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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Perfect Duster

Hi friends!  It's me, I'm back...again.  Sorry life has just been crazy.  Work is keeping me busy, and sometimes after a long day, the last thing I want to do when I get home is work more.  I hope some of you can relate!  So I'm working on finding that balance and doing my best to keep up with my blog too.

I want to tell you guys about this amazing duster that I got from SheIn. I have been on the look out for a long, light-weight duster and this one is just perfect!  If you're not looking to spend too much, then you definitely need to check out their site.  Everything is super affordable and totally on trend.  I fully support buying trendy items, but I don't think you should spend too much on them - they might be out of style next season.  Spend more on the classic staples that you'll have forever.  

Any way, dusters are the perfect item to transition from summer to fall.  This is that crazy time of year where you leave the house freezing and then by lunch time you're sweating.  So you need layers - and this piece is perfect for layering.  I dressed it up with a long sleeve dress and heels, but I also love it with some ripped jeans and booties.  The Burgundy color grabbed my attention because it is such a hot color this season. 

And this thing is basically like wearing a robe, but looking stylish while doing it - so who wouldn't love that?! You can leave the front open and draping or use the belt attached to tie it partially or fully closed.  I also love the rolled sleeve detail.

❤️ xoxo,

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Dîner en Blanc Chicago 2017

The Dîner en Blanc aka the biggest white party of the year.  Have you heard of it?  Well I'll be honest...I had not heard of it before I was invited to go.  And boy am I glad that I was!

Dîner en Blanc started almost 30 years ago in Paris.  The founder, Francois Pasquier, wanted to meet new people and admire the beauty of his city.  He asked his guests to meet for dinner, bring a new friend and dress in white to identify themselves. From there, the tradition continued and spread to 6 continents, 25 countries and 70 cities worldwide.

Gaining more and more traction over the years, the press has started to take notice, appearing in Crain's Chicago, Forbes, Huffington Post and many, many others.

My favorite way to breakdown the Chicago dinner is to look at the numbers:

6 Years in Chicago (This year the dinner was held at the Fullerton beach 
3,600 guests in Chicago (!!)
15,000 People on the wait list (!!!!)
4,000 sparklers used (sparklers were lit to kick off the dancing part of the evening and signify that the dance floor was open)
Over 1,800 bottles of wine consumed (I definitely contributed to that)
More than 2,000 bottles of Evian or Badoit served 

18 Departure Points throughout the city (We were advised to meet at Diversey Harbor, so only a short walk to the actual dinner location)
103 Dîner en Blanc Volunteers

I have gotten a lot of questions about why the dinner is held and what it is for.  It isn't to raise money or create awareness for something, it is truly to bring people together.  The idea behind the dinner is that you show up to the location, which is not disclosed until 10-15 minutes before the dinner starts, setup shop, enjoy your meal, meet new people, and at the end of the night, pack up and go, like it never even happened.  

All guests have to bring their own tables, chairs, linens, china, flatware, glassware, etc.  Everything should be white.  You have the option to bring your own meal, or you can pre-order the meal provided that evening and pick it up upon arrival. When the evening concludes, no trace of the event is left behind.  I love the secrecy of it.  If you didn't walk by at the time of the event, you would never even know it happened there.

My favorite part of the night was the lighting of the sparklers.  All of a sudden, you look around and thousands of sparklers light up the sky.  This signifies the dancing part of the evening (obviously the best part).  The DJ starts and literally seconds later the dance floor was packed. I kept thinking "this is like the biggest wedding/party of the year."  And I definitely think this was the coolest event I've attended in Chicago.

If you have the opportunity to attend in Chicago or in your own city, then definitely go!!!  I didn't have to buy a ticket, but tickets range from $30-$50 and it is so worth it.  I honestly don't think I've ever experienced anything like it.  There are so many people, of all different ages, races, etc., in one peaceful setting, just enjoying the company and ambiance.  It was one of those nights that makes you realize humanity isn't so bad after all.

Now I just need to find a way to make sure I'm invited every year moving forward...


Friday, August 18, 2017

Shop Tobi - Give Me All of the Dresses!

Whoa guys…hey!  I’m back, finally.  In case you didn’t notice, I took a pretty long break from blogging.  I think it’s best for me to be honest and transparent, so expect another post soon explaining exactly what has been going on in my life over the last 6 months. Let’s just say for now that I really needed some time off.  I promise I will get to that soon, just not right now in this post.  

So to completely switch directions, I’m going to stick to something that is a little easier for me to write about.  And that, of course, is clothing!

I recently received the cutest dresses from Tobi and I’ve been loving each of them.  They have so much goodness on their website that it literally took me hours to narrow my choices down to just a few. There are so many different pieces for every one's individual style - and you can't beat their prices!  Below are just a few of my favorites, but trust me there are so many more that I want!!!

(On Sale for $21!!)

