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It’s interesting – as it’s starting to turn to fall, I’m trying to hang on to my summer clothing…or at least, I want to…but I keep finding myself drawn to those more fall type outfits.

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Monday – I really love this new dress, but am wishing I hadn’t styled it so simply.
Dress – H&M
Cardigan – Banana Republic
Pumps – Steve Madden

Tuesday – The hubs traveled for work this day and was gone before I got up and got home after I got ready for bed, so this is the best and only pic there is.
Tee – H&M
Jeans – AG via Anthropologie
Necklace – Francesca’s
Wore with black booties

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Wednesday – i loved mixing these prints!
Blouse – Banana republic
Skirt – J Crew
Earrings – Francesca’s
Wrist – Michael Kors via Nordstrom & Vintage
Pumps – BCBGirls via Nordstrom

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Thursday
Blouse – J Crew
Skirt – Loft
Pumps – Steve Madden

Friday
Tee – Gap
Jeans – Express
Scarf – Tory Burch
Sandals – Target

Earlier this summer, a couple of our friends from New York came out to visit and stayed with us. For brunch on Sunday, we went to a restaurant we hadn’t been to before called Eleven City Diner. It has such a great atmosphere! It reminded me of the Jewish diners we used to go to for brunch in New York. Of course, we sat down and the hubs immediately ordered a coffee and matzah ball soup. He seemed happy to have found a good place to get matzah ball soup here in Chicago.

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This view is looking down onto the first floor from where we were sitting. I loved the bar and how grand the room was! Like I said, it had a great atmosphere and it reminded me a lot of NY (but more spacious!).

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Right near the entrance, there was a little candy shop with all the candy I loved as a kid. It was so fun and colorful. I would definitely go back here again!

At the end of April, one of my close girl friends told me that was was (is) pregnant. I was so so so excited for her and her husband and immediately started thinking of all the fun baby presents I could make for them! I usually knit a hat and booties for friends’ babies, but I wanted to do a little more for them. Not only that, but I was really struck with the urge to give sewing a whirl.

I’ve only sewn a few projects in my life, but I figured if I take my time and go slowly, it would turn out well, right? I figured I just needed patience. So, off I went to JoAnn Fabrics where I picked out fabric for three bibs, burp cloths and pacifier clips. Then it struck me that I should make the baby (I now knew he was a boy) a gift using fabric with his dad’s alma mater (University of Texas) on it.

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Here are all my finished products. In the end, I used the three fabrics I bought, the Texas fabric I had my mom pick up and send to me, and a girly chevron burp cloth for my girl friend. I figured since everything is going to be masculine, she should get one girly thing…and he’ll never know if he’s spitting up on girly fabric.

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I made sure to contour the burp cloths so they give the best coverage and fit around the neck.

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I created four pacifier clips out of each of the three masculine fabrics and the UT fabric. This way they can be switched up and washed or matched to his outfit…and he obviously has a game day look. I put clips that I picked up at the fabric store on one end of each and snaps on the other so the snap end can attach the pacifier.

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I also created a bib for him out of the same four fabrics. You can never have too many bibs, right?

Here are shots of each matching set. I hope they love them as much as I do. I’m pretty proud of my first sewing project I’ve ever done for someone else. Hopefully everything holds up nicely for their little man!

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Have you made anything lately for yourself or someone else?

Looking at them put together, I love my outfits from this week. It appears I was really feeling yellow.

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Monday
Blouse – J Crew
Skirt – J Crew
Pumps – Steve Madden
Shades – Juicy Couture via Sunglass Hut

Tuesday
Dress – Anthropologie
Belt – H&M
Jackie Cardigan – J Crew
Sandals – Target
Necklace – Etsy

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Wednesday
Tank – Old Navy
Skirt – Zara
Wedges – Target

Thursday – Outfit had to be work appropriate, but also warm and comfortable to fly in’
Long Sleeve Tee – H&M
Jeans – AG via Anthropologie
Pumps – Aldo (Left the shoes at work and flew in flats)

The hubs’ birthday is in April. In fact, it was the day after the Mad Men season premier earlier this year. Because of the timing and our love of Mad Men, he wanted his birthday party to have a Mad Men theme. We had a ton of fun setting up this party for our friends and family.

