7 Style Trends for Fall 2017

posted on: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

What's trending for Fall 2017? Here are seven styles to watch for for this season:

VELVET  |  From outerwear to accessories, velvet dominated the runways for fall 2017. Rich in texture, it adds a bit of luxe any look. I'm loving this velvet tank that could be worn in a variety of ways, this investment bag and these beautiful velvet heels.

FALL FLORALS  |  Like we celebrate in spring, floral print can be embraced and worn into fall. Just look for richer tones, like black or burgundy, or muted colors, like dusty rose, to keep it seasonally appropriate. I absolutely love this floral blouse and this long sleeve dress under $120.

MULES |  Without doubt, the 'it' shoe of 2017 is the mule. The trend really caught on with the Gucci loafer, and other variations followed. A few pairs catching my eye are: this classic shoe under $100,  these fun floral mules, plus a leopard mule that be perfect with denim.

BURGUNDY  |  Some variation of burgundy, oxblood, or wine hue seems to be trending each fall. The shade is rich in color with deep purple and brown undertones. It's easy to wear the trend with small accessories like a soft scarf and structured mini bag, or a cashmere cardigan and simple shift dress.

LUXE CLASSICS |  Structured silhouettes, rich jewel tones and animal print are all back on trend —not that they've ever left. Expect to see statement sleeves from the 70's, power blazers from the 80's and simple black turtlenecks from the 90's. Worn well, these classics always stand the test of time.

MOTO  |  Moto encapsulates that ultimate 'cool girl' vibe. Think: leather jackets, heeled bootiesoversized aviators and leather leggings. Try the 'moto' trend by pairing a masculine piece (like a leather jacket) against something more feminine (like a lace camisole).

METALLIC  |  Metallic pieces are catching the spotlight this fall. I have my eye on this stunning midi skirt under $100, a new gold link bracelet and these studded flats. Metallic nail polish is even having a moment, too.

How I Asked My Bridesmaids

posted on: Friday, September 15, 2017

cute ways to ask bridesmaids
will you be my bridesmaid card
whispering angel rose 2016
wedding agenda sugar paper
fleur de lis glasses anthropologie
bridesmaids gift box idea
cheers coasters
will you be my bridesmaid gift box
frou frou chic ribbon
bridal party gift idea
will you be my bridesmaid box gift
Pop the rosé ... I'm excited to share how I asked my bridal party to join my side next October! Now that each of the six girls have been asked in person, I can spill details. Since becoming engaged, I knew I wanted to put together a little something special for my bridesmaids. I picked up these glossy white boxes at the Container Store and filled them each with a handwritten note inside these Will You Be My Bridesmaid? cards, along with coasters, a mini bottle of Whispering Angel rosé wine, plus these cute fleur de lis glasses — which I love, especially as a nod to our wedding setting in New Orleans. Asking my bridesmaids (and maid of honor) was such a fun and special thing ... even more than I had expected. Things are certainly beginning to feel 'real'!

So, what's up next? We're headed to New Orleans in two weeks to visit our wedding venue and meet with a handful of vendors. (Feel free to tag along on Instagram!) I hope you enjoy seeing glimpses along the planning process, and hearing how I asked my bridesmaids — I’d love to know how you 'asked' your wedding party (or any planning tips) in the comments section below.


Bridesmaids Cards (c/o White Elephant Designs) || Cheers Coasters (c/o White Elephant Designs) || Wedding Agenda (c/o White Elephant Designs) || Fleur de Lis Glasses (Anthropologie) || Whispering Angel Rosé Mini Bottles (c/o Wine.com via Wikibuy) || White Boxes (Container Store) || Silk Ribbon (Illume Silks) || Pink Crinkle Paper (Container Store) || Gold Damask Paper (Michael's)

New Arrivals

posted on: Monday, September 11, 2017

Happy Monday, friends! I updated my Shop page this past weekend with lots of new styles for fall. We're seeing darker hues in burgundy and black, floral print, booties and outerwear. You can see a round-up here, or click over to the Shop to browse more!


Fall Floral

posted on: Thursday, September 7, 2017

Signs of fall are suddenly here... and I'm slowly bringing back seasonal styles to play. Two top trends for Fall 2017 are florals and leather. I'll be creating a post dedicated to fall style trends this season, but in the meantime: this (faux) leather jacket is under $100 and already became one of my 'best buys' this year. It fits perfectly and I love the luxe gold detailing. I highly recommend this jacket, if you're in the market for one! I also picked up this floral blouse (under $35), which is so pretty and versatile from work to play.


Special thank you to Nordstrom Michigan Avenue.

Our Living Room: Before & After

posted on: Tuesday, September 5, 2017

I must admit, this "before and after" post is totally casual... and rather impromptu. Sorting through old pictures yesterday, I came across some original snapshots of our Chicago greystone flat — from the first day it was "ours" more than four years ago. Since then in 2013, my fiance and I have taken on a handful of renovations and DIY's to make it feel more like us. Some bigger projects were tackled right away, while others have slowly evolved over the years. Here's a look at our place, the day we moved in...

^ From my early Instagram feed, pre-blogging days ^

On the "plus" side of things: We loved how open and wide the living room feels. We also appreciated the amount of natural light that fills the space, hardwood floors throughout, and the circular bow window — in line with the building's greystone exterior, circa 1910. While the room wasn't terrible, there were a few updates we had in mind... like the fireplace. Kevin and Tim (my future father-in-law) ripped out the existing red tile and resurfaced the fireplace with marble subway tile (à la Home Depot) along with white trim and a new mantle. We also installed crown molding throughout, finished the window trim and sills, pulled our cable electric and re-did nearly all lighting. Oh, and painting. (LOTS of painting. Thanks to our parents for helping us with that!) We lived in sawdust and paint splatter for awhile, but it was absolutely worth it.

All in all, the room definitely feels more like us — where we've celebrated holidays, thrown birthday parties, entertained family and friends, spent countless nights with wine and music, and where we sip coffee together every morning. Beyond the living room, updates were also made to bedrooms, bathrooms, and eventually the kitchen. Would you like to see more of these type posts? I'm no pro, but I think it's always fun to see a "before and after" perspective. Let me know!

Wall Color: Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore || Ceiling Color: White Dove by Benjamin Moore || Clock (thanks,  Mom & Dad!) || Coffee Table || Rug || Curtains || Pillows || Sofas || Chair || Chandelier

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