Monday, April 30, 2012

Sickie


Sorry for the radio silence on Friday - the week got away from me & work had me drowning. Then magically Friday afternoon after a fit of sneezes I was sick. No joking. Full on drippy nose, light headed, nauesous, major sore throat! So my weekend consisted of naps, a bit of whining (bc I mean when you feel like a$$ how can you not?!), and then more naps! 

I wish the above was my night stand, oh no mine was littered in tissues and Halls wrappers! HA! What a site I was! Oh well onto this new week, and I hope to get better soon! For it tis my b-day tomorrow and who wants to be sick on their birthday?! Not this chica! 

So spill what did you do this weekend??? Let me live vicariously through you and your adventures. I was rocking sweat pants and rat-nest styled hair! ;) 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Little Miss Sunshine

Needing a little sunshine in my week, literally - Cloudy, drizzly and cold here in Chicago!  I promise to quit moaning and carrying on about the weather, soon. Soon. However, I'm sure plenty of other Chicago ladies can agree - these mid-40 degree days are old. We are ready for 60-70 and until then, we will continue to wear sweaters and layers and dream sunshine-y thoughts!


How fun are these bright pops of yellow & gold! They sure cheer me up! I think tomorrow I will find something yellow and bright to wear to work & close out the work week on a high note!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Green Dream


By now you all know how much I love J.Crew, however since the start of winter there hasn't been much that has perked my interest - just a top or two, however I got the new May catalog. And watch out wallet!!! I must get these two outfits, ASAP!!!! 

The Blazer and Ripped up shorts - what a cute summer night out - I already own most of this look! Using my closet I can pull some great wedges, & button down, just need to nab that blazer (and maybe some new DIY ripped up shorts!)!! And the second look (right), perfection!!! Easy swing sweater and perfect aqua skinnies. I must. get. it. all. 

Have you looked at the new catalog?! Do you have a list ready? {My birthday is coming up next week, may need to treat myself!} 

Monday, April 23, 2012

Dress Medicine Taken

Well the weather this weekend definitely didn't listen - and stayed very chilly. However, this little lady took a dose of my own medicine and thought summer! On a gaunt out the the 'burbs with the Hubs, I scooped up some amazing summer pieces!!!


And a fun house-ware, because I mean Kitty salt & pepper shakers on sale - how could I not?!?!!!! Now if it would warm up so I could wear my new dresses!!!

How were your weekends?

Friday, April 20, 2012

ready for

I am ready for a weekend (or vacation) where.... Pretty sandals are required! Where dresses without a back are welcomed! And where the tinier the bikini the better!!!! Are you???


I'm ready to jump head first into summer, we pretty much skipped spring, yesterday was 45 and the high for the next 4 days is forecasted to hover at 50. I want sundress and exposed limb weather!!! I hope it warms up so enjoyable bike riding can occur this weekend (I freeze when riding if not above 55 since I refuse to get back out my heavy coats!). If it doesn't I'm sure I'll make do but know I'll be dreaming of warm sunny beaches!

PS- (1) Thank you Liz for making me obsessed with these sandals! (2) Someone please send me these three items - I need them!!!!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Can we please...

Can we please take a brief pause in our normal scheduling {you know shopping, food and clothing talk!} today is a special day. A certain Husband has a birthday today!!!!  I would like to wish the most important 'old man' in my life a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!


Happy Birthday Baby - xxoo!!!! You are such an inspiration to me, you make me want to be better person and inspire me to push myself harder everyday! I love you with all my being and can't wait for the weekend to celebrate!

And baby, did you notice I didn't post a photo of you?! That was just for you, cuz it's your birthday! ;) Anyone else's man run when a camera comes out?!!

*photo via, edits by me

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Bits of my Weekend: Annapolis

Some of my favorite snapshots from my mini-Family weekend in Annapolis! Blossoms, stunning USNA grounds, Severne River, Crew Tournaments {GO NAVY!}, Siblings. 


I can't wait to see that boy again!!! Crazy I remember the day he was born, and he turns 21 next year! 

Monday, April 16, 2012

Baroque


I wonder if I could get RX lens' for these bad boys?!?!  I know this style isn't the newest - many-a-famous blogger has been seen wearing them, but man they sure are fun!!!! Add them to my Castle Dreams-Track House fund List ;) I kid, well not really - I'm sure with RX lens these babies would have surpassed MY+YOUR+SomeMore$ sunglasses budgets! But this girl can sure dream!!!! 

Do you have any dreamy sunglasses you love? 

Friday, April 13, 2012

Stalker

Do you Stalk?


Did you know you can follow some of your fav bloggers, i.e. ME!!!! on Currently Obsessed? You can see some of the items they are buying or lusting after - click on an item you like right from my picks and you head straight to the website to purchase. So easy and so FUN!!!!! You can heart the items you like too, so it's easier to go back (when you inevitably want to buy!) as well.

Hope you have wonderful weekends planned - I am on a plane heading to visit my brother today & couldn't be more excited!!!! A Navy Crew tournament, family dinners and a nice weekend away - WaHoo!!!!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Seat Noticed

So I was looking through a folder on my desktop and my 'Home' Pinterest Board of decor I like (because the re-decorating bug is in my brain & looking is supposed to help, but it doesn't!), I was like wow. I picked on a very evident pattern. I have a major thing for Eames. A Maj thing!  Molded (Plywood or Plastic) and of course the classic lounger.

