Wednesday, December 17, 2014

holiday cookie party.

Friends, it's the holidays which means one thing....lots and lots of cookies. 

Clearly I'm not complaining, especially when cookies mean the perfect excuse to party with lady friends and decorate them together. To be perfectly honest, I opted for eating all the cookies right away rather than saving them for later (oops...), but watching everyone else show of their decorating skills was pretty entertaining, and these ladies had some serious skills. 

Thanks to Jess of The Golden Girl Blog, Erin of Color Me Styled, Emily of Isn't that Charming, Jen of Jennie Wold, Nicole from Cedar and Rush, and our lovely host Kit of The Kittchen for making the season a little more fun. And extra kudos to Minted for the awesome decor - they'll be my new go-to for holiday decorating!
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

the heart of life.

scarf {love this one from target} // blazer {similar} // pixie pants // purse {old madewell} // hunter boots

I am oh-so grateful. Really - let me tell you all about it. 

Sometimes life hands you lemons, and these photos are from a time when life was handing me a few too many lemons for my liking. But the great thing about having a really cruddy time is that you find even more things to be grateful for. The things and people you take for granted suddenly make you realize that those lemons are really people passing over some glasses of lemonade - and giving you a little cheers in the process too. 

I've come to really realize that I have the best friends and family in the whole wide world - whether they're people I've known for the past 15 years, or 3 months. When people see that you've got a stack of lemons piling up, people come out of the woodwork to put up a lemonade stand selling cups spiked with vodka. Now those are great friends, and the ones that you keep for years and years to come. If you're one of those friends - I owe you a little piece of my soul, and I am oh-so grateful. You're the best, and I only hope to be there for you too when you have a pile of lemons you're not sure what to do with. 

Oh - and one of those pals happens to be Em who snapped these photos before I jetted off to Vancouver a few weeks back - she's really the best. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

city lights.

coat c/o joules // anthropologie necklace {old} // jeans // boots // bag 

Guys, I don't want to jinx it, but this winter in Chicago hasn't been that bad yet. 

I know I know, I shouldn't say anything - but after snowmageddon last year, sunny and 30 degrees doesn't seen that bad. So until the snow comes knocking, I'm going to enjoy the luxury of sweater weather and wearing coats that aren't intended to be worn in -20 degree weather :) 

This coat from Joules has become my new favorite and I find myself wearing it day after day after day. I'd been eyeing up a quilted jacket for a few months, and this one has it all - plaid, elbow patches, gold accents - it's like I won the coat lottery. Paired with my favorite oversized sweater from Old Navy, and I'm set for anything this seemingly mild winter is ready to throw at me {except snow, let's not go there yet please...} xx

Monday, December 8, 2014

gifts for your girlfriends + you're invited!

Ladies, let's chat gifts for your gal pals. While I love to get my holiday shop on, I always tend to wait 'till the last minute...sometimes very literally. This year, I had every intention of getting it together, but then life happens, and calendars fill up, and suddenly you're a few weeks from the holidays and you've knocked nothing off your gift list. Oye. 

So here are a few things I have every intention to get my gal friends this year, when I finally start chipping away at the Christmas list ;) 

Best Bitches Necklaces: They were cool then, and there still cool now (or so I'll continue to tell myself.) I'm think a healthy dose of swearing sums up most of my friendships, so this gem fits the "best Christmas gift ever" bill perfectly. 

Yoga Mat: For your yoga loving, green juice drinking, good vibes only bestie, this yoga mat makes an awesome gift. 

Picture Frames: I've been in full out redecorating mode, and I've come to appreciate the value of a well places picture frame (side note: who am I?). I love this Ikat one, and I might give it to all my friends with my high school senior photo (kidding! maybe!)

Buffalo Check Blanket: The perfect cozy gift for your favorite homebody. Now all you need is Netflix and a big glass of wine, and you've got yourself the perfect night :)

Aerolatte + your favorite mug: My favorite affordable kitchen appliance (hello perfect chai latte...) paired with a cute mug is always a good gift for your latte obsessed bestie. 

Yes Please: My friend Tomissa recommended Amy Poehler's new book to me a few weeks back, and now I'm buying everyone a copy for the holidays. Not only is she funny, but she's a kick-ass smarty party. Amy, be my new best friend please?

Flowers from Kalla: This awesome florist is new{ish} to Chicago, and I love their chic and gorgeous bouquets. As a fresh flower fiend (especially in the winter), I love easily ordering bouquets for my family and friends during the holidays. Plus, the vases are so gorgeous they often double as apartment decor long after the flowers have wilted. 

Speaking of Kalla, I'll be hanging with them tonight at the Windy City Blogger Collective Holiday Party (and definitely crossing some holiday shopping off my "to do" list.) You can still join the party by RSVP'ing to and I'd love to see you there!

Friday, December 5, 2014

how to get a barely there makeup look.

1. mist // 2. creme blush // 3. face mask // 4. cleanser // 5. lip stain // 6. mascara // 7. illuminator // 8. undereye concealer // 9. foundation // 10. lip gloss

When life hands you lemons, a quick trip to the makeup store is just what the doctor ordered. 
After a weekend with the family back home in Madison, I made the great pilgrimage to Ulta to stock up on new makeup to refresh my sad, tired winter skin. I'm usually a drugstore dupes kinda girl, but this season, I decided to bite the bullet and pick up a few goodies to invest in - if I'm gonna make winter a little less miserable, I'm going to look good doing it ;) 

I snagged mostly cruelty free goodies from Tarte {this powder and primer are about to rock my world}, and a few picks from above. Here's to making this winter the prettiest one yet! xx
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