My Hometown Bridal Shower

posted on: Tuesday, May 22, 2018

"Official" wedding celebrations have begun! My hometown bridal shower was this past weekend, in Appleton. It really was a wonderful day, filled with lots of love and excitement. I was surprised with  amazingly thoughtful details, like my favorite flowers, cute bridal games, childhood photos, flower crowns, and the prettiest cupcakes I ever did see. I must thank my gracious hosts, Julie and Alexis, my family and guests. It's been so special for Kevin and me celebrating with others leading up until the big day this fall!

Dress: The Jetset Diaries (c/o) || Shoes: Christian Louboutin (similar here and here)

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New Beginnings

posted on: Friday, May 18, 2018

I’ve been working on a pretty major project this spring ... and can’t wait to share it with you later this month! Stay tuned ...!

Unveiling the Bridal Boutique

posted on: Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Since becoming engaged, I began bookmarking and saving bridal styles I personally loved — from little white dresses, to shoes and jewelry, and beyond. Those favorites eventually evolved into a collection I'm happy to share with you...! The Bridal Boutique is where I've curated hand-picked styles and gift ideas for the bride-to-be. You'll find inspiration for engagement parties, bridal showers, bachelorette celebrations, rehearsal dinners and honeymoon travels. Whether you're a bride (past, present or future) or an extremely thoughtful gift giver, I hope you enjoy! xx

Click over to browse The Bridal Boutique...


posted on: Monday, April 30, 2018

{spring is here! Shop: shoes | jeans | top}

{planning one final visit to NOLA before our wedding}


{sharing a glimpse into 1000M}

{city views in River North}

{a peek at our wedding save-the-dates...}

Trending: Woven Bags

posted on: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

A top trend for this spring/summer season? Woven bags. (If you ask me: They never go out of style!) Whether they're straw, bamboo, or natural raffia: woven bags are everywhere lately. I found this cute straw bag for $34, as seen here. There are plenty of styles to choose from, in a variety of shapes, sizes, and prices — you can browse my favorites below, or by clicking directly on the image above. Which bag(s) are your favorite?


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posted on: Monday, April 23, 2018

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Because many of you have requested more home interiors and décor content — thanks for sharing your input! — I thought I'd post a cool project I've been following for the past year. (On a personal note: In addition to blogging, I also work professionally with real estate in Chicago.) One of the latest big developments locally is 1000M, a 74-story luxury tower overlooking Grant Park and Lake Michigan. I had a chance to visit last week and fell in awe. Even if you're not local to Chicago, I have to recommend following Kara Mann — who's responsible for the stunning interiors at 1000M and also filling my Instagram feed with beautiful spaces.

Snapshots from Arizona

posted on: Friday, April 20, 2018

{my favorite color combination fit for #plantsonpink}

{a day exploring Tucson... shop: dress | heels | bag}

{jalapeño margaritas at Tonto in Cave Creek}

{soaking up sunshine... shop: swimsuit | sunglasses}

{the beautiful grounds at Arizona Inn}

{visiting Old Town Scottsdale... shop: dress | bag | earrings}

{roadtripping to Saguaro National Park}

{hiking Devil's Bridge Trail in Sedona}

{gorgeous red rocks of Sedona}

I'm back home from a visit to Arizona — and already missing the vibrant colors and sunshine. I'll be sharing a full travel guide soon... but for now: these snapshots! xx

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