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Pop the Champagne

Pop the Champagne, Start the Party I’m sure by now you’ve noticed that I have a relatively casual style. I love playing with contrast and having one dressy and one hyper-casual piece. The levels created are something of a favorite of mine. And so finding an awesome graphic tee to dress up is exactly what I’m looking for! I’ve posted about t&j designs countless times so you already know how much I love them. This ...

Maxi-mizing Summer

I absolutely adore wearing maxi dresses all year round but my favorite time of year for them might be the end of summer. When there’s that little bit of chill in the air so you want to have a little more coverage but you don’t want to let go of summer. You want to have fun with how you look. And you’re kind of over all the summer looks but not ready for fall layers yet so you want just one piece of clothing. Everything. ...

Randolph Street Market Garden Party

America’s Largest Urban Antiques Market, Randolph Street Market, hosted a season kick off Garden Party for a bunch of us Chicago bloggers and friends at the tail end of May to get everyone pumped for a summer of antiques shopping. And let me tell you, I’m so jazzed. We’re plotting a move in the near future and I know exactly where I want to go for decor and furniture. This place is the best! There’s two sections to ...

Summer Style in Chicago

For as much as everyone else in Chicago complained about Spring being not hot and rainy, I loved it! Mostly because, well, that’s what spring is. 50’s and rainy. That’s the whole point. And now Chicago has exploded in a wash of green and flowers and warmth and sun and it’s absolutely perfect. And all that green makes the weeks on end of rain totally worth it. Which means it’s time to start thinking about summer ...

Trunk Show at Sanem’s with T+J Designs

Can we talk about how beautiful the weather was this weekend? Oh my goodness! I absolutely loved it. I think I spent more than 50% of my waking hours outside in the sunshine. And have the sunburns to prove it. It was the perfect opportunity to break out some shorts, roll down the windows, and head out to Sanem’s, a boutique in Oak Park. Owned by the lovely Sanem herself, she hosted a trunk show for one of my favorite Chicago brands, ...

Living on the Edge

As I spend more and more time developing and honing my sense of style, I’ve noticed how much I really love incorporating a little bit of edge into my every day dress. Whether it’s a choker (totally my new favorite trend) or the awesome leather and gold zipper detail on this blazer, I like to have something that’s a little less soft than the usual. Maybe it harkens back to my days as the token goth kid in high school (yes, ...
Lifestyle, Style

My Style + My City

My Style + My City is a collaboration between bloggers who love their cities and how it influences their style! My Style I’m really into neutrals that have some sort of bolder element right now. Like the dress above. The structure is amazing and I love the high neck on it but it’s still plenty simple with the black and white window pane. I’m currently obsessing over a cardigan from LOFT that will be up on here soon. Keep an ...

Chichen Itza & Cenote Ik Kil, Yucatan, Mexico

To Chichen Itza! Our second morning in Mexico dawned similarly to the first one, woke up early (this time on purpose), drank some coffee, and grabbed breakfast. We were heading on an adventure today! An extra pastry in hand for good measure, we waited at the front of our resort for a bus to come pick us up for a day trip to Chichen Itza, one of the seven wonders of the world and a site that has been on my travel bucket list for a very long ...
Lifestyle, Style

Simply Stylist | Do What You Love, Part 2

“She knows who she is.” Part two of Simply Stylist! Read Part 1 here. The above quote is the best description of someone’s Instagram account I have ever heard. Joey Maalouf’s description of Jacey Duprie, to be specific. And they make my favorite takeaway from the entire conference: just be you! I like to think I do that anyway but it was nice to have that reminder. As promised, outfit details from the day below. I ...