Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Trimmings

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 mine....read 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?

Thankful

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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

hair-lema

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!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

DIY- Vintage Ring Dish

I wanted something simple, girlie &  deep enough to catch my 'jewels' every night. Tossing them on the nightstand has often found me on my knees the next morning in search of a single lost earring!


Practice to find the perfect phrase, a gold paint pen and vintage flatware et volia. Elle est tres jolie (She is so pretty!)!



Girlie and perfect!!! I made a few extra just for you {Listed HERE} - A perfect stocking stuffer for you or your Besties!!!!

In my Dish: Michael Kors Watch, J.Crew studs & bangle, Jewelmint Gold 'O' ring & my wedding/engagement rings! 

Friday, November 11, 2011

oh...week

Ever have a week where everything is just off? Constantly sleepy, work was like walking up a mountain backwards & blindfolded?! Add the dark by 4pm, Full Moon and SNOW (yes, it snowed yesterday!! I promise to not mention it too often....err I'll try!!!) it's been a doozie!

How amazing is this room?! Stunning. via.

I'm so glad its the weekend. I'm mentally pooped. Lots on the agenda but mostly I want to be where ever this is - fire roaring and a stack of magazines. What is on your agenda??? Do tell?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Unrealistic (Housing) Dreams

A long sought after property has recently hit the market. It's been featured in many a magazine, 'pin-ed' galore!

Living Room. Facade. Back Yard. Kitchen.

I had an irrational unrealistic-emotional-type unfufilled-letdown-whyisthisnotfair feeling when I read that Jenna Lyons' (err, head brains behind J. Crew...who I met here...awesomeness just incase you were under a rock didn't know) Brooklyn brownstone was for sale. I don't have a paycheck nor trust fund to afford anything near that amount, nor a current residence city that would even make it an iota of a possibility. So, umm.... I am occasionally irrational. There I said it. (Hubs, no comments please! ;) ) I am totally serious, my heart hung low for a solid hour or two - supa-dupa silly I know!  I had almost a buyer's remorse experience, except I didn't buy anything, just wish I could.

But hey I dream big.

But Phooey.... why not me?! I mean who wouldn't want to live there?! I Die. I Do.

Master SWEET Suite: Half Floor Walk-in Closet. Bed with View. Claw Foot Tub. 

Droll-freaking-amazing-perfect-dangnabit-drool right?!!!!! The person who grabs this dang lucky!

**Property Listing HERE

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Back To Black

So what's the deal with the 'pitch-black-darkness' that welcomes you when you get off work?! It's for the birds I tell ya, the birds!!! Making the work day feel so long - I'm not alone am I??? I'll get used to it I know, do every year but these first few days have be a shock to the 'ol brain-er.

So let's rejoice shall we? Back to Black - Basic Black is always a winner! {Mom, I know you are loving this... :) She lives in black!}

1  /  2  /  3  /  4  /  5  /  6

Have you had a tough time getting back into the swing of things this week, like me? And more importantly do you love black basic like me?  (And get in my closet #5 & 6...no lie, dying over these two!)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

shop frankie's

When my Blogging Bestie Nicole of Frankie Hearts Fashion, turned real life text and email BFF let me in on a little secret - she was going to open up an online store & I 'eek'ed' aloud and then waited patiently!!! At last it's here & OPEN, and I recommend you RUN over and grab a little something for yourself! SHOP FRANKIE'S



The prices are insanely reasonable and the range of product, spot on! Talk about the perfect basics and amazing little closet additions - I didn't own a full sequin dress and a sequin mini, she would be mine!!! A few of the above may or may not be on their way to me now!!!

Congrats lady friend, I wish I was close to take you out to celebrate! xoxox

Monday, November 7, 2011

Bits of the Weekend

Not really sure where the weekend went, but is was fun nonetheless! Traveled to the 'Burbs to celebrate the 1st Birthday of one of the sweetest little girls I've ever met! And ended with Brunch at a new spot {Uncommon Ground}, chores, a bit low key food and lots of Football & a bit of sewing (More Clutches Listed!)!

How were your weekends?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Window Shopping

Available HERE

Spotted these the other day while Window Shopping before a girls shipping trip. Lusting after some simple flats with flair!!! Need these ASAP! {I commute in flats and often wear ballet flats in lieu of tennis on the weekend - they would get worn so often! ... A little bit of watch Taylor justify} 

Have you ever just been strolling around and found something you can't stop thinking about?! (seems to be a trend for me, always shoes...evidence

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Cross Body

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Looking for a small cross-body style bag to add to the collection. I find keeping my hands free in the winter is a must - probably the lugging of a jacket, scarf, gloves and hat are often occupying my hands. Plus, what girl doesn't I love having a stylish bag to run around with and one that will just catch all the necessities. These four are looking mighty nice and would fit the bill perfectly! #2 & #3 are the front runners...any tickling your fancy?  Which would you choose? 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

In the Kitchen: Cider Cocktail


This fall there has been no shortage of apple cider consumed in our house.... I may be slightly addicted!!! Warm or hot, no prejudices here! All are welcome! Here is an insanely easy Cider Cocktail that we've been consuming on the regular. 3 ingredients - Cider, Ginger Ale and Bourbon {2:2:1 ratio}. (Key: Get yourself a high-end really gingery ginger ale vs the basic store brand. We've been getting this from Binny's)



*Recipe and Inspiration found here.