summer wear

i went through a long dry spell around clothes the last several years. i never purchased anything for myself. like neverrrrrr. once i was pregnant with olive, that was it. one – i obviously didn’t buy clothes for myself being so pregnant and big. two – as soon as olive was born, my world, my money, my everything revolved around her! so new clothes for me? pshhhhhh! i didn’t bother. plus, the baby weight had me in leggings all day errrrrvyday.

now, after having ellie, i find that i have renewed interest in clothes, style, and expression. i’m really anti the mom look. yeah, y’all know that mom look. the undone hair, the undone face, and work out gear or sweats are your best friends. not i said the cat! i have always been a pretty casual kind of gal. my casual always consisted of make up, tees, jewelry, leggings, and comfort. that was my typical every day look and when i dressed up, i added in extra make up, heels, and dangly earrings. i know most peeps wouldn’t consider that casual but i sure do! i’m a faaaaaaaancy casual mommy.

i am loving the modern preppy look right now but i love all sorts of trends and style. i definitely can’t label myself because one day i will be a bit hipster, one day i will be preppy, and one day i will be trendy. it all depends on my mood and what lies ahead of me for the day. maybe i want to be comfortable and functional or pretty and feminine, and i will select pieces that best fits my persona for the day. sometimes i have a shoe in mind that i will coordinate an outfit around or a statement necklace i want to wear and that will be my focal piece.

i found a cute little shop called tobi and i am loving all the fun clothes they offer! i had fun styling three items from their collections, check it out down below! i felt like these dresses and romper were perfect summer wear that you could dress up, down, or wear alone on those hot summer nights {bonus…these articles of clothing are very inexpensive!}! click on the links below to find out where you can purchase the clothes!

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[shoes: target romper: tobi jacket: H&M]

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[shoes: tori burch dress: tobi earrings: ann taylor hat: gigipip]

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he said/she said

oh em gee!!!

our one year anniversary photos are featured in utterly engaged magazine {page 82}!  how exciting!!!!

it’s a feature called he said/she said!  the editor of the magazine asked us to answer the questions separately, honestly, and privately to really have some fun around comparing answers!  we did, i promise!  no cheating on our replies!

it’s so much fun to read our individual answers.  i’m quite succinct and hubby charming was very verbose!  it makes me smile to read our responses and feel the connection through our words.  of course, jen huang did an amazing job capturing our love through the photos we took in central park this past fall.  i’m so happy with how they designed the spread and so ecstatic to share our story with the world!

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i hope this happy article helps brighten your day!

enjoy!

xoxo

style love

miranda kerr.

i just love her.  i just love her style.  she is one of my favorite models.  besides, candice swanepoel…another sassy gal.  i have yet to meet miranda.  i get to meet a majority of the models but not yet miranda!  obviously, they are extremely tall {and tend to wear 5 inch heels, making most of them 6’3″ tall!}, extremely skinny, not busty {hello padding!}, and gorgeous in person {duh!}.

miranda makes my list because she’s got style.  she makes it look so effortless to look so fabulous.  i love following her approach and getting inspired by her choices.  she loves to mix and match.  she makes sneakers look chic.  she makes mixing patterns look easy for the most pulled together outfit for an afternoon stroll.  she’s never over accessorized but is thoughtful in the choices she puts on.  she makes herself standout and fashionable by choosing fabrics and patterns to make her accoutrements pop.

i think the best accessory she carries is that cutie pie son of hers!  those chubby cheeks of his!  so adorbs!

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doesn’t she always look marvelous?!

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so, we walked and walked

olivia and i woke up bright and early {meh} on our second day of vacay.  as we were getting ready, we played and replayed our outfits for the day.  the weather wasn’t cooperating!  it was quite chilly {brrrrr} in the morning but the temperature was going to get up to a high of 60 degrees with sun shiny skies…so i was in a pickle on what to wear!

anyhoo, we suffered a bit for fashion and just went with what looked nice {chilly or not, here i come!}.  we discussed our directions with claire {um, we weren’t really listening…oops!} and scooted on our way to explore the delightful d.c.!

we took the bus to the pentagon, right where the metro is located.  once we got off the bus, olivia and i literally wandered back and forth, up and down to find the train!  finally, we asked a gentleman and he pointed us in the right direction.  we took claire’s advice, just follow the crowd!  so, we did and finally found our way down below and the to the right spot to take us to our destination!

