Coming to Sweet Home Chicago.

Hi there, did I startle you? You must not have expected a blog post on a Saturday did you?

Well we are having are first snowfall of the season here in the Windy City so I am keeping it low key here on a Saturday morning, and after I grabbed myself a cinnamon roll from Ann Sathers to go (which you MUST try by the way), I thought I’d make a cup of coffee, and have a seat and try to remember to blog.

I guess you can say it is a combination of not being motivated, and being anxiously awaiting and preparing the home for my 3 and a half year old to arrive after being on an extensive stay at her grandparent’s in Europe as reasons why I haven’t been writing lately.

It almost felt like waiting for the arrival of a new baby execpt this time it was waiting for an arrival of a little one that has grown into a little lady, speaking a second language(she is officially bilingual),and officially out of diapers amongst other things.

When she arrived home in Chicago she immediately went to her toys she hasn’t seen in awhile (hello Disney Princess Castle and Little People!) even though it was 11pm. The girl was a chatterbox the whole ride home from the airport,in her newly learned second language. I am truly amazed.

When she had left she was pretty verbal but just a little over 2 and a half and speaking only English and still in diapers. Her grandparents who live here have been spending time with her recently while I go to work and they are just as impressed and amazed how much she has grown.

So far we have been having great adventures and she got to meet her new niece for the first time. It has been a bittersweet reunion.

Since I went ages without posting kid’s pictures on here, I will do so today, hope you don’t mind. 🙂

I am truly excited that she is here for the Holidays and looking forward to exploring what the city has in store and spending quality time with her.

First day back here,she loved the welcome balloon I got her:

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Rakuten Marketing Event and Some Tips on Networking with Bloggers.

 

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So here we are again, Monday,and the summer is starting to wind down. Have you noticed that the days are starting to get shorter? It’s happening already I’m afraid. Luckily we still have some time to cross off things from our summer bucket list!

This past Thursday, I attended an event put together by Rakuten Marketing for us Windy City Bloggers. It was a short walk from my work in the loop so I figured hey why not!

This is my third blogging event and if you recall my first one at Epic, I vowed to aim for the more smaller events I get invited to so that I can have a better chance of getting to know my fellow bloggers.

So if you are new to the blogging networking scene and don’t know where to start,here are some tips:

1. Do attend the smaller events as your chances of hitting up a conversation is greater. Sometimes those huge conferences or large events can be pretty intimidating and overwhelming for someone who just stepped into the blogging scene. I learned that first hand.

2. Don’t stress about it. My first event I attended I expected to meet all these new people so I tried really hard to dress the part and practice what to say. Even my second event I was expected to hit it off right off the bat with many well known bloggers. Don’t stress out about it and don’t expect that you are going to talk to everybody there.

3. Quality over quantity. Just as I mentioned above, as you start attending blogging events, don’t expect to talk to every single person there. Even if you meet two or three new bloggers and get to know them better, that is a great start! Eventually as you go along and go to more events,you will get to know more and more bloggers.

4. Be yourself. And don’t try so hard. Walk into the room and just go with the flow,and your relaxed and genuine demeanor will attract more than being aggressive.

Here are some photos from Thursday’s event with Rakuten Marketing. They held a great workshop for us Windy City Bloggers on how to monetize your blog. They talked about some tips I already knew,but there were some tips that I did not know,so I still learned a lot. There is always something to learn in the world of blogging whether you are a newbie or a veteran. I hope these tips above somewhat helped when you go to your next blogging event!

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Chambray All The Way

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  Sleeveless Chambray Shirt: Old Navy (similar)|Maxi Dress: Old Navy|Purse: Levi’s (similar)

 Sunnies: Tory Burch|Necklace: Tiffany & Co|Watch: Swatch|Prayer Bracelet: St.Kiril and Metodi (similar)

 

Photos by: {Dejan Dimkovski Photography}

 

Here it is, my first style post ever! I have blogged about fashion on this site here and there before but what I had really wanted to do was to do actual style posts. It’s been a long time coming but it’s here, at last 🙂

Of course, the day we did the shoot, it was super humid and windy. Of course! My dress and hair were just flying everywhere, but we did manage to get some good pics. I guess you cannot control the weather!

I spotted the sleeveless chambray shirt on a fashion blogger who does wardrobe capsules,which is basically choosing a certain number of pieces and then mixing and matching them to create different outfits. The intent is to just shop every three months and then swap out some of the pieces when the new season begins.

If you recall in an earlier post, I did a closet cleanout and eliminated a lot of clothes that I don’t care to wear anymore and incorporated a few pieces with what I had kept that I actually love and know I will wear. It was quite liberating to get the clutter out and embrace minimalist fashion.

But do you know how hard it was to find a sleeveless chambray button down shirt?! Everywhere I tried to look they were sold out! I went up and down Michigan Avenue and even hit up State Street to no avail. I scorched the internet and finally found one at Old Navy that was reasonably priced and in my size.

I had no idea how popular the sleeveless chambray was this summer. But I don’t blame them-this shirt is so versatile and goes with so many outfits,which I will show you in the next couple posts. Here, I styled it with a sleeveless long black maxi dress.

Add some accessories, and you are good to go. I paired this outfit with a tan bag that takes the outfit to a more daytime look, perfect for those lunch dates or daytime birthday parties.

So there you have it, my first style post! How did I do for a newbie? Go gentle on me lol! I had a lot of fun and honestly, I don’t know how these fashion bloggers do these EVERYDAY. And some of them are moms on top of it all!  I am aiming do to style posts about once a week, so we will see how it goes. Tune in next week as I style the sleeveless Chambray shirt with another outfit. Your support is greatly appreciated!