No time like the Holidays

As I mentioned before, the holidays are right around the corner and even though I always have a ton to do, I'm always on the lookout for the perfect gift. Something that is thoughtful and can serve as a reminder of our friendship. I don't want to give someone something that will easily be disregarded, nor something that doesn't suit the person I'm buying it for. For Halloween, Dave and I were astronauts, and as fun as it was to dress up in our space aged costume, Dave spent have his night obsessing over the details. Truth be told, he was bummed out that we didn't have matching watches the felt true to our characters. True to something astronauts would wear!  Something streamlined, yet efficient. It was his one night to change careers and be something totally different, and I was a little sad that his costume didn't measure up to what he truly wanted. Watching his eyes light up as he looked at watches he wished we had in time for our costumes, made me realize that a I.N.O.X watch would be a perfect gift for him this Christmas. I love it when gifts show how you pay attention to those you love, and I'm looking forward to surprising Dave with a watch this year. Now it's down to which watch would be the best fit for him. I really like the Chrono Classic, all the features and details are as complex as Dave, plus it feels like a wonderful statement piece that he can wear from work meetings to even formal events.

 At the same time (haha) I also really like the Night Vision watch. 

I appreciate the simplicity that I know Dave will like as well. He's a no fuss guy, wears button up nearly every day and likes all his outfit pieces to be simple in a uniform kind of way. One thing I adore about both watches is that the will be able to endure Dave, I.N.O.X prides themselves in being designed by Swiss Army so the are durable and can stand the test of time. This is no throw away gift, these watches are something that I'll be able to give Dave and he'll love for years. Something he can treasure and perhaps even pass it along to the next generation. And when I ask him what the time is, he won't just tell me to check my phone! Which watch do you prefer? Or maybe there's one that I didn't mention that you also think is awesome! Let me know in the comments below, happy holiday shopping!

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Once it was warm

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blazer: thrifted (similar
pants: similar
shirt: thrifted similar

Once it was warm and I could wear sheer shirts & knit pants. now the polar vortex is a upon us. oh chicago, you frigid basterd.

check it, mate

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Cropped Sweater: A'gaci (similar) (similar)
Flannel shirt: Ross (similar)

I'm excited that it's fall, I don't care if that makes me basic. ( haha JAY KAY) In all seriousness, I'm excited that I have an excuse to layer my clothes in anyway that I please and for it to be socially acceptable versus me looking like a vagabond. (at least I have a notion that I don't look like a vagabond between the months of september-feb, who actually knows!) When Articles of Society sent me these waxed coated Mya Jeans, I KNEW, I KNEEEEW what to layer them with. I snagged this short sleeve sweater number from Agaci, and layered it with a flannel shirt. For me this outfit screams classic Japanese Street Style, like something you would read in Soup or JILLE. Either way I'm totally digging the short sleeve over long sleeve though part of me never wants to recreate any style that I performed in the 90s. Plus these jeans make me feel like a cool girl (cooler than I am) like I should be hanging out with Devendra Banhart or something... photo aos3_zps69aec20b.jpg photo aos7_zps7f19eb24.jpg photo aos4_zps45fcdbf9.jpg

In the Jeans

As mentioned before I will always be a girl that loves the classic. I think because in my own head I believe I’m trotting around the Champs Elyse wearing the perfect gamine outfit of skinny jeans and a boyfriend shirt to meet some friends for coffee. Versus my IRL life of wanting to be comfortable and some what cool, as I go to the bodega for some ramen and sriracha (I’m so glamorous…)

Comfort will always be a priority with my clothing choices, not because I dream of looking like a soccer mom in yoga pants, but I between my active lifestyle of video gaming and biking on the lakeshore, to having some lower back issues - I need my pants to be COMFORTABLE, but cute! I refuse, REFUSE (regardless of how comfortable the lure of lululemon is) to look like I should be married to some yuppie pushing around his spawn in a Cadillac sized stroller. But some days I do dream of having some pants that don’t press SO HARD on my lower back and abdomen that I’m making bee lines for the restroom every hour on the hour. So when I discovered NYDJ I got excited about the possibility of a jean to be both cute and comfortable.

I know you’re like “how are jeans NOT comfortable”?! Well my friend, if you’re small in the waist, have no hips, BUT HAVE TONS OF JUNK IN THE TRUNK, jeans can be nothing but a nightmare. Gapping, too tight here, too loose here, it’s like jeans are better fit for tree trunks than an actual human body (sorry Groot).  So I flipped through the jeans for women at NYDJ and discovered their NYDJ Fit jeans. Claiming to make you one size smaller (I’m actually happy at my mysterious size of a 10-14) they promise to prevent those aggravating dressing room tear-causing issues of gapping, pulling, and WHY. Plus the color and styles have me already planning my next lunch date.

I like these Alina Leggings and Linda Leggings for my vampire weekends. The Ami super skinny are cute enough to sneak into work and pretend you’re wearing dress pants before you jet off to drink at your scuzziest dive bar. (Plus these bad boys are high in the mid waist! I hate low waist jeans, curses to you and your coin slot! I’m not a Pac-Man machine!!) I’m definitely going to have to give these guys a TRY! Which ones do you think I’d look super cute in? Which ones do you like? I will try them and report back, but so far ladies, so so good.

hey guys

girl gang