How Basic Girls Prepare For Winter

Monday, September 14, 2015

The winter.

It's coming... Chicago reminded us of this the past weekend when temps fell below fifty degrees at night. I could see my breath in the morning and the wind was extra bitey on the scooter.

I'm not ready.

But yet I've been doing subtle things to get ready without even realizing it. Girls tend to do that. At least I do anyway.

First it was the blanket scarves... I've bought three in the past month. I WANT THEM ALL. But my favorite so far has been this one from Target. I have a feeling I'm going to wear it until it's gnarly and gross.

And then of course the pumpkin scented candles. It always starts with just one. I usually treat the first burning of a fall candle like it's a ceremonial event. I take a moment after lighting it while letting that crisp smell of pumpkin spice fill the house as I reflect on the summer that was.

And then there's the hair. The need/urgency to suddenly "go for a more fall look" by adding some low lights, or as the cool kids call it, balayage.

Can you even recognize me? Probably not. I don't recognize myself.

Okay, so the color might not be that drastic but it's just what my basic self wanted. George the Salon made all of my fall hair color dreams come true. I usually dread getting my hair done because I'm weird about new places and always set my expectations too high, but this salon was great. Just look how happy I am taking an always necessary hair chair selfie! I asked my stylist, Sarah, to get rid of my brassy yellow mess you see going on and she did just that.

And the salon itself is gorgeous. It's right on Rush street (in the dangerous shopping zone) with big floor to ceiling windows giving the space a very bright and open feel. The staff is super nice and very welcoming.

I can't rave enough about Sarah and how she managed to give me exactly what I wanted (and she worked quick.) Because I have the patience of a toddler, I absolutely HATE sitting at the salon for more than three hours. Luckily, this didn't happen.

Sarah also did all sorts of conditioning treatments on my hair and nearly ten days after my appointment my hair still has that "post salon" feel to it. All smiles in my bathroom selfie showing off the new 'do.

So what I'm saying is that if you're looking for a new salon, I highly suggest you check out George the Salon.

Moving right along.

Next on my list are flannels. Mine are out and I'm not mad about it. I noticed the other day that Chris and I have a very similar winter wardrobe. I've been known to shop in the mens section on more than one occasion.

And finally the pumpkin beer. Forget that pumpkin latte shit, I prefer this any day.

And now it's time for that Monday stuff. Woof. This week is already overwhelming me.

I can do this, I can do this, I can do this... That's my Monday mantra. I find myself saying that and "okay" on repeat.


  1. I had pumpkin beer for the first time last night (I know, I know I'm late!) and that stuff is dangerous. My inner white girl could have drank the entire 6 pack. Yikes.

    Ps. Your hair looks fabulous!

    Write on,

  2. Now I'm feeling basic, and really want you to OOTD that whole thing. The boots, and the shirt. Need, need need. Ohio is feeling brisk.

  3. Love the new hair!

    I can't believe how quickly it went from hot and humid to below 50˚! What happened?! Did I sleep through fall?

  4. Love Fall and all the fashion things it brings back into our lives! Cheers!

  5. Your hair looks so good with a little low light action in there! Also - Run and get a six pack of ShipYard PumpkinHead. It's the best!

  6. I am obsessed with blanket scarfs and your hair is literally perfect! I'm jealous! x, kenz

  7. Ok, ok, so I hold on to every last bit of summer (I mean, fall doesn't start until September 23rd you guys) but I have to say that even in NC there is a chill in the air this morning and I am EHRMERGAWD SUPER PUMPED FOR FALL.

  8. Hahaha I love this! However, I am pretty jealous that you are getting cool weather. Here in FL it is still hot as ever! I am with you on the pumpkin beer, forget the lattes-give me the good stuff! Have a great Monday lady!


  9. Totally thought that said "George the Salmon" which i think would be an ever greater name for a hair salon

  10. we are on the exact same page today it's almost spooky. except you win, duh.

  11. YES to pumpkin beer! And blanket scarves. And flannel. And just all of it.

  12. The temperatures have dropped so drastically in the UK and I am finding myself busting out my fall/winter wardrobe 14 days into fall when usually it takes me up until October to do that. I have been wearing all the plaid, scarfs and boots!
    But this year I seem to be buying all the candles, I spent £35 on just candles because I couldn't choose what scent too buy oops!
    Loving your new hair too.

  13. The best parts about fall are definitely the fall candles and the oktoberfest beers! I just wish the weather got cooler, quicker here in Texas because I want to wear scarves and boots and sweaters and all of the awesome fall fashion items!

  14. Yes to all of the above (with the exception of pumpkin... I just cant handle the smell). I used to want to revolt again the "basic" way but to be honest it's what makes me happy so I've hopped on the bandwagon with all the other girls. Cheers, to booties, flannel, obligatory pumpkin patch pic in hunters, blanket scarves and everything in between!

  15. I definitely couldn't wait on the beer front! That is my all time favorite and a keg was ordered asap to have on tap handy this season! #sobasic

  16. Pumpkin candles are everything. Have it on my to-do list to pick up 1 (or 3 at Target this weekend). Also pumpkin beer! Pro tip: pour into a glass, rim with cinnamon sugar. The BEST! And your hair looks great! Can't beat the pampered feeling after a hair appointment :)

  17. Gotta love Fall & the abundance of blog material it provides! :)

  18. give me a pumpkin beer over a pumpkin spice latte anyday. I'd rather have that alcohol-induced buzz over a caffeine high anyways!

  19. I'm so ready for Fall and agree with your whole list. Hats, scarves, boots, low-lights, pumpkin everything....sign me up!

  20. Can we talk about those jeans though - what brand and where did you get them!?

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