Monday, November 25, 2013

with and without


Seemed perfectly fitting for this holiday week! And this Holiday season!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

love & inspiration

Just a few things that I'm loving and are inspiring me lately! What is inspiring you (share in the comments!)? 





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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

jeans & heels


I adore getting dressed up, heading out dressed to the nines. Although for me and my life that isn't all that often :) Not on the gala scene over here! However, I love nothing more than jeans & heels!!! Jeans are accepted pretty much every these days, you can be glam day to relaxed night out! I mean, aren't these ladies above hawt?!

Plain denim. Distressed denim. Simple pumps. Patterned Heels. The combinations are endless! I'd top the denim/heels with a classic blouse and a killer bomber or coat (I mean if you live in the north, it's just about coat season!) Here are a few of my favorites!

Denim: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4
Heels: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4

I really want those blue suede pumps!!!!

Are you on the jeans & heels train with me?

*Inspiration images found HERE

Monday, November 18, 2013

patterned coats

1 // 2  // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6

The weather lately, here in Chicago, has been all over the place! Yesterday crazy thunder, lightening and tornado's! And 65 degrees! And if we look back at last week, Monday, almost an inch of snow! I'm trying my best to ease into winter wear, and I'm thinking a patterned coat is just what I NEED! Nothing too expensive, but something fun, nonetheless! Time to play up drab winter with some fun outer wear! I have the basics (as it relates to a warm wool coat): black, tan, grey and navy. But what I don't have is something patterned!! 

And Mama wants!!! Which would you pick? 4,5,6 are my fav so far.....pile one on over jeans and a sweatshirt, no one would have a clue while I run errands on the weekend! And over trousers and a blouse, what fun for work! 

Help me decide!! Or share your fav from the internet! 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Thailand, Part 4; Phuket


And here we are the last little bits of Phuket. Our island hopping boat excursion! You must go on one! I only wish I had an underwater camera to have captured all the snorkeling amazingness we saw under the surface...but now I know for next time!!!


Little fishing boats, and a small army of long tail boats scattered everywhere you look. And the occasional mega yacht!!! What an incredible slice of earth! Please add this region to your travel lists!


Does this cove (below) look familiar??? Think Hollywood movie...Leo DeCaprio.... The Beach, was filmed here, Maya Bay!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Thailand, Part 3; Phuket

Time to round out our amazing summer Thailand adventure with you guys! Ive been selfish and saving them, this was a trip that really touched us, and we still talk about the experiences we had with the locals daily! 

After our days in Bangkok we traveled south to Phuket! A little reprieve from the hot hot humid city, time to relax! I could drink a Mr. Cup Tea every day - my favorite was the strawberry tea with the jello bits (can someone please tell me where to get drinks like this stateside?!)!!! 



 We made it, oh man Phuket is GORGOUS!!!!! And our hotel was just incredible! The Westin Resort & Spa at Phuket, Siray Bay - We were greeted in the large open air lobby with fresh juice, and warm cloths to wipe off with (umm can you say humidity!) upon check in. Thai hospitality is some of the best we've ever had - every moment was taken care of!

Our view!!!!!

 The bathroom had a glass wall, so you could enjoy the view from the tub!

One evening we went to the Sunday Night Market (well Sunday night, go figure! :P) . What a blast! Completely different that Khao San Road or Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, but just as equally as amazing and fun to explore! In the food section we had a feeeeeew drinks. What was roughly a $2 Long Island, the best we've ever had, EVER! Also, the strongest. Needless to say, we figured out to communicate with the sweet gentleman's limited english and our non-existant Thai, to express how great they were and how we wanted more with ease!  (excuse these poor shots, it was raining, so iPhone photos only...plus humidity - everything was pretty blurry!)

More from Siray Bay, on the west side of the island!

The views.... TAKE ME BACK!!!!! {Looking at these makes me want to be there right now, I can smell the lush wet leaves, hear the tiny boat motor in the distance.....}

Some of the favorite trinkets I brought home (Poky long gone, waaahhhh!) !


Monday, November 4, 2013

bits of the weekend


Well my weekend started a bit early - 2am Friday, I was hit hard with some sort of 24 hour stomach bug. It was far from cute, and spent hugging the porcelain throne & endless hours sleeping in sweats! But by Saturday I pulled it together for my favorite 3years' birthday party - honorable Auntie had to be there!! Can we talk about her cake?!!?!!! I want one! (And ok, My Little Pony, is back, but they don't look the same?!?!!!!!! Oh My!)

And Sunday, still trying to take it easy was the perfect day to relax, and had to display my new baby!!! I shared my love with you guys, I told you I was on the hunt....and it paid off! She is mine!!!!!!! And what an incredible bag she is!

What did you guys do this weekend?

Friday, November 1, 2013

happy friday

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Happy Friday Friends!!! Anyone else have a really long week? It's been so dark out, I never seem to feel really energized. Until of course it's time to go to bed and then I can watch mindless TV for hours! uggh. The time changes this weekend (don't forget!!!), we lose an hour which means it will be even darker when we (esp us up north) wake up. First time, this getting dark so early has affected me so much, or maybe it's those new black out curtains....great on the weekend, but so hard waking up when it's pitch black in your room M-F! 

I'm pretty excited for the weekend! I have my favorite little 2 almost 3 year old's birthday party, lots of barre planned. And then even more sitting on my toosh relaxing! What are on your agenda's?