Monthly Archives: January 2011

Wish I Were Here.

A rough weekend spilled over into Monday. Hope your week is off to a good start. Back to regular posting tomorrow…

P.S. This picture is from a family beach trip last October. It was the early morning on the last day, just before we hugged goodbye and headed back to reality. The end of a vacation is always so sad, don’t you think?

The Gifts That Keep On Giving

It’s been a little over a month since Christmas and I thought I’d share some gifts I’m still enjoying and thought you might, too.

I adore wearing this Tennessee necklace…
Home is literally where the heart is. Find yours at Truche.  

While I haven’t actually cracked these open yet, I’m excited all the same. 
  A wicked awesome spider bracelet from Mom is the perfect
mix of glam & goth.
An everyday tote, it means my little cabbage, a term of endearment in France.

 Story People stories warm my heart. So sweet and true.

A CTA pillow makes our Chicago home complete. 
North and South DVD Set – because I could always use more Patrick Swayze in my life. (1212 minutes more to be exact.)


Sweet Petula soaps – the most divine scents in the most 
adorable packaging.

Any gifts you’d like to share?? I would love to know your loves!
Have a lovely weekend, I’m hoping to jump into North & South!



Dress of the Day

Our little heat wave here in Chicago (22 degrees!) has me craving a few less layers. (As in, one only, please.) Thinking ahead to warmer days, this might be the sweetest lavender dress I’ve ever seen. A ruffled flower shoulder, haphazard horizontal pleats and embroidered hem in the palest of purples…oh, how I heart details! Wouldn’t she be lovely for a bridal or baby shower in the spring?

Jason Wu Bridal

“I want a bride to feel FEMININE and absolutely BEAUTIFUL.”
                                                                                 -Jason Wu

I don’t know about you ladies, but that’s exactly how I’d feel in either of these pretties. See his exclusive collection at Net-a-porter.

Watercolor Fashion Illustration

You might have spotted the work of Cate Parr in the February issue of Lucky and if so, did you fall madly in love with it like I did??
Always an admirer of fashion illustration, these are exceptionally beautiful. The watercolor lends a dreamy vibe while the details (hearts in hair!) put a fresh spin on the outfit inspiration. I imagine a collection of several in my future fabulous office!

Celebrity Crush Confession

Celebrity Crush Confession: Steven Tyler
Super pumped about our twice weekly dates happening for the next few months. (I really didn’t want to get sucked into Idol this year but he left me with little choice.) If I’d climb on a billboard just to be near him, I’ll definitely tune into a singing competition.

Tell me, tell me – who’s your celebrity crush??
Ever had an encounter or tried something crazy to meet them?

Happy Weekend lovelies and GO BEARS!!

Project Dream Board

Winter tempts me to hibernate like a bear until mid-April. At this point, I could sleep 12 hours a night and still go back for more. The cold and gray make me want to do nothing more than turn on the space heater, start the fireplace dvd and cuddle with the kitties. (Even they’re being overly lazy!) However, we did manage to accomplish one thing last weekend (that’s right I said one) other than watching football and awards shows…
Our 2011 dream board!
It’s been years since we sat down and did a project like this and it was a great opportunity to clear out my overflowing magazine pile. (Ok, that’s two things!) Based on our 2011 goals and including some longer term dreams as well, we used photo’s and text to formulate a ‘plan’ so we could visualize the outcome. While the design and layout aren’t winning any creative awards or making waves in the art industry, seeing it every day is motivation to cross it off the list, regardless of the crooked lines or not quite clear dried glue.  Have a peek…
Plan the layout…
Paste into place…
Add details…

Revel in your accomplishment!
What keeps you motivated to complete your goals and aspirations??

P.S. Had to share this picture of Mojito…just watching all the cutting and pasting wore him slap out. This was his position for hours – eyes open, lazy face, crackberry by his side. He looked so pitiful I didn’t have the heart to move him. Oh the joys of being a cat!



Chicago Fashion Foundation’s 4th Annual Scholarship Event – March 3rd, 2011

Chicago fashion lovers, mark your calendars!
Who:   The Chicago Fashion Foundation presents the 4th Annual Scholarship Event hosted by Project Runway’s Peach Carr
What:   Enjoy an evening of fashion and fun while supporting the
local fashion industry
When:  Tuesday, March 3, 2011 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Set to a theme centered on Chicago’s music scene, nine student designers will complete for scholarship awards and the coveted title of of 2011’s ‘Future of Chicago Fashion’.
The ensembles will be judged by some of Chicago’s fashion contributors and enthusiasts including local designer Lara Miller, 24/Chicago’s Catie Keogh and Amanda Monteiro of Giorgio Armani.
Tickets available here. Purchase online and receive $5.00 off. You won’t want to miss it!
Interested in becoming a member of the Chicago Fashion Foundation? Contact us here.

Gentlemen of the Golden Globes

Certainly you didn’t think I’d miss an opportunity to talk about the boy’s ;) Do you have any idea how hard it is to find pictures of the guys without their dates? Ladies get all the attention…let’s appreciate the gents a little, shall we?

Best dressed goes to…

The combo of gray and red was unexpected and flattering. He sass’ed it up without overdoing or losing formality.

The navy slim cut suit with a satin peak lapel and complimentary tie are the perfect balance of classic and interesting.
Biebs dressed it up with a vest but kept it young and fresh with sneaks. (Men over the age of 20 need not apply.)
Yes, its velvet in LA. But it’s January and in my opinion, acceptable.
And my least favorite…
I might forgive the scraggly mane and leftover pirate scruff, but the atrociously scuffed shoes? Fail. We know you’re cooler than the average Joe, no need to try so hard.
Who were your golden hotties??
Photos via Esquire & InStyle