Friday, October 31, 2014

meet zoe!

Happy Friday lovers! I hope you're just as excited for the weekend as I am (because believe me, I am very excited!)

To kick off the weekend, I wanted to introduce you to the newest member of the Charmingly Styled crew! I have been so incredibly fortunate to have amazing interns this year, and I'm excited to introduce my newest main squeeze, Zoe! To get to know her magical self better, here's a few things Zoe loves: 
You'll be seeing more of her lovely self - so stay tuned over the next few months! 

In other news - what's everyone's weekend plans? I'm hanging with my friend {and former intern!} Madalyn and having the great privilege of modeling a piece for her design portfolio. I only hope I can do her gorgeous coat justice! On Sunday I'm grabbing brunch with my college BFF, and then swinging by a photography workshop taught by the insanely talented Kina Wicks! Hopefully I'll be able to step up my photography game, and have fun doing it :) 

Enjoy your weekend! xx
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Thursday, October 30, 2014

faux fur favorites.


Ever since I was little, I've been a animal lover at heart. In the 8th grade, I wrote a 10 page paper on animal welfare, which a) proved that I was a tiny hippie child, b) made me a vegetarian for a good amount of years, and c) freaked out all the other children in my class. What can I say? I had a lot of friends....

Years and years later, I still feel pings of guilt when I buy a new leather purse or fur lined anything. With the looming transition into winter (nooooooooo!), I'm trying to find opportunities to buy products that are a little more animal friendly, and vegan whenever possible. Turns out from a little internet window shopping that finding faux fur options is pretty darn easy, not to mention cheaper than their furry counterparts. That's the ultimate win-win in my book! 

Any faux fur pieces you love? Please share! I need to warmify (totally a word...) my wardrobe in the next few weeks! 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

feeling hatty.

You know what the greatest thing since sliced bread is? Hats. 

No, seriously - the person who invented hats was clearly doing something right. Let's discuss, shall we?

#1 reason hats are the greatest invention of all time: Who needs a shower when you have hats?!
#2: Who needs to sleep when you have hats?! It's the easiest way to cover up those Chanel bags under your eyes. 
#3: No need to do anything to your hair: Color, brush, products? Who needs them, because hats! 
$4: Baseball, fedora, wide brimmed, the options are endless. 

So yeah, hats hats hats! Clearly, I'm a fan, and I especially love this J.Crew one in particular. I snagged it last winter during a major sale, and I find myself wearing it on a lazy weekend, or one of those days at work. We've all been there, right? I feel like my weeks have been full of those lately, but hey - that's how the cookie crumbles {or something like that ;)}

In other news, can we talk about how beautiful this fall has been? I spotted these trees in Millennium Park last week and I was totally smitten with the gorgeous red leaves {see what I'm talking about right here}. I'm already dreading the colder days coming up right around the corner, but for now I'm living in ignorant bliss of the upcoming snowmageddon - and tweed/leather boots too. 

shop a few of my favorite fall hats: 
and similar pieces below!: 

Special thanks to Em for the photos! 

Monday, October 27, 2014

hearts.

A few years ago I did a stint in retail working at J.Crew - and let me tell you, it was the best job ever. Besides the killer discount {which I miss every damn day of my life}, I was surrounded by gorgeous clothes, lovely women and the coolest pieces all year round. I literally went to school in Appleton Wisconsin and drove the 2 hours home every weekend just so I could work at the Madison store for a few days a week. That's just how awesome it was - and also probably alludes to the fact that I'm a little bit nuts ;) 

Fall was always my favorite season, and each year we'd have a few killer items that sold out right away. This heart sweater was one of those coveted pieces that was sold out the day it hit the store. People would come in asking for us to search online and stores in California {because their cousin's cousin lived there and might be able to pick it up...} - it was just that good. On one fateful weekend day, a women returned said sweater because of a "terrible" snag, and I in turn was able to snag it for myself - with a pretty awesome "damaged" price too! It was like I won the retail lottery {and I obviously followed suit with a victory dance all my own.}

Every fall, this sucker comes out of my closet and reminds me of that year stint at J.Crew - and how much I miss it. If it wasn't for that whole full time job, freelance, blogging stuff, I'd probably try to work there at least once a week too. Maybe someday I'll make it happen again :) 

Shop a few of my favorite J.Crew fall gems below:
And similar pieces in this post too!: 
Special thanks to Jess for the photos! 

Friday, October 24, 2014

to do this weekend: fall caramel apple party.

 There's very few things that are better than weekends spent with your favorite girlfriends, but when you add cupcakes and caramel apples to the mix - you've got a real sweet par-tay! 

Last weekend a few of my fave Chicago bloggers got together to make caramel magic happen. Truthfully, we ended up eating too many sprinkles and glasses of apple cider + champagne to eat any actual caramel apples, but that's how you know you had a good time ;) 

I brought the sprinkles {obviously}, and we got our decorating on!
A big thanks to Kit for hosting and my lovely amigas Emily, Jennie, Nicole, and Jess for joining the fun! And thanks to Sprinkles for supplying the most delicious cupcakes too :)
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