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This Weekend

Today I’m doing a post that’s not in the typical “This Weekend” format. I wanted to feature a Chicago philanthropic event that’s taking place on June 22, and combines two amazing things: efforts to end homelessness and handbags! I love anything that can combine fashion with doing good. Keep reading for more information on what’s included in the ticket and how it can help others. 

Handbags for Homes

Purses available in the event raffle (clockwise from top left): Tory Burch T Stripe Tote | Kate Spade Grapefruit Crossbody Bag| Burberry Medium Banner House Check Leather Tote | Chloe Mini Marcie Leather Crossbody Bag

You’re invited! Join All Chicago for an evening of fashion and philanthropy on June 22, emceed by Fox32 weekend anchor Sylvia Perez. Our signature Handbags for Homes event features an extensive raffle of high-end designer handbags from Burberry to Tory Burch. There’s truly something for everyone – from a purse handmade in Italy to a one-of-a-kind clutch designed by Project Runway all star Peach Carr to a vegan bag. And we don’t forget the guys either with Ferragamo belts and autographed Blackhawks swag also up for raffle.

Your $100 admission ticket purchase includes cocktails, heavy hors d’eouvres, and an entry into an exclusive Burberry bag drawing. A mission moment highlighting All Chicago’s work to prevent and end homelessness in our city caps off the evening, and reminds us that we all can play a small part in helping all our neighbors have homes. You can check out all the purses on Facebook and Instagram and purchase your tickets here – but purchase soon – they’re going fast!

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“Spring” Outfit

Navy Blazer

Do you want the truth about this outfit? The truth is that while it looks like the perfect spring apparel, it’s actually too cold in Chicago to wear this right now. Some people are still wearing winter jackets, so a navy blazer will not do. No, I wore this outfit in the fall but thought it was worth sharing again. Because maybe all of you who are in a bit warmer weather can go ahead and wear it for me. I wish I could wear it right now because I love its simplicity. It’s casual, yet the navy blazer and heels polish off the striped T and torn denim. These items aren’t in stores anymore, but I did find look-a-likes:

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By the way, I’m continuing to slow down on posting here. I have tons I want to share about my wedding (which is now less than 2 weeks away!) but will be saving most of it until after Steve’s and my nuptials. Steve has always been very supportive of this blog as my hobby – he even plays my blogger bf – but he suggested I take time off during this last crunch, and I think he’s right. There are so many last minute details for a wedding, and more and more keep popping up each day! Like, oops, we forgot to think about décor for the cocktail hour tables! All of this while continuing to be at work fulltime. So yes, Steve was right that for my sanity I should slow down on blogging. I hope you’ll all still follow along on Instagram, where I’ll continue to share OOTD and behind-the-scenes peeks at my wedding preparation. Thanks for your interest!

Navy Blazer

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Mezcal vs. Tequila

Cinco de Mayo party

You might have noticed I’ve been a bit quiet out in blog land. With my wedding nearly just two weeks away (!!!!) I’ve taken a break from creating new content so I focus on the Big Day. But I couldn’t let today pass by without sharing photos from a Cinco de Mayo party Sarah recently threw to enjoy some good food and drinks she and her fiance like to bring back from Mexico. It definitely was the perfect thing to brighten up what was an otherwise dreary week.

Cinco de Mayo party

Sarah held a tequila vs. mezcal taste-off. I already knew I liked tequila and figured that’d come out on top. I was right! Have you ever had mezcal? I don’t think I could get used to the smoked taste. Maya, Randi, Katie and Jess were also there and they all agree. Even with the syrup mixture Sarah made for a mezcal mixed drink, it was still too strong for me. Want to know more about the two spirits and how you can incorporate them into your summer drinks? Visit Sarah’s blog. She also has a really good ice cube hack on there.

