Blue & White + C. Wonder

Monday, March 31, 2014

C. Wonder is having an amazing sale...40% off everything! But hurry, it ends tonight! Here are my picks, I'm obviously drawn to the blue and white items:

Back to Boston

Friday, March 28, 2014

Faneuil Hall
Harvard Yard
Don't forget the lobster roll!
Today I'm heading to Boston for a rather spontaneous trip with some of my best friends. Though we're not going to Boston to see the amazing Justin Timberlake like we did last summer, I can't wait to be in the same city with all of my favorite people.


Thursday, March 27, 2014

If I could stalk Houzz all day, I would...but I don't think that would be appreciated at work. It's the home-exclusive version of Pinterest, filled with amazing photography and even better interior design inspiration. The only danger of the website is the links they provide to the products you see in the photos. For instance, I now have to have these pillows. I'm especially loving all the rooms above, all the neutral + brights color combos are perfect...and I may also need a pink couch now.

photos via Houzz

M'Oticons: Edie Parker x Del Toro

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

When an image of loafers featuring emojis appeared on my Instagram feed, I thought my eyes were deceiving me. They weren't...and these shoes are unreal. It's a special collaboration on Moda Operandi from Edie Parker and Del Toro, with some of my favorite and most-used emoticons and coordinating clutches, complete with a hashtag. While these aren't in my current budget, they are so cheeky and adorable, I wouldn't hate adding this pair to my shoe collection. Would you rock loafers with emojis?

Here are my faves:



images via moda operandi, shop the collection here

Jet Setting: Travel Essentials

With a trip to Boston this weekend and to Florida the next, I've got travel on my mind. Since I get a little obsessive about organization, I like to have all of my travel goodies neatly compartmentalized. I can't live without my Truffle pouches: the petite is TSA-approved (and also my everyday purse companion) and the classic holds everything else in my checked bag. I'll take about 5 more for all my other accessories, please! Now that I've found these adorable travel bags, they'll have to come on my next trip too...totallyyy necessary. Also on the necessities list: a bright travel charger, some travel-sized supplies, and a genius emergency kit, in case I need something random in a pinch!

Bon voyage!

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Home Tours + The Everygirl

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Success Print - from The Everygirl Shop
I love to scour the internet for home and apartment tours. It's such great inspiration to see how other people have decorated their spaces. There's always something amazing to be found...whether it's a furniture placement I never would have thought of, genius color and pattern combinations, or my favorite decor feature...the gallery wall (I need to add one of these prints to mine, ASAP).

One of my favorite sources for home tours is The Everygirl, a fantastic site for women that's filled with tips on careers, fashion, finance, beauty, and everything in-between. It's a must read. (And it was founded in Chicago!) The have some home tour gems, and along with stunning photography they feature interviews with the subjects, who are always really inspiring, driven, ambitious young women.

This tour is especially good, featuring blogger and U.S. Army Captain Katie del Castillo's D.C. apartment. Not only does she have a great story, but her apartment is fun, bright and adventurous. Her blog, Life With a Dash of Whimsy, is just as cute.

photos via the everygirl

Big Girl Bag

Monday, March 24, 2014

It's time to invest in a big girl bag. I've been carrying this bag (in a variation of colors) since high school, and while it's a classic and the perfect size, it's time for an upgrade! A few of the bags I'm considering require some penny-saving, so I've got some time to decide. Which would you choose?

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images via pinterest: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
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Monogram It: Gold Jewelry

Friday, March 21, 2014

When in doubt...monogram it.

I have a bit of an obsession with a good monogram, it's so classic and personal...what's not to love? While monogrammed jewelry is definitely trendy right now, it will always be classic. I've long admired my grandmother's timeless gold monogrammed pieces. Special thanks to my mother for considering what my monogram would be while deciding what to name me...genius. I'd love to add some new pieces to my jewelry box, especially this or this.

