Tuesday, April 30, 2013

bits of....randomness

Life. It's been great lately! Don't you just love when that happens? Things fall into place, and not much to complain about?! I sure do! It's kinda been so great, that I've been out enjoying it. keeping my phone tucked away, and just out enjoying the sights the sounds, the people! Here are little bits of randoms that perked my interest over the past week or so! :)


1. It's bike riding season again!!!!!!! Sound the alarms, honk the horns! Unlike my Husband who rode his bike every.single.day.this.winter my little lady had been collecting dust. A couple of weeks ago I tested the waters, it may have been a bit chilly then, but everyday it's getting warmer and the miles of peddling are ever increasing! I can't wait for more adventures this summer on my bike! {Sunglasses - Lookmatic Marlowe's}
2. Every time the weather warms up I search high and low for more dresses with exposed backs. I saw this image on Pinterest and I love it! The big old top-knot, the wispy hair and dress caught in the wind - perfect summer afternoon! There is something so sexy about an exposed back to me, I will instantly love a dress or shirt 10x more if the back is exposed or scooped out low!
3. This.Dress!!! I walked into J.Crew last week and had to try it on. The color, the cut - and the peep in the back (go look at the pictures online - then imagine it looking so much cuter in person, because it does!)!!! In LOVE!!! Looks like it may already be sold out online, but I'm sure it will be back or try your stores! I already know where I am wearing it first, now just to decide if i want to funk it up with a pair of wedges, or keep it classic with some peep toe heels - those are my kinda choices!
4. I loved the print so dang much, the perfect shade kelly green with hot pink hibiscus, yummy! ....I might have needed to order it in bathing suit form you know to just see! hehe and yes, I did, it should arrive tomorrow!!!
5. These were the jeans I posted about here, I got them. And they are even better than I could have hoped for!! They fit like a dream, the stretch = perfect, and the denim is like butta! So soft!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

oh 'crew!!!

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6

I think J.Crew and Shopbop are in chaoots!!! First 25% off at SB, then Crew....I mean I am NOT complaining (they are my FAVS!) but my wallet might! 25% off anything now at J.Cew - say it ain't so?!!!!! hehe {During Shopbop's sale....I had a similar list - here, and I got the jeans - :)} 

Might be time to snatch up some of the items that have been sitting in my online cart for a few weeks now! I'd die if all these babies could be mine! I'd pair #2 with some ripped up dark jeans & pumps. #1 with a flowy maxi on the beach, or rolled up BF shorts with a slim tank. #6 would be just the perfect wear everywhere in summer wedge. And #4, just the faintest of pinks, the perfect nude bag! #3 - oh the possibilities! Tucked into white slacks for work, over shorts or denim on the weekends - another wear every piece!!!That's my kinda item!

Have you purchased anything? The 25% off is valid in stores and online, through 4/28!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

white denim

So I have a dilemma. A frivolous one but still one none the less. I can't find my white jeans!!! Last year I finally upgraded my white jeans. It was fair over due. I found a pair that fit like a glove. Tush looked great (if I say so myself!) and a great thick denim so the 'white pant' travesty wasn't an issue. Except they seem to have disappeared!!

I haven't pulled out all my summer clothes just yet, but of the areas I've checked - they are long gone UGGH! They didn't get feet and march south for the winter, but dang it, where did they go?!


It is finally warming up, abet extremely slowly, I have been feeling inspired by all these ladies and I want to wear them now. With a few layers. No need to wait til summer to bust them out! Ok I must head to the basement and dig in my storage bins, otherwise I will be off to find myself another 'perfect' pair!

