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Navy Parka

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:: Lily Aldridge for Velvet Ruby Jacket | J.Crew Striped Tank (old, similar here) | Joie Clothing Skinny Trousers | Furla ‘Dolly’ Handbag | BCBG Paris Pumps ::

Is it just mean or does every weekend seem to take forever to get here and than goes by in such a quick blur you sometimes feel like you missed it! While I don’t have a lot to show of my weekend, I will say that it did feel good to spend an entire day scrubbing my apartment clean and really getting a heap of “spring cleaning” done. I’ll be traveling every weekend for the next 6 weeks and I’m excited that I won’t be coming home to a pile of stuff.

Up until last week, I didn’t own a parka – I know, where have I been. Truth be told I don’t own very many jackets as I never really thought of jackets as an extension of my outfits. I’m generally a always “cold” person so to me a jacket is just something to keep me warm. I picked up this jacket at the last Shopbop sale and it’s become my go to jacket these past few my days. I love the the deep navy color and lightweight fabric that cinches at the waist.

So since I’ve been living under a rock, any other jacket styles I should look into?

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:: Photography by Rachel Kenny // An Eventful Life ::

 

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Pinspiration: Tequila Cocktails

Ever since my trip to Mexico a few weeks back, I’ve been ditching my usual glass of red wine for a nice strong tequila cocktail. For those of you who know me, this is a huge change – I absolutely live on a nice glass of cabernet sauvignon.  My usual go to cocktail in the summer months is a Paloma – Big Star has the best Paloma you will ever have!  With patio season making it’s comeback quickly to Chicago, I’m excited to start checking out a few new bars and restaurants that have popped up in Chicago. If anyone has any suggestions on where I should go first, please let me know!

This week I’ve rounded up a few fun tequila based cocktails that you can whip up this weekend as patio weather has officially hit Chicago!

:: Coconut Margarita – Gimme Some Oven ::
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:: Grapefruit Slammer – Self Proclaimed Foodie ::
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:: Mexican Mule –  Cupcakes & Cutlery ::
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:: Mexican Mai Tai – A Spicy Perspective ::
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:: The Paloma – BS’ in the Kitchen ::
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Parmesan & Tomato Twisted Pizza

twisted pizza, cheesy twisted pizza, pizza breadToday we’re getting twisted – as in getting our dinner on with some twisted pizza. Last week I ended up with some leftover pizza dough but no pizza sauce. Instead of using a jar of pasta sauce to make up a pizza, I decided to try something new and go sauceless. I added a ton of shredded parmesan to the dough and created these little twisted pizza’s that were topped off with some blistered tomatoes and a garlic oil sauce. The perfect quick dinner and the leftovers made for a great snack throughout the week.

INGREDIENTS:
– fresh pizza dough (from the grocery store, I pick mine up from Trader Joe’s)
– 1/2 cup of finely shredded parmesan cheese
– 1 cup of grape tomatoes
– 1/4 cup of olive oil
– 1 clove of garlic; minced

DIRECTIONS:
1. Pre-heat the oven to 350*F

2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Just before it starts to smoke, add the tomatoes. The tomatoes will pop and sputter. Cook until the tomatoes blister and their skins char, about 3-4 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, add the garlic, and cook for 1 minute. Turn off the heat and set the tomatoes aside.

3. On a floured surface, knead out the dough and roll it to about a 1/4 inch in thickness. With the dough flat, sprinkle the shredded parmesan cheese. Take the dough and carefully roll it into a single horizontal roll/tube. Carefully take the strip and twist the dough into a pinwheel – place on a baking sheet.

4. Top the pinwheels with a the blistered tomato mixture and extra cheese. Place in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes.

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On Trend: Lavender Lady

For the past few weeks I’ve been holding on to the darker side of my wardrobe, I guess I’m not yet ready to let go of the comfort that black jeans and simple button downs bring me most days. I’m a huge believer that the color we wear are a reflection of how happy we can be at times and I’m ready for a change. I’ve noticed a surge of lavender not only in the stores but also in various decor and art magazines. Marsala may be the color of the year but I think that lavender is making a subtle bid for the title as well.

Currently I’m on the hunt for a lavender shift dress that will take me from work to night out. I haven’t found one yet however this Mara Hoffmann dress would be perfect for my next trip out to Vegas. Here are a few more fun lavender pieces to add to your spring/summer wardrobe.

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:: 1. Rebecca Taylor Silk Crop Top | 2.  Alexis Bittar Crystal Dangle Earrings | 3. Mara Hoffman Ponte Circle Dress | 4. Elizabeth & James ‘Tianey” Dress | 5. Paul Andrew Solace Slingback Heels | 6. Kate Spade New York Emma Lane Maya Tote | 7. Matthew Williamson Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses ::

Chambray Shift

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Just about every girl I know has that one dress that the feel the most fabulous in. For some it’s the classic little black dress, or a easy breezy beach dress, and for me it’s this hot pink shift dress. My mom found this dress on sale a year ago and since the day she gifted it to me, I’ve worn it at least once every two weeks.

Although the days may be getting sunnier and I’m able to ditch my heavy winter jacket, I’m still layering it up when I go outside. I swear I’ve been permanently chilled since last winter. This past week I decided to start my Monday off right and brought out my fabulous dress from winter hibernation. I pulled a chambray shirt underneath for an extra layer of warmth. Chambray is just magical I tell you – it just goes so well with everything and anything!

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:: Photography by Ally Lynch ::