Welcome to another Monday! I am actually excited for a Monday for a change. This is true for a coupe of reasons: 1) It's going to be a super easy day at work; 2) I am going to see the Old 97s today at the Turf Club 3) I am going to a Minnesota Wild game tomorrow and (I guess this is more than a couple) 4) it's Halloween week! Woot woot! 

This weekend I was home alone as Derek was up at the cabin doing some work and preparing for hunting. This was my practice weekend as a hunting widow, and if I'm honest I hate it. I don't need him around me all the time, but I like that he's around. Generally I try to jam pack these weekends to keep myself occupied, but as a Friday I had no plans. Eek! I decided to take Friday in for myself. This usually means wine, Bravo TV's Housewives re-runs and passing out on the couch. I am proud to report all of the aforementioned things happened. It's nice every once in a while to take some time for yourself to just be. In life we do not always take that time and Friday was a nice refresher for me. 

On Saturday I had made some vague plans to hang out with one of my best girlfriends, but had yet to make solid plans. For a few days I was following some of my favorite local bloggers Chelsea Lane, Truelane.co, and Lindsey Herzog, Ruby Girl, and they were talking about a fashion show they were hosting at Macy's Southdale on Saturday. I debated for a while if I wanted to go, in the end I texted my friend who was totally game and we went.  I have to be honest, it was really cool to see them in person. I follow them on snapchat so it was fun to watch them talk fashion and their friendly back and forth. They introduced severl new trends for Fall in including: global, purples, country, and greys. For each trend they showed four looks they pulled from the Macy's Impulse collection (which is the collection of designers for women including Nanette Lepore, Rachel Roy, etc). I took lots of pictures and posted some of my highlights below. I  do not remember each designer for each look but the head to toe look can be found at Macy's. 

I have to say the last look is my actual overall favorite. Lindsey and Chelsea called this a 'groufit', which is a grey outfit. Although I appreciate their attempt at a pormanteau, I probably won't be using this. I do love a head to toe grey look and this model looked just like Cara Delevigne. Afterwards we hung around a bought a few things, including some kick butt grey oxfords, shopped a bit around the mall and headed out.

That night we decided to make it an official girls night by grabbing dinner and drinks. We tried one place but the wait was literally 2 hours, no thank you. After 20 minutes of searching we ended up a Nighthawks. I'll be honest, the inside was nice but they pretty clearly do not know what they want their theme to be. It was a diner, but with dark woods and strange blue lighting. I was trying to refrain from judgement until we at least ate. I am glad I did. They had a selection of delicious sounding footlong hotdogs. I had to try it. Pictured below is my dinner and it was a-mazing!! I was very pleased. I am not sure I would go out of  my way to go back there, but definitely if you are in the area check it out. 


On Sunday it was another pretty relaxing day. I decided a few days ago that I would make the trek to Bogart's for donuts so once I dragged my sorry self out of the bed I headed down. A brown butter glazed, nutella filled donut and a coffee later I was in heaven. Not to mention it was kind of a perfect Fall day. A bit of a chill in the air, orange leaves and partly cloudy. I could have just sat on a bench and watched people roll by, but I didn't. 

On the way down my sister texted me if I wanted to meet her and my niece at the mall. How could I pass that up? My niece is so freakin' adorable and I do not see her as often as I should. We hung out for a couple of hours and she was so well behaved. Plus it was nice to catch up with my sister. 

Sunday afternoon evening was spent making dinner, writing this blog and watching Walking Dead. Any other Walking Dead fans out there? I won't give anything away but it was a big episode and I am still processing it. That being said I am ready for a new day and a new week to have something to look forward to.

Ready for the fun part? On Saturday once I decided to go to the fashion show I was in a dilemma about to wear. Clearly, this was not going to be New York Fashion Week. It was at 2:00 in the afternoon in a department store. At the same time it was a fashion and some of my most inspirational bloggers were going to be there, so I had to look good. After much debate, and consultation from my friend, I settled on this sweater jean combo. The chunky sweater is very on trend right now. You can find it everywhere from Macy's, to Banana Republic and small boutiques. It was kind of a chilly day so I thought it would be a good fit. I paired it with my fav black jeans from Gap and my new maroon booties from Justfab. I am obsessed with these boots. Even the sales associate at Macy's wanted to know where they were from. For jewelry I went with a statement necklace because of the deep V-neck. I really loved this look it was super comfortable for  Saturday afternoon, but trendy enough to look like I belonged a fashion show. (Continued disclaimer, my camera is still on the fritz so pardon the quality).

Jeans| Gap
Boots| Justfab
Necklace| Target (similar/similar)
Bracelet| Stitch Fix (similar/similar)

What do you think of my look? What did you do over the weekend. Leave a comment below, I would love to hear from you!