Friday, December 30, 2011


Photo via, edits by Me.

Wow, this year flew by!!! Just a day left in 2011 but I am so exited to see what 2012 has in store! I wish you, my internet friends & family nothing but joy and happiness in all your endeavors in the coming year!!!

The Hubs and I don't currently have any plans for NYE, but if anything comes up, I'll def be pulling this little beaut from my closet to don! I plan on relaxing as much as I can over the long weekend. And get ready to hit the ground running come Tuesday, 2012! 

Do you have any big plans for the weekend, NYE? Any big resolutions? What are you looking forward to most in 2012 {Big Vacation, wedding, moving?!}

Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Holidays!!!

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Festivus, Hanukkah!!! Whatever you may be celebrating this season I wish you the best of it! I hope you all have a perfect holiday with your families and friends! Have safe travels, copious amounts of laughs (&wine!) and enjoy all the time spent with those you love! I am excited to have a few days with my man and our some time with friends. We don't have big plans this year, but some QT relaxing is a gift unto itself! I may be sporadic in posting next week - recharging for the new year! I am excited to see what the new year brings and wish you all nothing but the best!  

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Red & Dots

I've held onto the image below for quite some time. I love it. Classic, but unexpected. And yet a totally attainable & easy look to recreate - quite possibly with items you already have in your closet!!! I replicated it, but swapped a red coat for a black one & same for dress - red vs black. I finally have a black coat, I just need a fun little red dress & polka-dot tights!!! (If only the cute red one I've been eyeing wasn't suddenly out of stock....otherwise this would be my Holiday dinner outfit with the Hubs for X-mas eve!!! Queue shopping trip after work!)

Inspiration / Coat / Shoes / Sweater Dress / Tights

Do you have a classic look you often replicate? LBD? Just change up with fun tights or some statement jewelry? 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Mid-Week Window Shopping

Dear Santa, In case you need an extra gift these would be welcome under the tree....You know just throwing it out there! Size 37 HA! {too much?!} Does anyone else Window Shop on Conference Calls?

Monday, December 19, 2011

Bits of My Weekend...

Had a really relaxing weekend, which was very needed after a very long week of work. Saturday started off like this: 

Yes, snow {I was admittedly excited, since it is ok to snow in Dec - though after Jan 15th no thanks}, so I took the opportunity to get all my chores done (you know adult stuff like laundry, and mopping) and then rewarded myself with a nice nap & some take-out. An very enjoyable day in.

Sunday, I dropped a huge stash to Goodwill, and sold a bunch to CrossRoads (love that place!), then Brunched it with my main Man (aka the Hubs)! Pretty fab day if I say so myself! 

How were your weekends? 

Friday, December 16, 2011

Gift Guide: Blogger Picks

For the last gift guide of the year I sent out a few "What do you want?!" to a few of my favorite bloggers...with a few caviots. I gave them a few prompts - 3 different scenarios, and asked them to send back their picks....and let me tell you they rock!!! These ladies sure know their stuff and I would LOVE every item to be mine (dream world living here!)

They were given the following....asking their gift 'wishes' for {Images are displayed left to right below}
   1: One item from your Significant other - if you could only exchange one gift (Cheesy, real, inexpensive or pricey)
   2: Something for your bookshelf
   3: Secret Santa Gift for <$50 (What would you bring to a party?)

Behold their FABULOUS picks {Name, links and descriptions below}:

Alex Things That Sparkle1: Cartier 'Love' Bracelet (DIE, mee too!), 2: Christian Louboutin Book, 3: Archipelago Black Forest Candle

Grace Stripes & Sequins1: Khepri Handbag, 2: Lanvin Book (similar), 3: BirchBox Membership delivered under a sparkly ornament!

