Turtle (neck) Time


What I'm wearing: Three Dots sweater c/o Shopbop, Bauble Bar earrings (similar pair)

All hail the undisputed queen of my cold weather wardrobe: the turtleneck! 

I've never met a turtleneck sweater that I didn't like. They are like wearing a big bear hug! I haven't a doubt in my mind that I inherited this love of turtlenecks from my mother; As I have not actually seen her bare neck in ten years. 

Lucky for my mother and I, turtlenecks are having a moment currently. And it's about (turtle) time! They are chic, warm, and make GREAT gifts. Shop some my favorites below!

Photo taken by Rachel Schrader

Frozen Flowers


What I'm wearing: INC dress (more floral dresses),  Gorjana jewelry: crescent drop earrings, bar necklace, and arrow bracelet, fleece lined tights

Call me biased, but Chicago is one of the greatest cities in the world. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways: an endless list of superb restaurants that runs as deep as my love for deep dish pizza, fine musicians (Muddy Waters, Styx, and Kanye West to name a few), world class shopping that rivals anywhere, summertime Chi, and that skyline.

But truth be told, it's this time of year that things in Chicago can begin to look a little... Ugly. Everything is cold and dying (sigh). So until night falls and the pretty twinkle lights add a little holiday sparkle to our city scape, why not brighten things up by wearing some florals? This dress offers just enough sass and cheer to keep those SAD feelings at bay. So rather than donning the traditional LBD or sparkly party dress this holiday season, why not own the party and wear a floral dress that will really pop! 


I've teamed up with thirty of my favorite fellow Windy City bloggers, for the 30 Blogger Favorites under $30 Giveaway! My fellow Windy City Bloggers and I have collaborated to create three AMAZING gift baskets, bursting with our favorite items. When I was asked what I'd like to contribute, it was a no brainer: Benefit's "They're Real" mascara! It's a short- eye-lashed gal's savior! This mascara lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts, and separates lashes for a spectacular "out-to-here" look- and who doesn't love that? It goes without saying that this mascara is a glam girl's go-to, therefore we've combined it with nine other essentials to create a basket geared for the glam girl! 

Gift Basket #1 [ retail $350+ ] // For the Glam Girl
Pomegranate hand lotion [ via Comfort Me Boutique ] from An Eventful Life 
Ban.do headwrap [ via Smitten Boutique ] from Sportsanista
Betsey Johnson scarf set from Feline Creatures 
To enter, simple complete the Rafflecopter below. Be sure to blog hop and enter for a chance to win all three of these incredible baskets! Good luck and Happy Holidays! xo


** You can enter daily from Wednesday 12/3 to Wednesday 12/10 and the giveaway is open to the US only. 

 ** You can earn bonus entires by sharing the giveaway with your friends on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, or Facebook! HASHTAG: #WCBCHolidayGiveaway// #ChiBloggers

Sale Alert: Shopbop's BIG EVENT


It's a general rule of mine to never pay full price for anything. So when Shopbop has a sale, it means that I will be shopping aggressively. And you know the best part? This sale includes EVERYTHING! That means those OTK (over- the- knee) boots I've been obsessing over... On sale! Cocktail dresses for all of my holiday parties (who's invitations must have gotten lost in the mail)... On sale! Newly added sale items... Even more on sale! Maybe my hunt for the perfect pastel winter coat will finally be over, because they are all on sale! And of don't forget about scoring gifts for everyone on your list!

The more you spend, the more you save. Enter the code GOBIG14 at checkout, and you're set! The big event ends December 1st, so shop quickly! 

The Ultimate Black Friday / Cyber Monday Shopping Guide


Whether you're brave enough to tackle the Black Friday crowds, or shopping from the comfort of your couch on Cyber Monday, here's everything thing you need to know to both survive and kill it on the busiest shopping days of the year! 

Faux Real


What I'm wearing: BB Dakota sweater vest c/o Shopbop, blouseGorjana earrings, necklace, and bracelet, Free People pants

Have you heard that winter has arrived early in Chicago? It actually snowed this weekend. SNOWED! These days, I'll do and wear just about anything to stay warm. With that being said, wearing a faux fur vest is one of the very few stylish ways to stay toasty in the cooler months (and perfect for playing dress-up during all the other months might I add). That's why in fall and winter, I love the soft-as-can-be, glamorous appeal of faux fur.

Styling tip: Faux fur is never boring. But for a really standout, yet comfy, cozy ensemble, consider mixing prints and textures like I have here. I'm a little mad for plaid currently, so I paired this plaid blouse with my faux fur (or to some, roadkill-chic) sweater vest. I'm digging the results! 

Photos by Rachel Schrader

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