Sunday, June 30, 2013

Club Tropicana (See Jane Wear)

J Crew tank (also here), Rag & Bone jeans, J Crew heels, Chloe bag (old but similar/cheaper)
I've been waiting forever to use a Wham song title in a blog post, so I felt that this post simply couldn't wait until Monday.  Also, I thought it was a good opportunity to remind everyone that our beloved Google Reader shuts down tomorrow; here's a helpful post on how to switch over your blogs before GR turns back into a pumpkin/disappears at midnight!  (The easiest route?  Follow me on bloglovin' here.)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Easy Mango Salsa (See Jane Make)

Whenever we have people over, I always run to Whole Foods to pick up fresh guacamole and mango salsa.  I love making my own guacamole but was always hesitant to replicate their mango salsa--cutting one up is a challenge in itself.  Well, this past weekend, I sucked it up and made a damn good mango salsa.  And it was embarrassingly simple.


  • 2 mangos (cutting instructions here)
  • 1-2 fresh jalapeƱos (get rid of the seeds; use depending on preferred spiciness)
  • handful of cherry tomatoes
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 red onion
  • small handful of cilantro, chopped
Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Retro Dots (See Jane Wear)

Dolce Vita dress (also hereSee by Chloe sandals, Mulberry bag, TOMs sunglasses (c/o)
This dress is so punchy and retro; the blue is so bright and it just screams summer.  It reminds me of something Betty Draper (or my mom, in 1967) would wear after a day at the pool when her skin has a slight burn that tans the next day.  Next time I have a pool day (sadly, I think it'll be awhile), I'll be sure to throw this on afterwards before hitting up the drive-in with Eric.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Tomato Medley Bruschetta (See Jane Make)

The best thing about summer?  Possibly tomatoes.  But really, bruschetta is possibly the easiest and tastiest appetizer out there.  And since I'm just getting acclimated to my new house/kitchen, the easier the better.  My recipe:

  • container of mixed cherry tomatoes (or about 4 vine-ripened tomatoes)
  • handful of basil leaves, chopped (I grabbed mine from the basil plant on my kitchen windowsill)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 T evoo
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • loaf of crusty bread
Mix the first five ingredients in a bowl and let sit for a half hour.  Scoop tomatoes on bread and drizzle with balsamic glaze.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Demure (See Jane Wear)

Equipment tie-front top (c/o), Corey Lynn Calter skirt (very old but similar), Zara heels (old but similar), KW sunglasses (c/o W Concept)
I've owned this skirt since 2007.  Its a-line shape and subtle stripe is classic enough that it will stand the test of time.  Every season, I usually pair it with a new top to keep it current.   Repurposing old favorites by pairing them with new pieces helps me keep my closet fresh; most importantly, it helps me avoid a closet full of trendy items that I only wear once.

How long do you keep items in your closet?

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Lucky Mag//Canon (See Jane Shoot)

Club Monaco blouse (old but similar), J Crew skirt, Zara heels, TOMS sunglasses (c/o)
I recently teamed up with Lucky Magazine and Canon to promote the new Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera--and we made a video (with the camera) that captured all the fun!  As you may know, I have a thing for handbags and it is super easy to toss the new, lightweight Rebel into any of my  bags (big or small) at a moment's notice.  The photos are always crisp and clear, too--which is super important to me.  Some other awesome highlights about the camera:
  • The new CANON EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera fuses Advanced Image Quality and Features into an Ultra-Portable Body, ideal for the girl on the go. 
  • With easy-to-use functions and a lightweight body, the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera lets any beginner take professional quality photos in a snap. Shoot, edit, and save pictures in minutes. 
  • At a mere 4.6" wide x 3.57" high and weighing only 14.36 oz,** this new lightweight camera body fits easily into your favorite bag. 

behind the scenes//notice the shoes
bag lady
can anyone lend a hand?

Hope you enjoy the videos!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Tale of Two Ladies (See Jane's Friend)

on Anne: J Crew shirt, skirt (I wore mine here!)+ necklace, Joes flats, Balenciaga bag
You may know that I manage a sales team and style men for my day job (see: Trunk Club), but occasionally, I'll take women shopping, too.  It's a fun pastime for me as I really do love helping people look and feel their best--that's probably why I started a blog.  Anne is a great friend of mine, as well as a co-worker and most recently a client (ha).  But seriously, I took her shopping and tried to help her choose pieces that she could re-wear, over and over.  A little more about Anne: she's from Connecticut, loves J Crew and has a Bernese Mountain Dog (yes, him and Jerome are friends) named Doug.

As for me, I'm wearing a pair of cargo pants from 2009.  Often times, some of my most random and inexpensive purchases end of being some of my favorites that I hold onto for years.

American Eagle cargos (very old but similar), Cheap Monday chambray shirt (on sale!)J Crew pumps (sold out but similar), 3.1 Phillip Lim bag

Monday, June 10, 2013

Sunday Best (See Jane Wear)

Tucker skirt, thrifted Gap jean jacket (similar), Zara heels (similar), UO sunglasses (super old, but similar), Clare Vivier clutch (c/o W Concept)
Just another beautiful day, strolling around back alleys in my Sunday Best.  I had a great weekend packed with great times, great friends and pretty decent weather (hey, it can't all be great).  I'm going to do my best to take advantage of Chicago summer as it always seems to go by way too fast.

How was your weekend?

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Easy Does It (See Jane Wear)

H&M anorak (old/sister's but similar), J Crew factory shorts, Hive & Honey shirt, KW sunglasses, Joie flats, Clare Vivier clutch (c/o W Concept)
This is about as easy as it gets for me: loose button down, comfortable shorts and stylish flats.  It's also called an "early morning meeting" outfit because it takes zero thought when I have 20 minutes to get ready.  What do you tend to throw on when you're in a rush?

Monday, June 3, 2013

ShoeMint (See Jane Give Away)

J Crew sweatshirt, Current Elliott denim (c/o w concept), ShoeMint Shiva (c/o), Gap belt, Super sunglasses, Chloe bag (old but similar/cheaper)
Happy June, everyone!  I've teamed up with ShoeMint to giveaway a pair of shoes to one lucky reader.    For those of you who don't know about ShoeMint, it's a free, members-only website that offers on-trend shoes for $79.98 each (plus, free shipping and returns!).  ShoeMint offers the latest trends for a fraction of the price (and quality isn't compromised--real leather and suede are used) and style maven Rachel Bilson and stylist Nicole Chavez have a hand in the design.  New styles are constantly being added, plus they offer personalized tips and style recommendations.

Sound good?  To enter, simply sign up for ShoeMint and leave a comment letting me know which pair is your favorite!  Even if you don't win the shoes, everyone who signs up for ShoeMint will receive 20% their first pair.  Winner will be announced on Sunday!  (Please note that giveaway is open to US + Canada residents only.)