the metro is so clean {compared to the el in chitown // ewwww}.  we had a cozy, quick ride straight there.  we found ourselves a starbucks, grabbed some coffee, and a bite to eat before we began our journey through monument/museum land.

we finished up our petit dejeuner and headed towards our first destination, the smithsonian!  we passed quite a few buildings…still figuring out if we had an interest to stop in certain ones to explore.  before we knew it, we walked almost all the way to the capital.  so, i got excited and wanted to keep going towards it!  it was so fun to see such landmarks!  i felt so proud to be an american, funny how it is so novel for us first timers, huh {dorky}?!

after the capital, we walked through the mall and passed up some more museums.  we decided to go into the nature museum.  let me tell ya…the bus loads of kids {and i mean bus loads by the dozen} were no fun!  olivia and i thought we were going to fight these churlish, bratty 12 year olds!  oh em gee!  no bueno!

i loved the nature museum, we had a great time exploring!  my favorite was the harry winston gallery {hello! diamonds!!!}.  i was mesmerized by the all that glitters and shines!

we moseyed along to the american museum for a nano second and went forth towards our next stop, the white house!  oh, it was hilarious.  every big, white building with pillars in the front, i would scream out loud, “oh!!  there’s the white house!”.  olivia would say, “no, i don’t think that’s the white house”.  then i would see another white building and say, “oh!!  there’s the white house!”.  and olivia would then say, “no, i don’t think that’s the white house”.  this happened just a few more times {snicker}.  we got a bit lost {it happens again later, hold on!} and finally backtracked ourselves to the right sidewalk towards the [real] white house.  olivia warned me that it was a surprise to most people on how far away the white house is to the public {understandably} but i did’t realize it was going to be a speck!  {wha wha}

we were on our way to our next destination, the lincoln memorial, when we realized we were hungry.  so our debacle ensues after this.  we were halfway to the lincoln memorial when we noticed that there were no restaurants.  we mapped a few and found out that they were back up north {on 15th st.} where we came from!  ugh.  so we had to trek back up!  we found a restaurant on our map that we wanted to go to, when we got to our ‘destination’ on the map, the restaurant was no where to be found!  arrggh!  so, we mapped another restaurant and it was further up north!  and walked we did to feed ourselves.  we definitely walked off our breakfast and then some.  we finally settle in elephant and castle and ordered some grub {yum yum in the tum}.

we had plans to meet owen, olivia’s brother in law’s brother {who lives in d.c. as well} after our stint at the lincoln memorial.  olivia and i decided to walk to the memorial and then cab it to meet owen.  so, we walked and walked and walked to the lincoln memorial.  we were so confused by our map on where the location was!  we were led towards the direction of the jefferson memorial but my iphone kept saying it was the lincoln memorial!  well, we trusted that darn phone and it led us to the…jefferson memorial!  not that i was disappointed in seeing the jefferson statue {ok, i was a bit disappointed!  i was hoping it was the lincoln and gosh darn it, we have been walking so much!}.

we finally asked some girls for their paper map and realized that the lincoln memorial was all the way around the lake!!!  oy!  determined to see it, we traipsed our way to the next and {hopefully} final destination!  we started walking around the tidal basin, and walking and walking.  we ran into the roosevelt memorial {in all honesty, i love roosevelt too but we were so tired!  we just wanted to find the lincoln memorial!}.  we kept walking and almost gave up.  olivia was tenacious and was much more determined to find it for me [what a friend!].  i felt bad because we had been walking for what felt like forever!

so, here’s the funny part.  we found a cab {yay!} and only had $8 in cash on us.  we asked him if he knew where the lincoln memorial was {duh, of course he did!}.  we asked if it would be under $8 dollars, he was like ‘yeah yeah, it’ll be $8’.  so we hopped in the cab and we were on our way!  he drove a few hundred feet and said, “here’s the lincoln memorial.”  whaaaaaaaaa?!?!  it literally was around the corner!!!  oh my goodness!  we felt so defeated before and we were so tired, we didn’t see that it was sooooo close!!!  lol, so our cab ride was $3…yeah.  at least we finally got to our destination; i excitedly took pictures and soaked it all in!  i love lincoln!

