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It was pretty cold this week – below normal, actually – but I’m trying really hard to hold off on my typical opaque, black tights. I feel like it’s too soon for it and since I’ll probably wear them through at least March, I want to tough it out until at least November.

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Monday – Inspired by this pin – I meant to wear my leopard belt, but forgot until I was out of the house *fail*
Shirt – Polo
Jackie Cardigan – J Crew
Jeans – J Crew Outlet
Flats – Vera Wang via Nordstrom Rack (the hubs brought these home for me one day!)
Scarf – Street Fair in NY

Tuesday – I thought this was also inspired by Pinterest, but I can’t find the pin!
Tank – H&M
Skirt – Banana Republic (hand me down (or on loan?) from my SIL)
Blazer – Ann Taylor
Scarf – Target
Boots – Steve Madden

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Wednesday
Tank – Club Monaco
Sweatshirt – Banana Republic Outlet
Jeans – Express
Boots – Steve Madden
Necklace – J Crew
Wrist – Michael Kors watch via Nordstrom; Anthropologie Feather Bracelet; J Crew Rhinestone Bracelet; Beaded Bracelet made by my Mom

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Thursday
Shirt – Express
Dress – J Crew
Tights – Nordstrom
Booties – Top Shop
Earrings – J Crew

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Friday – Inspired by this pin; Wish I had had a more billowy sweater
Tank – Express
Jackie Cardigan – J Crew
Jeans – J Crew
Scarf – Target
Flats – Mia via DSW
Wrist – Michael Kors watch via Nordstrom; J Crew Rhinestone Bracelet; Vintage via Randolph Street Market

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Tuesday
Dress (New) – Banana Republic
Jackie Cardigan – J Crew
Necklace – J Crew
Pumps – Shoegasm (in NYC)

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Wednesday
Dress – French Connection
Booties – Top Shop
Necklace – Francesca’s
Earrings – Target
Wrist – Michael Kors via Nordstrom, J Crew, Banana Republic & Anthropologie

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Thursday it was raining, so I have this pic I took of some details while at work and the one I laid out after wearing it.
Plaid Button Up – J Crew
No. 2 Pencil Skirt – J Crew
Pumps – BCBGirl via Nordstrom
Belt – Express
Necklace – J Crew via eBay
Scarf – Target

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Friday – Dressed to be comfy on a road trip up to my grandma’s after work
Blouse – Meave via Anthropologie
Cardigan – J Crew
Jeans – J Crew
Boots – Nine West

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Saturday – Dressed to be comfy on the road trip back home and obviously didn’t bother with makeup or looking my best…
Sweater – Express
Jeans – J Crew
Scarf (New) – J Crew
Shoes – Adam Tucker Me Too via Nordstom (I just got these this week and I’m obsessed with them!)

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Saturday Night – SIL’s Birthday Dinner
Same button up as Thursday – J Crew
Same jeans as during the day – J Crew
Blazer – Ann Taylor
Flats – Mia via DSW (I also got these this week and am also obsessed with them!)
Necklaces – J Crew via eBay & Madewell
Ring – Madewell (an acquisition of my recent shopping expeditions and I have a feeling I’ll be wearing this ALL. THE. TIME.)
Wrist – Michael Kors via Nordstrom & Anthropologie

I feel like my Monday-Wednesday outfits all tie together. Apparently I’m really into yellow right now.

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Monday – This outfit was inspired by a girl I saw on the street on my way to work one morning
Blouse – Zara
Skirt – Loft
Blazer – H&M
Necklace – J Crew via eBay
Booties – Top Shop

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Tuesday
Tank – Express
Jeans – AG via Anthropologie
Sweater/Wrap – Nordstrom
Boots – Steve Madden
Necklaces – Anthropologie & a gift

Wednesday – Inspired by this pin
Blouse – H&M
Blazer – H&M
Skirt – Anthropologie
Pumps – Steve Madden
Necklace – Anthropologie
Earrings – Francesca’s

