Old Kid on the Block

Old Kid on the Block

It’s August 1st, as in… summer is already two months in, how did that happen? It’s probably been the fastest summer yet, and my attempts at consistently sharing posts just that a dream unfulfilled at this rate. But no need to dwell, I’m here now and really loving today’s old school look.

It’s been a fairly mild summer here in Chicago, which means I’ve still been able to wear long sleeves and jeans throughout the season. On a cool summer day, this TopMan (Rest in Peace) shirt felt like a must-have. This sweater-esque look has a built in collar and color blocked stripes in the perfect shades for summer.

When I  put this with a simple and classic wash pair of Levi’s, I felt equal parts touristy dad at Disney and Armie Hammer in Call Me by Your Name, a winning combo, right? There’s a 80’s vibe to this look that I can’t help but love.

Sometimes the best looks are the easiest ones. I  think we all know that a white t-shirt and jeans can be just as attractive and stylish as a bomber or printed shirt.

It’s not always about reinventing the wheel in your closet and finding the newest piece, it can be about bringing an old look back.

Hoping to bring back more old looks, and mindsets here, and soon!

Stay tuned,

TW

Bachelorette Recap: Amsterdamnit, Hannah

Alright Bachelor Nation, a LOT has gone down in the past couple of weeks, so I  decided to merge Week 6 and 7’s recaps together for Euro-Trash double feature.

The last time we were together, Hannah almost threw the deuces up on this whole experience, mainly because everyone still hates Luke and is petty. (I  can relate) Hannah resets in Latvia by stripping down to nothing and bungee jumping off a cable car with Garrett, because that seems like the most logical way to get your head back in the game.

The date is a major success, in part to the fact that the second Luke hears about it, he starts to lose it. Ready to interrogate Hannah and Garrett at every turn about how this naked rendezvous went down. Here’s a hint Luke, producers love to piss you off.

Luke Externally

Luke Internally

While the group date is all about Hannah eating cheese and playing nice with everyone, things start to heat up with Peter the pilot. Honestly, every time they’re on screen, the sexual chemistry is like watching 7th graders playing spin the bottle. I’ve seen it on a pool table, we’re seeing it a steam room, we get it and I’m not into it. Regardless, she is and he gets a rose.

This arm placement is killing me

To no surprise, the random leftovers who never got air time, Dustin and Dylan, finally were kicked off so now it’s down to Luke and a bunch of his haters. With only serious options left, we enter Week 7 and we’ve headed to the Netherlands.

Hannah grazes in some TEEEWWW-LIPSSS, as she pronounces them, and then grabs Jed for another one-on-one. He’s only had two, but it feels like he’s had 200. It’s probably that cheesy song he sang her in bed the week before, and the fact he wins every group date rose.

I can’t even look at my darling Jed anymore without replaying all the People.com articles about his girlfriend, his admission of trying to be famous, etc, etc. To no surprise though, he advances once again and then we’re shown that Mike gets a one one one, and Luke, Garret, Colin and Peter Pilot have to duke it out on a 4 on one.

For baby faced Colin, who I  think we all kinda forget was there, can’t stand for this and abruptly leaves. (for Paradise maybe?)

Over it…or Yawning?

Tyler and Hannah get a one on one where they deep throat some nasty fish delacacies and it’s enough to ensure the second spot in the final 4. Our dear Mike doesn’t fare as well and is quickly let go on his dinner date, after Hannah cries at the art during her little Night at the Museum moment.

So with one date left and 2 spots needing to be filled for hometowns, it’s game on for Peter, Luke and Garrett. Within a matter of seconds, it turns into a standoff between Luke and Garrett, which opens the floor for Peter to get a rose.

After an iconic dismantling of a charcuterie board by Luke, it turns into a tit for tat school yard fight.

I hated Luke before, but I  really hated him incorrectly calling Salami, Bologna

At dinner, both men profess their feelings for Hannah, Garrett even saying he’s in love, but it’s still not as strong as her attraction to the dark one, and he’s sent home.

So with four guys left, and a preview of Luke’s demise around the corner, we’re getting to the good stuff.

Rose: I’m starting to actually root for Tyler, who reminds me of Channing Tatum in Magic Mike. He seems to actually like her and not want fame… a concept I’m not familiar with.

Throne: Whoever is charge of wardrobe, because if I  see one more henley worn in a European Church, I’m going to lose what’s left of my mind

I can’t wait to document all things hometowns and report back on whatever (incorrect) decision Hannah makes!

Until then,

TW

 

Simon(on) Says…

Simon(on) Says…

It only took 2 months, but it’s starting to finally feel like summer in Chicago! With that being said, dressing for the office sometimes poses as a problem because the days of sweaters and light jackets are dwindling but I’ve still got to look professional.

