Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Wear: Vintage Magpie

Summer time means dress season, and I couldn’t be happier! There isn’t much that I love more than a full skirted dress in a lovely print. I found this one at a lovely little boutique called Magpie in Jerome, Arizona which is a really small town but is filled with lots of fun treasures.

The print of this dress is what caught my eye, but I bought it in September of last year so this is actually the first time I’m wearing it- and I’m in love! The brand is Aryeh which I can’t seem to find anywhere but their dresses fit perfectly and despite the full skirt they are so light and breezy!

I work this to work, so while I would have loved to wear some fab turquoise heels I decided to opt for comfort with my wedges from Clarks. They have a reputation of not being so fashionable, but their Indigo collection fits my foot like a glove and they are actually real fun!

Dress: Aryeh via Magpie Boutique | Shoes: Clarks
Enjoy summer!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Wear: Super chic mom

I’m so excited to blog about my chic mom, and I can’t believe I haven’t blogged about her already! Inspired by women like Ines de la Fressange, my mom always looks impeccably chic by wearing a few key pieces.
This is the outfit she wore to my graduation and for drinks at the Kit Kat lounge and dinner at Angelina’s after. Living in Paris she was influenced to have a smaller closet filled with classic, high quality pieces as well as fabulous hand bags and scarves. Items like cropped black pants and tailored blouses are a staple for my mom, that is when she isn’t in her yoga clothes (which I will say are also quite chic).
Top: Mexx | Pants: J.Crew |Bag: Cole Haan | Watch: Cartier | Shoes: Calvin Klein
Looking good mom!!


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Eat: Chocolate Chip Cookies

I promised our Kensie girls that I would bake them my famous chocolate chip cookies, the only thing is they aren’t really mine to claim. I’ve been baked these cookies forever, we’ve had our Mrs. Fields cookie book since the 80’s and this cookie recipe has yet to be beaten.

Blue-Ribbon Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (packed) dark brown sugar- although I always use light brown
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
Start by preheating the oven to 300 degrees, grease your cookie sheet. In a side bowl mix together the flour, soda, and salt with a wisk and set aside. Then in a large bowl mix your sugars, then add your butter- make sure its room temperature.

Then, add the two eggs- also room temp- and your vanilla extra until they have blended all together. Now add your flour mixture bit by bit so you don’t end up with flour all over your adorable Anthropologie apron.

Once that’s mixed fold in your chocolate chips, I like using dark chocolate for a zippier taste.

Finally transfer your cookies to the baking sheet and pop them into the oven for 20-24 minutes.

When they are done let them cool on the pan- it makes them chewier than transferring them to a wire rack.


Saturday, June 18, 2011

Wear: Spring flowers

The weather in Chicago today is so incredibly gorgeous, I had to wear my favorite Ella Moss dress and I'm excited to pair it with my new necklace from Kie & Kate. I love the combination of a flirty chiffon dress and a structured heavy necklace.
The sun is so gorgeous, and the sky is bright blue, it's the perfect day to be out enjoying the weather.

Dress: Ella Moss via Twist Boutique | Necklace and Watch: Kie&Kate Couture

Monday, June 13, 2011

Wear: Chilly Spring

This spring weather has me inspired to dress in light layers, so I was excited to pull out this Tulle jacket I got on sale at the end of the season last year. At school I really just like to be comfortable but that doesn't mean you can't wear some of your favorite pieces!

I've paired the jacket with a delicate knit sweater from Kensie- I love the mix of purple and army green and the texture just ads that little bit extra.

I love the simplicity of this necklace from Two Sisters Jewelry Boutique, which we carried at Twist, and all their pieces are so simple and easy. I have two necklaces and a pair of earrings from them, and I turn to them everytime I need a gift.

Most importantly though, I LOVE this J.Crew ballet flats more than anything because they are so easy and add a bit of bling to my favorite pieces.

And of course my most favorite thing- my poochie Audrey, who is loving this spring weather because she can loaf around outside without getting too hot!

Enjoy spring!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Eat: Happy Cakes

The other day, when I had my day off, it was gorgeous in the morning putting me in a super cheery mood- then it started raining. Instead of grumping over my day out being cut off, I decided to head home and make these mini cupcakes I’ve wanted to try for a while and I’m so excited to share them all with you! I’ve been scouring Tablespoon.com and they recently have been posting tons of fun recipes of double rainbow desserts, so I decided to make my own sweet treats. Here is the recipe, you first make a simple white cake mix and then assemble:
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk
    Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees, and then you can either use mini cupcake shapers or I used a greased silicone cupcake pan. Then, cream together your sugar and butter, then mix in your eggs and vanilla. Once those are together blend in the flour and baking powder, the batter will be a little dry so pour in your half cup of milk (depending on the weather sometimes I have to add a little more milk).
Once those are mixed, separate the batter into 8 bowls and dye each one a color of a rainbow (ROYGBIV)  and you’ll have one left of plain batter that you can mix into a color if you over dye. I just did around 3 or 4 drops of each color, some recipes will tell you to use specific number of drops but just mix it in until it looks good.
Next comes the fun part, layer in the batter!! Just do a little drop of violet on the bottom, and then just keep adding the rest of the colors, just remember not to use too much because these mini pans aren’t that big. The layers don’t need to be perfect; once they bake they take on their own creation.
Now it’s time to put them in the oven! Pop them in for 12-16 minutes, but poke them with a tooth pick before you take them out, just to make sure.
This is what they look for in the end! Aren’t they so fun? That’s why I call them happy cakes.
Eat up!



Thursday, June 2, 2011

Wear: Orange you glad

Today makes me so incredibly happy, it's my first day off since I started my grown up job because my classes got canceled, and I don't know what to do with myself! I wanted my outfit to reflect my happiness so my orange shorts from J.Crew were my go to piece.

Today I just bopped around downtown Naperville, I love going into all the downtown shops like M2, Twist Boutique, and the newly opened Joe Boutique. The face of downtown has really changed for the better- with Joe, Enchantments, and Kicks shoes all open it's really becoming a shopping destination.

I love the bracelets I'm wearing, my grandma has an envy inducing collection of bakelite, and she gave me these three bangles for my 21st birthday. While they are an unusual group of colors I find I can really wear them with everything, and I love that they aren't too big for my bird-like wrists.

Top: Tulle via Twist Boutique | Sweater: Boden | Shorts: J. Crew
Shoes: Converse | Earrings: M2 Boutique | Bracelets: Vintage