Eyes on: Jonathan Adler

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Jonathan Adler Hat (c/o) / J.Crew Skirt (Sold out, similar here, here and here with wider stripes) / Kate Spade Scalloped Bag (Old, but I love this brown scalloped bag!) / Jack Rogers Sandals / J.Crew Top (Sold out) / Kate Spade Bangle / Armed & Readi Pave Bracelet (c/o) / J.Crew Pearl Earrings / Brown Belt (Unknown, similar here)

“Summertime and the livin’ is easy.”

I finally feel like it’s summer. The apartment is unpacked, we’ve decorated (or things look acceptable, at least), and most moving-related tasks have been completed. (I love this article about moving across the country. I can identify!)

This past week, we checked off several big chores: registering the car, getting new license plates, obtaining a city sticker, petitioning for a zoned parking permit, and getting new driver’s licenses. Ugh. Guys, I had to take a written driving test. Didn’t see that coming! I’ve had Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey licenses, and I never once had to take a test in order to switch over to a new state. I suppose I should have done some research about the requirements for switching over to Illinois, but I think I was fried from the relocation itself and all the work that comes along with moving cross-country. I just didn’t think about it.

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I don’t drive. I mean, I technically can drive, but it’s been eight years since I last drove on a regular basis. And while I don’t foresee driving very often in Chicago, I definitely didn’t want to lose my license! After all, I’m sure I’d pick it back up again with some practice.

Thankfully, after sweating bullets and taking at least an hour to complete a 35-question test, I passed by the skin of my teeth, haha. But the blank road signs that you need to identify by shape and color? Yikes. I need to brush up on my signage knowledge. Sheesh.

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Anyway, how cute is this Jonathan Adler hat? I’m obsessed. We visited my in-laws’ at their lake house yesterday (had to drop off Walter), and it was the perfect accessory for lounging by the water. (No sunburn!) It’s also going to be great for my upcoming trip to the Jersey Shore. Yup–right as we start to get settled, we’re getting back on the road. I can’t wait for some quality family time on the beach, though.

Back to Jonathan Adler. I’ve always been a huge fan of the company’s furniture, rugs and decor, but recently discovered that its handbags and accessories are freakin’ adorable! The dachshund bag?! #swoon (Haha!) Check out my favorites above!

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Going Luxe: Barneys New York

I’ve always been a bag lady, haha. When I was a kid, I used to carry around totes filled with… I’m not sure what, actually. Stickers? Crayons? Barbies? Nothing but the essentials, I’m sure. Now that I’m an adult (#questionable), my closet is overflowing with purses–satchels and clutches; totes and shoulder bags. I clearly have a problem. ;)

While I tend to go for less expensive purses, I’m starting to think that owning a single investment bag–a classic one that goes with most of my wardrobe–might be better than owning a dozen others. Maybe it’s because I live in a small apartment and closet space is tight, but I’m really into the whole “less is more” mentality this summer. So much easier. What do you guys think?

Anyway, below are some of favorite luxury bags from Barneys! (One of my favorite things to do in New York was drool over them as I wandered through through the Fifth Avenue location. Google tells me that there’s a Barneys on Oak Street in Chicago, too. Phew.) Which one would you go for?

Oh–and be sure to check out the store’s designer sale, which is going on for a limited time! (Up to 75 percent off!)

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Lilly Pulitzer Dress / Jack Rogers Sandals / Kate Spade Satchel (Old, similar here) / Monogrammed Necklace (Purchased at a boutique in New Jersey — similar here) / Kate Spade Sunnies (Old, newer styles here) / Kate Spade Bangle / J.Crew Earrings / Clinique Lipstick (“Chubby Peony”) / Joe Fresh Nail Color

A few days ago, I wrote a post about how I find Lilly Pulitzer deals. I explained that I normally try to be savvy about my purchases by waiting for incredible sales or searching for bargains on RueLaLa, Re-Lilly, 6pm.com and eBay. I also (because of you guys!) recently found out that my local consignment store in Lincoln Park carries LP. (I foresee many happy Sunday afternoons there. ;) )

But once in a while, after falling completely in love with a particular print, I cave. That’s how this dress, for example, made its way into my life, haha. I knew it would sell out quickly, as most products in the ever-popular “Tusk in Sun” print do, and I was head over heels for it! But everyone splurges once in a while, right?! Oops.

