Archives for July 2012

Pinterest Party & Winner

I organized a Pinterest Party with some of the ladies at my church. We tackled the sock bun (so hard! Anyone have tips?) and this beaded bracelet. Here is everyone showing off their new arm candy. Why is it that pinterest makes everything look so easy and doable, but then when I try it, it’s a complete disaster?
Here are my bracelets on my wrist. Okay fine fine! Only the purple one is mine. The orange one was a friends, who made the perfect replica of the online version. Mine was far from it…but let’s just say I intended it this way and that it has character. 
Has anyone else had a Pinterest Party?
Oh and CONGRATS to Donna for winning the Tory Burch iPhone case and bracelet!!
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South of France Look Book

This post is two months too late but better late than never, right? I actually don’t have too many outfit posts from our jaunt in France but I wanted to share this one. I adore this easy, breezy midi dress from Blu Moon. Paired with my favorite sandals (that have gone missing since France..sob!) and my J.Crew crusher hat, I was feeling ready for a day out in Provence. These were taken at the absolutely breathtaking Pont Du Gard.

BTW…if anyone is looking for a summer hat, I highly recommend this one by J.Crew. It folds down flat so you can pack it without worrying about ruining the shape and is quite flattering on. My mom liked it so much that I gave it to her at the end of our trip, planning to purchase a new one upon my return.  I had a mini panic attack when I went online and found that it was sold out (they have since restocked!) but was happy to find it at my local store and even happier to see that it was on sale! It’s still on sale ($24.99) and available online here.

Paisley & Tory Burch Giveaway

Madewell top (similar)  |  BDG jeans  |  Tory Burch flats  |  Celine bag  |  Ray-Ban sunnies  |  Turquoise bracelet from Manila
Paisley is one of those quintessential summer prints for me, especially in a sheer fabric like my Madewell top.   I kept the look simple with white jeans and a neutral bag and shoes. I added the turquoise bracelet for a bright pop of color and I promise I didn’t intend to be so matchy matchy with my nails. 
BTW, my new favorite super simple ballet flats are the Eddie’s by Tory Burch. So comfy!! I have 2 pairs and wear them all the time. After the Gap City flats kept tearing on me, I decided flats might be worth the splurge and couldn’t be happier with these!
Also, remember this awesome goody bag I got from the Reward Style event? I’ve decided to give it away to 1 lucky reader! If you’d like to win the Tory Burch bracelet and iPhone case, please leave a comment with your email address. Oh and you must be a follower on Google Friend Connect. The giveaway will end on Monday (7/30) at 5 pm CST.

Reward Style Event

Zara t-shirt  |  White + Warren skirt  |  Madewell sandals  |  Celine bag  
I like the look of the vintage, grungy t-shirt paired with a classic silk skirt and some glam necklaces. 
I was invited to attend the Reward Style event last Saturday and while it’s hard to tear myself away from the fam on a weekend, I’m glad I did. The event was held at Union Sushi and it was great getting a chance to mingle with some other Chicago based bloggers.

The first half of the event was learning how to make sushi. We learned how to make inside out rolls, regular rolls and hand rolls. I have to say I was pretty impressed with myself and cannot wait to bust out my skeelz for my friends and fam very soon! We made all kinds of rolls and then got to eat them after. nom nom nom.

The second half of the event was learning how to mix specialty cocktails and then, of course enjoy them afterwards. Shake it ladies!
What could be inside here?
Thanks Reward Style for the Tory Burch bracelet and iPhone case, but more importantly, for such a fun afternoon!
So I have a confession to make about my outfit….the t-shirt is not really vintage. I know I could probably get an old shirt for like 99 cents and it would have a lot more character but the one and only time I went to a thrift store, I was a little overwhelmed to be honest. I don’t know where those clothes have been and it freaked me out a little. I know I know…what kind of fashion blogger doesn’t go thrifting? I really want to give it another try but it’s also not the best place to bring kids to so haven’t had the chance. Do any of you go thrifting regularly? Any tips for a noob like me?
Oh and if any bloggers out there that aren’t part of Reward Style yet, leave me a comment or a note and I’ll send you a referral!

Monthly Must Reads & Chanel WOC For Sale!

Question of the month (from Noelle): 
Why do you blog? Has the reason changed over time, and if so, in what ways?
I started this blog a month after I had my first daughter. I felt like my whole world, all of a sudden revolved around my child and while I was enamored by her, I felt like I was losing myself in the process.  I started writing to get back in touch with the things I’m passionate about (fashion, food, decor, and of course motherhood.) Being a mother is the most amazing thing I’ve ever experienced and I’m so blessed and privileged to be A and D’s mom. With that said, this blog helps keep me and my passions alive and that actually makes me a happier, more fulfilled mother.

So for the bloggers out there, I’m curious…why you do blog?

Also, remember this bag I just got in Paris?

After going back and forth for awhile, I’ve decided to sell it. Please check out the listing here if you are interested. I brought it into the Chicago Chanel boutique yesterday and they were so excited when they saw it. They told me Chanel made the WOC in this particular fabric only for Europe so they had never seen this bag before.

Oh and just posted more clothes on my shop site. Please visit to see J Brand white denim, J.Crew sequin skirt and more!