Audrey A Lovely Escape1: Love a trip to Brazil, but these Mui Mui's would suffice! ;) (I have to agree, to both!) 2: Home-Love Book,  3: Celestial Coasters {GORG!!!}

Liz Sequins & Stripes1:  Faux Fur Throw, 2: Corali Bickford designed Scott Fitzgerald Books 3: Nest Holiday Candle

Lesley Six Twelve Place1: Marc Jacobs Handbag, 2: Black & White: Interior Design Book 3: Ralph Lauren Candle

Rosa Rosa Loves... : 1: 35mm 1.4 lens 2: Dior Book 3: Fancy Chocolates from her fav DC shop

Carrie This Free Bird1: Weekend Getaway in Big Sur 2: Gold Wishbone 3: A Great Bottle of Wine and fun opener {You are welcome anytime my love, I'll take both!}

Nicole Frankie <3's Fashion1: Rose Gold 'Love' Necklace 2: American Fashion Cookbook 3: Japanese Quince Candle

Dana Possesionista1: Hermes Handbag 2: Flowers 'In a Can' 3: Debra Lipman Nail Polish Trio

Lara Simply Irresistible1: A Home Cooked Meal by her Man!!! 2: Bossy Pants Book 3: Glimmery Coasters & Wine

How AMAZING and FUN are those picks right.....may dream wish list is ever growing thanks to these ladies new books, candles and vacations are now swimming in my head.....just like sugar plum fairies (Sorry had to make the reference, tis' the season and all!) 

So tell me, give those 3 questions what would you choose?! 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Question for you

What is the BEST red for a manicure? Spill your thoughts!

What is you go to manicure color? I vary between pale pink, dark maroon and red. I try many in between those but these are my go-to's. I am on the search for the perfect red & would love your suggestions!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Gift Guide - For Mom

The next Gift guide was pulled together with Mom in mind. I love to give my Mom, and all Mom's on my list - gifts that they may not normally get for themselves. Little luxuries they truly deserve - well really they deserve the whole list!!!! It's all about simple, chic luxuries!!! 

1. Orchid - give her something that will last long after the Holiday's, a treat she will remember you by long after you have returned back home! 
2. Perfume - Give her a fancy new perfume, maybe your personal favorite!! She'll be sure to love!
3 & 4.  Lingerie - I love treating my mom to fancy under pinnings - she'll buy them for me in a minute but saves on herself, its a little something I love to do to spoil her! 
5. Sparkly Sweater - Thrown on over skinny jeans & pair with chic ballet flat, give her a sweater that will make her feel & look like a million bucks.
6. Glam Piggy Bank - Help her save up for a girls trip or something special in style - plus how glam would this be for her! (Esp the silver & gold versions!) 
7. Glamorous Candle - My mom loves scented candles like no other, and gifting her one of this caliber will light up her day (and many days after!) 
8. Handbag - Add something she wouldn't normally pick for herself to her collection - I know this one is on my Mom's list! 
9. Luxurious Tablecloth - Every dinner party will feel extra special with this fun new addition! 
10. Cozy Soft Throw - Get her a cozy embroidered throw - every time she cuddles up on her bed or couch she'll love it! 

What are you getting for your Mom or the Mom's on your list???

Monday, December 12, 2011

Deck'd the Halls -Tis The Season

There was some decking the halls round these parts this weekend!!! The house now glimmers and sings it's the holiday season! After much internal debate I eventually decided against a tree and used some of my inspiration to decorate - it turned out fab, so different and still so festive! The garland I made last year is strung all over the house & coupled with white lights the house is aglow so I'm not missing a tree (yet! The smell is the one thing I think will get me the most, which I could solve by a great candle or wreath)!

Foreground: Cinnamon Scented Pinecones and Birch branches with ornaments! 
Background:'Tis The Season' banner hung across a large print with lights! 

Are you loving your decorations this year??? Haven't figured out where the presents will go, but I'm sure that will be an easy decision! ;) Hubs & I went on a little 'burbs shopping adventure where a fab coat was found and walked for hours in my new boots which were sooooo comfortable - totally recommend if you are in need!

Friday, December 9, 2011

gift guide - page turner

I love giving a great book as gift!!! Whether it is a gorgeous coffee table book full of images, the newest design book for a decor-minded Bestie or finding a limited edition print. Books of all types make stunning gifts. I have rounded up a wide variety which would make great Holiday gifts (all of which can find a home with me!)!

Do you have a favorite book right now? To gift or on your list?! {There are great book ideas on the Hostess & Boys guides too!}

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Gift guide - Jewelry Box

Who doesn't love a bauble? Another trinket for her jewelry box? No lady that's for sure!!! hehe  This is a great list to leave up on the screen for the boys... Hiya Boys!!! Looking at you... *blushing* we like accessories! 

