Outfit: Every Witch Way

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This weekend, instead of taking pictures of myself in the woods like a weirdo, I got to spend a morning having an amazing photo sesh with two of the baddest blogger babes in Chicago!  Emily of Thoroughly Modern Emily and Mariam of The Petite Bijou came out to this incredible Tudor-style estate for fun, photos, and just a little bit of magic.

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Hanging out with these ladies was a total blast!  Emily and I had already met before, but it was the first time we got to see Mariam in real life–even so, it was like we were old friends already.  I guess months of chatting in the blogging world will do that for you!

We decided to get dressed up in our very best black duds for a little bit of a witchy theme, and I love what Emily and Mariam came up with.  Emily’s boots put a spell on me, and Mariam’s glasses are just enchanting!  (Sorry not sorry for the puns.)

While we got lots of great shots, we would have spent all morning taking pictures, except a wedding party started streaming into the gardens for their own professional pictures.  Instead, the three of us ducked out and had ourselves some witchy brews at the local cafe.  Too bad!  I hope to see both these girls soon, and hopefully next time we won’t accidentally crash a wedding.

If you’re not already a fan of Emily and Mariam, why not??  You’re missing out! You can find Emily here and Mariam here.

Headband: old, Forever 21

Necklace: old

Dress: c/o thredUP

 

 

What’s in my October Ipsy Bag?

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Halloween is almost here, and I’ve already gotten some treats!  From magic wands to powerful potions, my October Ipsy bag was chock full of surprises.  Did all my goodies put a spell on me?  Or did some of them leave me disenchanted?  Read on…if you dare.

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Indi Beauty

Buttercream Antioxidant Lip Scrub

When it comes to lip scrubs, I’m a Lush girl through and through.  Made almost entirely of sugar and flavoring, it’s fun to scrub my lips and then lick up all the excess crystals.  Unfortunately, this scrub by Indi Beauty is not edible.  (Minus ten points from Indi.) And while it does have some shea butter and Vitamin E for hydration, I just wasn’t wowed.

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Trust Fund Beauty

Gimme Good Face Primer

So…this is a primer for aging skin, which I apparently have now that I’m over 25.  It’s supposed to fill in wrinkles and fine lines, which would probably be great if I actually had them.  As it is, I didn’t get much use out of this stuff.  I don’t normally wear a primer (I use CC cream instead), and my skin just felt greasy by the end of the day with this.  I’ll be sticking to my normal routine.

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Kokie

Nail Polish in Heavenly

While I absolutely despise this color, I LOVE this polish.  It went on super smoothly and coated my nails very evenly.  And so far, it’s done a great job of staying put.  I don’t have any chips or cracks yet, and it’s been half a week so far.

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The Balm

Hot Mama Blush/Eye Shadow

This was…okay.  I used it as both a shadow and a blush, and I can’t say I’m thrilled with the color.  It’s way too pinky/pigmented for my taste, but if that’s your thing, great!

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Ciate London

Fierce Flicks Eyeliner

I wanted to love this eyeliner.  I really did.  It’s like a felt tip marker, which made it SO easy to use.  Normally when I try to wing my eyeliner, I have to give it a few tries, but this one went on perfectly right from the get-go.  And it’s nice and dark, which I love.  Unfortunately, I have a super greasy face (ick, I know), so it slid off halfway through the day.  Oh well.

Outfit: Colder Tonight

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Every weekend, around this time, Moxie gets really antsy.  You see, most weekdays, she’s got plans: she goes to my mom’s house twice a week and zooms up and down the backyard, and every Friday, she gets to spend the whole day at doggy daycare.  (I’m told she even has a boyfriend there, but that’s a story for another time.)

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On the weekends, though, it’s usually just Mox and me.  I don’t have a yard for her to play in, but I try to make up for that by taking her on extra long walks every Saturday and Sunday.  We play with all her toys and I give her more treats than usual.  Still, it’s never enough.

Right now, she is sitting next to me, staring down at the computer, and grunting like a pig.  That’s how she asks for something: she oinks.  I’m scratching her belly in between sentences, but I can tell that what she really wants  is to play another round of tug-of-war, which I can’t because I’m pretty sure she dislocated my shoulder from a previous game.

In any case, I’m writing this out as fast as I can, because if I don’t, I know Moxie will find some other way to disrupt me!

Sweater: old, Stitch Fix

Top: thrifted

Shorts: old, H&M

Booties: ModCloth

Bag: old, ModCloth

 

Outfit: Oak Leaves

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Sometimes, I get a little bored with my little town.  It’s only a mile and a half across, which means I’ve seen the whole of it many times over.  And it’s wedged right up against Chicago proper, which means I’m forever comparing Oak Park to the city and finding it falls short.

