A blog by Maddie Brady

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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. ūüôā

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¬†ūüôą¬†), 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 ūüėė

Outfit Details:

Old Jack Wills romper (love this & this one too) РLongchamp crossbody bag stolen from my mom (similar here & here) РPaul 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, […]

Thank You, Bow & Pearl!

For the last three months, I’ve¬†been working as a social media intern for the local Dublin boutique, Bow & Pearl. I’ve done everything from take product photos to organize stock takes to analyzing data from our social media platforms. I’ve also been working sales on […]

13 Street Style Looks Perfect for Summer in Dublin

I know I’m always going on about the weather here in Ireland, but it has seriously hit me the hardest this summer. I’m used to long, hot, muggy Chicago summers where you wake up sticky and put on as few clothes as legally possible. Dublin is just so different. I’m currently wearing jeans, a long sleeved shirt, and a jacket and I’m still cold – plus the persistent rain doesn’t help either. It just gets a little tiresome dressing for the same season all year round, you know?

But instead of harping on about how shitty it is, I’ve decided to pull a few of my favorite street style looks that are perfectly suited for summer here in Dublin – still fun and fresh for summer, but a little more covered up and practical. Things are looking sunnier already!

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Obviously I’m into all things layered and quirky, but still put together. I think personal style is so cool and love that it really seems to be making its way to the forefront. And just a little side note, some of my personal style inspirations are Jenny Walton, Chiara Ferragni, and Leandra Medine. They are totally fearless and true to their visions of style – they’ve all reached some sort of personal style nirvana. Workin’ on it.

Toast Picks: Summer 2016

So this is mostly wishful thinking because it will definitely not be warm enough for me to wear any of this, but in the spirit of the season I wanted to put up a few picks for you hot weather folks. Classic with a fun, […]