Wednesday, August 31, 2011


photo courtesy Bauble Bar
When I saw this ring, my fingers stopped typing...and clicking. It's kind of bananas, no?
It's the kind of ring you wear whilst sipping a glass of bubbles wearing an impossibly perfect little black dress and a pair of killer heels. Oh! And a really banging blow out...Barbarella style.

Birthday next year?

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Lincoln Hall

This was last Thursday. An official date night of sorts. Admittedly it was a tad weird to leave the building without an overstuffed diaper bag and swaddle blankets trailing behind us but we did it. It was a test run with our new nanny and it was a success! Husband and I went to Lincoln Hall to see Peter Bjorn and John. {part of his dad's day gift} Perhaps you've listened to them before...they sing this song. Anyhoo, you should check them out. Husband wanted you to know they have a lot of other great music, too.

That's all.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Let's hear it for ikat!

photo courtesy Liora Manne
Well. I certainly think this ikat pillow would look just lovely on just about any sofa. Including mine!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Snyder & the Swedes

photos courtesy Snyder & the Swedes
I love illustrations; especially vintage looking ones. They charm the pants off me. If you are not familiar with Snyder and the Swedes, you must check out the website. It's laden with talented graphic design artists from none other...Sweden. I especially love Ingela's illustrations. I think it's based on the simple fact that all her animals have smiles on their faces. Just perfect for a kid's room!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

OOOTD: romper stomper

This is Olivia's "raise the roof" pose. You like? She's finally fitting into 3-month clothing with a little extra room to grow. Perfect for big meals. Smart girl, I say.

The deets:
  • floral romper - Carter's
The occasion: strollin' to the Farmer's Market

Friday, August 26, 2011

Anniversary Friday

photos courtesy Pinterest
Today marks my parent's 44th anniversary. 44 years! That's pretty amazing in my books. They really are buddies, ya know? He accompanies her to the Nordstrom 1/2 Yearly Sales and she accompanies him to Fresh Market where they tool around for hours...or Costco. {that's a big one in my dad's books} Yet somehow they never tire of each other and that's pretty remarkable. Kinda genius actually -- marry your best friend.

Happy Anniversary Mom + Dad! We love you...

Litany of Love

  1. I don't think there's anything hotter than black on black!
  2. A post-it note city.
  3. You have to look at these chairs - never seen anything like it!
  4. What an amazing, watery hotel stay.
  5. I love the idea of kids eating better in school.
  6. A neat Fall bag.
  7. Little lady blouses. So sweet.
  8. I never met a tufted anything I didn't like!
  9. Pop of orange!
  10. Some cool street art.
  11. My new favorite lipstick...super matte.
  12. I love a well displayed book shelf.

    Thursday, August 25, 2011

    Get the Look: Back to School!

    There's something about this time of year that makes me a wee bit nostalgic. As a true nerd at heart, I used to love shopping for school supplies. New folders, new pens - the smell of fresh pencil shavings. I know, I nerd. But so be it! There's nothing like a clean slate...and a matching Trapper Keeper! Remember those?

    This is my homage to a new school year and an A+ outfit for the first day. Good luck students!

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

    Wednesday, August 24, 2011

    Best in Beauty

    photo courtesy We Heart It
    Because of my job, I often get asked where to go for this, that and the other. All in the name of beauty. It's a hard job but I have the pleasure of sampling the wide array of options our city has to offer. And luck would have it that I could give you a top 10 in a lot of other cities, too!

    So, in honor of my return back to the work force, I'm rolling out a list of the "Best in Beauty" for my beloved city, Chicago.  Enjoy! {I'd love to hear your favorites!}

    1. Best Overall Spa: The Peninsula Spa
    2. Best Overall Salon: Fuga, An Italian Escape
    3. Best Overall Med Spa: Gold Coast Med Spa
    4. Best Blowout: Tease Salon & Spa
    5. Best Mani/Pedi: Spa Space
    6. Best Pilates Destination: UrbanCore Pilates + Fitness
    7. Best Wellness Destination: Shen Shen Health & Harmony
    8. Best Fitness Destination: Flirty Girl Fitness
    9. Best Makeup Artist: Rachel Reiman
    10. Best Massage: Kaya Day Spa
    11. Best Reflexology: Urban Oasis
    12. Best Prenatal Massage: Lincoln Park Massage Spa
    13. Best Facial: Facial Boutique
    14. Best Wax: Rachael's Spa
    15. Best Spa Getaway: Reverie Spa Retreat
    16. Best Looking Spa: The Spa at Trump
    Now get pampering!

    Tuesday, August 23, 2011

    How mama got her groove back.

    Saturday was a night of firsts for me. As in, my first night out on the town with the girls since having Miss O. Husband gracefully kicked my tush out the door before I changed my mind. He's good like that!

    Our plan of attack: BYOB sushi joint and we'll see where the night takes us. These are always dangerous nights. As you can see, we were very thirsty. A bottle of wine for each girl? Normal.

