Miss Renaissance

Archives: February 2012


Weekly Color Inspiration {Sunshine & Fog}


{On all fingers, except index fingers – Barielle “U Concrete Me“. On index fingers – Barielle “Lemondrops“.}

{1.Alexander Wang Sweater  2.Reed Krakoff Bag  3.Watercolor Fashion Illustration  4.Colorblock Peeptoe Pumps  5.Geometric Pillow Cases  6.Diane Von Fuerstenberg Dress}

I’ve had a recent surge of love for this fresh and graphic color combination! I usually don’t favor yellow on its own, but in combination with the grounding and calming quality of grey it feels very “now”, very architectural. I’m considering a little painting project in my house with this combo…we’ll see, we’ll see….



Pattern Play


{Jeans – AG Farrah, Blouse – Vintage Celine, Belt – J.Crew (old) similar here, Leather Jacket – Mike & Chris (old), Shoes – YSL (from Bluefly’s last big sale), Bag – Chanel (my very first Chanel purchase a bunch of years ago!), Watch – Michael Kors, Sunglasses – Chanel (old), Bracelets – Vintage, Rings – Me&Ro and Etsy.}

I totally freaked out was pleasantly surprised when I found this amazing Vintage Celine Blouse at last month’s Randolph Street Antique Market! It’s the perfect combination of fun & sophistication and I LOVE the bright floral pattern. I built this outfit around the blouse and the uniquely colorful background (it’s one of my favorite Chicago Pizza Joints) made the shoot even more playful.



Weekend Rewind {Via Instagram}


Hello, Lovelies! I hope your weekend was fun-filled, relaxing, and productive (or lazy, if that’s more your speed.)

I had an action-packed weekend…lots of fun events & good times with friends! Below are a few tidbits via my current Instagram Addiction.


{My friend Rada and I began our weekend a bit early with a fun Mad-Men Themed Cocktail event sponsored by Chicago’s Thursday Therapy.}

{MODA Chicago hosted their amazing annual Fashion Show at Union Station on Friday.}

{Chicago’s Union Station at Night…}

{On Saturday, West Elm teamed up with some great local Etsy sellers to create the “We Heart Handmade” Bazaar.}

{Super fun Cards & Posters by Chicago’s Steel Petal Press.}

{My favorite local Etsy Seller – Silly Buddy – makes these hilarious doggie Collar/Bowtie hybrids! I got a colorful one for my dog Fritz…as you can see, he’s the perfect model.}

{A little Saturday afternoon flower shopping at one of my favorite florists – A New Leaf – Peonies are the best!!}

{Saturday night was a very special evening. The annual “For The Love of Chocolate Gala” (hosted by The French Pastry School – my Alma) was an incredible event! Hundreds of black tie clad guests sipped bubbly, indulged in endless dessert options, danced, and mingled. Here I am with Gina and Christen…two of my chicas from Lovely Bakeshop.}

{Lovely Bakeshop’s chocolate-dipped & gold-dusted coconut Macaroons were an absolute hit.}

{Master Chef Rick Bayless was in attendance. Here he is explaining his dessert course.}

{Chef Bayless’ decadent dessert…Oaxacan Chocolate Cake, served with a sweet rendition of Tamale, Avocado Cream, and a Spicy Chili-Chocolate Glaze.}


It’s Biscotti Time {Nom Nom}


Ahhhh….Biscotti (insert totally butchered beautiful Italian accent here)! Crunchy, delicious Italian baked goodness!! I don’t think there’s a better afternoon pick-me-up than a nice cup of coffee with the perfect Biscotti to dip into said coffee. It may come as a surprise to you that baking your own Biscotti from scratch isn’t as hard as it may seem. It IS a bit time consuming, due to the twice-baked nature of the beast (Bi-scotti = Twice-baked in Italian), but I think it’s totally worth it. Below is a little show and tell of my latest Biscotti baking & girly decorating adventure. Find the recipe Here. Enjoy!

{I find that getting all of your ingredients measured out and ready in the beginning, makes baking a lot more efficient!}

{Here they are…baked twice (with a nice cooling time between) and ready to be dipped in white chocolate. The chocolate bowl on the left was dyed pink with a bit of All-Natural red food coloring from India Tree.}

{Dipping in action…}

{It’s nom nom/dip dip time! I realize that I mayyyy have gone a little overboard with the pink & sprinkles…}

{I like my Biscotti a little on the wider/oval side. If you prefer yours more elongated and flat, just make sure you shape your dough log wide and flat before baking it!}

{Up close & personal.}

For those of you who love to get your Biscotti Fix, but don’t have the time or just aren’t into baking at home, I have the perfect Packaged Biscotti suggestion: Nonnie’s Biscotti! They are traditionally Italian-baked, crunchy perfection and come in a bunch of delicious flavors. I’m totally addicted to their Caramel Milk Chocolate Biscotti Bites….they’re mini bites of creamy caramel sweetness (for the record – no, I’m not paid by Nonnies…I really just love their products.)

Here are some Nonnies in action at my house:

Ok, I’m off to get a snack! I hope you have a wonderful weekend. See you back here on Monday, Lovelies!


{All Photos by Miss Renaissance.}


Weekly Color Inspiration {Hot Pink & Gold}


{On all fingers, except index fingers – Essie Fruit Sangria, On index fingers – Deborah Lippmann Nefertiti.}

This week’s manicure just screams fun, doesn’t it?! I was in the mood for fun, so I just went with it. Gold & Hot Pink is a favorite of mine (right up there with Black & Gold and Teal & Gold.) I’m sure it’s more than clear by now that I love all things Gold….I might need to start branching out into some different metallics. Speaking of, has anyone seen or heard of a true ROSE-Gold nail color yet?!?