{These are in the running so far as options}

Friday, April 19, 2013

rah rah

** Update: This post was written before the most recent events in Boston started to occur. I'm tempted to take it down, but for now I'll leave it. My thoughts, prayers, concerns and attention is on Boston right now. I hope everyone stays safe and they are in my thoughts. I'll watch from social media and the news wishing I could do something to assist. xo


Hip HIP HOORAY, it's Friday! Which is THE WEEKEND!!!! Time to give a little cheer! To say it's been a soggy week up here, it an understatement  It's been down right drench-tastic!!! I hope it tapers off, because can you image the beauty and green which with blossom within a few weeks?! I can't wait!!! A long winter, and a very wet chilly spring. I just know May will be gorgeous!!!! {If you put it out there, it's bound to happen right?!}

This has been a wild week, I hope everyone has a chance to relax and enjoy time with their family and loved ones this weekend. I have some boring errands to run this weekend (dry cleaners, gym, work) and hopefully the rain will stay away so the Hubs and I can sneak in a bike ride too! What are you doing?

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

shopbop sale time... AGAIN! Yippee!!!

It's ShopBop sale time, again!!! Yippee!!! I love ShopBop sales (and J.Crew!) when it's a percent off full price clothes. Not that I don't love getting a great item on sale for an even bigger discount. These are the sales where I find it smartest to stock up on your classics. The items that will rarely go on sale, that will last your for more than a wear or two or just one season.

Of course I filled my cart with a bunch of fun goodies. Then began the edit. Below are a few which are still holding fort in my online cart, just need to narrow it down a bit, bc I know #1 isn't a classic, but I love it. 
// 5 - Clutch // 6 - Summer Sneakers

Are you going to get anything? This dress is also in the cart....and this dress too! 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

pretties

I'm sad. And I'm confused! First off I just have to say me heart goes out to everyone involved or affected by yesterday's Boston Marathon tragedy. My heart literally hurts, and I just don't understand. :( So sad, so so so sad!!!

:(

I debated whether or not I wanted to post anything today, but I figured some pretties to look at might be what people need. I adore my Rifle Paper 2013 calendar, and really, all of their products! So here you go! I adore these.....now I just need to upgrade to a 5!!! :)


Which would you choose? I think forest flowers or spanish rose for me! 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Warm Spinach Salad



Back home (in California) there was one restaurant that I pretty much survived off of in college. The Fish Market, Del Mar location to be exact! It might have been the fact that my then BF, high school sweetheart turned college sweetheart manned the Oyster Bar. Or that one of my best friends was waitress there. {you know highlllllly discounted meals, and free drinks!} Or it might not have been..... Because the food was just dang good! Fresh seafood, and perfect location! It was right by the racetrack, 5 minutes from the beach, and 10 mins from campus or our apartment.

If you forced to me to pick a favorite item it would have to be the warm spinach salad. Hands down. I am not even exaggerating when I tell you I probably ate one 3-5 times a week junior and senior year of college! I used to make them at home all the time, having your (then) guy know the recipe & make it all the time for customers, it was super easy for me to learn - i had him teach me. And since it was super easy to make I could go it on my own whenever he wasn't around, or I wasn't at the restaurant. Or as it is now, when I don't live anywhere near a location.

Last night while trying to figure out what side to have with the salmon we picked up, this jumped into my head. And dammmnnnnnnn it's been way too long since I've had or made this salad. And I can tell you confidently I'll be eating them in high rotation going forward.


What you need:
1/4-1/2 Red Onion - sliced // 2-4 cloves Garlic - chopped // Kalamata Olives (pitted) - I like mine whole, but a rough chop would work too // Feta Cheese // Balsamic Oil // EVOO // Big handful of spinach  {the mise en place above was for two salads, but olives for just me :) }

To Cook - I cook one serving at a time, but you can easily prep one big one for two servings:
Heat up a medium size saute pan over medium heat.
Once heated, add small drizzle of olive oil around pan.
Give it a minute or two, and then drop in a bunch of garlic and red onions. And saute until the onion just start to soften, stirring regularly.
Then add the balsamic (I don't know an exact about - maybe 4-5 tablespoons. You want to almost cover 3/4 of the bottom of the saute pan, but not quite).
Let it start warming up, stir everything around, and when the outer bits of balsamic start to get a little bubbly, toss in the feta (however much you like!) and the olives.
The balsamic will still be runny, but starting to reduce slightly.
Keep heating everything a bit longer. The onions should be soft and the balsamic should smell delish! Once it reduces just a touch more, turn off the heat and toss in a big handful of spinach.
Toss the spinach in the warm goodness and serve. The spinach will start to wilt with the heat of the sauce, so be sure to add a bunch - more than you would for a raw spinach salad.

