Friday, July 29, 2011

Why? (See Jane Wonder)

I own a panama straw hat and have a difficult time bringing myself to wear it in public (I wore it here in Mexico and thought it looked funny, but hey, it was vacation).  I envy everyone on the street in their straw and lightweight hats during the summer.  How do they wear them so naturally? Perhaps I'm a victim of my own self-consciousness or perhaps I really can't pull off these hats.

For example, I was going to wear this hat to Pitchfork but took a quick look at the camera and opted against it (as seen here).
not a fan.
...but i like it from this angle.

Anyone else have a complex about wearing certain things?

Maybe I'll throw my inhibitions aside this weekend and wear my hat proudly!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Lucky Style Collective (See Jane In Great Company)

I am honored to be part of the Lucky Style Collective, an initiative where bloggers and the magazine are teaming up.  It sounds like a great way to mix the print and digital worlds and I can't wait to begin some collaborations with the magazine.  Lucky has been a favorite of mine since I was in high school (and I still have some old ones laying around in my parents' house in my old bedroom to prove it).  I am surrounded by excellent company and even some real-life blogger friends!  I'm excited to check out the blogs that I don't yet know but in the meantime, here are some of my favorites that are participating along with me:

Jennie from Going West
Taylor from Sterling Style (and Glitter Guide!)
Helena from Brooklyn Blonde
Blair from Atlantic-Pacific
Andrea from Blonde Bedhead

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus (See Jane Make)

not guacamole
It seems that in my kitchen, as of late, I'm addicted to my new food processor and all things green.  In turn, my body and wallet are thanking me for these healthy foods that I'm making at home.  Unfortunately, this hummus didn't last as long as I thought it would; I ate half of it in one sitting and then my sister ate the other half when she came over the other day (in one sitting--obviously, we're related).  Fear not, this may be the easiest thing that I've ever made and I plan on trying many more variations (I enjoy spicy foods and happened to have a jalapeno and cilantro on hand).  This may sound like a bold statement, but I may never buy hummus from the store again.

the spicy variety
coriander seeds
the food processor:  my new, favorite toy

 I realize that hummus may not be one of the most attractive of foods, but it sure it delicious.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Tubing (See Jane Wear)

American Apparel tube top onesie, Anthropologie shorts, Steve Madden wedges, c/o Banana Republic necklace, c/o Foley + Corrina bag, Elizabeth and James sunglasses
As mentioned a few weeks back, Eric and I finally painted our bedroom this weekend.  While in the throes of preparing the room, I found a one-piece, American Apparel tube top that I'd completely forgotten about.  I folded it away and thought to myself, 'what was I thinking' then after watching an episode of Sex and the City, decided to pull it back out for a wear.  The episode featured the girls in LA and prior to leaving, Carrie was wearing a cropped tube top with loose, parachute-esque pants.  I remembered how much I loved tube tops in high school, college (and even two years ago--this purchase was is proof) and decided to revive it.  Long live the tube top!

Was it sweltering where you live, too, this weekend?

Friday, July 22, 2011

Fall Transition (See Jane Guest Blog)

I'm guest blogging over at Kiley's blog today; she's one of my oldest blog friends and we've even met a few times!

Be sure to click on over to A Sequin Dress at Breakfast see what I have to say about these items below...

5. Belle by Sigerson Morrison Bootie

 Have a great summer weekend, everyone!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Hang Ten (See Jane)

Equipment dress, H&M belt + shoes, Elizabeth and James sunglasses, Rebecca Minkoff bag, c/o Town and Reese bangles
I can't remember the last time I owned anything Hawaiian print.  Oh wait, yes I can--I think I had a pair of Abercrombie or Old Navy board shorts in jr high.  Suffice to say, it's been awhile since I've dabbled.  I found this shirt/dress on Revolve last week and was inexplicably drawn to it.  I don't really think it's my style but sometimes it's best not to question your taste.  I'm glad I went with my gut; I've had it since Monday and I've already worn it twice (perhaps the heat is affecting my memory). On Tuesday, I tucked it into a pencil skirt for work and yesterday, I wore it in its true dress form to see Andrea again and to meet Lisa and Sandy.

Notice how wonderful the pictures are again?  It's all Andrea.

Extreme closeup! Really, I just wanted to show my new favorite shades.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Lemon Arugula Pesto (See Jane Make)

Yesterday was a scorcher.  The last thing I wanted to eat when I came home was something heavy.  I noticed that I had a nearly full container of baby arugula that needed to be used immediately.  A huge salad just didn't sound appetizing so I typed "arugula" into Google and pesto is the second phrase that appears (thank goodness for auto-complete, right?).  I love arugula--the peppery bite makes it a favorite for me (I love a spicy kick in all forms) and this pesto sounded right up my alley.  I ended up spooning it over angel hair pasta and throwing in few cherry tomatoes; all in all, it made for the perfect summer meal.

An added bonus of this meal was that I was able to deflower my new food processor--so far, so good.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Pitchfork (See Jane Wear)

BB Dakota tank (worn here), Zara skirt, UO bra, H&M belt + shoes, Elizabeth and James sunglasses
I spent my Saturday at the Pitchfork music festival right here in Chicago.  I saw some up and coming bands like Wild Nothing and Twin Shadow and also the (more familiar) Fleet Foxes.  Although it can get hot, nothing beats the atmostphere of a festival.  The fashion is always festive and fun to admire and the music, nothing better.  Unfortunately, I couldn't take some real shots of my day as they don't allow cameras with lenses (unless you're official press or something like that).  Thus, my standard, deck backdrop had to do before I hustled to the fest.

