Happy Fall!

September 24, 2011 Leave a comment

The leaves have already started to turn colors here in Chicago, and there is a crispness to the air that can only mean one thing: Autumn is here.
Although it’s been sneaking up on us over the past few weeks, September 23 marked the first official day of Fall, and I am loving it!

Fall 2011/Essie

 autumn ivy

pumpkin spice latte/Starbucks

fall fashion

sweater weather

It's HERE!!


What exactly is a “special” occasion, anyway?

September 23, 2011 Leave a comment

What makes something a “special” occasion? A birthday, wedding, anniversary, new job… sure, these are all some pretty typical answers. But how about just an impromptu Tuesday night bbq with good friends and family?

Allow me to back up a bit. A few months ago, my mom and I attended a huge wine sale/tasting with endless amounts of free wine. After a few hours, we ended up leaving with a hand-picked case of wine and champagne that we had especially enjoyed during the tasting.

Over the last few months, we’ve drank all the wine with the exception of one bottle. A 2006 Syrah from South Africa. A guy at the wine tasting recommended that we let it mature ten years before we open it. Wait ten years in this house to open a bottle of wine? Yeah, right. But we both decided that we would at least save it for yep, you guessed it, a “special occasion.”

Return to (somewhat) present day. It’s Tuesday night and I find myself surrounded with my family and two pretty spectacular friends. We’re drinking wine, sharing stories, and laughing ’til our bellies hurt. Before we know it, we’re out of wine. Well, almost….. there’s still that one bottle. My mom and I both look at each other and say screw it, THIS is a special occasion…this is what it’s all about.

Impromptu nights with great company make for the best memories, and the most special of occasions. You better believe we opened that bottle of wine and it tasted delicious…I think. I don’t actually really remember. All I really know is that it was a great night with great company.
Here’s to good wine, good friends, and “special” occasions!

Mix Morning Mindbender

September 20, 2011 2 comments

Yesterday, I left out a very crucial part of my daily ritual that helps keep me going….

The best morning radio show....EVER.

Yup, Eric & Kathy on 101.9 the Mix. It’s only the single best morning radio show ever. They keep me company every single morning on my way to work. And every single morning, they do this thing called the “Mix Morning Mindbender.” They ask a question, we give the answer. This morning, the question was:

A new study finds that those who get out of bed by this time, on average, do better in the workplace and have a lower chance of being depressed, stressed, or overweight.

And the answer is……

6:58 am!

Starting tomorrow, I am going to (attempt) to try this out. Usually, I don’t roll out of bed until 7:15ish. Shower. Throw together an outfit. And I’m out the door by 8:05. I eat breakfast and do my makeup (very carefully) in the car (only when I’m at a red light) on my way to work.
Because I will be waking up 15 minutes earlier tomorrow morning, I best be getting to bed. Check back on Friday to see how well I fared, and if I am feeling any less stressed! Predictions, anyone??

What keeps me going. And going, and going…

September 19, 2011 Leave a comment

I’m exhausted. I worked all weekend and will be back at it before I know it. Not much of an exciting post today, but I hadn’t posted in a few days and I felt bad for neglecting my blog. I’m dedicating this post to the things that will get me through the week:

my drug of choice.

red red wine, you make me feel so fine.

"L'eggo my eggo!" Typical breakfast on the go.

Fall TV returns this week. "Two and a Half Men," "Modern Family," "Grey's Anatomy"... most of my favorites are back (I'm still mourning the cancellation of "Brothers & Sisters" and "The Chicago Code," but I'll live). I'm looking forward to a new season of laughter & drama!

I've still got this little munchkin keeping me company at home for the next three days 🙂

Knowing that I have these shoes waiting for me at home also will somehow make my days a little bit easier to get through 🙂 They retailed for $245, and I found them in black over the weekend at the Rack for only $35. Yep, that's 85% off. I was left with no choice... it's simply impossible for me to pass on such an incredible LAMB sale.

Have a great week, everyone!

Hate to break it to you, Monday, but it's true!

