Thursday, August 21, 2014

sunday morning style + novica tastemakers.

tote // top // shoes // jeans // necklace 

Okay, clearly I'm obsessed with coffee in the worst way possible. My morning doesn't start without it, and my weekends are always slow moving without a cup of fresh brew in hand. And like an coffee connoisseur, I take my morning coffee very seriously. As you've seen from my post yesterday - Heritage coffee is by far my favorite place to grab a cup before heading off for weekend adventures. 

And while I've already taken you inside my favorite coffee shop, if we're about to have a proper coffee date we have to dish on what we're wearing right? Last Sunday I kept things simple with a Madewell top {purchased after a fabulous day with my intern, Madalyn!} and a few of my favorite basics this summer. New to the routine is this gorgeous Novica jungle green cotton tote that's become my new go-to for summer adventuring. It's the perfect size for my laptop and camera {score!}, and it actually goes with everything - which all bags promise, but few deliver. Best of all, it's made by artisans from the Andes, which means my purchase is helping to create some positive change in the world. Talk about a win-win for everyone, eh? 

ps. Speaking of Novica, I'm excited to announce that I've joined their tastemakers team! I'll be reporting on a few of my favorite fashion and lifestyle pieces and sharing my experiences fabulous blog on a monthly basis. So swing by, check out their products that support artist, and be inspired! I'm so excited to be working with such an amazingly admirable and worthwhile company - so make sure to swing by and say hello! 

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thanks for the pictures, Brian ;) xx
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

chicago charms: heritage bikes & coffee

Hey there, amigos! I'm so excited for my second edition of my new feature, Chicago charms, featuring a few of my favorite spots in the city! A few months back I spilled the beans on my favorite local home store, Alapash, and today I'm sharing one of my favorite coffee spots for the summer {because who doesn't love a fresh cup of joe, right?!}

Heritage bikes & coffee {also known as Heritage General Store} is only a few blocks from my house - making it the perfect location for a lazy Sunday coffee jaunt. I first discovered Heritage while driving down Lincoln Avenue earlier this summer with my family. The adorable sign and cute branding caught my eye - and realizing that the store was a mix of two of my favorite things {bikes and coffee} had me intrigued from the start. We stopped, ordered a fresh mason jar of cold brew, and were blown away by how gorgeous the store was {not to mention, how incredible the coffee was too}. Needless to say, it's become a regular Sunday pilgrimage, and I crave their amazing coffee and pastries as I'm counting down the days to the weekend. Only 4 more to go by the way....

Since I can't bring you all here with me like I wish I could, check out a few of my favorite snaps to be inspired! 
 Next time you're in town - let's get coffee! My treat ;) xx

Monday, August 18, 2014

bling bling.

Happy Monday friends! I'm happy to be easing my way back into blogging this week, slowly but surely. Thank you so much to everyone fort heir amazing support, comments, texts and messages last week. I feel so fortunate that I have such an amazing support system online and off -and everyone's love helped me get through the week! Thank you thank you thank you, I am truly one lucky lady!

I'm gearing up for a crazy week and the one thing helping to get me through is a few of my favorite basics. I'm definitely a jeans and flats kinda girl, and staying comfy throughout the day always helps make it a little less overwhelming (or at least, that's what I tell myself...) I'm looking forward to meeting with some people from Instagram on Monday, helping to shoot a video for our client Tuesday and getting another Instagram & Facebook campaign under my belt. Not to mention a slew of appointments and a smidgen of a social life too.  All in a week's time, right? I'm sure you can all relate ;) 

I wish you all luck kicking off your week right (coffee helps!) and tackling your to-do list. 

Thanks to Em for the fabulous photos! xx

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Friday, August 15, 2014

back to school: parisian chic.

1. Blazer // 2. Sunglasses // 3. Striped Top // 4. Trousers // 5. Planner // 6. Lipstick // 7. Dress {shop other leopard print dresses} // 8. Bralette // 9. Earrings // 10. Monogram Bracelet {shop other monogram goodies} // 11. Pumps // 12. Handbag{shop other satchels for fall} // 13. Eyeliner

Bonjour! To me, there is nothing more chic than Parisian style. Paris is filled with croissants, cafe, le Eiffel Tower, Laudree and enough romance to last a life time- what's not to love? So instead of plaid skirts and knee high socks, I took cues from Parisian style and French style icons (i.e. the French style queen, Carine Roitfeld) for this back to school style inspiration. 

Black and white with pops of red and stripes are timeless and effortless and always keeps you looking your best. And for the beauty, Chanel's rouge lipstick and eyeliner never disappoint. So whether you are strutting it down the hallway at school or the office, look to classic pieces and Parisian style this fall for inspiration to take your style from just fab to super chic!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

fictional style: andy sachs.

Hello fabulous Charmingly Styled readers! Like Maya mentioned, I am Madalyn, her summer intern, and I am so honored and thrilled to be guest blogging this week! It has been such a valuable experience helping Maya out and one of my favorite tasks is always putting together the fictional style posts. 
The Devil Wears Prada is a classic fashion film so I knew for the next post we had to feature the one and only, Andy Sachs. The outfit featured above is one of my favorites from the film. Andy finally took advantage of her fashion perks and is just killing it in this outfit! Can we just take a moment to remember Sidekicks? My life goal as a middle schooler was to get a Sidekick. Needless to say, I lived vicariously through Andy instead. 
Also, this outfit is the perfect transition into fall. I know it is still summer but let's be real, fall has the best clothes. I am beyond excited for boots, leather handbags, sweaters and moody nail colors. With that I leave you with one more question... "How do you spell Gabbana?" 
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