Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Summer Swimsuits - 2015

One day summer will be here. Or so I'm surely hoping!!! (Side note, how are all these Chicago bloggers wearing short dresses and spring-y clothes?! it's been mid 40-50's....brr! I'm a chicken!)

Back to summer, I'm so excited for the heat! Days at the lake, the pool and our summer vacation to the Caribbean! Which have got me thinking about a new summer swim suit! I do this every year, do i need one maybe not, but you can surely believe I am getting one!!! And with the future bump situation, I'm not sure all of last year's extra skimpy bikini's will work ;) More than just a bump grows with a baby, if you catch my drift!! LOL

And for the first time ever, I'm actually craving a one piece!! Here are the ones on my list!

One Pieces: 1 - Red Wrap // 2 - Black Wrap // 3 - Mulit Color Cut-Outs
Two Pieces: 4 - Muli Color // 5 - Nude Tube // 6 - Black and White Stripes

 Not sure any tube version, unless there are strapes available will work with the new girls ;) but I adore this one!! Have you purchased a new suit for summer yet?? 

Shop my summer favorites here! 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Just in case you missed it on Instagram.....

The Hubs and I are expecting our first little munchkin in late October! We couldn't be more excited, and are just WOWZA's everyday about this little blessing! No baby bump to report and thankfully this pregnancy has been so easy thus far.

I can't promise more bambino updates in the future...i.e. there will be! This is my place to share what's going on in my little world and what's on my mind! Here's to a wild ride the next few months!!!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

How do you Kitchen Rug?

I don't know how to properly outfit our kitchen in our new place. I'm stumped.

Let me back up. From move in date til now, cough cough, last July, our in front of the kitchen rug was our old white bath mat. Perfectly fine, but we needed two in our new master bath, and I wanted them to match, so out he went. He found a home in front of the bare kitchen sink. And there he stayed until this past weekend. When after his 700th wash with bleach, the backing fell apart and his now gone to live in bath mat heaven.

So here she is. All bare and naked [Excuse the supreme quality iPhone's a before!]:

My Dilemma:

The space space in front of the oven/island/refrigerator is roughly 4ft by 8ft from edge of cabinet to edge of cabinet to front of sink. With only a sink mat, the rest feels kinda bare to me. But I'm afraid a runner and a mat will be way too much.

So I need your help. Do I do, say a 3x5 in front of the oven and then a smaller (not matching) in front of the sink? Only Sink? Only Runner? So stuck. It's just too big and just too small to fit a traditional single rug layout.....Am I over thinking this?

Also color?! Everything else is grey, white, or wood. Besides some art and plants, we are pretty basic right now. Oh and also I'm the messiest cook so I think some color might be best.

I love these kitchens...can our space pull it off?!

So, what do you think??? What should I do?

Here are some of the ones that I really like:

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Lou & Grey

Have you heard of Lou & Grey? It's a sister store to the LOFT brand. They just opened up a new shop in Chicago, along the Southport corridor. Last week I dragged the Hubs stopped by for a little after dinner shopping and wow! I'd heard of the brand a bit around the internet and seen their clothes online many times. But never tried any on, nor knew how amazing their stores and brand truly were! They've got a forever customer in me!

The Lou & Grey store reminds of the most perfect boutique, in a tiny beach town. Calm, cool, and relaxed. Unlike many big brand stores the shopping experience felt intimate and special from the moment you walked in. Single size runs of items were carefully displayed [one of my favorite parts of boutique shopping!!!! Meaning on xs, s, m, l were on the table or rack.]  And mixed throughout were carefully curated goodies - hand-poured candles, artisan jewelry, lotions etc. All from small businesses through the US. As well, as a mix of thoughtfully chosen coffee table books and small succulents. Add in the sweetest staff, it was a perfect night to explore this new jem in the neighborhood.

The Hubs, who was along for the ride, asked if we could get the same copper pendants they had at home, and if our fiddle leaf tree would ever be that amazing (See shop photos below). And if my guy is noticing these types of items, then you know it had to be good! He's more of 'as long as it's comfy i don't care what it looks like decorator!' ;)  

I scooped up a bunch of items while we were there, I couldn't help myself. These relaxed style overalls were one of the items! They are made of some super soft material, and I love the addition of a drawstring. So different than any other pairs I've tried. I wore them loose for an afternoon of errands and over indulging on tacos! (It was like wearing jammies all day while still feeling pulled together, no complaints here!) 