Missoni Madness

September 14, 2011 1 comment

Legendary Italian fashion house Missoni brought their eclectic and colorful patterns to Target today in the form of sweaters, scarves, totes, shoes, and pillows, just to name a few pieces. The entire 400-item Missoni for Target collection, the chain’s biggest limited-designer collection to date, was intended to be featured at 1,762 Target stores in the U.S. and online from September 13  through Oct. 22.

Turns out, shoppers today were met with what Target is calling “unprecedented” demand. By the time I hit up my local Target store on my lunch hour today, I was shocked to learn that the entire line was gone already. Yes, gone. Sold out. Snatched up by eager shoppers that waited in line outside before the store even opened at 8 am.

“There might be a few shoes left, if you’re lucky,” I heard an employee tell some other ladies. Naturally, I bee-lined to the shoe department to find this cute little pair of shoes sitting alone on the shelf…and they just happened to be my size 🙂

As I walked around the store with my precious Missoni find safely under my arm, I watched as fellow shoppers aimlessly wandered around with their jaws open, chatting on their phones in disbelief that the entire line was already sold out. Employees compared it to Black Friday. Even the website crashed: “Woof! We are suddenly extremely popular. You may not be able to access our site momentarily due to unusually high traffic. Please stay here and we’ll try to get you in as soon as we can!” the site said all day.

Although I’m disappointed I wasn’t able to get some most of the items on my Missoni wish list, I feel lucky to have at least scored my suede shoes and this cute little cereal bowl:

Items have naturally already hit eBay… I’m going to attempt to resist the urge to buy anything else, although I was really hoping to score a Missoni candle, scarf, makeup bag, and throw. Check out my Missoni wish list below:

//wish list//

So…what do you think of the Missoni for Target collection? Was it worth all the madness? Were you able to get your hands on any Missoni today? 

>>1-2, 3-4

L.A.M.B. Spring 2012

September 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Well folks, here they are…. some of my favorite looks from today’s L.A.M.B. show in NYC. I know you’ve all been anxiously awaiting to see what Gwen came up with for her spring 2012 collection…. or maybe that was just me? Yeah, that sounds more like it. Indulge me and enjoy my review of the show 🙂
Although Gwen was not there, the collection did not disappoint. WWD tweeted that it was “a logistical nightmare trying to get into the L.A.M.B. presentation. Lots of lines forming every which way,” and this is how USA Today Style described the incredible atmosphere: “L.A.M.B. presentation is like going to the club: long line, thumping music, hot girls, getting stepped on, “bouncers” and crazy dark.” One day, I will be there to experience this first-hand, just you wait and see….
Reviews have been fantastic so far and I can totally see why:

love that the show was dedicated to NYC today.

I want this black and white sweater so.freaking.bad.
and the yellow & white bucket bag!

and I love this tank….

and pretty much this entire outfit.

bright blue shoes? yes, please.

adorable dress!

there are those shoes again!

cute skirt.

cute outfit.

digging the chevron dress

OK, can we please just talk about those cerulean blue buckled platforms? No idea where I would wear them, but I’ve got about 8 months to figure it out. I also want those cute strappy black wedges. Gimme gimme.
As far as the clothes go, I am totally in love with all the black & white graphic patterns mixed with the bursts of bright colors. Gwen calls her inspiration for these two themes the “rat pack group” and “high voltage.” Oh yeah, and “Maharaja – an Indian inspiration – loosely weaves in and out.”
I think the models looked absolutely  gorgeous with their smokey eyes and high buns with the dark extensions woven throughout; they’ve been described as “Nubian warriors.” Love it and I love the entire collection. Guess this means I gotta hit the treadmill and start savin’ the dollars! I’m not sure I am going to be able to wait until this stuff hits the Rack!!

Which outfits are your favorites??


“Rat Pack going to India on the Soul Train”

September 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week kicked off on Friday and tomorrow, the ever-fabulous L.A.M.B. runway show is taking place tomorrow at 2:30 pm. From the bits of info that’s been leaked, the look for Spring 2012 looks and sounds amazing, and I can’t wait to see what else she has in store for us! I would kill to go to the show (maybe someday!), although rumor has it that Gwen will actually not even be in attendance herself… something about staying in LA to work on a new No Doubt album or something… 😉

This is what we know about the show so far:

Can’t wait to see pics from the runway!!! Happy Fashion Weekend, everyone!