Bittersweet Wonders

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Chicago in all its enrapturing sights and glory is a sprawling city with so many things to do. Bonafide comedy shows at Second City. Lush promenade walks along Michigan Avenue. Shopping mecca for those deep pocket spenders along Magnificent Mile. As devoted and mesmerized I am with the Beaux-Arts architecture, Praire Style industrial feats, and Euro-centric culinary delights the city has to offer, there are days when I just want to take a breather from all the movements, the noise, the smoldering sights and seek solace in a peaceful place.

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Do you ever want to freeze a moment and lavish in the stillness of time? That the daily iteration of errands to do, goals to meet, and tasks to accomplish have you looking for the “pause” button? As if being swept away on my feet by the illusory painted glory of the Windy City, I decided it was time to set both feet on the ground and travel to somewhere new. To breathe, to clear my head, to start with a clean slate. So off to the Crossroads of America I go. Bye bye Chicago, hello Mishawaka!

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Nicknamed the “the Princess City” of Indiana (strange enough there were no tiaras in sight), the neighborhood we stayed at on Bittersweet and Jefferson had a community spirit and “hometown” feel. Everything from the old-fashioned record player to the s’mores-friendly fire pit was quaint and endearing, not to mention the curated selection of quilted patchwork blankets provided for our stay. As if the cabin itself wasn’t alluring enough, we were blessed with the nature-infused visuals from the backyard. Pristine waterfront. Leafy greens in vibrant Autumn hues. The more I gazed into the clear horizon and took in the ethereal beauty of Mother Nature, the more the hovering cloud above my head began to dissipate.

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To keep my look simple and refined without compromising style and comfort, I wore a lengthy textured sweater over opaque tights. And because we spent a big chunk of our time strolling through the woods, I chose sole support and traction by taking these wedge sneakers out for a spin. The outerwear contenders were fleece jacket or navy coat with wool lapels, so evidently I went with the latter for its chic and edgy flair.

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Trick of the trade with pairing – strut layer upon layer by wearing a long jumper underneath a fitted coat. The peekaboo effect would not only give your outfit that fashionable nod of approval, but also ideal for girls with pear-shaped bodies that want to downplay certain areas (as the dual-layered effect takes the eye away from the hips). Not to mention so on-trend and sartorially astute! To complete this look I wore this tribal necklace to keep dullness at bay. Who likes a monotonous outfit from head to toe without a fun pop of color like this cherry red?

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They say that Mother Nature is always speaking. She speaks in a language understood within the peaceful mind of the sincere observer. And at peace was I after this mini getaway — refreshed, re-livened, and ready to take on the coils and fans of the bustling city again! Like the beauty we see around us, it was priceless 🙂

Xo~ Lena

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Top: BCBG Generation// Tights: Forever 21// Jacket: TopShop// Shoes: Puma// Bag: Louis Vuitton// Necklace: Boutique in Bangkok// Shades: Prada

Photos: Jason J Photography

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92 thoughts on “Bittersweet Wonders

  1. Those dogs are so Adorable!!! & Your oufit is beyond Chic! I love the Pop of Cherry red on your lips & I adore that Necklace !! Such a great look on you Lena 🙂 Have an amazing Day sweetie! xox Serene

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    • Thanks Serene I always appreciate your keen observation and lovely comment! Red is a great color to boost a neutral ensemble, and I’m glad I picked this one up before leaving for my mini vacation. Have a wonderful rest of your day Serene! xoxo~

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    • Hi April how’s it going? So nice to see you drop by 🙂 Thanks for your lovely comment, I hope you get a chance to play up the layered effect (maybe a christmas vacation to the US?). And happy Wednesday to you dear! 🙂

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    • Thank you Maria, we’re definitely feeling the chills here in the Midwest. Soon we’ll be layering up the down jackets and thermal coats, which will make me want to travel down south for some extra warmth!! Happy wednesday dear! xo 🙂

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  2. Yup! We should definitely slow down our lives a bit and appreciate what’s around us more!
    You look gorgeous, as per usual! And that red is amazing with that neutral easy-going outfit! It pulls everything together so well!
    xx, Annie

