October 16, 2017

take it or leaf it









[ Sweater: Ann Taylor | Jacket: Ann Taylor (similar here) | Jeans: J.Crew Factory | Boots: Steve Madden (similar here, here and here) | Earrings: J.Crew | Sunglasses: AJ Morgan (similar) | Lips: Burberry 'Bright Plum' ]

Photos taken outside the Newberry Library

It's that time of year when I start perusing all my favorite brands for new sweaters for the cooler seasons ahead.  I already have all the classic colors covered - black, white, camel and neutral - so this year I've been looking for new hues to add to my closet.  I saw this gorgeous tie sleeve olive sweater in an Ann Taylor add at the end of the summer and stalked their website until it became available.  I love the longer and slightly more relaxed silhouette of it, and the tie sleeves are such a fun feature (which I'm actually seeing everywhere right now! #trendy).

Thank you for reading!

xo, Annelise

October 11, 2017

fairly his takes st louis









[ Jacket: Banana Republic (similar) | Shirt: Afield | Jeans: Banana Republic | Shoes: Air Jordan | Hat | Sunglasses: Moscot ]

Photos taken at Gateway Arch

Seeing the Arch was an obvious must when we were in St. Louis the other weekend.  I was fine with admiring it from the distance as we drove in over the Mississippi River but Patrick was adamant about going to the park and getting up close to it.  I'm so glad he pushed that because it is really quite spectacular and awe inspiring.  Seeing it from a distance, you don't get a sense of the massive scale that you do when you're right under it.

Patrick's bomber jacket has been the perfect add-on piece when an extra layer is necessary.  He likes the slim fit and lightweight material of it so it's not bulky and doesn't feel like a full-on coat.  This would make for a great gift for your man for the upcoming holidays!

xo, Annelise (& Patrick)

October 9, 2017

fall in michigan









[ Sweater: LOFT | Jeans: Levi's | Booties: Hinge | Bag: Lo & Sons | Sunglasses: Forever 21 (similar) ]

Photos taken in Rochester, MI

We were in Michigan this past weekend for our friends wedding (one more wedding to go this year!), and I was so excited to be back in the state where I went to college to see fall in full bloom.  What is it about Michigan - it seems like fall happens 10x bigger there?!  The drive was beautiful; the trees lining the highway were turning the most vibrant shades of red, orange and yellow.  I told all of our friends we must go to a cider mill on Sunday before heading back to Chicago, and that we did!  We went to Yates Cider Mill and were able to indulge in cinnamon sugar donuts and delicious cider while perusing pumpkins.  I was in heaven!  This short sleeved sweater was perfect for the day since it warmed up to the mid 70's.

Hope you had a great weekend!

xo, Annelise


October 6, 2017

friday faves




[ One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six ]

Today I thought I would share a few of my favorite posts as of late.  Click the links above to see the full post and outfit details!

Hope you have a great weekend.  Thank you for reading!!

xo, Annelise

October 4, 2017

st. louis stripes








[ Dress: LOFT (also love this and this one) | Bag: Zara (similar here) | Sandals: Chinese Laundry | Lips: Revlon 'Plumalicious' ]

Photos taken in St. Louis

We attended my coworkers wedding in St. Louis this past weekend, and here is what I wore for the gorgeous event!  When we were initially invited to the wedding, I obviously immediately started thinking of what I wanted to wear.  The weather can be unexpected at the end of September, so a maxi dress was the obvious choice.  I fell in love with the bold blue stripes and the wrap silhouette of this one and it was perfect for the evening (the weather ended up being a lovely mid 70's).  I'll also be able to dress it down with flat sandals next summer.

P.S. my coworker (her name is Annie Hall!) has an amazing healthy living blog - you can find her on instagram here and her blog is here.

xo, Annelise

October 2, 2017

farnsworth house











[ Sweater: Leith (also love this one) | Jeans: J.Crew Factory | Bag: Ted Baker (similar here and here) | Oxfords: Louise et Cie | Sunglasses: Forever 21 (similar) | Lips: Kat Von D 'Lolita II' ]

Photos taken at Farnsworth House

Visiting Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House in Plano, IL has been high on my list since learning about it in design school.  However we don't have a car in the city, and driving an hour southwest of Chicago was always out of our way on our Michigan wedding road trips.  But then we had my coworkers wedding in St. Louis this past weekend and I just about squealed when I saw it was on our way home!

Seeing the house in pictures, I was weary as to whether I would ever live in a home like that - so exposed and simplistic.  Having visited it in person now though, I would live there in a heartbeat!  It's perfectly designed with a reason for everything, and it feels very spacious because of that.  The massive floor to ceiling glass windows look out to the surrounding serene landscape which is extremely private, so you don't feel exposed at all.  And any little sliver of sunlight fills the home with the most amazing warm glow.  Needless to say, we put in a bid to buy it....just kidding ;) !  I highly recommend a visit if you have any inkling of interest in design.

Hope you had a great weekend!

xo, Annelise


September 29, 2017

fall favorites under $100



Now that the weather has finally dipped (hoping it stays for good?!), I am in full blown fall mode!  I made white bean chicken chili the other night, had a craving to watch Hocus Pocus, and have been buying pretty much every mini pumpkin I can find!  Above are some pieces I'm eyeing that are helping me delve further into my seasonal mood.

Hope you have a great weekend!

xo, Annelise



September 27, 2017

flutter sleeves









[ Top: Mango | Jeans: Levi's | Booties: Vince (similar) | Bag: Zara (similar) | Sunglasses: Forever 21 (similar) | Lips: Kat Von D 'Lolita II' ]

Photos taken in River North

Hope you'e having a great week!  I don't have much to say about this outfit other than I got this top as new transitional blouse for work; perfect for summer to fall and spring to summer.  I loved the silhouette, color combo, and the stripes (duh).  I received so many compliments when I wore it to work last week.  I wore it with flats and army green trousers, which really made the green in the stripes pop.  Over the weekend I styled it a bit more casually with my favorite vintage Levi's,

Thanks for reading!

xo, Annelise