we then went to find a cab so we could meet up with owen…i was searching for one when a rickshaw driver kept calling at us to get a ride from him.  i rebuffed his offer but he zoned in on innocent olivia.  she succumb to his offer and before i knew it, we were on a rickshaw adventure!  he was in motion to place a blanket on us when i halted him with my hand.  i asked him, “ew, is that a blanket you put on everyone?  like other strangers?!”  he just stared at me.  i said, “no, thank you…you can place that germy thing elsewhere!”.  he was very comical about it and asked if he could place it under our feet.  no problem!  and under our shoes went the dirty blanket!  he weaved in and out of traffic {a little concerned for my life} and continued to pedal his way towards our desired location in dupont circle.  i kept chuckling to myself…where we were headed was uphill all the way!  i felt a little bad.  i text olivia {people are walking faster than us!!}.

we finally reached big hunt and met up with owen!  we ordered beers and made plans to meet up with another friend of o’s, patrick.  after we quickly imbibed our drinks, owen led the way to the next bar, a beer garden packed to the gills.  after some time spent there, we finally headed on our way home to have dinner with claire and ben.  owen so graciously hailed a cab for us and we were on our merry way home to fill up our bellies again {feed me some irish grub please!}.

it was a long, fun filled day full, full of walking!  we really had a wonderful time and i am so grateful i was able to see everything that i did.  it was quite a successful day exploring d.c. {if i do say so myself}!  amaze.  thank you olivia for trekking all over d.c. with me.  muwah.

‘thank you for being a friend
traveled down the road and back again
your heart is true you’re a pal and a confidant’
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starting the day off with emma

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metro tunnel

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metro

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more sculptures

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capital!

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sculpture garden

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hope diamond

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emeralds

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watch out olivia for the bear!

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pink blooms

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whitey

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me + the speck!

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washington monument

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smokey!

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jefferson

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rickshaw

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olive

it was another fun night out with the wonderful olivia!

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we met up at 50/50, in wicker park, for a charity trivia night benefiting saints mary and elizabeth hospital.  i’m so not a game player, so i was reluctant to participate in trivia [is it weird i don’t find games very amusing?!] but was motivated to help out for the charity.

it was a lot of fun!  the lower floor was rented out and everyone downstairs was there to help raise money for the hospitals.  the raffle prize were two tickets to a hawks game!  we ordered drinks + food and laughed our way through the trivia {well, we did our version of ‘playing trivia’}.  one thing i do love is hearing facts {i’m also a nerd btw} and the mc was quite entertaining about it.  we caught up, we gossiped, we whispered, we amused ourselves.  it was great to meet some more peeps in liv’s life {crazy i haven’t met everyone?!  that’s bananas!  especially since we’ve been friends for years}.  it’s always a great time with this lady.

she’s just the sweetest girl you will ever meet.

a few of my favorite things

here are a few of my favorite things {for the moment}…

1. parker // shopbop

1. parker dress // shopbop

2. creme de corps // khiel's

2. creme de corps // kiehl’s

3. name ring // etsy

3. name ring // etsy

4. milly // shopbop

4. milly dress // shopbop

5. love stamp // doodlebug

5. love stamp // doodlebug

6. fogal

6. fogal

7. flower vases // anthropologie

7. flower vases // anthropologie

8. neo cut // anthropologie

8. geo cut // anthropologie

9. alexander mcqueen

9. alexander mcqueen

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1. i just love sparkle dresses {eye-catching}!  perfect for any occasion!
2. best, i mean best lotion ever.
3. say my name…let it be known to everyone!
4. snappy, classy dress {fab, right?!}
5. write a love note.
6. best hosiery ever.  no, really.  i mean it.
7. these vases just make me smile.  pretty.  pretty.
8. happy feet.
9. love this scarf.  makes any outfit chic.
10. fantastic color.  a must have for any closet.

until next time my lovies!!!!  xoxo

 

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olivia palermo.

love.her.style.

i die over every look she puts together.  so chic.  so stylish.  so unique.  she wears it well.

her look is never conventional or vapid.  always stunning and alluring.

don’t hate her because she’s skinny, has the shiniest hair, perfect porcelain skin, and the most delicate facial features.  hate her because she effortlessly puts together a flawless outfit time and time again.  uptown + downtown chic never looked so good.  every outfit is decadent.  divine.  devastatingly detailed.

