Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Maxi Skirts!

Happy Halloween to you all! I hope your week is going well. Today, I am doing last minute errands in preparation for our journey to the Bahamas tomorrow. I have been on a search for any left over summer pieces which has been somewhat of a difficult task. So when all else failed, I did a little shopping in my own closet. Have you guys done this lately? If not, I totally suggest you do! I swear I found a dozen things that I love, but have forgotten about.

One of them being this pink maxi skirt! I know the color is very summer, however I think it will be very beach vacation appropriate, no?

Since my rediscovery, I have been searching for maxi skirt outfit inspiration. With the search, I also realized that with the right color and the right fabric, this trend can definetely be rolled into the fall/winter by simply adding a cute leather jacket or a great oversized sweater. What do you think about maxi skirts this fall?

I will be out for the next couple days, but will return on Monday. Have a great Halloween and a lovely weekend!


Monday, October 29, 2012

Five Things...

Happy Monday, guys! Hope you had a great weekend. Ours was filled with an at home, Friday night date night. Pizza and wine included. A little early birthday shopping was done on Saturday, followed by a nice dinner at our friend's home.

Although the weekend has come and gone too quickly as usual, here are a five things I am feeling happy about on this Monday afternoon...

My new leopard booties. Snagged these beauties at a resale shop for $40!
So happy I was able to spend a gorgeous fall evening in the city with friends this past week.
 I received a package from my mom, and this adorable sweater was inside! Thanks, mom! Loving leopard!
 So looking forward to being here in just a few days!
And hopefully soaking up a little sunshine with a nice glass of wine!

Have an amazing week!


Thursday, October 25, 2012


It was a gorgeous day yesterday, so did a little late afternoon shopping. I was really on a search for any last minute sale items for our trip to the Bahamas next week, but I got a little side tracked. You know all of the beautifully detailed collars that seem to be every where this fall? I found an amazing simple black blouse with knock out gold studs that had to be mine...

You can find it here. A few others that I am swooning over...

Are you guys into the detailed collars as much as I am? Hope the week has been good to you!


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

My Newest Revelation: Wallpaper

I stopped by our friends new home yesterday afternoon to catch up with my girlfriend, and to take a peek at their new place! As she showed me around their beautiful new house I couldn't help but notice the walls. In almost every room there was at least one wall that had been wallpapered.

Up until yesterday (I know, I am a little late on this) wallpaper instantly made me think of the 90's and awful pink and blue florals. Well...after seeing how amazing our friend's walls looked, and how it really transforms a room, I have completely changed my mind! I am already scouting out some potential walls in our home. Some gorgeous ideas below...

I really love this! It adds some serious fun to an otherwise plain staircase...

 Could also try utilizing wallpaper on other unexpected things, such as on an old filing cabinet...

Thinking about adding wallpaper to your home? Here is a simple article on how to install it.


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Trending: Ponchos

This past weekend was spent in the city with friends and I will say, the city is gorgeous this time of year. Pretty leaves blowing around mixed with a fresh crispness in the air reminds me that the seasons are definitely slowly beginning to change here in Chicago.

With the changing of the seasons also comes a a little shift in my wardrobe. My ponchos (one of my favorite change of season staples) is becoming my best friend once again and I couldn't be happier. The only trick to wearing a poncho is balance. Because ponchos do have a tendency of being a little oversized it is key that you pair them with a less bulky bottom. Such as a skinny jean or legging. Some poncho inspiration below...


And me in my poncho after brunch on Sunday.

Hope the start of your week is going well!

Friday, October 19, 2012


Happy Friday, guys! Hope you all have something fun planned. I am not sure what has sparked my newest color obsession, but lately I am gravitating over everything gold! When I say this, I mean head over heels in love with ALL things gold...pretty much on everything! In the home, in my closet, on my nails, you name it I like it.

Keep in mind, I am not wearing gold head to toe, nor is my home decorated solely in this gorgeous color. A splash here and there...a pretty metallic gold shoe, or an amazing gold accent pillow or mirror is kind of what I am referring to here.


 Wear it...

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Have an amazing weekend!


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Blog Inc.

