Sunday, September 9, 2012

A Colorado Wedding

Recently, we both had the pleasure of taking a short trip out to Edwards, CO for the wedding of a close family friend. Just outside of Vail, the setting for the wedding couldn't have been more picturesque. With the mountains as the backdrop for the vows {literally}, and with those vows being personally written by the bride and groom, the wedding was straight out of a too-good-to-be-true romance movie. As you might imagine, we both used the wedding weekend as an excuse to break out some dresses we don't get to wear everyday, and we even dug up our cowboy duds as well! The cowboy-themed rehearsal dinner was set on a ranch in the mountains, so we were able to get in touch with our western sides {which for us meant cowboy boots and the nearest plaid shirt}. But in true to wedding fashion, we donned dreamy, girl-y dresses to the reception that were dance-floor approved!

It was a memorable, fun and adventurous {we hiked to the top of the mountain!} weekend with family and close friends in the most romantic setting imaginable - the recipe for a perfect destination wedding. 

Oh, and did we mention the bride, the decorations, the bridesmaids, the MOB {aka everything} looked stunning!

Emily - dress: Urban Outfitters; shoes: Pour la Victoire.
Caitlin - dress: BCBG; shoes: Jimmy Choo

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Birthday Weekend Wear

This past Saturday night I celebrated my entree to my late twenties :( with a small gathering of close friends at The Southern in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. The bar is perfect for a group of friends with its large outdoor patio and abundance of indoor/outdoor space. Beforehand, some of us grabbed some tacos at Big Star and headed back to my friend's new home in the neighborhood to feast. These photos were taken from her beautiful  rooftop! We ended the night with one of my favorite activities - karaoke - at a nearby bar where we "performed" Total Eclipse of the Heart {and probably not very well}. Needless to say, it was an unforgettable night!

But now onto the outfit...I sported this black maxi skirt with a simple cami and brought along a jacket since it's starting to get a bit chilly at night. Coincidentally, Em and I both wore a bubble necklace - I am sure you have seen them everywhere {and if not, check out Em's post here.}  So, apparently, we are more in sync than we think!

Advance apologies for the lack of full length photos and detail shots. This night was about the celebration!

Emily - shirt: Urban Outfitters {old}; necklace: boutique in Charleston.
My beautiful friends!
The hubs and I.
Jacket: TopShop; Cami: J.Crew; Skirt: Finders Keepers {purchased at Sarca}; Shoes: Tory Burch {old}; Necklace: J.Crew Factory
Soon-to-be birthday girl, hair looking as gorgeous as ever.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Birthday & Fall Wishlist

Since our birthdays {Caitlin - August 12th and Emily - September 10th} and Fall right are around the corner, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to share what's on our birthday/Fall wishlists. With our diverse tastes, there's bound to be a little something for everyone here. Read on and let us know what you think!

Birthday Wishlist

My birthday is still a month off, but you can never start planning too early, right? I always use my birthday as the perfect opportunity to amp up my autumn wardrobe since it falls at transition of seasons. This year, while it appears I'm after lots of black {my wardrobe tends to get less colorful during cooler weather}, I'm also gravitating towards shine, sequins and studs. No surprise there. I consider myself pretty easy to shop for since I {in my opinion} have a very distinct style. You can be sure that if you get me something with studs or intricate detailing, it'll almost always be a home run in my book. If any of you are reading this and might be buying me a gift within the next month {ahem, mom & dad}, well, I just made your task even easier. If not, I hope you simply enjoy my selections and who knows, maybe you'll find something to add to your own wish list!


Birthday & Fall Wishlist

I, like Emily, love that my birthday falls right before the change of seasons, which allows for a great excuse to add a little oomph to my wardrobe in anticipation of the change in weather. Now, my birthday may only be a couple days away, but I have been curating this list for a while now. Since my husband and I made a bet that I would refrain from shopping for the greater part of the summer {no small feat, let me tell you}, I have had to settle for voyeuristic online "window shopping," if you will. Not nearly as fun as the real thing, but definitely easier on the bank account. My picks are mostly classic with a little bit of edge. Note the beautiful navy wool coat from Zara with subtle studs on the sleeves, or the preppy yet edgy leather mini skirt. The studded leopard Valentino flats? Definitely a "wish" but aren't they gorgeous!? Hope you got some new ideas for yourself on how to spice up your fall wardrobe!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Weekend Wear - New Buffalo Grad Party

Weekends up at our family lake house up in New Buffalo, Michigan are always the perfect ending to a long week. With a beautiful spot on Lake Michigan and the charm of a small town, New Buffalo is the ultimate summer destination. Last weekend we attended a graduation party for Emily's friend, Alexis, which conveniently was held in New Buff {our abbrev-ed version}, where her family has a home as well. While we were both looking forward to a memorable night with friends and family, true to our normal fashion {pun intended?}, we couldn't have dressed more differently - although we both incorporated a dominant pattern! Oh, and we both also love having Caitlin's dog, Macy, as a photo shoot companion. That's three alike points - must be a record!

You'll notice as you scroll through the pictures that I had a bit of a wardrobe change. I was initially wearing the dress pictured below, but upon arriving at the party I realized it was a bit too windy to be sporting a flow-y dress {...I had a few too many Marilyn moments which was foreshadowed by the fact that I had to hold my dress down in almost every picture}. I quickly drove back home and changed into a pair of new, woven tribal patterned shorts that I picked up during my stay in Charleston. Not only was I relieved of my wardrobe malfunctions, I was comfier in shorts and a tee - my normal summer wear. As always, my outfit was full on color and low on fuss {well, the second one, at least}...just the way I like it. 
Dress: Roxy {old}; Shoes: Enzo Angiolini; Sunglasses: Target

Now, these pants probably look familiar, but I have only worn them once {here} and I was looking for a new way to style them. I got this sheer, beaded top last year from TopShop and it the perfect complement to balance the bold floral print. But, the best part of all was that all of the fabrics were lightweight enough to withstand the intense hot, humid summers so notorious in the midwest.
Top: TopShop {old}; Pants: Zara {no longer available}; Bandeau: American Apparel; Sandals: Rachel Zoe; Sunglasses: Chloe