I'd personally take ever single one of these... in the following order: 5, 3, 4, 1, 6, 8, 2, 7 in case cough cough any particular readers need so more guidance {Hi Santa!} - just in case LOL!!! hehe!!! Do you like accessories as gifts like me? What baubles are on your list - Spill!!! 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Gift Guide - For the Hostess

Next up on my Gift Guides is one for the Hostess (Hostess with the Mostest!!!!). Do you have a Mom, Sister or Girlfriend who always hosts gatherings? I sure do! One who loves to decorate their place, loves to add little trinkets to their home? These gifts can apply to more than just a Hostess, and would be loved by lots of ladies I know {present company, ie ME, will take them all!!}!!!

Do you agree - Wouldn't most of your ladies love any of these? Simple, timeless and every-time she looks at it she will know you know her too!!! I love how this iPhone printer is really pulling multiple-duty for so many different people on our lists! A Party Host can have all her friends print pictures from the evening to save or post on the fridge. {Maybe give her an awesome framed cork board!! Throw a coat of black chalk board paint over the basic brown cork et volia!!! May need this for myself!} 

Also, be sure to hop over to A Lovely Escape, Audrey is featuring a great gift guide (With a fun theme!) with a few of my picks! 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Gift Guide - For The Boys

Starting off this year's Gift Guides with on for the Boys in our lives! Dad, Brother, Boyfriend, Husband any and all apply! 

Get him stylish, functional gifts he'll love!!! In addition to the above, a new wallet is a great idea, or give him something funky & cool for his office (I think my brother would love this one!)!!!

Have you gotten your 'Man's' gifts figured out yet? What did you do?  

PS- Hop over to Stripes & Sequins - Grace is featuring her favorite Etsy shops..... guess whose is there!!! :D Lots more clutches coming this week, just in time for the holidays - for yourself or your ladies!!! 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Bits of the Weekend

Temps of 70-80 degrees, NICE! Lots of unpacking and assembling of furniture & decorating my Mom's new house, so fun! But don't worry we always find time to reward ourselves (with tasty treats, drinks and shopping!)!!!
 Some of our Adult Beverages.
 Miu Miu loves them! 
 Brunch on the water.
Family Photos. 

How were your weekends???

Friday, December 2, 2011


One of my favorite songs of all time! via 

Sometimes all you need a little reminder, something to spark a happy memory to cheer you up! When I saw this print a big smile came over my face!!! And after this week, which was particularly rough, it came at the perfect time! I usually use Window Shopping (and real shopping), music, lighting every single candle & plenty of trashy TV to get me out of my funk! What are your little pick me up's?

Jetting off for the weekend, to warmer temps to visit my Mom - Can't wait!!!  What are you doing? Getting your tree? Holiday Shopping?

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


I am very excited to start decorating the house for the Holidays, it's one of my most favorite times of year (a little behind this year, or so I feel since Dec is tomorrow!!!)!!! I love all the little touches sprinkled around the house, little vignettes of goodness! This year I want to keep with a similar theme as last year - cream, ivory, sparkle, white and gold. However I've had a weird feeling this year - I don't really want a tree. 

I can't pin point why but it'll be the first time in years. But then I started asking myself - do you need a tree to be festive? With Wreaths, Garland, Sparkly lights & White. 

And when in doubt add more sparkle?! Right???!!! 

We have a tall vase just like that and a great expanse of counter in our open living room/kitchen combo..... Who know's if I'll end up with a tree, but you can sure bet there will be lights and sparkle and ornaments every where until I decide!!! And I'll be sure to share!!! 

Have you gotten/getting a tree? Anyone else feel this way? 

*All images via

**You can see last years Holiday Decor here. And want to catch up on a comical tree buying experience of this (I still laugh and shake my head!)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Holiday Season - Party on!

Turkey has passed and the Holidays are upon us! And with the Holiday's come all the fun gatherings - office parties, family celebrations, Gift Exchanges & all the other bountiful nights spent out with Friends and loved ones!!!

Time to get your closet 'PARTY ON' ready!!!! I love shopping for new dresses or items to add to my closet, and best when you can transition them and wear them for more that one occasion!!!

So lets PARTY ON!!!!