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We laid out a spread of “old fashioned” food including Ruffles and French Onion dip.

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Deviled eggs and shrimp cocktail.

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A cheese ball and crackers.

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Rice Krispie treats and brownies.

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We also picked up bubble gum cigars and fake cigarettes.

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And candy cigarettes. These were my favorite when I was a kid!

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On the island in our kitchen, I cleared everything away and laid out butcher paper. We decided on four popular drinks from the 60s, laid out all their ingredients and wrote out the recipes. This way, one person didn’t have to play bar tender all night and everyone could learn how to make their favorite drinks.

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I tried to capture bits of the tiki influence from the 60s from these drink umbrellas to grass shirts hung along the railing on our balcony with hibiscus flowers to give the balcony a fun little vibe. Unfortunately, I don’t think I got any pictures of that part.

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People had recipes for a Manhattan, an Old Fashioned, a Tom Collins and a Martini at their disposal. I really enjoyed our bar and how everything was laid out. I especially loved having the recipes scrolled across the counter top!

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We wanted a place for everyone to be able to go to take pictures all night, so we put our camera on the tripod and set it up with lights in the corner to use our brick wall as a backdrop. So much fun! And, of course, we had Mad Men playing (silently because we were playing music) on the TV all night. We had to see where all this inspiration came from, right?!

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Finally, we ended the night off sitting around the livingroom playing a game together, much like a family in the 60s might have. However, they probably would NOT have played this game. If you haven’t played Cards Against Humanity, it’s like a perverse, offensive version of Apples to Apples. We love it, but it is not to be played with people you don’t know well and it is not to be played with your parents!

We loved throwing this Mad Men party and I can’t wait for the next one. This bar idea will definitely be making an appearance in the future. What parties have you thrown lately? What was your favorite detail?

Now that Labor Day has passed, I’ve realized there are dresses and skirts in my closet I didn’t wear one time this summer because it was chillier than I wanted it to be and I was a little lazy with my clothing choices. Sooo, I’m trying to break some of them out and fit them in!

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Tuesday
Blouse – Ann Taylor Loft
No. 2 Pencil Skirt – J Crew
Heels – Aldo
Necklace – J Crew via eBay

Wednesday
Dress – Anthropologie
Pumps – Aldo
Necklace – Anthropologie
Earrings – Target
Wrist – Michael Kors via Nordstrom; Banana Republic

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Thursday – Still trying to hold on to summer
Sweater – Old Navy
Jeans – AG via Anthropologie
Pumps – Nine West
Necklace – Erin Gallagher

Friday
Tee – Express
Skirt – Zara in Milan, March of 2007
Sandals – Target
Earrings – Target
Necklace – Francesca’s

This was a short week and I started to realize it’s almost the end of summer, so I really need to start wearing bright things as much as I can and wearing things I haven’t worn all summer because I’ve been in a not-such-great-weather-funk. I’m really struggling to be sure I don’t repeat things and to be creative with outfits this summer.

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Monday
Tee – Loft (I LOVE these tshirts – they’re soft and simple and fit well and I can buy them on sale for $7)
Skirt – Anthropologie
Pumps – Nine West
Necklace – Francesca’s

Tuesday
Dress – TJ Maxx
Jacket – Can’t remember; I’ve had this puppy since high school
Sandals – Target

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Wednesday
Dress – Gap
Belt – Target
Pumps – Valentino via Nordstrom
Initial Necklace – Gift
Watch – Michael Kors via Nordstrom

Thursday
Peplum Top – Nordstrom
Jeans – AG via Anthropologie
Pumps – Aldo
Necklace – J Crew via eBay