Thursday, September 29, 2011


This gorgeous olive green shirt dress from Anthropologie. Wouldn't it be perfect with some tall brown boots and a big cozy scarf? 

P.S. it's on sale too!


James Marsden is so painfully cute!  And he gives adorable a new meaning in these photos of him from Band of Outsiders.

All photos via Band of Outsiders

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

essie Fall Collection

Yet another reason why I'm excited for Fall: essie's new Fall colors!  They are so rich and warm and I can't wait to wear "Very Structured!"
Photos via essie


Now that Fall weather is finally kicking in, I'm craving a chambray shirt now more than ever.  I've seen some adorable outfits involving these denim button-downs lately and now I have to have one for myself.  Of course the most coveted of the chambray shirt is the J Crew version, but I've managed to find a few good substitutes in my search.
The Quicksilver Sunset Chambray Shirt
on sale for $31.15
The Forever 21Classic Denim Shirt
for only $19.80
Photo by Stockholm Street Style via Cup of Joe
Isn't this such a classic and adorable look?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

So Lush!

My best friend and I hit up the Lush counter at Macy's the other day, because she heard they made some sort of body deodorant (seriously, this stuff was awesome!), and she wanted to check it out.  It turned out to be an incredibly eye-opening experience for both of us.  I've always known Lush made all kinds of gorgeous smelling (and looking!) soaps and bathbombs, but they showed us a ton of other products I'd never seen before that I just fell in love with.  And the best part was, they are all totally affordable!

First of all, did you know solid lotion existed?  I had never heard of such thing until we saw it at Lush.  After testing it out, my arms were transformed into baby-soft skin.  Not only do they have bars of lotion, they also had bronzing and shimmer bars!  They look just like bars of soap, and you simply rub them on your skin to get either a bronzed look, or just a light shimmer...brilliant!

Photo of bronzing bars via Lush

Then we found the massage bars, which are made to rub on sore muscles.  The Wiccy Magic was by far my fave.  It was sort of like a solid Icy Hot!
Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar via Lush

Finally, we tried the Honey Trap Lip Balm which I'm kicking myself for not buying on the spot.  My lips were so soft for so long after I tried this (We also did the bubblegum sugar lip scrub....yum!). 

Honey Trap Lip Balm via Lush
Needless to say, I will be back. Soon.  With cash.

Hello Fall!

Now that Fall has arrived, what better way to greet it than with this adorable owl doormat from Bed Bath & Beyond! He would look so cute outside my front door and make coming home even more enjoyable!

Photo via Bed Bath & Beyond

Monday, September 26, 2011


Have you seen this group of soldiers called Sidewinder yet?  They do a pretty mean rendition of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep."  You've definitely got to give it a listen!

Gossip Girl announced recently that Gossip Girl is teaming up with Romeo and Juliet Couture to create a clothing line inspired by the fashions worn by my girls Blair and Serena.  I am beyond excited for this!  I would wear just about everything those two girls wear on the show, and from what it sounds like, at the end of the month, I will finally be able to!!

As sneak peak of the line, via Elle
Looking fabulous in Paris
In Bright Summer Yellows
Wearing some fab Fall pieces!
P.S. The Season 5 Premiere starts tonight! I'm giddy with excitement!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Premiere Week - Thursday's Lineup

Thursday's are going to be out of control for me.  I don't think it will be possible to cram all of these shows into one evening.  Looks like I'll have plenty to watch on the DVR over the weekend!

The night begins with a killer NBC lineup starting with Community, which might be one of the funniest shows on television.  It's just so silly, you can't help but love it!

Then we will finally find out once and for all, who is the new boss on The Office!
LOVE this promo ad!
The new NBC show, Whitney begins tonight as well.  I think I'll give it a shot - it looks pretty cute.

And if that wasn't enough, I've got my regular Thursday night shows -  Project Runway and Jersey Shore.

And on top of alllll of that, there is a TWO hour premiere of Grey's Anatomy tonight!  That is way too long if you ask me, but of course I'll DVR it and watch it Sunday night.

Whew! Is it Friday yet?


This mod dress from Forever21.  It would be perfect for Fall with a big wool cardigan and bright purple tights :)

Photo via Forever21

Mozzarella Sticks

I had no idea that it was possible to make mozzarella sticks at home without the help of a deep fryer, until I found this recipe from Taste of Home. This new-found discovery could get me into a bit of trouble!  But you can't come across something like this and not try it...right?!  This is on my immediate to-do list.

Photo via Taste of Home
I didn't think there was a way to make mozzarella sticks any better than they already are, but this recipe calls for egg roll wrappers!!!  Are you kidding me?  The wrapping is my favorite part of egg rolls!  Pop some cheese (they use string cheese!) inside one of those?! What could be better!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Premiere Week - Wednesday's Lineup

Only two shows on tonight's lineup, but they are both one hour specials, so they will keep me busy most of the evening.  Tonight it is all about ABC and family shows, kicking the evening off with an hour of The Middle. I have completely fallen in love with this show.  It's more real-life than a lot of other shows - they deal with every day issues and they are all a bit strange which makes it so entertaining.  I think Sue Heck might be one of my favorite television characters.  It might be because I see a little bit of my high school-self in her, or maybe it's her unkempt hair, or her love of pastel colored clothing, but I freaking love Sue Heck.
Ohhh Sue.

Then we end the night with the much anticipated one hour special of Modern Family. Like every other girl in America, I'm hopelessly in love with Phil Dunphy, and I am so excited to have him back in my life on Wednesday evenings.  Can this show please be a full hour every week?!

And I'm going back and forth on whether or not I want to get into the X Factor.  I'm sure I'll enjoy it, but I probably don't need yet another weekly television show in my routine.  But if time allows this evening, maybe I'll give it a shot.

Fall has Arrived

Fall officially arrives this week and I am celebrating today with an Einstein bagel with pumpkin cream cheese.  Although I absolutely dread the Chicago winters, I do enjoy the Fall.  I am so excited to start wearing scarves, tights and boots.  I love any and everything pumpkin flavored.  And although I'll miss swimsuits and tanktops, I can't wait for big comfy sweaters and long sleeves.  Happy Fall!

Photo found via

Nail Trend

I've been seeing this new nail polish trend everywhere lately, where you paint all but your ring fingers one color and the two ring fingers a different color or style.  I think the look is so fun and I decided to try it myself!  Needless to say, I can't stop staring at my nails as I'm typing this - I love it!

Via Cupcakes and Cashmere
Via Behind the Chair at the Beauty Bar

Via The Beauty Department

My own version! With Ulta's Smoke Screen and Essie's Chinchilly