November 26, 2018

ruffle redeux


[ Sweater: Willow and Paige (similar here, here and here) | Jeans: J.Crew (also love this similar pair) | Bag: DeMellier | Oxfords: Louise et Cie (love this pair too) | Lips: Kat von D 'Lolita II' ]

Photos taken in the Loop

I'm beginning to think I should change the name of this blog to 'what I did over the weekend' because it feels like that's all I'm ever talking about!  With the weekend comes adventure and inspiration.  It's when we get out-and-about and explore the city, and that's what gets me excited to dress up.  On Saturday, we commuted down to the South Loop to try out a long-standing bucket list item - Manny's Deli.  The food is served cafeteria-style with Jewish classics like their famous Reuben sandwich and Matzo ball soup.  The food and the ambiance made for a fun and unique experience.  We then made our way to the Loop for some holiday shopping.

I purchased this purple ruffle sweater last winter, and while it's certainly not one I've worn hundreds of times like some of my more neutral sweaters, the times I do wear it are special and fun.  You can see the last time I wore it here.

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

xo, Annelise


November 20, 2018

princess peach


[ Sweater: LOFT | Jeans: Levi's | Bag: Mango (similar) | Booties: Marc Fisher | Lips: Revlon 'Ravish Me Red' ]

Photos taken in Fulton Market by Annie Hall of 'Living Laboratory'

This past weekend my co-worker and friend, Annie and I attended an ethical eating event put on by Allie Kushnir featuring food made by Betty Alper of Bot Bakery.  We sat down as a group and dined on a meal that was gluten-free, vegan and almost completely waste free.  Ethical eating, particularly waste free cooking, is a new-to-me concept with which I am totally on board.  The idea of using commonly discarded food scraps (carrot and citrus peels, seeds, etc) in your recipes so that nothing is going in the trash is just another way to be kind to this planet of ours.

Afterwards, Annie and I walked around Fulton Market and the West Loop and worked on our photography skills by taking pictures for each other's blogs!  I paired my new cozy peach sweater with some bright coral lipstick and my favorite red purse for one of my favorite color combos.  Also, I can't stop wearing these boots!  The chic pointed toe dresses up every outfit, and they're quite comfortable for the heel height.  I cannot recommend them enough!

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

xo, Annelise


November 12, 2018

varsity stripes


[ Sweater: J.Crew | Jeans: Levi's | Coat: J.Crew (also love this one) | Booties: Marc Fisher | Bag: DeMellier | Sunglasses: AJ Morgan (similar) ]

Photos taken at the Museum of Science and Industry

I never met a stripe I didn't like, and this vintage-inspired varsity stripe sweater is no exception!  The classic navy and white combo makes this sweater (on sale for under $50!) perfect for dressing up for work, or dressing down on the weekends.

I've been in the market for some new neutral booties and recently purchased this gorgeous pair by Marc Fisher with some birthday gift cards.  I needed a pair that would be suitable for work, that's comfortable and that goes with everything.  Check, check and check!  I took them for a spin this weekend when we went to the Museum of Science and Industry and they hardly gave me any trouble while being on my feet for three straight hours.  I say hardly because they did rub the skin above my ankles (they have a slightly taller shaft than most booties), but that can easily be avoided by wearing taller socks or tucking your pants into the boots.  The rubbing didn't bother me until hour three either, so if you're not walking around for hours on end, it probably wouldn't even happen!

We went to the Museum of Science and Industry this weekend for a few reasons.  1.) It's one of just a two museums that we haven't been to yet [Planetarium, you're next!], 2.) we wanted to see the 'Science Behind Pixar' exhibit, and 3.) our Sunday was wide open.  The museum was beautiful and fun to explore, but the Pixar exhibit was a little underwhelming unfortunately.  Definitely more tailored to children rather than adults.

Hope you had a great weekend!

xo, Annelise


November 5, 2018

seeing red


[ Sweater: Mango | Jeans: Madewell | Booties: Hinge | Bag: Lo & Sons | Lips: Kat Von D 'Outlaw' ]

Typically, each year when the temps start dropping, I go on a sweater purchasing rampage.  After all, one of the best parts about fall is pulling out new cozy sweaters for all the best seasonal activities.  However this year, hardly any of the sweaters on the market enticed me!  Don't get me wrong, there are beautiful options out there, but my closet is already filled with sweaters of all shapes and sizes in every color of the rainbow.  I felt that what I was seeing in the stores wasn't contributing anything new to my wardrobe.  

This tan and red striped number from Mango is one of the few sweaters I purchased this year and it's my absolute favorite.  It's super soft and great quality.  I love dressing it up with a bright red lip, but it would be perfect dressed down as well.  As I get older, I'm definitely seeing the value in quality over quantity.

xo, Annelise


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!

-DOWNTOWN-
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

- SUBURBS -
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