This one up top might be my favorite of the bunch.  It is the perfect combination of sexy and cute.  The tie front with the low cut definitely gives the sexy appeal, but the babydoll cut makes it not too much.  It is a good length too.  I am about 5' 8" (ok really 5' 8.5") and it's not too short on me - even with heels on.  The sage color pairs perfectly with these cognac heels, but you could easily do a nude heel as well.

(On Sale for $27!!)

Ok I am all about wearing sneakers with dresses and this is the perfect dress for that!  I am in love with the big cut outs that create this cold shoulder feel.  Since I'm tall, this one is a little bit short on me - that's why I chose to pair it with sneakers.  You can definitely dress this up with a cute pair of strappy sandals or heels.  But what I'm most excited about is that this dress will easily transition into fall. I can't wait to wear it with some over-the-knee boots and, when it gets really cold, throw some tights and booties on with it! 

(On Sale for $36!!)

Last, but most definitely not least, is this gorgeous swing dress.  I am loving the lace detail on this piece.  But I do have to be honest about this one - it is really short on me!  Like almost a little too short to wear in public - whoops!
The cold shoulder is great and the detail is perfect, but the front tends to fall pretty low.  So make sure you're wearing a bra or lacey bralette because, let's be honest, I wasn't and I had a minor nip slip. 

I love everything that Tobi has right now and they are running an awesome sale, so make sure you head on over there and check it out!!


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Stripes on Stripes on Stripes

Hi loves! Wow it's been a hot minute.  I'm sorry for my recent break from blogging.  I'm not sure if you all saw my Instagram post, but my mother passed away just about two weeks ago.  It's something I think about everyday, but I'm trying to get back into a routine here to keep me busy and distracted.

So I'll just jump right into my favorite trend right now.  And as you can probably guess, it's STRIPES.  I mean look at my IG history, my feed is legit blowing up with stripes.  I can't get enough.  And the best part is that not all of these items are brand new purchases - which means that stripes really don't go out of style.  I've had some of these items for a while and I'm now starting to recycle them.  Don't you love when you can do that?!?

Starting with my first two looks.  Both of these adorable striped tops are from Everly Oak.  They have amazing, trendy pieces that are super affordable. I immediately fell in love with both of these tops and couldn't help but add them to my shopping cart.  The one shoulder top is so perfect for summer and I've already gotten quite a few wears of it.  

Now let's talk about those sleeves on my second look.  Can you say amazing? 
Stripes - Bell Sleeves - Ruffle Detail
Does a shirt get any better than that?  Probably not!
I'm wearing a size small and it fits true to size. 

And finally - my last look.  This adorable cotton romper is from J. Crew Factory last summer.  It is seriously the most comfortable thing ever.  It is definitely a more casual piece, but I dressed it up here with some wedges and the right accessories.  I'm wearing a size XS in this - I tend to think J. Crew runs a little big so I sized down. 

So to sum things up - go for the stripes this summer.  They're sticking around and definitely my go to year round.


Monday, May 1, 2017

Watch Craze

Happy Monday loves!  So I've been going through a watch craze lately.  I keep finding all of these cute watches and I just have to have them!  When I saw the Welly Merck watches I immediately fell in love.  These are such classic timepieces and they go with everything,

I went for the Classic Chicago G 36 mm style - and how fitting that the name of it is Chicago and I'm from and live in Chicago!  I totally didn't even realize that when I ordered it.  Ok done being a dork.

Any way, if you're in the market for a good watch, I would highly suggest checking out Welly Merck.  They have a lot of great options for both men and women.  I always think that a watch makes such a perfect gift for the man in your life.  I bought my husband a nice watch as his wedding gift and he loves it. 

The other cool thing about these watches is that the straps are interchangeable.  So you can start with a classic gold or silver and swap out the strap for maybe a leather or clothe one - so versatile!  And the price point really isn't bad either.  The Classic Chicago is $265, which when you think about it, is almost like getting multiple watches for that price since you can totally change the look of it with different straps. 

You can get 20% off when you use my discount code "whitneyandwm."  Check them out for yourself here!


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Eve Cork Collaboration

Happy Easter loves!  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! I feel like I needed this weekend to organize my life and get things back on track.  I guess that's just how it goes sometimes!

So while getting organized, I started thinking about these awesome bags that I received from Eve Cork.  Everything they make is sustainable and vegan.  Their bags are super unique and not like anything I've ever seen before.  I decided on the Eiffel Messenger Bag in black and a makeup bag.

The messenger bag is a perfect size and can easily fit everything you need to go out with - wallet, cell phone, sunglasses, lip gloss and keys.  I also love that the cross body strap is removable.  The cross body is perfect for a day time look and running errands.  But you can totally dress it up by removing the strap and just wearing it as a clutch. I use it both ways all of the time!

And let me tell you - the makeup bag is awesome!  It fits everything. I somehow always accumulate more and more things in my makeup bag...and this thing just doesn't get full. 

Check out these bags here and grab one for yourself!  AND if you use my code "somethingwhitty," you'll get 15% off your purchase!! I've got my eye on one of the duffels next!

❤️ Whit