Everything was so soft and exactly what this California girl loves to wear. Comfort, fashionable yet relaxed. I talked myself out of a few items - a dress, a tee and some shorts....but have already ordered them all online! Bc I need them! 

[Don't you love how my best accessory, the dog, isn't in any of the shots....he was having 
no part of hanging out while mama took pictures ....he was a tiny blur along the bottom of 97%!]

Lou & Grey Overalls c/o // old Club Monaco Sweater 
Forever 21 Necklace // Target slides 

 Here are a few of my favorites and all the items I got (overalls, maxi, tank, romper, chambray shorts, denim dress)!

The store....oh the store! When can I move in?!?!?!!!! No seriously???? 

A big thank you to Lou & Grey for sponsoring this post! All opinions are always 100% my own.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Great Outdoors!

I think we've finally turned the corner on weather up here! Days are regularly getting to 60 and at night the temps aren't dropping the way the were just over a week ago. So you know what that means right?!

Patio time!!!! Patio time at restaurants, and my favorite, at home!!! We have a great deck with more than enough space and I'm ready to sit outside every minute of everyday. Catch up on the giant stack of magazines and perhaps, cough cough, finish one of the bajillion books I want.

Plants galore, just like last year! They make me so happy! I might even try a veggie again....although the squirrels win every time so why try! Sad face, those tomatoes were so promising last year!

We have a great table, and chair set-up....or should I say it was before we covered it up for winter! Our umbrella was eaten by a late summer storm, so I"m on the lookout for a new one. And with the space we have I'd love to add a separate sitting lounging area. A love seat and ottoman perhaps. Or a good old fashioned lounger. My pale bits need to be heated to the core! Our fab neighbors have a huge sectional, and we all pretty much act like the decks are connected so, I'm kinda leaning lounger. Well, at least for today!

Has anyone had any good luck at any retailers lately? I've looked at all the regular places (Target, West Elm, CB2, etc) just always get the biggest sticker shock....esp since we only  have half a year to use/enjoy these items! But we need a sun umbrella for are some of the items I really like right now:

All images are from my pinterest Home board, loving them for inspiration right now!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Shopbop Sale Picks!

Uggh 25% off at Shopbop, freeze my credit card in a block of ice! HA!!! No but really I wait for these sales to pounce on those items I've been eyeing forever. You know those ones that never ever go on sale, or at least not in your size! Or ones you just don't want to buy at full price, but eye constantly (ahem, that black bikini and some overalls! hehe) :) Also the best time to scoop up some classic, well made basics at an incredible price!

So shop away my friends!! Just add SPRING25 during checkout!

The Friends and Family is my favorite!!! Here's what is I want...and may buy :P 




Did you scoop anything up?! 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Save or Splurge??? 4.6 Edition

Isn't that always the question?! Do you save up and splurge? Or buy something similar for much less? I'm more of a buy less (and maybe spend more) and love it wayyy more/wear it all the time. Fast fashion is just that for me. I buy wear and it looses it's luster.

But sometimes I fall in love with something I just really do not want to spend that much on. Recently I found a few items that had a very reasonably priced similar item, from Forever 21. A store which, I feel, if you can spend some time digging you can really find some items that look a lot more luxe than their price tag.

So would you splurge or save on these???

I think I'd save on all. And I really want them all :)

[I'd crop the F21 Kimono jacket to make it a bit more like the original. I honestly like the Save sandals more, that cross is more flattering on my leg/ankle (and it comes in black white and tan!!) The sweater, umm I'm sure they feel different but looks, dead on to me!]

Shop all the items: 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Summer Slides

Safe to say I have enough new sandals to last me all summer! I've been stock piling them you could say, since I don't know Jan 1. Now if only we could get a temperature above 65, and I'd be golden!!! Jeans, light jacket and sandals HA!

No but really I love slides, and birks just work for my horribly flat feet (Sorry Mom!)

Here are a few of my favorites, and umm, I have the first 5 pairs :)