Cinco de Mayo party

Continue reading for more colorful photos (They make me so happy – thanks Maya and Randi for snapping!) as well as a word of thanks to everyone who provided something for the party, including these adorable flower crowns. I’ve decided it just simply isn’t a party without one. 🙂 Have a great Friday! (more…)

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This Weekend

American Express Platinum

Well, this weekend for Steve and I will be quite different than one we recently had in Chicago. We’re taking off for Athens, Ga., to celebrate Steve’s college roommate’s wedding. There won’t be any Bulls players signing autographs there (that we know of, ha). We recently had a blast attending an event at the United Center to help celebrate the launch of American Express Platinum. Chicago was one of many cities around the country where fun events were happening thanks to Amex and Uber. (The companies have teamed up to offer card holders Uber rides.) We received awesome seats to the Bulls game and attended a post-game meet & greet with legend Scottie Pippen! Not to brag, but guests also received VIP treatment throughout the night – from an exclusive entrance with a Platinum carpet and walking away with a signed Scottie Pippen jersey in their gift bags. It was truly a date night to remember, thanks to American Express Platinum!

Of course not every weekend can be filled with a Bulls Hall of Famer. This time, we’ll have to settle for visiting loved ones in the Peach State. 🙂 If you’re looking for things to do this weekend, why don’t you…

  1. Read how one woman profited off of an unexpected change in flight plans. (Thankfully everything was peaceful.)
  2. Help plan the next bachelorette party you’re going to in one of the top destination cities. Do you want wild or tame? This survey has them all.
  3. Take a look at the cutest – and inexpensive – embroidered blouse Roxanne is modeling.
  4. Reserve your ticket to the Chicago Saved by the Bell popup restaurant. There are less than 50 days left!
  5. Shop the Victoria Beckham for Target collection. Can you believe there are still options left? I picked up this ruffle hem dress.

Crowning Event

Crowning Event

It seems like Mondays are starting to have a floral theme. (Remember my DIY bouquets last week?) These photos are from last weekend’s Crowning Event with Allie. I met Allie at a Bitches Who Brunch event last spring (she’s the Chicago editor-in-chief) and have kept up with her on social media since. Lately I started seeing her rocking the most adorable flower crowns, and I was amazed to learn she is making them through her own business, Crowning Event. She offers workshops so others can learn how to make their own crowns, so I signed up immediately with my friend (and former blog partner) Amanda!

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This Weekend

Crowning EventImage via Crowning Event

I seem to have suddenly become flower obsessed after my floral design class earlier this week. Just yesterday I came across the most beautiful Instagram full of flower crowns and noticed that the company is in Chicago, and that it’s hosting an event this Sunday! I quickly signed up for a class with Crowning Event to learn how to DIY a flower crown. I can’t wait! Not only will it be fun to get crafty again, I’ll also be well-equipped for festivals and bridal activities this summer. There are still spots if you’re in Chicago and want to join. Bonus: You can get a discount on tickets using code “INSTAGRAM2017.” If flower crowns aren’t your thing, I still have plenty of other ideas. This weekend, why don’t you…

  1. Update your makeup drawer (I know I need to) with a new mascara, based on great recommendations from Between the Pearls.
  2. LOL like my fiancé and I did with this article ranking Girl Scout cookies in order of their betchiness.
  3. Get in that romantic feel with outfit inspo and lace from Every Chic Way.
  4. Learn why Columbus, Ohio, really isn’t that bad, especially according to this Racked article on the city’s influence in the fashion industry.
  5. Plan your next vacation (and dream of blue water) with a trip suggestion from Bows & Sequins.
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Flower Power

Chicago School of Flower Design

You know how I feel about flowers? They’re lovely ways to add color to your home, but I really don’t know what makes them beautiful together. A few days ago, if you asked me to go to a farmer’s market and put together a bouquet, I’d have been stumped. I wouldn’t know what colors complement each other, which size vases to use with which flowers, etc. That’s why I am still in disbelief that I made three bouquets Monday night in three hours! Granted, I made these in a class that provided me with step-by-step instructions and flowers, but now I’ve walked away with more knowledge from that one night than multiple years of me staring at bouquets in markets. I just had to share my excitement about the Chicago Flower School of Design (and *humblebrag* with photos of these bouquets).

