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Style: All Aflutter

I did a segment this morning on a Chicago morning show, You & Me (live!), discussing my Bright Friday partnership with Glade®, showing a few handmade gift tag ideas (more on that to come soon), and talking cookie swaps. Naturally, I needed to wear a bright pink dress with fluttery sleeves so that I could gesticulate wildly with a flourish.

You & Me (WCIU Chicago) Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely


Anyway. Style post! That dress!

Style: Flutter-Sleeve Pink Dress

  1. Casper Glasses, Warby Parker

  2. Flutter-Sleeve Dress (in Pink or Navy), Banana Republic

  3. Marni Metal Necklace, Shopbop
    My Kate Spade necklace is no longer available, and I came across this one by Marni while looking for an alternative. Pricey, but super cool.

  4. Butter London Nail Polish (Statement Piece), Nordstrom

  5. Topshop Metallic Tassel Clutch, Nordstrom

  6. Gold Double Ring, Madewell

  7. Everyday Opaque Black Tights, Nordstrom

  8. Dolce Vita Hastings Booties, Zappos

Velma’s Turtleneck Sweater

I had been looking for a new sweater for fall and winter: something soft, warm, and oversized for maximum coziness. Machine washable too, if possible (because: baby). I took Calvin out with me for my sweater quest and I tried on many close-but-not-quite options. Ah, until I found this one in mustard yellow. Flattering shape! Great color! Throw it in the wash! On sale for $35!

I was feeling pretty cute when I put it on the next morning. I wore a silk top beneath with its shirttail hem peeking out, my favorite cropped skinny pants, patent oxfords, and of course, my glasses. I even had time to put a little makeup on before heading out to walk the kids to school. Look out, world! Stylish mom, comin’ through!

Velma's Turtleneck Sweater is Lookin' Good

So then I realized, about halfway there, who I looked like. Jinkies.

  1. Duckworth Glasses, Warby Parker

  2. Slim Cropped Pants, Gap

  3. ‘Rancher’ Silk Pocket Top, Nordstrom

  4. Relaxed Turtleneck Sweater, Loft

  5. Dune London Laboux Patent Oxfords, Zappos

The Things We Love

The Randolph Street Vintage Market is happening this weekend — their last indoor/outdoor show of the season. I’ll be there tomorrow, partnering with Scotchgard Brand to show people how to protect the things they love. I’ll be chatting with people, making a few videos, and checking out all the vintage awesomeness for sale. Come say hello!

I talk a lot about how to incorporate special things over time — it’s the idea behind my whole Making it Yours series. It applies to the furniture in our homes, to the clothes in our closets, to all of those interesting items we gather over time. One of my favorite things that I’ve had for years now is my owl purse.

Kate Spade Owl Purse

It’s just a thing, sure. A purse. But it’s a kooky purse that I love to bits and hope to either tote around when I’m an eccentric old lady (life goal), or pass down some day, should my kids want it. It’s mostly suede though, so it isn’t the hardiest of materials, and it has to make it through Chicago winters with all of the ice, snow, slush, and salt that accompany them. Scotchgard Protectors come in a range of products for carpets, fabrics, upholstery, suede, and leather too, protecting them from stains and water without changing the item’s look or feel. Treating my bag keeps it in good condition so it can last longer, because it’s got many more seasons ahead of it.

Protecting a Suede Purse with Scotchgard

To learn about all the ways you can protect the things you love, come find me with Scotchgard Brand at the Randolph Street Market this weekend! I’ll be sharing all my tips and tricks, you can check out some cool demos, and join the conversation by tagging your social posts and images using #LoveYourThings and #Scotchgard. See you there!

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