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June 2017

Fashion

What I Wore This Week: LB Off the Shoulder Dress

June 28, 2017

Last month, when I was in Vegas, I had some time to kill so I hit the local Nordstrom rack and found this dress. At just $21, I knew I couldn’t pass it up. Bonus: it has POCKETS!

I feel like much of my summer wardrobe has come from Nordstrom Rack. For instance, last week’s striped dress was purchased on the same trip.

DRESS | NECKLACE

What I like about this dress is that it can go from casual to dressy based on the shoes and accessories. I wore this to my friend’s flower crown making soiree and then to the Chicago Botanical Gardens on Sunday. I decided to feature this necklace, purchased for about $20 at a new favorite boutique I stumbled upon in Evanston, Illinois called Gigi Bottega. The necklace created a nice elegant touch to my outfit. My favorite thing about this necklace is that it has little pearls, my favorite!

I had a great time at the Botanical Garden; every time I go it feels like such a treat. This time, I was blown away by the Rose Garden and the Lily Pads. It was also my boyfriend’s first time there since moving there, and I could tell he was pretty taken away by the captivating gardens. It was a fun place to shoot since there is so much scenery to be seen, and I did not want to pass this opportunity up to shoot for the blog.

Fashion

Jack Rogers Review: the Good, the Bad, and the Shoes

June 22, 2017

I’ve wanted a pair of original Jack Rogers for a couple of years now. I must say, it is not easy for me to spend $$$ on a pair of flip flops. I usually spend less than $30 on sandals and go with Old Navy or Nordstrom Rack, something similar. However, to me, these are not just another pair of flip flops. These are more dressy sandals that I can wear for a casual night out, or to one of the million weddings I’m invited to; to throw on and dance in after wearing heels all day.

Okay, so, I did some good research on these shoes. In fact, when I was looking I almost got the Draper James version, but I don’t like writing on my sandals. I was also first looking at the strappy versions, non-flip-flop like, but I wanted a classic. I opted to buy them through the Nordstrom website because I love the way you can return items with them to any store. It’s a more flexible kind of buying that I like, especially if it is a new brand to me.

So, I looked at the reviews of the Lauren sandal, but they were not as stellar as the Palm Beach Whipstitched sandals. I wanted to see for myself.

My sandals only took a few days to arrive, and I was so excited when they came that I tried them on immediately. I happened to order them in Medium Width because my feet are sorta wide. This did my feet better justice, but at first were a little difficult to get on my right foot. Maybe I have two different sized feet? I first walked them around my apartment and up and down the stairs. It is no lie, they “clunk, clunk, clunk”-ed everywhere. I actually almost slipped down the stairs. So, at first, they don’t really have much traction. They were a bit uncomfortable/tight on my feet at first BUT, the quality really looks exceptional. I read that it may take a few times until they “break in,” so we will see. I have a feeling they will probably last a really long time, so I decided I will not be returning them anytime soon. They are super cute and stylish too, and I love how they look. Sometimes a good thing takes a bit of work to last. That’s how I sum up my purchase of my very first pair.

JACK ROGERS SANDALS

They were a bit uncomfortable/tight on my feet at first BUT, the quality really looks exceptional. I read that it may take a few times until they “break in,” so we will see. I have a feeling they will probably last a really long time, so I decided I will not be returning them anytime soon. They are super cute and stylish too, and I love how they look.

Sometimes a good thing takes a bit of work to last. That’s how I sum up my purchase of my very first pair of Jack Rogers.

Steph Shakes

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My Favorite Things: June 2017 Edition

June 2, 2017

Don’t you just wish you had summers off again like you did when you were in school?

I sure do. That’s why my first edition of My Favorite Things is going to be everything summer!

Munching on [food]: There’s nothing I love more than a patio on a warm, summery day. I’m jonesing to go back to Earl’s patio this summer and indulge in a juicy burger.

On another note, I plan on visiting one of my favorite spots – Evanston, IL, for Buffalo Joe’s buffalo wings. OMG, this place is fantastic and has been featured as some of the best wings in Chicago. I. Cannot. Wait.

Sitting on [furniture/decor]: My patio furniture for the deck is on its way! I cannot wait to share the pieces that I ordered. I ordered them from Wayfair (where I get most of my furniture), and I will be reviewing it soon!

I also have been wanting to start revamping furniture and selling it on the side. The only problem is the lack of space in my garage! We’ll see if I actually attempt it…

Wearing out [fashion]: I have a number of outfits ready to go out on this blog! I’m due for another photo shoot this week (weather pending) and will have some fun shots up momentarily. Lately, I’ve been checking out the dress section at Bloomingdales. I can’t wait to show you my favorites!

Listening [music]: I’m seeing Rise Against in Chicago next week, the same day their new album comes out. I have been following this band since I was a freshman in high school. I also hold them near and dear to my heart because they are from the Chicagoland area. Give their new single a listen.

Watching [TV & Movies]: I have a strange addiction to Mr. Robot. It is about a hacker with mental issues, and the takedown of a conglomerate. Not my usual show, but the struggle is real here. I am starting season 2 as we speak.

I have Wonder Woman on the list of movies to see this weekend. Have you seen it yet? Tell me what you think!!

Until next time,

Steph Shakes