posted on: Friday, May 27, 2016

laura platt chicago fashion blogger
all american summer outfit
jcrew chambray shirt and white jeans
jcrew always chambray shirt
steve madden carrson sandals
Wishing you a happy Memorial Day weekend! It's feeling more and more like summer in Chicago, which is another major reason to celebrate. (Hellooo, sunny and 90°.) One of the best parts of summer, in my opinion, is that there's simply so much do — from festivals and concerts to weekend getaways. I was excited to kick-off summer festival season earlier this week with music in Grant Park with Tennessee Vacation. Perhaps you might not know (or would have guessed), but I like my fair share of country music — especially in the summer. Listening to artists straight from Nashville, Memphis and Knoxville was a perfect way to get in the spirit for Memorial Day weekend and welcome the new season. It's safe to say Tennessee is top on my list of places to travel to next... I imagine a weekend filled with good music, BBQ, browsing local boutiques, and exploring the Appalachian Trail. Who's in? 

P.S. Fun fact: This flag was the one used during our first year on our sailboat 'Old Glory', back in summer of 2011.

My outfit details: Chambray Shirt (similar) || J.Crew White Toothpick Cords || Steve Madden 'Carrson' Sandals (under $90)

Thank you to Tennessee Tourism for partnering on this post.

Links I Love

posted on: Thursday, May 26, 2016

• A chic (and budget-friendly!) sunroom makeover before-and-after.
• Inspiring quotes from the best commencement speeches of all time.
• A fun illustrated guide to wine glasses every hostess should know.
• This conditioning mask is the secret behind my good hair days.
• Style inspiration for what to wear Memorial Day weekend.
• A travel guide to Charleston, as told by Instagrammers.
• Another spot added to my travel wishlist: Cape Town.
• Get started on 10 fun things to do this summer.
• Happy for my friend Jess in her engagement!

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9 Instagrammers I Follow for Décor Inspo

posted on: Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Not only does Instagram serve as inspiration for fashion and personal style, but for home décor, as well. Some of my favorite accounts to follow are filled with the most beautiful interiors. There are many, but here I wanted to share my top Instagrammers I love to follow currently for major décor inspiration:

kathykuohome  |  The Instagram behind the online boutique features a collection of stunning interiors, like this library pictured by Robert Brown. A scroll through the feed, and you'll see why it's a favorite.

alainakaz  |  Co-founder of The Everygirl, Alaina's home is chic, eclectic and Parisian-cool. Plus, she's planning her upcoming wedding in Sonoma, which is fun to follow along in the process.

jshomedesign  |  If you're drawn to white interiors, follow Sonja. You'll enjoy seeing a sunshine-filled kitchen, marble bathrooms and dreamy bedrooms.

daniellemoss_  |  Danielle is also co-founding partner to The Everygirl, and her style is neutral, sleek and urban. Everything is beautifully styled and you'll see adorable snaps of her pup, Buddy.

summerthorntondesign  |  I enjoy following along Summer's travel adventures, and how she incorporates different cultures, colors and patterns to her work — which is bold and stunning.

mariaebeck  |  If I were to choose one style closest to my own personal taste, this would be it. I adore how Maria creates a space that always feels warm and inviting. (Take a peek at her portfolio.)

shelleyjohnstonedesign  |  Based in Lake Forest, I love following Shelley and her work. Her Instagram is filled with new-traditional, vibrant and tasteful interiors, plus a swoon-worthy outdoor space and pool.

studiomcgee  |  I've shared the design group before, as Studio McGee is a great source of inspiration. You'll enjoy lots of beautiful white kitchens, fun textiles, and a clean aesthetic that carries throughout.

monikahibbs  |  A favorite of mine for years, Monika's style is bright and white — and often filled with fresh flowers and the cutest snapshots of her littles.

Now your turn! Who do you love following on Instagram? Anyone I should add to this list?

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