A blog by Maddie Brady

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My Favorite White Summer Dress

My Favorite White Summer Dress

Every summer I have one dress that I wear non-stop and this year it’s this beauty from Urban Outfitters. It’s the perfect summer party dress: cute, casual, and a little sexy. And with the balance of the deep V-neck and the midi length it totally […]

My Favorite Summer Beers, the Leggings I Bought at 4am, and the Latest Feminist Hashtag

My Favorite Summer Beers, the Leggings I Bought at 4am, and the Latest Feminist Hashtag

Happy weekend, everyone! I have to say it’s been a mix of a week: I hung out with my nephew and have some fun new blog projects in the works, but the job search was particularly tough this week. It’s so hard not to get […]

Weekend Vibes // The Week of February 9

Weekend Vibes // The Week of February 9

Happy Friday, everybody! I’m off to watch the opening ceremony of the Olympics tonight and then have a full weekend of sleeping, working out, and doing not much else.We got a pretty big snow here in Madison last night (pictured above) and I’m just getting over a sinus infection this week so I’m pretty excited to lay low and watch a lot of skiing. Any fun plans for the weekend? Would love to hear. Here’s a few things that fascinated/made me laugh/brought me joy this week…

New York Fashion Week has begun! Some of my highlights so far (even though it started on Wednesday):

Been seeing these Allbirds sneakers on everyone. I originally went to take a look at the white pair, but I love the heather color for spring. They’re soft, wool sneakers and from what I hear they’re the perfect sockless shoes, which is always my jam.

Have you read the insane Quincy Jones interview yet? The sheer volume of references they make will make your head spin, not to mention the bonkers things Jones says like “Marlon Brando would fuck a mailbox.” Also, shoutout to my fellow Pisces for making us all look crazy.

The Onion always getting it right. And of course Nancy Pelosi did the whole 8-hour speech (the longest in House history) in 4-inch heels.

A friend posted this map of Queer experiences this week – it’s such a mix of significant and everyday moments, joy and heartbreak. I wish I knew the full story for each little snippet.

After living outside of Philly for four years, I’m happy they won the World Series. But mostly I’m happy they won because I think Eagles fans would have destroyed Philly if they hadn’t.

Erotica for feminists: “I meet a scientist on Tinder. They go on and on about their biggest professional achievement — the serum that made Ruth Bader Ginsburg immortal. It drives me wild. I don my naughtiest jabot and my sex gavel.”

Just upgraded my Hulu account to include Live TV for the Olympics! It’s $40 for the month, but that feels totally worth it to me for a continuous stream of ice dancing, curling, speed skating, and biathlon (cross country skiing and rifle shooting, obviously).

My Favorite Christmas Traditions + A Festive Jumpsuit

My Favorite Christmas Traditions + A Festive Jumpsuit

  I started celebrating Christmas a little earlier than usual this year (because Lord knows we need any excuse for some joy these days) and I’m starting to get so excited, guys! I broke out the decorations, put up my little Christmas tree, tuned into […]

Weekend Vibes // The Week of September 15

Weekend Vibes // The Week of September 15

Hey guys, hope you’ve had a good week! I’ve been in a bit of a funk the last few days and left a lot of stuff around the house undone so I’ll be channeling my inner domestic goddess this weekend. I’m hoping to get outside […]

Two Wardrobe Staples I’m Really Excited About Right Now

Two Wardrobe Staples I’m Really Excited About Right Now

Last weekend I was in a treat yo self kind of mood so I bought myself a smoked salmon sandwich and a La Croix and went shopping. For me, shopping is an event: I love going to the stores, people watching, trying things on, listening to the music they play, feeling all the fabrics, buying little things I don’t need, etc.

In fact, I actually hate shopping online. (This is where I usually get a horrified reaction from people lol). I’m a brick and mortar kind of girl. I’ve just had so many bad experiences buying things online and then I never remember to return them. I bought a pair of over the knee boots last fall that legitimately went up to stomach. Like it was bad. I don’t trust myself with online shopping – this girl and I are kindred spirits.

Anyway, off my soap box and onto the shopping. I had a bit of success over the weekend and wanted to share what I got since I think they’ll both be wardrobe staples for the next few seasons. Nothing like a couple of great pieces to revitalize a closet.

The Jeans

One thing that was definitely on my list, though: jeans. I live in jeans and have been wearing through my favorite pairs over the last couple of months. Let’s just say that holes in the crotch are not the most professional look, even in a casual workplace (but at least I wear shoes, which is more than I can say for some people…). On my shopping expedition on State Street here in Madison I actually found a pair of jeans that I love from Urban Outfitters of all places.