If you missed the “Eliza” dress in “Tusk in Sun,” you can still get the look with Elizabeth McKay’s elephant print dress or top. And scroll down to the bottom of this post for more “elephantastic” options! (Sorry. Couldn’t help myself.)

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look up challenge

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Today, I’m teaming up with smartwater for its look up challenge, which encourages quick technology breaks throughout the day… and raising your gaze to the sky and world around you. When I first heard about it, I thought to myself, “I need to do this.” I don’t know about you guys, but I’m glued to electronics way too often—whether it’s to my computer, cell phone or tablet. It’s hard to unplug! I hate feeling unproductive, and my devices help me multitask and accomplish my goals. But technology breaks—even short ones—are so important. Personally, I find that they give me a fresh perspective on life. I have more meaningful experiences, and I’m far more relaxed and happy.

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What have I been doing on my breaks? I’ve walking, whether around Chicago or Lake Bloomington (where Mitch’s parents live). And my phone has remained in the deep recesses of my bag during these walks! It’s been so nice. I’ve been taking it all in, from the city’s architecture and culture to the lake’s landscape and beauty.

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Not only have my daily technology-free walks been great for my mind, they’ve also inspired me to tackle a fun DIY project. Mitch and I finally have the home office we’ve always wanted. I mean, it’s tiny, but it has a door, and enough room for a desk and a bookshelf. We’re thrilled! Until recently, though, the one thing it didn’t have was wall art. Using photographs and mementoes from those wonderful unplugged times in our lives, we created a fun gallery for the space–and I have to say: it’s now my favorite room in the apartment. It’s a work in progress, of course, but it’s coming along! (I’ll be sure to share the final product soon!)

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Now it’s your turn to have some fun with the smartwater look up challenge! To enter, please follow @smartwater on Instagram, and upload your photos from your technology-free breaks. Don’t forget to tag @smartwater and use the hashtag #lookupsweepstakes so we can follow along on your adventures. ;) Can’t wait to see what inspires you!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by smartwater through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about smartwater, all opinions are my own.

Greywire Denim (…and Meet Walter!)

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Greywire Jeans (c/o) / Jones Bootmaker Sandals (Old, similar here) / Kate Spade Satchel (Old, similar here) / J.Crew Prima TeeMichael Kors Watch (Have you seen the rose gold/tortoise version?!) / J.Crew Earrings / Clinique Lipstick (“Chubby Peony”) / Joe Fresh Nail Color / Kate Spade Bangle

No, we didn’t get a dog. But we are dog-sitting my in-laws’ adorable shih tzu mix, Walter. It’s been such a fun week! I’ve quickly learned that caring for a dog–especially in the city–is a lot of work. (Definitely couldn’t have handled it in my early 20s!) At the same time, it’s also really wonderful.

Not only is Walter super lovable and cuddly, he’s also quite the ham. EVERYONE WANTS TO STOP AND TALK! :) Settling in a new city can be a bit lonesome, but Walter has helped us get to know our neighborhood’s residents, spend more time outdoors, keep our home tidier, and just get the most out of our days. (Thanks, Walt.) Not sure how I feel about handing him back over to Mitch’s parents on Wednesday…

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One thing I’ve learned from having Walter around is that every dog-owner (dog-borrower?) needs a great pair of comfy jeans for morning and nighttime walks when the temps are cooler. I’ve been living in these Greywire jeans, which are incredibly soft and fit like a dream. (They make waking up at the crack of dawn a little nicer, haha.) After stalking the new brand’s Instagram account, I’ve been cuffing my pair for a casual, beachy feel.

Greywire was launched this past spring by Elie Tahari and denim pro Michael Press, who wanted to create an “attainable luxury” line of premium denim. The brand uses high-tech laser treatments as well as dying and coating techniques to separate itself from other denim designers, and aims to be 20 to 25 percent less expensive. (Nice, right?!) Want to see more? Visit Revolve and Singer 22! (The brand will soon be available at Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s, too.)

Hope everyone is having a great start to the week! I’m off to the dog park… ;)

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