Best of 2014

12.31.2014


It's hard to believe that tonight is New Year's Eve and 2014, this incredible year, is coming to an end!  In true blogger form, I've decided to take a trip down memory lane and revisit ten of my favorite posts from the last 365 days. Cheers to  2015 being just as fabulous! Happy New Year! xo

  1. Propose. Pop. Clink. Fizz. This one is a no brainer- It's when I got engaged! 
  2. Date Night: The keys to a perfect date night look, and my five favorite Chicago date night spots. 
  3. Crop It Out: Dipping my toe in the crop- top pool.
  4. Rompers: The George Costanza of Your Wardrobe: It turns out George Costanza and fashion do have something in common.
  5. Buying the Perfect Bag... My first Google- Hangout, for which I was a nervous wreck! But the result was a lively conversation about buying the perfect handbag and fall shopping prep. 
  6. Dog Days of Summer: Charlie's Try It On Me debut! 
  7. Lollapalooza Style Report: Going to Lolla? Then you better dust off your fanny pack! 
  8. More Than Just a Dream: Dedicated to my now fiancĂ©. 
  9. The Power of Pink: Admit it, you love pink. 
  10. Two Minute Updo: The Top Knot: A quick and dirty how-to, when you need to do something quick with your dirty hair. 

Propose. Pop. Fizz. Clink.

12.29.2014

What I'm wearing: Blaque Label blouse c/o, Club Monaco Tasha leggings (on sale and extra 40% off with code: cheers), Steven pumps c/o, Rebecca Minkoff Moto Rocker Bag  c/o (similar version here, and it's on sale!)

Even at the ripe old age of thirty-one, I believe the holiday season is a magical time. This thought proved to be especially true this year. The last ten days have been filled with so many laughs, surprises, and celebrations, but it all pales in comparison to my greatest gift- becoming engaged to the love of my life and best friend! I couldn't have planned a more sweet and romantic proposal. And the night that followed was absolutely perfect. I cannot wait to marry him!

I was wearing this outfit earlier that day. Obviously had I known what the night had in store I would have not only left it on, but freshened up my manicure as well! I mean, I was wearing white silk; how apropos?! Instead I was in my finest Lululemon zip up and yoga pants, covered in dog hair, with the driest hands known to man. But hey, that's the real me!

I hope your holiday has been filled with many magical moments, with more to come in the new year! xo

Outfit photos by Rachel Schrader

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Turtle (neck) Time

12.08.2014

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

12.03.2014

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! 

$350 HOLIDAY GIFT BASKET GIVEAWAY!


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! 

The Ultimate Black Friday / Cyber Monday Shopping Guide

11.23.2014

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!