Links I Love

posted on: Monday, February 29, 2016

• Explore these romantic escapes around the globe.
• Best looks from the Oscars... who was your favorite?
• See a history of popular names over the past 100 years.
• A collection of tips and simple hacks for spring cleaning.
• Bookmark this recipe for an Italian Paloma.
• This elegant backyard wedding is beautiful.
• Wishlisted: these embellished sandals.

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Spring Weekend Wear

posted on: Friday, February 26, 2016

Happy Friday! Chicago is getting glimpses of spring lately... and though short-lived, it feels pretty amazing. After months of winter, nothing seems more welcome than a little sunshine and fresh air! (That, and, ditching heavy layers for new arrivals.) A classic striped tee and leather tote will remain style staples throughout the year, but especially are fitting for spring. And speaking of sunshine, I want to mention DITTO — a site that's offering you one free month of designer eyewear, including Karen Walker, Prada, Illesteva, Ray-Ban and more. All you have to do is use the code BRIGHTANDBEAUTIFUL for a complimentary pair. It's a perfect way to try new sunglasses, whether it's for a vacation or just to switch things up. (And guys: you're included, too.) My favorite pairs are these oversized tortoiseshell and Ray-Ban aviators. Have a great weekend, all!

SHOP THE POST: Blush Leather Tote || Sunglasses (rent for free with code BRIGHTANDBEAUTIFUL) || Navy and White Striped Shirt (similar here) || Pearl Tassel Earrings || Rose Water Spray (more on this soon!) || Lace-Up Flats (also love these and these under $25) || Panama Hat || Green Striped Throw

7 Décor Tips to Style Like a Parisian

posted on: Wednesday, February 24, 2016

how to style your home like a Parisian

I developed an admiration for French culture years ago, eagerly learning the language at a young age — and even went on to formally study the language and French history in college.

While I'd jet set to Paris again in a heartbeat — a girl can dream! — there's always a little piece of France in my heart. 

And while we talk frequently about French fashion and beauty, there's something about the home interior styles of Parisians that's so chic. (A certain je ne sais quoi, non?) Here are 7 décor tips to style your home and get the quintessential Parisian look:

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW. | The charm of many French apartments lies within its vintage architectural elements, complemented with eclectic furnishings. Try mixing antique finds with newer, edgier pieces like a contemporary piece of art or printed pillows.

GO FOR GOLD. | Touches of gold and antiqued brass add a bit of opulence. These accents don't have to be pricey, either. A side table, mirror, terrarium or small objets are all easy ways to incorporate gold to a space.

EMBRACE WHITE WALLS. | Ever notice how most Parisian apartments have white walls? It's no mistake. White walls allow for a room to feel bright and offer contrast to its furnishings. For accent walls or secondary rooms, try a rich grey, dusty pink, or near black.

HANG A CHANDELIER. | Why not? A chandelier lends elegance and a little sparkle, along with properly lighting a room. The idea is to make your ceiling fixture look original. Browse crystal chandeliers like this favorite and this one on sale.

OPT FOR BOLD ARTWORK. | Just like 'something old, something new,' bold artwork balances vintage elements, like crown molding and traditional millwork. I love this collection for a variety of framed prints and artwork.

HANG WINDOW SHEERS. | Window treatments give instant drama to a space. If you don't want to go the custom drapes route, window sheers are an excellent (and less-expensive) option.

DON'T FORGET SCENT. | Candles offer ambiance, along with making a space feel like 'home.' Perhaps the most well-known brand originated and beloved in Paris is Diptyque. I adore this candle and home fragrance.

SHOP THE POST: French Gilt Mirror || White Peonies || Chandelier  || Parisian Interiors Book || Wall Clock || Antiqued Brass Side Table || Marble Shelf || Bar Cart || Throw Pillow || Framed Sketch || Paint Colors || Baies Diptyque Candle || Brass Geo Terrarium || Accent Chair || Press for Champagne Button

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posted on: Monday, February 22, 2016

{enjoying a springlike day along the lake}

{a pretty line-up of stripes and florals at Kate Spade}

{remixing classic pieces in River North}

{a night out for Kevin's annual holiday party, in this gown

{take a peek inside my home office}

{paying a visit to the new Restoration Hardware in Chicago}

{enduring these last months of winter...}

{celebrating Valentine's Day — hope you had a great one!}

{cheersing to my birthday in NOLA — hello, 28!}

Spring Feeling

posted on: Friday, February 19, 2016

Dreaming of spring... and these pretty pieces! A lightweight off-the-shoulder dress, this soft cashmere scarf, lots of crisp blue and white, and a floral cosmetic case under $8. Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

Wintry in West Loop

posted on: Wednesday, February 17, 2016

If you're a Chicago reader or local to the Midwest, you're probably feeling ready to embrace spring. (I sure am!) These last few months of winter can be tough, but it helps to get out and make the most of it, right? I spent snowy Monday in the West Loop after visiting 3 Arts Club Cafe at the new Restoration Hardware in Gold Coast. If you haven't been yet, it's worth a stop for coffee to marvel at the historic building and impressive renovation. I wore this J.Crew parka along with white skinnies, a pair of booties and oversized aviators. And in case you're as excited for spring as I am, be sure to check out these new arrivals.

Links I Love

posted on: Sunday, February 14, 2016

• 20 simple and sweet ideas to celebrate Valentine's Day.
• If you're feeling the Valentine's love, these heartfelt photos.
• 18 amazing cocktails that require only 2 ingredients.
• Before and after: a chic NYC bathroom makeover.
• Join Vogue in the kitchen with Blake Lively.
• The prettiest blush pink maxi dress, now on sale.
• In case you missed it: my New Orleans travel guide.
• The Art of Dance, recreating famous works of art by Degas.
• In honor of tomorrow's awards, relive these iconic Grammy looks.

Nordstrom | Take advantage of up to 40% off clearance including women'smen's and kids
Pottery Barn | Enjoy 20% off your entire purchase + free shipping with code FRIENDS
J.Crew | Free shipping on all orders and save up to 35% with code GETSHOPPING
Anthropologie | Save an extra 40% already reduced items with code EXTRA40
Kate Spade | Take an extra 25% off all clearance with code SPOTON
ASOS | Save 20% off your entire order with code LINCOLN

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