Transition

posted on: Saturday, February 28, 2015


Dressing for the transitioning seasons can be tricky, especially in the Midwest. One day it's sunny and 40° (which practically feels like a heat wave) — until the next day when it's snowing! That's why it's especially important to invest in quality outerwear and pieces that can be layered, depending on the day. This wool wrap coat has been a favorite of mine for those "warmer" winter days in Chicago. It's a piece that I'll continue to mix and match as spring arrives... (and hopefully that's soon!). Wishing you a great weekend!



Links I Love

posted on: Friday, February 27, 2015


• 16 top editors spill their favorite drugstore beauty buys.
• This entire photo gallery of a vineyard wedding is gorgeous.
• 10 tips for better, healthy living.
• Creative appetizer ideas for entertaining with 5 simple ingredients.
• I'm loving this structured A-line dress. (It comes in 10+ colors!)
• Discover the song that was #1 the day you were born. (Mine was "The Way You Make Me Feel" by Michael Jackson!)

Décor Inspiration

posted on: Thursday, February 26, 2015

It's been awhile since I last posted about home décor and design... truthfully, I sometimes have more fun drawing inspiration for living spaces than I do styling an outfit! If you're not already, you can follow my boards on Pinterest for the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and more. Here are a collection of items I'm loving lately:



Spring Fever

posted on: Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A collection of pretty pieces I'm loving for spring... do you have any similar styles on your own wishlist? :)



Links I Love

posted on: Friday, February 20, 2015


• 3 straightforward ways to achieve your biggest goals.
• These embellished sandals are at the top of my spring wish list.
• See 7 major fashion trends for fall 2015 from New York Fashion Week.
• A collection of free desktop background downloads. (Love the blush leopard!)
• 12 cool Instagrammers to follow.
• This salad recipe looks both healthy and delicious.
• Try these tips for surviving the worst of weather and beating the winter blahs.
• See vintage photos of celebrities at past Oscars. (Who else will be watching on Sunday?)
• 5 reasons why you may not be seeing the health results you want.
• I recently added lots of new arrivals to my shop page. You can browse them below, as well :)
• Lastly, thanks to everyone who participated in my giveaway!

#tbt: My Top 10 Blog Posts

posted on: Thursday, February 19, 2015


Every so often, I like to check in and see which blog posts really resonate with you. One way I do this is simply by asking for your feedback (thank you!), as well as by tracking my site's traffic and analytics. It's so interesting to see which posts garner the most interest and engagement. (Sometimes it's not what you'd expect!). So in honor of "Throwback Thursday" (#tbt), I took a look at what content, besides outfit posts, seemed to gain the most traction — by traffic, comments, re-pins, etc. Here are my top 10 blog posts in no particular order... enjoy!


Do you have any favorites among the posts above? If you're a blogger yourself, do you track your traffic and posts?

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Resort Wear

posted on: Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Are any of you traveling somewhere warm soon? (If so, I'd love to hear where you're visiting!) Because winter in the midwest seems to drag on through February and March, I'm thinking warm thoughts. These pieces I love now as resort wear on vacation, or stowed away for when summer decides to arrive :)

Pink Stitch Resort Maxi Dress: Last summer, I lived in this coral dress (in "Candy"), and received the magenta version as a birthday gift this year. The dress is equally wearable as a cover-up during the day or dressed up for going out at night. (See additional colors here!)

Julie Vos Gold Coin Necklace: I tend to wear simple stud earrings for everyday, so I love this gold statement necklace — which looks luxe and a touch exotic, without trying too hard.

Tory Burch Sandals: A pair of classic sandals are a "must-have" item for any warm weather vacation. I love these because they can transition from the pool or beach to time spent in town.

Kendra Scott Earrings: I've had my eye on this pretty pair of earrings... plus, white always looks great with a tan!

Longchamp Tote: A stylish and functional carry-all bag that can hold all the essentials, plus a beach towel. (Check out additional colors here.)

Kate Somerville Self-Tanning Towelettes: Perfect for achieving a healthy glow on-the-go and for air travel, when you can't pack a full size self-tanner.

Emilio Pucci Scarf: A classic, versatile piece you'll wear for years. Can be tied as a head scarf or hair ribbon, or even tied to your handbag for added color, pattern, and interest.


Lately

posted on: Monday, February 16, 2015


{pretty assortment of flowers at one of my favorite shops in Old Town}

{workouts are better with fun shoes! Shop similar Nikes here, here and here}

(in case you missed it, a neon and winter white look from last week}

{with more snow in Chicago this week, I'm thinking spring!}

{visiting the charming and cozy RM Champagne Salon}

 
{a lazy weekend morning at home}

 
{Valentine's Day dinner celebrations at Pump Room}

Valentine's Day Giveaway

posted on: Saturday, February 14, 2015


Happy Valentine's Day, friends! I'm excited to offer a giveaway today — one reader will receive a monogrammed luxe soy candle from the grey designer! I loved teaming up with designer Erin, as she crafts these luxe and eco-friendly candles in Madison, WI, where I went to college. The winner will be able to customize the candle with her (or his!) own monogram, as well as scent — choosing between "Cozy Cashmere" Vanilla, "Farmer's Market" Sage & Chamomile, "Lazy Sunday" Lavender or Damsel "Perfect Perfume." 

I've enjoyed burning my candle these past few days, including when I was getting ready for last night's date. I can tell you the quality is top-notch and the scent is heavenly. (I chose the "Cozy Cashmere" Vanilla scent.) To enter the giveaway, simply follow the widget instructions below. The winner will be announced next Friday... good luck!

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Pretty Little Things

posted on: Thursday, February 12, 2015

A collection of pretty little things I'm loving lately...




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