Staying Merry

Staying Merry

As I mentioned last week, the holidays are fast approaching. It seems like they near closer and closer each year. As the holiday rush gets even crazier, I think it’s important to think about how to maintain sanity in perhaps the most stressful time of year.

This year I’m staying as level headed as possible because the season in inevitably stressful and complex. For most of us, there seems to be some innate sense to provide and give out the best Christmas we can. Bending over backwards to find the right gift, suffocating our calendars with seeing each and every person we know before the clock strikes December 31st and lastly, leaving no room to just relax.

I was determined to not fall into that pattern this year, and it’s definitely made things a bit easier. In truth, it’s inevitable that you’ll be busy. Work and projects alone are going to come up, so will social functions, but it’s important to not take everything on. I was extra nice this year (hear that Santa?) and got all my big gifts purchased before entering December. It’s definitely helped slow the wallet from bleeding out like it usually does this time of year. Planning ahead and keeping your eyes open for the best deals is crucial.

Holiday gatherings and parties are the best, but usually that means your schedule is packed and now you’re looking for an ugly sweater to wear while also needing a quick bottle of wine to bring to the festivities. Remember that everyone is in the same boat, if you miss one gathering, no one’s holding it against you. It’s okay to say “sorry, I  can’t make it.” Sometimes the best gift is company, so make time in the new year to make it up to them.

Devote yourself to some downtime this season! I’ve really hit my stride in the bad Christmas movie viewing this year. It astounds me how horrible holiday movies are but it’s a blast to watch and commentate on every plot hole. You can thank Hallmark, Lifetime and Netflix for such gems. Christmas Prince anyone?

In the end, Christmas is just one day of the year, so enjoy it. Your friends and family just want to see you and enjoy your company. Hoping everyone is treating the holiday as just that, a holiday from your normal schedule.

-TW

A Blue Christmas

A Blue Christmas

10 days till Christmas people, count ’em! As I’m sure most of us are, I’ve been busy planning for the holiday season, so I haven’t been able to sit down and get to posting until now. More holiday updates to come next week!

CallieCraigWAS111617-35Between the shopping, wrapping, tree-decorating and all things holiday, I’ve been trying my best to step up my daily style game. More layers are meaning more reasons to look good. Every year, I try to find that one holiday sweater that will perfectly tie me over from Thanksgiving to Christmas and then into New Years. Some years it’s more traditional, others it’s more of the “ugly sweater” variety, but this year it’s pretty simple.

Upon outlet shopping this baby blue sweater at J.Crew was begging to come home with me. I feel like this kind of powdery tone is usually better suited on blondes and never seemed to work for me. With my darker hair this time around, I felt like the color would pop.

I’m loving the combination with my camel coat and any pair of jeans. This icy blue seater would work perfectly with just about everything. I’m a huge fans of keeping it in the blue family with navy dress pants, or if you’re more adventuresome, trying it with white jeans.

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Rotating your new favorite sweater into your winter wardrobe is a great way to get excited for the holidays. Here’s to my last weekend in Chicago before heading to the East Coast next week. I’m really looking forward to the holidays, aren’t we all?

Sweater: J Crew Factory Coat: Ralph Lauren Jeans: Levi’s  Belt: La Matera Boots: Frye

See you next week,

TW

Photography: Callie Craig 

Camel Classics

Camel Classics

Every year it seems as though I know at least one or two people saying they’re in need of the perfect winter coat. I’m happy to report that I’m not one of those this year, with the help of the camel coat I purchased this past summer. *Seriously, one of my best shopping hacks is finding winer coats in the spring and summer at a huge discount.

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This Ralph Lauren coat was just $99 in the middle of the summer and I’ve been thrilled to wear it all season long. Camel has really seem to become a fall to winter staple, almost becoming as neutral as charcoal grey or even navy. The minute I saw this hanging on the rack, I needed to take it home.

When it comes to camel, classics work best. In this look, a knitted white sweater and dress pants complete the look and allow the coat to be the focal point. When choosing to stick to solids, especially in the winter, textures are your friend. I’m loving these burgundy flecked dress pants because they’ve got a different finish than the typical trousers.

