Man, oh man! Today feels like the Monday-est Monday in quite some time… I don’t necessarily mean that in a bad way, but there’s a lot of fresh starts happening today. It’s officially August (where has the time gone?!) and it’s the first time I’m sitting down to my desk in the morning for a regular work day in well over two weeks, probably closer to three! I just got back from a two-week trip to Italy on Saturday night and there’s so much content to sift through to share with you all, so it’s going to be a busy week. Stay tuned for all of that! If all goes according to plan today, my guide to the Amalfi Coast will be up on the blog tomorrow… Fingers crossed!
One of my favorite parts about traveling is the shift in perspective, along with how much it changes you. When I’m out of my normal routine and in a new place, big-picture thinking comes a lot easier. And when you’re physically away from people/places/things in your life for a while, you really start to realize who and what matters. I had quite a few of moments of clarity on the trip… friendships, relationships, good habits, bad habits, etc. And I feel empowered to start making some necessary changes to live a life that’s more me. As they say, you’ve got to get rid of toxic people/places/things from your life to create the space for and to attract the right ones.
Kind of deep for a Monday morning, sorry! I currently have next to no concept of what time it is, what day it is, etc. The jet lag is real this time around! I’ve been in bed by 8pm each night since I’ve been back and have been waking up at hours that I’m normally still awake at (4:45am, 2:15am, etc). Hopefully it all sorts itself out soon!
Left Coast is a relatively new healthy spot that opened in Chicago (in Lakeview!) earlier this year, in late spring/early summer. The avocado toast is so good, and you definitely can’t miss the fresh juices and delicious smoothies. There’s a good amount of seating (outdoors, too!) so it makes for a great spot to get some work done at during the day.
When it’s not too hot and jeans are bearable, this simple outfit is one of my go-to’s for a summertime workday. A long vest is the perfect topper to pull your outfit together, without weighing you down! Same goes for the fall and winter, too, which makes vests the ultimate layering piece year-round. You can easily toss your vest on over a long-sleeve top, or layer it under another jacket for extra warmth (and style!).
Here are a few more options that I’m loving…
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Topshop Long Black Vest (similar here & here!)
Azalea Black Tank (sold out; similar here, here, & here!)
Old Navy White Denim
Kate Spade Black Pumps
Valentino Rockstud Sunglasses (similar here, here, & here!)
3.1 Phillip Lim Medium Pashli Bag
Nordstrom Scarf (sold out; similar here & here!)
Michael Kors Watch