This week I started reading the popular blog book, Blog Inc. Have you guys read it yet? If you haven't, a totally recommend you do. It is full of really amazing information for anyone who has a blog or is even just thinking about starting one.

I have to say, that aside from the fact that I am learning a million new things, I am also incredibly inspired by the individual blogs she has featured in this book. She has included interviews with the creators of a dozen popular blogs, picking their brains about how they have created such a successful site. It truly is phenomenal how these blogs have taken off and have turned into something much more than they could have ever imagined. So, if today you are needing a little inspiration for your blog, or if you just simply want to learn a crazy amount of things about blogging, I would suggest getting your ipad out and downloading this awesome book right now!

Watch her charming book trailer below!

And if you have already read the book, I would love to hear your thoughts! Hope you are having a great week!


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

All About the Ambiance

I know a lot of us blogger's work from home which can sometimes be difficult because of the numerous distractions that we face each and everyday. In my opinion, one of the easiest ways to combat the distractions is to create the perfect work ambiance.

The perfect work space will of course be different for everyone but here is a glimpse at some of the things I include in mine.

I think it's safe to say that coffee or tea is is probably a must for most, but don't you think everything tastes so much better when it is drank out of something really pretty? I personally do, and I love idea of finding a few lovely vintage cups and using these as my go to mugs! The little things, right?

Another aspect that has to be perfect is the lighting! I have a small lamp on my desk that is always on when I am in there. It helps create a comfortable and cozy atmosphere that I actually want to spend time in.

An inspiration board is another must for me. It is "the" place I organize my inspirations and thoughts

I am always burning some kind of yummy candle, usually one of these. During the day I generally opt for an uplifting scent, such as lemon or my favorite, pomegranate amber.

And I of course need a little music to finish off my perfect office ambiance. I  am really wanting an old school turn table however my Norah Jones pandora station will have to do for now.

What are some things you guys do to create the ultimate work environment?


Friday, October 12, 2012

Leaf Love

This time of year, there are few things that I love more than making a quick Starbucks run and simply getting in the car and driving around to glance at all of the pretty leaves. This is very appropriate since today's Friday's Fancies is based on all of the gorgeous colored leaves that happen to be at their peak this week.

I encourage you all to make your coffee runs, and take a little journey to embrace this lovely time of year! Have a great weekend!


Thursday, October 11, 2012


Happy Thursday, all! Hang in there, the weekend is almost here. I just wanted to share a couple things with you today.

New Fall/Winter hats are now available at the shop! Stop over to check them out. Super cute!

And a sneak peek at an inspiration board for the newest project my dear friend and I are currently working on! More to come on this soon...


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

How to Wear: The Sweater Dress

This time of year, sweaters are a girl's best friend but ladies we must not forget about the cute little sweater dress...

 As much as I love a sweater dress paired simply with a tall riding or an over the knee boot, I generally opt for a tight. I am one of those people who is ALWAYS cold so adding a sheer black tight typically does the trick and adds an instant amount of chic. I would then pair it with an edgy booty and fun accessories. 

How do you guys style your sweater dress?


Monday, October 8, 2012

Five Things...

Hello, friends! How was the weekend? Ours was a nice mix of a date night, a birthday party, football, and a little home interior shopping...yes, again!
I decided to do away with the colored pillows and stick with a more neutral color scheme in our living room this past weekend. I've been eyeing a gorgeous metallic, sequin pillow over at West Elm however couldn't bare the price tag. Our new little gold one was much more reasonable and equally pretty.
If you've been reading for awhile you may or may not know that I have been on a search for the perfect poufs for in front of our fireplace. What do you guys think?
Do you remember those Moroccan wedding blankets I was drooling over last week? Well, when I spotted our new throw blanket, I instantly thought of them.  I think it has something to do with the texture, gold coloring, and the glitter that is strung through out! And the best part? It was only $39 at Pier One!
Have I mentioned how much I love the fall? Yesterday was my ideal fall afternoon. Football, and little Sunday stroll. Hats and pumpkin spice lattes included!
Our weekend was finished off with a pretty fall sunset (please excuse my hand). Wishing you all an amazing week ahead!