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fall is for brooches and blazers.

18 Oct

you don’t need to know me well to know that i love accessories. this goes decades back to when i was 5 years old playing dress up with the neighbors. even then i knew it all started with the basics.

{wool tailored blazer, uniqlo}

a fitted black blazer which highlights the curves and waistline is the backbone of my fall wardrobe. i have the most difficult time finding jackets (petite with curves), so when i find one that fits, it is a hallelujah moment. this blazer was purchased as part of my uniqlo binge (i’ve a soft spot for japanese basics) while in london this summer. i couldn’t have gotten to the cash wrap sooner.

i love blazers because they are tailored and can dress up any outfit immediately. it’s so simple to go from day-to-night or from office-to-bar, as i so often would like. sleek, sexy, & sophisticated–that’s how i feel when i’m wearing one. they are the high heels of the upper body.

and like any fabulous basic, there are endless ways to personalize. with that, we come to another one of my favorites for fall–brooches.

i’m not sure when this fascination started (perhaps in high-school?), but over the years i’ve slowly been collecting brooches both old and new. in high school i was gifted my first vintage brooch which i still adore. these days my collection has more vintage pieces but i still keep an eye out contemporaries.

for example, this guy purchased via etsy from depapea’s shop. it came to me all the way from spain last week.

put a bird on it!!!

…or these guys, from my vintage brooch collection. i cannot stop wearing the red & orange starbusrt. pairing it with dark green has become an obsession.

currently lusting after this sophisticated gent brooch from depapea’s shop.

anyone else out there as emotionally invested in this style combo as i am?

chicago kids, any great vintage spots you recommend for treasure hunting?

enjoy a cozy weekend.

15 Oct

after what feels like, and very well may be, months of events and travel and rush here-rush there, we are finally planning a weekend IN.

i’m indulging in an unsest alarm clock, healthy home-cooked dinners, movie night, and my fuzzy brown blanket. much as i love them, a weekend free from the curling iron and lipstick is oh so needed. i’m trading in my blazer and glitter flats for leggings and my vintage bears hoodie.

can you tell i’m excited to do nothing? because i am.

here’s some favorite cozy & relaxing finds to peruse, especially while kicking it on your couch (like me!)…

ready to get your fall apron on? soups for the season.

the perfect bed to fall into.

live in chicago? i recommend county line orchard for some apple picking.

i’m dying to try this pumpkin bread pudding.

adorable halloween party invites on etsy.

holy dairy bliss. fancy grilled cheese recipes! do i hear dinner party?

the always stylish beauty department tutorial for CANDY CORN NAILS!

hollywood sweethearts.

13 Oct

it’s no secret that i’m in love with everything about joanne woodward.

her style, grace, and classic elegance are genuine and unaffected. in addition to her iconic femininity, she’s light-hearted and carefree. can i be like that when i grow up?

the cherry on top — her seriously adorable relationship with leading man paul newman. couple for the win.

this trombone picture makes me melt.

Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that’s a real treat…

–Joanne Woodward

this quote and these photos made me weak in the knees.

films for fall.

6 Oct

every morning last week i woke up to weather that screamed “don’t get out of bed! stay here. watch a movie. be cozy!”.

summer is wonderful & chicagoans look forward to it with an unmatched passion during those everlasting winters that seem to creep their way into “spring”. in fact, we love summer so much that nearly every year by the time september rolls around, we’re broke, exhausted, and sunburnt. no?

so you see, fall is welcomed with open arms in this household. that guilt complex of absolutely having to be outside during every waking moment of sunlight fades away as the air becomes crisp and cool. and just like that, i’m trading in my flip-flops for blazers and cinnamon spiced coffee.

fall brings the comforts of familiar & expected cool weather favorites–apple picking, pumpkin flavored everything, college football games, and rainy days curled up inside enjoying a lazy afternoon double feature.

today i’m sharing my rather eclectic list of favorite films, and one television series, to watch during autumn.