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I  was recently introduced to Beckett Simonon, a beautiful leather shoe company that makes quality leather dress shoes, boots and sneakers that can be worn year round. I    put together a summer work outfit that references summer but with a workplace twist.

I  love how the much detail was put into the shoes with the stitching and design that I  thought they’d be perfect with a khaki suit pant and then for a little pop, this tropical brown and purple floral print shirt. To make this more “summery” a matching bandana I  found in Atlanta pulled it all together. Classic on bottom, less traditional on top.

In terms of the shoes, they are seriously STUNNING. Even though some dress shoes scare me, for fear of me ruining them, they’ve been holding up and are extremely durable. For added comfort, an insole was included.

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I’m wearing the Yates Oxford Broques which can be found on their site here.

I’m excited to wear these throughout summer and fall and can’t wait to check out what Beckett Simonon has in terms of boots later this year!

Hope everyone has a very happy Friday,

TW Baker

 

 

 

Striped for Summer

Striped for Summer

Can we even classify this season as Summer when it’s barely cracked 75 degrees? Probably not, but in a city like Chicago, you’re gonna have to fake it till you make it.

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I’m not going to let a dreary summer sky dampen my seasonal wardrobe. I was inspired by June being Pride Month when putting together this look. The look is built around this striped top from Bonobos that I love for summer! In different shades of sherbet, this rainbow print reminds me of a fashionable Pride flag. Seersucker is one of my favorite materials for summer because it’s lightweight and breathable.

This shirt could really work with anything, white jeans, dark denim or khakis. I  thought instead to try a more neutral green to let the shirt pop more. These chinos from Banana Republic Factory are my favorite fitting casual pant. They give a lot of shape and don’t have to be tailored, AMEN!

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On top, a year round must-have, is this Levi Denim jacket. I  recently purchased this one because the wash is the most neutral and my other denim jacket is too oversized for summer, where let’s face it, fit is crucial. A rope belt and grey loafers are easy accessories to make a little more casual yet cool.

It’s been a while since I’ve put up an outfit post partly due to scheduling and finding motivation, so if you’re reading, thanks for sticking with me 🙂

More summer looks to come, stay tuned!

TW

 

 

Bachelorette Recap: Luke Warm

In the words of one of the worst humans this show has given us, I’m VERY confused right now! We’re at the half way point in the season and we are. still.talking.about.Luke.P.

We’re welcomed back to Hannah telling him he’s got to go, so Luke leaves and then literally turns right back around from the dark forest to say that he really wants to stay. So Hannah lets him last another night and just when the guys are braiding their hair and having a slumber party to celebrate, he walks right back in.

Me and the other guys:

The following night, we go straight to the cocktail party. It becomes pretty obvious that the cocktail party is used as a pseudo Salem Witch Trial of everyone vs. Luke and it goes over just as well as you’d expect, horribly.

After what feels like hours upon hours of bitching and moaning, Hannah loses her sh*t and tells everyone, including Luke, to STFU. Hannah’s decided she’s going to have to fuck up on her own, the peanut gallery is going to have to be put on mute.

Me with this whole show:

Everyone walks into Hogwarts sound stage the rose ceremony and prays to GOD that Luke is out, and of course… he’s not. She’s going to learn the hard way that he is the devil.

Chris Harrison then sits Hannah down for a very unnecessary recap for an hour, which I   honestly could not sit through. Shoutout to everyone who told me to save my time.

Rose: Garrett for being so relentless on his path to call out Luke for being a horrible human being.

Thorn: Whoever let L*** P. on this show, because he is single handedly ruining this show.

In other news, Jed is basically a cheater (we can’t even trust the hot ones anymore) and the new cast of Paradise is a walking Fab Fit Fun Box endorsement deal. I’m loving this trashy new cast.

Bottoms up to surviving another week and hopefully making it through another!

Cheers,

TW

Bachelorette: Celtic Chaos

Me currently because my past recaps and stories  have been stalled due to an extremely busy schedule, but also me because we start Week 5 and we are STILL talking about Luke. Once again, one of my biggest issues with The Bachelor/Bachelorette format is that we spend the first half of each season focused on hating the villain and in our case, we’re still in deep with Luke P.

We pick up with Luke S. and Luke P. exchanging dirty looks before Hannah cuts the cocktail party short and wants to start eliminating. Before she can even finish her sentence, Luke S. decides to bow out and tells her to watch out for Luke P. 

It was nice knowing you Nick Viall Jr.

After a hellish time in Rhode Island, they head to Scotland and Hannah is determined to reset with a one-on-one with Mike. Honestly, Mike is so genuine and actually likes her, I  almost forgot that those kind of people exist in this land of famewhores.

