December 11, 2017


[ Shirt: Alice & Wonder | Coat: BCBG (also love this, this and this one) | Jeans: J.Crew Factory | Boots: Sole Society (similar here - Santa please ;) ) | Bag: Mango (similar) | Beanie: Free People | Sunglasses: Forever 21 | Lips: Kat Von D 'Outlaw' ]

Photos taken outside the Newberry Library

What a weekend it has been!  We picked up our puppy on Saturday - he's a miniature dachshund, his name is Arnold and he's 10 weeks old :)  The past few days have been a whirlwind trying to figure out what he needs, watching his every move and trying to get him on some type of schedule.  He goes through bursts of puppy energy and then bursts of puppy sleepiness, and he is the sweetest little thing ever.  We're so in love!  If you have any puppy tips or advice, please share!

Now, on to the outfit.  Alice & Wonder is a Chicago based boutique which I have always admired.  They were having a great Black Friday sale so I seized the opportunity to get this festive 'Merry' striped tee.  It's so cozy; I've worn it more times than I'd like to admit this past week!  I wore this outfit to Arnold's first vet appointment yesterday.

Hope you have a great week.  Be sure to check my Instagram and Instastories for an overload of Arnold photos and videos!

xo, Annelise

December 1, 2017

holiday happenings 2017

img via | this is actually in SF but I think it's so pretty!

Below is a list of my personal favorite holiday happenings around the city this year!

White Christmas at the Cadillac Palace Theater
It's a Wonderful Life Radio Play at the American Blues Theater (cookies and milk are served at the end)
Joffrey Ballet's The Nutcracker at the Auditorium Theater - we still need to see the new interpretation!

Lagunitas and Baderbrau breweries will be screening nine fan favorite holiday flicks throughout December!

Skating Ribbon at Maggie Daley Park
The Rink at the Park, outside Wrigley Field

Rent a River Dome at City Winery on the River Walk
Check out Frosty's Christmas Pop Up Bar in Lincoln Park
BrewLights at the Lincoln Park Zoo
Ugly Sweater Party at Park & Field in Logan Square

Holiday Lights at the Morton Arboretum
Watch caroling at the Bean
Check out the Christmas Windows at Macy's on State Street

There are tons more things to see and do than just this list!  My favorite sources for events are Chicago Bucket List and Time Out Chicago.  What are your favorite holiday traditions?

xo, Annelise

November 29, 2017

olive and blush

[ Sweater: Topshop (also love this one) | Pants: BR Factory | Mules: Ann Taylor (similar here) | Bag: Michael Kors (similar) | Sunglasses: Forever 21 | Lips: Kat Von D 'Lolita II' ]

Photos taken in Old Town

Happy hump day!  This week has been rough but at least we're halfway done :)

Today I'm giving you a rare look at something I wore to work!  I don't know what it is about my work wardrobe - maybe it's the fact that we have to wear dress pants? - but I am always so uninspired with it.  95% of the things I wear are just not blog worthy in my opinion!  However I did pick up these olive trousers on our East Coast trip over the summer and they've been a great piece for mixing things up.

On that note, I've always loved the combination of olive with anything pink, whether it be blush, hot pink, or everything in between.  This blush angora embellished sweater is an old favorite of mine (last seen here) and I'm always looking for new ways to wear it.   I've linked a few other embellished sweaters I'm currently loving as well as some gorgeous pink mules below!

xo, Annelise

November 27, 2017

stole my heart

[ Sweater: Zara (similar here and here) | Stole: Zara (also love this and this one) | Jeans: Levi's | Bag: Zara (similar) | Booties: Theory (similar) | Sunglasses: Forever 21 (also love these) | Lips: Kat Von D 'Outlaw' ]

Photos taken in River North

It sure was hard to wake up this Monday morning after the long and relaxing holiday weekend :(  Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  

I put this outfit together for the sake of the blog but definitely plan on wearing it for a casual date night this winter.  I purchased this two-tone stole from Zara last year (last seen here) and was looking for new ways to style it - it's such a fun and unique accessory.  It certainly takes a basic outfit to the next level!

Thank you for reading!

xo, Annelise

November 22, 2017

pink n purple

[ Blouse: J.Crew (similar here - more similar options below) | Jeans: J.Crew Factory | Booties: Hinge | Bag: Henri Bendel | Sunglasses: AJ Morgan (similar) | Lips: Burberry 'Bright Plum' ]

Photos taken in Memphis, TN

Today I'm sharing the last of my outfits and photos from our Memphis trip earlier in November.  I wore this outfit out to brunch and for shopping around on our last day.  I was so amazed at how much street art there was in Memphis!  Murals are my favorite thing to take photos in front of because they can elevate the simplest of outfits with just a bit of color coordination (see photos above for a perfect example).  Other posts can be seen here, here and here.  I wish I had 10 more outfits with me in Memphis to take advantage of all the great murals we saw!

On a completely separate note, we were offered tickets to see White Christmas at the Cadillac Palace Theater last night.  I'm not the best at spontaneity but I'm so glad we did it - it was such a cute, festive and heart warming show!  White Christmas is one of my favorite movies and I was a bit nervous how they were going to interpret it on stage.  While it doesn't follow the movie exactly, they have the same overall plot.  The cast was so good and I loved all the dancing!

xo, Annelise

November 20, 2017

head in the trees

[ Coat: ASOS (birthday gift from Patrick!) | Sweater: BB Dakota (similar here and here) | Jeans: Joe's Jeans | Boots: Sole Society (want this pair!) | Bag: Mango | Mittens: Club Monaco (also love these) | Beanie: ASOS | Lips: Tom Ford 'Moroccan Rouge' ]

Photos taken in the Christmas tree lot on Clark & Ontario

Ever wonder where people in the city shop for Christmas trees?  Well in River North, there's now a cute little lot at the corner of Clark & Ontario (the Hardrock Cafe parking lot) with an abundance of trees!  Before that, the lot was setup with fall festivities - a pumpkin patch, corn maze, and the like.  It's nice having a little taste of these suburban commonalities in the city!  Patrick and I took a festive stroll through the lot while out running errands on Sunday.  We were solely browsing though; I'm allergic to pine and have never had a real tree haha.

While I'm certainly not a fan of these frigid temps we've been having, it's been a nice excuse to break out my birthday present from Patrick.  One thing to note about this coat is it's a little tight across the chest.  Believe it or not, I'm a 32DD, so that might be part of it, but my usual size (size 4) was so tight across the chest the coat would pop open if I moved my arms too quickly.  I went up one size and it's much roomier!

Enjoy your short week!

xo, Annelise

November 17, 2017

holiday home

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With Thanksgiving less than a week away, the holiday spirit is in the air and it's contagious!  Above are some beautiful festive pieces that will transform your house into a cozy holiday home.

Holiday happenings around town this weekend:
The Christkindlmarket opens today and runs through 12/24
The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival is Saturday starting at 5:30 pm
The Millennium Park tree lighting ceremony is tonight at 6 pm
It's a Wonderful Life is now playing at the American Blues Theater.  They serve milk and cookies at the end!

xo, Annelise