Friday, July 23, 2010

Airplane peanuts and books

photo courtesy Studded Hearts
Be back soon with some amazing snaps and a fresh perspective. Probably loads of inspiration, too. Come back and visit me. xo

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Stiletto Steals

This week's edition of "Stiletto Steals" pays homage to Miss Bradshaw. We all coveted them. Those glorious Brian Atwood, suede-studded delights. Well, thanks to a dear reader, Summer, they can be yours, too! And you'll have a few pennies left to buy new threads!
I present the Hypnotic Parker Studded Pump!
Bam! Bam! Comes in red, electric blue and black. You're welcome!

And thanks again for the tip off, Summer!!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Le exquisite!

photo courtesy Google Images
St. Germain. Ever had it? Well you need to go out and buy it right now! This is the stuff dreams are made of. I first had it in Napa and have been a fan ever since. Check out the story of St. Germain Elderflower on their website. It has a curious, perfume"y" taste...like something you can't put your finger on but very subtle. Here's how to make the perfect St. Germain cocktail:

  • 2 parts a dry or Brut champagne, cava
  • 1.5 parts St. Germain
  • 2 parts Club Soda
  • Lemon twist
Voila! Enjoy...xo

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Operation: Passport

...getting ready to take a little vacation, dear friends. It's amazing how hard it is to narrow down shoe choices. And just how many maxi dresses does one need? Like I always say...whatever I don't have; I'll buy when I get there! {Really just an excuse to shop!}

Monday, July 19, 2010

Shimmer this way...

photo courtesy VS
This weekend I headed to VS for some...things. {ahem} And along the way, I took a gander at their sale and travel section. Long story short, I purchased a few beauty necessities and gave their VS Very Sexy Shimmering Hair and Body Spray a shot. All I can say is "whoa". This is genius in an aerosol can, a travel aerosol can, that is! It smells exactly like the fragrance which I happen to like and can be distributed all over your body almost like hair spray. The result? A sheer spray with hints of the Very Sexy scent that is not at all overpowering which delivers subtle, silver sparkle. Perfect for the decolletage and arms. I LOVE it. Seriously a great buy for weddings, black tie events or any time you want to be very, very sexy. $10 on special right now!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Family Party edition.

Cousin Lexi graduated from H.S. and a party was in order. This is how we do it...the family edition complete with dunk tanks (that's Lexi in the tank, total trooper). Because what would a party be without a dunk tank? Too bad my brother's aim was a little...off.

Ok...it's actually dunk tanks and cold Coronas. Hallmarks of a good fiesta.

...all the men lining up for their shot, flexing muscles and warming up. Just a typical day in suburbia.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Flavor for your walls


I am desperately seeking home decor inspiration. My bed and master bedroom furniture are all figured out {in my head} so, I am on to the second most important room in the house and if there's one room that I have carte blanche on...it's my office. I can make it as feminine as I want - including but not limited to hues of pink, fashion magazines, antique lamps, images of Audrey Hepburn and more. My current obsession: wallpaper. I am between these three. I have fallen into a torrid love affair with this website.

What do you dearies think? To wallpaper or not to wallpaper? Is paint easier?

Friday, July 16, 2010

Can I get a "TGIF" up in herrrrre?

Photo courtesy wildlifeprints on Etsy
Hey kiddos...it's Friday! Wahoo! {doesn't this little fawn just scream "PAR-TAY?" I thought so.} I have been slammed this week to say the least but nothing a little relaxin' can't cure. So I ask...can I get a "TGIF" up in herrrre? Weekend love to you.

Desiring...

this. Rick Owens Biker Blister Leather Jacket. SICK. *shrugging my shoulders* I know it's 90 out.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

***NEW SERIES*** Stiletto Steals!

Photos courtesy Steve Madden
New Series! New Series! I have been noticing that every week or just about, I am posting some shoe that I am currently lusting over. So let's stop beating our head against the wall shall we? While I really enjoyed my little feel-good series, "Things that make me smile," I wanted to change it up and be....a little materialistic perhaps? That's ok. I claim it. Some of you have sent me links and images to shoes you thought I would lust after and you were right! Thank you! So with that said, Thursday's will now be "Stiletto Steals" Not sure about the name yet but here we go...

