The Big Move!

“And sometimes you just know, it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings”

Hi Lovelies,

I can officially say that Over The Topma is back! For many different reasons, I’ve had to take the summer off of blogging, and let me tell you, I’ve missed it. There are so many things I need to update ya’ll on – but the biggest news is comin’ at ya today.


 The devastation of leaving a city that feels like home is real. Chicago has captured my heart and brought my whimsical soul alive. So why would I leave that behind, you ask? Because as much as I love Chicago, I love my Husband more. Being apart for the last few years has been a worth while experience, but being closer together has always been our next step and living in Canada is how we achieve that at this point in our lives. I’m hopeful this new chapter in my life will bring lots of exciting new adventures and happiness inducing, blog-worthy times but I leave Chicago with the sorrow of loss for the people I’ve met and the places I’ve made my own.

I’ve always believed the saying that “[y]ou will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart will always be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.” As hard as it is for me to imagine my life outside of Chicago, I am beyond blessed to have met and loved so many people in this city.

Chicago, you’ll always be my city. The city where I ventured out and found myself. The city where I created myself. The city where my dreams came to life. The city where I found my favorite place on the planet to stand and wonder about the world. The city where I made some of my best and lifelong friends. You’ve given so much to me, and to say goodbye leaves a part of my heart empty; but this isn’t the end of our story, I’ll be back one day. You’re my forever favorite, and always home.

So, with that being said, stick around if ya’ll want more posts on my favorite spots in the Chicago, our new home, fall fashion and beauty with a side of cocktails and party planning. I have some big plans for little ole’ OTT in the coming months and I’m excited to share them all with you.


Follow my moving adventures on Instagram at #OTTMoves

P.s you can find my sweater here. The orange jumpsuit is Victoria Beckham for Target Spring 2017, and the shoes are Coach Spring 2017.

Travel With Me: Magnolia – Waco, Texas

Hi Lovelies,

I’ve come down to the Lone Star State for a little bit of R&R in Dallas with the Husband, and to join my parents for a few nights while they were at a conference. While my step-dad was at his conference, and my Hubs was golfing, my Mama and I decided to make a trip down to Waco to visit Magnolia. I don’t really follow Chip & Joanna Gaines or their tv show, but my Mom does and so we began the two-ish hour drive south. I had no idea what to expect because I hadn’t looked up Magnolia online prior to visiting and so I only knew what my Mom had shared (which wasn’t much) but let me tell you, it was AMAZING! We showed up during some Spring Festival so it was extra extra extra busy, but well worth the hour wait in line and hoards of people. First we went to the main store area, which had some home goods, larger furniture items, books and Magnolia souvenir items ( I got a speckled mug – of course). We also visited some of the tent vendors that were there for the Spring Festival, and walked around the premises. We tried to get into the Bakery but the line was far too long for it to be worth it for us. Bless my Mama, she even let me get blog photos even though we had to wait for the gaggles of people to clear out of our way. She’s the best. Ever. If you’re ever contemplating a visit to Magnolia – do it! I want my entire house and yard decorated the way Joanna decorated this place. It’s stunning and unique.

For my outfit, it’s a matching two piece Lilly Pulitzer set, paired with a pink cardigan from J.Crew. I love this matching set because I’ve found plenty of ways to wear each piece individually – for instance, the crop top with high waisted jeans, a black leather jacket and black booties, or the shorts with a white tank top and pink blazer. No matter what you pair it with it’s going to look great. As a bonus, it’s elastic and stretchy and is so, so comfy. If you follow my blog, or know me at all, you’ll comfortable is my number one BFF. Lilly recently came out with this set in a pink & green pattern too – check them out! As for my shoes, these are new wedges I got for the season, and although I’ve only worn for them a few hours, they seem to be very comfortable. They have lace up ankle straps which I think helps fit them to your feet more, always a bonus!

P.S. If read passed my outfit photos, I’ll have some of Magnolia and my cute Mama.


My Outfit


What I’m Wearing

Shorts/Shirt: Lilly Pulitzer Cardigan: J.Crew Shoes: Nordstrom


Casual Day with the Fam

Hi Lovelies,

The Fam and I spent a casual day in New York taking in some of the sights. I was so happy I bought these colourful but comfy pants while we were there. They are perfect for lounging around and chasing the kiddos while still being super stylish. As a bonus, they basically feel like pyjama pants, which I can’t say I don’t love. There’s nothing else too special about this look – just the amazing pants. Apparently I’m not the only one who thought they were amazing because when my Sister and I got dressed that morning and we looked at each other, we were wearing matching pants. I’ll link to another similar pair that I loved too, but resisted buying!

P.s. Catch the photo of my niece, Evie, and I at the end. It’s one of those rare “be still, my heart” moments for me, and I’m so happy we caught it on camera.


And my sweet little Evie . . .

What I’m Wearing

Top: Sister’s (Thanks, Sis!) Pants: Lilly Pulitzer, Love these too

Shoes: This Post


Thirty Things I Love About My Sister (on her 30th birthday)!

