Airport Apparel + Hello Monday Linkup

Alright you guys, I am bad at movies.  I just don't really watch them (unless it's Marvel or Lord of the Rings...) and if I actually do, my retention is null.   

So, while I was sitting on the airplane flying back from Salt Lake City, the cheery flight attendant asked me if I was a Matthew McConaughey fan.  I just stared blankly and replied inquisitively, "I guess?".  She laughed, and asked if my hat did indeed say "Alright alright alright".  I paused and confirmed, to which she explained that was one of his first famous lines.

Welp, guess I should get better at movies.  I say "alright" often, because I'm indifferent about a lot of things, so I thought it was just kinda funny.  Evidently, there was a little more to this baseball cap than that 😂
Abercrombie jeans [exact only $20, similar with more sizes stocked]  //  Wildfox tee [similar, similar with v-neck]  //  Alternative camo hoodie [exact, pullover version]  //  American Eagle cap [available in stores, similar online]  //  Gucci Brixton loafers [exact, budget option, suede option]

In other news, I rediscovered Abercrombie & Fitch recently.  I saw a couple bloggers wearing a really cute burgundy utility jacket from Abercrombie & Fitch, and before I knew it, a couple pairs of jeans, some workout wear, and a few tees were on their way to me.  I was skeptical because I haven't shopped there since high school, but their re-branding in early 2016 must've done the trick.  When my package arrived, I liked everything.  Their jeans fit impressively well, and I've even worn this pair a few days now, and it hasn't stretched out the tiniest bit.   I also ordered these mixed denim jeans, this bell sleeve tee, this cropped tee, and a smattering of clearance workout wear.

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Chicago Recap

It has been WAY too long since I did a travel post, I guess mostly because it's been too long since I traveled??  Anyhow, I'm making up for it this week because I bounced from St. Louis to Chicago to Salt Lake City.  

Last week, my mom and I went to Chicago for about 20 hours because she got Queen + Adam Lambert concert tickets for her birthday and invited me to join.  

We packed a lot in our 20 hours!  We opted to take the train from St. Louis to Chicago, because it's super cheap (we paid about $100 for both of us round-trip) and incredibly convenient- it's way more spacious than an airplane and has outlets and free wifi.  This enabled me to get work done on the way there, and using less PTO is always a plus.  Once we arrived, we hit the ground running.

On the walk to our hotel from Union Station, we went a little out of the way to stop by Galata, a Turkish restaurant, for lunch because we both absolutely love Turkish food, and there's not many good Turkish options in STL.   We found the restaurant on Yelp, which is my go-to app for finding good restaurants while traveling (or really in my own city...).

We shared an order of red lentil soup and each got a wrap, which I neglected to photograph.  If you do ever stop by, their chicken kebab is amazing.  

We then caught an Uber to our hotel, because it was hot.  We stayed at Hotel Chicago in the Medical District.  It was the perfect location to easily get to and from the United Center, and the accommodations were really nice.  The hotel was really clean and charming, and the staff helpful.  

Outfit details: Old Navy tee // Rebecca Minkoff crossbody // A&F jeans $20! // Golden Goose sneakers

After dropping our luggage off at the hotel, we headed to the train station to get downtown.  I've used public transportation in Chicago a decent amount, but never without the assistance of my bestie who's a local.  So buying our day passes and making it downtown successfully felt like a pretty big accomplishment, ha! 

Once downtown, we did a lot of the typical touristy things- hit up the Bean and Millennium Park, walked along the shoreline, and did some shopping at the Farmer's market.  We then headed back to the hotel to clean up and grab dinner and head to the concert. 

For the concert, I opted to keep my outfit pretty simple- just a lace-up black t-shirt dress and some comfy sneakers.  I had a bunch of you ask on Snapchat where my dress is from- and unfortunately I got it about 6 months ago from Marshalls and can't find it online anywhere.  It's by the brand 'Velvet Heart' and if you are able to track it down, just a word of warning it runs quite small.  

On the way to the concert, we grabbed dinner at Angel's, one of the only 4 restaurants in reasonable walking distance from our hotel.  It was a really casual Mexican joint, and it was delicious.  I typically prefer to try food that's a little more unique to the city or exciting, but I can't be mad at well-executed chicken enchiladas and chips and salsa.  

Finally, we made it to the concert, which was awesome!  I actually watched Adam Lambert's season of American Idol way back when, so it was really neat to see how far his career has come since then.  Plus they're all just so crazy talented!  They put on an excellent concert, and did justice to all the Queen classics.  

The next morning bright and early, we Ubered to Union Station, grabbed a quick breakfast at Pret A Manger, caught our train, and headed home.  It was a quick, but full and super fun day in Chicago!

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The Dalmatian Skirt + Hello Monday Linkup

Hello friends! 

How is it already Monday?!  This last week has been an absolute whirlwind!  I crammed in a ton of work, a couple days in Chicago, and a couple days in Salt Lake City.  I'll be doing a separate recap of each, but in the mean time, this is what I wore for the first day of a family reunion.  My husband is the youngest of 9, so family reunions on his side are a little crazy, like 47 people in one giant house-crazy, but super fun.  
Ecco Soft sneakers c/o [exact]  //  Dalmatian print midi skirt [exact on sale]  //  Gap modal tee [exact]  //  Kut from the Kloth denim jacket [exact]

I opted to keep my outfit pretty simple, so pieces can mix and match well, and breezy, because it is warm!  Comfy shoes are obviously a must too, because there are tons of kids, open space, and a giant playground, so uh excuse me while I go hang out with them 😝

OKAY, also I saw this skirt shopping online at ASOS a couple weeks ago and absolutely loved it, so when it went on sale over the 4th of July weekend, I scooped it up.  When it arrived, I was trying it on and the husband chimes in giggling and asks if it has "baby cow spots".  Argh.  I corrected him saying it was Dalmatian, but now I chuckle and think baby cow whenever I look down.  Thanks husband.
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White kicks + Hello Monday Linkup

I mentioned these new sneakers last week, so it only seemed appropriate to feature them this week.  I just cannot get enough of them!  I've been seeking the perfect plain white sneaker for ages, and these finally checked all the boxes- classic, comfort, versatility, and flattering.  

Ecco sneakers c/o [exact]  //  T by Alexander Wang classic tee [similar, budget option]  //  Loft drawstring skirt [similar, patterned]  //  Maurices embroidered utility jacket [similar]

I broke them in last Sunday, hiking around a nearby park and I couldn't have been more pleased with how comfortable they were.  


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