• Last Minute Stocking Stuffers (Under $20)

  • December 18, 2014
  • A Sporty Sweater + WIWW

  • December 17, 2014
  • DSC01117-682x1024 When temperatures get to unbearable lows here in the Midwest, it puts a whole new spin on the term “sweater weather.”

    Because cut outs and flirty frocks aren’t exactly an option, over-the-knee boots and statement jackets become your best friend. It’s amazing what a gorgeous coat can do for your morale in the cooler months. I paired mine with a simple, yet statement-making varsity sweater for a cozy-cool vibe.

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  • Spots & Ditzy Dots

  • December 15, 2014
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    I love pattern mixing, it just amps up any look and infuses a ton of personality simultaneously. Out of all of the combinations that I frequently pair together, leopard and polka dots tops the list. There is something so playful, cheeky and chic about this dually dotted combination that I just adore. I also have a surplus of both prints in my closet, so the challenge is how to make this pairing feel new for me.

    For today’s look, I went for the basics, black skinny jeans and a chambray top. I layered a polka dot sweater and my favorite leopard jacket for one of my favorite outfits to date.

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  • Gift Guide For The Home

  • December 14, 2014
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    Under $30

    1. Gold Urchin // 2. Zebra Dish // 3. Kate Spade Stapler // 4. Cheetah Pillow (only $10!) // 5. Peacock Tray // 6. Agate Bookends

    Under $50

    1. Kate Spade Planner // 2. Agate Coaster Set // 3. Nail Head Picture Frame // 4. Serving Tray // 5. Metallic-Dipped Tote (would double as a super cute reusable grocery bag) // 6. Jewelry Box

    Under $80

    1. Draper Dishes // 2. Faux Fur Throw // 3. Geometric Tile Box // 4. Gold Mirror // 5. Decorative Retro Camera // 6. Vase

     — Get 20% off $150 purchase at West Elm with code JINGLE20 (ends tonight!) –

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  • 1 Carry On – 10 (Stylish) Days

  • December 13, 2014
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    When I initially think about “packing light,” I tend to assume style sacrifices. But with all of my jet-setting experiences in the last year or two, I’ve come to learn that with a bit of creative ingenuity, that is simply not the case.

    On multiple accounts I’ve lived fiercely fashionably in a single suitcase for as long as four months before. So this is why, on my most recent trip to San Francisco for ten days it seemed downright preposterous to check an entire fifty lbs. I took it on as a style challenge of sorts, put my clothing cleverness to the test. What resulted was more than ten chic creations with no style sacrifices to be found. And this, my fellow fashionistas, is exactly how I did it:

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  • Carry On Chic: Days 9 & 10

  • December 12, 2014
  • 910PicMonkey Collage For the last two days on my “carry on chic” challenge, it took a bit of creativity and a lot of reworking to make two new outfits emerge from a pile of packed clothing.

    For the first look, I took the dress I had packed and paired a sweater over it. All of a sudden, it looks like a tres chic skirt and sweater combo. But au contraire…

    A sleek chignon and a statement earring give a posh polish to this look, as well as caged heels.

    My final look had to be casual for a day of travels. I wore my nude flats (a travel, err wardrobe staple) and comfortable jeans. A utility jacket and blanket scarf hit the perfect note between comfort and style.

    Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post where I will break down all the little tips and tricks on how to get “carry on chic.”

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  • Carry On Chic: Days 7 & 8

  • December 11, 2014
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    Towards the end of my 10 day escape to California, new outfit options become a little less obvious when looking at your luggage. It takes creativity and a bit of trial and error to make it all work.

    I many times go with the all black look when I am at a loss for what to wear. Day 7 of my challenge was no exception.

    I just added a red lip and a grey fedora to spice things up a bit. Day 8 is where things got a bit more outside the box.  I took my midi skirt and secured it right above my bust and layered a turtleneck sweater over it to create a flirty silhouette on the bottom half. With a simple styling trick, a midi can become a mini instantly.

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  • Carry On Chic: Days 5 & 6 + WIWW

  • December 10, 2014
  • 56PicMonkey Collage When trying to “live” out of a suitcase for an extended period of time, whether it be a week or a couple of months it’s important to stress diversity. What I mean by that is to pack a wide variety of silhouettes so you don’t get bored with redundant shapes. This means to include dresses, skirts and pants so each look feels new and exciting. If you have the choice of choosing between another skirt or dress, a skirt of a different style (midi v.s. mini), because you can pair different blouses to revamp any skirt.

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  • Carry On Chic: Days 3 & 4

  • December 9, 2014
  • 34PicMonkey Collage For two days traveling the street of San Fran, I opted for easy, fuss-free pieces. A flowy midi with chambray makes for a seamless combination, glammed up by a statement necklace – perfect for stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge. For exploring a bit more of Downtown, black booties and a matching blouse are a great contrast to light wash jeans. A patterned scarf and a bit of lipstick is exactly what I needed to bring this look to life. 

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  • Carry On Chic: Days 1 & 2

  • December 8, 2014
  • 12 PicMonkey Collage As many of you know that follow me on social media, I recently took a ten day trip to San Francisco over Thanksgiving. If you have been following me for a while, you will know that on multiple accounts I have lived out of a single suitcase (fashionably) for months on end. When it came time to pack for this trip, it seemed completely ridiculous to check the same amount of luggage I’ve literally lived out of for four months before. Then the thought arose in my mind, “what if I packed a single carry on and created ten (different) chic outfits?” Naturally, the fashion challenge was accepted and I’m now sharing my secrets with all of you.

    Every day this week, Monday through Friday, I will be sharing my ten looks that were created out of one carry on. On Saturday, there will be a complete breakdown of the packing strategies, key pieces and how you can do it too. I packed fairly generic and basic pieces so it could easily be replicated by any of you.

    Without further adieu, here are my looks for days one and two.

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