Friday, November 18, 2011

Combat Boots Conflict

I'm really digging the combat boots trend lately.  I love the way they can give a simple, casual outfit an edgier look.  I find myself gawking at them everywhere. 

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest
As much as I want a pair for myself, I'm not sure if I would wear them enough to justify buying them.  So I think a good way to ease into this would be with a more inexpensive pair to give myself a bit of a test drive.   These Wild Diva Tina boots from Urbanog would be a great start!  At only $28.90, I would definitely get my moneys worth out of these!

Image Via Urbanog

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Jelly Bean Music

I just saw this video by Kina Grannis for the first time yesterday and I was totally awestruck.  The entire video is made from jelly beans!!  Apparently it took about 2 years to create, but in my opinion - it was totally worth it!  Not only is the video amazing, but I love the song too!  I think I might have to check out her album...enjoy!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Olive This

We all watched the heartwarming "Olive Juice" scenes from The Other Sister and cried with big goofy smiles on our faces.  That's how I felt when I first saw this pillow from OliveHandmade on Etsy.  It would put a smile on my face every day with this on my couch :)

Image via OliveHandmade on Etsy


Image via Claires Diner

Thursday, November 10, 2011


First snow of the season in Chicago today!  Word on the street is that this is supposed to be our worst winter yet!  Get ready everyone...

Image via Pinterest

Where I'd like to be right now

Exactly right here. In this tub. With these books and candles and a hot beverage.  It would be absolute bliss.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

DIY Chain Bracelet

The Inspiration:

Photo via I Spy DIY
This DIY chain and rhinestone bracelet created by I Spy DIY.  I absolutely loved it and decided to take a stab at this myself.

The Supplies:
All courtesy of Michael's: a gold and a silver chain.  A strand of rhinestones.  Some suede string.  A clasp.  And some jewelry pliers.

The finished product:

My photographs don't quite do it justice, but I was very pleased with myself.  The bracelet came out perfectly!  I can't wait to try some other suggestions from this great DIY blog!!


This fun and classy chevron printed shift dress from Sosie.  It would look gorgeous on its own or paired with some tall boots.  Or belted.  Or with some bright colored tights.  So many different ways to wear it!

Via Sosie

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

So Clever

Such a clever and hilarious door sign.  Salt n Pepa would be proud.

Via Je Voudrais Que

Flannel with a Twist

I have a great red flannel shirt that I adore.  It is typically reserved as my traveling outfit.  Whenever I'm going a long car ride, I will throw on my flannel with a pair of jeggings for ultimate comfort.  I've never looked at my flannel shirt as a cute and girly shirt.  That is until I came across this photo from Candy Kawaii Lover.  Can you believe how feminine and adorable she makes her brother's flannel shirt look?? I am totally inspired!

Image via Candy Kawaii Lover

I think I could definitely pull this off.  You would just need a few great staples like these:

Homemade B-Red Skirt from ModCloth

Flannel Boyfriend Shirt from Urban Outfitters

Monday, November 7, 2011

Killer Combo - Chambray + Mustard

I think the best color combo for Fall fashion has to be the combination of chambray and mustard yellow.  It looks rich and chic but the brightness of the yellow gives it the perfect touch of fun.  Definitely using these images as fashion inspiration for the season!

Via the Sartorialist

Via This Time Tomorrow

Via Live Creating Yourself

Via Daily Cup of Couture

Sweet Book

When I lived in London, one of my favorite morning rituals was to pick up the free newspaper on the way to work and read the "Missed Connections" on the train. There is something so sweet and romantic about those ads - seeking out a total stranger online after just sharing one glance.  And now, thanks to Sophie Blackhall, there is an entire book of (illustrated!) missed connection messages.  It looks painfully sweet and such a perfect read for the winter - curled up on the couch in a cozy sweater with some hot cocoa and dark chocolate. Yum!

Image via Amazon

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Royal Blue

I was running some errands after work last night and happened to walk by Ann Taylor.  I actually stopped in my tracks because I was so taken with their new collection displayed in the windows.  There was an overall theme in their new collection - a gorgeous, deep, royal blue.  This rich jewel tone would look striking on just about anyone and is perfect for the upcoming cold season.  So gorgeous!


I might not be ready for the cold weather I know Chicago has in store for us, but this photo almost makes me excited for it.  There is something so peaceful about big cities in the winter - everything seems to just slow down.

Photo via Pinterest

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wine Totes

I am loving these wine totes from Velocity Art and Design.  Wouldn't they make the perfect housewarming gift?  When I bring a bottle of wine to a housewarming, I usually tie a sparkly ribbon or bow around it, but by putting it in one of these beauties, it's like two gifts in one!  And who doesn't like a re-usable gift?

Tuscany Wine Tote Bag

Bordeaux Wine Tote Bag


These vibrant and fun high-waisted hot pink leggings from Mango.  I'm so excited that bright colored pants are in this season.  I can't get enough of this look!

Image via Mango