midweSTYLE: Logan Square

Seeing as this is my visual debut, I should probably explain a bit about my life as a reporter-at-large. It's pretty much the best life ever: I'm my own boss, I only work on Pulitzer-worthy stories that I'm passionate about, editors of national magazines are constantly banging down my door, and the money is rolling in. (Pick which one of those things is true). Actually, this article sums it up pretty well, especially the bit about "mostly spending my days watching television, napping, noshing, strolling around, seeing matinees, playing The Sims"...except sub in FIFA for The Sims. Jarred once told me he envisions me sitting around smoking cheap cigarettes and not shaving very much.

Because my office is about 3.281 feet from my bedroom, it can, however, be a struggle sometimes to put pants on in the morning (a confession that once almost got me booted from this site.) Being a freelancer has its perks...namely the flexibility to work from home or pack up the computer and take it to an interview/café/coffee shop/bar/house party. I try to dress accordingly.

Wearing a tie, believe it or not, actually increases my productivity and results in better work. I know, I know—I scoffed, too, when Coach Musgrave made us wear ties on gamedays during high school soccer. But I started wearing them on test days in college, and much to my surprise, I actually did better on exams. So we'll see how they serve me in my post-collegiate years.

As for the loafers, they've pretty much become my go-to slip-ons, so they'll probably be appearing quite a bit.

Tweed blazer (thrifted, $6) , size "fits-like-a-glove" 36R; grid oxford button-down (gift) by J.CREW; "The Henley" (borrowed from Jeff) by Baldwin Denim, size 30; brown and blue-striped socks (Target, $2.50); woven and stitched loafers (thrifted, $3).

Photography by Jeff Kieslich


  1. Thanks, Gina!

    @lferguson — the tie clip was thrifted for $6.

  2. Ah yes, the life of a journalist. I too have a journalism degree (from USC) but do more copy editing than writing as of late.

    Your blazer is sharp and I've always liked the jeans/tie/blazer combo on gentlemen. Great thrifted finds as well, we should share thrift store tips (I live in Ukrainian Village so I'm on the west side too).

  3. hot. hot was the word I was going to use too.

  4. Love this blog. Obsessed with this post. The first photo needs to be in a magazine...asap :)

  5. Ha thanks, Jena...that would be nuts.

    Leilani — Agree. Summit when Jeff gets into town?

  6. Hey Seth, I definitely like the idea of a thrift summit-- it would be fun to round up some of the Chicago area bloggers. I'm over at http://www.thriftaholic.net and my email is thriftaholic (at) yahoo.com


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