life lately

Hey there! Life has been pretty great lately and unfortunately I haven't updated y'all in awhile. Since moving to Chicago it seems like every weekend has been jammed pack. We're either hosting guests, traveling, or exploring the city with friends. No complaints here! 

Last weekend my best friend and I hosted a baby shower for one of our good friends. I must say, I was pretty impressed with our ability to throw a pinterest inspired shower although we were both living out-of-state. Big thanks to our moms! If you're looking for easy crowd pleasing recipes, the pretzel buttons and caprese skewers were a hit. 

The weekend before that my four best friends came to visit! We all live in different cities and I was so thankful that they ventured to Chicago. We explored the city, had a delicious brunch, and shopped WAY too much. While browsing Nordstrom we stumbled upon a NARS pop-up shpo that was offering complimentary makeup appointments. The bottom right pic is the "after" pic. It was apparently inspired by Adele. I love the cat eye! 

Lastly, I went to my first Windy City Bloggers event last night and had a great time! I met Jessica and Megan and can't wait to catch up with them soon at future events!

As always, you can follow along on Instagram for more comfortably-chic updates! 

 

Posted on November 19, 2014 .

Look For Less: OP Burberry Poncho

Olivia Palermo is my all-time favorite fashion icon. She pairs pieces that you never thought would go together and walks out of the house looking fabulous day after day. This little ensemble is no exception. Thigh high boots, shorts, a plaid top and my favorite...a striped poncho, is something that most people would never dream of wearing together, and yet it looks amazing. 

Ever since I saw this poncho I've been dreaming about it. I'm not hugely into monograms, but if you're going to monogram anything - this Burberry poncho deserves your initials stamped on it.

Luckily, I've found a couple alternatives to this pricey poncho. This Topshop version is a fraction of the price and nails the color palette. If you're hesitant on committing to the cape trent, I personally love this Zara scarf. If budget isn't an issue, #treatyoself. 

I can't say I'll be pairing my poncho with shorts anytime soon...but the thigh high boots will make an appearance. Which striped poncho is your favorite? 

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fall fashion must haves

Sorry for the radio silence around these parts. Work has been incredibly busy and I'm trying to get a handle on juggling the day job with blogging duties. I give serious kuddos to all of my blogging pals out there who go through the same struggle! 

Anyways, although it feels more like Winter here, I'm sharing my four fall fashion must haves today that are particularly great for this transition time. 

Flannels: I've been living in flannels lately. It's safe to say this look is no longer "borrowed from the boys" and has become a season staple. Coincidentally, my current favorites are the "boyfriend flannels" from Old Navy. You can't bit the fit or price! 

Black denim: While I love flannels, there's something about plaid, blue jeans and boots that screams country concert. Black denim solves this problem immediately. 

Infinity Scarfs: Blanket scarfs are all the rage these days but I personally love infinity scarfs for their warmth and comfort. 

Booties: I've traded in my traditional riding boots this fall in favor of booties. I cannot get enough of these Madewell booties. I have them in black, but the camel color is next on my list. 

I'd love to know, what are your fall fashion must haves? 

 

Posted on November 10, 2014 .

new & noteworthy: my burberry fragrance

If you've been searching for the perfect fall and winter scent, you search may be over. Burberry recently released a new perfume called, My Burberry and it's has everything you could want in a fall scent.

The fragrance is modeled after Burberry's classic trench, a permanent wish list item of mine, and hopes to capture the scent of a London garden after the rain. I've never been to London, so unfortunately I cannot attest to the smell of a London garden. But, to me it has the perfect amount of floral and spice. The scent has serious staying power without being overwhelming, which I love. 

To top it all of, British fashion gods Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne star in My Burberry's wildly fresh campaign. How amazing is this shoot?! 

Have you tried the new My Burberry scent? Do you have a go-to fall or winter scent? 

images via 1 // 2 // 3 (@Copyright Burberry/Testino)

Posted on October 28, 2014 .