Comfy, Cozy, and Cute

With the holidays over, we are now just in those lame winter months that have us gravitating to all things cozy. And while athleisure is most certainly a thing, sometimes getting it right can be tricky. I am the kind of girl that if I do not put on work out clothes in the morning, going to the gym is never going to happen. The trick is to add in some pieces to wear over all that spandex that makes it an actual outfit. I put together some full blown casual outfits and some great options you can throw on over your favorite lulus and still feel put together a bit. 

1. These yoga leggings have a cute slit and banding that makes them stand out. / 2. I love this ruffled sweatshirt so much. (this one would be cute too) / 3. Totally obsessed with these blue gazelles. How I loved these in middle school. 

You can never go wrong with the  (1) classic lulu leggings (the high waist is everything)  and (2) a striped sweatshirt tunic. Basically my uniform. 3. Love these leather Vans and a great price. 

1. I own these pants and love them.  / 2.  Nothing better than a chunky knit. comes in a few colors / 3. These slip on tie front sneaks are genius. Comes in other other colors too. 

1. I love a vintage looking sweatpants and these have a great zipper detail.  / 2. I know, a silk shirt seems fancy, but I love it paired with straight up sweatpants. Give it a little front tuck.  / 3. Classic Stan Smiths that apparently every girl in Paris is wearing right now. 

1. Soft, but tailored pants that look like real pants, but feel like sweats / 2. This soft chambray shirt would look great front tucked into the pants.  / 3. These pink kicks would be cheery on gray days

1. A classic adidas track pant in a slim legging like fit. Love the color / 2. An investment knit that is super soft. This one is great too ($23!).  / 3. I have these and love them so much. Comes in a bunch of colors. 

 You could throw on any of these dresses over leggings and call it a day, pulled together at that
1. Worship this tie sweatshirt dress. / 2. The easiest tee shirt dress to wear over your leggings.  ($18!) Own it, love it / 3.  Love this sweet little dress / 4. A super soft swing sweatshirt dress is perfect (this is also the best) / 5. This long dress looks cozy, but somehow super chic. ($26!) / 6. I think I own this dress in every version from every store on the planet. 

Hope your week is cozy and chic. 


Best & Worst Dressed: 2016 Golden Globes

Hi Loves. New year treating you well? 
While I have lots of hopes of writing more personal essays this year and to share a big project I have been working on in my own home, right now there is just time for a little fashion. But I do hope that the first week or so into this cold winter has at least included warm meals by a fire or two, smiles from those you love, and full days in pajamas. 

While I was not able to watch the show on my couch like I prefer, I did have a good amount of time this morning to roll through all the red carpet photos. And what an eclectic mix it was. You know I love when things get shaken up a bit and this year it totally did. 

The top of my list this year includes some newbies and old favorites. 

Drew! I kind of gasped when I saw her. This dress is so her, but also so glam. She looks gorgeous and more importantly, happy. While I know this fabric on Michelle can be a bit heavy, I love it on her and she even pulls off a choker in a fresh way. Natalie is certainly paying homage to her character in this long sleeve yellow and is great for her bump (she is was so good in Jackie, btw). I am unfamiliar with this beauty (Caitriona Balfe) in navy and red, but I LOVE this combo and the shape of this dress. Ruth Nega brings something different in a good way in this Loius Vuitton. Love the metallic and the shape paired with the zipper. 

Also towards the top of the list...

Claire Foy somehow makes pink sequins work and it may just be the pairing of that soft blue sash. Love her hair and make up as well. I am a sucker for a good velvet and this Armani on Teresa Palmer paired with a red lip is classically perfect. Besides the strange ribbons hanging on the bottom, I love this fun floral on Renee Bargh (ps: I have no idea who half these people are). She looks young, fresh, and different in a good way. Though Mandy is bringing possibly a bit too much exposure to the carpet, she looked gorgeous in this caped chiffon. A smile could have helped a bit too. The girl from  Stranger Things nails it in Jenny Packham. Sweet, but not too much with a red lip and slicked back hair. The "kids" always get it right! 

There were quite a few trends that we saw this year. 

