Coral and White

posted on: Monday, March 31, 2014

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Good morning, I hope you had a nice weekend! Today's look is a combination of springtime pieces I love: this bright coral coat, paired with a flowy white blouse and skinnies, finished with statement sunglasses and metallic heels. It's a classic mix of high and low pieces I know will carry me through the season. If you like this look, I'd love your vote in a little challenge hosted by Vanity Fair. (All you have to do is click the 'heart' icon on the picture. Thank you, in advance!)

My outfit details: J.Crew 'Sabrina' Coat || Old Navy Blouse || Gap Jeans || Céline 'Audrey' Sunglasses (I also love these) || Christian Siriano Heels (a great budget buy!) || Michael Kors Bag (similar)

Weekend Reading

posted on: Saturday, March 29, 2014

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Wishing you all a very happy weekend! Here are a few links that caught my eye this week:

• These fashion sketches from Christian Siriano are ah-maz-ing, don't you think?
• I'd love to see this documentary film, Finding Vivian Maier, featuring one of America's most fascinating street style photographers set in 1950's Chicago and New York City.
• These 5 Healthy Recipes for Spring are fresh, easy, and delicious options for balanced eating.
• All items from C.Wonder are currently 40% off! Don't miss incredible savings on home décor, jewelry, clothing (like this great spring jacket), and more.
• A fantastic guide from Emily on champagne basics. Cheers!


Spring Accessories

posted on: Thursday, March 27, 2014

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Do you have any items on your spring wishlist? Here are a few fun accessories I have my eye on... 

First, these Kendra Scott earrings – isn't this turquoise green color beautiful? Kendra's designs are so striking, giving the perfect finishing touch to an outfit. Next, this gorgeous crystal necklace I love happens to be on sale (25% off!) through tomorrow. Along with jewelry, this paisley print scarf and straw hat are easy transition pieces into the new season. Some of my favorite things to do during springtime in Chicago are walking the lakeshore, visiting local farmers' markets in the park, and sailing Lake Michigan. These last three pieces are perfect for those type of weekend activities: Warby Parker sunglassesMadewell leather tote, and indigo blue pillow by Arianna Belle. 

Here's to hoping spring arrives soon! What are you most looking forward to this season? I'd love to hear!

A Little Announcement!

posted on: Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Today I'm excited to share a little personal news... I'm going to be an aunt! My older brother and my sister-in-law will be welcoming their first child in July. I'm beyond the moon. We won't know the gender until the little bambino arrives this summer, which only adds to the excitement! My Mom and I will be hosting a baby shower in late May, which we're now planning. It seems lots of baby showers and announcements are popping up lately. Any expecting mamas or aunts reading? I'd love to hear!

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Wanderlust: Cape Town

posted on: Monday, March 24, 2014

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If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? For me, Cape Town has been on my travel wish list for years. Have you been? I imagine a trip filled with mountainside hiking, picturesque picnics, visiting vineyards, enjoying local eats, sailing and sunsets at sea.

Tell me your dream vacation! What locations would you love to visit?

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J.Crew Spring Sale

posted on: Saturday, March 22, 2014

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Hooray! J.Crew is currently hosting an amazing Spring sale, 25% off sitewide with code HEYSPRING. That means dressesdenimtopsshoesjewelryaccessories and more – all on discount. It's a great time to stock up on summertime staples, like swimwear and coverups. Do you have any pieces you have your eye on?

Happy Friday

posted on: Friday, March 21, 2014

Happy Friday, everyone! Today I'm sharing a few links I'm loving lately:

• This week, I tried my hand at learning calligraphy through a local class. Now, if only my work can look like this (!).
• Are you planning for a little Spring cleaning? Take a look at these 7 questions to ask when cleaning out your closet.
• An interesting perspective on the new meaning of luxury. Do you agree?
• Between rental agreements and landlords, decorating an apartment can be a challenge. Try these 10 tips to decorate a rental apartment.
• After reminiscing a favorite vacation, I couldn't help but explore future destinations. Check out this list of best places to travel in 2014.
• I recently updated my Shop page – be sure to see what's new!

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Trend Watch: Cat Eye Sunglasses

posted on: Thursday, March 20, 2014

Happy (official) first day of Spring! Does it feel warm and sunshiny where you are? Spring isn't quite here for us in Chicago, but I know it's right around the corner. While it's too early to bring out summertime staples like sundresses and sandals, I have begun searching for the perfect pair of sunglasses – specifically, cat eye sunglasses. The cat eye is on trend this season, but the shape has moved away from the traditional retro cat eye to more modern interpretations (think larger frames with a more subtle cat eye shape). Here are a few of my favorites, across a variety of price points: splurge ($$$), spend ($$), and save ($). Which pair is your favorite?

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Black and Tan

posted on: Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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Today's look is a simple and classic ensemble featuring style staples: a little black dress, camel wool coat, black tights, and a tan leather bag. It's a combination that's chic, timeless, and an easy choice for "wear to work." With the seasons still transitioning, it's nice to layer and have the option to bundle up, when needed! Do you have a go-to wardrobe for work? I'd love to hear!

J.Crew Coat || Ann Taylor Dress (past season) || Kate Spade Necklace || Tory Burch Bag || DKNY Tights || Michael Kors Watch ||

Scenes from my Week

posted on: Monday, March 17, 2014

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I hope you had a great weekend! Here are a few recent snapshots of life lately via Instagram: a little bubbly to begin a fun St. Patrick's Day weekend • kisses for fresh, vibrant pink tulips • enjoying a weekend at home with family • a fruit tarte treat almost too pretty to eat • bringing back white skinnies and flats on a sunny day • and last but not least, working on a few exciting projects! •


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