The other guys are excited because they get a group date without the threat of Luke P. trying to kill them, and the men compete in a Braveheart-esque physical battle. Although they all suck at axe throwing and keeping milk in a bucket, Jed gives us this moment, so we’ll allow it.

Hannah spends the rest of the date doing a quality check on all the furniture’s durability by making out with Jed on a bench, Ryan on a pool table, and Tyler on the bed. Jed wins another group date rose and I’m starting to get a front runner vibe.

Back at the house, Mike and Luke continue to hate each other and we can only pray that Hannah decides to send the little meathead home. Hannah and Luke sit on cliff (that I  hope he falls off) to talk about how shitty the past few weeks has been.

It’s pretty apparent that Luke only tells Hannah what he thinks she wants to hear, and she wants to know about the important stuff… like…. does he like macaroni and cheese?….. *record scratch** yep, you read that right.

At dinner, he kinda starts to get it, but then resorts back to his old ways of perfectionism and saying everyone loves him.

Hannah:

Luke:

(what are feelings?)

So in the end, like seriously, the last 4 seconds, she picks up the rose and says she can’t give it to Luke. THANK THE LORD JED, we are done with this psychopath….until next week’s preview of him praying in church.

Rose: Mike is still probably the realist of the bunch for calling out Luke at every turn, and actually seeming to like Hannah for Hannah. Not sure why… but at least it’s genuine.

Thorn: All the guys for letting Luke get to them, don’t they know that feeding the monster more attention only makes him stronger?

Next week it looks like a straight up mess, Hannah is on the verge of quitting (but won’t let’s be honest) and Luke is still in Scotland, trying to find his strength to stay.

Let’s all try to find our strength to keep watching!

Until then,

TW

Bachelorette: A Tale of Two Lukes

Pack your bags everyone, we’re at Week 4 and that means the lease is up at the Bachelor Mansion because Chris Harrison lets the guys know it’s time for an exotic getaway to…. Rhode Island…..(no offense to RI but you know what I  mean)

…and poorly designed jackets

As expected, and deserved, our first one on one goes to our resident cowboy Jed. They get to walk around Boston for the day while Hannah rambles poorly recited American history facts that she’s making up and then get to be extra white with the Boston Celtics basketball team.

After their Space Jam roll play, Jed and Hannah go to dinner and the conversation turns to Jed professing his love…..for the limelight. Basically admitting this whole reason he did this show was to get exposure for his Spotify page and along the way, realized he actually is falling for her. How sweet, and stupid of her!

The next crop of guys are given a group date and it’s basically every random (including both Lukes) except Tyler C. who gets the other one-on-one. Everyone’s steroid and protein shake use is put to the test when they’re pitted against each other for a rugby match. Surprise surprise, someone gets hurt and the ambulance edit is in full effect. Another surprise, pyscho Luke goes beast mode on the other Luke (baby Nick Viall) for no reason and it gets ugly.

Footage of me excited of the chance that two guys might fight

At the cocktail portion, Luke P. is backed into a corner by everyone for lying and being a destructive monster but of course plays dumb and innocent. His defense is that other Luke is trying to promote his tequila company and doesn’t care about Hannah. If that’s the case, he’s doing a bad job. Neither is gifted the rose and Hannah leaves the cocktail party (in her weird silk robe outfit) confused as ever.

Have you see this show, Luke?

The next day, Hannah and Tyler C. (the Jupiter, Florida construction worker/model) get to play Deadliest Catch, only after she cried about Luke P for 30 mins. I’m over this sh*t, he SUCKS girl! After another basic ass date, he gets a rose and we’re summoned to the pre rose ceremony cocktail party.

Finally, Hannah and I  agree on something

The party turns into another Luke vs. Luke match and now Hannah can’t trust tequila company Luke, and she knows everyone hates Luke P so she’s conflicted and decides to pull them into  room together, before we fade to “To Be Continued” It’s funny how someone who admitted their a fame whore gets a rose, yet she’s struggling to give Luke S. one? Okay Hannah, sure.

How did he get a phone is the better question?

Rose: This week it goes to Mike, for literally just calling Luke P a psychopath to his face. We all deserved that moment.

Thorn: Whoever the hell let Hannah out of the house all week, EVERY. OUTFIT. WAS. A. MESS. From that tacky leather jacket to the ugly sweater at the fishing date, it was all a disaster. Nothing will be as bad as Becca’s styling last year though.

Next week we’ll see what I  assume is the final moments for Luke S, and then more fighting, making out, and whatever other annoying antics the producers will sprinkle in for us.

Until then,

TW