August 18, 2017

end of summer to do list

See a movie in the park (we have our eyes on Wayne's World in Millennium Park on 9/5)
Check out the floating museum art installation on the Chicago River
Attend Adler After Dark at the Adler Planetarium (third Thursday of every month)
Rooftops we still need to check out: DrumbarUpstairs at the Gwen and Celeste
Sneak in one more Sox or Cubs game
Check out Shore Club at North Avenue Beach
Go for a long run along the 606
Dine al fresco at North Pond
Brewery tour at Goose Island

What do you have planned for the last weeks of summer?

xo, Annelise

August 16, 2017

white on white for date night

[ Top: J.Crew | Jeans: LOFT | Clutch: BCBG (similar) | Sandals: Steve Madden (also love these) | Lips: Tom Ford 'Pure Pink' ]

Photos taken in Fulton Market

Happy hump day!  Last Thursday Patrick and I ventured over to the west side for date night.  We went to the new Ace Hotel in Fulton Market for dinner at City Mouse.  We arrived earlier than our reservation so we wandered around the block, took some blog photos, then went back to the hotel and grabbed a drink at their rooftop bar, Waydown (which just so happened to be opening that night!).  The spot has great views and a cool, not-trying-too-hard vibe.  When it was time for dinner, we went down to the restaurant and ordered the Roti Mopho to start (at the rec of my coworker - it's SO good!).  For our meals, I ordered the Rigatoni and Patrick ordered the Smoked Chicken and both were amazing.  For dessert we ordered the Funnel Cake, which is authentic funnel cake topped with popcorn ice cream, crushed corn bits and drizzled in caramel - my mouth is watering just typing this!

The plan was to end the night at Expat with a boozy snow cone and Utz Crab Chips, but we arrived to find it all packed up and the lights out.  After doing some research it looks like they're opening mid-August?  Not sure what's going on there!

I didn't know what to wear for date night, so when in doubt, wear a monochrome outfit!  I love an all white look in the summer - it's simple, classic and fresh.  I also love all the pretty details on this J.Crew top - the eyelet material, the layered fluted edge, the grosgrain tie straps...the list goes on!  It also comes in a gorgeous lavender color and a classic black, both of which would have been perfect with this outfit as well.

Thanks for reading!

xo, Annelise

August 14, 2017

day to night

[ DAY - Dress: Zara | Oxfords: Louise et Cie | Bag: Banana Republic (similar) | Sunglasses: AJ Morgan (similar) ]

[ NIGHT - Dress: Zara | Heels: Christian Louboutin | Bag: Forever 21 (also love this and this one) | Sunglasses: AJ Morgan (similar) | Lips: Kat Von D "Outlaw" ]

Photos taken in Gold Coast

I thought it would be fun to share a day-to-night look with this versatile shirtdress from Zara!  I wore the entire 'day' look to work last week and got so many compliments.  I absolutely love the length and cut of this dress - it's comfortable, flattering and timeless.  I even had someone ask me if it was vintage!  I picture myself wearing the exact same outfit wandering the streets of Paris next April :)

Then, I knew the bold red color and style would dress up nicely, so I paired it with my classic black and red heels (last seen here) and a bright red lip for the perfect date night look.  It's fuss-free but put-together at the same time!

Hope you had a great weekend!

xo, Annelise

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August 11, 2017

friday finds

Here are some of my current favorite pieces from around the web.  Happy Friday!

xo, Annelise

August 9, 2017

wrap it up

[ Dress: Willow & Clay (last seen here) | Bag: Zara | Shoes: Vince Camuto (similar) | Sunglasses: Forever 21 (also love these) ]

Photos taken in Lincoln Park

The weather was gorgeous on Saturday, so we went for a long morning run then showered and headed to Wicker Park to eat brunch outside and shop around.  I've been looking for excuses to bring this dress out again, and Saturday's agenda was it!  

Wrap dresses are one of my all time favorite silhouettes.  They're uber flattering due to the cinch at the waist, and they're equally comfortable.  I've worn the style many times before - some of my favorites are here and this maxi version here.  I've also included some gorgeous wrap dress options (many are under $65!) that you can shop below.

Thanks for reading!

xo, Annelise

August 7, 2017

ruffle shuffle

[ Top: Sincerely Jules | Jeans: LOFT | Sandals: Missguided | Bag: Ted Baker (similar) | Sunglasses: Forever 21 (similar) | Lips: Revlon 'Ravish Me Red' ]

Photos taken at 1765 N. Elston

I'm always looking for ways to jazz up a collared shirt.  Don't get me wrong - a white oxford is a classic and a wardrobe staple, but it can get a bit monotonous.  You can go with a fun print or pattern like this one, or one with a fun collar as seen here, but there's nothing quite like the added dimension of ruffles.  I scored this one during the Nordstrom anniversary sale and I just love the color, the material, and all the lovely details (there's buttons down the back).  This shirt and this shirt are other great ruffle top options!

FYI the Nordstrom website says this shirt runs true to size but if you want it to fit like it does on the model and on Julie, I recommend going at least a size up as the sleeves and body are very short.  I'm typically a small but went with a medium...and I think I would have been happy with a large too!

xo, Annelise

August 4, 2017

east coast vacation

We're headed to the East Coast at the end of the month for an annual family vacation, and I'm already thinking of the exact things I want to wear!  I love the preppy, all-American vibe that comes with the East Coast.  We missed the trip last year (we used up a lot of our vacation time on our wedding/honeymoon) so we're extra excited for this one!

xo, Annelise

August 2, 2017

orange crush

[ Dress: Old Navy (similar here, here and here) | Sneakers: Converse | Bag: gift from a friend (similar here; dupe of this one) | Scarf: Zara (also love this and this) | Sunglasses: Nordstrom | Lips: Tom Ford 'Patrick' ]

Photos taken in Lincoln Park

This weekend was a weekend of fests for us!  We went to Wicker Park Fest on Saturday and Taste of Lincoln Avenue on Sunday.  Although neither was anything super unique, attending street fests is quintessential summer to me and always a great option if you're looking for something to do.

I wore this simple orange t-shirt dress (last seen here) for the day on Sunday.  The shape and style is classic and low maintenance, yet the orange color and bold white stripes make it stand out from being too basic.  This exact one is sold out but I've linked some great (and inexpensive!) options above and below here.

xo, Annelise