Not loving this on Emily. That glitter strip is awkward, but her hair and make up are pretty. Viola looks stunning in yellow, and keeps everything else perfectly simple. I actually like this DG on Keri, but the underwear under a dress thing is tired. And those shoes, nope. Love her lipstick. Dare I say Reese looks boring? This color is so pretty on her, but that dress is just lame. 

I am loving Lola Kirke (???) in this pink number. The hair is not great, but I love that it is down. Jessica is a real head scratcher in this blue. At first glance it is pretty, and then it seems awkward? Too sweet? On the fence. Laura Dern looks great in this. Does she ever age??? Busy is actually one of the only celebs I follow on Insta and I love her. But this dress is hurting. The placement of the flowers is strange, otherwise it could have been a great simple black dress. Olivia's could have been good I feel like, but it is just too much. Especially with under cleavage? Can we stop that already? 

There were some that did Metallics right, like these ladies. Emma looked beautiful, do not love that necklace with it, but love everything else. Annette looks beautiful and perfectly age appropriate, if not looking amazing in general. Priyanka looks stunning in this gold brocade and I love her lipstick with it. Naomi is basically perfect in this Armani. The styling is simple, yet gorgeous. 

These metallics, maybe not so much
I love that Sophia dropped the mermaid, but this is a lot. And her hair reminds me of Kevin Federline. I actually do like Chrissy's look, but the dress was gapping at the arm hole in so many pictures it bugged. And Sarah's could have been on the top, but I cannot get behind the short lining and see through skirt. So over that look and this one is so noticeable. 

What Cavallari was doing there is beyond me, but I love this dress on her. Elsa always looks gorge, I again I am over the illusion dress, but otherwise it was nice. This dress on Traci is confusing to me. That weird short lining ruins it I think. and the short hem is awkward. Love her hair and make up though. 

Tuxes were also a thing
I worship Kathryn Hahn in almost every show and movie she is in (cried laughing at her character in Bad Moms). The red carpet has been a struggle for her. I think she is nailing this tux though. Few can carry it off and I think she did. Kristen is also doing a tux-ish gown good. She looks stunning. Rachel on the other hand, is not convincing me. The vest/shirt is not great, neither is the hair. I get the androgyny thing, but something more femme with the shirt and styling would have made it better. 

White was everywhere, again
You know I am Sienna's biggest fan. I would have done something else with the hair and ditched the pearls, but I like the dress. Love Thandie's entire look. Jillian wore a full blown gown, too bride for me. Love her in the Fall though (on netflix). Louise's pose kills me, but I love this dress and the shoes. Kirsten's could be great, but again, that slip line across is a bummer. 

Some went simple, but pretty
I think I am partial to the green on Jenna because I just wore a dress like it and loved it. Goldie is kind of always a winner in my book. She looked great. Amanda is usually a wild card, so even though this is kind of boring, the color is beautiful on her. Julia knows what works for her and sticks to it. Love a black and white. Brie looks scary in this photo! But the dress is pretty and she clearly went for the siren look. 

There are always looks that sometimes it is hard to tell if you love it or not. Last night maybe more than ever. 
Now first off, Blake just had babies back to back and looks fantastic. But, this dress felt strange. I think it is those pockets? I love Felicity and I think I would have loved this dress with one or three less elements to it. I love her bangs and make up though. I think (or hope) that Anna was happier last night than this photo shows. The color of this dress is what is throwing me off and the fact that it looks like one of her boobs has a sling. It is pretty, but kind of sad. Lily went for the full princess. She is probably one of the few that can pull it off. I think it just goes a bit over the top, but it is kind of her thing. 

I actually really wanted to like this leopard on Keri, but it is a lot. I go from loving it, to hating it. Maybe that is the point? Everyone raved on Jessica, but the bottom felt a bit heavy. She clearly looks stunning, but not the biggest fan of the dress. I also really wanted to love this Gucci since I love a pink dress, but it is just a bit too much ruffle. Maybe one less layer of it on the bodice, lose the bow and it could have been a winner? 

Another trend we saw that I cannot quite wrap my head around is cold shoulder full sleeves
I am not loving it. I think it is the scale of all of them. Hailee's are probably the best, with Nicole's being the worst (those ruffles). Nicole is giving us a whole lot of Moulin Rouge, although the dress itself is actually gorgeous, minus the sleeves? gloves? 