1 - Striped Sequin Sweater - Have a casual Holiday party? Glam up jeans with a sparkly sweater and patent ballet flats! This sweater will easily wear for long after the last cheers!
2- Sequin Collar/Cape - Pair black slacks (like #15) and basic T and sky high heels - comfortable and more than just a little chic!!! Tres Chic!!! {If gold is too much, opt for the black or wine versions.}
3- Black Diamond Studs - A perfect addition to every girls closet!!! A touch more drama than a basic diamond stud and these parties call for drama and fun!
4- Lace Dress - add black tights and booties and you'll be ready to go! The deep wine color is a great closet staple, classic shape in non-black but just as easy to wear as black! Top of my List!!!
5- Draped Sequin T - Are you a T-shirt and jeans girl? Why not a sequin tee? I def think 'Yes!'
6- Ruffled Sequin Dress - I mean why not, right??? #1 or the go big or go home dresses! Talk about a NYE dress to remember?!!!! I love it!!! {Tone it down with a black blazer, like #11.}
7- Black Booties - Every girl needs a pair!!! Pair with anything in your closet and you will be looking good! {Skinny jeans & Blazer, Dress & tights} I need these!!!
8- Plunge Leather Dress - She ain't no black black dress - she is everything and more!!! If I had NYE or a few holiday parties to attend she would be number one on my list! I can't get enough and know there are endless possibilities on how to wear her!!
9- Sequin Wrap - Here is go-big-or-go-home-dress #2 and she is gorg!!!! What a stunner!
10- Bow Ring - Everything is better wrapped in a bow, you included! And at less than $4.00 come'on what a great extra kick to any outfit for the next month!!!
11- Denim Tuxedo Blazer - Not boring black, but not too stuffy, this blazer would be a great classic item in any girls closet and would look perfect over red denim and heels or would spice up a basic dress
12- Glitter Flats - No fancy party to attend, or don't feel like wearing heels? Throw on some sparkly flats and you will feel like a million bucks! And after the party pair them with trousers and a white button down for the workweek - Talk about double duty (Anything to make work-wear more fun!)!
13- Diamond Bib Necklace - any outfit is instantly glammed up with some bling - and she won't break the bank!!! Oh yes puh-lease!!!!
14- Sequin Slip Dress - Really shall we explain? No holiday season can be without sparkle - and you all know me - the more the better!!! (evidence!)
15- Tuxedo Slacks - Classic, wearable and effortless chic! You can pair these now with a cashmere sweater & then come spring with one of your man's white undershirts and rocking heels & clutch!

Do you have any holiday parties to attend? What will you wear! I don't have any to dress up for but still lusting after, umm... I want/have a need/desire for #1,4,7,8 & 13, hehe!!!

Monday, November 28, 2011

this and that

I hereby start the petition for regular 4-day weekends, can I get a second?! It was one of those weekends where I did a bit of this a lot of that, and am fully recharged for another week! I did more relaxing and a snuggling on the couch - and I wouldn't have wanted it any other way!!! Pure bliss!!

There was a bit of shopping! Hubs and I braved Black Friday crowds, which weren't all that bad and when it was - just taking a step to the side and people watching more than made up for it! I mean we saw Ben Franklin and either Jefferson or Edison rapping on Michigan Ave - yes rapping, who knew! hehe

Finally found some new boots & wouldn't you know it I find a coat I love and want.... AND there are NO MORE LEFT, not one single one left, in my size in the entire company (They searched/tracked for me!)!!! Back to the drawing board I guess. I love the boots so much I want them in black too - but restrained.  

There was lots of sewing.
I found two GREAT new fabrics - a super thick and super soft carmel-y tan and a deep luscious burgundy! I listed a bunch of new ones with the zipper colors many of you have requested!!! PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT FOR YOUR LADIES!!!! (Sorry had to!) There are also two-toned and Gold Sequins listed!!!!

There was LOTS of eating and Holiday Drinking. With Friends in town last weekend (for a long weekend) I'm sure I've gained at least 5 pounds! So I ended on a healthier note - 1.5 hour gym trip, sushi for dinner!

Spill how were your weekends? Did you score any holiday shopping deals?

PS - Stay tuned! I have a full line-up of Fab Gift & Holiday Guides for you ladies & can't wait to share!!! 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Little Thanks!

When I read Taylor's (rocking name am I right?!) little list of 28 things she's thankful for I laughed! They were great, so I thought I'd share my own 28 {One for every year}.... Becuase not everything needs to be serious!