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style is very visceral.  just go with it.  create, combine, mix, and represent who you are {ask yourself: how do you want to shine today?} whether it’s rocker, preppy, sexy, or feminine.   i believe everyone has a signature look that can be played up and altered to really embody your genre.

my staples?  color. comfort. accessories. textures. patterns. feminine. polished make-up + hair [curly or straight].

fashion week in the city of lights.  love.

sip + spend

the new anthropologie in lincoln park just opened up!

i was very excited to attend the grand opening ce soir [i mean, who doesn’t just love that store?!].   drinks, appetizers, music, and shopping…a perfect combination!  we sipped cocktails {signature drink – moscow mule: vodka, ginger beer, + lime juice!}, ooh’d and ahh’d over the merchandise, did a lot of people watching, and some folks in our group spent some moolah {not me!  *wink* to hubby charming}.

my favorites?  rifle paper goods, the best candle ever: volcano, every necklace, every set of earrings, ag denim, and pretty much every dress they sell 🙂

seours

soeurs

cheers!

cheers!

planters

planters

dana, thuy, + leyla

dana, thuy, + leyla

paper flowers

paper flowers

i heart green glass

i heart green glass

ombre fringe bag

ombre fringe bag

i see you

i see you

love!

love!

awesome art installation (spoons!)

art installation (spoons!)

all shopped out!

all shopped out!

 

 

seriously, i could buy every ceramic piece in that store!  all the textiles, paper goods, and accessories {love the accessories!!} are to die for!

such a dreamy place, right?  until next time my lovies.

a walk down memory lane

i want to take you back down memory lane.

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we are going to visit our first new year’s together {hold on to your horses!}.  i’m taking you back to 2008…whoa!  well, really the end of 2008 because this was new year’s eve.  i can’t believe that was many a years ago, time sure flies by!  it’s amusing to think that we were only together for, barely, a few months in these photos {wow}!

we started out the evening imbibing and noshing at leyla’s {old} condo in river north.  a little kookiness, a little goofiness, and a lot of fun.  when you’re with this bunch, it gets cray!

the girls...meow!

the girls…meow!

appetizers

appetizers

the boys

the boys

after some jovial moments with our friends + famille, we went on our merry way to broadway cellars {it’s been ages since we’ve been back and seeing this makes me want to go again!}.  we had reservations for two!  after many courses, after many wine pairings, and desserts, we were dunzo {i mean, how much can one consume without bursting?  i really don’t want to find out!}.  we gladly rang in the new year with all the wonderful folks in the restaurant, it was so jubilant!  we were happily stuffed, happily in love, and happy it was 2009!

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celebrate!

celebrate!

should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne!

for auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne.
we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

decadent details

hello there again.

so, today i want to show you some of my favorite [i die] hairstyles, make up, and accessories from the oscars!  i love glamour, make-up, sparkles, and i love fashion…the oscars encompasses all those wonderful loves, so watching the red carpet pre-show is so splendid!  hang on lovies, here comes the eye catching fun details!

natalie portman // emerald drop earrings by anna hu haute joaillerie

natalie portman // emerald drop earrings by anna hu haute joaillerie

jennifer garner // mirrored clutch + neil lane bracelet

jennifer garner // mirrored clutch + neil lane bracelet

jenna dewan // dark liner + romantic updo

jenna dewan // dark liner + romantic updo

naomie harris // citrine + diamond h. stern bracelet

naomie harris // citrine + diamond h. stern bracelet

kristen chenoweth // smoky eyes + elegant bun

kristin chenoweth // smoky eyes + elegant bun

reese witherspoon // beautiful, shiny cascading waves

reese witherspoon // side swept beautiful, shiny  waves

jennifer aniston // fred leighton bracelets and ferragamo clutch

jennifer aniston // fred leighton bracelets and ferragamo clutch

catherine zeta jones // bronze metallic eyeshadow

catherine zeta jones // bronze metallic eyeshadow

jessica chastain // gorgeous cascading waves

jessica chastain // gorgeous cascading waves

naomi watts // nude chanel nails polish

naomi watts // nude chanel nail polish

rashida jones // slick hair and red lips

rashida jones // slick hair and red lips

 there you go!  aren’t they just lovely?!  what a glamourous evening it was!  it never disappoints.  until next year my darlings! muwah!

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