Weekend Getaway

posted on: Friday, August 11, 2017

Happy weekend, friends! I'm excited for a few days away in Door County, Wisconsin. My family is renting a place in Sister Bay and our agenda for the weekend includes boating, golf, strolling through the adorable town shops and hopefully lots of sunshine. Wishing you a great summer weekend, wherever it finds you!


Confidence Color

posted on: Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Have you ever thought how color affects our mood? Just like the hues we paint our walls, the colors we wear can influence our mindset. For me, I tend to feel youthful in white, pretty in pink, secure in black — and confident in orange. Do you have a "confidence color"? Perhaps it's a rich red or vibrant blue. (I'm certain we all have one!) When I saw these orangey-red pants, I had to have them. I love how the color pops against this white top, plus its slimming silhouette is perfect for day to night wear.  You can find them here, in multiple colors. Hope you're having a great week, everyone!


Links I Love

posted on: Monday, August 7, 2017

• 10 simple tips for healthy, better living.
• I'm obsessed with this high pony hairstyle.
• How walking in nature affects emotional health.
• These homemade peach popsicles look amazing.
• Convincing photos to return to Provence, France.
• A Hamptons soiree that's the backyard party of my dreams.

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posted on: Friday, August 4, 2017

{decisions, decisions... at ZaZaZoo}

{urban jungle... Shop: shoes | jeans | blouse }

{all the feels}

{trying to soak up as much summer as possible}

{shopping for a certain special dress... at Alice in Ivory}

{... and Mira Couture}

{pretty flowers along Belmont Harbor}

{a visit to Bittersweet for lunch, and sweets, of course}

{an update on planning progress for our wedding in the Garden District}

{hot summer in the city}

{revealing 7 skincare favorites I honestly use and love}

{all about summer whites lately}

10+ Maxi Dresses under $100

posted on: Monday, July 31, 2017

shopbop resort maxi dress
One of my favorite styles to wear every summer is this breezy maxi dress. You may recall this look from last year in Palm Springs... and this dress has remained a staple ever since. I'm happy it continues to be re-stocked each season, in a variety of colors under $100. Because I feel every girl should have at least one in her closet, I rounded-up a dozen or so other floor length dresses, all within the same price point.



Summer Neutrals

posted on: Sunday, July 30, 2017

Sure, sure — summer's the time to wear colorful brights... but there's also something refreshing about crisp whites. Neutrals being easy to wear interchangeably together, here's a collection of ivory, beige and blush pieces catching my eye. I'm especially loving these amazing statement earrings, a pair of splurge-worthy blocked heels, and this soft cashmere sweater that's now on sale for under $100.


Where We're at with Wedding Plans

posted on: Wednesday, July 26, 2017

It's been months since I shared any wedding-related updates ... and because it's a common and kind question I receive from friends and from many of you, I thought I'd divulge a few details! In case you missed it, we're getting married in New Orleans. (In the Garden District, more specifically.) We're planning a visit to NOLA in October, which will be our first 'planning-focused' visit. Since we're based in Chicago, it'll be wonderful to connect directly with our vendors and venue in-person — and also set aside time to enjoy the city, of course!

Here's where we're at with wedding plans so far:

VENUE  |  We've had our venue booked for some time now, and I couldn't be happier with our decision. It's a beautiful space, perfect for our style and accommodating our guests. The venue is managed by a top local caterer, so we're excited to taste and refine our menu soon (...which will be so fun, given the southern-focused cuisine!)

PHOTOGRAPHER  |  Photography is a high priority for me, personally — and I'm thrilled Clary Pfeiffer will be capturing our special day. She's lovely and her work is absolutely stunning.

VIDEOGRAPHER  |  Kevin and I are excited locally-based Brooke Boyd will be with us in New Orleans to film. I don't know about you, but I always love watching wedding films!

COORDINATOR  |  I enjoy the planning and design aspect (ahem, so far) but know I'll appreciate the help of a pro team to coordinate the details and manage the day-of. Enter Sapphire Events. They're among the best in the south and I'm so happy to be working together.

What's up next?

CEREMONY  |  You know, the most important part of a wedding ;) We'll be working with an officiant to develop our ceremony and vows in the coming months.

DRESS  |  Ah yes, 'the dress.' My mom is joining me in Chicago for a few bridal appointments this week. We're visiting boutiques in Lincoln Park, Old Town and Gold Coast. Wish us luck!

SAVE THE DATES  |  Stationery is truthfully one of the most fun parts of planning I've enjoyed so far, oddly enough. I'm giddy to delve into the details more on our save the dates and wedding suite.

FLOWERS/DECOR  |  Another fun part of any wedding! I have an overall vision of what I'd like for flowers and decor, and look forward to collaborating with vendors to bring those ideas to life, within our season and budget.

BAND  |  Music plays a big role in life for my family, fiancĂ© and I. Then add in the element of New Orleans and we have a party! NOLA is home to an incredible musical history and base of performers, and we're excited for this aspect of our celebration.

Thank you for reading! Any brides (or brides to be) have planning advice or ideas to share?

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