Weekly Color Inspiration {Sunshine & Fog}

{On all fingers, except index fingers – Barielle “U Concrete Me“. On index fingers – Barielle “Lemondrops“.}

{1.Alexander Wang Sweater  2.Reed Krakoff Bag  3.Watercolor Fashion Illustration  4.Colorblock Peeptoe Pumps  5.Geometric Pillow Cases  6.Diane Von Fuerstenberg Dress}

I’ve had a recent surge of love for this fresh and graphic color combination! I usually don’t favor yellow on its own, but in combination with the grounding and calming quality of grey it feels very “now”, very architectural. I’m considering a little painting project in my house with this combo…we’ll see, we’ll see….

xo

Pattern Play

{Jeans – AG Farrah, Blouse – Vintage Celine, Belt – J.Crew (old) similar here, Leather Jacket – Mike & Chris (old), Shoes – YSL (from Bluefly’s last big sale), Bag – Chanel (my very first Chanel purchase a bunch of years ago!), Watch – Michael Kors, Sunglasses – Chanel (old), Bracelets – Vintage, Rings – Me&Ro and Etsy.}

I totally freaked out was pleasantly surprised when I found this amazing Vintage Celine Blouse at last month’s Randolph Street Antique Market! It’s the perfect combination of fun & sophistication and I LOVE the bright floral pattern. I built this outfit around the blouse and the uniquely colorful background (it’s one of my favorite Chicago Pizza Joints) made the shoot even more playful.

xo

Weekend Rewind {Via Instagram}

Hello, Lovelies! I hope your weekend was fun-filled, relaxing, and productive (or lazy, if that’s more your speed.)

I had an action-packed weekend…lots of fun events & good times with friends! Below are a few tidbits via my current Instagram Addiction.

xo

{My friend Rada and I began our weekend a bit early with a fun Mad-Men Themed Cocktail event sponsored by Chicago’s Thursday Therapy.}

{MODA Chicago hosted their amazing annual Fashion Show at Union Station on Friday.}

{Chicago’s Union Station at Night…}

{On Saturday, West Elm teamed up with some great local Etsy sellers to create the “We Heart Handmade” Bazaar.}

{Super fun Cards & Posters by Chicago’s Steel Petal Press.}

{My favorite local Etsy Seller – Silly Buddy – makes these hilarious doggie Collar/Bowtie hybrids! I got a colorful one for my dog Fritz…as you can see, he’s the perfect model.}

{A little Saturday afternoon flower shopping at one of my favorite florists – A New Leaf – Peonies are the best!!}

{Saturday night was a very special evening. The annual “For The Love of Chocolate Gala” (hosted by The French Pastry School – my Alma) was an incredible event! Hundreds of black tie clad guests sipped bubbly, indulged in endless dessert options, danced, and mingled. Here I am with Gina and Christen…two of my chicas from Lovely Bakeshop.}

{Lovely Bakeshop’s chocolate-dipped & gold-dusted coconut Macaroons were an absolute hit.}

{Master Chef Rick Bayless was in attendance. Here he is explaining his dessert course.}

{Chef Bayless’ decadent dessert…Oaxacan Chocolate Cake, served with a sweet rendition of Tamale, Avocado Cream, and a Spicy Chili-Chocolate Glaze.}

It’s Biscotti Time {Nom Nom}

Ahhhh….Biscotti (insert totally butchered beautiful Italian accent here)! Crunchy, delicious Italian baked goodness!! I don’t think there’s a better afternoon pick-me-up than a nice cup of coffee with the perfect Biscotti to dip into said coffee. It may come as a surprise to you that baking your own Biscotti from scratch isn’t as hard as it may seem. It IS a bit time consuming, due to the twice-baked nature of the beast (Bi-scotti = Twice-baked in Italian), but I think it’s totally worth it. Below is a little show and tell of my latest Biscotti baking & girly decorating adventure. Find the recipe Here. Enjoy!

{I find that getting all of your ingredients measured out and ready in the beginning, makes baking a lot more efficient!}

{Here they are…baked twice (with a nice cooling time between) and ready to be dipped in white chocolate. The chocolate bowl on the left was dyed pink with a bit of All-Natural red food coloring from India Tree.}

{Dipping in action…}

{It’s nom nom/dip dip time! I realize that I mayyyy have gone a little overboard with the pink & sprinkles…}

{I like my Biscotti a little on the wider/oval side. If you prefer yours more elongated and flat, just make sure you shape your dough log wide and flat before baking it!}

{Up close & personal.}

For those of you who love to get your Biscotti Fix, but don’t have the time or just aren’t into baking at home, I have the perfect Packaged Biscotti suggestion: Nonnie’s Biscotti! They are traditionally Italian-baked, crunchy perfection and come in a bunch of delicious flavors. I’m totally addicted to their Caramel Milk Chocolate Biscotti Bites….they’re mini bites of creamy caramel sweetness (for the record – no, I’m not paid by Nonnies…I really just love their products.)

Here are some Nonnies in action at my house:

Ok, I’m off to get a snack! I hope you have a wonderful weekend. See you back here on Monday, Lovelies!

xo

{All Photos by Miss Renaissance.}

Weekly Color Inspiration {Hot Pink & Gold}

{On all fingers, except index fingers – Essie Fruit Sangria, On index fingers – Deborah Lippmann Nefertiti.}

This week’s manicure just screams fun, doesn’t it?! I was in the mood for fun, so I just went with it. Gold & Hot Pink is a favorite of mine (right up there with Black & Gold and Teal & Gold.) I’m sure it’s more than clear by now that I love all things Gold….I might need to start branching out into some different metallics. Speaking of, has anyone seen or heard of a true ROSE-Gold nail color yet?!?

xo

Christian {Louboutin} Called…

Sooo, a strange thing happened the other day. As I was taking a relaxing bath in my favorite pairs of shoes (you know, my usual weekday activity…), sipping a glass of bubbly….suddenly my black Louboutin Pigalle Platform rang! And guess who it was?!! It was Christian himself…calling all the way from Paris. Apparently, he wants his shoes back!!?! “Pshh, HEEELLL no”, I said, “They’re MINE, all mine!!!!!”

I strongly suggest taking a bath in your favorite shoes some time. Who knows, maybe you’ll get an “interesting” phone call as well….

xo

Fashion Crave

Spring Fashion is out and all of my favorite stores are stocked with fun, new items for the warmer Season to come! Above are a few of my absolute faves that I came across while browsing Net-a-porter.com , Totokaelo.com and Mytheresa.com. First things first though….I NEED the Garrett Leight Sunglasses above!!

What are your Spring Fashion Craves??

xo

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