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May Day: An Outfit Highlight


It's May and I couldn't be more excited!  Warm weather means it's time to break out the skirts, summer dresses, and shoes that are anything other than snow boots.  Can I get an, amen?   It's been a long time coming Chicago!  

In celebration of the glorious weather, this outfit highlight features one of my favorite high-lo dresses by Lucie Lu.  I paired it with a striped Anne Klein top for a bit of a preppy, urban look. Stripes are definitely my thing this season.  Check out some photos bellow!

Dress: Lucie Lu
Shoes: Charles Albert

The rest of my day will be spent cleaning and organizing my apartment.  It's finally Spring Cleaning time!  How will you all be enjoying this beautiful weather?

Much Love

Urban Living : An Outfit Highlight


I have an obsession.  I'm confessing it to you all, here and now.  

At the corner of Clark and Fullerton stands a beautiful place, where all of your favorite Urban Outfitter pieces are marked at an obscenely low price.  Now, I'm not complaining. Quite the opposite actually.  Every time I walk into this store, I am like a mom in a dollar store!  I just love the thrill of a good deal!

Most of this highlighted outfit was a result of my latest trip to shopping heaven.  If you haven't been, hurry your fashionista fantail right over there!  It's the changing of the seasons, which means there is so much more to choose from.

Cardigan: Ecote - UO ($19.99)
Pants: Staring At Stars - UO ($5.00)
Boots:  Denna and Ozzy  - UO ( $19.00)

Much Love

Happy 2014: Family Photos


Welcome 2014!  Oh, how I have been so looking forward to you.  It's going to be a great year, all and I am so glad to start it here with you!  I have missed you so much!  I hope you missed me too. xoxo

I can hardly believe the holidays are over!  How crazy fast did that fly by, right?  I still had a great time spent with family and friends though, so I am thankful for that.  I traveled to my hometown in Michigan for Christmas and spent some much needed time with my adorable nephews.

I set aside some time while I was there to take some photos of my new baby nephew, Harrison and his big brother Jude.  How adorable are they?  No need to answer that...I'll tell you...they are SO stinking cute! Take a look at a few of the photos from the shoot bellow.  

I hope you all had a great holiday with your friends and family, as well!  This year I am focusing on doing more photography.  If you or anyone you may know is in need of family photos, engagement photos, senior pictures, event photography, you name it...I would LOVE to be your girl!  

Much Love

A Halloween Costume Highlight: Maison Michel Model


Halloween came and went so fast!  I can hardly believe it is already November.  
I hope you all had a fun and safe Holiday.  I had a great time with friends and dressing up!

This year I decided to take a more "fashionable" approach to Halloween, with this DIY costume.  I dressed up as a Maison Michel model!  Some of you may recall seeing his designs on celebrities such as Lady Gaga and the Olson twins.  I created this head piece myself with some lace, floral wire, and a headband.  Both the dress and tights I found at Target and my shoes are recycled from junior prom.  Being on a budget doesn't have to keep you from coming up with a great costume.  You just have to get creative!

Thank you to my friend Karley for capturing my costume in this Marc Jacobs inspired shoot.  It's kind of creepy looking, which is perfect for the season!

Much Love

Flower Power - An Outfit Highlight


Temperatures are still high and the leaves are staying green here in Chicago, but I am all ready for fall!
It is by far my favorite time of year.  I love the cooler weather, layering long-sleeved shirts, skirts, and tights.  And who doesn't love a good pair of ankle boots to tie it all together?  

This outfit highlight was shot by my amazingly talented friend, Jaime of Strange Fate Photography. My other friend Michelle modeled with me for a few pics and also posted about her outfit here!   
What a fun collaboration!

Necklace: Geranium
Jacket: Lucie Lu
Tank: Kimchi Blue
Leggings: Presence
Boots: Aldo

Michelle and Jamie and I all had such a fun time shooting these photos in Geneva!  It was the perfect evening for getting together with friends and making some fashion happen.  

What is your favorite "go to" fall staple piece?

Much Love

Summer In The City - An Outfit Highlight


When I told my friend Amanda I was in need of a dress for Lollapalooza this year, she delivered!

Amanda is the founder and owner of a clothing label called Redskew.  Currently specializing in custom pieces, Redskew is a Chicago based company built on the the basic principles of design.  

I wore this festive, floral dress on the Saturday of Lolla.  It was the perfect style for the ocassion and best of all?  It has pockets!  

