I’ll take summer in February every year, please! What a gorgeous weekend we had here in Chicago and what a treat! I’m glad that I have today off as well to enjoy the beautiful weather just one more day before going back to work and before winter decides to come back later on this week. I instantly felt like a whole different person this weekend because of the weather. I loved swapping out my winter coat for a light spring floral bomber jacket and these fun heart embellished coral spring sling-backs. Since my summer wardrobe constantly consists of overalls, I thought it was appropriate to wear them this weekend as well.
Asides from the gorgeous weather, I had an fun-filled weekend with Monica. We went out for sushi, saw High Fidelity the Musical (which is amazing and so well done), then we were part of a lookbook for Holly & Tanager, a Chicago-based handbag brand (I can’t wait to share images: here’s a preview 1 & 2) and now we’re brunching and blogging at Soho House. I also attended a girl power workout session of cycling and yoga at Studio III with my other favorite chica, Sapna. I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend and better friends to hang out with. What did you all do this weekend? Anybody else want summer to stick around in February for just a tad bit longer!
Old Navy: Overalls (option) & Tank Top (option) // Xhilaration: Bomber Jacket (option) // Marc Jacobs: Shoes & Sunglasses // Marc // Hermes: Bracelet as necklace
On Saturday, I attended the unveiling ceremony of Chicago’s newest modern art public installation by Tony Tasset. The Artists Monument is made of laser etched Plexiglas on shipping containers 8’x80’x8′. The monument (located in Grant Park at 9th & S. Michigan Avenue), a tribute to all artists, has 392,485 names ranging from Pablo Picasso to Andy Warhol to emerging artists with a single exhibition in alphabetical order. I even got interviewed for the nightly news! Did anybody see it air?! The reception took place at Niu B, where I indulged a bit too much in all the delicious food. I just couldn’t resist the sushi rolls. The Monument will be displayed here until at least the spring and then will find its permanent home at the UIC campus.
Now, lets talk about what I wore to the ceremony! Saturday was the perfect day to wear this Humble Chic NYchiffon sleeveless blouse because it was in the mid 60s! I love the subtle high-lowness of it along with the pocket details – which I’m ALL about! I’m also sooo excited to be collaborating with Humble Chic that with code LIKEIT you can get 15% off the entire site. How amazing is that?! I can’t wait to show you what else is in the works!
My readers know me as Peggy or HAMR, but most people (my students) know me as Ms. K or Coach. Coaching and obviously teaching, is a big part of my life. Most people get to go home after work and do whatever they do, but two out of three seasons a school year I coach; cross country in the fall and track in the spring. I actually like coaching a lot; specifically, coaching hurdles.
It all began freshman year in high school. I was a very little freshman who had no clue about running hurdles. That first year on the team, I had a lot of fun with my friends even though I never really got coached, but I was hooked on hurdles. Sophomore year, we got a new coach and he saw something in me that I didn’t know existed. For the next three years, he pushed me to be the best athlete, hurdler and person I could be. I looked forward to track practice more than anything. I seriously became a different person on the track and built my self-confidence. I went into teaching because I was bilingual (moving to the Chicagoland area when I was four) and because of my track coach. He gave me my first coaching job freshman year in college and paid me out of his own pocket. I can’t thank him enough for influencing my life and shaping me into who I am today. To this day, I’m still good friends with Coach V (it’s hard to call him by his first name still) and adore him, his wife and their beautiful kids.
So as you can see, coaching is more than just coaching a sport. It’s about making those connections and lifelong memories. I hope I inspire my student athletes just as my track coach inspired me. And yes, I can still run the boys’ high hurdles.
P.S. This is my off-duty coaching look. I promise to post what I actually wear to practice and meets. Especially, those fashionable instances when it’s freezing and I’m wearing a million layers and can’t feel my toes kind-of look.