Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Spoiled Rotten (in relative terms of course...)

I have to say, in my opinion we've been pretty spoiled with a mild fall here in Chicago. It was 70 degrees as a high last week! In November, that's pretty unheard of here; we're usually already grousing about the wind chill by now, and bundled up in down coats and boots. Well, just this morning I was bundled up in my down coat and boots, and grousing about the wind chill...

Top: Anthropologie
Cardigan: J. Crew
Belt: J. Crew
Trouser jeans: J. Crew
Earrings: J. Crew
Necklace: Jess LC
Shoes: (need to check when I get home!)

I have too much J. Crew in my closet...a result of working there for two years. 

Anyway, an official farewell to fall, since summer is long gone, and the holidays are right around the corner...as in, two days from now. No more going out coat-less until April-ish or May. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

EmBo: An Eco Friendly Boutique!

I am really excited about this post. :)

I walk down Southport Ave in Chicago everyday on my way to and from work, and I noticed EmBo Boutique setting up and getting ready to open at the tail end of the summer. Passing it twice a day piqued my curiosity, and when I saw it was finally open I stepped in to take a look. There I met Heather, the adorable founder and owner of this new eco-friendly boutique:

First off, Heather is so incredibly welcoming and kind. We easily got to chatting about clothes, vintage, cooking, blogs, and I asked if she would mind me bringing my camera by and snapping some photos of her new boutique for my blog. She agreed!

Everything she sells in her boutique is organic, vintage, repurposed and/or "upcycled." She has an amazing selection of organic knit tops, sweaters, skirts and dresses that are so soft. She also sells amazing vintage pieces that she finds, including jewelry and accessories. I've already bought a beautiful vintage necklace from her, as well as two awesome muffler-scarves that are repurposed from chunky knit sweaters (one was sent to my friend Lindsay!); I'll add photos of those pieces in another post!

An organic knit top with a vintage necklace!

The card says it all :)

The gold purse was made from a pair of cowboy boots!

Even the decorations and displays are vintage or upcycled, as much as she was able. The bags above are vintage, and the wooden planks used as shelves are older and repurposed.

Such a cool lamp!

Killer vintage coat

If you are near the Lakeview or Wrigleyville areas, you should definitely check out EmBo at 3432 N. Southport Ave! Heather is super nice and helpful, and would love to dress you up in some of her awesome vintage or eco-friendly pieces! And thanks to Heather for letting me come play in her store :)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Late Notes + Chicago Blogger Network Party at Tribute!

Woot, October was a busy month (but in the best way possible)! Things seem to be coming up daisies for me lately, which is a welcome change, but I'm embarrassed how much my blog has suffered...sorry blog *pat pat*

Last Wednesday evening was the Chicago Blogger Network's first real event where all sorts of local bloggers got the chance to mix, mingle and meet at Tribute. I've been very excited about the prospect of meeting other Chicago bloggers; I've been living in the city for four months now, and I feel like I haven't even scratched the surface of this city! Meeting so many lovelies was a real treat for me :)

Amy from Suburban Blender, Pilar from PJ & Hubby, Kelly from Kelly's Kitchen, and myself!

Kelly and I have been friends since middle school (!), but it was really wonderful for us to meet so many other sweet bloggers like Amy and Pilar! Definitely check out their blogs, they run the gamut from makeup to fashion to food. 

I heaved along my camera for the event, but decided to be selfish and enjoy myself without taking many photos that night. Thankfully @Tyliner  from Dark Room Demons was there to capture some amazing shots of the night. You can check out the rest of the photos from the night at CBN's Tumblr. Here's an awesome shot of myself, Kelly and Pilar:

Photo via Dark Room Demons
Blouse: Banana Republic
Tank: Theory
Belt: Ann Taylor
Skirt: H&M
Tights: Hue via Marshalls
Shoes: Urban Outfitters, with Red Laces: from J. Crew

Thanks so much to Tribute and the Chicago Blogger Network for putting this event together!

On another note, my blog is not my job; it's my hobby, my creative outlet, and a chance for me to meet other people who have a voice and opinion on what they are passionate about. Since I first ventured into the world of blogging a year ago, I've been so pleasantly surprised how much dialogue is conjured between people from all walks of life. I've been very excited about the Chicago Blogger Network because I think its a great opportunity for bloggers to connect. There are other great benefits to be had from this kind of organized community, but I'm most looking forward to all the other local bloggers I get to meet. :)

Has anyone else joined a blogger network of sorts? What has your experience been?