Baby Girl

posted on: Monday, July 28, 2014

This past weekend will be remembered as a special one: I met my newborn niece, Emma! She was born July 22 and is the sweetest. As an aunt, I'm looking forward to many more times with Emma ahead :) I hope you had a great weekend, too!

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Hot Pink Dress

posted on: Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pink has always been a fun, go-to color for me to wear, so when I first saw this dress I knew it'd become one of my favorites. Beyond its color, I love its form-fitting style, quality, and meaning behind the brand. The dress is by Buckley K, a collection inspired by travel. Plus, the brand has roots here in Chicago — so cool! I paired the dress with a colorful Pucci scarf, this rattan clutch, and my favorite gold bracelet.

Coastal Decor

posted on: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

coastal living decor
Perhaps it’s living in a bustling city, but escaping to the seaside always seems to creep in my daydreams every so often. (Anyone else with me here?) My personal decorating style is very much influenced by the beach, as my eye gravitates toward crisp whites, traditional lines, and chic coastal colors.

Living in urban Chicago, I realize my surroundings are yes, a bit more “street” than seaside. So to add elements of East-Coast style here and there, I love stores like Serena & Lily, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn and Pier One, as well as local boutiques for one-of-a-kind pieces.

What influences your personal decorating style? If you love this look as much as I do, here are a few pieces to get the coastal feel at home:

Summer Snapshots

posted on: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

{fresh berries at Chicago's Green City Market — yum!}

{... and perhaps my favorite section of the market}

{enjoying a sunny day on the lake} >> Shop: dress (in 14 colors!)

{keeping cool with a dip in the pool}

{making my way through my summer bucket list... sunset sail: check!}

{staying active thanks to the nearby lakeshore path} >> Shop: shoes || leggings || top

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

posted on: Friday, July 18, 2014

Happy Friday, everyone! Today marks the beginning of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. It's the absolute best time to find new fall items on sale before they go back to their regular price on August 4th. There are plenty of amazing styles to browse from beauty and accessories, to shoes, coats and menswear, so I've rounded up a few of my favorites here. Some specifics to highlight — I've been wanting to try the Clarisonic system... this might be the time to begin! Save on birthday or holiday gifts, like this monogrammed necklace or these beauty sets. A pair of suede booties and a great jacket are must-haves for cooler months. Lastly, two chic accessories — this crossbody bag and pair of glam sunnies — would remain classics for years to come. Enjoy!

Infused Water (3 Ways)

posted on: Thursday, July 17, 2014

As you may have seen here or here, I tried making infused water at home yesterday. I'm happy to share three winning combinations! I gathered a few fresh fruits, veggies, and garnishes to experiment with different flavors. My favorite combinations were: Cucumber Lemon, Strawberry Mint, and Grapefruit Lime. It's such an easy, refreshing (and healthy!) way to stay hydrated, especially in the summer months. I'll definitely be making these waters again, letting each sit overnight refrigerated in a pitcher for extra flavor. Which combination sounds the best to you? If you've tried making infused water before, I'd love to hear what you made!