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Archives: February 2013


Fashion Week Fave {Sass & Bide}

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“Fashion Month” is in its final throws in Paris as we speak. When I wasn’t traveling into the depths of Africa, I was quietly watching this Season’s shows from the comfort of my computer screen – and I can confidently say that Australian label Sass & Bide’s show during London Fashion Week is my absolute favorite!!

It’s no secret that I’m generally obsessed with Australian fashion…but come on – how amazing are these looks??! The clean lines, amazing fabrics, metallic weaving & embroidery and the unexpected pops of a fresh yellow are just so modern and luxe. The silhuettes are mostly relaxed yet feminine, and above all, they convey a feeling of freedom and ease – which is such a quintessential and beautiful thing about Australian Fashion. Founders & designers Sarah- Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton have created another incredible collection that I can’t wait to get my hands on!

Watch the Runway Video Here:


{Images via Marieclaire.co.uk, Video via Youtube.}


Weekly Color Inspiration {Emerald Glitz}

Emerald Glitz Manicure by Astrowifey

{Bottom layer on all fingers – Ginger & Liz New Money. Top layer on all fingers – China Glaze Watermelon Rind. Silver metallic nail tape on all fingers here.}

Emerald – deep, dark, full of mystery. It’s not only Pantone’s official color of 2013, it’s also a sexy shade of green that I have used way too little of in my life. After several weeks of traveling, I finally reunited with nail artist extraordinaire Astrowifey the other day. I told her about the lack of Emerald in my life & within half an hour she had created this beautiful manicure. Her use of metallic nail tape makes the look a little more special & edgy. I’m already scheming my next Astrowifey visit…are there any cool nail/mani designs you’ve been dying to see or try out?



Currently Simmering {Kale & White Bean Soup}

Kale & White Bean Soup by Miss Renaissance Kale & White Bean Soup by Miss Renaissance Kale & White Bean Soup by Miss Renaissance

Do you ever feel like nothing will satisfy you like a big bowl of steaming hot soup on a particularly cold day? I’m sure we all know the feeling….I definitely do (when is Spring finally coming, Chicago!?)

On those days, I usually gravitate toward meat & noodle laden soups such as Ramen. To keep things a little lighter & healthier this weekend, I decided to make a meat-less (you can make this recipe 100% vegetarian if you use vegetable broth) but still surprisingly satisfying soup including Kale – one of the amazing superfoods out there.

It’s really easy to make & will keep for a whole week in the fridge! Find the recipe here (I cut the recipe in half for a smaller pot of soup.)


{All images by Miss Renaissance.}


Oh, Oscar {My top 5}

Oscars 2013 Halle Berry

{Halle Berry’s amazing Versace gown was my absolute favorite of the night! Her hair on the other hand…questionable.}

Oscars 2013 Jennifer Aniston

{Jennifer Aniston often chooses Valentino Haute Couture, and she totally nailed it with this beautiful red gown!}

Oscars 2013 Stacy Keibler

{Stacy Keibler looks like a perfect statue in her intricate Naeem Khan stunner! Look at those arms!!}

Oscars 2013 Charlize Theron

{Charlize Theron, one of my favorite actresses, looks feminine & clean in her Dior Peplum Haute Couture. Simple does it!!}Jane Fonda Oscars 2013

{Are you with me or not? I think this gorgeously yellow Atelier Versace dress is super flattering, fun & age-appropriate on Jane Fonda.}

Happy Monday, Lovelies! How was your weekend? And most importantly, did you catch part (or all) of the Oscar’s last night??

I know, I know, the actual awards show can sometimes seem to drag a bit (as we wait in anticipation for the truly important Best Picture award to be announced), but the Red Carpet Fashion is always fun to watch! Above are my 5 favorite looks of the night. I would gladly wear any of these stunning dresses…but Halle Berry’s incredible Versace number took my breath away! It was structured (which I love in a gown) without being stuffy, and the use of metallics made the look so sleek and Art Deco while still being “now” and a little sexy.

Who wore your favorite looks of the night?


{All images via Style.com}


Getting Crafty {For a Cause}

Crafting for a Cause

{Crafting in full effect – painting tote bags.}

Crafting for a Cause

{My personal idea of DIY heaven – sparkly rhinestones galore – all graciously donated by Jo-Ann Fabrics.}

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{Champagne was flowing all night – thanks to Moet.}

Crafting for a Cause

{Being silly with my lovely co-host Graham of Glossed & Found.}

Crafting for a Cause

{Baked provided delicious sweets snacks – I couldn’t keep my hands off the Strawberry-St. Germain Macarons!}

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{The evening’s Host Committee (from left): Emma, Dana, Azeeza, Lindsay, Yours Truly & Graham.}

Wednesday night was truly special – in that awesome “I’m back in the country, ready to party & DIY my ass off” kind of way. I co-hosted a great event with Glossed & Found at the beautiful Luxury Garage Sale space with some of my favorite people. “Crafting for a Cause” was a full-blown DIY-A-Pallooza!! So many of Chicago’s most creative & crafty came by to sip champagne, chat & have a blast creating one-of-a-kind bedazzled tote bags, T-shirts & tanks.

Through donations from our party-goers, we raised a nice amount of money for Prescription Wellbeing – a local charity that provides Beauty & Spa Services to women living with cancer. How amazing is that?!

Thank you to everyone that joined us – we’ll do it again soon.

Have a great weekend!