3/26/17

Unique Watch + Incredible Style (Giveaway!)

I'm extremely picky about jewelry in general. I wear one necklace every day and that's about it.

But one piece that I've come to really appreciate during my time living in Paris has been a beautiful watch.


I've always appreciated the aesthetic appearance of a classic watch, but never understood the French obsession (after all isn't that what smart phones are for nowadays?)

But when Jord Watches asked to team up, I couldn't help but fall in love with the classic shape and unique design.



You see, all of their watches are made from unique wood!

I picked the Frankie in Zebrawood and Champagne which is a gorgeous combination, perfectly marrying the striped wood grain with the champagne color of the face.



I have never received so many compliments on one accessory in my life. It's particular beauty can't help but draw attention.

If you've fallen in love with this watch as much as I have... good news! Thanks to our partnership, I'm giving away $100 towards a watch of your own, but even if you don't win you automatically get $25 off.

Click here to enter the giveaway before March 27!

Watch Gift Ideas

11/30/16

3 Fun Dream Date Ideas

Being in a long-distance relationship, we don't get too many date nights unless we happen to be in the same city. For me (as a super planner) this leaves plenty of time to fantasize about dream dates and all the fun things we can do together when we're finally reunited.

We are relatively chill couple, meaning we spend a lot of time watching movies on the couch or just hanging out together since we have to make the most of every minute, but I would love to start changing it up.

Here are some of my ideas:

1) Take a cooking class

We always have a lot of fun in the kitchen, but everything we make tends to be fairly simplistic in nature. Don't get me wrong, I love baking cookies together-- My bf's favorite since they don't really do chocolate chip cookies in France (!?)-- but I really want to learn some more intricate dishes. I try my best from Pinterest recipes, but quite frankly even those are pretty basic. I need to learn from an actual chef, so that I can seriously up my food game.

The start of a strudel we made for Valentine's Day


2) Dress up for dinner

Again, going back to the laid-back couple thing, we don't tend to get fancy very often. If we do it's for a major event like New Year's Eve. As someone who is slightly obsessed with clothes and getting made up, I think it would be so fun to dress to the nines-- hair, makeup, clothes, the works-- even if that just means eating at home. As much as going to a fancy place can be cool, most of the time it's the getting ready part that is the most enjoyable part for me.




3) Day-trip adventures

If you read my blog, you know how much I adore traveling. The wanderlust never dies. Unfortunately, I don't have a billion dollars to spend on flight travel all the time (a girl can dream) so I've been really trying to explore my own area recently. Thankfully, in Chicago I have my own car (unlike NYC or Paris which was a mega challenge at times) but not gonna lie, sometimes it's a hunk of junk. I recently drove to Ohio in it, and it was... well... interesting. That's where amazing companies like Turo come in: they let you rent a car from other people in your area. And not just any cars, amazing cars. Their rental page has all the info you could need. If we are continuing on my fantasy date theme, I would totally rent this Audi convertible to zip around in. We could head up to Wisconsin or down to Nashville stopping at all the little towns in between.. *sigh* a girl can dream right?




First I need to work on getting the boyfriend out here, and then we'll work on the convertible...

Hope you enjoyed my date night picks! Let me know some of your own ideas for a dream date in the comments :)

9/30/16

Travel Guide: Santorini

What looked like snow capped mountain tops from afar were actually cliffs dotted with white stucco buildings. As soon as I stepped off the ferry, I knew I was in paradise.




I took the bus from the port into Fira, where I took another bus to Perivolos. I'm so thankful for the welcoming, helpful Greek people helping me figure out where I needed to go because otherwise I would have been totally lost.

The roads are not for those with vertigo. We wound up the cliffs in our big bus in a serpentine fashion. I'm still not sure how we managed those tiny roads.



One of our first stops was Oia. The pretty picture off the post cards. We rented ATV's which you can find all over the island. It was about a 30 minute ride with some of the most stunning views I've ever seen.

The white and blue city is a dream to behold with its quaint, little buildings stacked on top of each other. Blue skies and wide open views of the sea made it obvious why Oia has become known for its breathtaking sunsets.


