June 21, 2017

summer sweater

[ Top: Madewell | Jeans: J.Crew (also love this pair; similar pair in ecru) | Sandals: J.Crew (similar) | Bag: Lo & Sons | Sunglasses: AJ Morgan (similar) | Lips: Tom Ford 'Patrick' ]

Photos taken in Lincoln Park

When I was shopping in Madewell the other weekend, I saw this sweater tank from across the store and knew I had to have it.  If you know me at all, you know I'm obsessed with stripes.  I own so many stripes, it's rare that I find anything new that's not similar to what I already own.  But this combination of saddle brown and light blue was definitely something new, and the chunky knit material made it even more unique.  I'm embarrassed to admit I actually wore this outfit every day this weekend.  I just loved it so much and it was perfect in the summer weather.  I know some of you can relate!

Happy hump day!

xo, Annelise

June 19, 2017

take a bow

[ Dress: SheIn c/o | Shoes: Sophia Webster  (other fun options here, here and here) | Bag: Ted Baker (also love this and this one) | Sunglasses: Forever 21 (similar) | Lips: Tom Ford 'Pure Pink' ]

Photos taken in River North

Happy Monday!  Last week was a crazy one at work with NeoCon going on and all the associated after parties.  We hosted a party in the showroom on Thursday and this was this dress I wore (I ordered a size Medium).  I got SO many compliments.  It has a Chanel-esque style to it, which is my absolute dream brand to own, so that made me happy.  I wore the dress all day for work and it didn't wrinkle one bit.  I planned to wear my favorite flamingo shoes for the party, but the shoes are quite tall and dressy, and the party was a bit more casual, so I opted for flat sandals (which also looked great with the dress).

Hope you have a great week!

xo, Annelise

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June 14, 2017

summer sandals

Even though the official first day of summer is still a week away, it feels like summer is in full swing already.  I'm loving all the foot fashions this season like flat forms, slides, the low heel and suede.  Many of the above pairs are currently in my shopping cart - it's practical to purchase all of them, right?!

Enjoy your hump day!

xo, Annelise

June 12, 2017

summer blues

[ Shirt: Madewell | Jeans: LOFT | Heels: Forever 21 | Sunglasses: A.J. Morgan (similar) | Bag: Zara (similar here and here) | Lips: Tom Ford ' Patrick' ]

Photos taken in Gold Coast

Hope everyone had a good weekend!  I had to work on Saturday in preparation for NeoCon (a big trade show going on where I work) so my weekend felt extra short :(  We made the most of what was left of it on Sunday by going for a long run, checking out the Old Town Art Fair, grocery shopping, doing laundry and lots of relaxing at home.  Now let the craziness of NeoCon week begin!

It was So. Hot. this weekend.  Summery whites, breezy cotton tees and top knots were in order!  I never met a striped tee I didn't like, but I particularly loved the wide neckline and the navy banding on the edges of this one from Madewell (I also just picked up this and this one).  I love it paired with these crisp white cropped jeans, but plan to wear it with my daisy dukes soon!

xo. Annelise

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June 7, 2017

happy flowers

[ Dress: J.Crew Factory (similar) | Shoes: Soludos | Bag: Forever 21 (similar) | Sunglasses: Forever 21 (similar) | Lips: NARS 'Cruella' ]

Photos taken outside the MCA

If you follow my Instagram stories, you may have seen that I was very sick last week.  I got some awful virus over Memorial Day Weekend that kept me home from work for two days although I honestly didn't feel 100% better until about Sunday.  I was nauseous, feverish, and all the other fun stuff that comes with a stomach bug.  When you're sick like that, you can't eat the key nutrients your body needs which was majorly effecting my brain, energy, skin...everything.  I felt like a zombie and just wanted to lay in bed all day.  It's a very busy time at work so it was all awful timing.  Needless to say, I am SO grateful to finally be feeling better.  Don't take your health for granted!

Since I was feeling better Sunday, we decided to do some of our normal weekend activities.  We went to church, to brunch, and tried to walk around the city as much as possible.  I wore this new eyelet dress (a gift from my MIL!) and these Soludos again and they were perfectly comfortable.  Takashi Murakami has a new exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art and they put his iconic smiling flowers on one of the loading docks. We can't wait to see the exhibit soon!

