White Washed

Inspiration for the new week!

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Who says you can’t wear white past Labor Day? I say September is a great time to rock your white jeans as a transitional piece, while the temps begin to get cool enough to wear denim but summer lingers enough to warrant a neutral shade.  

For a recent Saturday afternoon of errands I decided to break the sartorial rules and give my white jeans another day.  Paired with a blue ombré tunic and metallic slides, this outfit is the perfect hybrid of summer and fall.  Soon enough we’ll be wearing boots, sweaters and parkas, so we might as well wear the white denim while we can!

Fashion note: I’m wearing a tunic and jeans by Gap, J. Crew slides and a Forever 21 bag.

WEEKLY WRAP UP/WEEKEND COUNTDOWN

What got me through the week and what I’m looking forward to this weekend!

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Enjoying the last of warm days on the lake

It’s officially autumn and while I’ve been enjoying the rest of the warm temps, I’m looking forward to embracing the start of the season by diving into some pumpkin dishes and scratching off some tasks from my wedding to-do list.  I hope you have a great first fall weekend!

  • Eight Days A WeekI was lucky enough to have this Ron Howard documentary on the Beatles’ touring years playing at my favorite local theater.  The interviews and unseen footage make it a must see.
    BHLDN– I’ve been loving all things BHLDN for wedding inspiration.
    Eataly– I love cheese more than most people and the selection at Eataly never disappoints.  Check out their online selection and don’t forget to order a bottle of wine to pair with it!
    Crate & Barrel Registry– My fiance and I recently registered at Crate & Barrel for our wedding.  While I’ve always been a fan of C&B, I love this store even more after their private registry that’s full of tips and perks and actually makes registering fun.  If you’re engaged or know someone who is, I highly recommend C&B.

No Joke Artichoke Dip

Delicious recipes for the curious cook!

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I love artichokes in pretty much any form- roasted, grilled, marinated with pasta- but the way I like them most are baked into a cheesey dip mixed with spinach.  This version from “Cravings” does not disappoint.  This spin features shredded chicken but if you’re short on time, like I was when I made it, skip that step and just focus on the main ingredients.  It won’t disappoint!

It’s just the thing you need to brighten up your Tuesday.  Get cooking!

I ❤️ NY

Inspiration for the new week!

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Showing love for my favorite city, while reluctantly repping a different city’s hat

When it comes to cities, New York is my first love.  Although I currently live in Chicago, I grew up about 50 miles from NY and spent much of my childhood going back and forth to the city.  I love the hustle, the food, the clothes, the attitude and the overall feeling of accomplishment one gets when walking the streets of Manhattan.  As the song goes, “if you can make it there, you’ll make it anywhere.”  

In addition to the NY faves listed above, I also love cultural depictions of the city.  My love for film runs deep and naturally, a lot of my favorite films happen to take place in New York.  Here’s a look at some of my all time favorites:

  1. Annie Hall
  2. When Harry Met Sally
  3. Ghostbusters (1 and 2)
  4. Breakfast At Tiffany’s
  5. Newsies
  6. Brooklyn
  7. Sex and the City ( I had to!)
  8. West Side Story
  9. Guys and Dolls
  10. Miracle on 34th Street

WEEKLY WRAP UP/WEEKEND COUNTDOWN

What got me through the week and what I’m looking forward to this weekend!

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The perks of wedding planning

Summer has come to an unofficial end and while I’m sad to see it go, I’m looking forward to all that autumn brings! This weekend I’m looking forward to enjoying a few more outdoor activities while it’s still warm and thankful for the things that made this short week go by even faster.  Enjoy your weekend!

Starbucks Reserve: after a recent trip to the Starbucks headquarters in Seattle (#jobperks), I got into the Starbucks Reserve label.  I first had some after being granted a tour at the roastery in Seattle, where they manufacture some of the Reserve label products.  It’s definitely pricier than your average coffee, but the quality is obvious and worth it.  

The Woman in Cabin 10: You’ve heard me share my feelings about “In A Dark, Dark Wood” and this book is by the same author.  Just as mysterious but in a totally different and original setting, it’s a page turner that kept me captivated on a recent flight.

The Knot: The ultimate online resource for wedding planning.  It’s inevitable that planning a wedding can become stressful, but this website helps with the process.  It offers everything from suggestions specific to your wedding location, vendor reviews and recommendations and an online budgeting tool.  Plus, you often get the added bonus of fun perks like a recent cocktail party my fiance and I attended in Chicago.

Chili: September means football and that means an excuse to start making chili.  I love experimenting with different chili recipes, especially healthier version.  I’m eager to try this one from “Eating Well” magazine, which uses sweet potatoes.  Time to break out the crockpot!

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Roasted Chickpea Salad

Delicious recipes for the curious cook!

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Chickpeas are one of my favorite ways to add bite to a meal.  They’re nutritious and tasty and there are so many ways to incorporate them into a meal.  One thing I had never done was roast them, but after I found this recipe from Rachael Ray, I knew I had to try it.  Roasting the chickpeas gave this salad an extra bit while still keeping it light.  Throw some avocado on top like I did and you have a complete meal!

This is the perfect meal after an indulgent long weekend.  Enjoy!