Monday, August 29, 2011

Visit: Hilton Head, SC

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to go to Hilton Head with Ryan and his family. It's a gorgeous resort town, and these are some of my favorite photos from the trip:

And here is my sweetie and I at sunset!

I wish we could go back soon...

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Chicago Blogger Meet 'N Greet

A few nights ago I had a really wonderful time at the Chicago Blogger Meet 'N Greet hosted by Lisa at Deliciously Vintage Chicago in Pilsen. The boutique is beautiful- with pink striped walls and a highly selective collection of vintage pieces.

The collection of sequin items had my name all over it, you know how I love my sparkles, and Deliciously Vintage lacks the over stuffed and smelly atmosphere that most vintage shops have. You can tell all their pieces have been carefully selected just for their shoppers.

I had a really great time chatting with all the other bloggers, and got to meet some wonderful people. The local chicago lifestyle bloggers are so down to earth and friendly- they were so welcoming! It was nice to meet bloggers outside of the strictly fashion segment of blogging.

Tabitha did an absolutely incredible job putting together the gift bags- from 1154 Lill totes to whimsical mugs it was a real topper to the night! And of course everyone loved their Kensie totes!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sponsor That Shop Girl

I was really touched by Veronika's post on Tick Tock Vintage a few weeks ago, when she posted that all her advertisements go to funding the library she keeps in her class room. I love the idea of doing something good while promoting local business, so I decided that for the month of September I'll follow in her foot steps!

This coming month my 220 X 100 ads (featured above) will be only $15 and I'll use the money to buy much needed supplies for the local Humane Society in Naperville. For those of you who don't know me, animals hold the biggest space in my heart and I can't wait to drop off a bunch of goodies for those sweet pets at the Humane Society.

If you're interested please send me an email at and check out my sponsor page here. All advertisements would need to be submitted by 8/30.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Wear: To top it off

I love this hat! I've been lusting after big sun hats for a while now, but none have been quite right although they look effortlessly cool. Then today while shopping with my mom we stopped at J.Crew to shop their 40% off sale merchandise sale and I feel about this beauty at a mere $19.99! Excellent.

These are some of my favorite shoes, they are Jeffery Campbell's from about 3 years ago. I haven't worn them much but they are so delicate and are that finishing touch on any outfit.

Hat: J.crew | Scarf: Ann Taylor Loft | Necklace: Banana Republic
Sweater: Kensie | Jeans: It! | Shoes: Jeffery Campbell


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wear: What to wear to a farm

A few posts ago I talked about going to Heritage Prairie Farm, and that morning when we decided to go I admit it took too long to decide what to wear. I decided to go for a comfortable bohemian kind of vibe, and threw on a tunic and leggings but finished it off with a long chunky necklace.

Believe it or not, this is actually my least favorite piece of jewelry I own but it was on sale at Ann Taylor for a price I couldn't walk away from.

Have an easy summer


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Chicago Blogger Meet N' Greet

What are you doing this Saturday? Well I'll be attending the wonderful Chicago Blogger Meet N' Greet  at Deliciously Vintage hosted by Archives Vintage! If you write a fashion blog in Chicago visit Lisa's blog and send her a message!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Craft: Paper Quilt

Inspired by the colors in this outfit I decided to make a new piece of art for my bedroom, and came up with an idea for a paper quilt. Here is what you need:
-Paper: such as scrapbook paper, newspaper, magazine pages, anything goes
-Canvas or thick cardstock to adhere the circles onto
-Hot glue gun
-Mod podge: either matte or glossy, I prefer matte

 Start by cutting circles of some of your favorite printed and colored papers

Once you get a wide variety of colors and prints lay them out on the canvas or cardstock to get an idea of how you want to attach them, I stacked them so they would look like a quilt but you could lay them like fish scales too.

Then get glue crazy!

Your finished piece will look something like this:

Then paint on the mod podge, this will protect your finished piece.

Ta-dah! Now I won't lie, it took me all day to cut out those circles as well as a few blisters on my hands but it's worth it!


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Wear: Feeling the 50's

I LOVE THIS DRESS!! This is only the second time I've worn it, but when I saw it at the VFish showroom many months ago I knew I had to have it! It's the print that got me, but I love the vintage feel that the halter gives off as well. This is my second favorite piece that I have from Vfish, the first is their INCREDIBLE fleece lined leggings- you have to get a pair for yourself this winter.

Haven't heard of Vfish? They are a fantastic Chicago based company that's sold online and at boutiques across the nation, they're known for their dresses because they are made of the softest material you've ever felt and flatter every single body type.

Visit them online here and like their facebook page for when they post new collections or special sales!


Friday, August 5, 2011

Visit: Downers Grove

So today my mom and I went around running some errands, and took time to drive through the beautiful downtown of Downers Grove and look at some of the stunning houses. It's a really pretty neighborhood,   the side streets are brick instead of boring black pavement, and the houses are so unique and beautiful.

The colors are all so beautiful, I love painted lady houses and the victorian style. 

This house is my absolute FAVORITE!! Who wouldn't love a giant turquoise sphere on the top of their house- beautiful!

Visit this stunning downtown!


Monday, August 1, 2011

Wear: Circa 1984

This basic black dress came with a simple brown belt, I decided to jazz it up with this fabulous little find hidden in my mom's closet. Believe it or not she bought it at Talbots in 1984! Pure fantastic, when people compliment me on it I love telling them that it's from Talbots- the shock on their face fills me with pure joy.

I have to say the modest mouse in me feels this dress is a little short, so I always wear a longer slip under it- I know I'm a grandma but I'm really ok with it.

These shoes are an old Target find too, I love the slight wedge when I work- I need proper support!

Dress: Kensie | Belt: Vintage- Talbots | Shoes: Target

Hope your having a wonderful summer!