Miss Renaissance


The Miss Renaissance Workshop Series // Floral DIY

Miss Renaissance X Asrai Garden Workshop


Hello Lovelies. Happy Monday! I’ve got great news for you…especially for those local here in Chicago! I’m super excited to announce the first in a series of DIY workshops I’ve been planning. Yay!! I hope to see your lovely faces at the event – it will be a blasty blast. Here are the deets:

On Sunday, November 16th, Miss Renaissance will team up with Chicago floral boutique Asrai Garden to lead you in a creative afternoon of floral wreath making. Hosted at Lovely: A Bake Shop in Wicker Park, the afternoon will begin with delicious brunch fare, seasonal baked goods, a bloody mary bar & coffee. Elizabeth Cronin – owner and creative director of Asrai Garden – will then lead the group in a step-by-step tutorial on how to craft your own personal wreath to enjoy for the coming months. Come and spend a creative and delicious Sunday afternoon with new friends!

Get your tickets here: http://wreathwithus.eventbrite.com


From the Kitchen // Nutella Truffles


My Nutella addiction is no secret. It’s serious, I’m fully committed and don’t plan to wean myself off the stuff anytime soon. So when a major Nutella craving hit the other day, I decided to bypass my usual Nutella-on-toast routine and go for the gold. These truffles are delicious! They’re decadent, crunchy and creamy at the same time, and the amount of Nutella you get in every bite is perfect. With only 5 ingredients they’re super easy to make, and trust me – they’ll make a big impact with family & friends!


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Travel Lust – Fiji Memories


You know when that travel bug hits?! It slowly creeps up on you and all of a sudden BOOM, you feel like packing your bags and heading off to far-flung places on the first plane you can catch! I’ve been looking through some past travel pictures lately, and realized I never truly downloaded & shared an epic trip to Fiji from a few years ago…so here it is! If you’re considering visiting Fiji, make sure you not only enjoy the breathtaking beaches, private islands, and stunning resorts, but get off the beaten path a little and take time to visit the locals in their villages. They’re some of the most modest, but happy and open people I’ve ever met. Smiles all around.



The beautiful rooms at Vatulele Resort.

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The only “danger” you’ll have to worry about here…


Village laundry day.

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Local women work tirelessly to create beautiful stamped “Tapa” cloth.

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Some of the sweetest kids in the world!

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A village elder preparing the traditional Kava drink to welcome us visitors (beware! If you’re not used to it, this stuff will make you sleeeepy!)


Your own little private island is just a short boat ride away!

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Weekend Inspo – Follow the Links


Guess whooooo!? Yes, it’s me! I hope you haven’t completely forgotten me. This recent “blog break” was necessary to recharge my mind & soul after my epic Australia trip, and while I’ve had a fun Summer enjoying being back here in Chicago, I’m ready to share & inspire in this space.

I thought I’d start with a little Friday “Link Love”…just a few stories, recipes & such to get you going into the weekend! Hope you enjoy.


1. Pretzels are apparently trending, and being the German food addict that I am, I couldn’t be happier. I want to try these recipes asap!!

2. Need some fun & easy DIY ideas for your next vacation or road trip? This awesome local Chicago lady has you covered with her new E-Book!

3. We all have those days when we feel nothing but negativity and jump to “worst case scenarios” automatically. Here are some solid tips and lessons on how to be the most positive person in any situation. It’s healthy for you and will inspire others around you!

4. You can take me out of Australia, but you can’t take away my continued obsession with Oz fashion! Dion Lee’s current collection is insanity!!!

5. With New York Fashion Week now in full swing, eternal legend Bill Cunningham weighs in on what the shows are really supposed to be all about.

6. I am getting that travel itch again, and this is a trip I’d absolutely LOVE to take!


Events // Azeeza SS14 Shopping Weeekend


Hello, Lovelies! It’s been a little quiet on my end I know…I’m back in Chicago after my Aussie adventure and am still getting re-acquainted to being home (and that jet-lag coming back is NO JOKE I tell ya!)

Today’s post is for my Chicago people – Spring is finally here & one of my favorite local designers is holding an amazing Spring/Summer Party and Sale next weekend, the 17th-19th.  Azeeza’s pieces are beautiful and perfect for the upcoming Seasons – you don’t want to miss the fun. I’ll be on-site to do some hands-on styling on Saturday, so come see me and bring your friends!!



Azeeza Trunk Show