Pinspiration: Candy Apples

Happy Halloween! As much as I love buckets of candy, specifically a mix of peanut M&Ms and sour patch straws, I’m more fond of the traditional candy apples during Halloween festivities. Tonight I’m off to celebrate Halloween with a few friends in Chicago, my costume naturally was inspired by my recently trip to DisneyWorld. I’ll be going as Alice from Wonderland and I must say I’m extremely proud of my under $30 costume. You can take a peak at my costume here!

So tonight I say go and have fun and eat your hearts desire in all thing sour and sweet!

:: Pomme d’Amour – Chili & Tonka ::
candy apples

:: Poison Toffee Apples – Simply Delicious ::
black candy apples

:: S’Mores Caramel Apples – What’s Cooking Love? ::
s'mores caramel apples

:: Pumpkin Spice Apples – A Cultivated Nest ::
pumpkin spice apples

:: Vampire Caramel Apples – Erica’s Sweet Tooth ::
vampire candy apples

Boho Gardens

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:: ASOS Floppy Wool Hat | Calvin Klein Blouse | Paige Denim Jean | LOFT Chain Bracelet (old, similar here) | Restricted Wedges ::

These past few months I’ve found myself really getting settled and loving absolutely everything about my new neighborhood. After 2 years of living in Lakeview, I finally made the switch to Lincoln Park and I couldn’t be happier. My apartment is surrounded by parks, ponds and just down the streets is the zoo. Whenever I feel the anxiety and frustration of my day start to build up, I’ve made it a habit to get out of my apartment and walk down the street to visit the Lincoln Park Alfred Caldwell Lilly Pool. The serene pond is surrounded beautiful rocks, lush trees and a small gazebo which is my absolute favorite place to unwind.

I like to be comfortable and unencumbered  when I’m walking around Lincoln Park and this past weekend’s warm temperatures allowed me to keep things simple with just a button down blouse and boot cut jeans. Since there was still a bit of a chill in the air, I grabbed my floppy hat to keep the wind from blowing my hair all over the place. It only took me two months but I finally found a floppy hat that fit my small head! Yay!

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:: Photography by Christine Dubay ::


on trend: windowpane print

This fall trend list is crazy full of prints, from dark florals to animal prints there is something for everyone. My absolute favorite print of the season has to be the windowpane print. The classic geometric lines give a sophisticated edge of any garment of clothing, and with that designers have shied away from using the print in loud colors, keeping this classic in neutrals. This 3.1 Phillip Lim silk dress (i’m in love!) would be an amazing addition to any professional woman’s closet with this clean lines and an understated use of the windowpane print.

This is one trend that will definitely be around for a while and at least for me it’s quickly going from “trend” to “classic” quickly.

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:: 1. Boy by Band of Outsiders Windowpane Blazer | 2. 3.1 Phillip Lim Silk Dress | 3. Knotted Windowpane Headwrap | 4. Kate Spade Saturday Windowpane Wallet | 5. R.J. Graziano Cuff | 6. Topshop Pelmet Skirt | 7. Brooks Brothers Scarf ::

Back In Black

leather jacket, moto jacket:: Raison D’Etre Moto Jacket | Fraiche by J Indigo Stripe Sweater | Madewell Jean | Report Boot via TJ Maxx | Michael Kors Tote | Sole Society Ring | Burt’s Bees “Napa Vineyard” Lip Crayon ::

I’m sure that just like me there are many of you who cannot wait for Daylight Savings Time to officially start next week. For me that extra hour of sleep next Sunday will be a welcome change to the darkness that usually greets me in the morning. I for one have had a terrible time falling asleep at night and as a result, getting up early in the mornings, even for Sunday brunch, has been extra awful. As a direct result of my inability to fully wake up within a reasonable amount of time these days, I’ve had to ensure that the “getting dressed” portion of my morning takes no more than 5 minutes. My weekend uniform has been pretty straight forward lately and usually includes my favorite skinny jean from Madewell, my moto boots, and leather jacket. This past weekend Christine & I brunched at Orange, a local favorite of ours, where we enjoyed the beautiful weather Chicago had to offer us.

What’s your go-to pieces for those “getting ready in a pinch” days?

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:: Photography by Christine Dubay ::

Pinspiration: Tarts

With this cooler weather I’ve been craving comfort desserts, specifically tarts. During this time of the year my usually mom makes this delicious plum tart which I have been craving something fierce for the past few days. I recently called her to request said tart at Thanksgiving dinner this year in lieu of the traditional pumpkin pie.

I’m currently working on my own apple tart recipe and looking for tips and tricks on creating the perfect puff pastry for my tart. For a dough with so few ingredients it can be tricky to make correctly. I think this may be one of those situations where store bought might be the way to go. From savory to sweet, below are a few tarts I’m hoping to try and replicate this upcoming weekend. Friends should definitely stop by hungry!

:: Puff Pastry Pear Tartlets – Angel Love’s Cooking ::
pear tartlets

:: Fresh Fig Tart with Orange Mascarpone Filling – Through Oana’s Lens ::
Fig Tart

:: Apple Goat Cheese Tart – Fluxi On Tour ::
apple goat cheese tart

:: Sun Dried Tomato Tart – Harriet Emily ::
sun dried tomato tart

:: Asparagus and Pesto Tart – Belly Rumbles ::
asparagus tart