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To add even more dimension, add your favorite patterned scarf to the look, it’ll pop on against the coat. Other details of the look include a Topman scarf, H&M sweater, and Frye Boots. You’ll be seeing a lot more of it as we head more into winter.

-TW

Photography: Callie Craig 

Get to the Point

Get to the Point

In my opinion, watches have been, and always will be, both the perfect piece to signify style and that you’ve got your life together. We can all have the trendiest coat or the right shoes, but it’s a watch that adds the final touch to an outfit that says “I’m fashionable, but also timely.”

Over the years, I’ve had my fair share of watches, primarily from household watch names, but I’ve just made a recent addition to my watch collection that began right here in Chicago!

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Wolfpoint’s mission is to create a unique and quality watch without outsourcing production and capturing the essence and classic style of it’s founding city. As you can see, mission accomplished! After twenty years helping to create watches for other brands, Wolfpoint wanted to give Chicago it’s own watch. I’m loving the way mine works with everything in my closet. Sleek, simple, and sophisticated.

Smaller details, like the “Y” logo at the top, represent the meeting of the north, south, and main branches of Chicago River. (just south of The Merchandise Mart) It’s the same “Y” you’ll spot at the Chicago Theater downtown. It’s history and details like this that make Wolfpoint an exciting new player to the watch game.

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Regardless of if you’re in Chicago or not, I strongly encourage you to check them out! Women and men can purchase them by 2018, and you can sign up online for a special price upon their launch! I’m thrilled about this partnership and have high hopes for Wolfpoint as they make their debut. You can also check them out on my gift guide from last week. Special thanks to Callie for beautiful photos as always.

Happy Monday,

-TW

 

New York State of Mind

New York State of Mind

My trip last week to felt like it lasted a New York Minute, and no, I’m talking about the Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen classic, it was simply a whirlwind of experiencing the very best of the Big Apple in just four days.

I headed to NYC for the  first time in about five years to celebrate my 24th birthday and experience Thanksgiving with my best friend and it couldn’t have been a better visit! This would be the third trip this year where I’ve stayed with a local, which I’ve loved because it takes a lot of guess work out of getting around. In a city like New York, I can use all the help I can get.

On day one, we hit the ground running with a scenic ferry ride to Liberty Island and Ellis Island, which were both historical and great views of the city. We took a stop through Times Square before having dinner at Chinese Tuxedo and then finishing up the night for drinks at NoMo Kitchen in Soho. It was the perfect way to toast to the end of 23.

We painted the town red on my birthday and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. After donuts from Peter Pan’s, we hopped on the Gossip Girl site tour, a personal favorite, to act out our fantasies of the Upper East Side for the afternoon. Highlights included seeing Constance, sitting on The Met steps, and getting sweets at Dylan’s Candy Bar! If you’re a fan of the show, I’d highly recommend it. Following the tour, we headed to Soho, one of my favorite areas to window shop before getting ready for dinner at Peter Luger, one of the best known steak dinners in New York, and it did not disappoint. The night ended with a scenic view of the whole city from Westlight in Brooklyn!

I  had what I’d consider a true New York Thanksgiving by beating the crowds to Central Park and 72nd to catch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It was really fun to be a part of the action this year, and after we strolled through Central Park. We took more photos at Dumbo and around the Brooklyn Bridge before having a laid back night.

 

On my final day, the morning started at Sadelle’s, a NYC bagel and lox institution adorned in Tiffany blue decor with the best french toast I’ve ever had. I  made sure to check out the Volez, Voguez, Voyagez -Louis Vuitton exhibit. (It’s free to the public and open till January 7th) If you’re a fashion lover, you’d enjoy it. Just steps from the 9/11 Memorial and The Oculus, it was perfect to check those off my bucket-list too! After the day in Manhattan, I  grabbed a slice of pizza at Williamsburg Pizza before heading home.

Like most of my trips, I squeezed a lot in a short amount of time, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. You can check out the map below to see everywhere I went!