The cooking process will probably only take you ~5 minutes. It's such a quick and easy dish!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Cream & White


Scarf - H&M (old) // Blazer - Zara (old) // T- JCrew // Jeans - JCrew // Purse - Chloe 
// Booties - Dolce Vita // Sunnies - Rx RayBans // Watch - Michael Kors
 

Spring weather hasn't really sprung for us in Chicago, but I'm pretty over coats  and dark colors, so I went with it. The lake breezes, big swings in temps daily - just part of life of up here. I pretty much froze when I wore this late last week when my friends were in town but you do what you have it some days. The scarf and a cami under the T cut the chill down a bit. Nothing a few cocktails with friends couldn't solve! But you can sure bet I'm ready to not want multiple layers (no matter how light they are), or covered feet/arms! Bring on the warmth, exposed limbs and freshly pedicured toes! :) {It's coming and I can't wait!}


But hey we have sunshine again!!!! Yay for the return of sunglasses!!! :)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

all laced up!

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Having a real bad itch to own some cute little shoes with laces. I want to be all laced up! When it's finally warm enough to expose some skin - that is! And please tell me why these wedges have to be sold out in my size......why I ask! May have to go to a few stores to see if they can call around, they are the perfect shoe - work and weekend, yup yup! And those pumps! After seeing Liz wear them, I kinda want them too! She made them look so dang cute! 

Are you in with the laces?!?!!!!

Friday, April 5, 2013

happy weekend!!!


Oh Happy Friday.Weekend!!!! It's been a killer week, the days flew by! I snuck a few personal days in this week since I had some of my close friends from California in town. Talk about a treat! Friends and two full days of with the Hubs?! Loves it! But man, two full days off mid-week shopping and then eating/drinking your way around town is exhausting! Lots of craft beers, fancy cocktails, too many pit stops for food and a few nights out too late. So fun, but getting up for work yesterday and heading into the office for an 8 am meeting.....followed bu a day of back-to-back meetings and a to-do list 10 miles too long. Rough Sauce! So even though I had a light load at 'time at work' I can't wait to get sometime this weekend and put my feet up & chillax! I'm pretty excited for my new sunnies to arrive, currently stalking the mailman! Found this fun little skirt and I had to snatch it up during their sale, if only it would get warm enough so I could wear it, sans tights! Thinking I might need to go get a pedi and come home rocking some new hot pink polish.....sooooo ready for summer! 

Catch you loves next week!!!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

....


Happy to report the Honeymoon period hasn't worn off! Knocking on our three year anniversary & I'm kinda totally headoverheels smitten with the Hubs!!!!! nocheesefactor it just keeps getting better and better. I loves him!! {Just had to put it out there today!} 

*image via

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

spring desires

The weather has finally turned up here, days are not nearly as cold and we even hit mid-50's this past weekend!! I christened the grill last night, first mini-BBQ of the season! Can we all celebrate?!?!!!! I've retired the coats, and warm winter boots - leaving me with light jackets and booties until we finally break outta the 40-50 range! My shopping list though it filled with items for summer, although I want them all.right.now!!! I'm ready to toss aside dark colors in favor of lighter hues and nudes. Just need to get some sun on my see-through skin, so I don't looked washed out. But I know it is only a matter of time before I can. And I can't wait! (might need to sneak in a spray tan before then, so I can rock some skirts or dresses without blinding people!


All of these babies are tempting my online shopping carts in a bad, bad way!!! And can someone please get me this suit, I need it for my upcoming getaway!!! NEED! 

// 4&5 - Skinny & Stackable Gold Rings // 6 - Bustier Bikini // 7 - Striped Silk Tank 
// 8 - Nude Sandals - love the knot! // 9 - Chunky Tortoise Sunnies - I finally ordered these! 

Anything you have your eye on for Spring???