I really like the shape of them: high waisted, ankle-length, with a little flare at the bottom. I can wear them to work with a sweater and my adidas sneakers or out to a bar with a lacy tank and boots. Lord knows I won’t buy jeans for another year so I’m glad I can make the most of them. Plus, they make my butt look good. 🙂

The Bag

My other purchase was a complete impulse buy. I never buy purses. Okay, not true: the last time I bought a purse I was a junior in college and it was $20 on Ebay. I still use a purse my mom bought me when I left for college (shoutout to that yellow marc jacobs bag that has truly seen it all). But when I saw this purse I knew I had to go for it. I actually picked it up and put it down twice in the store, left the store entirely, and then came back 10 minutes later and bought it. I can honestly say I tried to leave it behind.

It’s from a brand called Street Level (for the life of me I can’t find it online – another reason not to bother) and it was only $60. I love the idea of blush for fall – I think it will pair really well with fall colors like burnt orange and is a little unexpected since it’s often a spring color. What sold me on it, though, was the circle detailing. It makes it a little more unique than a regular satchel bag, but without being too over the top trendy (like the Chloe Nile bag that every blogger is carrying right now). It’s another really versatile piece, too, and since I’m averaging a purse every 4 years I’d say I’ll get some use out of it.

What’s on your wish list this fall?I’ve been watching all the New York Fashion Week coverage and am loving all the blush and plaid I’m seeing for Spring. Never too early, right? I also can’t believe how quickly the weather has changed here in Wisconsin. It was full on summer this time two weeks ago and now I’m breaking out the sweatshirts and wool socks to wear to bed.

As much as I’m already dreading the short days, I’m actually getting a little excited to cozy up in sweaters and layer on coats and scarves. Fall is especially awesome when you get those 3 days of the year when it makes sense to wear a mini skirt with a turtleneck. Ugh, transitional dressing is so fun and nonsensical. I love it. Happy autumn shopping, friends!

A Sunny Outfit Saved for a Rainy Day

A Sunny Outfit Saved for a Rainy Day

With thunderstorms in the forecast all week, I thought I’d share a sunny outfit to brighten up a rainy day. I bought this dress last summer when I was in Dublin, where it never actually got warm enough for me to wear it. So, I […]

Cheers to a Great Apartment + A Twist on A Classic

Cheers to a Great Apartment + A Twist on A Classic

My mom moved into Chicago when I was in college and it was a big step for both of us. She was leaving my childhood home for the big city and I remember being a little nervous and sad to see our life in the […]

An Ode to the Romper

An Ode to the Romper

To me, the romper is the ultimate summer piece. Light for those super hot days, easy to throw on, and a little bit unexpected. I love me a good sun dress (and there’s a good one coming to the blog soooon!), but I feel more myself in a romper. I wore this outfit to church and brunch on Easter Sunday with my family, but I might break it out again for the 4th of July (which is in like a month?! where has this year gone?). It’s got that patriotic color scheme going and it’s my favorite thing to wear when it’s too hot to function.

I especially love this one from Jack Wills – I actually have several rompers from them and they’re always a brand that fits me really well. This one is a few years old (can you tell from the not-so-sneaky clothes pin in the pic below 🙈 ), but right now I’m loving this chambray one for work and this floral printed romper for hanging by the pool.

I’m also wearing some of my go-to jewelry with this outfit – my claddagh ring is from a trip to Galway back when I was living in Ireland and my flower ring was my step-mom’s from a trip to Mexico. I’m also wearing two silver bracelets that were my grandmother’s; I get my ridiculously small wrists from her (I legitimately have to wear children’s sizes) so her jewelry fits me perfectly.

Jewelry has always felt really personal to me and I wear a lot of the same pieces everyday so I like when they tell a story. Wearing things that have been handed down to me by family feels really special and gives pieces a little magic!

What are your favorite summer pieces? With the weather starting to get warmer, I’m realizing I don’t really have a lot of summer clothes! I didn’t need them last year in Ireland since it never got that hot and now I’m tackling the “what do I wear to work when it’s 1000 degrees?” predicament… I guess I’ll just have to do a little shopping 😘

Outfit Details:

Old Jack Wills romper (love this & this one too) – Longchamp crossbody bag stolen from my mom (similar here & here) – Paul Green Phoenix wedges (sold out, but shop others here)

Photos by Ian Brady

A Spring Outfit + 10 Summer Resolutions

A Spring Outfit + 10 Summer Resolutions

Old J. Crew Denim Jacket (similar here) – Vintage Dress from Om Diva in Dublin – Adidas Superstars (on sale here) – Olivia Burton Watch from Bow & Pearl in Dublin – Old Dooney & Bourke wristlet (love this and this wristlet from D&B). Spring is here, […]