I lost count at 16 and there were more...many more, le sigh. I picked just a couple of my favorites to share!!! I mean from dinning room, to living room to bedroom to office, one can't really do wrong! I need one or two or a set right?! Help me explain this to the Hubs!

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I am lusting for a white rocker - I want it for my living room and then one day (in the far future!) for a kiddo room!! Do tell, do you own one????!!?!? Vintage, reproduction or other?!  Tell me all about it - let me live vicariously!!!!


If you love them as much as I, you can find all styles online & various retailers - I love to test them out and oogle at Design Within Reach and Room & Board.

{Also should be noted: There were more than a couple Ghost chairs, 1006 Navy chairs, Toliax Marais' - honestly I love them allllllllll!!!!}


*images, all on my 'For the Home' Board:  

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Dress-in: Simple Summer

Yesterday's post about a fun Resort Wear Style outfit left me longing for some more casual and simple summer dresses. The following are on my list, esp the far left & right. I love how understated and simple they are. A perfect day dress with flats. Yet I know piling on some bangles, a messy top knot and fun wedges - I could totally mange to head into night with ease.


As you can tell I'm ready for some h.e.a.t - this week it's been 35-45 out, brrrrrrrr - I refuse to get a winter coat back out and been freezing!!! Although that may have to do with being perpetually cold, yes always but whatever. Lets talk dresses and summer! Are you or better yet have you purchased any fun dresses for summer? 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Black & Tan

Life has been a bit hectic, life has been a bit stressful, I would like to put my toes in the sand and relax. I just want a little tropical getaway!!! And can I do it wearing this?!

From poolside to dinner & drinks with ease! For day grab your bag (with sunnies inside!), flats and a giant floppy hat. Then just a quick change of shoes, a few accessories & light jacket and you are ready to go for evening!

Please spill - where is your next vacation? I need to live vicariously - we have nothing currently planned SOB! 

Friday, April 6, 2012

Weeknight Meal: Lettuce Wraps

Healthy Eating. Not always fun, or even super tastey, but there are those times when WOW - you love what you are eating and know that it is good for you! You know the so good! This is one of those recipes folks! Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps.

Now if you are like me, you eat meat & the thought of 'fake' meat isn't very appetizing. Then the thought of tofu, umm no thanks. I am right there with you!!! However this super easy and quick recipe by Pioneer Women has changed my thought process. I used it as the inspiration for my version!


This recipe was about 20 minutes start to belly! Soooo quick- a perfect weeknight meal! To this recipe I added 1/3 white onion finely chopped, about 1/2 cup finely chopped water chestnuts (2/3 the small can I had), and 3 cloves of garlic finely chopped. I substituted olive oil with Toasted Sesame oil (found at my local Trader Joe's)- to enhance the Asian flavor. Then followed along!!! I decided to opt for Sriracha hot sauce - in lieu of chili powder so I could adjust the 'heat' to my liking while eating.


I swear I thought I was eating restaurant lettuce wraps (PF Changs are my favorite!)! Will you try this knowing its mainly tofu? I already know I'm making this next week again!!!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Concert Chic

The summer Concert Season is gearing up & I'm pretty excited! Relaxed summer evenings - at venues around town, or listening to live music outdoors. Or just enjoying a cocktail with friends. I love the look of a tailored blazer over a vintage (or vintage-style t), with nice jeans and fun heels! And how amazing is this one?! White, black, tailored, chic - Need I say more?!


Actually I'll take this whole outfit!!! I just need one of these T's, Blazer & shades (yes, the shoes are now mine!)!

Do you have any concerts planned for summer?

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Staples (a portion)

Use yesterday's post as the norm, my norm. I love heels and fancy get-ups, alas my 'norm' consists of mainly flats & 'skinnies' (Skinny style jeans). Of various forms, colors and styles - for easy transitions & numerous combinations! My closet consists of a few staples in the Flat & Jeans category. 

Flats: For me, are essential for running around the city, where walking many blocks is the norm - I rarely drive and use public transportation 90%. I have fancier flats to the super casual, and just by changing the shoe you can take an outfit up or down a notch or two! My go-tos are ballet flats, loafers, Topsiders, TOMS. The key is find something you like and get it in multiples - you will wear it more! 

Skinnies: The most commonly worn jeans in my closet are skinnies. I love them, stretchy and easy to throw on. Find a brand that works on you and get various colors! And Patterns! The best part is you can find them at every price range - I personally splurge on the calssic denims that will last and have saved on the trendier, colored versions. I have a wind range - burnt orange cords, red, cobalt, dark/faded/black denim.

Flats: (Leopard) Loafers, (Red) Ballet Flats, (Gold) Topsiders, (Yellow) Toms
Denim Skinnies: Floral, White, Dark  

 What do you wear around on no-muss-no-fuss weekends? 

Monday, April 2, 2012

Down View

Pretty relaxing weekend on my front, the chillier weather stuck around but it was still a nice weekend! I have no complaints! Barre class, Pizza Date, Nap, Sleep, Movie - Hunger Games, Groceries, Nap, Sunday Night TV. Easy no stress, nice right?!

These types of weekends are my favorite! Here is what I wore:

Saturday: Parka, Chambray Shirt: old Gap (similar here), Black Skinnies: Hudson
Ballet Flats (similar here), JewelMint 'X' Ring

Sunday: Parka, White T: J.Crew, Cobalt Skinnies: Old Navy
Ballet Flats, JewelMint 'X' Ring

To say I love my new parka is an understatement - It rocks!!!! How were your weekends?