Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Fabulous New Years Eve

New Years is rapidly approaching, and if you don’t have a fabulous outfit yet I’m here to help!
One trend for New Years is sparkle, and if you aren’t one to make a statement there are a lot of subtle ways to work this into your wardrobe. Twist Boutique downtown Naperville has three options for you-

This maroon and black sparkle top is a great way to add a subtle hint of flare, pair it with your favorite black pants or jeans and a simple earring.

Tulle $50 available at Twist Boutique

I love this vintage cut dress, it’s flattering on every figure because the draping hides any lumps and bumps but also enhances curves for a bombshell shape.

Tulle $60 available at Twist Boutique

If you like to be the show stopper pair this sparkle dress with maroon tights and a simple black heel and you’ll have everyone’s attention.

Tulle $68 available at Twist Boutique

On a budget this new years eve? Pull out your favorite black dress and head to M2 Boutique in downtown Naperville and pick up some of their fabulous accessories.

I just bought these earrings the other day, they catch the light beautifully but I really love that I can wear them with both silver and gold accessories.

$32 Available at M2 Boutique

If you’re going out to eat for New Years Eve, make sure you also pick up one of their pashmina’s to stay warm while staying glam.

$25 Many colors available at M2

Finally, make sure you stop by Bella Caley to fill your clutch with their wide selection of Hollywood products. If you’re wearing a daring dress you have to pick up their Hollywood fashion tape, and if your one to spill your cocktails their Hollywood stain removing pen is an absolute must.

I hope you have a fabulous New Years Eve,


For more information on the products listed visit me on Facebook or contact each boutique:
Twist Boutique at 630.548.4445
M2 Boutique at 630.548.9955
Bella Caley at 630.369.4991

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Holiday Inspiration

As this is my pre-christmas blog, I decided to share with you a few holiday inspired photographs I took over the last few years. Instead of barking at you to shop local I wanted to give you the inspiration to have a fun, family filled holiday season. Bake some cookies with your cousin, go ice skating with your honey, and decorate the tree with your sibling.

Have a fantastic holiday!


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

10 Days Before Christmas

Oh. My. Gosh. 10 days til Christmas, yes, 10 days! Now take a deep breath, don't panic about the last gifts you need to purchase, the decorating that needs to be done, or the cookies that need to be baked (or store bought), I'm here to help!

When it comes to gifts you actually should be glad you waited, these next 10 days stores are worried that they over bought this holiday season and will be offering big mark downs. Take down town Naperville, the local stores host "Last Minute Madness" the Thursday and Friday before Christmas and offer a wide variety of discounts and gifts with purchase.

Worried about decking your halls for your holiday party? Relax, and keep it simple. Instead of extravagent center pieces on your table put a bowl filled with ribbon and ornaments or pieces of greens and those cute little clementines. When the kids are out of school and getting into everything, have them make some ornaments. Cover your table with news paper and give them paints, card stock, ribbons and old magazines and you'll end up with sweet, meaningful ornaments to hang off your tree.

Finally, I love to bake and I've found that has tons of great recipies and pictures of different holiday treats. This season I'm trying their Chocolate Chip Cookie recipie and Roll Out Sugar Cookies.

Have a fun and happy holiday season!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Holiday Shopping {Downtown Naperville}

This holiday season keep your shopping local, which isn’t always an easy task if you have some challenging recipients. To make it easier for you, I’ve assembled a fabulous list of go to places for your gifts.

1. Twist Boutique
Of course I have to start with Twist, with their $30 and under gift table you’re sure to pick up some goodies for the trendies on your list. With scarves, Thymes candles, and Love and Toast beauty products you can stock up on a lot of gifts without blowing your budget on the first shop.
Perk: they offer gift wrap!

2. M2 Boutique
I have trouble going to M2 and walking out without a purchase, they have items for the jewelry and accessory lovers on your list and then some! Hopefully they don’t read this, but I picked up an awesome memory book at M2 for my sister’s boyfriend where he can stick the tickets and pictures of concerts he goes to, and a pair of earrings for my sister!
Perk: they offer gift wrap!
3. Bella Caley
Bella Caley is a great gift destination, with candles, home goods, and Mila Rose head bands by local designer Melissa Lopez, you can knock out a lot of items on your list. They offer items for a mixed clientele- from your 13 year old niece who has a love for extravagance to your mother in law who has a love for elegance.

4. Saraboo Creek
Saraboo Creek is a great place to shop for those who love to decorate, because you’re able to custom make your own signs. With everything from butterflies to beer mugs you can create a sign tailored to the lucky recipient, they’ll be sure to love it.

5. Adagio Tea
For the tea lover in your life Adagio Tea is a great place to pick up gorgeous tea pots, mugs, and loose leaf teas that smell absolutely fabulous. Make sure to take a cup of tea to go to warm your hands while you finish shopping!

6. Twisted Olive
Twisted Olive is newer to downtown, and is a fun place to try olive oils and balsamic vinaigrette’s. The staff has been super helpful every time I’ve stepped through their door and you can even get beautifully wrapped gift baskets for the foodies in your life.

I promise you can find fabulous unique gifts in the locally owned shops in downtown Naperville, and you’ll be promoting the local economy. Bring your friends and make a day of it!

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Holiday Inspiration {Anthropologie}

This quarter in school I’ve interned at Anthropologie’s Bock 37 location in their visual display department. As my internship comes to a close and I get ready for my class presentation I’ve been looking over the images of the work I helped with and can’t get over how visually inspirational the company is. I’ve found that now I’ll never throw anything away because you can make art out of anything. The pictures below are of the fall windows we just took down which were made out of pizza circles, unbelievable! They were all folded and painted by my fabulous supervisor and the other intern, and the hand crafted work makes it really special.

The next pictures are from my favorite display, when you walk into the store you are greeted with these earthy-meet-modern tree stumps which were made out of chicken wire and cardboard. They come up with the most creative uses for everyday items that I want to craft when I get home from work!

Finally, these last photos are of the candles I melted to look “Phantom-of-the-Opera-like” and are a great way to decorate for the holidays. To do this at home stick some cheap candle sticks in holders or a vase of sand to keep them in place and light them all. While they are burning take one candle and hold it over each candle one by one, this will melt both candles and create dramatic wax drippings.

Have any inspirational holiday ideas? Leave a comment, I would love to read them!