posted on: Monday, August 28, 2017

{always a summer highlight, the Chicago Air & Water Show}

{a weekend away in Sister Bay, Wisconsin}

{the shoreline and towns in Door County, WI are so charming}

{answering a round of Q&A's for my coffee talk series}

{excited to be visiting New Orleans in a few short weeks..!}

{summertime blues}

{talking about my "confidence color"}

15+ Little White Dresses

posted on: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Between the height of summer happening now, and a variety of bridal celebrations on the horizon, I'm having an affinity for little white dresses lately. From frilly frocks to structured sophisticates, I rounded up 15+ different styles below. This dress is so pretty and feminine, as is this lacy dress for summer months. I love this dress (and this off-the-shoulder style) to wear to a bridal shower, while a bachelorette or engagement party would be a good occasion to wear this or this. Also, here's where you can find white dresses available to rent ;)

Coffee Talk (Vol. 2)

posted on: Monday, August 21, 2017

QUESTION: What neighborhood of Chicago do you live in? I'm considering moving to Chicago and would love to know (good but livable) areas to check out.
How exciting! Chicago is a wonderful city. I live in Lakeview East. Some of the things I love most about my neighborhood are: its proximity to the lake, a variety of restaurants and shops within walking distance, and its 'neighborhoody'/residential feel. Depending on your preferences and budget, I'd also recommend checking out Old Town, Lincoln Park, West Loop, Bucktown and Southport Corridor, all as great options to live.

QUESTION: How did you and your fiancé meet? 
We met through mutual friends and began dating back in 2009. (Today is actually our 8 year 'dating' anniversary!) You can read more about how we met here.

QUESTION: Can I ask what material your kitchen countertops are?
Yes, you may! They are quartz. I absolutely love the look of marble... but ultimately opted for quartz, because it's way less susceptible to stains and etching. My fiancé and I replaced the existing counters (which were originally soapstone) after living with them with a few years — and have been happy with the decision to go quartz.

QUESTION: What apps do you use to edit photos for social media? I notice a theme on your Instagram that's light and bright... do you edit all your pictures a certain way so they match color wise?
Two of my favorite iPhone editing apps are Snapseed and VSCO. Snapseed really helps boost the brightness of photos, while VSCO is great for creating a consistent feel and color palette for photos. Also, keep in mind: natural light is key! Don't expect a photo you shoot in dim, grainy conditions to magically appear bright and crisp. You can find additional iPhone photography tips here.

QUESTION: Tips for saving money (while still keeping a social life) in a big city?
Good question! Balancing your budget and social life can feel tricky, no matter where you live. My biggest tip is to be creative in how you socialize and see friends. Typically, you can find inexpensive things to do in your city if you seek them out — like open admission at art museums, free concerts in the park, movie screenings, running clubs or discounted fitness classes, happy hour specials, etc. I'd also say: do your best to use public transportation and limit your reliance for taxis/Uber. (One outing can suddenly turn into a $50 round-trip!) Lastly, offer to host your friends at home, whether it's for a glass of wine, casual brunch or to catch up on your favorite show together. The invite is usually reciprocated back to you, too :)

Have a question you'd love answered? Submit a question anonymously, send an email or reply below!

8 Rosé Wines to Try

posted on: Friday, August 18, 2017

It seems the last summer or two, rosé wine has been making a major comeback. (The saying #yeswayrosé is everywhere these days!) On first glance, don't let its pink color fool you — the majority of rosé wines are not sweet; rather they fall within the "dry" category. The perfect rosé is light, crisp, and pairs well across a variety of foods. It's a great choice for a summer picnic, backyard BBQ, or dinner with friends! It’s often a fairly affordable wine, so there are a number of good options you can find without breaking the bank. Here's a sampling of most-loved rosé wines I feel are worth a try:

Whispering Angel ($20): The palest of pale rosés, tastes clean and fresh of light summer fruits.
White Girl Rose ($14): A fun and cheeky wine blend you may have seen all over Instagram.
Lorenza ($19): Pale pink, bright and crisp with light flavors of citrus and berries.
Miraval ($24): Concentrated flavors of dried red berry, tangerine and melon.
Triennes ($15): A nice pale pink rosé, crisp and dry finish.
Aix ($17): Bright pale pink with aromas of soft, ripe summer fruit.
Sofia ($14): Deeper in color, tasting of flavorful strawberry and raspberry.
La Ferme Julien ($6): Light and crisp, a standard and affordable favorite from Trader Joe's.

Are you a fan of rosé? If you have any favorites, I'd love to hear!

Summer Seersucker

posted on: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Keeping things short and sweet today, with a summery seersucker dress I packed along for a weekend away in Sister Bay. The beautiful shoreline there nearly makes you mistake the Midwest for the East Coast. With summer winding down over the next month or so, I'm bound to make the most of the sunshine and warmth while it lasts...!


Weekend Getaway

posted on: Friday, August 11, 2017

Happy weekend, friends! I'm excited for a few days away in Door County, Wisconsin. My family is renting a place in Sister Bay and our agenda for the weekend includes boating, golf, strolling through the adorable town shops and hopefully lots of sunshine. Wishing you a great summer weekend, wherever it finds you!


Confidence Color

posted on: Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Have you ever thought how color affects our mood? Just like the hues we paint our walls, the colors we wear can influence our mindset. For me, I tend to feel youthful in white, pretty in pink, secure in black — and confident in orange. Do you have a "confidence color"? Perhaps it's a rich red or vibrant blue. (I'm certain we all have one!) When I saw these orangey-red pants, I had to have them. I love how the color pops against this white top, plus its slimming silhouette is perfect for day to night wear.  You can find them here, in multiple colors. Hope you're having a great week, everyone!


Links I Love

posted on: Monday, August 7, 2017

• 10 simple tips for healthy, better living.
• I'm obsessed with this high pony hairstyle.
• How walking in nature affects emotional health.
• These homemade peach popsicles look amazing.
• Convincing photos to return to Provence, France.
• A Hamptons soiree that's the backyard party of my dreams.

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posted on: Friday, August 4, 2017

{decisions, decisions... at ZaZaZoo}

{urban jungle... Shop: shoes | jeans | blouse }

{all the feels}

{trying to soak up as much summer as possible}

{shopping for a certain special dress... at Alice in Ivory}

{... and Mira Couture}

{pretty flowers along Belmont Harbor}

{a visit to Bittersweet for lunch, and sweets, of course}

{an update on planning progress for our wedding in the Garden District}

{hot summer in the city}

{revealing 7 skincare favorites I honestly use and love}

{all about summer whites lately}

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