Tuesday, April 8, 2014

DR Here I Come

Airline baggage restrictions, and the fact that on some carriers you have to pay for carryons has forced me to pack light, and while it's a pain to edit edit edit, I like the challenge PLUS it's way less stress to travel with one small tote bag.  For our trip to the Dominican Republic I'm thinking: a couple bikinis, a pair of shorts, some breezy sun dresses, light flowy tops, sunnies, in addition to some strappy sandals, I'm bringing some more practical espadrilles, and the must have for any beach vacay is a head scarf.

ok that's about all that will fit, bon voyage!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Bathroom Makeover

Last night we finished up the last of the painting, and aside from sealing the tile and grout, the bathroom is done!  It went a week over schedule, but it was worth all the time and money to have something that feels fresh, clean and bright.  We went with an ikea vanity, school house electric orbit sconces, big round mirror from overstock, oversized marble subway tile from a local tile outlet, and fixtures from homedepot and the paint is Martha Stewart bakers box white (looks white in bright light, and minty green in low light.  All in all a pretty good mix of high and low. My favorite thing is the little cutout to hold all the products.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Staying Warm

Still waiting for spring to happen in Chicago, we got a taste on Sunday with some 60 degree weather, then it dropped again.  I picked up this super cozy sweater over the weekend, I first spotted it on Le Catch, and while it isn't something I would normally pick, I LOVED IT.  Some Besties were in town from Detroit, so it was the perfect excuse to head to the mag mile for some shopping. All the sweaters were on sale at H&M and Zara. Considering how things are going, I'll probably be wearing it for another 2 months.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Spring Inspiration

It doesn't quite feel like spring in Chicago yet, but I can't stop pinning spring things left and right.
1.Pink Top I love the design on this, and how easy would it be to take a seam ripper to any plain loose shirt and add a sash like that. I'll keep my eyes peeled at the thrift.
2. Balenciaga Peplum Don't even click the link...it's A THOUSAND DOLLARS folks, I'm just hoping this shape inspires tons and tons of affordable knock offs.
3. Necklace I have no idea where this is from (other than some tumbler) but I think with pliers, jump rings, chains and some good beads you and your ladies could come up with some sweet DIY necklaces inspired by this lil gem.
4. I bought these D'orsay flats over the weekend, when I say bought, I really mean I went to 4 targets to find them in my size like a lunatic...there not even real leather people...BUT the shape and fit were perfect, and they make my tiny feet look bigger which is a plus.
5. These sunnies are already sold out, but similar ones are at Forever 21 right now, I picked up some in black.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

We have an April wedding that I'm SUPER excited for. Fingers crossed it wont be snowing and 20 degrees.
1. F21 Lilac Dress 2. Earrings/Zara 3. Shoes/Zara no longer available

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Remodeling is super expensive and since our bathroom is still in the process of being gut rehabbed, I feel a little guilty for even posting this....but, I already have my sights on the kitchen for our next major major house project.  The above pics embody everything I want to have in a kitchen: crisp white subway tiles (check) shaker cabinets (check) really really tall upper cabinets (check) maybe an apron front sink...who knows? Sure there are other projects to tackle as well like painting the upstairs floors, doing some landscaping, painting the living room (please don't ever buy cheap paint people it is NOT worth it) and making some curtains for the bedrooms, but we spend most of our time in the kitchen, and we entertain alot...can't wait for a new kitchen.

Saturday, March 1, 2014


Casey and I are planning on trying something different for our next vacation...SURF CAMP! and Pinterest is just spurring me on right now with all the lovely beachy surf shots.  I know it will be hard, and most likely we'll suck real bad and spend most of the time wiping out rather than riding the waves...
BUT it's something I've always wanted to do, so wish me luck.