Fantasy at the Opera

Opera Fantasy

Opera Fantasy

Opera House Chicago

Opera Fantasy by Miss Renaissance

Opera Fantasy by Miss Renaissance

Opera Fantasy by Miss Renaissance

Opera Fantasy by Miss Renaissance

Opera Fantasy by Miss Renaissance

What happens around 1am at the Chicago Lyric Opera House?! Well, normally not much….but the other night, a little dark & stormy fantasy played out at one of Chicago’s most beautiful landmarks.

I’ve long been a fan of Marie Antoinette as well as The Phantom of the Opera. I love the fantasy element of both and I adore playing dress-up (who doesn’t, really!?) So when I came across this beautiful Beth Bowley Gown at BHLDN, I knew my fantasy photo shoot finally had to happen! I totally improvised with my hair & makeup here, but I had long wanted to experiment with gold body paint to create an “opera length” illusion glove. What do you think? I kinda wish I could run around with an arm’s length of gold paint on a regular basis.

I hope you enjoyed getting lost in my little fantasy world for a few minutes. It doesn’t hurt to dream every now and then!

P.S.: This gown is now available for purchase (at a sweet discount) on my Vaunte page!


{Images by Seth Casteel}

Fashion to Fork {Gatsby Style}

Remember this Biz Spotlight from last year? Well, fast forward 9 months, and Elaina and I are becoming fast friends. A few weeks ago, Elaina approached me about shooting a video for her new series “Fashion to Fork” at my house & I was immediately convinced.

Little did I know that Elaina and her team would completely transform my living room, kitchen & roof deck into an amazing & magical vintage “Great Gatsby” fantasy world (my closet even made an appearance)! We had so much fun filming and prepping all day, and as you can see, we ate an amazing meal (with lots of bubbly) in true Boutique Bites style. You may even be able to spot me here & there throughout the video – I’m the blonde wearing a short, light-pink fringe dress.

Oh, and Elaina, any time you want to come over and transform my house while feeding me delicious food – feel free!

Have a wonderful weekend, Lovelies!!


Pink on Pink {C/FAN Giveaway}

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C/Fan Giveaway by Miss Renaissance

{Pink Leather Laptop Clutch (yours to win!) – C/Fan.  Dress – Isabel Marant.  Shoes – Cole Haan x Jen Brill & Olivia Kim.}

Where does your laptop live when you’re on the go? Do you haphazardly throw it into your oversized purse (guilty!)? Do you carry it in a not-so-hot “laptop bag”? Do you dare to just shlep it around without protection of any kind?!!

Whatever your current mode of computer transportation may be, you could definitely use an upgrade, right?! One of my favorite Chicago Fashion Labels – C/FAN – has recently launched this beautiful line of luxe leather laptop envelopes. They’re super soft, the colors are insanely fun & the bag can totally double as a clutch when you’re off duty.

C/FAN has been very kind and is allowing me to give one pink envelope to a lucky reader. All you have to do is follow them on Twitter here, and leave me a reply to this post telling me what your current laptop-carrying situation looks like & why you need it to change!

U.S. residents only, please. The winner will be chosen at random and announced Monday morning next week. Good Luck, Lovelies!


Looking Ahead {Madewell F/W ’13}

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I know, I know…Summer hasn’t even “officially” started and we’re already supposed to think ahead to Fall!?! As crazy as that is, I have to admit that when I came across Madewell’s Fall/Winter Lookbook I was smitten with the easy, yet structured & fresh layers that abound! Winter whites, strong patterns, leather over tweed, playful lengths – all wrapped up with an easy and casual “coolness” almost makes me want to shop for fun sweaters. Almost…


{Images via Madewell.}

Summer Style {Oh, Stop It!}

Kate Spade for Summer

{1.Floral Romper.  2.Travel Journal. 3.Earrings.  4.Flats.  5.Bottle Carrier.}

Over the weekend, I took a little online browse (while enjoying the beautiful sunny weather on the porch) through my favorite sites & found myself stuck and amazed at Kate Spade’s current goodies -sometimes she just REALLY gets it! Thought I’d share my faves with you.

How fun & easy is that short floral romper?! Paired with the purple-metallic flats, it’s a perfect outfit for a Summer picnic or an evening stroll while on vacation. Fancy it up with colorful statement earrings, and while we’re on the topic of vacations….Kate’s pink travel journal has officially gone on my wish list…along with this super cool wicker champagne carrier (this could also be a fantastic hostess gift!!)

What are your Summer faves right now?


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