August 16, 2018

10x10 challenge

A few weeks ago, my coworker and I decided to shake things up and do Style Bee's 10x10 Challenge.  You can read all the intricate details on Lee's blog, but the main criteria is that you choose 10 items to make 10 outfits that you then wear over 10 days.  We chose to do it over 10 work days meaning the challenge was on hold on the weekends, but you can do 10 days straight as well.  Below are my 10 pieces, the ways I styled them and my thoughts on the challenge!


1. Everlane pants
2. Lularoe dress
3. Dolce Vida sandals
4. SheIn top 
**swapped out for ASOS dress
5. J.Crew Factory dress
6. Vince Camuto shoes
7. J.Crew shell
8. Betabrand leggings
9. JOA skirt
10. J.Crew Oxford


--I loved the challenge of making 10 outfits out of 10 pieces.  It's a good creative exercise!  This will be great for travel where space is limited.
--I didn't love wearing the outfits 10 days in a row.  I would have rather intermixed them in with non-challenge outfits.
--I willingly chose pieces with stripes and patterns even though Lee recommends more neutral pieces.  I realize now that the bold patterns make it more obvious that you're wearing the same things over and over again, which I didn't like.
--It was so nice having 10 days of outfits picked out!  It definitely made my morning routine easier.

So what do you think?  Are you up for the challenge??

xo, Annelise

August 14, 2018

stripes and frills

[ Dress: SheIn c/o | Sandals: Missguided | Bag: Zara (also love this one) | Belt: ASOS | Sunglasses: Zaful | Lips: Clinique 'Petal Pink' ]

There's nothing quite like a breezy linen dress to beat the summer heat.  Add in some bold pastel stripes mixed with ruffled details and you've got yourself the perfect summer frock.  

Speaking of summer, while I didn't make an official bucket list this summer, I've kept a running list in my mind of things I wanted to achieve, and I'm happy to say we have checked off most of em!  Below are some of the highlights:

-see a movie in the park (we saw Star Wars and Coco)
-boat ride on lake Michigan
-boat ride on the river
-take Arnold swimming in Lake Michigan
-watch a Cubs game from a rooftop
-train for a half marathon
-take the water taxi to Chinatown
-see a show at Ravinia
-explore Fulton Market

We have some exciting trips coming up (Los Angeles, New Jersey) but other than that, we plan to enjoy the remaining weeks of summer in our city!  What are your plans for the last few weeks of summer?

xo, Annelise

July 31, 2018

delft blue

[ Dress: Gal Meets Glam Collection | Sandals: Isaac Mizrahi (also love these, these and these) | Bag: Zara (similar) | Sunglasses: AJ Morgan (similar here) | Lips: Stila 'Patina' ]

Photos taken in Gold Coast

Gal Meets Glam was one of the first fashion blogs I started reading (back in college!) and one of the few blogs I still read to this day.  Julia Engel is the epitome of feminine style, and her blog posts just take you somewhere (can we talk about her amazing travels?!).  So when Julia announced that she was launching a dress line earlier this year, I was giddy to see her designs.  I love so many of her dresses but the Darla dress was love at first sight.  I love that it's a shirtdress silhouette but elevated with the bow detail at the collar and the meticulous mix of prints along the edges.  It's a dress that's appropriate for work or the weekend (I sometimes tie the bow behind my neck and unbutton the top few buttons) - I've already worn it multiple times for both.  You can shop all dresses here and here.  I can't wait to see more of what she creates!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

xo, Annelise

June 10, 2018

provence part II

[ Dress: ASOS | Heels: Chinese Laundry (similar here and here) | Clutch: Nordstrom (also love this and this one) | Lips: Tom Ford 'Patrick' ]

Finally, the event this whole trip was centered around - the wedding!  It was everything you could ever want out of a wedding in the French countryside.   The wedding ceremony took place in a church in the local town, and then we headed to Les Domaines de Patras for cocktail hour, dinner and dancing!

Les Domaines de Patras was where all of the festivities were held (the welcome dinner, the rehearsal dinner, the wedding reception and the farewell brunch), and it was the most beautiful setting for the event.  The grounds were endless yet intimate, lush yet well-manicured, antiquated yet modern.

Cocktail hour was held outside in the most beautiful flower lined courtyard.  We eventually moved indoors into a refurbished building (perhaps an old barn or garage?) for dinner and speeches, and then we danced into the wee hours of the morning to a live band underneath twinkle lights.

The search for a dress for a wedding of this caliber was no easy feat.  I searched for a dress in the months leading up to the trip but wasn't finding anything that tickled my fancy AND fit within my budget.  Then, just a few weeks before we were set to depart, I saw this dress on fellow blogger Teggy French's instagram.  I stalked it down, purchased it immediately, and it arrived just days before we left.  It was exactly what I was looking for!  A piece of advice if you're on the taller side like me (I'm 5'10") since it runs very short - I would recommend going a few sizes up and then getting it taken in by your tailor.  I didn't have time to do this but would have if I did!

Thank you for following along with my France trip recaps.  Hope you enjoyed it!  I hope to share more travel adventures soon.

xo, Annelise

June 5, 2018

provence part I

[ Dress: SheIn c/o | Sandals: Soludos | Bag: BR Factory (similar) | Sunglasses: AJ Morgan (also love these) ]

At this point in the trip, we met up with our best friends and departed Paris early Thursday morning via high speed train to Avignon.  From Avignon, we rented a car and drove an hour to the area of Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux, where the wedding festivities were being held, and to the neighboring town of Tulette, where our Airbnb was located.

On the way to our rental house, we were sure to stop off at the local grocery store to pick up copious amounts of bread, cheese, fresh fruit and local rosé (which we quickly nicknamed Provence water due to how much we were drinking it 😉).

Our Airbnb was the most idyllic homestead for our long weekend!  It was a beautifully renovated farmhouse in a complex of other similar homes.  From the lovely periwinkle shutters, to the blossoming courtyard (where these photos were taken), to the sweet French neighbors, to the huge pool, we were in provincial paradise.  I highly recommend a stay there if you ever find yourself in the area!  Here is a link to it.  Please note that it's in a remote location so it was a little tricky to get to at first, but once there, you won't need to leave!

The wedding festivities of the day entailed an afternoon wine tasting at a local vineyard and a welcome dinner in the evening on the wedding grounds, Les Domaines de Patras (I'll share more photos of the gorgeous venue in my next post).  I wore this off-the-shoulder polka dot dress for the occasion and it was perfect.  Nothing quite like a flowy polka dot dress to bring out the 'vacationing in the south of France' vibes.  I've linked a few other favorites here, here, here and here, as well as at the top of the post!

xo, Annelise