Friday, May 28, 2010

Seek and Ye Shall Find (See Jane Search)

I am on a manhunt for the perfect striped pillows for our new couch or bed.  Ever since I saw the gray and white striped pillows on Decor Pad, I can't get them out of my head.  These glorious (and elusive) pillows are haunting me in my dreams:

I scoured Google and found these gorgeous silk pillows from Lucy Pillows:


.....but they're sold out.

I did find these pillows from Target's Shabby Chic line, though and aside from sewing these pillows myself (I have no sewing machine), these may have to do.  And at $20 for two pillows, you can't beat the price.


 Do you know where I could find similar gray striped pillows?

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Giddy for Gingham (See Jane Click Her Heels)

Whether it's on display at a picnic via the tablecloth or splattered across your bathing suit, nothing says summer like gingham prints .  It's a universal print that's been around for decades--even Dorothy couldn't resist its checkered charm...

My friend has the quintessential summer top:  J Crew, gingham, sweetheart neckline/halter combo, i.e. perfect.  I attempted to find a summer gingham top to call my own last month and discovered this top by Gemma; I haven't pulled the trigger yet as it only started warming up here in Chicago.  I have, however, quenched my insatiable thirst for gingham (giant, mind you) in the meantime with the J Crew shirt I bought last weekend.

Now that it's finally warm:

*clockwise from top left
  1. APC Madras Gingham Bikini - Retro, flattering, and only $58.
  2. MCQ Gingham Cotton Shift - Gingham and work appropriate--an anomaly.
  3. Joie Luciana Gingham Print Crinkle Shirt - The ultimate summer tunic.
  4. Urban Outfitters Gingham Tube Bathing Suit - Can be substituted as a tube top with shorts.
  5. Forever 21 Gingham Tube Dress - A colorful twist in a sea of blue gingham prints.
  6. Top Shop Gingham Skirt - A modern-day Dorothy would wear this to see the Wizard!

Do you like gingham prints?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

We Cannes Do It (See Jane Imagine)

My boyfriend and I are taking a trip to Europe this summer with every intent to visit the south of France (we only have our return flight booked so far...).  I've never been, so instantly, my mind wanders back to images of a retro French Riviera--I get giddy with excitement when I think of the icons who would frequent the Côte d'Azur.  (Note:  I try not to think about P Diddy and his white party.)

Brigitte Bardot

Grace Kelly

Jerry Hall + Mick Jagger

Have you ever been to the south of France?

Monday, May 24, 2010

Lost in the Wilderness (See Jane Tune Out)

The epic LOST finale showed last night and while I am not a rabid fan, I definitely enjoy the show and tuned in to see how the series played out.  As I suspected, most questions were left unanswered and I am still scratching my head this morning.  Regardless, it was a good show and definitely captivated the audiences over the years.

While I have no desire to survive in the jungle, I do enjoy some wilderness/beach wear.  Below are some essentials if you ever get stuck on l'île:

*clockwise from top left

  1. Gap Easy Straight Destructed Jeans - Approved by Kate herself.
  2. J Crew Lightweight Cotton Tunic - Only secure a few buttons, à la Sawyer.
  3. Urban Outfitters Alternative Apparel Low Back Tank - Cropped, breezy linen--it is the beach, after all. 
  4. Undrest Ruffle Bandeau Bikini Top - The real mystery of the show is why no one had a bathing suit in their suitcase (except Shannon).
  5. Jeffrey Campbell Boat Shoes - Where'd they all get hiking boots?  These would work for the jungle, too.

What would be your essentials on a deserted island? 

Friday, May 21, 2010

Lip Service (See Jane Pout)

I need a new lip gloss.  Monday through Friday, I reach for my trusty Burt's Beeswax; however, I've been noticing that I repeat this pattern on the weekends.  Qu'elle horreur!  Why am I depriving my lips of color?  (Rhetorical question:  laziness)

 *photo courtesy of pzrservices

Let's face it--a slick of gloss on your lips makes you feel instantly better.  Like Jean Shrimpton.