This was an incredible trip to start 24 and catch up with old friends! Next week I’ll be sharing more fall to winter looks as the countdown to Christmas begins!

Happy Friday,

TW

 

Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is fast approaching, seriously, I can count the weeks left till I  head home for Christmas on one hand! Since I’ve had some travel sprinkled throughout the last two months of the year, I’ve made it a point to get all of my holiday shopping done earlier this year! Take a look at what I’m gifting this year from some great places, big and small!

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For the Sports Fan: Designs by Patterson, created by couple Matt & Anna, creates unique stipple art of your favorite sports team’s stadiums. For the baseball lover in your life, in my case, my grandfather, this Yankee Stadium print will be perfect. Check out their Etsy shop for over 50 unique products and receive 10% off when you use the promo code WITTSTYLE at checkout until 12/6.  (Under $25)

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For the Traveler: If you follow me on Instagram, or know me personally, you’ve seen or heard me rave about the Wildsam Field Guides on my travels. These guide books are so well done, mixing facts about your destination with personal stories and maps for every kind of traveler. They’re fun to collect too. (Under $20)

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For the One Running Late: Watches are a great gift because everyone can always use a new one! I found Wolfpoint Chicago, an up and coming watch company that I’m partnering with this holiday season. After 20 years in the industry, Wolfpoint is dedicating its efforts to establishing itself as the premiere watch of Chicago. With a beautiful look and price friendly, I believe that’s possible. (Under $150)

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For the Fashion Lover: La Matera, an artisan leather company, reached out this holiday season to work together on Instagram and I’m loving what they sent over! The woven print stands out in my closet and works great with just about any pair of pants. Check out more from their website, including the Paloma Belt pictured above. You can use bakertw10 for 10% off your order until December 31st. (Under $150)

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For the Artist: Pennants are popping up everywhere these days! Whether in a boutique or at home, I’m seeing them created in great colors with cute sayings. I  reached out to Than and Chandler, another artistic couple, about creating some pennants this year. This Midwest mini pennant is a great stocking stuffer. Check out more of what they make on their Instagram page. (Under $20)

I love all of the gifts I’m giving out this year because they blend personal sentiment and quality materials perfectly. It’s been fantastic working with local and small businesses to create this guide. Can’t wait to see everyone unwrap their gifts this year!

Best of luck on your holiday shopping,

-TW

Another Year Wiser…

Another Year Wiser…

2018 is inching closer and although an end of year reflection post is more than likely coming in December, my birthday this week is another great reason to think about what happened over the past year, and it was nothing short of a whirlwind.

Some people are not “birthday people” and I’m quite the opposite, I think it’s so important to celebrate yourself, because more often than not, we’re so busy and caught up in keeping up that we neglect ourselves the other 364 days of the year. Although deemed “The Jordan Year” and referred by some (like the credible source urbandictionary.com) as your best year, it’s safe to say it wasn’t. On the flip side, the more I think about it, it was such a growing year for me that even-though everything didn’t line up the way I might have liked, I got a lot out of it. I’ll admit, I went into 23 with high expectations.

I thought I’d be in a different place in my career, I thought after a moderately consistent effort to date, I  might have managed to be holding down a relationship by now…. but neither has been the case. Like I mentioned in my post about time, the old me might be crushed with the realization that my deadlines weren’t met, but the “older” me, is almost laughing at the thought saying “nice try, TW.”

This year of 23 has taught me that just when you think you’ve got it all together, there’s always a challenge ready to greet you, which is perfectly fine and honestly, necessary. Comparing my circumstances in work, relationships, and wellness is not where I    should have been concentrating my efforts. Even though your birthday is just a day on the calendar, I  love that it can mark change and a new way of thinking, much like a new year can bring.

So I’m very grateful that I  got to learn that lesson this year. Even though I  might have wanted to fast forward to more ideal circumstances, it’s the growing pains that are going to make the reward so much sweeter.

Looking forward to seeing what 24 has in store! Hoping everyone has a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving. I’ll be back next week with lots to share including travel guides, gift ideas and more!

-TW