Dog Days Of Summer

What I'm wearing: Dolce Vita sandals c/o Shopbop (on sale now!), rompers, cat eye sunglasses

The true "Dog Days of Summer" are those in early July until about mid-August. They are usually the steamiest and brightest days of the year; quintessential Chicago summer. Well ladies and gents, the dog days are over, and soon fall will begin to descend. For moi, that means it's time to cram in every last dinner al fresco with my love, long walk with Charlie, and cherish the luxury of going coatless. While the fall fashion season is my absolute fave, I not quite ready to give up my rompers, sunglasses, and sandals (click to shop). I will literally be wearing all of my summer favorites until the temperatures are just too chilly to bear bare limbs! 

Photos by Rachel Schrader

I suppose the one major bonus is that literally all of the summer goodies I've been drooling over these past few months, are now on SALE! Hurry and shop Shopbop's HUGE summer sale!

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Post sponsored by Shopbop


Buying the Perfect Bag and Fall Shopping Prep

Check out my very first Google Hangout with Dalia Strum, creator of the app Ensambl, where I discuss tips for buying the perfect bag and what I will be wearing this fall. Happy Friday! xo

PS- Here are links to some of the brands I mentioned: Akira, Cuyana, and Urbane Armour


Now & Later

If there is one thing I have learned from watching hours upon hours of Shark Tank, it's that when making an investment, it is crucial to ensure that you will get not only a return on your investment, but a profit. I shop with the exact same apporach. When I make an investment in clothing, shoes, or bags, I want to know that will get miles and miles out of them, season after season. 

I go by the mantra, "Shop now, wear now, AND wear later." When making a big purchase, I always turn to Shopbop to steer me in the right direction. Here are the trends I'm loving now, and promise to be just as smitten with through the fall. 

Click each outfit to shop more of the trend! 


This post is sponsored by Shopbop.


Off To The Races

Horse racing is a sport that every lady should embrace. Why? Where do I even start?

For starters, a day at the races is like taking a step back in time. Ladies in charming dresses and over-the-top hats, men looking dapper and more handsome than ever. It's like a fashion show at the track! Second, unlike many common women's hobbies (shopping, brunching, cocktailing, spa daying- at least amongst my crew), it can actually MAKE you money. Last, in contrast other male- driven sports, horse racing is fun for everyone. There isn't a laundry list of rules to remember. It's about odds, learning a few tricks when reading your program, or just choosing the horse whose name catches your eye. 

Saturday we had to pleasure of joining America's Best Racing for a fun and fashion filled day at the races, the 32nd annual Arlington Million. The Arlington Million is not just about racing, it's serious about fashion. I NEVER turn down an opportunity to dress up in theme, so we dusted off our hats, dresses, suits, and we were off to the races. We ate, drank, bet on ponies, and had a truly fantastic day. Each race, whether win or lose, was so thrilling! If you haven't visited Arlington, you MUST before the racing season concludes. 

To learn more about the art of horse racing, upcoming events at Arlington Park, and helpful tips and tricks, check out America's Best Racing or follow them on Twitter @ARBLive

A HUGE thank you to America's Best Racing and Mike Johnson for inviting us to partake in such a superb event! 

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Maxed Out

 What I'm wearing: Similar black maxi dresses, sunglasses, gold clutches, pendent necklaces

There's a unique sense of relief that comes over you when you arrive home after an all- inclusive Mexican vacation; Relief to find that you've only gained ten pounds, rather than twenty. Relief that your city street parked vehicle is still in tact and miraculously ticketless. Relief that no scary letters or messages are awaiting your return home. Relief that you've finally kicked the bad weather vacation curse, and actually have a tan to show for it (not that you can tell in these photos).

While we managed to have our BEST (and very Insta-worthy) vacation to date, I completely maxed out on piƱa coladas, ceviche, and chilaquiles. Therefore loose silhouettes and dark colors are my best friends until I dry out and lose a dozen or so lbs. 

Who says you can't wear black in summer? Black is very summer appropriate, and looks fabulous when paired with a tan. More and more I've been seeing cool chicks around my very stylish neighborhood rocking simple, cotton black maxi and midi dresses (I'm not ashamed to steal their style!).

For similar black frocks, check out Shopbop's endless supply of black midi'smaxi's, and LBD's. And don't forget to scope out their substantial sale dress selection!

Photos by Rachel Schrader