New Year's Eve Style

posted on: Tuesday, December 29, 2015



What are your plans for ringing in the New Year? I'll be heading home to Wisconsin to celebrate with my big extended family, which should be lots of fun! No matter your plans this holiday, I rounded up lots of party-ready styles fit for New Year's Eve. Bring on the sequins and champagne!



Lately


{extending the holidays as long as possible!}

{serving up easy and festive cocktails at home}

{embracing alllll the red... like these fair isle sweater leggings}

{joining friends for an 'ugly' sweater brunch!}

{how cute are these gingerbread men?}

{on the search for a Christmas tree}

{eat, drink and be merry}


{the Wrigley Building looking merry and bright!}

{spending Christmas with family at home in Wisconsin}

{keeping warm in this winter grey parka}

{I'm offering a fun giveaway with Urban Decay this week... enter here!}

{wearing faux fur for a good cause}

{pretty tulips to brighten a chilly day}

{thinking ahead to New Year's Eve!}

Holiday Cocktails at Home

posted on: Monday, December 21, 2015


'Tis the season to eat, drink, and be merry! With Christmas days away, I've been feeling the holiday spirit and embracing Christmas traditions, like sightseeing, watching holiday movies and baking lots of treats. And with holiday parties in full swing, I wanted to share a simple Christmas cocktail that's a favorite of mine this time of year. All you need is champagne, or prosecco, poured into a flute — then add pomegranate seeds plus a sprig of fresh rosemary. And voilà! The champagne cocktail tastes refreshing and looks festive as a signature drink for your next holiday dinner or soirée. Cheers!



Holiday Gift Guide: Just in Time

posted on: Thursday, December 17, 2015

There's still time to give a great gift! I've rounded up a collection of last minute holiday gift ideas, as well as the best shipping offers — so you're all set in time for Christmas Eve:

NORDSTROM | Order by December 23rd 11a CT for free standard shipping
J.CREW | Order by December 21st for guaranteed delivery by Christmas Eve
SHOPBOP | Order by December 21st for free shipping in time for 12/24
AMAZON | Order by December 22nd for free shipping with Amazon Prime
WILLIAMS-SONOMA | Order by December 21st 4pm CT for free shipping
POTTERY BARN | Order by December 21st 4pm CT for delivery Christmas Eve
WEST ELM | Order by December 21st 4pm CT for delivery Christmas Eve
BLOOMINGDALES | Order by December 22nd 11a CT for free shipping 
SEPHORA | Order by December 20th midnight for standard shipping 
CRATE & BARREL | Order by December 19th noon CT for guaranteed delivery
NEIMAN MARCUS | Order by December 23rd noon CT for free rush shipping with code NMRUSH

Items as seen above: Sugar Paper "Cheers" Gift Tags || Voluspa Room Fragrance || Sugar Paper 2016 Desk Calendar || Chanel Book Set (less than $50) || Sugar Paper Notebook Duo || Charbonnel et Walker Truffles (yum!) || Tory Burch Cosmetic Case || bkr Water Bottle (available in a variety of colors) || Clare V. Leopard Clutch || Eberjey Lace Bralette || RayBan Aviators || Bobbi Brown "Telluride" Eye Palette || Tahari Wrap Coat (one of my favorite pieces in my closet) || J.Crew Silk Cashmere Wrap




Looking for more ideas? Browse The Holiday Shop and Gift Guide Series

Winter Grey Parka

posted on: Wednesday, December 16, 2015


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For the past year or two, I've kept my eye on this beautiful chateau parka by J.Crew... but have yet to see it ever go on sale, in the colors I like best. So when I came across a similar coat by J.Crew Factory (for nearly a third of the price), I thought I'd give it a try. And I must say, I'm impressed! The coat feels high quality and looks polished for winter. (In addition to grey, I also love the camel and navy colors.) The coat was perfect for running errands downtown and meeting friends for coffee yesterday. Here's to wishing you a wonderful last week leading to Christmas!

My outfit details: J.Crew Factory 'Vail' Parka (now 50% off) || J.Crew Ivory Turtleneck Sweater || J.Crew Pixie Pants (save 40% with code SNOPNOW) || Black Suede Boots (similar) || Henri Bendel West 57th Carryall Bag (c/o) || Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Color (in 'Pink Raspberry') ||  Karen Walker 'Super Duper' Sunglasses (c/o DITTO - enjoy a complimentary pair of designer eyewear for 1 month with the code BRIGHTANDBEAUTIFUL)



Thanks to Arin for taking these photos!

Girls Night In

posted on: Tuesday, December 15, 2015


One of the best things about the holidays is the occasion to get together with friends, raise a glass, and celebrate the season. Who doesn't love a festive drink and sweet treat?! I recently joined a group of Chicago blogger friends for a night of holiday-themed fun, along with White Elephant Designs. The online boutique stocks the cutest monogrammed items, home decor, jewelry and more. (You may recall these tassel earrings!). Additional favorites from the boutique are these monogrammed cocktail napkins and champagne flutes, plus these confetti balloons and gold party animal stir sticks. If you like these items as much as I do: You're in luck! I'm co-hosting a giveaway on Instagram — but hurry, it ends tonight. We're giving away $50 to the boutique and $50 to Target, just in time for the holidays and New Years Eve. Details here!


Also be sure to check out these Chicago gals! Lauren, Nicole, Megan, Samantha, Katie, Christina

Photography by Iron & Honey

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