{a rom-com classic. gorgeous new york scenery. the plutonic friendship turned relationship feels all too familiar for this girl.}

{a television series shot like a film. haunting & dream-like, twin peaks will have you enthralled in murder mystery & the paranormal. david lynch is a master of the eerie.}

{i swear i’m not obsessed with ms. ryan. this movie is cute, cozy, and 90s fun}

side note, isn’t it interesting that this film is about book conglomerates taking over mom & pop book shops. those same “friendly” conglomerates were mourned earlier this year as they posted “out of business” signs around the country.

{a wonderfully inspiring period film complete with east coast scenery.}

{there isn’t much i don’t adore about this movie. it’s got that creepy, dark, suspenseful feel. i’m typically not a tim burton fan, but he got me with this one.}

don’t watch alone. i say this out of experience.

{we end with a quirky dramedy & a star packed cast. i loved seeing gwyneth in this role. alex baldwin’s voice is oh so charming as the narrator & the soundtrack is to-die-for}

do you have autumnal film favorites?

i’m going to hop right into the season and watch one this evening!

lip rouge.

29 Sep

gwynth paltrow got it right, “beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. that, or a kick-ass red lipstick.”

this fall i’m all about red lipstick. and not just at night. something about starting my morning with some red lipstick feels indulgent and glamorous. it’s the kick in my step, empowering, utterly feminine, and a style statement. ultimately, i feel like it pulls the “look” together. and boy do i feel great when wearing it.

lately i’ve been getting lots of questions about my rouge lips, so i thought i’d share my favorite products & some tips i’ve learned along the way. buckle up and get ready for rouge!

first, always try red lipstick on your lips. skip the hand test, it can be misleading.

second, stick to a color that works with your skin tone and hair color. warning: orange-y reds will make your teeth look yellow. check out this helpful guide!

third, don’t be afraid to wear red lipstick all day. it’s cheery and bright.

fourth, always use a moisturizer (bliztex is my go to) as a base. chapped lips & lipstick are not a good combination.

here are some of my favorite red/pink lipsticks. Benefit and Lancome both have wonderful long-staying bright colors that work with every ensemble. on the right is my classic shade of red.

{benefit silk finish: nice knickers, lancome: posh pink, lancome: retro rouge}

if you aren’t quite ready to wear a bold lipstick, or if you’re looking for a glossy finish, these three products are my favorites.

{clinique superbalm: lilac, clinique glosswear: fireberry, estee lauder gloss pops: berry twist}

take the leap and try red this fall! you’ll love it, i promise!

a cape, for me?!

26 Sep

fall trends are popping up every which way.

strolling down michigan avenue i’ve been seeing LOTS of reoccurring themes, capes and plaid being key contributors. i’m bewitched with the idea of a fall cape, whether it be in plaid or a solid autumnal color. it’s such a stylish and elegant outerwear choice, not to mention straight out of the 60s.

i recently took the plunge with the ann taylor loft cape!

{leather trimmed double breasted cape, ann taylor loft}

**penny saver**

kate spade’s fall line is to blame for the beginning of my cape frenzy. i want ALL of this girl’s look, but seriously the cape is just to die for. please deliver this to me, as soon as possible. please & thank you.

{plaid sophie cape, kate spade}

{plaid duffle cape, steven alan}

{fatigue finery cape, anthropologie}

obsessed with this color green for fall, especially pairing it with a vibrant orange. i can see a bright orange brooch looking insanely beautiful with this.

{tahari belle caplet, nordstrom}


so my dears, what’s the verdict? to cape or not to cape?

while the kate spade is a serious lust item, the loft version is hugely affordable and the leather detailing has my heart. i’m looking forward to pairing with an old fashioned handbag and strolling down michigan avenue on a crisp fall day. fall win.

memoryhouse, the years.

23 Sep

memoryhouse serves up the perfect soundtrack for this transitional seasonry.

just like september, which doesn’t completely belong to summer or fall, so does this album. it’s full of the warmth of summer and undertones of winter’s cold distance. nostalgia seeps into every note. we’re carried along on a beautiful soundscape of pop melodies that resonate the past & our dreams.

listen to the full EP below, from Sub-Pop’s re-release of the band’s EP, The Years. my favorite track, Sleep Patterns,

i need not mention that the photography and videography that compliment this album are TO DIE FOR. gorgeous & a perfect accessory for the dreamy sounds.