  1. Korres Cherry Full Lip Gloss in Red 52.  The sheerest, most subtle red (with antioxidants!).
  2. LipFusion Infatuation in La Jolie.  I bought this today, so here goes...
  3. Clinique Superbalm Gloss in Black Honey.  This color looks good on everyone.

Pucker up.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

My Future's So Bright (See Jane Wear Shades)

It seems as if the sun has been hiding lately...partout.  When I left LA on Monday morning, the clouds and rain followed me to San Francisco.  I spoke to my boyfriend about the weather back home in Chicago (we're so exciting) and he grumbled that the dark clouds have been looming for a few days.  My sixth sense tells me that sunny skies are nigh, so it's time to dust off the shades.


My new favorite sunglasses.  
Ray Ban Retro Cats at Revolve Clothing
*Be sure to check the Purse Forum for Revolve Clothing codes...I got these 25% off! 


Obsessed with the fresh, gold frames and retro feel.
Dior Very Dior Sunglasses at Saks


Round, classic frames that you won't cry over if you happen to squash them.
F7336 Sunglasses at Forever 21

What styles of sunglasses are you eyeing for the summer?

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Latest Loot (See Jane Buy More)

The City of Angels was good to me this weekend; in fact, it might have been a little too good.  My sister-in-law and I went shopping on Friday and it turned into quite a bender.  The next thing I knew, I was waking up on my brother's couch surrounded by a sea of new clothes.  What happened?  Did I black out?  Then, I thought to myself, 'Hmm.  I make pretty good decisions while in a shopping fury.Bonus:  everything I bought was on sale! 

Here's a mere glimpse of some of the damage I did this weekend:

 *clockwise from top left

  1. J Crew Tissue Sequin Spotted Tank - It goes with everything.
  2. J Crew Drapey Drexel Skirt - The perfect LBS (little black skirt).
  3. Joe's Jeans Jude Bag - The most buttery, perfect crossbody bag!  (and it was only $65 at anthropologie)
  4. J Crew Featherweight Cotton Ruffle Cardigan - Yep, I already wore it to work today.
  5. J Crew Boys Secret Wash Shirt {in giant gingham} - Because sometimes you need to channel your inner (little) boy.
  6. Vintage Turquoise Cocktail Ring {similar style shown} - From Hidden Treasures in Topanga Canyon and possibly the best $5 I ever spent.

Did you go shopping this weekend?

Monday, May 17, 2010

Style Maven (See Jane Find an Obscure Icon)

In honor of my time of California, I'd like to dedicate this post to the oh-so-stylish stylish Sweet Valley High gang.  While this series was published before I was even born, my sister had acquired quite the SVH collection and it quickly became a favorite of mine.  With a just quick glance at the covers, it was obvious to me at a young age that this crew had some stylish California kids with enviable wardrobes:

 Lila Fowler had endless funds so naturally she looked great, but her style was bit too contrived for my taste.  Blair Waldorf, anyone?

Enid Rollins wore clothes from anthropologie before it even existed.  Can't you just imagine her in an art studio in Brooklyn with her suspenders?

Amy Sutton was sort of vapid but I still loved her hair and totally preppy style.  I was also convinced that she was Zack Morris' long lost sister.

Elizabeth Wakefield needed to let her hair down--literally.  I always wanted her to take the barrettes out of her hair and borrow something from Jessica's closet.  Did you ever notice that her story lines were totally extreme?  (see:  kidnapping, comas)  I guess Francine Pascal had to do something to deflect from her boring and safe (but sweet) persona.

Jessica Wakefield was my personal style icon of the SVH kids.  Whether she was donning her acid wash jean jacket for a typical school day or a hot red dress for her older, college-aged boyfriend (with a mustache, I might add), she always knew how to dress the part.  She may not have been the smart twin, but she was definitely the fun one!

Did you read the Sweet Valley High books?  Who was your style icon of the series?

