February 2, 2018

a much needed break

After careful thought and consideration, I have decided to take a temporary break from blogging.  This is for a few reasons and I feel I owe it to my loyal followers to explain why:

A general lack of inspiration.
I feel completely depleted of inspiration right now.  I feel pressured (a pressure for which I only have myself to blame) to come up with unique outfits; to chip out time on the weekends (in the freezing cold and gloom, mind you) to go shoot; to put together a post worth reading.  Because of these reasons, I feel like I am forcing it - shooting outfits I wouldn't typically wear, putting together sub-par posts - and it's not fair to my followers.

I'm in a bit of a blogging identity crisis.
To be completely honest, I don't have a long term goal for FairlyYours.  Do I want to be a travel blogger?  Lifestyle? Outfits only?  How long will I blog?  Will I keep blogging if and when we have children?  More importantly and weighing most heavily on me - what sets me apart from the millions of other blogs out there?  Everyone says the most important thing in this saturated blogging industry is to be unique, and I'm not quite feeling that way right now.

I'm caught up in comparisons.
I am a super self conscious person and I am always comparing myself to others.  Instagram has become a toxic environment for me because seeing other peoples posts sends me into a tailspin of self criticism - I should be posting more on Instagram, I should be posting more on my blog, I should be traveling more, my photos should be better quality, I should be shopping more...and on and on.

My husband is starting a blog.  
Patrick has decided to start a blog and I couldn't be more excited for his new endeavor.  He has been supporting FairlyYours endlessly for the past 4 years - taking all my photos, helping me decide which photos to post, contributing to post ideas...the list goes on - so I feel it's time that I return the favor and let him be in the spotlight.  He has fabulous taste in music, restaurants, shopping, etc, so he will be blogging about his picks in a review format.  I think it's an amazing idea and I can't wait to see it come to life.

Overall, my heart is just not in it right now.  I need to get back to focusing on me in the moment instead of all the things I should be doing.  I love having this corner of the internet as a place to document my life and to be able to flex my creative muscle through what I'm wearing; it just needs to be when I feel inspired.  I'm hoping this hiatus will center me and get me back on track.  I may be posting on instagram sporadically when I feel like I truly have something to share; rather than posting daily because I feel like I have to.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting me and this journey of mine over the years.  It's only goodbye for a little while...

xo, Annelise

January 29, 2018

red, white + blue in winter

[ Coat: J.Crew (similar here and here) | Shirt: Saint James x J.Crew (also here) | Boots: J.Crew (also here) | Jeans: J.Crew Factory | Beanie: Forever 21 (similar) | Bag: Zara | Lips: Kat von D 'Lolita II' ]

Photos taken in River North

Red, white + blue is one of my favorite color combinations (see examples here, here, and here).  It's a combo I gravitate towards in warmer months, however, it seriously looks great in every season.  Combining these three colors is an easy way to look classy and put together.

I added these shearling boots to my wishlist the second they came out, but I was having a hard time justifying the purchase since I have a similar pair of winter boots that work just fine.  But as the winter dredged on, I realized an exciting new boot purchase would be just the thing to get me through the dreary months.  At that point, the shoes were a huge hit and were sold out everywhere.  I stalked them online and the second they restocked, they were mine!  They've been perfect for my walks to and from work.  They're sold out again but there's a chance they could be restocked again before the season ends.

xo, Annelise

January 24, 2018

lilac + cranberry

[ Coat: Topshop (similar) | Sweater: Club Monaco | Jeans: J.Crew Factory | Boots: Steve Madden (similar) | Bag: Coach (similar) | Sunglasses: AJ Morgan (also love these) | Lips: Revlon 'Plumalicious' ]

Photos taken in the West Loop by Ali Stone

I'm finding this lilac color to be a great neutral.  It goes well with so many things - oranges, blues and now cranberry.  The way to be successful in pairing bold colors together is for one of them to be in the form of stripes or a pattern, so that it's not two solid colors on top of each other.  What are some color combos you're loving right now?