    ...and that's us in a cab to this bar. This is the part where you think you are indeed, the best dancer to ever exist. Oh and of course, we'll take a picture for you Mr. Joe Photo! Why not?

    Cue cab ride home, sleeps in makeup and a daughter that doesn't care if it's 2:30am and you just went to bed.

    Note to self: let's keep these "nights" to an annual occurrence. Too. old. to. recover. like. I. used. to.

    Monday, August 22, 2011

    Scenes from the weekend...

    This weekend proved to be everything I wanted it to be: friends, family and some relaxation. Here are a few snaps to prove it!

    Look what Grandma G bought Olivia. Is this not a great book or what?!

    ...and Grandpa G made Olivia a sweet momento for her upcoming christening: a ring with her birthstone. Yes, I said he made that! He's got mad skillz, huh? {so tiny!}

    It's official...I cut the bangs on Friday. Now you don't need to hear me pine for them any longer.
    I have to say, I love them.

    Don't you love rediscovering items in your closet? Exhibit A, above.
    Classic clutches make me happy!

    A raging basil plant. Caprese salad anyone?

    Rosemary, chives and green onion! Job well done, husband!

    Sunday, August 21, 2011

    One week.

    One week. One week I begin working full time again. I didn't think I would like being at home so so much but this little girl has really stolen my heart. I will miss our daily walks, singing sessions and morning routine consisting of snuggles, the Today Show and massive amounts of coffee.

    BUT! I am excited to see my work pals and experience the adrenaline rush of landing a sale again. Let's face it, mama needs to bring home the bacon in order to keep that closet well equipped with dresses, leggings, onesies and more!

    Friday, August 19, 2011

    Yoo hoo Friday!

    photo courtesy Patterson Maker
    Wahoo, it's Friday! This has been a great week. Olivia had a meet & greet with both sets of our coworkers and we got plenty of outside time. Hasn't this weather been amazing? I love it!

    Next week I start work full time again hence I am prepping myself this weekend with gobs of family time. And hey - it's the Air + Water Show this weekend! We plan on staring up at the Great Blue quite a bit and taking a spin around the Botanic Gardens. {please don't rain weather gods!}

    What's on your agenda? Whatever it is...I hope it's chalk full of fun in the sun!

    Litany of Love

    1. Protect your fruit!
    2. Organize your cords...kinda genius.
    3. Heck yeah!
    4. Genius outfit.
    5. A pretty grown up clock.
    6. When I read this blog, I miss New York big time.
    7. Where can I get nails like this?
    8. Wanna make heads turn?
    9. The prettiest dress in blush.
    10. A grown up sailor blouse.
    11. Best manicures + pedicures in town. Truly.
    12. The next big thing...IMO.

      Thursday, August 18, 2011

      Wardrobe staple

      photo courtesy Yoox
      I will be needing these to pair with suede shooties and a men's shirt.
      Oh and a moto jacket. Messy bun. Bright scarf.


      I can see it now...

      Here are the looks that have me currently inspired:

      Wednesday, August 17, 2011

      Planning ahead

      photo courtesy Target
      I may or may not have purchased this dress for Olivia's wardrobe next year. You never know people...what if they don't care it next year? My mom always told me to buy in advance. So, umm...12 months it is.

      Tuesday, August 16, 2011


      Last Friday was one of those random nights where spontaneous plans play out perfectly. Husband got home from work, we picked up carry out and some wine and sat out on the patio listening to music. It should be noted that Olivia really responds to music. In fact, she really likes Pandora simply because her tastes vary between Modest Mouse to The Ramones. She's eclectic that one, I tell ya.

      Exhibit A & B: above photos illustrate her rockin' out with daddy...I could see her playing the drums. Percussion, for sure.

      Monday, August 15, 2011


      ...and the winner of the Anastasia Cosmetics giveaway is...
      # 5 - SaraLeahCookies!
      Please email me your address @

      Congrats! Thanks for playing everyone!

      A look I'm lovin'...

      photo courtesy Vogue
      It doesn't get any better than Kate Spade does it? The vivid green yet feminine blouse, the perfect canary yellow pumps and the haphazard-just-so-slightly cuffed skinnies. Top it with a colorful statement necklace and a straight bang. Bravo. {did I mention I'm cutting bangs again?}

      **Last day for the giveaway...winner announced tonight!

      Sunday, August 14, 2011

      Got milk?

      Now this is my kinda onesie! Found here!

      Hey! My giveaway is ending soon. Enter to win!

      Saturday, August 13, 2011

      Words to live by.

      photo courtesy Patterson Maker
      "Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life, so you bought some sweatpants."
      Karl Lagerfeld - [Vogue Daily]

      P.S. Don't forget about my giveaway ending Monday!

      Friday, August 12, 2011

      "Take it all in" Friday!

      photo courtesy We Heart It
      It's been decided that Summer is almost over. I just got the memo and I object! In honor of the cause...we'll be soaking up the city including a brunch with friends, lots of walks {weather permitted} and perhaps a bit of cooking. And...I think it's high time I do a closet purge. As in, time to edit your wardrobe because there is a ton you don't wear, Johanna.  What are your plans for the weekend?