Friday, May 14, 2010

Los Angeles, I'm Yours (See Jane in Lotus Land)

As The Decemberists so eloquently sang:  there is a city by the sea...

I arrived in Los Angeles last night to clear skies and warm temperatures.  I sat in LA's infamous traffic for a while, but it was so gorgeous out that I didn't even mind.  I arrived at my brother's empty apartment and was instructed to hang out until he came home.  Fine with me--the weather was perfect!  The moral of the story is that I can sustain just about anything as long as it's nice outside.

Let me count the ways...

Life's a beach in Santa Monica.

*photo courtesy of

Yogurtland:  I am seriously considering opening a franchise in Chicago.

*photo courtesy of

LA street style is among my favorite (and I NEED those vintage Dior sunglasses).

 *photo courtesy of

Do you love LA, too?  If so, what are some of you favorite things about the City of Angels?

Thursday, May 13, 2010

I Need a Vacation (See Jane Scheme)

I've got the travel itch.  The last real vacation (i.e. over one week in length) I took was last summer and it's high time I get planning on another.  I seethed with jealousy over my friend's last minute Italian getaway and got to thinking that it might be time for a European multi-city jaunt of my own this summer.  Until then, I will reflect upon why life is better while on vacation.

 It's okay to just sit down
...and not move
...for days on end


Staring is encouraged.


Is my boyfriend drinking white wine in a white robe?  
Anything goes.

Do you have any vacations planned this summer?

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Drugstore Wonders (See Jane Buy Cheap)

We all have them either tucked away in our medicine cabinet or deep into our bags.  I, for one, have several drugstore cosmetics and toiletries that I can't live without.  What I look for in a quality drugstore item is good ingredients, even better price, and results (naturally).  Most everyone has favorite drugstore mascaras, but here are a few other things I continually buy:

Dickinson's Pore Perfecting Toner

The naturalists were right...witch hazel DOES work.

Neutrogena Sesame Oil

A much better body moisturizer than lotion with a great, earthy scent.

ELF Eyeliner

For $1, the saying 'one to use, one to lose' applies to eyeliner--not just umbrellas.

Co-Bigelow Lip Shine

Ok, so I've never bought this at an actual Walgreens, but for under $6, it might as well be sold there!

I'm dying to hear your drugstore wonders, too, so please share!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

California Dreamin' (See Jane Go West)

The City by the Bay greeted me this morning with a massive downpour.  Ah, San Francisco...nice to see you again, too!  I spent 14 months going back and forth from Chicago to San Fran for work, so I feel as if we've gotten to know each other pretty well--mini-earthquakes and all.  I'll be here until next week and will be hopping down to LA for the weekend to see my brother and sister-in-law, so cheers to the Sunshine State!

There's a bit of a chill today along with some sprinkles, so here are a few things I stuffed into my carry on (or wish I would have brought):

*clockwise from top left

  1. Gemma Tiered Feather Top ($152 at - Light and breezy, just like San Fran.
  2. James Jeans Neo Beau Jeans ($172 at anthropologie) - Cuffed, in case it's raining.
  3. Old Navy Ruffled Bomber Jacket ($30 at - A perfect lightweight cotton, because it's "jacket weather."
  4. Catch & Release Scarf ($32 at anthropologie) - The perfect spring scarf.
  5. Hunter Festival Short Boots ($100 at  - The original's cuter, younger cousin.
What do you pack when visiting San Francisco?

Friday, May 7, 2010

Moving Day Part I (See Jane Uproot)

I have to move to my boyfriend's apartment for a couple weeks before we move into our new place.  Seeing as I have only packed one box (because I had to empty out a dresser I sold on craigslist), today is dedicated to all that is packing.  My lovely and generous sister came into town to assist and you should have seen the look on her face when she saw my fully furnished, lived-in, bedroom (hint:  it wasn't pretty). 

Time to uproot!

 *courtesy of 1947 project

Don't worry, though.  Come May 31st, I'll be moving AGAIN due to us losing our dream apartment and having to find a new one.  I assure you that the 2nd apartment is just as dreamy.  I can't wait to show pictures of it once it's decorated!  In the meantime....I move.

