Month: April 2013

i wore: a texas tuxedo

i’m starting to realize i dress one of two ways – pattern mixing or monochromatic. decided to go denim on denim today – super easy, super classic; aka a texas tuxedo.         origins of the outfit: shoes – stuart weitzman; jean – paige; shirt – j crew factory; arm stack – alex

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i wore: a puff & yellow pops

headed to a casual weekend brunch. earlier in the day it was cool enough for a puff vest….which is insane in april.












origins of the outfit: vest – gap; sweater – vince (off 5th); belt – badgley mischka (off 5th); jeans – madewell boyfriend cut; flats – madewell (on  sale now!); arm stack – hermes, alex & ani; hermes


just sayin’: green wedding shoes

our cute little engagement session was featured on green wedding shoes!  it’s one of my favorite wedding blogs, so we were beyond flattered when our photographers said they were selecting us for a feature.

e session green wedding


here’s a pic of us in our wardrobe change. i got this dress from one of my favorite vintage stores in austin, tx – feathers. i had it altered, but could never figure out where to wear it – boom, engagement pictures.

we went with a white, black, and red theme , so it was perfect!


Amanda & Ben 577


Amanda & Ben 555


i wore: restyled for spring

one of my fav dresses right now – it’s a fab option for pattern mixing.

i went without tights & added a belt, a brighter armstack, and a paisley spring’ish shirt.





new pastel bracelets for arm stacking – i have a major addiction to the h clic clac, which must stop….soon. i balanced it out with a super affordable teal bracelet from – they are still giving friends of unicornstylings a deal!

enter UNICORN for $5 off a $10 + purchase.




originsof the outfit: dress – madewell; shirt – j crew; belt – ferragamo; armstack – hermes, vintage, 2 hello beautiful; shoes – dsw


i wore: emerald

finally wore my ‘color of the season’ jacket – because it’s still cold here!









origins of the outfit: jacket – bcbg; top – nordstrom bp section; jeans – j brand; shoes – zara; belt – club monaco; neckstack – dkny & vintage


i wore: riding style

ok, it’s not like i have on riding boots – but with the horses, the pants + belt, and bracelet…maybe a little?







origins of the outfit: shoes – saks off 5th; pants – j crew (on sale); shirt – madewell; jacket -whistles; arm stack – j crew, j crew, to: hello beautiful 


i shopped: the sales + extra off

it’s hard to buy for spring when it is still cold in chicago, but sales + some extra off is all i needed to get me in the mood. i did a little pre-la and in la shopping.

madewell: get extra 20% off with EXTRA20



i love those shoes! they became my travel shoes last summer – and why wouldn’t i need another animal print for my feet?

origins of the items: shorts; sweater; shoes (skimmers)


j crew


origins of the items: jeans; dot pants, shirt, bracelets


rose bowl flea market, la

new vintage finds! i love, love, love the bamboo looking one – very gucci…but $8.



maybe no more shopping for a bit?


i wore: shorts + tights

finally back from a long (fun) weekend in la!

remember how i gave myself a list of things to wear? one was tights and shorts:






origins of the outfit: shorts – f21; furry sweater – top shop; shirt – j crew; tights – american apparel; shoes – b makowsky; double stack ring – abc carpet and home (nyc).



i shopped: wedding accessories

ok, the shoes, the shoes, the shoes. i’m obsessed with finding the perfect bridal, but not so bridal shoe. i’ve been through three pairs so far; the printed silk nicholas kirkwood pumps was my biggest heartbreak.

a week or so ago, my gal pal and i went to the luxury garage sale party – a fab place to visit if you live in chicago, or online otherwise!  well, what did i spy with my little designer eye…a pair of new, in the box jimmy choo’s (in my size).

now, discounted they were, but they were still a pretty penny. after wearing them around the store and almost letting them go – i knew it was fate when the song we are planning to dance to started playing at the register – i know, right?! how could i not. here they are in all their glory!




snotty, i know, but i love the ring of , “and the bride wore jimmy choooooos”!

also, have you hit the jcrew sale? may i present my wrist bling for the wedding:




find it here.

i decorated: the nursery, in review

been busy with travel for work, but as promised here’s the back story on the nursery. everything was basically sourced from my go-to’s: home goods, target, ikea, and joann’s fabric. story-time nook: they had the chair and to save money we dressed it up with two graphic pillows from target the garden stool – a

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