      Don't forget to enter my giveaway...winner announced Monday!

      Litany of Love

      1. These pillows are adorable. I have this one as a memoir of my wedding.
      2. I can't believe I like these.
      3. A dainty gold earring goes with everything.
      4. These images are amazing yet eerie. Awesome.
      5. Sent to me by my brother.
      6. Hey! Hot lips!
      7. Husband put this on O's Christmas list...weird.
      8. Check out this piranha pizza cutter!
      9. Fall fashion for your next board meeting!
      10. How about a piggy planter? So cute!
      11. Your new Fall cocktail dress.
      12. Inexpensive PJ shorts...a must have.
      pssst....don't forgot to enter my giveaway! Winner announced Monday!

        Thursday, August 11, 2011

        Super Thursday: Time for a Giveaway!

        Hi Dolls! I'm so excited because I have the opportunity to partner with a fantastic cosmetic company - Anastasia Beverly Hills! I was first introduced to Anastasia Beverly Hills through my job and quickly became an addict of her brow kits. She truly is the "Queen of the Perfect Brow". Years later, she has helped the "challenged brow shapers" like myself while managing to add to her empire including but not limited to bronzers and glosses. Mega quality...mega impact.

        Maybe you're familiar with some of her fans?

        Lucky for us, the lovely people at Anastasia Beverly Hills have offered a special giveaway to one of my lucky readers. Yahoo! One of you will receive a hydra-full lip gloss {with the precision silicone applicator}$21.00 retail value.

        How does that sound, my lovelies? All you have to do is:
        • follow 101 things...
        • leave a comment
        • visit Anastasia Beverly Hills and decide on a color du jour
        • tweet the giveaway for an extra entry
        • hang tight until Monday {8/15/11} for a winner to be announced!
        Pretty easy. Pretty awesome. And for your viewing pleasure, check out this video featuring all things beauty and brows! xoxo

        Video -
        "Beauty Express" brow-kit instructional video from Anastasia Beverly Hills on Vimeo.

        About Anastasia:
        Anastasia has long been the definitive eye and brow expert for icons such asMadonna, Jennifer Lopez, Oprah as well as hip up-and-comers like Diana Agron,Selena Gomez and Kristen Cavalari and has recently expanded into colorsthat match their superior standards for skincare based cosmetics.
        Anastasia of Beverly Hills products have recently been added to all Sephorastores in the United States. Our make up plus approach alwayshas the importance of skin care at the base of our clinically tested cosmeticformulas To find our more and get monthly updates please feel free to sign upfor our newsletter by clicking here to email with the subject"newsletter" your email

        Wednesday, August 10, 2011

        Mean streets

        photo courtesy pinterest
        Yeah, so about getting back in's time. I've got some baby lbs to lose and I feel like I'm ready to work out regularly again. I went for my first run on Sunday and I had moderate success. A whopping 40 minutes. {pats self on back} And now I need to commit. As in 3x's a week. I figure that's an obtainable goal.

        Enough about me. I have a question for you fitness freaks gurus: What's on your playlist?
        I  need to update my iPod pronto. Muchas gracias.

        Tuesday, August 9, 2011

        Get the Look: Meet me for drinks!

        Now that summer is coming to a close, I'm craving breezy patios and chilled drinks. Like perhaps...a martini! This outfit has just the right amount of "pop" while keeping it casual. me for drinks! Cheers!
        1. Romper
        2. Ring
        3. Bracelet
        4. Nail polish
        5. Scarf
        6. Clutch
        7. Pumps
        8. Earrings

        Monday, August 8, 2011

        Happy birthday, dear blog!

        photo courtesy Pink Preppy Lilly Lover
        Today marks my blog's 2nd birthday. Happy Birthday 101!
        {It's also Olivia's 3 month birthday - wow!}

        Truth be told, I feel like I've been blogging a lot longer but it was only until this year that I really started to meet some great people and forge some wonderful friendships. This has been a year of change - awesome change that I wouldn't trade for the world.

        Thank you for each and every comment and smile you bring to my face, friends. I'll never grow tired of reading your comments and emails. You've inspired me more than you'll ever know!

        Thank you.

        Sunday, August 7, 2011

        Elevator scare

        Upon visiting the Modern Wing of the Art Institute, we had to take an elevator between floors being the stroller-goers that we are. One thing we discovered was that Olivia is very scared of elevators. I just about died laughing worrying when I saw this expression on her face.  *priceless*

        Saturday, August 6, 2011

        OOOTD: feelin' festive

        Newborn couture - hoorah! Olivia was feeling festive so we went dress and all. Arriba!

        The deets:
        • Dress - Carter's
        • Diaper - Pampers
        • Blanket - Dwell
        The occasion: It's Saturday and I feel like partyin'!

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