Sunday, January 31, 2010

I ♥ wine country

Sift has cupcakes that had me melting. A must see!

Snaps from my trip to Napa this weekend...and what makes this place so magical!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

function + fashion

  1. Silver sequin pillow - Chiasso
  2. Silver sequin mini skirt - Silence & Noise, Urban Outfitters

Friday, January 29, 2010

Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc...

(photo courtesy Herbey Productions on Etsy)
Name this movie & character!
(Reward in the form of beauty products to first correct answer - leave a comment)

"...No, if anyone orders Merlot, I'm leaving. I am NOT drinking any f*#kg Merlot!"

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Shades of pink

I saw these four lovely ladies today and said "I am sorry Jo...this is a two blog post kinda day." And yes, I want to purchase every single one but my friend, Tiff, told me to walk away from the computer so fine...I did. Someone indulge me and buy a pair! Sport any of them with cute black or patterned tights and a flouncy neutral skirt. They range from $29 to $79 and can be found at Bakers!

Blame it on Alice.

I am thrilled that Alice in Wonderland is coming to motion picture sans animation. Thank you Tim Burton and Mr. Depp. And with it is all the excitement this imaginary tale can only bring to RETAIL! Naturally I had to post about OPI and Urban Decay launching new lines to coincide with the movie. Bravo Urban Decay! I am pretty sure I don't even need eyeshadow but I must have this palette. I will also be purchasing OPI's "Mad as a Hatter" glitter polish as well. Oh the excitement! (found at Sephora and Ulta)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Misha & Annie

As a big fan of Annie Leibovitz, I wanted to give Louis Vuitton a HIGH 5 when I saw the new ad campaign that not only features one the greatest photogs but also one of the greatest ballet dancers of all time. Two greats = stunning. How genius to put the woman who's usually behind the lens now as the subject, the art itself. Don't you wonder what these two talk about? I would love to go have a cappuccino with them. I think my mouth would hang open the entire time.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Dress couture dilemma.

So I am not a model...this we know but I do have a wedding debacle, dear readers. If you recall, I enlisted your help in dress shopping for the 7 million weddings I will be attending this year. Found this mustard yellow number and decided to take a risk. I love it! There are few things I do need to take care of before wearing it like:
A. getting a spray tan, Casper
B. praying to the "Bang Gods" that the horse fringe around my face grows out so I can pin it back or SOMETHING
C. getting a manicure and pedicure (sorry to hurt your eyes)
D. accessorizing this dress with the right shoes!
Well...what do you guys think? Go for:
  • the Brian Atwood metallic pumps...that I adore and have only gotten to wear twice
  • the BCBG red, patent pumps...comfortable & trustworty; punches up the color palette
  • a new shoe choice all together?

Inquiring minds want to know!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Barefoot Contessa knows her chicken!

Last Saturday I was watching Ina and she shared a recipe called "Engagement Chicken." It looked delish so I gave it a whirl. Wowee zowee! The easiest recipe yet it looks so sophisticated. The result...thumbs up and a lot of mmmm, mmmm, good! Enjoy!

1 (4 to 5 pound) roasting chicken
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 lemons
1 whole head garlic, cut in 1/2 crosswise
Good olive oil
2 Spanish onions, peeled and thickly sliced
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup chicken stock, preferably homemade
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Remove and discard the chicken giblets. Pat the outside dry. Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the chicken. Cut the lemons in quarters, place 2 quarters in the chicken along with the garlic and reserve the rest of the lemons. Brush the outside of the chicken with olive oil and sprinkle the chicken liberally with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the chicken. Place the chicken in a small (11 by 14-inch) roasting pan. (If the pan is too large, the onions will burn.) Place the reserved lemons and the sliced onions in a large bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Pour the mixture around the chicken in the pan.