Hope everyone is having a good week!

xo, Annelise

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June 5, 2017

in the clouds

[ Dress: J.Crew Factory (love it in gingham too!) | Sandals: Soludos | Hat: Brixton | Lips: YSL Glossy Stain #8 ]

Photos taken in the Marin Headlands

On Sunday, our flight back to Chicago wasn't until the afternoon, so with a free morning and a rental car at our disposal, we decided to stop at the Marin Headlands on our way back to San Francisco.  During the whole trip, we'd been talking about going somewhere to get a good view of the Golden Gate Bridge and this seemed liked the perfect location and opportunity.  What we weren't anticipating was the dense fog rolling in over the bay and creating the most magical view of the GGB peeking out over of the expansive clouds, and downtown San Francisco in the distance.  It was truly awe-inspiring to be above it all, hearing the fog horns blowing from ships way down somewhere inside the fog that we couldn't see.  We spent what felt like hours just staring out and taking it all in.

Once we felt we'd had enough, we drove back into the city, grabbed the quintessential California cuisine that is In-N-Out (we had to!) and dropped off the car.  We still had a little time to kill, so we took an Uber to the Mission District and indulged in the heaven that is Tartine (thanks for the rec, Alyssa!).  Patrick got the morning bun, I got the banana cream tart and we both indulged too quickly to snap a photo.  Trust me when I say they were divine.  At the suggestion of our friend, we also purchased a half loaf of French bread the we proceeded to carry on the plane with us (TSA check and all).  It allowed us to continue to enjoy a taste of Northern California for the rest of the week!

This poppy colored shiftdress was perfect for the flight, exploring the headlands and everything in between.  It's loose, relaxed look had me welcoming wrinkles, and the thick weight of the fabric kept me covered and not too cold on the plane.  I know I'm late to the game, but these Soludos took no breaking in; they were comfortable for walking the second I put them on in the morning to the moment I took them off back home in Chicago that night.

We had such a fabulous time celebrating our 1-year anniversary in San Francisco and Napa!

xo, Annelise

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June 2, 2017

napa day 2

[ Dress: Willow & Clay | Sunglasses: AJ Morgan (similar) | Sandals: J.Crew (similar) | Bag: Forever 21 (similar) | Lips: Revlon 'Plumalicious' ]

Photos taken in Napa, CA

On our second day in Napa, we started at Chappellet with a very informative tour and tasting.  We sipped on cold and delicious white wines while getting a tour of their facilities and vineyards, and finished by tasting their red wines around a large dining table inside with our tour group.  The Chappellet facilities are gorgeous, rustic and remote (the GPS wouldn't even get us there!).

We had a bit of time before our next tasting, so we grabbed some sandwiches from a local deli and picnic-ed outside.  Our fabulous driver Doug joined us too!  Doug was one of our Uber drivers from the day before - we loved him so much that we asked if he would be our personal driver the next day.  I know it sounds fancy but it ended up being the same amount as all the Ubers from the day before, but it was more efficient having him there and waiting when you were done at each winery.  Plus he's a local and knew his way around and had some really great recommendations.

Our next tasting was at Stewart Cellars in Yountville.  This one was different than all the others in that it wasn't on a vineyard - it was a tasting room in the middle of a town.  The facilities were gorgeous and we had the place mostly to ourselves, so we picked our servers brain with a million questions about wine.  Afterwards we walked around the town a bit - oogled at the overflowing wall of roses outside the famous The French Laundry and grabbed gelato from a local Italian spot.  Yountville was a really cute town which I'd love to explore some more!

This flouncy wrap dress from Willow & Clay was perfect for the hot day.  It's a pretty soft pink with bright colorful flowers all over.  It ties around the waist but is loose and comfortable everywhere else.  I got so many compliments!  I am in the throes of a full-blown floral obsession and I'm ok with it.  I've linked a few more I'm loving below.

That night we had a delicious dinner at Mustards Grill.  We were so excited to see wines on the menu that we had tasted during our trip.  We ordered a red blend from Chappellet and enjoyed every last drop.  I swear we dreamt in wine that night!

xo, Annelise

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