I'm thankful for more than the basics {My Hubs, Mom, Bro, Dad, Health etc}....(The little comical, out of the norm things!)
  • The Pooch
  • Unexpected Hand Written Cards
  • Chilled White Wine
  • Random texts from my Brother
  • Sweat Pants
  • Pedicures
  • DVR
  • Mexican Food Delivery
  • Dance Remix's
  • Cha-ider
  • Onion Rings
  • Bike Rides
  • Cute Shoes 
  • Clean Sheets
  • Picture Messages from my Mom
  • Real Housewives Series
  • A good Brazilian Wax
  • Net-A-Porter & The Outnet
  • Candles
  • Good Hair Days
  • Online Window Shopping
  • Our Covered Parking spot (think no snow removal)
  • Snooze Button
  • J.Crew Sales
  • Brunch/Bloody Mary's
  • Photography
  • Polite People on Public Transportation
  • Unwavering love from my Family
Anything non-traditional you are thankful for?


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Are you excited for a tasty feast??? I sure am!!!  My favorite dish, is a dish I was taught by my grandmother. Broccoli Casserole. There is nothing fancy about our version - it is saved and only made a few times a year. It never lasts long and we usually have to make 2 platers! {2 bags of frozen chopped broccoli, mix in 3/4 of a large Velveeta stick (yes, velveeeta!) until hot, bubbly. In Large storage bag, smash sleeves of ritz crackers into crumbs. Drizzle in a few tablespoons of melted butter. Fill Casserole dish with Broc/Cheese mixture and then cover with cracker bits. Bake 350 until top is golden brown.}  

This isn't mine, this is Pioneer Woman's Version...which is so similar to mine!, & classier with fresh broc! HA! 

What are you Thankful for this year? What is your Favorite dish during the Holidays? 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Blue Check

I've been resisting wearing a winter coat for as long as I can. I think those days ended this weekend. Until now I've been getting by in lots of layers worn in conjunction with lighter jackets or an extra sweater. 

 Vest/Jeans: Old Navy. Button Down/Sweater/Purse: J.Crew. Boots: MIA (similar)

Friday, November 18, 2011


About once a year I have a hair-lema. I'll be in 'I'm growing my hair long' stage and doing fine but maybe a tad frustrated because it never seems to grow. Then I spot images like this and I want to chop the little 'long' length I have all off. 

And I know it's the same story every time. It's all fun and cute - the cute-I-like you feeling lasts about a week or two. Then it's all BOO! I regret it because I really want that long long hair again.

Or I see images like this, and think why?!

Just in a hair rut I guess! Am I alone, how do you resist the scissors - or better yet: How can I make my hair longer faster?! 

Kicking off what will sure be a fun long weekend with a trip to salon this morning! Will be followed 4 days of  out of town friend fun, group dinners, drinks (lots) and a Football game {Go CHARGERS! Boo Bears!} 

*All images via

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Chic Colors

My post last week all about black was mainly a reflection of my mood. However the more I thought about how versatile black really is, I kept coming back to the black isn't always boring {Although I try harder than anything to get my Mom to sway from it, she doesn't wear anything but black!}. It can be yes, but done in the right ways - it's classic and effortless chic! Tres Chic!  Black +PLUS+ White & then add some tan or gold - you will be stunning! The perfect combo!!!

You see it in decor.

You see it in streetstyle. 

You can see it in your closet! (This jacket, STUNNING!!!)

Do you...I mean, don't you agree??? 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Chicago Shopping - Kiehl's

On a recent shopping trip I noticed a sign for a new store - a giant Kiehl's Flagship store right downtown {located in The Shops at North Bridge, in the Nordstrom shops}! And the doors open this week on November 17th!!!

I don't currently use their products, but often wish I did - I get afraid trying new items. And I'm sure it's not just me (right?), I often get dismayed when asking questions to a sales person who is quite pushy and obviously trying to push products on me. I always get home with something that I am unhappy with - and with my skin this a not a good thing, read break-out! But this new location, with dedicated & knowledgable staff and all it will offer - a perfect way for me to stop by pick their brains & quite grab a few items!!!
I've only heard great things about their products. And I personally can't get enough of & love the simple lines of their apothecary style packaging - simple and to the point. Right up my alley!!!! {They even have a bottel return & get credit program, Love a green company!!} I struggle with my skin, occasional breakout, rough patches and heading into another long winter I can't wait to head over and have a personal consultation and try out a bunch of possible new-to-me products!!!

Do you use Kiehl's? What is your favorite product? What do I need, need to try? Please send any tips/tricks you may have for skin care - I still can't get this winter thing down!