Color Inspiration {Little Miss Sunshine}

Miss renaissance Color Inspiration Manicure

{On all fingers, except index fingers – Deborah Lippmann Yellow Brick Road, On index fingers – Butter London West End Wonderland.}

Ahhh…the weekend is here, Lovelies! What better way to bring on the sunshine for the next few days than a “Little Miss Sunshine” style manicure!? The fun & bright combo of yellow and gold glitter just screams fun in the sun. Throw on a white bikini with it and you’re ready to glow! Have a fantastic weekend and I’ll see you back here next week.


It’s Road Trip Time!

Miss Renaissance Road Trip

{Skirt – Club Monaco, T-Shirt – Club Monaco, Silk Scarf – J.Crew, Sunglasses – Rebecca Minkoff, Necklace – BaubleBar, White Bracelet – Danielle Stevens , Black Bracelet – BaubleBar, Gold Bracelet – J.Crew, Bag – Rebecca Minkoff, Sandals – ASOS, Polaroid Camera – Target.}

What are your plans for the Pre-4th-of-July Weekend?? A little BBQ? A little cocktailing al fresco? How about a Road Trip in a dream convertible?! Yeah, sounds amazing, doesn’t it…scarf-wrapped hair blowing in the warm breeze, nothing but open road in front of you. Sigh…above is a patriotically-inspired outfit I’d rock on such an adventure – it’s comfortable and breezy, yet fun and refined enough to work for wine tasting or an impromptu dinner stop.


It’s DIY Time!

{Pick up a basic mat and spray it with your desired base color – I chose a rosegold-metallic spray paint base.}

Miss Renaissance DIY Doormat

{Next, use sturdy painters’ tape to crate your shapes/design.}

Miss Renaissance DIY

{Here’s where the fun really starts….use your favorite colors to fill in your taped design! I used regular latex-based wall color for this, but spray paint would also work.}

Miss Renaissance DIY Doormat

{After a bit of drying time, gently remove the tape and VOILA! This baby is ready for use.}

Miss renaissance DIY

{Isn’t she a cutie?!}

Here’s a simple & fun DIY project for your weekend or your next day off! You can keep it geometric and simple like I did, or you can get crazy with initials or an ombre pattern. Have fun!! I’d love to see what you come up with.


Currently Lunching at {GEB}

Miss renaissance Graham Elliot Bistro

Miss renaissance GEB Shrimp

Miss renaissance GEB Burger

Miss Renaissance GEB Beignets

I’ve been a big fan of Graham Elliot’s restaurants for years! His original, namesake resto has been wowing food-lovers since 2008, and when he opened his casual “Grahamwich” sammy shop, my love truly deepened (you’ve GOT to try the grilled cheese sandwich – it’s amazing!) Last month, he opened yet another delicious food-mecca – Graham Elliot Bistro (G.E.B. for short) in the oh-so-foodie-centric West Loop. I finally got around to having lunch on the patio – located in a cozy courtyard in the back of the building. As usual, the decor was engaging and fun (check out the rocker-vinyl menus), and the food was beautiful and right on point with fresh, seasonal ingredients. The pictures tell all – it’s a MUST try (the chicken was one of the best lunch entrees I’ve ever had!) – I almost ordered another helping of the heavenly gianduja beignets…I’ve been dreaming about them ever since! I’ve heard that their brunch is fantastic…maybe I’ll see you there soon on a sunny weekend?


{All Photos by Miss Renaissance.}

Nautical Inspiration

{Leather Top – Kelly Bergin (last Season), Skirt – (old, but check out this one), Shoes – Pixie Market (unfortunately since sold out), Bag – Chanel (found on 1st Dibs), Necklace – Vintage, Earrings – Vintage, Sunglasses –Prada, Bracelets – Marc by Marc Jacobs, Anthropologie, Winifred Grace.}

Happy Monday! Wow – how has this weekend flown by so darn fast!!? I’ve had a great week/weekend in California…exploring Wine Country & eating my way through San Francisco (I must have gained 5 pounds from all of the Ice Cream alone!) ┬áThe weather was sunny and beautiful – I couldn’t have asked for more.

The above pictures were taken by my fellow Blogger friend Alison back in Chicago. The outfit was (loosely, very loosely…) inspired by the nautical wall mural – can you tell that it’s a giant whale? The mix of fabrics and patterns feels fun for Summer and I couldn’t resist giving my new Vintage Chanel handbag a little camera time – what an amazing Birthday gift from my parents! The leather top is one of my favorite new pieces as well – it’s comfortable, the leather is super soft and supple, and it will look polished with white jeans on cooler Summer nights and skinny black pants in Winter.


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