A blog by Maddie Brady

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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 […]

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

House Madison Wisconsin

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 a good bit, though, since it will probably be one of the last nice weekends for a while. 😭 I might head to Live on King Street tomorrow night and then plan to go out with some friends on Saturday, too, so it’ll be nice to get out of the house. I rounded up a few bits from around the web for you, if you’re interested…

A friend said this hotel that rents fish to lonely people reminded her of me. Thanks girl…

9/11 is such a tough and complicated day for a lot of people. This video haunts me every year and this is an important reminder of how life changed for many after the attacks.

There’s been such a variety of responses to Hillary Clinton’s new book. Although I admire her for writing about defeat while it’s still so fresh, it seems like a pretty thorough piece of propaganda (and revenue). Interesting takes here and here.

But at least we’re making some progress, even if it’s only in stock photos.

Former Veep and major DILF, Joe Biden, paid a visit to my alma mater, Trinity College Dublin, yesterday and looked fly as hell.

In #BachelorNation news, who the eff is the new Bachelor? Also having mixed feelings about the new spinoff, Bachelor: Winter Games. I feel like things are sort of falling apart over there…

In other TV news, I’ve gotten really into Peaky Blinders this week. A lot of strong female characters and I’m a sucker for an Irish guy who looks like he’s been punched in the face.

Plus, my favorite moments from NYFW:

Go sit in the sun with a beer and have a nice weekend!

Missed this week’s posts on toast? Check out my recent treat yo self purchases and how I got inspired to yes more.

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 […]

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 suburbs disappear. But we completely fell in love with the area, my mom easily made friends in her building (including this guy), and it started to feel like home pretty quickly. I think it’s fair to say we both grew up a lot while she was living here and her life here has really made me consider moving back to Chicago sometime soon. Is it so wrong that I just want to eat Flaco’s Taco’s everyday?!

But all good things come to an end and my mom moved last weekend! 😭 Okay, so she moved 5 blocks away, but still! I was surprised at how sad I was to see this place go. There’s been a lot of change in my family lately so maybe I’m more sensitive than usual – everyone in my immediate family has moved at least once in the last 9 months, including me!

We’ve had so many good times in this place: drinking martinis on the balcony, watching White Christmas while putting up her aluminum Christmas tree (yes, you read that right), chatting over coffee in the living room. I’m so lucky to have an amazing relationship with my mom and I’ll really miss this place because it represents so much change for both of us. But last Sunday, we sat on her couch in the new place and drank wine and talked about life for a whole afternoon so I think we’ll figure things out in the new apartment just fine. 💕 Special shout to my mother for literally having pink champagne at the drop of a hat when we shot these photos. Like I said, she’s the best.

Outfit Details:

Vintage Men’s Tuxedo Shirt – Waven Freya Jeans in Perfect BlueBadgley Mishcka Randall D’Orsay Heels in Pink Satin – Red Earrings from the Tate Modern (this pair is long gone, but their gift shop is kickin’)

A little bit about what I’m wearing: these jeans are my absolute favorite pair I’ve ever owned. They fit just above my hip bones, which is most comfortable for me, and are a really nice thicker fabric so they feel soft and luxe. I’ve worn them to work, while traveling, out to the bar, etc. They are my go-to for versatile denim. I actually bought them back at Dublin at the boutique I worked at, Bow & Pearl, and I’m so glad to have stumbled upon the brand. Waven makes a lot of really quality denim pieces and they cost around $70, but I often see them on sale for as little as $30 on ASOS. They do stretch out noticeably after a while, unfortunately, but that might also be because I wear them almost every day… I would absolutely buy another pair just to replace them. The fit is so good.

I’m also wearing a vintage men’s tuxedo shirt that I bought at a local thrift store for $7. I just loved the idea of turning something common and classic into an unusual going out top. And I paired it with a beautiful pair of blush Badgley Mischka heels that I’ve had forever and never wear enough. They’re not available online through any major stores anymore (like I said, they’re ancient), but people are selling them on Ebay for a stupid fraction of what I bought them for. I would snap up a pair if you’re looking for heels to wear to weddings this summer.

My earrings are stolen from my mom and they’re from the Tate Modern in London. Because she is hip and artsy like that. 😎

I like to think of myself as a daring and whimsical person, but when it comes to formal clothes I always find myself drawn to the classics. White button downs, blank tanks, simple sheaths – I have an unbelievable collection of little black dresses from when I sang in high school that are like only now feeling age-appropriate. Thank you, 16-year-old me, for having overly mature taste!

What are your favorite going out pieces? Now that I’m older and I’m not frequenting college parties or Irish clubs, I’m reevaluating my nighttime wardrobe and would love some suggestions! Are we still doing heels or is there more to life than blisters? Jeans and a cute top, is that standard? Does one wear cocktail dresses to cocktail parties? Inform me, people.

Photography by Ian Brady

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 […]

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 the shop floor, so the whole experience has really given me an idea of what it takes to run a small independent business. I’ve always been drawn to the idea of working for myself and in some ways it’s never felt more possible, but you have to be so passionate and dedicated to your business – not sure I’ve found that fire quite yet. But I feel like it’s getting closer!

I wanted to share of few of my favorite photos from my time at Bow & Pearl to celebrate my last week. It’s amazing to think of how much I’ve grown in this experience – it feels like the time has both flown by and yet I’ve learned so much.


So a big thank you to the whole Bow & Pearl team, especially my boss Bronagh, for taking a little grad student in and making her feel at home. I’ll miss the shop so much! Thank you!

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 […]