Chicago School of Flower Design

Steve signed me up for the flower school as a Christmas gift. I’m DIYing our wedding flowers (with supervision from a professional), so he thought the class would be good practice for me. And he was right. The School of Flower Design is led by Michael Gaffney, a renowned floral designer who shared plenty of stories from elaborate weddings and catering to the stars. He opened the class explaining that flower design is like cooking. It’s about 10% creativity, and the rest is sticking to a “recipe.” Sure, the flowers or colors in a bouquet might change, but the key elements need to be there for it to be pleasing to the eye. Once he explained it like that, I was better able to follow his directions for the three bouquets we learned that night.

Chicago School of Flower Design

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Invested

winter vest

Well it’s back to tights for those of us in the Midwest, but I can’t really complain. Seventy degree weather in February is amazing until you realize why it’s 70 degrees. (Climate change, ya know?) Anyway, I still have some dress/skirt+tight combos I’m looking forward to wearing and sharing. I try my best to stretch out my fall/winter wardrobe into spring, a la here, to avoid feeling the need to purchase new spring clothes. (That didn’t stop me for shopping for my Charleston bachelorette, though. I thought this floral maxi was perfect!) What about you? What’s your cutoff for tights and other winter wear?

winter vest

By the way, the vest in this post is one that I hesitated to buy at first. Now, I can’t believe I ever had reservations! It’s the third time I’ve shared an outfit with it on the blog, and I’ve worn it countless other times IRL. Although this Express vest is no longer available, I’ve rounded up some similar vests below. I think it’d be worth investing in a lightweight option for spring. Khaki vests just add something to an outfit!

winter vestDoughnut Vaultwinter vest

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Sunny and Sixty

Chicago palm leaf mural

So this little twirl above sums up how I felt about the weekend. Chicagoans are going wild for the 60 degree weather. Even better, it’s supposed to continue through the beginning part of this week. Although Steve and I were inside for a large part of the day Saturday, we still got to enjoy the sun. We walked outside during our lunch break at Pre-Cana (Catholic marriage preparation) and went on an evening jog. On Sunday, we planned brunch and shopping on Milwaukee Ave so we could stroll outside for a better part of the day. Really, it was just such an amazing reminder about what’s to come in a few months!

Sweater – Banana Republic | Skirt – Banana Republic {similar} | Shoes – via Nordstrom Last Chance | FAVORITE red lipstick Lorac Alter Ego in Pin Up | Photos by Sarah

Chicago palm leaf mural

Since the weather has been warmer, I’ve been mixing clothing from different seasons. I purchased so many skirts last summer that I’m trying to find ways to decrease the cost per wear by pairing them with lightweight sweaters. You might remember this printed Banana Republic skirt from a previous post. I absolutely loved how a jean jacket could dress it down in summer, and now a gray sweater makes it a little more appropriate for this time of year when the temps haven’t risen past 70 degrees yet. (Even if the Chicago palm leaf mural leads you to believe otherwise.)

Chicago palm leaf mural

Oh, and if you’re wondering what Pre-Cana is, which I mentioned above, it’s a requirement for any couples getting married in the Catholic church. Steve and I chose a course in a Chicago suburb because the day-long class fit with our schedule. We had no idea that on Feb. 18 the class would also conflict with one of the nicest days of the winter! Luckily the teacher sensed we were all itching to be outside and let us out a little early. It felt really nice to have spent that important time with Steve, and then even better to end the day with a jog together. It’s something I rarely do with Steve, but who could pass up spending more quality time with the fiancé on a sunny day?

Chicago palm leaf mural

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Fall Compromise

Crown Braid

So I warned you all that you’d be seeing more of me in a jean jacket and skirt this fall. We’ve had a few true falls days where I’ve worn layers or pants, but it’s actually still pretty warm out. (It’s supposed to be 81 on Thursday in Chicago!) I figure if I can’t wear full on fall clothes, fall colors and a jean jacket are the next best thing. The crown braid ensures that my naturally curly hair can combat this lingering humidity. How are you getting through this Indian Summer?

Banana Republic – pleated skirt | similar jean jacket | Vince Camuto – lace up sandal | jewelry from Rocksbox | hair by Goldplaited

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