Wednesday, May 29, 2013

BRB (See Jane Move)

I'm in the process of moving and will see you all when I return (and when I finally get internet) next week!  Once our new house gets in order, I'll try and share some snippets on instagram.  In the meantime, don't forget about my Henri Bendel giveaway that ends next week.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Artistic (See Jane Wear)

Gap blouse (very old but similar), F21 pants (old but similar here and here), J Crew heels (sold out color but similar), KW sunglasses, J Crew + Giles & Bro bracelet
If I was an art teacher, this is exactly the type of outfit I'd wear to class.  When I was in grade school, I always thought my art teachers dressed so kooky and I have a feeling my pupils would think the same thing about this outfit.  Also, did you guys have to use one of your dad's old button-up shirts as your art smock?  I wish I could look back on those days as an adult now and see me and all my grade school friends running around in these huge, paint-stained shirts that once belonged to our dads.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Totally 80s (See Jane Wear)

Equipment top c/o (similar), Zara jeans (similar), J Crew heels (sold out but similar), 3.1 Phillip Lim bag, KW sunglasses
Ever feel like you grew up in the wrong decade?  I was born in the mid-80s, grew up in the 90s (and don't get me wrong, I loved it), but always felt like I would've thrived in a Bret Easton Ellis-era novel.  It just seems like it makes sense; I love Wham (and everything related to George Michael), the Smiths, Hall & Oates, and my flat hair could probably use a perm.  Plus, I feel like this outfit, with its acid gray and faded black tones, is a throwback to the decade where I belong.

Monday, May 20, 2013

$1K J Crew Gift Card + The Shelf (See Jane Give Away)

I don't do too many giveaways here on the blog unless they're something really special that I would love to win myself.   It's safe to say that I would be ecstatic to win this:  a $1,000 J.Crew Gift Card!  (Please note that this is open to all international readers, too).
In celebration of an exciting new concept called The Shelf, this great group of bloggers and I are giving you the opportunity to win an amazing fashion makeover.

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Style Elixir   |   Fash Boulevard   |   Ivory Lane   |   The Chiffon Diary   |   GBO Fashion
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Hello Fashion   |   Barefoot Blonde   |   Because Shanna Said So   |   Shannon Hearts   |   See Jane
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A Little Dash of Darling  |  Mix and Match Fashion  |  Little Miss Fearless  |  Merricks Art  |  Coast With Me
A fashionistas ultimate tool, The Shelf, is a new website that allows you to keep all the items you love in one place. When you go shopping online, simply click and 'shelve' your favorite pieces...

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More importantly, The Shelf will even track their price. Input your desired purchase amount and you'll never need to spend a cent more than you have to - receive automatic alerts when your favorite items are on sale...

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A hub for style inspiration and maximum savings, the gorgeous ladies I'm collaborating with are all using the The Shelf and we'd love you to join us! I've shelved some of my favorite pieces and you can keep up with these, or start adding your own.

For your chance to win a $1,000 J.Crew Gift Card...

  • Click here and sign up to The Shelf (if you're a blogger, add your URL for special features!)
  • Click here to follow your favorite bloggers' shelves
  • Complete the simple Rafflecopter entries below... remember the more you do, the more chances you have to win! It's open worldwide, too. 
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PS Don't forget to enter my Henri Bendel giveaway, too!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Home Run (See Jane Decorate)

4. drum pendant / 5. pillow / 6. bar cart

I'm moving in a couple weeks and all I can focus on is home decor.  Interior design both excites and exhausts me; I could look for hours on pinterest and blogs but when it comes to execution, I have a hard time putting it all together.  These items are either ones I'm eyeing or that I've already purchased; fingers crossed it looks cohesive!

On that note, any decorating tips or tricks that have worked well for you?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Short 'n Sweet (See Jane Wear)

J Crew tee, Joie shorts (also love these striped ones) , Zara heels (similar), TOMS sunglasses (c/o), 3.1 Phillip Lim bag
Hallelujah, it feels like summer!  I'm sure this will fade fast but in the meantime, I'm baring my legs as much as I can.  I'm sure i'll be wearing a turtleneck and jeans come Saturday.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Sportif (See Jane Wear)

H&M anorak (old but similar here and here), Zara kids sweater (old), J Crew skirt, Gap flats (old but similar), 3.1 Phillip Lim bag
I'm not very athletic.  I tried a handful of sports growing up and either all my friends/peers were extremely talented or I just wasn't very good (..and I'm leaning towards the latter).  So organized sports aren't really my thing and this outfit doesn't exactly scream 'wear your jersey to school on game day,' either.  An anorak and flats is probably as sporty as it gets for me.  And as you might've guessed, Sporty Spice was my least favorite Spice Girl.

PS Don't forget to enter the Henri Bendel giveaway here!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Henri Bendel City Guide + Giveaway (See Jane's City)

Mango jacket, Zara top, J Brand jeans, Henri Bendel bag, bracelet + necklace

I'm really excited to tell you all about my recent collaboration with Henri Bendel.  I did a little Chicago-centric city guide on their website where I listed all my favorite places in the city (and yes, most of them are restaurants because, hey, this city loves to eat) and was able to snap some pictures around town with this season's hottest accessories.

The best part of this is where you come into play; all the accessories in the photo above are up for grabs (includes this cross-body bag, necklace and leather wrap bracelet)!  Please use the rafflecopter tool below to enter; a lucky winner will be chosen on June 2nd.
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PS Check out an excerpt of my city guide below!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Sun's Out (See Jane Wear)

J Crew chambray, Zara skirt (old but similar), 3.1 Phillip Lim bag, Zara heels (sold out but similar), Gap sunglasses
That's right; this week it was warm enough to wear short sleeves without a coat.  I felt a little bare but boy, did it feel good.  My "guns" (i.e. arms) leave a lot to be desired, so it may be time to get into a workout routine for real this time.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Eric's Favorite Cookies (See Jane Bake)

I've said it once and I'll say it again:  I'm not a baker.  Although I think these cookies are delicious, I generally look at baking them as a tedious task.  Eric has been living at the office lately and I wanted to lift his spirits a bit; nothing makes him happier than these salted chocolate chip cookies.  This is a big deal that Eric has deemed them his favorite, because he's a total sweets fanatic; what's equally impressive is that I also love these cookies (and am not at all crazy about sweets in general).  The consensus?  These cookies are a people pleaser, all around.

As for the recipe, I'm partial to this one as a base (I like any recipe that uses more brown sugar than white sugar) with a few of my own modifications.  I refrigerate the dough for a few hours before spooning onto cookie sheets; also, before baking, I sprinkle sea or kosher salt on top for more of that extra, salty goodness that I love.