10+ Things to Love About Fall

posted on: Thursday, October 19, 2017

This time of year is quickly becoming my favorite, when the days cools down and richer colors outdoors begin to pop. Are you ready to embrace autumn? (I am!) Here's a round-up of things I'm looking forward to  this season and love about fall...

OUTDOOR OUTINGS  |  Between apple picking and football tailgates, getting outside as much as possible during fall is a necessity.

THANKSGIVING  |  A holiday all about giving thanks, appreciating family, and of course: good food.

CASHMERE  |  Whether it's a sweater or scarf, cashmere deserves a spot in everyone's wardrobe.

SEASONAL SIPS  |  I'll personally pass on the 'PSL,' but I'm all about spiced apple cider or a chai tea.

BAKING  |  I made pumpkin spice muffins last week (yum!) and saved more recipes to try on Pinterest.

BOOTS  |  Dare I say I'm happy to be wearing boots again? These over-the-knee pair are on my wish list, but I also love these (they're weatherproof and now on sale).

COZINESS  |  I mean, is there anything better in fall than cozying up with a blanket and candle in front of a fire? Cliché, but so good!


Fall Home Décor

posted on: Monday, October 16, 2017

When it comes to autumn, coziness is key! Lately at home, I've been feeling gilded golds, warm ivories, and accents of black. It's all about ambiance — I always associate the fall season with crackling fires, scented candles, faux fur throws ... and pumpkins, of course.


Luxe Favorites

posted on: Friday, October 13, 2017


Greetings from New Orleans

posted on: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

After an eventful week in New Orleans, I'm happy to share a bit more of our visit — and wedding planning progress! As some of you may know, we booked our venue earlier this winter (totally site unseen) — so this was our very first time seeing where we'll say "I do." Much to our excitement and happiness, the setting is absolutely beautiful in person. It's located in the Garden District, and has amazing architectural detail and a charming courtyard. The rest you'll see later ;) We also met with a handful of vendors, like our coordinator, florist, lighting team, and the stationers creating our suite at Scriptura. (It was so cool to see more of the design process and their letterpress studio in action!) We loved our stay at International House hotel and enjoyed local food spots, like Sylvain, Seaworthy, Atchafalaya, Cavan, Brennan's, Domenica and more. Here's to an exciting year ahead!

Floral Skirt

posted on: Monday, October 2, 2017

Good morning, friends... and happy October! This month is already off to a great start, for me personally. I'm visiting New Orleans this week for a little wedding planning action (feel free to tag along the fun on Instagram). And, some very exciting news is on the horizon... I'm so excited to share more with you soon! For now, here's a look I've been gravitating to lately: fall florals and a long cardigan. I highly recommend this cardi... it comes in multiple colors and can be worn so many different ways, across the seasons.


Special thank you to Nordstrom Michigan Avenue.

Last Sip of Summer

posted on: Friday, September 29, 2017

For better or worse, late September in Chicago has been: HOT. While I'm mentally ready for autumn, the 95 degree days simply can't be ignored. For now, I'm holding off on sweaters, boots and sipping Cabernet — and embracing dresses, sandals and crisp whites. A fun opportunity arose to try a collection of white wines from Rueda, a prominent wine region of Spain. (If you like Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio, you will love this wine.) It's refreshing, crisp, vibrant — and Spain’s most popular white wine, referred to as Rueda 'Verdejo.'

Verdejo is a white grape that's been growing all over Spain, predominately in the northern Rueda region, for many centuries. Rueda Verdejo wines are known for their bright citrus qualities, as well as balanced acidity, freshness and versatility. And how about food pairings? I put it to the test. 

According to its flavor profile, this wine pairs especially well with shellfish, cheese, vegetables and spicy foods. In the name of research (wink, wink)... I created a charcuterie tray featuring featuring prosciutto, Italian salami, assorted olives, peppers, dried fruits, sliced pear, grapes, a mix of cheeses (I especially love Sartori cheese) and a variety of crackers. All delicious!

Here are the 3 wines I tried: Jose Pariente Verdejo 2015Marques de Riscal Blanco Rueda 2015 and Telmo Rodriguez Basa White 2015 (all $20 and under). Make sure to keep an eye out for the Rueda logo when you’re shopping at your local wine store. You can also find Rueda wines on Wine.com (use the code “RUEDA” to take 10% off your order).

Thank you to Rueda Wine for sponsoring this post.


posted on: Wednesday, September 27, 2017

{preparing for a wedding planning visit to New Orleans next week!}

{indulging in a weekend treat with Stan's}

{this pretty floral arrangement certainly brightened my week}

{my favorite cashmere sweater was recently restocked in multiple colors}

{revealing a before and after look at our living room}

{answering a coffee talk Q&A series}

{mum's the word}

{I couldn't resist these little babies...!}

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