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    • Yes I agree taking a breather really clears our mind and focus on what’s infinitely important in our lives — our loved ones and friends! Thanks for your lovely comment dear, glad you liked the outfit with the pop of red! 🙂

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  3. Hi Lena! I don’t know if I told you this before, but you are wonderful writer and storyteller! I always enjoy reading your posts with thought-provoking quotes and quips. How long are you staying in Indiana? The place looks beautiful. Reminds me of my parents’ lakeside home in South Carolina. I enjoy going there to visit, hike, and enjoy the beauty of nature. It gives me a sense of peace, also. Love your outfit too!
    ~ Lauren http://www.ginnysclosetblog.com

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    • Hi Lauren!! I’m always so happy to see you drop by! Dear you looked ravishing at the wedding in Stonybrook, I love your classy and sophisticated style! And so heart-warming to see your comment on my writing. I always want to bring high-content stories in with my pictorials and relay a story that would inspire and motivate others. I’m glad you find them intriguing! I was in Indiana with my friends over the weekend. Though short and sweet, the trip really helped me find peace and solace in the great outdoors, don’t you just love those moments to set aside daily rituals and be one with nature? I would love to see your travel post when you visit your folks in South Carolina! Must be so enjoyable to spend time with loved ones in the abundance of nature’s beauty! Take care and have a great day Lauren!!! Much love ❤

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    • Thank you Julie, yes I couldn’t ask for more. Kobi the Aussie Shepherd is my heart and soul and I love traveling to new places with him. Thanks dear for your lovely comment, hope you’re having a wonderful Wednesday!

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    • Thank you dear I’m glad I’m not the only one! Though livened and animated, sometimes the hectic movements in an urban setting can be overwhelming. A breather is much needed! Thank you for your wonderful comment dear, looking forward to more of your fashionable finds! 🙂

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    • Thanks Natalie, yes a great jacket with unique detailing like studded collar or shearling lapels really takes an outfit up a notch! I would say bold accessories in this case would do too. Thanks for stopping by and glad this look inspired you!

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  4. I’ve always loved the pairing of oversized sweaters with a fitted jacket! Red is also my go to color for adding some pizazz to a neutral outfit. It just pulls everything together so wonderfully. Also, the dogs!! So adorable. ❤

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    • Thanks Alice! I think Fall is a great season for playing up the layering effect and what better way than an oversized sweater with a fitted jacket! I’m eyeing a burgundy one this fall as I love the color and how it exemplifies a beautiful Autumn hue. Thanks for your lovely comment dear, the little Aussie Shepherd is my heart and soul ❤ xoxo~

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    • Thanks J. Frost! Yes the city has a vast array of to-dos for all seasons, but like you said it’s much needed to take a step away from the bustling city every once and then to take a breath of fresh air (literally and metaphorically). Thanks for your lovely comment dear, I’m thinking red lips are a staple for me now!! xoxo~

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    • Hi Naeun! How are you! Yes I went to Mishawaka over the weekend as my friends and I rented out a cabin along the waterfront. It was a great adventure as we brought our dogs along and their merriment was the highlight of our trip really 🙂 And yes the shearling jacket really helped ward of the chills as it’s getting pretty cold in the midwest! How nice would it be to take a trip to the Land Down Under now wouldn’t it? Hope all is well on your end my friend I look forward to your upcoming posts!! xoxo~

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      • Wow that sounds like so much fun! It looks so peaceful there 🙂 Actually it’s pretty cold right now in Australia so I’m not sure it’s a good time to visit haha it was pouring all day! I hope your dog makes more appearances in your posts xx

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  5. A post filled to the brim with wonderment! I not only love the relaxed fit of the ‘fit but also the sweet location! Those mini vacations are so important for our sanity.

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    • Yes they are so cuddly, great for the cold weather we’ve been having lately! Though I had to take Kobi to get his grooming done yesterday since all that running in the wild gave him a new color. Grey. Lol~ Have a good evening Annie! 🙂

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