Friday, January 30, 2015

breakfast of champs.


Weekends are for bunching, so when you get to enjoy it with your favorite ladies - that's when you've really hit the Sunday morning jackpot! 

I had so much fun getting together with a few of my favorite Chicago bloggers to celebrate the new year and share a few of our goals and resolutions for 2015. Needless to say, while we're all about goal setting and making things happen, we enjoyed catching up about everyone's holidays and feasting at Range  {a favorite Lincoln Park spot!} even more. I feel so fortunate to have made so many friends through blogging after moving to Chicago a few years ago, and these ladies are truly the best, and some of my best friends too. I totally lucked out :) 
Kelly was kind enough to do a little photo sesh with me post brunch {read: post gorging myself on the above meal...} because she's really the best. Thanks for the photos lady! xx
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

winter bucket list.


Zoe's back this week to share her favorite winter activities to beat the winter blues {which are pretty darn real right now, right?} How many of these have you checked off your list so far this season?
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I don’t know about you, but I am definitely feeling this season of snow right now. Yes, its a bit cold and blustery outside but my Midwestern self is pretty much used to this three month session of all you can stand cold weather, and I’m feeling completely ready for the next few months ahead. Whether or not this weather is your personal favorite, I think its definitely important to take advantage of everything winter hands us. So, that being said, I put together a list of some of activities to keep us all busy having fun while we hibernate!

  1. De-clutter: So, if you find yourself confined to your home due to weather conditions, take advantage by going through your belongings (clothes, paperwork, that junk drawer…) and de-clutter your life. Donate or recycle whatever you don’t want or need, and you’ll be helping out others too!
  2. Host a film festival: There’s really nothing better than a good group of friends, some wonderful food and some inspiring movies, so why not put it all together and have a movie night.. ahem ahem.. film festival! 
  3. Bring out your inner winter athlete: Chances are, at some point this winter, you’ll find yourself surrounded by some fresh powder...(especially if you’re in the upper midwest like me!) So go ahead, go cross country skiing, or skating, or even just hiking in the local park. Its fun, healthy, and bonus - you can get some hot cocoa when you’re done
  4. Have a spa day: Sometimes the winter weather along with the daily stress of life take a toll on your body, mind, and spirit. Take some time to relax, maybe have a bubble bath, get a facial, schedule that message. You deserve it.
  5. Become a bookworm: Okay, so maybe a bit cliche, but in all seriousness, this is the perfect time to start reading! Whether its an autobiography, a great work of fiction, or even just the latest issue of your local newspaper. Take some time to relax, maybe sip some tea and let your mind wander along with the words on the page.
  6. Start an indoor garden: I think we all need a little green during these cold months when everything else is so...well, not green. So, go to the store, get some pots, teacups or jars that spark your imagination and plant some herbs, flowers, or anything else that starts from a seed or bulb and use that green thumb. 
  7. Nurture your friendships: What better time to pick up the phone and call that friend or family member you’ve been meaning to reach out to, but somehow never found the time, or remembered. You’ll be glad you did. 
  8. Become a foodie: Check out your local restaurants, pubs, and lounges. What better  way to support your local businesses and try some new drinks and cuisine? Plus, think of all those foodie Instagram photos you can post!
  9. Conquer that Pinterest project: So truthfully, I wouldn’t say I’m the most “crafty” person in the world, in fact, that word kind of makes me cringe a little… but I would be would be totally lying if I said there was no craft or activity on Pinterest that hasn’t caught my eye… or maybe two, or three...So now is the time, let’s explore the great world of home crafts.

Monday, January 26, 2015

fair isle sparkle.


Alright, I'll admit it - I'm obsessed with these sparkle pants and it's kinda silly. 

Does anyone really need a pair of pants covered in gold sequins? Probably not - but dayum, these pants are pretty fabulous if I must say so myself. Whenever I'm feeling less than sparkly, I pull these babies out of my closet and I suddenly have a little more pep in my step {and how could you not?!} We all need at least a few pieces in our closet that give us the confidence to take on the world - so if sparkle pants do it for me,  I don't see any shame in my game :)

Paired with my favorite and affordable sweater a pumps from Old Navy {which has quickly become one of my favorite places to shop!}, I'm ready to take the winter...kinda, sorta, maybe. I'm at least ready to go around the corner to the cupcake shop and pretend that cupcakes are an acceptable substitute for dinner - winters are tough, friends!

A big thanks to Kelly for the photos! 

Friday, January 23, 2015

7 must have basic pieces.

Hey friends! Today, my lovely intern Zoe is chatting about the 7 wardrobe staples she couldn't live without {and after looking over her list, I definitely don't want to live without these either ;)} A big thanks to Zoe for putting this big 'ole list together - she's really the best. 
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I truly believe that every good wardrobe is built on a few basic staple pieces. Personally, I couldn’t live without anything on this list, each item is classic, and versatile - most of them I can incorporate into any season or occasion. These are also things I’ve had and kept in my closet throughout the years and actually still wear time and time again… which is great on a college budget too!

  1. Dark wash skinnies - There’s a reason these are number one on my list, I love a good pair, as they are extremely flattering and they go with everything from boots and a blazer in the fall to an oxford and sandals in the spring!
  2. Cardigans - These are so great for layering on when its cold, and are a nice jacket in the summer. Playing with fabrics, colors and patterns makes them even more fun too!
  3. Statement necklace - Everyone needs a bit of glam in their wardrobe, and a statement necklace does just that. Layer it on with a T-shirt and jeans during the day, and throw it on with your dress at night, and you’re good to go! The one above is my personal favorite right now.
  4. Little black dress - Okay, so no surprise here, but the right LBD really does make life so easy! Of course, the fit and fabric are totally up to you and your style, but in my experience the simpler the better, you can always modify your look depending on the occasion.
  5. Neutral flats - Yes, yes and yes! Pants, dresses, skirts, and shorts are all perfect for a great neutral ballet flat, I prefer a tan leather or nude. I also usually go for the pointy toe too… they elongate my short legs. (:
  6. Black/Navy blazer - A well fitted and structured blazer in either black or navy are fantastic additions to a closet. Perfect with jeans, dresses and skirts and shorts, they dress up an outfit enough for work, school or a night out, without too much effort. Plus, they are a timeless look! 
  7. Riding boots - Definitely a personal favorite of mine and also definitely an investment piece for sure, but I find that I have definitely worn mine enough to pay for themselves ten times over.

Thanks for the advice Zoe! Ladies, what other basic pieces are your faves? Please share with the class! xx

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

the bean: a love story.

sweater // skirt {similar} // tights // booties {similar} // bracelet {similar} // scarf {vintage}

Even though I've lived in Chicago for almost two years now, I still have those big city pinch me moments. It's easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of the city, but when you look around to take in the sights Chicago is really quite astonishing. Take Millennium Park for example: I'm lucky enough to work across the street and see it every day and yet I'm always in awe whenever I walk by. Sure it's flooded with tourists {who all seem to have selfie sticks!}, but it's still a beautiful sight to take in, even on the coldest winter afternoon. 

I wore this number to work last week in an attempt to keep cozy but polished in the office. My co-worker said I looked like a senators wife with my scarf {ha!}, but it's still one of my favorite pieces in my closet. My grandma was always a fashionable lady, so when I inherited this vintage Hermes scarf I was happy to continue on the scarf wearing tradition :) What's old is new again, right? 

Keep warm this week friends! xx

Extra special thanks to Emily for the photos 
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