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White // Black White

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:: OASIS Sweater | Jaggar ‘Herron’ Skirt | Urban Outfitters Tights | Joie Dalton Booties | Urban Outfitters ‘Emma’ Sunglasses | Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac (borrowed from Sam) | M2Boutique Dainty Rings ::

Have you ever been in a situation where you feel like you’ve been a flakey friend and you thank your lucky stars that you’ve got friends you love you and accept you anyway? Well I’m currently that flakey friend and everyday in my gratitude notebook I’m writing out my love for all the awesome friends in my life. This week’s shout out goes to Sam!

Sam and I have been trying to get together for a few weeks now and silly me has been so booked up that I had to keep pushing things back. You would think that with 2 day planners and and an iPhone, I would have my shit together – apparently not. Thankfully Sam and I were able to get together this weekend where we pampered ourselves with blow outs from Civello and lunch at the Oak Tree. It was awesome catching up and having just some girly fun.

The only damper – the bitter cold Chicago weather. You guys – it took everything in me to take off my jacket so Sam could snap these photos for me. It was so cold you would have thought it was January! I’ve been trying to pull out a few spring pieces from my closet, like this black white pattern skirt. It’s going to be perfect for warm spring days but for now I’m layering on the thick tights and booties . Now if only those warm spring days would show up!

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:: Photography by Sam Kramer // Gold Coast Girl ::

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Pinspiration: Hazelnut

A few years ago I came across an article that tooted the benefits of hazelnuts. Apparently the nut contains a ton of vitamin E which we all know boosts your memory and fights off early onset Alzheimers. If you have ever met me in person, I like to joke that I’ve already started to show signs of “early onset Alzheimers” since I have the worst short term memory ever. I tend to be a hypochondriac at times; I blame my mom who never took my “illnesses” seriously.

Since that day, I’ve been obsessed with all things hazelnut flavored, including hazelnut lattes (much better than PSL, in my opinion) and my grandma’s hazelnut tort. With winter still holding it’s grip on much of the country, I’ll be planning on spending most of this weekend indoors. Two bachelorette party weekends in a row have me craving a quiet weekend at home. So join me this weekend and it indoors relaxing and baking one of these delicious desserts. You’ll probably remember everything about this weekend for years to come. ha!

:: Chocolate Hazelnut Layer Cake – Cookies and Cups ::
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:: Nutella and Hazelnut Palmiers – Vikalinka ::
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:: Chocolate Hazelnut Gelato – Tutti Dolci ::
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:: Hazelnut Macarons – Baking A Moment ::
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:: Hot Buttered Hazelnut Whisky – Adventures in Cooking ::
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On Trend: Fringe

You guys, you know you are having a long week when you stay up late to write a post and then realize you never hit publish. So let’s just pretend that yesterday never happened and “On Trend” is back on it’s regularly scheduled program.

I recently went shopping and spring trends were to be found everywhere. Fringe and the 70’s renaissance is back in a big way. I’m super excited about the 70’s coming back because a little part of me always wished I could be a bit more bohemian. I’m not 100% sold on the fringe trend, mostly because I don’t see the longevity but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with the trend while it lasts! I’ve rounded up a few fringe pieces that could definitely have some long lasting power in your wardrobe, especially this skirt that totally mimics a plaid pattern. You can never go wrong with plaid, even if it’s a pseudo print.

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:: 1. Brunello Cucinelli Blouse | 2. Bazar Deluxe Aztec Jacket | 3. Rosantica Fringe Necklace | 4. Proenza Schouler Fringe Bag | 5. Jerome Dreyfuss Sandals | 6. Marco de Vincenzo Skirt | 7. Deux Lux Fringe Pouch ::

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“Spring” Leather

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:: Raison D’etre Leather Jacket | d.Ra oversize sweater c/o Comfort Me Boutique | Paige Denim Jeans | BCBG Paris Booties | Marc by Marc Jacobs Handbag|  Jewelmint Owl Necklace (sold out, great alternative) | Calvin Klein Sunglasses ::

Happy Monday! In all honesty I’m not feeling that exclamation point I just wrote but I’m hoping it will motivate me today. I am exhausted from this weekend, yet it’s for all the right reasons. This past weekend we celebrated part deux of Rachel’s bachelorette party – it was the most fun I’ve had in a long time (by long time I mean since last weekend when we celebrated part one in Mexico) with a group of amazing women. I can say though that the struggle is real once you hit your late twenties- hangovers are no joke.

So what do you do when your hangover and Mother Nature decides she’s a bi-polar and brings back winter? You pull on this cozy outfit of an oversized sweater, leather jacket and the biggest sunglasses to hide those puffy eyes.

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:: Photography by Mom ::

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Pinspiration: Veggie Tacos

When the weather warms up I do pretty much everything and anything I can to stay outside. Lincoln Park is in my opinion one of Chicago’s best neighborhoods for leisurely walks home during the week. Gone are the nights where I stay indoors holed up in my kitchen making elaborate meals for dinner. I’m all about the ease as the days get longer.

I had some of the most amazing fish tacos at our resort in Mexico last weekend and every since then I’ve been all about the tacos. Tacos can be a quick, easy and healthy meal when prepared with light and fresh ingredients. Veggie tacos are my new favorite go to weeknight meal. These recipes are far from boring but oh so tasty.

:: BBQ Cauliflower & Chickpea Tacos with Creamy Lime Slaw – She Likes Food ::
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:: Poblano & Portabello Tacos – Minimalist Baker ::
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:: Chipotle Quinoa Sweet Potato Tacos w/ Roasted Cranberry Pomegranate Salsa – Half Baked Harvest ::
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:: Roasted Veggie Tacos w/ Avocado Cream Sauce – Inspired to Share ::
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:: Pulled Butternut Squash Tacos – Vegan Richa ::
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