On Trend :: Top It Off

It’s definitely hat season in Chicago and I for one am excited to add to my ever growing selection of headgear. I swear it is the year of the floppy wool hat because it has been popping up everywhere on Pinterest as well as in real life. Floppy wool hats have officially become a weekend brunch staple. While I haven’t found one that fits my head just right, I’m hopeful that one of these fun beauties below will end up being “the one”. From pom poms to bows, add some flair to your winter and top it off with one of these fun hats!

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:: 1. Topshop Felt Floppy Hat | 2. Betsey Johnson “Veil” Beanie | 3. Kate Spade “All The Trimmings” Beanie | 4. Sole Society Dimpled Wool Hat | 5. C.Wonder “Love Mash Up” Pom Hat | 6. Dorothy Perkins Floppy Hat | 7. Janessa Leone “George” Hat ::

Dancing Days & Nights

anine bing dress; anime bing:: Anine Bing Dress (soldout) | ASOS Belt | Marc by Marc Jacobs Bag | M2 Boutique Necklace | Calvin Klein Booties (old) ::

Some weekends are meant for cozy sweaters and staying indoors curled up with a great book; and then there are those weekends when one of your best friends makes a surprise visit to Chicago and you spend all night downtown dancing. This weekend was one for the books, a much needed weekend of fun to relieve all the stress that life has recently brought on.

While I’m not usually one for bar nights or staying out past 10pm (yes, I’m a grandma); every once in a while I do get the urge to just go out and let loose. I feel like it can be harder to make the effort to go out when the weather turns cold and windy. I end up choosing my outfit based on whatever items will keep me warm enough for the night. I came across this long sleeve Anine Bing dress during Shopbop’s sale last week (it already sold out!), it was a instantaneous love connect. I love the simplicity of this dress that still has a girly vibe to it with it’s detailed cut out front panel. For a night out I kept my accessories simple and paired the dress with heeled booties. Earlier in the day I kept this casual with a leather jacket and flats, making this dress my fall go-to.

Anyone else do something exciting this weekend?

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:: Photography by Christine Dubay ::


Pinspiration: Figs

With a relatively short season, figs are one of those exotically delicious fruits that make any dish seem 10 times fancier than it really is. I recently purchased my very first jar of Trader Joe’s fig butter (go buy some now, trust me it’s the best) and it has been a delicious accompaniment to my morning toast. Although I’ve had a hard time finding this fruit in my local grocery store, I did happen upon a few on my last trip of a specialty grocery store. They were pricey but I can tell you that for the right occasion, they are oh so worth it.

I’ve been coming across so many yummy looking recipes that star figs on Pinterest and decided to round up a few that look absolutely scrumptious. I’ll be attempting the fig puff squares this weekend so wish me luck!

:: Fig Puff Squares – Meta Mint ::
fig puff squares

:: Goat Cheese Stuffed Figs – Magnolia Thymes ::
goat cheese stuffed figs

:: Camembert Baked with Figs – Dine & Dash ::
camembert baked with figs

:: Fresh Figs with Mascarpone, Honey & Pistachios – La Crema ::
figs with marscapone

:: Fresh Fig Salad with Thyme, Honey & Goat Cheese – CookBooks 365 ::
fresh fig salad

Bourbon Johnny Collins

Bourbon Johnny Collins

After being strictly a vodka girl for quite some time, I’m finally coming around to try more fall appropriate liquors. Bourbon has always had a very distinct strong taste and this year I’ve come around to the rich flavor in this delicious remix of a Johnny Collins. With the fruity accents it has quickly become a favorite of mine when I run low on wine.


  • 2oz of Bourbon
  • .5oz lemon juice
  • .5oz simple syrup
  • 1oz peach schnapps
  • Club soda


  1. In a collins glass filled with ice pour in the bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup and peach schnapps. Stir thoroughly and top with club soda. Garnish with a cherry or peach slice.

Bourbon Johnny Collins

On Trend: Knitted

After a beautiful fall weekend, this week has started off with a dud. The weather has turned cold and dreary, and since I’m currently battling a cold I’m wrapping myself in just about anything knitted. Last year I purchased a cashmere sweater and it’s been a favorite of mine since the day in came in the mail. I’ve been wearing it constantly these past few days and decided that I was in desperate need of adding a few more knitted sweaters and accessories to my wardrobe.

In case you missed the positive news, fingers crossed, we are on track to have a mild winter this year and I’m choosing to stay on the positive side and believe that this could actually be true. Growing up in the mid-west I have learned to not hold out too much hope when it comes to winter weather. While most of my winter accessories last year were ugly but warm (polar vortex), this year I want to look cute and I’m loving this Kate Spade knit hat and how cute is this Chicwish pom pom sweater. I can’t wait to add a few more layers to my wardrobe for the upcoming months.

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:: 1. MUK LUKS “Chris” Knit Cuff Bootie | 2.  M Missoni Boucle Knit Messenger Bag | 3. Sole Society Wine Chunky Knit Scarf | 4. Sass & Bide “The Catch Phrase” Knit Skirt | 5. Kate Spade Stitched Bow Hat | 6. Chicwish Pompon Chunky Knit Sweater | 7. Topshop Brushed Funnel Neck Dress ::