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dsc_0231But then fall rolls around.  All the trees turn magnificently golden, scarlet, and crimson, and they set off the Victorian mansions beautifully.  These days, I’ve been making it a point to take a long walk in the late afternoon just to crunch through the leaves and admire the ornate architecture.  Moxie seems to love it just as much as me–some of her favorite pastimes are rolling around in fallen foliage and trying to catch leaves as they fall!

And maybe it’s the nice weather or the fact that I’m outside exercising more than ever, but I’ve felt my mood turn up significantly.  I feel energized, creative, happy.  Nothing in my life is really all that different, but I see it differently.  It feels great, and I want to soak in all this hope and excitement and contentment and hope it lasts me through the winter!

Hat: old, Urban Outfitters

Sweater: c/o thredUP

Top: thrifted

Skirt: thrifted

Shoes: ModCloth

 

Outfit Remix: Three Ways to Wear a Red Dress

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This particular dress has always been kind of a challenge for me.  It seems like it would be easy enough to style, but somehow I always manage to have some trouble knowing what to wear with it.  What color tights?  Heels or flats?  These are not easy questions, but here are some of the ways I’ve begun to explore the answers:

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Embroidered belt, wedges, and plaid tights

I’m not sure how I feel about this combo.  I think I’d like it better without the hat and with a plain belt.  This look seems to have too much going on.

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Fox scarf, embroidered belt, black tights, and boots

I like this look a little more, but I don’t love it.  I think it’s the fox scarf.  As cute as it is, it just looks a little…thrown on.

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Leather purse, branch necklace, gray sandals

And here’s the most pared-down look of them all–I think it’s the best out of the three.  It seems to me that even though this dress is fairly simple, the whole look should stay that way.  The next time I wear it, I think I’ll go with black wedges, black tights, a plain black belt, and some kind of stole or scarf.  Or maybe my new leather jacket!

Outfit: Treat Yo Self

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Over the weekend, I went up to Wisconsin to visit one of my friends–she just landed an amazing job and took this fabulous apartment that’s none too far from Lake Michigan.  We explored the farmer’s market and discovered the coolest book store/tea shop in picturesque Kenosha, but those weren’t the highlights of the day.

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After lunch, we made a stop at the outlet mall, where we decided to have a Treat Yo Self Day.  Even if you’re not a Parks and Rec fan, I think the name speaks for itself, doesn’t it?  It’s a day packed with buying what you want, eating what you want, and doing what you want.  In the end, I picked up all the clothes I’d been wanting for a while, plus a couple of extra goodies, like a gorgeous BCBG little black dress and the cutest Kate Spade clutch.

But even that wasn’t the end of it.  All day, I’d been wanting to visit Apple Holler and pick some apples, and every few hours, I would bring it up again.  When we were finished swiping our credit cards like they were Tinder, we were too late to pick, but we made the detour out and sat down to the tastiest home-cooked meal I’ve had in a long time.  And at the end, of course we had big slices of Dutch apple pie and mugs of hot cider.  It was like something out of Little House on the Prairie, you know?

We decided to make this an annual celebration, and I for one am all for it!  We all need a day to take care of ourselves.

Have you ever celebrated Treat Yo Self Day?  If you have, what have you done?

Jacket: Guess

Dress: thrifted

Shoes: ModCloth

Outfit: Two Can Play That Game

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For a long time, Mox and Socks has been a pretty solitary space.  While it’s nice to communicate with other bloggers through emails and comments, most of the work that goes on ’round these parts can be a little lonely.dsc_0194

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Not this week, though!  This past Sunday, I got to meet, hang out, and take pictures with none other than the incredible Emily Hallock of Thoroughly Modern Emily!  I’ve been following Emily’s blog for quite some time now, and I just adore her unparalleled collection of retro dresses.  And her voice really comes through in her posts–her wit, her excitement, her clever observations–it always draws me in.

Since we both live in/near Chicago, we thought we’d meet up and take some fun autumn pictures.  We drove out to one of my favorite settings, Mayslake Peabody Estate, and set up shop in the tree-lined path behind the Tudor-style mansion.

Spending the afternoon with Emily was so much fun!  We laughed at the silly poses we struck for our pictures, grumbled about politics, and juggled pumpkins.  And for once I wasn’t that weirdo taking pictures of herself, by herself!

One day soon, I hope we get together for another photo sesh.  And if you’re a Chicago blogger who wants to collaborate, shoot me an email!