Tuesday, October 21, 2014

chatting with kristin cavallari + chinese laundry

You know those crazy *pinch me* moments that come up from time to time? My latest happened last week, when I had the great pleasure of interviewing the lovely Kristen Cavallari about her new shoe line with Chinese Laundry and life in Chicago. As a total fan of Laguna Beach and The Hills back in the day, getting to actually chat with Kristen was a blast. Best of all? She was totally down to earth, sweet as can be, and has some fabulous fashion advice for fall.

1. What was your inspiration for your latest line with Chinese Laundry?
KC: Fall has always been my favorite tine of year - I'm such a fan of the weather, food, and trends. My inspiration was to keep my fall line  of shoes that are trendy, affordable, and pieces that you'll wear again and again (not the kind that you keep in the back of your closet!) Most everything in the line is under $200, with the exception of my over the knee boot. 

2. What are your three favorite pieces in your closet right now?
KC: I just bought a pair of Frame jeans that I love. They're a gorgeous dark grew color, which is perfect for fall. I also love the black Laney bootie, it's the perfect everyday pair for fall. I also have a Rag & Bone fedora hat that I wear all the time - it goes with everything. 
3. You're able to balance so many roles in life - mother, wife, designer, business woman - what's your secret to balancing it all? 
KC: I'm fortunate in the fact that I'm able to make my own hours when I'm designing shoes in the collection. I'm able to work when they boys are napping, or once I've put them to sleep at night. One thing that I try to do is make sure to have date night with Jay as much as possible. When you're balancing so many roles, sometimes your relationship is the first thing to go out the window. We make sure to catch a movie, or go out to dinner as much as we can. 

4. Any movies on the list for the next week?
KC: I'm dying to see Gone Girl. I read the book and loved it - so I'm hoping the movie is just as good.

5. Your sons are adorable! What's your favorite thing about them at this age?
KC: Thank you! I love that Cam (2 years) is starting to talk in phrases - he says the most adorable and hilarious things! He used to be so frustrated before, so it's nice to see him come into his own and start to become more independent. Jaxon (5 months) is becoming a lot more aware of what's going on around him, which is fun to see. I'm really appreciating the baby phase right now! 
6. What's your favorite little thing in life?
KC: Oooh, that's a good question. I love fresh cut flowers from the grocery store. I always make sure to pick up a bouquet when I'm there. 

7. Any guilty pleasures?
 I'd say it was trashy t.v. - I love the Real Housewives! I haven't been able to watch that much since Jaxon was born, so I'll need to catch up on that soon! Otherwise I love making my own cashew milk ice cream. I'm sensitive to milk, so I make my own cashew milk and then make my own ice cream. It's delicious, and tastes like the real thing!  

A big thanks to Kristen for taking the time to answer my questions! Make sure to check out all her new line at Nordstrom, or online at Chinese Laundry {they are all gorgeous!}
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Monday, October 20, 2014

skirt the rules.

Happy Monday ladies & gents! I hope you all had the loveliest weekend full of r&r, many glasses of wine, and a little fun in between :) 

This weekend I got a little dressed up to celebrate Brian's newest musical theatre show in Chicago {woot woot!} He's playing Anthony in Sweeney Todd and so he's been in rehearsal for the past month and a half singing love songs and watching people be viciously murdered on stage - how lovely! I paired my new favorite combination together - leather and chambray - to get a little more use out of my favorite shirt for fall. Just add a few leather pumps, a sparkly necklace {I love these from Novica} and my favorite clutch - and you're ready for a night out on the town. 

I hate to say it, but the true star of this post is probably my new haircut {she's such a diva...} After being upset that my hair was starting to fall out again, I decided to do a little chop chop chop action. And I do have to say, I'm kinda into it! Besides being low maintenance, I'm not finding myself completely covered with hair as the day goes on. Small step for mankind - big step for my sanity ;) 

Any fun updates from the weekend? Please share with the class! xx 

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

shopbop friends + family sale!

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Yep, it's the Shopbop friends and family sale, and of course you're cordially invited to attend :) I've been keeping a very long wish list these past few months, and I'm ready to take the plunge with a few of the fall pieces I've been dreaming of. From pretty pastel coats {one of my favorite trends of the season!} to gold glasses, these are a few of my favorite things currently living in my shopping cart. Care to point out anything I missed? I'm all ears!

In other news - happy almost Friday! The past few weeks have been so busy, it's been hard catching up on life. I'm taking a few days off to relax and get my to-do list in order, which is sometimes very needed. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and enjoy some r&r yourself! xx

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

transitioning dresses to fall.

Ladies & gents, let's chat fall dresses shall we? First of all, as a midwestern gal - I didn't believe that fall {or winter dresses for that matter} were an actual thing. Dresses were for 70+ gorgeous spring and summer days, and definitely not for any days under 50 degrees. But sometimes, regardless of the weather, you just wanna rock a dress. And for that the magic of layering and knee socks comes into play. 

I saw this cute look on my friend Kelly, and I knew I had to give it a go! Paired with my new fave knee high socks c/o Chrissy's {which I've never actually worn before!} and vintage heels, I was ready to rock my work day - maybe, sorta, kinda. At least I was warm despite the colder temps!

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

rose + ivy launch!

You know those people who are just insanely talented? And nice? And adorable to boot? One of those ladies {and sweet blogging friend Alison of Heart of Gold} happens to be launching a fabulous new quarterly magazine, Rose & Ivy,  and I'm giving you all a sneak peak at some of the features in the newest issue! 

I'm obsessed with Alison's gorgeous photography and I can't way to read all about her fall recipes, style inspirations, and so much more. Take a peek at some of the pretty things happening in the pages of Rose & Ivy this month:
I know, I know - I'm obsessed already too! I love the aesthetic, styling & colors Alison consistently brings to her incredible photography. Make sure to stop by and check out the newest issues {and make sure to tell her congrats too!}

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