Hi Lovelies,

Today’s post is going to be a bit different than my usual content, but for a very good reason – it’s my Big Sister’s 30th birthday! So if you aren’t interested in the mush or love that I’ll be writing about, go ahead and close this post; but if you want to read all about why I think she’s so awesome and see a ton of throwback photos in which we made terrible fashion and beauty choices, keep scrolling! Here’s thirty reasons why I love my Sister, on her 30th birthday – let’s do this!



  1. She never doubts me. It doesn’t matter what dream I have, how big my goals are, or how little I know about the new venture, she always tells me I can do it. And if I can’t, she tells me to try again.
  2. She values her relationships most. If you’re someone she cares about, you should consider yourself very lucky because she puts all of her effort into making sure her friends and family are her priority.
  3. She’s raising beautiful children. I don’t just mean they are completely adorable (which they are!) but they are also kind-hearted, soft, funny, and generally really, really, really happy.
  4. She loves ice-cream and thinks its perfectly reasonable to set a goal to eat ice cream every single day during my 6 day visit to London. We conquered that goal, incase you’re wondering.
  5. She’s thoughtful. She is continually thinking of others, thinking things through before she responds to someone, and considering all points of view.
  6. She’s a warrior. Life’s tough but that never stops her. She not only finds a way to get herself through the hardest times, but she always helps me through them, too.
  7. She’s changing children’s lives. She is so dedicated to her work as a teacher and impacting children’s lives that she chooses to be away from her kids to spend her days helping other children who need it. She stays late to work more, spends her own money on items for kids, and purposefully works at more challenging schools because she wants to make each child’s’ life better.
  8. She likes to laugh and poke fun at herself. She’s not too proud to bust out stupid dance moves, snap silly faces on snapchat or make animal noises in public, while embarrassing our husbands.
  9. She’s serious though, too. She’s intuitive enough to know when people won’t appreciate her silliness, or when they’re in need of a more serious chat.
  10. She’s intelligent. Aside from being academically smart (Dean’s List, every year!), she is genuinely wise and takes pride in learning more.
  11. She literally doesn’t understand how beautiful she is. It boggles my mind that she doesn’t see how naturally stunning she is.
  12. She’s humble. My Sister is never one to brag or show off. Her greatest achievements aren’t known by many because she walks through life quietly accomplishing her goals.
  13. She calls me out on my bullsh*t. If I don’t have my priorities straight or I’ve got a bad attitude, I can always count on her to let me know I need to refocus and get back on track.
  14. She has great style! Most of the time she thinks she doesn’t, but I actually learn a lot from her.
  15. But she’s still not materialistic. Don’t get me wrong, she loves a good purse or lipstick, but her priority is never having the newest and nicest. And if she does, she’s never flashy about it!
  16. She’ll always help. It doesn’t matter how much she is struggling, or how busy she is, she never turns me away when I need her.
  17. She’s athletic. Given that I still can’t ride a bike without training wheels (jokes, but it’s close to that bad) I’m always really jealous that she can kick around a soccer ball and actually hit the net.
  18. She’s grateful. We have so many conversations about the wonderful things that happen in our life, and even amidst the darkest hours, she’s constantly reminding me we have it pretty good.
  19. She gives back. Every year on the twins’ birthday they collect items for the NICU the twins stayed in and bring them into the hospital for other families who are having a hard time to use.
  20. She loves wine. Usually a white, sometimes from a box, but give the girl some red and she gets feisty.
  21. She cares about people she doesn’t even know. It sounds odd, but her heart is literally so big she spends time writing in to Ellen to get help for families she’s never met who need it.
  22. She’s tall. I don’t know if this is a big achievement, but as the shorter sister, I’m always jelly.
  23. She drives me around. I hate driving – I’ll admit it, so she always does the driving when we are together and even orders me cabs if she knows she can’t drive me somewhere. I’ll always have fond memories of me getting us lost driving the wrong way down the 401 on our way to the airport in Toronto and her yelling “I can’t talk to stupid” as I try and fail to find us directions. Don’t worry, I learned to look up the directions before we get on the road, and she learned to control her road rage 😉
  24. She admits when she’s wrong. No one apologizes quicker for making a mistake than she does.
  25. She’s not afraid of a challenge. Think: twin one year olds and a 10 hour flight to Hawaii last Christmas. She didn’t blink twice at the thought!
  26. She’s adventurous. There’s so many things she wants to do and see; she’ll travel the world to see other cultures.
  27. She works hard to be a good person. She doesn’t sit back and hope to be a great human, she actively thinks about what she can do better and then works on it.
  28. She made me give her a piggy back in my wedding dress. Who else could convince me to do that?! Heads up, there’s photographic evidence of that below.
  29. She always listens. It’s not just that she will let me ramble whenever I want to (and Lord knows I can talk), she makes it a point to actively listen to what I’m saying.
  30. Her love for me is unwavering. I’ve had my fair share of times when I wasn’t the best sister or the nicest person but that has never stopped her from being in my corner and loving me unconditionally.


Love, Your Gooey.

P.S. The good part is below, all of those throw back photos I promised over 1000 words ago!