This sign is available on my Etsy store! 

Of Course I HAD to look my best for seeing Mumford and Sons!  They closed out the Red Bull stage that night to more than 100,000 people.  It was an amazing experience to see them in my home city!  

Here are a few photos that I captured on a Sony Cyber-shot.  Not bad for a point and shoot!

 I hope you all had a great weekend!  Keep an eye out here in the next month for photos from my trip to Troy, OH for the Mumford and Sons Gentlemen of the Road stopover!  

Much Love! 

Taste of Chicago - Fun.


Happy Sunday beautiful people!
It's a great day here in Chicago, so I hope you all have plans to go out and enjoy the day.

Last week I made another check on my concert bucket list after seeing Fun. at the Taste of Chicago, in Grant Park!  They put on a great show full of energy and funny commentary.  I love it when a band interacts with the audience!  

They played all of my favorite songs, including Some Nights!  Beach balls were thrown out into the audience and confetti rained down on us.  It was the perfect, summer concert experience.

Check out some of my photos from the show bellow!


Needless to say this concert was amazing and....well, fun. haha (I couldn't help myself)  
They ended coming back for not one, but TWO encores!  

Check out a more in-depth highlight of the concert in the next issue of Highlight Magazine, written by yours truly! 

Much Love

Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros - The World's Largest Block Party


So far this year has been full of great concerts!  I have seen so many bands that are on my concert bucket list and the summer has only just began!  I couldn't be more grateful.

Last week I had the unbelievable opportunity to see Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros live at The World's Largest Block Party, here in Chicago.  But wait it gets better...we were front and center!  

It rained on and off and then it poured right before the set began, which made for an interesting, but fun experience. Of course nobody seemed to care that they were sopping wet when Edward Sharpe made it to the stage.
Check out some of the photos I took bellow!

It was so surreal, magical, and amazing to see such a talented, humble and genuine group of people perform!  It is definitely a night I will remember for the rest of my life.  I can only hope I will get another opportunity to see them again in the future. 

What is your favorite concert you have seen so far this year?

Much Love

I Got It At Sears - An Outfit Highlight


Hello Chicagoans and fashion lovers everywhere!  
How about this weather we are having?  Nothing like a monsoon and a beautiful light show of thunder to end the evening, right?

At least this weekend was warm and sunny.   For the first time, it really felt like summer had started!  Karley snapped some pics of my outfit before we headed off to one of the many Chicago street festivals on Saturday.  

This fun, flowy skirt and pastel top are both made with light-weight fabric, perfect for the spring to summer transition.
And that's right....I got them at Sears!


Skirt: French Connection
Earrings: vintage
Shoes: Gomax

While we were taking photos, we spotted this fluffy-headed duck waddling along the river bank.
Isn't he so cute?

Thanks for checking out another post for "I Got It At Sears"!

Much Love.

Of Monsters and Men - The Aragon Ballroom


I am super excited to share this post with all of you!  Earlier this year I was introduced to and fell in LOVE with the musical group, Of Monsters and Men.  This past May, by bestie Karly and I had the amazing opportunity to see them live at the Aragon Ballroom, here in Chicago.  They were even more amazing live...I can't even describe how great of a concert it was!  

Take a look at some of the photos I snapped during their set.

Their stage presence was amazing and of course the songs were great!  They were called back out for an encore and played two more songs while confetti fell onto the audience.  If you get a chance to see them live I would highly recommend you go for it!  You will NOT be disappointed!

Check in here next week for another fun post for the series, "I Got It At Sears". 

Much Love.

Relient K and Hellogoodbye - House of Blues


Everyone has that band that defines a moment in your life - a band that means more to you than anyone else could ever know and whose music becomes a time capsule to memories that might have otherwise been forever lost.   Relient K is one of those bands to me.  I had the wonderful opportunity to see them play with Hellogoodbye at the House of Blues here in Chicago this weekend!

The last time I saw Relient K perform was in October of 2008 at Clutch Cargo's in Pontiac, Michigan.  It was so cool to see them perform again, almost five years later. They will forever be one of my most cherished bands!

Who is your favorite nostalgic band?

Check out Relient K's new album, Collapsible Lung, due to be released July 2nd!
I hope you all have a great rest of your week! Hang in there - the weekend is almost here!

