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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Thursday, October 23, 2014

best embellished pieces for fall.

Every now and then we all need to add a little glam and glitz to the everyday - and by every now and then, I mean all the time {let's be honest}. While I try my hardest to stick to basics, I have a very difficult time ever saying no to a little embellished action. Whenever I walk into a store, I suddenly become a Magpie, and dart for the shiniest thing possible. And then somehow, I still can't get enough sparkle in my life! I've been eyeing up a few embellished beauties like that stunning J.Crew necklace that would look perfect with any basic fall sweater. I could also use some sparkles on my toes - and those slips ons and heels would be warmly welcomed into my closet anytime ;) 

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!}

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
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