March 13, 2018

perks of being a wallflower

[ Jacket: J.Crew (similar) | Sweater: Jack Wills (also love this one) | Bag: Mango (similar) | Jeans: LOFT (similar) | Sneakers: TOMS (similar) | Sunglasses: Forever 21 ]

Photos taken in front of May Flowers mural by Juan de la Mora, located on the backside of Silent Funny

We were beyond productive on Sunday.  We rented a Maven for two hours and ran a bunch of errands around the city, most of which involved donating old clothes and housewares to various places.  I did a lot of research to make sure our donations were going to the best possible local services and not into landfills.  Here is where we donated:

 DenimMadewell will take your old jeans and turn them into housing insulation.  Bonus: they give you $20 per pair to be used on a new pair of jeans from them! 

Designer Clothes, Shoes, Accessories: I donated to threadUP for consignment and donation.  I signed up online and they send you a large prepaid USPS bag to ship your items in.  Anything they cannot sell, they will donate for you.

Used Clothing and Housewares: I decided to donate these items to a local Chicago charity, Brown Elephant.  All proceeds benefit LGBTQ health and fund care for the uninsured and under-insured at Howard Brown Health.

Unusable Shoes and Clothing: after the above donations, I still had a bunch of clothes and shoes left that were so used and abused, they would likely not be accepted by charity.  After a quick google search, I found a source called Chicago Textile Recycling, which will take your used items, grind them up and turn them into cleaning products.  You can donate at their facility (250 N. Mannheim Rd, Unit B in Hillside) or at one of SWALCO's donation bins.

I found other Chicagoland donation services here.

We finished off our productive day by driving out to Humbolt Park to find the above mural.  I had seen this mural on Instagram and from other bloggers and had to check it out.  It's such a fun colorful installation - much needed on these last few dreary weeks of winter.

xo, Annelise

March 7, 2018

pastel spell

[ Jacket: Topshop (also love this one) | Sweater: H&M | Jeans: Rag & Bone | Oxfords: Louise et Cie (similar here and here) | Bag: gift from a friend (similar) | Sunglasses: Forever 21 | Lips: Tom Ford 'Patrick' ]

Photos taken in River North

For the first time in a long time, we've been in town with no big plans for the past few weekends in a row.  It feels so nice to be able to live a little spontaneously and do what we want.  This past weekend we were out running some errands and stumbled upon Nike's House of Go popup (next to Niketown on Michigan Ave) for the launch of their new 'React' shoe, going on for the month of March.  It was a fun 30-minute excursion, and I think it's a great idea they give you the chance to wear the new shoes throughout the whole experience.  They sure are comfortable but I personally don't like the color options....and isn't that what sneakers are all about these days - the colors and not the comfort or what they can do for you?!

Then we took the long way home to take photos by this ombre pastel backdrop that's masking the construction of a new restaurant called Pacific Standard Time (I found some info on it here).  When it comes to dressing, I love a good pastel combination (one of my favorite pastel combo dresses last seen here).  This time of year especially, dressing in pastels reminds me that spring is just around the corner.

xo, Annelise

March 1, 2018

mexico bliss

[ Striped Set: Shein c/o (also love this polka dot version and this gingham version) | Sunglasses: AJ Morgan (similar) | Hat: Brixton | Sandals: Soludos ]

Photos taken in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Hello!  I am back to blogging with a new outfit post!  I would be lying if I said my month-long hiatus was enough of a break and I'm feeling totally refreshed and inspired...far from it!  I'm still struggling with burnout and lack of direction, but I love this blog and I don't want to give up on it.  Moving forward, I'm just going to take it slow and post as I feel inspired.

Now, back to the outfit.  Earlier in February, we went on an amazing vacation with my family to Cabo.  This trip was exactly what I needed - an escape from the dreary Chicago winter, relaxation, family time and a good dose of Vitamin D.  I wore this outfit for a morning walk on the beach with Patrick.  This shorts and top combo checks all my boxes - it's striped, ruffled, and you get the effortlessness of a matching set.  I will definitely be reaching for this often on summer weekends in Chicago!

Here are some other highlights from the trip:
Shopping around colorful downtown San Jose del Cabo
The guacamole at Jazmin's
Whale sightings on our cocktail cruise
The Pollo con Mole de Puebla at Hacienda
Renting jet skis on the beach for $40
Speaking Spanglish
Endless games of cribbage with my family

As always, thank you for reading and for following along!

xo, Annelise

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