I’m Backkkkk!

Chicago

Hey everyone! Has it really been two and a half years since my last post?! It seems unreal to me that time can pass by so quickly; however, when I started to think about my life and what has happened since my absence from my blog began, it started to make sense how I’ve been so busy as to forget about time itself.

Let’s see…where to begin!

I moved to Chicago full time in the beginning of 2012 to start my job as a sales representative for various clothing lines. Basically, I work with different manufacturers from Europe, Canada, and the United States to sell their clothing collections to stores around the Midwest. I love my job! Not only do I get to work with clothing, fabulous business owners, and make my own schedule…but I am hands on with the trends 6 months in advanced while getting to travel and see interesting places I would miss out on being in a cubicle 9-5. I know it’s only the Midwest, but you guys!…did you know how many seriously cool cities we have outside of Chicago?!

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Katherine Barclay S/S 2015

As with any job, there are ups and there are downs. Having filled you in on a few of the “ups”, the downside is that I’m also away from home. A lot. And after so many nights, hotels start to lose their beauty and excitement they held when I was a child. Along with it taking me away from my bed, it has taken my free time as well. I have been focusing on my new venture and losing a sense of my hobbies, most importantly being my love for my blog and my readers!

Not only have I been busy in work but I’ve been busy in love as well! June of 2012, my best friend, Beth, asked me to attend a wedding with her as her date. She had plans of breaking it off with her then boyfriend and wanted a friend to go along with her. Since I love weddings (the dancing, drinks, food, all around happiness…need I say more?!) I decided to tag along with her. It was at the rehearsal dinner, I met Vili, the best man in the wedding and who was also from Finland, (as were half of the groomsman, seeing as the groom was from there as well). We hit it off that night and ended up spending the rest of the wedding together.

Not knowing what would happen (you know…with Vili living in Finland and myself in Chicago), we never let a day go by without talking. Eventually, after 6 months, I booked a trip to Finland for Christmas to see Vili and meet his friends and family. It was a hit! I loved everyone I met and fell in love with not only Vili but his hometown, Rovaniemi.

So, aside from working full time around the Midwest, I’ve been traveling back and forth from Chicago to Finland and am happy to say that after two years, Vili and I are engaged!!! He proposed this summer in Finland, atop a watchtower overlooking all of Rovaniemi with my great-great grandmother’s wedding ring. We are excitedly planning our future together and I can’t believe I have found such a loving man who is willing to move across the world for me!

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Vili and I enjoying the midnight sun after he proposed!

Now that I have filled you in on what I’ve been doing the past two and a half years, I’d like to get back to it (my blog that is)!  As everyone changes each year, I am no different and you might detect that in my upcoming posts. While I still live for fashion and love reporting what’s in and what’s out, I have a new found fondness for cooking, decorating, and all things that happen as you get older. I hope that you will enjoy my upcoming musings, whatever they may be, and continue to follow me throughout my upcoming adventures…stylishly of course!

Xx,

Nikki

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Pounding the Pavement

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Downtown Chicago

There are certain events in everyone’s life that can be somewhat stressful; Events such as car shopping, apartment shopping, planning your wedding, etc.  I have hit the point in my life where it is time to purchase a new car and also move downtown, in Chicago, both for work purposes.  While I welcome these changes with the widest spread open arms, I have also welcomed in the sleepless nights, trying to shut my mind down from the decisions that need to be made.

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Downtown Chicago

Yesterday I spent the day in Chicago, apartment hunting, and since I haven’t lived in a city since London, my mind had seemed to have forgotten to remind me about the proper armor needed for city walking.  So, this week, since our neighborly city of Chicago is a place we all go somewhat frequently, I find it appropriate to discuss with you city wear and what to wear if you’re wanting to pound the pavement, whether it be in search for an apartment, like myself, or simply walking the magnificent mile and Millennium Park.

I showed up and ready to search in my trusted pair of flats. Well, no need to tell you how much of a big fat no-no that was! Those hard sidewalks and tough streets wreck havoc on your feet. To avoid your feet punishing you for the rest of the night and maybe even the next day, it’s best to pull out the tennis shoes.

Now comes the inner battle you might be fighting. Those New Balance 9000’s might be comfortable but make you appear as if the words style and fashion have never been heard by you ever before. So what do you do? Well, I suggest putting on a pair of simple street shoes. These are sneaker-like but don’t have so much of the bulk and build up of athletic shoes; however, they still off you good support.

One of my favorites is the TOMS brand.  There are several reasons I support TOMS. First and foremost because I can wear them all day and not want to cry at the end of the day from discomfort. Second, because they are a full slip-on but still offer a great arch support. Third, because you can literally get them in just about any color or design you want and as if that isn’t good enough, you can easily design your own! And lastly, because the company has promised for every pair of TOMS sold, they will donate one pair to a child in need. One for one. So, I know my purchase is doing some good.

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TOMS

The other thing to take into consideration while spending the day in your city of choice is comfortable clothing. Most likely, you will be going in and out of museums, buildings, or simply walking around a lot which can lead to quick temperature changes making you feel as though you’re going through “the change” all too much. The solution to city wear (and well, “the change” wear) is layers! Layers, of course, offer you the option to dress with more or less, when the time strikes appropriate. The issue with layers is that some are too thin or too thick. A bulky sweatshirt feels as heavy as a coat and if you’re wearing a coat as well, you could easily feel as heavy as a mammoth and make you regret your clothing choices instantly.

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I suggest ultra-comfy, ultra-soft layers from lines such as American Apparel or Alternative Apparel. These pieces feel as though you’ve had them for years with a softness that only makes you want to wear them ever day all day. The best thing about them is while they aren’t thick, bulky pieces; they do keep you warm and are always offered in the latest colors, burn-outs, and styles.

I also firmly believe that one of the best pieces you can add to your wardrobe is a vest. A vest can remove the need to carry around a coat while keeping you just as warm. There are so many great options out there right now for vests so you don’t need to think about breaking the bank to add it to your closet.

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Club Monaco - Tila Vest

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Plastic Island - The Penny Faux Fur Vest in Mocha

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BB Dakota Vest on another Chicago-blogger

Whichever way you choose to dress while walking the streets of your favorite city, be sure to skip the high heels, flip flops, and bulky wear! The last thing you want is your dress to weigh you down while you’re trying to enjoy the sights or in my case, on the hunt for a place to live!

I work in the building on the left 🙂