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Getting Crafty {For a Cause}

Crafting for a Cause

{Crafting in full effect – painting tote bags.}

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{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.}

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

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{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!



One Skirt, Two Ways {Part 2}

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{Skirt – Milly (sold out, but check out this one), Blouse – J.Crew, Jacket – Smythe (old), Boots – Alaia (snatched up at 50% off via Luxury Garage Sale), Gloves – J.Crew, Sunglasses – Celine, Tights – Ann Taylor.}

Last week’s rendition of this skirt was a more mild-weather appropriate option (for those of you who are lucky enough to live in warm climates, I so envy you right now!) For the rest of us, Winter has arrived and we need a few extra layers to make it through the next months. Soooo, here’s my cold-weather option for this skirt. The dotted tights and mixed patterns keep it interesting & fresh. I’ll just throw a mid-length coat on top (and maybe a set of ear muffs for extra cold days) and I’m ready to head out for a fun Winter evening!



Napa Memories

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{Beautiful Bodega Bay…the amazing wildflowers with the Pacific Ocean in the background.}

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{My favorite Winery visit on the trip – Silverado Vineyards.}

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{Dress – Dolce Vita, Shoes – Prada (via Luxury Garage Sale), Bag- Chanel (vintage), Sunglasses – Rebecca Minkoff.}

I am still dreaming about our recent Family Vacation in California Wine Country. The weather was perfect, the wine was plentiful and delicious, and the scenery was breathtaking! This Lace Dress by Dolce Vita is an absolute Summer Staple for me! It’s light, comfortable & breezy while still looking refined and elegant when I dress it up with heels.

I hope you all have a beautiful 4th of July tomorrow! I’ll see you back here on Thursday.



Launching {Party Time}


Hello, Lovelies! I hope your weekend was amazing! For those of you living in Chicago – how CRAZY has this weather been?!? 80 degrees in March…completely insane, right!? I’m not sure if I need to be worried (ya know, Global Warming and all…) or just giddy & happy…

Anyhoo…remember how I mentioned a “Special Party” I attended last week? I finally finished editing all of the Party Pictures over the weekend. I hosted a little Miss Renaissance Launch/Charity Event at The Violet Hour last Wednesday. We mingled, ate delicious apps and fantastic desserts, sipped on bespoke cocktails (The Violet Hour makes some of the best in the city), listened to fun tunes by Brown Eyed Style, and shopped some of Luxury Garage Sale’s fabulous treasures. Part of the proceeds, along with the guests’ generous donations, went straight to Chicago’s Chapter of Bottomless Closet – they’re a fantastic charity supporting & empowering women nationwide – check them out some time! Thank you so much to everyone who attended, and a special thanks to Lisa Ostrenga of LM Event Design for being the most fabulous & lovely event planner of all time!


{The setup – lovely details and fun gift boxes for the guests.}

{Two of my favorite Chicago Ladies – Lindsay & Brielle of Luxury Garage Sale brought beautiful vintage accessories for sale.}

{Two super rad fellow Chicago Blogesses – Nikia of Chitown Fashionista and Jessica of Bows and Sequins.}

{The Violet Hour doing what it does best – serving up delicious old fashioned cocktails.}

{Friends new & old…among them the lovely Lauren and Alida from MODA and Philip Chang from Carbon PR.}

{Getting fancy-pants with some cocktail photography.}

{How adorable are these two?! Chelsea from the Chicago Blogger Network and her Beau.}

{Having some fun with the giant & frilly (is that a word?!) balloons from Geronimo Balloons….and trying on some sweet Faux Fur via Luxury Garage.}

{Team Hill & Knowlton has arrived! Lovely Ladies!!}

{One of my bestest friends in the world – & the hottest young mom and wedding photog I know – Rada.}

{Delicious baked treats courtesy of Lovely Bakshop. Nom nom!!}

{How rad are these ladies’ outfits…love that skirt!}

{Luxury Garage Sale mingling with the ladies of SARCA – one of the most glam boutiques in town.}

{Another dearest friend joins the fun – thank you for all of your support Gina (she’s kind of a big deal ya’ll – owner of both Lovely Bakeshop & Bakin & Eggs – best desserts and brunch in town!}

{The Lovely Bakeshop Crew – and a few others, Photographer Seth Casteel of Little Friends Photo among them. If you’ve come across some of the amazing underwater dog photographs that have been exploding on the web lately, he’s the man behind them!}


Major Love {LGS}


Today, I want to give some Love to one of my absolute favorite companies – Luxury Garage Sale. Brielle & Lindsay, the masterminds behind this fantastic Upscale Consignment business, were kind enough to interview me for their blog last week! If you, or anyone you know, has vintage/gently used designer goods to pass on, look no further than Luxury Garage. Their professional team will pick up your goods, agree on a sale price, and get you the money your once-loved goodies deserve. If you live outside of Chicago, don’t fret! Luxury Garage will arrange easy shipping from your house.


{Click Here for my full interview with LGS.}