9.14.2014

ClassPass: Live The Sweaty Life


What I'm wearing: Tank, c/o ClassPass, Lululemon pants 

Those who know me well can vouch that I've historically had an aversion to anything involving exercise. A few years back I miraculously completed a triathlon, and last spring I began jogging. But aside from that, I've always considered walking Charlie my cardio, and lifting a fork to my mouth as weight training.

That said, it has come as a great shock to my being that I've recently begun working out, and wearing my beloved Lululemon for something other than lounging on the couch. This is due solely to my (and soon to be your) latest obsession: ClassPassClassPass is an ingenious workout membership. Here's how it works: For $99 each month, you are paying for unlimited studio classes around your city. Currently ClassPass offers classes at 400 studios nationwide, and includes Chicago favorites like Air, Shred 415, Barre Code, and Bikram Yoga. Each studio can be visited three times monthly. ClassPass is the best way to take and discover new classes in Chicago (and other cities like New York, LA, San Francisco, and Boston). 

Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending their launch at The Dailey Method Bucktown, and I immediately fell in love. Thus far I've taken classes at The Bar Method, The Dailey Method, Pure Barre, and Shred 415- All pushing me WAY out of my workout comfort zone, but in the best way possible! I am literally addicted to this site: trying to squeeze in classes any day that I can! Studio classes such as these, are perfect for workout novices like myself. You go at your own pace, the teachers are as sweet as pie, and the studios are filled with amenities and goodies to make you feel completely comfortable and a little pampered.

Here is a map of all of the Chicago venues. There are so many to choose from, you will never get bored. Do yourself a favor and check out ClassPass here

Photos taken by Phil Pengiel

9.10.2014

September Shopping List




  1. Something Mod
  2. Boyfriend jeans
  3. Oxfords
  4. Moto jacket
  5. Bucket bag
  6. Ear cuff
  7. Ankle Booties
  8. Plaid
Download the Shopbop App now, and use code "App" at checkout to get $25 off a $100 purchase, made through the app. Download it here.

9.06.2014

Four Years


Today marks Try It On Me's fourth birthday! Thank you to everyone who has stopped by to visit TIOM! I am truly humbled by the continual support, and all out blog love! A special thank you to my sweetheart, friends and family, and insanely talented photographer and dear friend Rachel! 

My posts are like my babies, so it's hard to choose a favorite. But in honor of our fourth birthday, here's four that I especially love! 



Photos taken by Rachel Schrader

9.03.2014

Date Night


What I'm wearing: Reverse dress c/o Shopbop (on sale now!), sandals, clutch

Flirty dress? Check. Highest heels? Check. Quintessential hair tuck pose? Check! 

Like most warmblooded females, one of my favorite occasions to dress for is a date. There is something about the anticipation of a date; picking out the perfect outfit, the butterflies fluttering about in your stomach, that is so exhilarating! I wish I could bottle it! 

A date night look first and foremost must be something for which I'm comfortable (because let's be honest, I want to eat and drink to my heart's content). Comfort equals confidence, which is always your best asset on a date. For me, that means straightening my hair, wearing my tallest shoes, and slipping on a dress that makes me feel like a million bucks. A moody floral printed dress such as this is perfect for a date night.  They flowers are bold and feminine yet the muted colors keep it romantic and seasonally appropriate.

Ok, so now you've got the dress, the shoes, and the guy (or girl!). Now, where do you go? Here are my five of my favorite date night destinations in Chicago. While I can't promise that a date at any of these restaurants will lead to marital bliss, I can guarantee that you will be off to a great start! 
  1. The Boarding House: The creation of master sommelier, Alpana Singh, The Boarding House is all about great wine, delicious plates to share, and feminine glamour. The gargantuan chandlers help set the mood, and are made of wine bottles and glasses!  
  2. Piece Brewery and Pizzeria: The perfect date does not have to be fancy. Pizza will always reign supreme in our home, and it doesn't get much better than Piece. Slip on some flats, boyfriend jeans, and head over to Piece for some pizza and beer. Our favorite is the white pizza with clams, banana peppers, and sausage.
  3. Rose Angelis: This Lincoln Park restaurant will always have a special place in my heart, as it's where we went on our first date. We closed down the restaurant, and it was a night I will never forget! It doesn't hurt that the food is insanely good too!
  4. Coast Sushi: Unlike other BYOB sushi joints, Coast's ambiance is second to none. The scene is always bustling, and the crimson lit dining room puts you in the mood for romance. Bring your favorite sak√© and be sure to try the uni shooters! 
  5. Enoteca Roma: We discovered this Wicker Park gem on a food crawl two years ago. It was also last year's destination for Valentine's Day! The restaurant is small and intimate, and the Italian food is excellent. What more can you ask for on a date? 

Photos by Rachel Schrader

Linked with Style Sessions and Trend Spin

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8.26.2014

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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8.22.2014

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

8.19.2014

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! 


                       

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