The bottom of the list for me...
By far the absolute worst is Cuba. That jacket is WAY too small. It is almost comical (maybe it was on purpose??). Guliana's mock turtleneck kills me. The whole thing is kinda cheesy. Anna, who god bless just had a kid or three, looks so great, but this dress is doing nothing for her! Great color for her, but not flattering. Carrie also upped the cheese factor from Guliana with this number. The combo of the color, ruffles, and cut outs are a no. I am unsure of this young pixie's name, but I think she is currently making out with a Jonas Brother. This is a classic too much going on dress. The mesh, the dolman sleeve, the belt, the asymmetry. I feel like she wanted to class herself up but also wanted to have as much see through as possible. Hard to do and look chic. 

What were some of your favorites?? Least?  You know I love to hear your opinions! 


Perfectly Imperfect Christmas

When I started this blog and was coming up with a name and concept, Imperfect Polish really fit the bill. Mostly because we all like things to shine a bit, but being just like the perfect images that are on every web page/instagram/facebook update/pinterest pin is not real life. 

And though the blog is not as personal as others, I have tried to pepper in stories that bring us back to earth. This holiday season probably has one, two, or six not planned and certainly not perfect elements so far that you could tell me about. Right? 

Kids are crying in Santa's lap, dogs are pulling the christmas tree down, toddlers are throwing up all night, Grandparents are sitting at the airport, cookies are burning in the oven, packages are not arriving on time, some family members are arguing, and it is all totally okay. Because that is what Christmas (or whatever lovely holiday you celebrate) is really all about. 

Real, messy, and inconvenient life and celebrating all of its imperfections. That is where all the love is. The not caring about the horrible parts and embracing all the little amazing parts that come and go so quickly. Because they do. They are right up in there when all the not perfect moments are happening. Snuggles, and smiles, and impromptu dance parties, and conversations you will treasure, and moments that you may have never shared. 

So cheers to imperfection. 
May it bring you the most magical, loving, and memory making holiday ever. 
Merry Christmas. 


Gift Guide: For the Home

Last, but kind of my favorite, gift guide for your weekend. One week until the big day! Pretty excited and loving that I get to spend it with family. You can check out all of the other guides here if you are still shopping. Today we have options for the girl who loves a party, cooking with a glass (or three) of wine, and whose greatest joy is a big bowl of spaghetti with friends. 

1. A marble and wood cutting board for cheese and displaying on her counter top. 
2. A flower subscription service that is actually affordable. No really. OBSESSED with this company and the quality. 
3. Ornaments that will make her smile. 
4. Everyone wants to be Ina and Jeffrey. Can't wait to dive into this cookbook
5. An electric wine opener. Which needs no explanation. 
6. Monogram soaps to make her powder room all grown up. 
7. Easy weeknight meals á la Gwyneth. Cannot go wrong. 
8. The prettiest pot I ever did see. 
9. A beautiful bowl that is on sale and would be perfect filled with fruit or fresh popcorn.
10. Lawn bowling for some fierce backyard competition. 
11. A festive jigsaw puzzle to drive everyone nuts. You know you love it. 
12. A Soft Pretzel and Beer Cheese kit that I want to make right now. 

I hope you have the best weekend and get to start your holiday celebrations early. 


Gift Guide: Something that Sparkles

Jewelry for a gift is not earth shattering obviously, but picking a unique piece out that is SO her is. Though I am huge fan of classic pieces, when it comes to jewelry something with a statement or x factor is better. I searched for jewels that I think could wow her, now you just have to choose the perfect one. 

1. Show her the love with this sweet necklace
2. Bold tassel earrings are perfect for almost everything in her closet. 
3. A love knot bracelet that she will wear every day. 
4. The sweetest diamond star earrings
5. A delicate, but statement making bracelet that that she will cherish. 
6. If she loves pearls, this ring is a winner. 
7. Three stone onyx setting that she will die over. 
8. Love this delicate diamond necklace
9. Three rings that she can stack in turquoise. (this one is cool too)
10. The perfect set for a tastemaker. Love the ear cuffs. 
11. Another great set that is perfectly mismatched. 
12. And my always go-to wrap bracelet that she will love. 

