October 15, 2018

'fall'ing around the city

[ Shirt: Saint James | Jacket: J.Crew (also love this and this one) | Jeans: LOFT (similar) | Shoes: Converse | Beret: from Paris! (similar here) | Bag: DeMellier (gift from my inlaws!) | Sunglasses: Moscot (Patrick's 😇) ]

Photos taken in River North

We had a wonderful weekend entertaining Patrick's parents who came to Chicago to visit us and celebrate my 30th birthday a little early.  We saw Hamilton and indulged in some amazing food (went to Elske, Cherry Circle Room, The Bristol and Little Goat - highly recommend all of them!).  After a weekend of gluttony, Patrick and I were in need of some exercise, so we walked the 2 miles home from Little Goat and enjoyed some fall foliage on the way!

I mentioned this new addition to my bag collection on my Instagram, but it definitely needs more attention!  It was a birthday gift from Patrick's parents; Patrick's mom saw it on Meghan Markle and thought of me (how flattering!).  I'm obsessed with the green color - I don't have anything like it and it's perfect for the fall and winter.  There are some other gorgeous colors available like this dusty rose, a classic tan, a beautiful plum suede, and this two-tone navy and plum.  I also love their Mini Berlin and their Vienna bag.  Thank you Joan for introducing me to this fabulous brand!

Hope you had a great weekend!

xo, Annelise

October 9, 2018

apple pickin'

[ Sweater: from a boutique in Paris! also love this, this and this one | Jeans: Madewell | Booties: Hinge | Bag: Lo & Sons | Sunglasses: BR Factory ]

Last Sunday, we woke up with no plans for the day, so we decided to go to an apple orchard for some good old fashioned apple picking!  We settled on County Line Orchard and booked a car for a few hours (we use Maven).  County Line is in Hobart, IN (about an hour from the city) and has lots of fall activities in addition to apple picking - they have a pumpkin patch, cider + donuts, live music, hay rides, and shopping!  

This was the first time apple picking and I thought it was so fun!  This particular orchard was a bit picked over in the groves we were perusing (they had other areas though), so we may need to go earlier in the season next year.  But we returned home with a good mix of Gala, McIntosh, Honeycrisp, and Jonathon apples in tow, and immediately made an apple pie!  We have since made homemade apple sauce too.  Both recipes turned out so delicious and were way easier to make than I thought!

Below is a list of other fall activities to get you in the spirit of the season!

for drinks, carnival games and a corn maze

Walk through the Gold Coast neighborhood
to see some of the best Halloween decor in the city

for pumpkin picking, a corn maze, pig races and more
35 miles northwest of the city

a charming town with festive activities year round 
35 miles northwest of the city

for hiking amongst the fall foliage
95 miles southwest of the city

xo, Annelise

September 7, 2018

spotty dotty

[ Dress: SheIn c/o | Bag: Mango (also love this one) | Sandals: Dolce Vita (similar) | Sunglasses: BR Factory | Lips: Maybelline Superstay 'Pioneer']

Photos taken in Atlantic City

We spent the Labor Day holiday weekend in Brigantine, NJ at Patrick’s family’s beach house.  This trip is one we look forward to each year because it involves lots of eating (think Philly cheesesteaks, lemon water-ices from Rita’s, ice cream cones on the boardwalk, and fresh seafood), time spent at the beach, sale shopping, and quality time with family!

Something about a trip to the East Coast always inspires me to dress a little thematic.  I love wearing classic red-white-and-blue outfits (you can see past outfits from the trip here, here and here), and also wearing summery resort dresses one last time before the temperatures change.  This flowy dress was an obvious choice for the trip and was perfect for a day of shopping and strolling the Boardwalk.  The ruffle details are really lovely and give the dress great movement.

Now that we’re back, I’m looking forward to all that September has in store – cooler temps, football games, and our half marathon!

xo, Annelise

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