No nonsense: Leggy Fashion

My fashion style has changed a lot over the years, and it’s still changing. Currently I love v-necks, lace touches, and wearing sweaters with skirts.

I used to not be much of a skirt/dress girl. Practically refused to wear them unless it was a special occasion until college. Now I can get enough of them. It’s what you’ll see me in the most when it’s not snowing.

In Chicago, skirt season can come to an abrupt end if you don’t know how to dress for the cold. In my opinion, anything above freezing is still skirt weather. Sometimes, you just have to know how to layer properly–and sometimes that involves tights under leggings. Or, go with opaque tights and good tall boots.

One other thing I love about tights and leggings is that they can add that pop of color to my increasingly grey wardrobe. (What can I say, grey is my favorite color.) So when I got the opportunity to talk about No nonsense tights and leggings, I jumped on it.

Last week they sent me a pair of each, and after checking out their site, I was pretty excited because they had some colors I was definitely interested in: jewel blues and greens, a beautiful purple, the mustard yellow I love but am always afraid to try, and bright colors too! What they sent me was black fishnet tights and black leggings.

Black leggings are a complete staple in my wardrobe–I probably already own 5 pair in various lengths. And at this point, everyone and their five year old sister knows how to style them into an outfit.

There’s the debatable “leggings as pants”… which with these, I’d be okay with since they fit great and won’t be all up in my lady business.

Or they work great for some glam, like with my gold sequen dress I wore last New Years Eve. (Also, can we talk about how great my legs look?)

The fishnets were a harder thing for me. When I first think of fishnets I think about when I was in high school drama and had to wear them for a show… and I think of roller derbies. But I knew I could figure out an outfit for them…

So I decided to go with this great blue dress with white polka dots. It’s got sheer shoulders and back, with some great buttons. Oh, and pockets. The fishnets actually work really well with this.

Now, they only sent me the two pair… BUT, I ended up buying a pair of No nonsense tights this past weekend for Rebekah’s wedding. And I have to say, I love the outfit I put together with them!

These purple tights really make this grey outfit. The owl necklace is pretty great too.

Find your pair of affordable No nonsense tights and leggings here. I was sponsored by No nonsense for this opportunity. All opinions are my own.

Bikini Season!

This post is underwritten by Old Navy

Summer officially started Wednesday. I welcomed it in with a fun, kid-filled concert with my favorite band nerds at Garfield Park (followed by some adult beverages). But with the official start of summer it means we can officially declare it bikini season!

All the way up until my senior year of high school, I was a one piece or tankini only girl. The more coverage the better. Then I turned 18 and decided I wanted a bikini. So I borrowed one from my (now ex-) sister-in-law’s sister. And since then it’s really been the only type of swimwear that I’ve purchased.

I joke about the fact that I live on the beach… in Chicago, but the truth is at the end of my block is the lake and a nice stretch of beach. I didn’t take advantage of it last year, but this year I plan on changing that. Touring is slowing down a little, so now I’ll have free weekends to spend soaking up the sun. In fact, I had some free time the day before my birthday before this last Mucca tour, so I went down to the beach for an hour or so and I actually knocked out a complete short story. Hopefully this will be the view of my new “writing office”:

Now, it’s been about two or three years since I got a new bikini, so it’s about time to treat myself to one. Since the last two I bought were from Old Navy (two triangle bikinis, one shimmery pink, the other a gunmetal silver, with black bottoms), I knew they’d be top on my list for the new one.

While they’ve got a lot of options, these are some of my favorites. For some reason I’m on this bandeau top kick. I have no idea if they’d be flattering on me, but for some reason I’m liking them more than most triangle tops. But that’s one of the awesome things — Old Navy’s got a lot of style options. Heck. They even have a one piece I like and would consider…

Regardless of what I go with… you bet your butt I’ll be sportin’ a two piece on the beach this summer. Notebooks and pens at the ready.

Thank you again to Old Navy for sponsoring my post. I was compensated for this post as a member of Clever Girls Collective, but the content is all my own.

Holiday Girls' Night [sponsored post]


Thanks to Duncan Hines for sponsoring my writing. There’s no limit to the baking possibilities, so grab your favorite Duncan Hines mix and Comstock or Wilderness fruit fillings and Bake On!

For the longest time, holidays have mainly been family-only-centric events. It make sense. This is the time you get together and stuff your faces full of amazing home-cooked foods and, you know, put up with each other for many hours on end. (I kid. I love my family and wish I could spent more time than just the holidays with them. There’s just so many of them it’s hard to get equal time with everyone.)

But this year, I sort of want to honor another family of mine. One made not through our shared DNA traits or the legalities of marriage. This year I want to do something special for my friends. And, well, as much as I’d love to, I don’t think I could fit an entire marching band in my little apartment… so, I’m thinking this year starting off by doing something special for some of the lady-friends in my life.

They don’t know this yet, but I’m going to invite a small handful of my female friends over to my place for a holiday cookie decorating-slash-cheesy holiday movie night*. With wine of course. And maybe peppermint schnapps. But mainly for the cookies! (I don’t care what season it is, put some gingerbread (or snickerdoodle) cookies in front of me and I will go to town.**)


When I lived in Evanston, my roommates and I had a nice girls-night-in before Christmas. We exchanged our gifts, decorated gingerbread houses, sang along to holiday cds, and well, just had an awesome time. Just replacing the gifts with booze, gingerbread houses with gingerbread squirrels and moose, and holidays cds with movies. Should be just as awesome.

*I’m absolutely not calling Elf a cheesy holiday movie. I love Elf. And yeah, we’ll probably watch it too. But I’m talking about those movies you won’t admit to liking to anyone, but secretly love watching–you know, everything made for ABC Family.
**Seriously. You’d think I was an elf if you knew how my sweet-tooth can get.

Remember to check out Duncan Hines’ website to find some great recipes for your holiday get-together! I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. All opinions are my own, however.