I saw these gems whilst walking through Nordstroms the other weekend. Yes, I said walking through because I need to speed walk through any store these days or my wallet crawls out of my purse. Weird, I know. BUT! These...man, I had to wipe the drool off. They are large and in charge. Gold glitter, pink soles, just the right height...are you convinced yet? This pair would work all  year-round and why save them up for fancy occasions? Rock these with your LBD at the next board meeting. I mean...no one looks back and thinks, "Gosh, I wish I would have wore conservative shoes at that board meeting." Right?!

I want to hear from you! Send me your ideas. What shoes are sitting in your shopping cart? xo

P.S. Mom: I know you are lusting after those Loubs. This is your chance.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

California lovin'...

photos courtesy sixth and main via Etsy
I saw these hazy, languid images depicting California livin' and it was love at first sight. I love how all the images are overexposed and take on this pastel landscape. It's dreamy and reminds me of being a kid. This is what Summer is all about. I encourage you to check out Sixth and Main on Etsy. Really amazing stuff.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

LBD edition

Last week I attended the "Little Black Dress" event which benefitted the Chicago Fashion Foundation. It was girlie to the max and proved that you can never go wrong with a LBD. Fabulous eye candy and so many different stylings. Let's not even start on the shoes! I saw everything from wedges to patent pumps to Loubs and YSL cage stilettos.

And...I got to meet up with some of my favorite Chicago gal pals. Kristen of K.Amato {local jewelry designer} and Ashleigh of Little Girl, Big World {fellow blogger}.This is my idea of a great night - celebrating fabulous women with fabulous style!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Song of the week.


A bit addicted to this song. 'Lil something to kick off the work week.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Domestic urges

 Exhibit A: new apron = haute cooking wear.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Spider mums...

...in the shape of heart.

Friday, July 9, 2010

And I quote...

photo courtesy Balmain
...from another strong woman I admire:
"Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the ground each morning, the devil says,
"OH CRAP, SHE'S UP"!

Happy Friday to all of you!

Vacation station

Photo courtesy Google Images
Literally counting down the days until my first vacation of the year. I want this girl's exact perch on this exact boat. Wouldn't mind her tan either...

Thursday, July 8, 2010

I want. I need. I have to have right now.

Aldo never fails in my books. Thanks to The Cheap Chica's Guide to Style and their tip off last week...I knew this shoe had to find a little piece of real estate in my closet. How I love the "Gibbard" and they are only $50, on sale right now! Picture it with a flirty romper or shorts transitioning into fall with trousers or tights. Nude is definitely the new black!

P.S. I am skipping the "Things that make me smile" series today. Working up a new series so stay tuned!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Independence Day Eats

'Lil bit of this...and a lot of that!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Song of the week.


A bit smarmy...fine. But gosh darn it, I keep re-falling in love with this song. There you have it.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Birthday dinner...family style edition

The family got together for some serious birthday fun...and we were celebrating Mom! It was a seafood extravaganza. One could say that we all subscribe to the "clean your plate club." A good time was had by all and we even left a little room for chocolate. Cheers.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy America Day

photo courtesy Glamour Magazine circa 1969
Watermelon, beaches and bathing suits, BBQ's and sparklers, red, white and blue, cold beers, flags and parades. Happy America Day!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Word to my mother...

Today is my momma's birthday! Ain't she a cutie? She will also tell you it is Tom Cruise's birthday today, too. {which isn't really cool anymore since the whole couch incident...kay, mom?} BUT! My momma is the bestest of the best. Ain't nobody more thoughtful, creative, selfless, fashionable, beautiful, hilarious and kooky as Miss Wanda. Nope, sure not!

Happy Birthday Mom...sorry it took so many horrendous teen years for me to figure out that I am one lucky daughter to have a lady like you in my life. I love you! xo

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