Between the adorable shops selling traditional garments and pottery, and the men riding up the stairs on donkeys (yes this is a real thing that happens!), the city lived up to and even exceeded all of my expectations.

Next stop, was the Red Sand Beach. It was definitely not what I expected it to be. It was worth seeing, but don't bother bringing your swimsuit (unless it's just to take pictures) because "beach" is a bit of an overstatement. It's more like a patch of sand, and there are way too many tourists to do any actual swimming or tanning. 



This is literally all of it. We ended up taking the ATV's to another nearby beach called Vlychada which was gorgeous and much less crowded than many of the other popular beaches. It was a little hard to find though. Don't trust Google maps! It led us to a dead end where we could see the beach, but couldn't access it. Follow the signs instead. There are some near Agios Giorgios. Just a warning though if you walk too far down the beach there are some nudists (unless that's your thing than go for it!).


We spent a lot of time on the beautiful black sand beach near our hotel. You can rent lounge chairs or cabanas. The sand gets extremely hot during the day, so it's best to do so unless you somehow manage to have your own. Most importantly ENJOY. Greece is such a magical, beautiful country.

9/13/16

Fall Date Night Outfit Ideas

Do you feel that cool breeze? It still may technically be summer, but I've got an itch for sweater weather and all that comes with it.

Fall is by far my favorite season, and, sartorially speaking, the chicest IMO. And what better way to celebrate the chill in the air than snuggling up with a significant other?

I've partnered up with Adore Me, a high quality lingerie brand, to show off my ideas for perfect fall date looks and what goes underneath.

Date Night Drinks
White day dress / Nasty Gal leather moto jacket / Generation Y lace up high heel booties / Kate Spade leather crossbody handbag, $305 / Nordstrom glass drinkware

First up is an amazing transitional outfit for when it first gets a little chilly, but it's still warm enough to leave the legs bare. Go for a simple shift dress in neutral colors and let your lips and shoes pop in merlot. Layer it over the Harriet Push-Up by Adore Me. I love the balconette style! It looks great under clothes and color red always gives me a boost of confidence even if no one else can see it.

Date Night at a Museum
Top, $34 / High waisted trousers / Lingerie bustier, $37 / Zara black heeled sandals / Satchel purse, $35


For the quirky couple, this outfit is perfect to show off your personal style at the art museum. With fun accents like nature themed embroidery, gold bees on your bag, and pompom shoes, it's clear that creative expression expands way beyond the paintings on the wall. My boyfriend has a much simpler style than I do, but I'm sure he would appreciate these classic shapes with a twist. Keep the underpinnings neutral to balance the outfit. This set is from Nelly, but check out the Silica Contour set from Adore Me for a similar look.



Date Night at Home

Miss Selfridge white crop top, $33 / Alexander McQueen denim jeans / LoveStories lace bra / Charlotte Russe sheer panty / Dorothy Perkins ankle booties / Smashbox lipstick / Popcorn bowl

Last, but certainly not least, this is personally one of my favorite date nights. After a long day, sometimes the last thing you want to do is go out, and this look is ideal for cozying up under a blanket to watch a movie. A super soft wrap sweater pairs perfectly with high-waist jeans and a comfy bralette. Fire up the Netflix, pop some popcorn, and you're ready for a night in. In my look, I paired a Love Stories bralette with undies from Charlotte Russe, but you would be equally comfortable in the Denisa set from Adore Me.

With sizes from 30A-46DDD everyone can get beautiful lingerie from Adore Me. Their VIP package gets you a new set every month and special pricing on all of their sets. You can also skip the month if nothing tickles your fancy! It's affordable, and it's quality. Who could ask for better?

I'd love to see your date night outfit ideas and hear what you think of mine! 

3/23/16

Bedroom Inspiration

I am currently in the process of ridding myself of the horrendous orange and pink walls in my childhood bedroom which I decided were a good idea when I was 13. My ideal room would be a white, airy, luxurious space that feels fresh yet warm.

Check out my inspiration pictures. Hope they inspire you too! I'll post an update on how my renovation is going.

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