You can find the other gift guides here



Gift Guide: Bags to Love Forever

A girl could get through life with jeans, a tee, sneakers, and a great bag. 
Right now I am loving streamlined, classic bags that whether the price tag is high or low, look flawless. And will last someone season after season. Here are some options for a very lucky girl...
1. A beautiful black bucket bag that will last forever. 
2. Oxblood was the color of the year and this clutch does it justice. (comes in other colors)
3. A pop of color in this cute cross body. (comes in many colors)
4. Blush is a now a neutral. Love the gold hardware with this Chloe (also comes in other colors)
5. A Gucci classic that will make you smile for decades. 
6. The classic PS1 in navy. Always a winner. 
7. Love this pretty leather cross body. Also comes in a clutch
8. An unexpected, but modern shape for a cross body. Love the tassel. 
9. Another investment piece that will be coveted forever. 
10. The backpack is having a serious moment and this grown up version is amazing. 
11. Rockstud, always and forever will be a favorite. (comes in other colors)

Still looking? You can find the other gift guides here



Gift Guide: Let's Get Cozy

Happy Weekend! Is your home in full holiday swing? The snow here has made it feel so much more like the season. But, I really prefer staying inside and enjoying the view from the fire with a hot cup of coffee. You too? Here are some ways to keep you or your loved ones cozy, which is my favorite during these colder months. 

1. Love this classic sleep shirt in a chic stripe. 
2. A cashmere scarf that could not feel more luxurious. 
3. The sweetest slippers
4. A comfy pair of sneaks for that quick coffee run. 
5. How cute are these polka dot jams
6. Shearling Birks make the best slippers. 
7. Apple TV to entertain everyone in your house all day. (love those snuggly days)
8. Fingerless long gloves to feel extra cool and sport with your favorite leather jacket. 
9. A hilarious book you will not want to put down. Seriously, loved it. 
10. And a grandpa cardigan, because you know that is really want you want to wear all day at home. 

Other gift guides: 

I hope you have the best weekend and get to do something festive! I hope I will see many of you at Holly Ball


Gift Guide: On the Go

Little luxuries while you are on the move can make a trip so much better. Especially when you are reminded of the lovely person who gifted it to you. Whether for work or play, here are some gift ideas for the girl that is always hopping on a plane. 

1. A super soft cape to keep warm on a flight. I want this for every day! 
2. A travel kit that includes everything you need and TSA approved. 
3. The prettiest jewelry case with smart design inside to keep her baubles safe and organized. 
4. A gorgeous agenda so she always remembers important meetings and your birthday. 
5. Fancy, sparkly earbuds so she can binge watch on the plane in style. 
6. A face mist that smells amazing and makes her skin glow. Every French girl swears by it. 
7. A weekender bag that will fit everything and still fit in the overhead (also comes in an overnight size, this backpack would be cool too)
8. Rosé gummies to snack on with her wine. 
9. A bluetooth speaker for her hotel room and to listen to tunes poolside. (this one is also great)

Other Gift Guides: 



Gift Guide: Beauty

Trying a new product or stocking up on a favorite is always a winner under the tree. And frankly I always love to check out new products around the holidays. A little santa gift to myself to indulge a bit. Here are some options that anyone would love. 

1. A luxurious and fun cosmetic case that will make her smile. 
2. Apparently this powder is what keeps Elle McPherson looking the same as she did in her 20s. Sold. At that price it better, but I am intrigued. 
3. Enough hair ties to last all year round and then some. 
4. A silk pillow case to combat wrinkles and add some luxury to her bed. 
5. A pretty sleep mask. I swear by mine. 
6. A 4 pack of the best balm out there in tints and flavors. Dying to try the coconut! 
7. These two products have been written up to death lately. Apparently they can help you sleep better and fall asleep faster. Great for that stressed friend of yours. 
8. The best stocking stuffer ever. Literally makes your feet the softest you have ever experienced. 
9. The classic She Uemera eyelash curler that will never not make someones day. 

Also check out the "I Need A New..." guide as well. 



Gift Guide: I Need a New...

