Recently, I received a message from a friend informing me that she was opening up her very own boutique in Hyde Park, Chicago, and I nearly jumped out of my seat with excitement. Her store The Silver Umbrella has something for everyone. Nestled on the eastern end of Hyde Park, the shop is easily accessible off of Lake Shore Drive and specializes in thrifty finds, which span from vintage clothing, designer clothing, and some small consignment pieces. I saw a Tibi dress for less than $50 to give you an idea!
The boutique is beautifully decorated with photos, petite jeweled chandeliers, and pillows; I could seriously just sit and take in the vibe of her store…of course while shopping. The shop is run by Zakiyyah Muhammad and her sister. This super duo will ensure you find that perfect piece whether you are looking for women’s, men’s or children’s clothing, or that special piece of jewelry for that event you have to attend.
As Hyde Park continues to evolve, this boutique definitely sets the neighborhood higher on my go-to place for trendy finds. Zee, don’t be surprised if I become a regular customer. Enough of my ranting, see for yourself!
Sorry, but I had to snatch-up this vintage military shirt ^^^^
My husband found some amazing jeans for a GREAT deal!
Zakiyyah and I. She is such a sweetie :-)
This vintage top is EVERYTHING ^^^ peering through the front window of the shop. I tried it on and I loved it, but the neck was a little too tight for my comfort. Oh well!
The Silver Umbrella is located at 5305 S. Hyde Park Blvd., Chicago. Check them out, and be sure to stay in the loop and follow them on Facebook here.
So, I’ve been able to manage sneaking my OOTDs back into the mix which I am happy about. This particular morning while running around I noticed a major theme…I was completely in black and brown from head to toe. It wasn’t intentionally but I just went along with my mood.
Not sure what is going on right here ^^^^^
Black and Brown - Shop the look
Elbow patch sweater - Zara, this one here is so CUTE!
Waxed jeans - H&M, these vegan pants are adorable here.
Boots - DSW, similar here.
Christian Audigier Crossbody bag - Gilt.com, similar here.
Stolen Hubby’s closet, similar here.
The weather is becoming a little bit warmer out this way. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for no more snow. :-) Have a great weekend!
For my Wellness Wednesdays I decided to start my journey of “A Year Without” and blog about my experience. So what is this Year Without madness? Every month I will select something that I want to remove from my life. At the end of the month I will access its importance in my life and decide whether I want to reintroduce it into my life, or continue without it. I read a blog about an author who did something similar and I liked the idea so much I decided I would do the same in an effort to cleanse and simplify my life.
This month (though I am 4 days late) I decided to go without sugar. What is ironic about this decision is I don’t have a sweet tooth, I don’t like candy, and I rarely use sugar. So why go without sugar? Because I find that though I only use it in my coffee and oatmeal…I use it almost daily and not having it on a daily basis (even in its limited quantities) is extremely hard for me.
So here it goes…the start of my Year Without journey. I’m still working out the details of my list but here it is:
The 12 Things I Plan to Live Without:
March - Sugar
April - Grudges/Hurt
May - Fish/Seafood
June - Cheese
July - Alcohol
August - Coffee
September - Buying NEW things
October - Thinking negatively about myself (self-sabotaging thoughts like, “I can’t…) and being too hard on myself
November - Eating out
December - Dairy
January - Fast food (still deciding because do salads count?)
February - Going to bed past 11pm
If any of your are just dying to join me, I welcome you! Feel free to create your list and go without!