\\\ Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tune Tuesday: Paloma Faith

What happens when you mix the voice of Adele with the soft retro feelings of the late Amy Winehouse? You get the musical stylings of Paloma Faith - my new obsession. While Paloma has been a hit across the pond (anyone else notice that I'm a huge fan of British artists), she's yet to make significant waves here in the U.S.

Her soulful sound is the perfect accompaniment to the "getting ready" process of the day of your friend's wedding. A lesson was learned recently when a playlist of upbeat dance songs got all of us bridesmaids happy and joyful, only to have us run out of steam right before the reception. It's a long day everyone, so do yourself a favor and keep this light yet upbeat with songs from Paloma's new album "A Perfect Contradiction".

\\\ Monday, April 21, 2014

Animal Patterns

express leather jacket, sweater and dress, leopard print dress, aldo wedges, madewell sweater, asks dress
:: Glamorous dress  | Madewell sweater (old, similar) | Express jacket | Aldo wedges (old) | GAP sunnies (similar) :: 

With warmer temperatures comes the season of weddings. Once you hit your mid-twenties, it feels like half of your summers are spent at different wedding events for various friends. Next month I will be a bridesmaid in my eighth wedding, not including the 3 times I was the most adorable flower girl ever. This week Lindsay and I are sharing our thoughts on proper gifts, dress, and etiquette for your upcoming wedding event.  Be sure to check out Lindsay's post today on unique wedding gifts from local Chicago designers! 

In the course of fulfilling your bridesmaid duties, you will be attending various functions such as bridal showers, bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners, etc., which will require a special outfit for each event. My rule of thumb in these situations is to always wear a dress, but something that will showcase your personality and can be re-worn.

I picked up this leopard print dress last year for a bachelorette party and have since worn it multiple ways. This past weekend, Saturday was still a big chilly so I wore my dress but layered on some warmth by throwing on a mesh sweater on top of it and topped it off with a jacket. Oh did I mention that I got to meet and walk Lucy?! Lucy is Lindsay’s sister, and honestly the cutest little baby ever!
express leather jacket, sweater and dress, leopard print dress, aldo wedges, madewell sweater, asks dressexpress leather jacket, sweater and dress, leopard print dress, aldo wedges, madewell sweater, asks dress|| Photography by Lindsay Humes ||

\\\ Friday, April 18, 2014

Pinspiration: Pop the Bubbly!

These past few weeks I've been has been all about the parties and get togethers, which has resulted in many a champagne cocktails. I would say I'm the queen of the morning mimosa, a speciality that was showcased at the very first blogging and brunching event. It's been all about the champagne cocktails this week on pinterest and if your in need of something festive for this weekends brunch, one of these cocktails will be a winner.

|| Cranberry-Orange Sparkler - Martha Stewart ||
Cranberry Orange Sparkler

|| Watermelon Agua Fresca Mimosas - Diane, A Broad ||
Watermelon Aqua Fresca Mimosa

|| Elderflower Champagne Cocktail - Zested ||

|| Champagne Mojitos - Style Me Pretty ||

|| Bleeding Mimosa - Domestic Fits ||

\\\ Thursday, April 17, 2014

On Trend: I'm Blue

Is it just me or are soothing blue tones all over the place this spring season! One of the hottest trends from the runway shows we're vibrant blues in expected places. I'm dying over those L.A.M.B. cut out sandals; if you haven't already noticed I'm a huge L.A.M.B. fan.  Radiant Orchid needs to move over because Pool Blue is taking over.

:: River Island Jersey Peplum | Matthew Williamson Mirrored Sunglasses | Heather Hawkins Double Layer Marquis Chain | Tory Burch Miller Tejus Print Sandals | Diane Von Furstenberg "Zarita" Lac Dress | Chinti & Parker Bow Pring Mid Skirt | Liebeskind "Esther" Satchel | L.A.M.B. Flower Cutout Sandals ::

\\\ Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Reading List

Well my original plan of putting out a monthly reading list failed. Mostly because this scatterbrain forgot about putting one together for the month of March! As a result I decided to just put together a reading list of the last few books I've read since my February reading list. For my monthly book club we read "Where'd You Go, Bernadette?" and "The Night Circus" - both books were a solid favorite. If you are looking for a good quick beach read this summer then "Eightysixed" by fellow blogger Emily Belden is one to buy.

Since I'm in the process of looking for a new book to read, anyone have any favorites?
where'd you go, bernadette, the night circus, eightysixed