January 19, 2018

currently lusting: a warm vacation

We're headed to Cabo in a few short weeks on a long overdue family vacation and I can't hardly wait!  I'm looking forward to the warm weather, and the beach, and the palm trees, and the sunshine, and the food....can you tell I'm excited?!  Above are some pieces getting me even more in the mood (as if that's possible) for the trip.

You can see other 'currently lusting' posts here, here and here!

xo, Annelise

January 18, 2018

drive it like you stole it

[ Blouse: Ann Taylor (similar) | Jeans: J.Crew Factory | Coat: Topshop (similar) | Boots: Steve Madden | Bag: gift from a friend | Sunglasses: Forever 21 | Lips: Burberry 'Bright Plum' ]

Photos taken in Gold Coast

We were on our way back into town last weekend when we drove past this parking lot and saw a vibrant orange El Camino with no other cars in the lot.  Patrick turned to me and said that would make a cool backdrop for blog photos.  I am always down when Patrick feels inspired to take blog photos!  I threw together this 70's inspired outfit to compliment the vintage car and classic color and I just love how it all works together.  We took photos in front of an old car another time in 2014 - you can see the blog post here.

Also, the post title is from a song from one of my favorite movies, Sing Street.  I highly recommend seeing it - it's so cute!

xo, Annelise

January 15, 2018

parisian vibes

[ Sweater: Club Monaco | Jacket: Ann Taylor (similar) | Skirt: JOA (also love this one) | Heels: Forever 21 (similar) | Bag: Coach (also love this one) | Earrings: Club Monaco (similar) ]

Photos taken outside Maude's with Ali Stone

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  We were in Cincinnati for a wedding!

If you know me well, you know I can't resist a top with an interesting collar (past examples here, here and here), so this navy sweater with the lovely embroidered collar was impossible resist (also available in black and light gray).  I paired it with my all time favorite striped midi skirt for an instant Parisian vibe.  This skirt is no longer available but I linked some other fabulous midi skirts below.

Have a great day!

xo, Annelise

January 10, 2018

weekend cozy

[ Sweatshirt: J.Crew | Leggings: Zella | Bag: Lo & Sons | Hat: Forever 21 (similar here) | Boots: Sorel ]

Photos taken in the Near North Side

My weekends lately have consisted of some rendition of the outfit above and snuggling with Arnold :) .  I picked up this fleece pullover during the holiday break and have pretty much worn it every day since.  It is sooo comfortable and I love the cropped silhouette.  I purchased it after having the realization that aside from work, I am in comfy clothes 99% of the time, so why not update that part of my wardrobe?  I also like that it's nice enough to wear out in public, unlike most of the old tshirts I'm usually wearing.  I've linked some other cozy sweatshirts I'm loving below.

Happy hump day!

xo, Annelise 

January 8, 2018

cool tones for cool temps

[ Coat: Topshop (similar here, here and here) | Sweater: Zara (also love this and this) | Jeans: J.Crew Factory | Boots: Steve Madden | Bag: Zara (similar here, here and here) | Sunglasses: Forever 21 | Lips: Revlon "Plumalicious" ]

Photos taken in the West Loop by Ali Stone

Will this bitterly cold weather ever go away?!  My approach for surviving this dreary part of the season is to get a fun colorful coat (see my picks here).  I picked up this coat from Topshop during the sales after Christmas and I'm obsessed with the lavender color (which they call grey but it's definitely lavender) and the lush boucle texture.  It's no longer available online but it has been such a popular coat this season, I'm hoping they restock soon!

This weekend was one that was extra fulfilling.  I felt like I got everything done that I wanted to and still had a lot of downtime to relax, as well as see some family and friends.  Some highlights were trying out La Josie for lunch on Sunday with good friends (the food was AMAZING), surprising my aunt for her 65th birthday with dinner with family on Saturday, and taking down the Christmas decorations and deep cleaning the apartment.  

Hope you have a great week!

xo, Annelise

January 4, 2018

apres ski

[ Sweater: H&M | Jeans: J.Crew Factory | Boots: Steve Madden | Coat: Ann Taylor (similar) | Earrings: Club Monaco | Bag: Zara (also love this one) | Sunglasses: Forever 21 | Lips: Revlon 'Plumalicious' ]

Photos taken in the West Loop by Ali Stone

There's no denying I have a love for slightly outlandish sweaters (some examples here and here).  Don't get me wrong, I favor the practicality of a neutral or simple striped sweater, but every so often I come across a kitschy sweater that I just can't resist!  I was first drawn to the colors of this sweater and then saw the ski motif and was unsure if I could pull it off.  Thanks to a quick InstaStories poll, most of you voted yes, and the next thing I knew it was in my closet!

Hope you're having a great week.  Thanks for reading!

xo, Annelise

January 2, 2018

happy new year!

[ Coat: ASOS | Sweater: J.Crew | Jeans: Levi's | Booties: Hinge | Bag: Henri Bendel | Earrings: J.Crew | Lips: Kat Von D 'Lolita II' ]

Photos taken in the West Loop by my girl Ali Stone

Happy 2018!  I hope you had a great NYE!
Below are my resolutions for the new year.  You can visit past resolutions here and here.  What are yours?

L I S T E N.  Man have I gotten bad at this basic human instinct!  I need to do a better job of putting my phone down/turning off the TV and truly listening to what the people around me are saying.

P R A C T I C E  P A T I E N C E.  Training a puppy has been no easy feat and has tested my patience more than I ever would have imagined.  This year I strive to acknowledge when I'm getting frustrated, take a deep breath and be more patient.

A V O I D  N E G A T I V I T Y.  With all the sad things happening in the world, right now couldn't be a better time to focus on the positives in my life, surround myself with positive people and avoid the negativity.

T A K E  T H E  T R I P !  Patrick and I have a constant itch to travel but we're always discouraged by how much it costs (seriously, to the people that are traveling all the time - tell us your tricks!?).  However, we need to practice the YOLO mentality more and just take the damn trip.  We have some great travel plans on the horizon (Mexico in Feb, France in April and California in August) and hope to keep planning more.

S T O P  C O M P A R I N G.  Thanks to perfectly curated Instagram feeds and far-from-reality reality TV, I find myself constantly focusing on my short comings rather than all I have to be grateful for (health! a roof over my head! my amazing husband, family and friends!).

xo, Annelise

December 28, 2017

out | in

[ click each photo to see the full post ]

Out with 2017 and in with 2018!  I can't believe another year has come and gone.  Above are some of my favorite posts from 2017.

Each year I look back on previous round ups (linked below!) and love seeing my growth as a blogger but also the major life milestones that each year brings.  2014 ended with our engagement, 2015 was spent being engaged and Patrick moving to Chicago, 2016 was our wedding, and 2017 brought us the little bundle of joy that is Arnold!  

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for following along all these years!

See past round ups here:
2016 | 2015 | 2014

xo, Annelise