Hope you're having a great week!

xo, Annelise

January 22, 2018

tea for two

 [ Jacket: SheIn | Top: J.Crew Factory (similar) | Leggings: Betabrand | Boots: Steve Madden | Bag: Zara (also love this and this one) | Earrings: J.Crew | Lips: Tom Ford 'Patrick' ]

Photos taken in Gold Coast

My girlfriends and I finally made it to the Drake for high tea on Sunday, and it was fabulous!  We enjoyed catching up on gossip over hot fragrant tea and yummy finger foods.  The last time I did high tea was at the Langham in 2015...too long ago!  Just like last time, we made plans to do this again, this time with Soho House being the next destination.  Hoping to keep up this tradition!

I just received this fun statement-making tweed blazer from SheIn and thought it would be perfect for the occasion!  This will be a fun piece to rotate in for special occasions.  I plan on wearing it with this tweed bow dress (as they show them together online!) and even with my ripped Levi's and fun shoes for a date night.

Hope you had a great weekend!  My husband is super excited his Eagles are going to the Superbowl :)

xo, Annelise

January 19, 2018

currently lusting: a warm vacation

We're headed to Cabo in a few short weeks on a long overdue family vacation and I can't hardly wait!  I'm looking forward to the warm weather, and the beach, and the palm trees, and the sunshine, and the food....can you tell I'm excited?!  Above are some pieces getting me even more in the mood (as if that's possible) for the trip.

You can see other 'currently lusting' posts here, here and here!

xo, Annelise

January 18, 2018

drive it like you stole it

[ Blouse: Ann Taylor (similar) | Jeans: J.Crew Factory | Coat: Topshop (similar) | Boots: Steve Madden | Bag: gift from a friend | Sunglasses: Forever 21 | Lips: Burberry 'Bright Plum' ]

Photos taken in Gold Coast

We were on our way back into town last weekend when we drove past this parking lot and saw a vibrant orange El Camino with no other cars in the lot.  Patrick turned to me and said that would make a cool backdrop for blog photos.  I am always down when Patrick feels inspired to take blog photos!  I threw together this 70's inspired outfit to compliment the vintage car and classic color and I just love how it all works together.  We took photos in front of an old car another time in 2014 - you can see the blog post here.

Also, the post title is from a song from one of my favorite movies, Sing Street.  I highly recommend seeing it - it's so cute!

xo, Annelise

January 15, 2018

parisian vibes

[ Sweater: Club Monaco | Jacket: Ann Taylor (similar) | Skirt: JOA (also love this one) | Heels: Forever 21 (similar) | Bag: Coach (also love this one) | Earrings: Club Monaco (similar) ]

Photos taken outside Maude's with Ali Stone

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  We were in Cincinnati for a wedding!

If you know me well, you know I can't resist a top with an interesting collar (past examples here, here and here), so this navy sweater with the lovely embroidered collar was impossible resist (also available in black and light gray).  I paired it with my all time favorite striped midi skirt for an instant Parisian vibe.  This skirt is no longer available but I linked some other fabulous midi skirts below.

Have a great day!

xo, Annelise

January 10, 2018

weekend cozy

[ Sweatshirt: J.Crew | Leggings: Zella | Bag: Lo & Sons | Hat: Forever 21 (similar here) | Boots: Sorel ]

Photos taken in the Near North Side

My weekends lately have consisted of some rendition of the outfit above and snuggling with Arnold :) .  I picked up this fleece pullover during the holiday break and have pretty much worn it every day since.  It is sooo comfortable and I love the cropped silhouette.  I purchased it after having the realization that aside from work, I am in comfy clothes 99% of the time, so why not update that part of my wardrobe?  I also like that it's nice enough to wear out in public, unlike most of the old tshirts I'm usually wearing.  I've linked some other cozy sweatshirts I'm loving below.

Happy hump day!

xo, Annelise