Roast the chicken for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and a thigh. Remove the chicken to a platter, cover with aluminum foil, and allow to rest for 10 minutes while you prepare the sauce, leaving the lemons and onions in the pan. Place the pan on top of the stove and turn the heat to medium-high. Add the wine and stir with a wooden spoon to scrape up the brown bits. Add the stock and sprinkle on the flour, stirring constantly for a minute, until the sauce thickens. Add any juices that collect under the chicken. Carve the chicken onto a platter and serve with the lemons, onions, and warm sauce.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Have a zen weekend.

Pictures above from my Pilates studio - Spring on Southport. Just being here puts me in a calmer state of mind. Namaste.

Winter + cold = fab sweater dress

I have been saving up this find. This dress completely channels Chanel and is the perfect price for the recessionista in all of us. The "Coco" dress was originally $175 and is now $49 at! Scurry on now and snatch it up!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Bug in my ear...

I rediscovered this album, Ra Ra Riot: The Rhumb Line, and have been listening to it every day. Good for busy work...just sayin'.

Pretty Pals

Last night hosted an event at Pure Vibes Fitness in Chicago. I was able to get some current snaps with my lovely coworkers. Aren't they adorable? They have the best personalities, work really hard at what they do and love doing it. I think it shows. I always feel so fortunate to work with amazing women!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


I am very excited about today's post. It's been ages since I have thrifted and there are a few items that I need to get my hands on. Enter Hollywood Mirror. (situated on Belmont & Clark in Chi-town) I went there yesterday and walked out with two, little prizes that have me giddy. Yes, my affection towards sequins is still going strong and if you have any eyes for fashion you will know that I am not alone. For a whopping $26 I bought the above sequin blazer. Now don't judge. I tried it on at home, removed the shoulder pads and it fits exactly like my boyfriend blazer a la Urban Outfitters. Pair it with some black leggings and a great, grey tshirt, ankle booties...some chunky jewelry and voila! (plus it covers my tush)
Gobs of vintage shoes. So fun to look at since they are displayed by color!
Piece #2 pictured above. I know what you are thinking. Frumpy. Not so! As you also know, these tie-at-the-neck "secretary" blouses are all the rage and I got one for $17! Plus I love polka dots. I am going to wear this with my favorite pair of high wasted trousers, nude pumps and some fun rocker jewelry. Voila - look #2 complete.
I had to snap the above. So Jackie O but I did not purchase. I had to stay on track.

And here she is again. My proud sequin blazer purchase. I bought a large but it looks current with today's blazer fits sans shoulder pads. I love the idea of taking something so dressy and making it a casual daytime look.
Hope you enjoyed. And stay creative spark has flared and I plan to reincorporate thrifting back into my normally scheduled retail therapy excursions.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Coco - 1, Leno - 0

Looks like the "Coco Rally" prevailed and although it's not the latest, breaking's still pretty satisfying to know that someone can stand up against these big media conglomerates and actually win a battle. Our little Conan walks away with 40M and Jay Leno will always just be...well, Jay Leno with lackluster ratings. Team Coco until the end!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Love up on yourself.

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Elbow, elbow, wrist, wrist.

Bangles and cuffs are a lot like shoes...they always look good and they always fit; even after a weekend of self-indulgence. I am a pretty big fan of costume jewelry, especially the inexpensive kind because you never feel bad about purchasing more when you get bored. It's funny how I get the most compliments on my jewelry priced under $20. Jewels are not to be saved for evening and special occasions only. Pump up the volume on your daytime looks, too. Pictured above - 4 bracelets by for under $10!

Friday, January 15, 2010


photo by CoriKindred on Etsy
Enjoy your weekend everyone!

The Rite of Spring

photo courtesy
Every year around this time I get antsy for something other than turtlenecks, wool and mittens. The good news is that H&M has got it covered and has already started to put its teasers out to us consumers. I started salivating when I saw pieces of the latest collection, above. There are 3 collections total. I am fond of the "ballet" hues and the structural elements that when paired with feminine pieces create this lush, dreamy, ethereal look that can take mademoiselle from meeting to martini. The 3 lines are: Retro Romantic, Timeless Tailoring and Art & Architecture. And...apparently every piece will be priced under $50. You're welcome.

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