On another note, I figured out how to incorporate the "pin it" hover button on all of my images (no small feat), so pin away! That crosses off another goal on my 101 in 1001

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Goodbye, Winter!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Even though it's snowing in Chicago today...It's officially Spring! I'm getting kind of tired of talking about and living with the horrible weather. So, even though it's not quite time to ditch coats and closed-toe shoes, it's definitely time to transition to stripes, dresses, flats and bright colors. Feeling inspired by the images above...I don't think I can ever get enough of navy and white stripes.

Happy Spring!

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Entertaining Essentials: Oh Joy! for Target

After spotting this collection of entertaining essentials from Oh Joy!, I am itching for Spring (as if I wasn't already...) and outdoor entertaining! Every item in this Target collection is so bright and fun, perfect for a BBQ or garden party. When it's finally warm enough to use my deck again, these party supplies will definitely be making an appearance.

Shop the entire collection here!

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
koozie | pom pom | clutch | iphone case | bobbi pins | hair ties | ipad case

I just recently discovered, an online shop filled with fun, bright accessories. I especially love the tiny details that add a little flair, like the "have fun" zipper pull on the clutch, or the "bottoms up" text on the bottom of the koozie. And the best part? Everything is reasonably priced, all of the above items are $35 or under! This site is a great stop for a cute gift idea. I definitely "need" this charger set

Now Playing

Monday, March 17, 2014

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A little music to get through another Monday...

It was a great weekend celebrating St. Pattys with my sister. Plenty of good friends, delicious food, and a birthday brunch! On Saturday we tried a new restaurant that I've been meaning to go to for a while now, Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba (one step closer to accomplishing goal #38!). Incredible Tapas-style food and white-peach sangria...pretty amazing.

Getting Green

Friday, March 14, 2014

St. Patty's in Chicago
Time to celebrate St. Patty's! My sister is coming in for the weekend, as are a few out-of-town's shaping up to be a fantastic weekend. Here are a few of my favorite green picks, I will definitely be sporting that nail polish!

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Make a Statement

Thursday, March 13, 2014


The right statement piece can take even the most basic outfit to the next level. I'm guilty of quite a few splurges in the name of a "statement".  I tend to gravitate toward more solid color clothing choices, so a great piece of jewelry is just what I need to add a little something more.  I think my favorite may be this Lulu Frost bracelet.

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101 Things in 1001 Days

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Inspired by one of my favorite bloggers, Mackenzie Horan of Design Darling, I've come up with 101 things that I want to accomplish in the next 1001 days. This cross between a to-do list and a bucket list should be a really fun way to achieve some of my goals, big and small, within the next 1001 days, or 2.75 years. Wish me luck!

Start Date: March 1, 2014

End Date: November 26, 2016

Last updated: April 1, 2014

1. Come up with 101 things (March 2014)
2. Inspire someone else to make their own 101 in 1001 list
3. Save $10 for each of these accomplished tasks (7/101)

Blog (2/16):

4. Start a blog (March 2014)
5. Invest in my blog (March 2014, template and domain)
6. Buy business cards for the blog
7. Reach 500 blog followers
8. Add “pin it” hover feature to my blog pictures (March 2014)
9. Connect with fellow bloggers
10. Get photoshop
11. Learn photoshop
12. Achieve a blogging related success
13. Develop blog post themes and stick to them for the most part
14. Write or host a guest post
15. Take a professional photo for my blog
16. Design a blog logo
17. Write a blog post at least once a week for a year (3/52)
18. Collaborate with a favorite brand
19. Do an outfit post

Career (0/4):

20. Get a raise
21. Get a promotion or a new position at work
22. Volunteer for something out of my comfort zone at work (New business pitch, March 2014)
23. Build a new business relationship

Décor & Apartment (0/11):

24. Expand my coffee table book collection by 15 books
25. Buy and frame a piece of original art
26. Buy and style a bar cart
27. Clean out and reorganize my closet
28. Buy a new piece of furniture
29. Go antiquing or thrifting
30. Complete my Serena & Lily bedding collection
31. Keep fresh flowers in my apartment for a straight month
32. Expand my gallery wall
33. Clean out and organize my bathroom
34. Refurbish a piece of furniture or try an Ikea hack