Much Love

Coral Me Happy! - An Outfit Highlight


Last weekend was full of time spent with friends, working, and some spring cleaning, so I was quite the busy gal!  Luckily, I had time to go see The Great Gatsby with Karley and my roomie, Kelly, on Friday when it opened in theatres.  If you have not gotten a chance to see it yet, go now! Well, you can finish reading my lovely post first....but then GO! It was amazing!

I bought a lovely pair of coral colored shoes from Akira for a prohibition benefit last year and seeing the glitzy, 20's era fashion on the big screen inspired me to wear them the very next day!  

Cardigan: thrifted
Belt: H&M
Jeans: Miracle Body from vive la femme
Knuckle Ring: Mishellaa Boutique
Shoes: Akira

This next weekend is shaping up to be a warm one, so hopefully you will get a chance to get out there and enjoy it!
What is your favorite thing to do in Chicago in the spring?

Much Love 

Dose Market


On Sunday Karley and I went to our first ever Dose Market here in Chicago.  I have been wanting to check out this "fancy flea market" since I moved here last year!  Dose takes place once a month, all year long, in the River East Art Center.  This month the market was themed around Valentine's Day with festive food vendors, homemade valentines, and even a traveling photo booth!  One of my favorite parts of Dose was these AH-MAZING cupcakes from Chicago Cupcake!  I wanted to take every single one home with me!  Of course, I couldn't help but snap a bunch of photos while at the market.  
Adore them all bellow! --------------->

I'm pretty much in LOVE with this crystal necklace that I spotted at the market by Shades of Grey!  *mental wish list* 

The original art work on display by Deborah Baker was so fun!  I adored her homemade valentines! 

My grandpa, a retired dentist, would be proud of me sporting these realistic, teeth earrings by Dallas Maynard Jewelry!  Another item to add to my growing Dose wish list.

 The phenomenal, pink velvet cupcake that I still dream about!  Seriously.  It was amazing you guys!

It was a great day for "Dose-ing"!  I wore this cozy, patterned sweater dress by snap and paired it with my favorite pair of tights by Simply Vera Wang.  I finished off my boho chic look with a pair of Guess ankle boots and a braided, statement necklace, which was a fantastic, thrifting find!  Another great thrifted item is my vintage, leather Coach purse, my new favorite bag.  
The next Dose Market is March 10th, my birthday weekend, so I am definitely looking forward to that!  I am also looking forward to seeing Mumford and Sons in concert this weekend in New Jersey! Eeeeeek!  Yeah....I just squealed a little.  Keep an eye out here for my next blog post featuring photos from the concert!

Much love <3

Merry Pinterest-mas!


It's great to be back from my little Holiday blogging break!  I hope you all had a great Christmas, or other holiday that you celebrated.  I was a busy crafter leading up to Christmas.  I made a commitment to make a majority of my Christmas presents this year and it was so much fun!  Of course, most of my inspiration came from Pinterest.  I ended up saving some money and giving much more meaningful gifts, so everyone was happy! I also squeezed in some baking time with my dear friend Karley the week before we both headed home to Michigan.  I even baked some snacks for all the canine friends in my life!
Here are some photos of my crafting and baking extravaganza!  Also, check out my pinterest boards for links to tutorials, so you can recreate some of these ideas too.  

 Improvising with no rolling pin...

A printed apple t-shirt for my adorable nephew!

My first Christmas tree in Chicago!

Homemade dog biscuits with bacon bits.   

 My boys waiting patiently for their treats. <3

Karley and our gangnam style Santa cookies!

I made citrus body scrub for gifts!

A handmade t-shirt for my friend Michael.  We are both Mumford lovers!

My Christmas tree at home in Northern, MI.

Me and my amazingly cute nephew, Jude!  It was so great to spend some time with him over my vacation.

Tomorrow is New Years Eve!  What are you doing to celebrate?  My next post will highlight my festivities for the evening.  Check it out here next week!


Happy Sunday everybody!   
Last week we had our first dusting of snow in Chicago, but today it is sunny and warm outside!
 (That's Chicago or ya)  Autumn is my favorite time of year, so I am fine with no serious snow until after Thanksgiving.  Speaking of my favorite season, here are some photos from a fun photo shoot featuring my Halloween costume this year!  I had a blast making this "foxy" mask and going out on the town in it Halloween weekend.  

Me and my friend Karley loved our folky woodland creature masks! 
In fact, she was my wonderful photographer for the shoot!

What is your favorite Halloween costume from past years?

I hope you all enjoy your day!  Relax,  do a craft, maybe bake something?  Whatever you do...enjoy it.  

Much Love <3