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Thursday
Chambray Shirt – J Crew
Jeans – J Crew
Wedges – Via Spiga via Nordstrom
Necklaces – J Crew & Francesca’s
Wrist – Michael Kors via Nordstrom & Gift
Ring – Similar

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Friday – I had this day off of work and spend the day walking and shopping. I walked from Lakeview to Michigan Ave (which I shopped ALL of) then to the West Loop. I totaled it up to about 7 miles over the course of the day.
Tee – Gap
Jeans – Express
Jacket – Gap
Scarf – Target
Mocassins – Steve Madden

I succeeded in not wearing pants a single time this week. Yay for dresses and skirts before it’s too cold to bare my legs!

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Monday
Dress – Coupe de Coeur in NYC
Belt – Came with the dress
Wrist – Michael Kors watch via Nordstrom; Banana Republic; Gift
Flats – Steve Madden

Tuesday
Blouse – Zara
No. 2 Pencil Skirt – J Crew
Belt- J Crew
Necklace – Anthropologie
Earrings – Top Shop
Flats – Lavender by Vera Wang via Nordstrom Rack

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Wednesday – I feel like this necklace needed a big, chunky necklace, but I didn’t have one that felt right
Tee – Express
Skirt – French Connection when I was in London in 2007; I don’t love the length of this skirt, but tall heels help
Pumps – Aldo

Thursday – Dressed up for a friend’s rehearsal dinner
Dress – Anthropologie
Necklace – J Crew
Pumps – Valentino via Nordstrom
Wrist – Michael Kors watch via Nordstrom; Banana Republic; Vintage

Friday – Dressed up for a friend’s wedding
Dress – Nordstrom (the hubs brought it home for me one day)
Pumps – Nine West
Necklace – Francesca’s
Clutch – Nine West Outlet

As you can probably tell, it’s cooling off ever so slightly. Scarves and boots are starting to make their way back out of my closet. I am not ready for heavy knits and thick coats.

This will be the last week of pictures taken with my old phone – I made the switch to the new iPhone! Get ready for better pics!

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Monday
Button Up – Express
Skirt – J Crew
Jacket – Gap
Boots – Steve Madden

Tuesday
Button Up – J Crew
Jeans – J Crew
Necklace – Anthropologie
Boots – Steve Madden

Wednesday
Dress – Francesca’s
Cardigan – J Crew
Belt – H&M
Pumps – Nine West
Shades – Juicy Couture via Sunglass Hut

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Thursday – I layered up for the walk to work since the mornings have been cool here and simplified for work
Striped Tee – H&M
Lace Skirt – Loft
Jean Jacket – Abercrombie (circa 2005?)
Scarf – Target
Booties – Top Shop

Friday
Peplum Top – Banana Republic
Jeans – J Crew
Pumps – Steve Madden
Necklace – Anthropologie

A few years ago, I decided to try to break out of my rut of cooking the same few dishes all the time – just to switch things up – and find more recipes to include in our dinner menu options. I think we were pretty successful – we now make anything from Pasta with sausage and veggies in it with garlic bread to Chicken Chili Rellenos to Chili to Honey Glazed Chicken Stir Fry.

Earlier this year, I was trying to think of more things I enjoy eating that we might want to add to our repertoire and I thought of things like Jambalaya, Risotto & Paella (are you picking up on the rice theme?). I looked up some recipes on Pinterest and came across this recipe for Mushroom Risotto that looked sooooo good!

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I was a little worried about how laborious the process of making risotto would be, but it really wasn’t hard – you just have to pay it constant attention. I snapped a few pics along the way of cooking my mushrooms and my Arborio rice (lots of white wine and lots of stirring) and then the process of putting it all together.

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Doesn’t it look yummy?! Honestly, it was surprisingly easy.

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I was a little worried about this when I set out to make it because I really wasn’t sure how the hubs would receive mushrooms or risotto. I think he was a bit iffy, but once he took a bite, it was all over. We didn’t even have left overs for lunch the next day – he ate it all! This is definitely something we will make again.

What’s your favorite dinner recipe to make? Send it my way!