*courtesy of

Have a fantastic weekend!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Style Maven II (See Jane Find an Obscure Icon)

I'm making the "style maven" post into a series.  Here's what I do: find an obscure (see: irrelevant) icon, and praise his/her style.  Basically I'll highlight the quirks, the hits, the misses, and everything in between.  A few weeks ago it was Kelly Kapowski.  Today, it's Stacey McGill, from the Babysitters Club.  Don't remember her?  Here are a few Stacey catch-up facts:
  • Blond hair (Naturally)
  • Impeccable style (I wanted to be her)
  • Raised in NYC (Why I want to raise my kids there)
  • Juvenile diabetes (Yet, she craved those sweets)
I felt an instant connection with Stacey from the first BSC book I read (#3, The Truth About Stacey).  It's as if we were twins (minus the whole raised in New York and diabetes thing); she was blond and obsessed with clothes and honestly, I was sold.  I know that Claudia was the toking fashion fiend, but her outfits were a little too crazy for me (plus she wasn't good at school..sorry, can't relate).  Please note that I only read Stacey's books in the series, except when they were all checked out at the library.  I'm sorry, but Mary Anne was a snooze.

 *clockwise from left
  1. Nice yellow windbreaker.  And is she wearing harem pants?
  2. Our girl's outshining Kristy (on her own cover, no less) in her schoolgirl outfit.  That's it--I'm getting loafers.
  3. Crop top and a sarong--so fashion forward for a 13 year old!
  4. Middle part and a loose pink sweater.  Yeah, looks like you probably are outgrowing the BSC, Stac.
  5. Wide leg pants and a vest...Kristy's great idea looks pretty dull next to that.
  6. I'm pretty sure Anthropologie has that dress (and that pose in their catalog).
  7. Stacy says no to grunge and yes to pretty, even when hanging with the bad girls.
Yes, I'm biased and love Stacey McGill.  Who was your favorite BSC member?

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

My Turn (See Jane Return the Favor)

So, I'm returning the favor to myself.  Is that a crime?  If you read my post yesterday, you'll see that I helped my sister find her dream bag.  Throughout the bag search, I started to get a tad jealous and realized that I needed a crossbody, slouchy, leather bag for summer too!  I'm looking for a bag in the brown family as I have mostly black bags.  I do have a vintage Gucci crossbody, but am hoping for a bag with a little more room. 

Ok, it's not brown, but it's so cute!

MBMJ Q 49 Lil Mia Drawstring Pouch
$378 at 

Compact and to the point.

See by Chloé Slouchy Drawstring Crossbody Bag
$435 at

Classic, slouchy, perfect, wishlist.

Chloé Mavis Small Hunting Bag
$1,175 at

Let the games begin.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

I Do What She Tells Me! Part III (See Jane Shop for Others)

My sister finally bought a new bag.  Yes, it's been a quite a manhunt, but we did it.  You may wonder how this alleged wonder-bag fills her stringent criteria, but I assure you it does.  Cross-body, leather, black, beautiful.

Behold the Marc Jacobs Totally Turnlock Natasha in Black ($328 at


The stars are aligned for my big sister.  What a day for a day dream...

Custom made for a daydreamin' boy.

And I'm lost in a daydream.

Dreamin' bout my bundle of joy.

Looks like a match made in heaven!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Talk Derby to Me (See Jane Bet)

Although I didn't attend the Kentucky Derby live and in person, I still heartily partook in the festivities.  I hadn't planned on celebrating, but I was invited to a party last minute and decided to go as it involved some of my favorite things:  horses, dresses, and gambling.  Fine.  I don't actually gamble but I did participate (and lose) in one pool.  Cheers!  To all things derby:

Mint Juleps are flowing.

Outrageous hats required.

Bets placed on Awesome Act.  {He lost, but I love him anyway}

Only in AMERICA.

Did you celebrate the Kentucky Derby?