD to provide you a limited time 25% off code for your holiday shopping! Simply fill out this form and your offer instantly goes to your inbox.

{Get your exclusive 25% off code!}

Psst! Friendly reminder: Your code will expire on December 19, 2017.

Which watch is your favorite?? Tell me in the comments below!

Wishing you a happy December and lots of luck with your holiday shopping checklist!

game day denim

Happy Monday!

It feels like fall is finally in full swing up in Chicago, but it’s no surprise that recently our family back in Texas has still been hitting those higher temps! Needless to say, when we went home last weekend for the rivalry football game between Texas and Oklahoma, our suitcase consisted strictly of summer clothing.

So while I’m bundled up in the coziest cardigan right now, I still had to share this game day denim that was perfect for tailgating and fun at the Texas State Fair!

When I’m looking for an affordable wardrobe classic, my first attempt is usually at Forever 21. They somehow offer various versions of the same piece, letting my indecisive self know I explored my options.

Thankfully, I had quick luck with a denim skirt! While I couldn’t find my exact piece online, similar F21 styles are here (buttons half-way), here (bottom with fringe), and here (lighter denim).

game day denim

Benavides Photography

Is anyone super pumped denim skirts are back?? Fun fact, I vividly remember my first real shopping trip in the woman’s section was at Old Navy. I bought one of these babies and thought I was the coolest chick around. Ha!

Seeing as it was 91 degrees this day, I aimed to keep things as light as possible with a white, flowy off-the-shoulder top from one of my favorite Austin boutiques, Longhorn Fashions. The boots are also a game day tradition, so how could I not?

game day denim

game day denim

game day denim

game day denim

I had to get the burnt orange touch in there with my Kendra Scott Goldstone Elle earrings. While I had my fair share of burnt orange clothes in Austin, it’s a harder color to track down in the midwest! That being said, I’m always a fan of neutrals for game day – I’ve just gotta add these beauties and I’m ready.

The next item I’ll be hunting for are some cute tights and booties so that I can transition this game day denim into the cooler weather!

Eric and I spent so much of this weekend watching college football (eek, it was a sad loss for UT) and Houston baseball (Astros headed to the World Series, yay!) – I love this time of year, you guys.

Where your favorite spots to shop for game day staples?

P.S. Thanks to E for the photos – being married to an awesome photographer has it’s perks! // Benavides Photography

stripes

Happy Friday, friends!

I don’t know about you, but I’m beyond ready for the weekend after what has been a crazzyyyy week. Eric’s parents are in town, and I’m really looking forward to some fun and relaxation around the city.

I can’t believe we’re over half way through August. I’ve been soaking up the sun as much as possible…people in Chicago keep saying summer is almost over, and I’m going to keep avoiding that thought for as long as I can…

stripes

So speaking of sun, summer, and lots of other warm things far from Chicago winter, a few weeks ago E and I explored the neighborhood of Logan Square. I knew this striped dress from Gap would be perfect for our afternoon date, it’s been a major go-to in my closet this season!

To step up the bold, I added a bright pink head wrap and red lips. I loved how when it all came together, I was kind of feelin’ some vintage fashion vibes.

stripes

stripes

Dress | Bag | Sandals

How precious is this bow detail? The button up, sans collar, was also a big win in my book!

stripes

stripes

Je taime ring

A friend recommended we check out the poppin’ patio at Park and Field, and it was easy to see why. This spot has the theme of a vintage sports club, complete with fire pits and bocce ball courts. I loved all of the whites and woods, it had such a clean and beautiful feel.

Plus, they were serving up frosé, so you know I was all about it.

stripes

stripes

Benavides Photography

Another sign we’ll keep this place on our list of favorites? They have a pop-up taco shop every Friday and Saturday – all of this deliciousness for $10. That elote was sooooo good, y’all. Throw in the a Ruby Red and you know we’re sold.

Tacos and Shiner – two things a couple of Texans are always happy to see!

stripes

stripes

stripes

We had such a great afternoon laughing away and seeing a new part of the city. Always thankful for new adventures with this sweet – and majorly talented I might add – husband of mine.

E took all these gorgeous photos, you can see more of his stuff here! If you’re in Chicago and in need of a photographer, he’s your guy.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

off the shoulder

It was toasty this past weekend, you guys! Well, at least by Chicago standards.

Not complaining though, because as much as I love fall and winter fashion, it feels good to show some skin and work on my tan! (I’ll forever be trying to beat my husband, Eric.)

I ran over to Old Navy last week for a workout top, and left with a few additional unplanned items –  including this fun off the shoulder piece!

off the shoulder

off the shoulder

Photos by Benavides Photography

I was immediately drawn to this one because of how bright and beautiful the color is. It’s definitely not a shade I owned, and I 100% needed it in my life (um, bonus it’s on sale for less than $15 right now, people).

To be honest, the florals had me feeling like I belonged in Barcelona or Hawaii instead of that Chicago dressing room…*sigh* note to self: book that beach trip I keep talking about.

If this color isn’t your favorite, have no fear! Old Navy had a whole wall of patterns, and I’ve rounded up a few other favorites I’ve come across below, because I think what really makes the look are the major summer vibes this style gives.

WLLW

Target

Old Navy
Lucky Brand

You can totally dress up off the shoulder tops with jeans and a cute pair of wedges, or wear it out and about for casual exploring with more laid back pieces. Same goes for dresses and rompers of this style!

I chose the latter this weekend, pairing my off the shoulder top with easy sandals (shout out Target’s shoe department, am I right?), old cut-offs (probably from a thrift store), and favorite cross body bag.

off the shoulder

Top | Shorts (Similar) | Sandals | Cross body

What are some of your summer style go-tos?? I want to hear!

In other news, E and I leave for Perú in just over a week, eeek! So while open toe booties are my ideal next purchase, I should probably hunt for the last of our packing list items instead…

Happy Wednesday, friends!

Days By Day

P.S. All photos taken + owned by Benavides Photography (Thanks, E!). In Chi and need a photographer? Send a note his way!