Even though I think of myself as a notorious over-packer, packing for our recent trip to Chicago was surprisingly easy. When we travel, we spend most of our time walking around, exploring the city. In Chicago, that means walking around in subzero temperatures. I could have worn the same clothes all weekend because all anyone was going to see was my outerwear, so it was the perfect opportunity to wear my new camel coat from Ifchic.
If you haven't heard of Ifchic, let me explain in two simple words: FREE CLOTHES. I discovered Ifchic a few months ago when another blogger posted about the #Ifchic24 coin system. Here's the gist: every day you browse the Ifchic website and collect up to 3 coins valued at $2 each (so $6 a day.)
If you do this every day for a month, you'll end up with a maximum of $180 that you get to use towards a purchase during the #Ifchic24 event. The event runs for 24 hours on the 24th of the month. So if you find something you like for $170, the item itself is FREE (you just pay the $7.95 shipping.)
I've been participating in the #Ifchic24 event for a few months now and I'm obsessed. Collecting my coins has become a seamless part of my morning routine. So far I've "purchased" earrings, an iPad case, a purse, and this camel coat. The only expense I've paid out of pocket is $7.95 shipping each month, plus any cost over $180 (my coat was $200 so I paid $20.)
The coins reset every month on the 24th, so this Sunday is the perfect opportunity to start collecting! By the way, this post is not sponsored in any way by Ifchic, but I just think it's the coolest thing so I had to share.
But back to our trip... Chicago in January is COLD. Like -25 degree wind chill cold. I did not step foot outside without my coat, hat, scarf, gloves, and boots. My camel coat is really warm without being bulky, so I felt really comfortable all weekend. The gray sleeves make it a little more fun and the faux leather details add a bit of edge.
My hat and scarf were last minute purchases from Old Navy. I didn't have a hat or scarf that I thought would be warm enough to wear in Chicago for three days straight, so it was Old Navy to the rescue! In store they're having a huge sale on winter accessories, so I picked these up for almost nothing. Unfortunately I can't find either online, but you may be able to find them in your local store.
This winter outerwear look wouldn't be complete without some Hunter boots. To be honest, I was a little hesitant about taking my Hunter boots with us to Chicago. We carried our luggage (backpacks) with us all day on Saturday and Monday, so I knew if I had my boots with me, they would need to be on my feet. I hadn't worn them for enough extended periods of time to know whether or not my feet would get sore, but ultimately took the plunge and decided to wear them.
Luckily I had ZERO problems in these and I wore them all day, every day for the entire weekend. I've heard some people complain about Hunters not keeping their feet warm, but my toes were nice and toasty with two pairs of socks. By the way, my boots are the Huntress boots. These are a little shorter and wider at the calf than the Original - I love them.
Camel Coat\Ifchic (exact sold out)
Black Jeans\Charlotte Russe (exact)
Gray Jeans\American Eagle (similar)
Pom Pom Hat\Old Navy (similar)
Black & White Scarf\Old Navy (similar)
Hunter Boots\Zappos (exact)
I had a tough time locating all of these items online, so I linked a few similar below. If you have any questions about Ifchic, let me know and I'd be happy to answer them! We'll be back on Friday with a recap of what we did/ate/saw in Chicago AND an Old Navy giveaway! Stay tuned!