Shopping & Fashion (0/3):

35. Buy an investment bag
36. Get a new piece of investment jewelry
37. Purchase an investment piece

City & Travel (0/17):

38. Dine in 15 new restaurants (2/15 - Tortoise Club, Cafe Ba-ba-reeba)
39. Visit a new city
40. Visit 2 new museums in Chicago
41. Go to 10 concerts
42. Have a picnic
43. Travel to a new country
44. Visit California
45. Dip my feet in the Pacific Ocean
46. See 3 new musicals/plays
47. Get pampered at Dry Bar
48. Use Divvy bikes in Chicago
49. Do a staycation
50. Get back to New York City
51. Go to a festival/street fair
52. Travel south of the US
53. Try 3 food trucks
54. Visit a new continent

Just for fun (0/42):

55. Read at least one book every month (March '14: Divergent)
56. Instead of watching TV before bed, read a book at least 5 nights in a row
57. Get a real camera
58. Save at least $25 each month (2/33)
59. No shopping for one month (March 2014) 
60. No take-out for one month
61. No soda for a month
62. Take a class for fun (photography, cooking, etc)
63. Treat each of my sisters to a day of activities, on me
64. Frame my diploma and tassel
65. Go wine tasting
66. Learn something new
67. Don’t transfer money out of savings once I put it in for 6 months
68. Buy my parents a gift
69. Unplug for 24 hours (eeeeek!)
70. Be vegetarian for a month
71. No Starbucks for a month
72. Donate to charity
73. Donate to Denison
74. Get my own apartment
75. Get a dog
76. See the sunrise
77. Reward myself for a major accomplishment
78. Visit a friend in a different city (A.J., Boston, March 2013)
79. Attend a polo match or a horse race
80. Buy 10 real books rather than e-books
81. Make an effort to stay connected to old friends, not on social media
82. Say yes to 5 things I normally would say no to
83. Clean out my email/unsubscribe from junk
84. Take a risk
85. Read 5 non-fiction books
86. Have a home office
87. Buy a lottery ticket
88. Wake up without snooze for a week
89. Inspire someone
90. Play hooky
91. Throw a fancy dinner party
92. Wake up before I need to during the week for two weeks
93. Buy 5 “just because” gifts for friends or family
94. Go apple or pumpkin picking
95. Surprise a friend
96. Do something with Kappa Alpha Theta alumni

Health & Fitness (0/5):

97. Work out 5 days in a row
98. Eat clean/no carb for 2 weeks straight (no cheating)
99. Try a new fitness class
100. Go hiking
101. Try a juice cleanse

Thinking Spring: Navy and Neutral

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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Chicago got a hint of spring yesterday, with temps actually above 50. It won't last's supposed to snow later today. But, I'm very ready for spring weather and the clothes and accessories that come with it. If only it were closer to being sandal season, I'd love to ditch my boots for any of the shoes above. Especially the more neutral colors: the creams, whites and golds...and, of course, some navy.

Gray Malin Photography

Monday, March 10, 2014

Bryant Park
Cinque Terre
North Bondi Beach
Gray Malin's photography is one of a kind. He is so talented and each shot is taken from such a unique perspective. His new Antarctica collection is beautiful and I can't wait to see the new Australia shots when they premier March 18th. I'd love to add any of his pieces to my gallery wall, especially this shot of Central Park. 

Tortured by Sales

Friday, March 7, 2014

Is the definition of torture an amazing sale going on while I'm still in the midst of a no-shop March? No? If I could buy every piece of my home decor from Serena & Lily, I would. So when a 20% sale email appeared in my inbox this morning...I miraculously resisted (so far). Outfitting my whole bed in Serena & Lily is one of my decor goals. While I can't afford to buy all the pieces I want in the same visit, I have been slowly building my collection. A 20% sale is a great opportunity to score a new addition, but it will have to wait until the next sale or birthday.
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