My Introduction to Chicago’s Shopping Scene and Yes, My 2 year old Dresses Me
Ross and my love story began in Montreal during the summer of 2005. He was in Montreal as a short-term transfer from his Chicago-based job. My brother introduced us and by the end of that night, I was smitten. It wasn’t long before we were talking about our future and it was decided that we would move to Chicago together after my school year ended (I was an elementary school teacher). And so my love story with Chicago began July 1st, 2006.
After a 4-month stint in Lincoln Square, Ross and I bought a condo in the neighbourhood of Logan Square. When we moved there I immediately went exploring by foot (my favourite way to discover a new city). It didn’t take me long to walk down Milwaukee ave until I found Bucktown. More specifically, the store called Akira. (There are also locations in Lincoln Park and the Loop). They are a Chicago-based boutique that has an on-line website. A girl in a new city with no friends??? Well, she finds out quickly where to shop for shoes, right?!
Akira, for me, was that store that offered your basic shoes with a twist. I ‘met’ designers I had never heard of. I tried shoes on that I had never considered before. Akira helped me grow my collection, and to them, I am in debt. Hahaha, I just got this pun!
In the summer of 2007, I picked up this cutie: a nautical inspired Steve Madden heel. They seemed whimsical and classic at the same time. A shoe I could easily pair with a summer dress. The stripes and polka dots kept the classic shape youthful.
I’m going to tell you secret… yesterday was the first time I wore them! Although I’m not surprised by this, I am quite disappointed I didn’t wear them this past summer! The nautical theme was huge. But alas, I didn’t.
Wanna know why I finally wore them? Because my 2 year old told me to!
Emma is obsessed with polka-dots. She wakes up thinking about polka-dots and goes to sleep talking about polka-dots. It’s no surprise that whenever I say I’m going to get dressed, she follows me in trying to convince me that I should wear my polka-dots (I had no idea I had so many items with polka-dots before she pointed them out!)
Yesterday morning I decided to choose my shoes first, then create the outfit. Guess which pair Emma went for? That’s right, the (only) shoes with polka-dots on them (I promise). I chose to wear them with my Rich and Skinny jeans (eBay) paired with a red and white, wide striped shirt (forever 21).
Where did these heels take me? Nowhere glamorous, I’m afraid. Only to drop Gabi off at daycare, drive-through at Starbucks, a couple of hours at Emma’s coop playgroup (and I led the day’s activity too), a stop-over at my good friend Annie’s, home for lunch, nap (for Emma) and writing (for me), the girls’ swimming lesson, then home for supper/bath/bed.
I also wanted to take a moment to thank Emma for helping me wear shoes I have been storing. My feet are appreciative!