Something that will dazzle us under the tree is great. But let's get real, we all own a few things that have seen better days. And though getting something practical (boring) sounds awful, you know that you will be so much happier that you got it. Plus, there are some incredibly elevated options for some of those every day wares that really should probably be tossed. 

1. Every time I have packed recently, I have wished I had ordered this high tech, super practical, and efficient luggage by Away. Especially this carry on size. 
2. There is nothing better than a cozy robe. This cable knit one would be an upgrade, right? (this one is also insanely soft, and here is a shorter version)
3. Toothbrushes get so gross, so I am loving the idea of this electric version that sends you replacements on schedule. 
4. Sheets get used every single day. Time for an upgrade. Brooklinen is such a great price for the quality. (everything on sale right now, too)
5. This is a serious investment. But if you are blowing your hair out on the reg, this Dyson hairdryer is the ultimate. (I want one just for the quick dry time!)
6. A new phone case that holds a couple cards. So simple, but kind of a game changer. This striped version is cute too. 
7. A new set of dinner plates to make you smile more at dinner time. Love the monogram. This blue banded set is sweet too. 

8. My Mom gave us this cordless vacuum a few years ago. It might be the most loved gift ever. Honestly, it could change your life if you have kids or pets. 
9. Bluetooth headphones that will let you listen to that podcast you love without the cord swinging back and forth during your work out. Yep, you know what I am talking about. 
10. A new cashmere hat to look cool and stay warm all winter. On sale and comes in a ton of colors. 
11. I gifted a Nespresso to Matt one year, but it actually was more life changing to me. ha I have contemplated packing this on every trip we go on. Like a psycho.  

Wouldn't these all make you so happy? 



Making Spirits Bright

There is little that someone of any age can get excited about, but twinkling lights and the anticipation of sweet family time with all the trimmings has got to be one of them. I am not a huge fan of too much decor, but I love a festive touch around the house. There are so many ways to get into the spirit without having it look like actual elves live in your house. From changing out a throw pillow, to hanging a wreath, to some fun tableware to break out for guests, the options are endless. 

1. A modern take on an amaryllis vase. (great gift)
2. A plaid pillow cover is an easy switch out with a big impact. 
3. I like how they show this stocking holder on the mantel with garland. 
4. This lighted sign would be so fun in the kitchen or above the bar for a party. 
5. A cute way to display all of those beautiful cards you get. 
6. These green tumblers would be a fun pop on a table.  
7. A sweet candy stripe needlepoint stocking.
8. LOVE this wreath holder. Would put our family name. (would make an awesome gift!)
9. Would love to put silly faced pics of everyone in these stocking holders

10. These fancy LED burst lights are so pretty or I swear by this remote controlled option too. 
11. Those rose gold ball garland is perfection. 
12. Obsessed with this modern take on a classic candle holder. A few of these down a table would be so pretty. 
13. The prettiest advent calendar I ever did see. 
14. Lighted faux boxwood garland you can use year after year. (no mess!)
15. Good looking faux pine trees are so sweet in a corner or no a mantel. 
16. Love a fur moment on the mantel. 
17. Pretty gold leaves that would be perfect on a mantel. 
18. A Monogram tablecloth that also comes in blue/green. 
19. & 20. Would love to put these lighted branches in a pretty ceramic vase
21. I am a sucker for a pom pom. This cosy throw would be fun on your sofa. Also comes in red. 
22. Change out your fruit bowl for something festive. 



Five Fall Looks

Crazy week, right? It is finally over and now we can move on to more important things, like cozy nights by the fire and maybe a crisp walk outside to get some fresh air. I have been spending a good deal of time distracting myself from the madness by checking out the sunny side of the internet. aka Pretty Retail Sites. ha 

So here are some looks I put together for us. A little something for every occasion to make our spirits bright (yep, went there). 

