Happy Weekend

posted on: Friday, September 23, 2016

Wishing you a wonderful weekend! I'm headed to Manistee, Michigan today to celebrate a wedding for friends, Katherine and Paul. (Can't wait!) I'm also looking forward to getting a first feel of fall and enjoying what will be a picturesque drive along the lake. I'll be back next week with new posts, but in the meantime — in case you missed it: 7 Style Trends for Fall, My Favorite Spots for Coffee in Chicago and my personal thoughts on Fewer, Better Things. Have a great weekend, everyone!

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My Favorite Chicago Coffee Spots

posted on: Wednesday, September 21, 2016

I woke up this morning to strong storms outside and realized there's something about a rainy day that makes me want to cozy up at my favorite coffee spot. (Anyone else?). A few of you have asked for more Chicago-focused content here on the site, and I'm happy to do that! Today I'm sharing a handful of my current favorite spots for coffee in Chicago. I admit I'm a bit of a coffee snob and prefer my brew bold... these places pass the test! Some are perfect spots for grab-and-go, while others are suitable to set up and stay with a book or laptop.

The Allis // 113 N. Green
Left Coast // 2878 N. Lincoln
Asado Coffee // 22 E. Jackson
3 Arts Cafe // 1300 N. Dearborn
La Colombe // 955 W. Randolph
Intelligentsia // 3123 N. Broadway
Heritage Outpost // 1325 W. Wilson
Floriole // 1220 W. Webster
Beatrix // 519 N. Clark
Dollop // 345 E. Ohio

Any other places you'd add to the list? I always love discovering new places!

Fewer, Better Things

posted on: Monday, September 19, 2016

Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting the girls behind one of my absolute favorite brands, Cuyana, for dinner at NellcĂ´te. I first discovered the collection a few years ago, and instantly fell for its classic designs and quality. Even more than that, the brand's motto resonated with me — an emphasis on fewer, better things. I know many times, this blog (and fashion blogs in general) talk a lot about "stuff," material speaking. Though it's part of the nature when dealing with fashion, I never want this space to come off as materialistic. I put a lot of thought behind what I personally purchase, and also the things I share and recommend here on my site. I'll always focus on brands and styles I genuinely love, and could possibly find a spot in your wardrobe, too. Case in point: this leather tote I've carried for the past three years. It's held up through multiple trips in the U.S. and beyond, yet still looks perfectly new. (Can't recommend it enough!). Anyway, that might have been a bit much for a Monday morning, but I'm all for simplifying and investing in classics that remain wardrobe staples... year after year.

And if you're a local reader, take a peek at these Chicago events happening with Cuyana this week!

Links I Love

posted on: Friday, September 16, 2016

• 20 simple things to improve your daily well-being.
• Queue this documentary, in case you haven't seen.
• 10 straightforward tips to decorate like a designer.
• Dress your tech with desktop + phone wallpapers.
• Swooning over this stunning home makeover.
• My beloved wool wrap coat is now on sale.
• A spotlight on 7 top style trends for fall.
• Bobbi Brown spills her best beauty tips.
• Need these booties under $100.

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