How was your weekend?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

If These Walls Could Talk (See Jane Paint)

I've made the decision that I'll be painting my bedroom this summer.  I've decided on a gray--neutral enough to go with most but bold enough to make a statement.  I'm hoping to do this at the end of the month (we'll know how these things go).  Please let me know if you have any favorite gray paints.

Also, note that I've never painted a room by myself; has anyone ever done it?  Any tips you can share?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Green Goddess (See Jane Wear)

thrifted dress (no label, from Buffalo Exchange), thrifted no-name belt (eBay a few years back), Chloé bag, Dolce Vita sandals
I bet you're noticing a few things about this post right off the bat.  Yes, these pictures are of the utmost quality (no, my camera wasn't used) and yes, I'm wearing green (doesn't happen that often).  I met up with the incredible Andrea of Blonde Bedhead last night and we snapped a few photos before heading to dinner.  This girl has quite the eye for everything photography, from lighting to detailed shots--everything!  I loved chatting with her about work, blogging, horses (we both used to ride) and Chicago.  Be sure to head over to her blog to see her fantastic outfits and unreal photography skills.

Also, be sure to check out the interview I did with another fellow Chicago blogger, Jillian at Cornflake Dreams.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Shadowplay (See Jane Wear)

UO top, vintage skirt (worn here), H&M shoes, unknown necklace, Ray Ban sunglasses, Chloe bag

The weather in Chicago this past weekend was utter perfection: warm and sunny with a slight breeze.  I went on a boat tour, walked around, did some shopping--sort of like being a tourist in my own city.  Sometimes I don't consider myself a Chicagoan, even though I've lived here for four years now (it's probably due to the fact that I've traveled extensively for work).  Sometimes it's nice to get reacquainted with the city where you live.

my sister emily
How was your weekend?

Friday, July 8, 2011

Hair Matters (See Jane Review)

Lately, I've been feeling in a hair rut.  My hair is long, straight and frankly, I'm getting a little bored.  I initially grew it out for my wedding and now that it's come and gone, I don't feel so obligated to keep it a certain way.  I have fine hair (but a lot of it) and it doesn't do me any favors to keep it super long.  I'm very attracted to the mid-length bob, but fear I may end up looking like Angela Chase (or myself in the 5th grade...yikes).  Regardless, here are a few styles that have me swooning:

Speaking of hair, the lovely people at Misikko sent me a Hana hair dryer to review and so far, thumbs up. I generally don't do product reviews, but since this type of product is so relevant in my everyday life, I decided to give it a go. Actually, I try not to wash my hair every single day (you can be grossed out--it's ok) but when I do, I generally blow dry it for at least a little a few minutes.  This hair dryer is definitely reminiscent of the one my stylist uses: heavy duty and lightening fast--I think it's a safe assumption that it will last me many years.  If you're in the market for a new one, I'd recommend at least checking it out.  (Plus, if you order anything from Misikko, like hair irons or travel dryers, they send lots of extra goods like shampoo and product!)

Please tell me I'm not the only one who skips a day when washing my hair.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Made For Summer (See Jane Wear)

c/o JC Penney top, Andre J lace shorts (similar here), Pour La Victoire wedges, Rebecca Minkoff bag, UO sunglasses

One term I've never used to describe my style is boho.  An effortless, peudo-hippie look is something I strived for a bit back in college (and even sometimes today), but could never quite get right.  There are those natural bohemian-esque girls with their perfectly, messy hair, over-sized shirts, arms full of bangles and peasant skirts that drag along the floor; much to my chagrin, I've just never been able to pull it off.

I was asked by JC Penney to particpate in the American Living's Made for Summer blogger challenge.  They sent me this top and told me to style it however I pleased.  I tried for the boho look yet again, but instead of a long skirt, added my crochet, lace shorts and highest platform espadrilles (yes, all three times I've worn them have been documented right here on the blog).  While I realize that there's a whole myriad of textures happening here, my inner bohemian tells me that it's ok.  Afterall, when one goes boho, one must go all the way. 

 Check out the other bloggers participating:

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Reception (See Jane Wear)

Nanette Lepore dress, Pour La Victoire wedges, Banana Republic necklace

This past weekend, Eric and I headed home to Ohio to spend time with family for the long weekend and also to attend a "home reception" thrown by both my mom and new mother-in-law.  Since we got married all the way in Mexico (more pictures on my photographer's site here), many people couldn't attend so we had a little gathering in my hometown.  I deemed it appropriate to wear a little white dress to a wedding related event and felt equally patriotic when I wore it out that evening to the fireworks.  I've had this dress for 2 or 3 years now and it's a nice staple to own--and I always pull it out in the summer.

How was your weekend?

PS.  Be sure to head over to Sprinkles in Springs where I'm Kara's Blogger of the Month!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Fourth (See Jane Celebrate)

toledo fireworks

I've always loved the fourth of July. Summer, pools, grilling, cold drinks and fireworks--what's not to love? I'm at my parent's house in Ohio for the holiday weekend and am even more excited for the short work week.
my nephew jack
my nephew william in eric's hat (+ eric and jack)

Hope you all had a nice weekend!