For that first Holiday party 
Plaid Sweater by Madewell / Pretty Lace pants by J. Crew / Obsessed with these Gucci loafers (also come in pink & here is a similar pair

For a brunch date with your man
LOVE this entire look so much
Modern wool trench coat from J. Crew (comes in many colors) / velvet skinnies by Madewell / sweetest bow sweater from J. Crew (bought in gray and love it) / scalloped booties by Chloe

For Dinner with Friends
Investment coat in crazy sale (still pricey, but beautiful!) / A silk shirt you can tuck in by Everlane/ A comfy, flattering sweater skirt by Madewell / Over the knee boots that do not break the bank by Dolce Vita

For Running Errands 
Sweatpants you can wear out of the house by Madewell / Wear your favorite sweater or long sleeve tee under this great shearling vest / And kicks to get you through the day by New Balance  

For the school run or to grab coffee
A comfy sweater coat from Madewell for inside and out / A long tunic sweater by J. Crew / the updated Uggs that look so much chicer / And the best leggings ever

Happy Weekend my friends. 


A Very Vintage Christmas

This year I have the privilege of co-chairing the sixth annual Holly Ball benefiting Barrington Children's Charities with my sensational friend, Christie Shoemacher.  It is an evening of cocktails, dinner, and dancing that brings together the community to raise funds for area children in need. It is beyond a joy to be involved, to attend, and to support a charity that provides grants to some truly great initiatives. If you are in the Chicago area, it would be so great to have you there. And even more fun to see you all dressed up! This year's theme is "It's a Wonderful Life. Let's Share it with Others!" It is a black tie event with vintage holiday elegance. 

Fun, right?! Who doesn't want to feel like Jackie O for a night and have a dashing date? 
Here are some looks I put together if you need ideas. Just add gloves...

Dress / Clutch (similar here) / Earrings / Shoes (or these)

Clutch / Necklace (or this) / Shoes (also these)

If you need any personal help, email me! erin.vondra@gmail.com


Surprise Shopbop Sale

Shopbop decided to make our week better with a three day sale. Thousands of items are up to 40% off. You can find all of them here. I searched through and picked out a few favorites. 

Makes for a happy Monday. 


Every Boot You Ever Need

I know, I know. A boot round up in the Fall is hardly news to anyone. But since I was shopping around for myself, I decided I should just pull all the great pairs from all our favorite stores and share. Boots basically make my outfits in the cold months with a uniform of sweaters/oversized blouses with leggings/skinny jeans (ps: just bought these and I am obsessed. Stretchy and comfy). Having options for every outfit and mood throughout the long, cold months can really brighten your day. 

I have to be honest. All I already want to put on is my good ole Uggs. Which are not great, but let's get serious, feel like you are wearing slippers all day and keep your toes so warm. There are some other cute options to keep us from Ugg-liness. ha

1. An update on the original Ugg that I can get behind. 
2. Slip on fuzzy Sorels with a hint of pink (other colors available)
3 An update on last years favorite wedge that slip uneasily. 
4. When the snow comes and you have no other options for the piles in your driveway, you have to go with these Sorels
5. Seriously digging these Moncler hiking boots. Going to try to find some lower price options for us. Also in black 
6. These Uggs are actually kind of cute for running around town. 

Low bootie options

1. These are such a pretty color and slip easily on. 
2. As are this darker pair
3. A classic black chelsea boot that will last forever. 

And when you want some height to your bootie

1. These are so simple and stunning. 
2. The classic Rag & Bone are an investment, but worth it. 
3. Oh, hey there gorgeous
4. Sensible, yes. And a little rugged. Digging these lace ups. (also comes in brown and black)

A midi length boot can be great with tights and leggings

1. These look cozy and could work day to night from Kate Spade
2. LOVE a cinch and a tassel from Louise et Cie
3. Pointy toe and high, these are killer. 
4. I actually do not know if I love these, but it is a nice version of the wedge from Ugg. (also in black)

Everyone needs a classic knee high boot
1. These classic riding boots also come in brown and wide calf (yep, I need that) 
2. The dressy suede and almost wedge heel sold me on these black boots
3. Oh, another tassel. And I love the block heel. Louise et Cie (also in brown)
4. A little height for a classic rider from Kate Spade
5. This style of boot with the stretchy back and side zipper are always a good idea

And if you want to go over the knee (you totally can, trust me)

1. Date night in the winter just got better with these
2. These are an investment, but one worth making if you have great gams
3. Love the wedge and the shape  of these Vince Camuto
4. These have such a great 70s vibe to them
5. The classic 50/50 by Stuart Weitzman



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