September 25, 2017

i'm with the band

[ Shirt: HAIM (similar here and here) | Jeans: J.Crew (similar) | Bag: MANGO (also love this, this and this one) | Sneakers: Converse | Lips: Kat Von D 'Outlaw' ]

Photos taken at Fast Track in the West Loop

Last weekend Patrick and I saw HAIM live in concert for the second time.  They are one of my all time favorite bands, so we make sure to see them whenever they go on tour.  And man, they did not disappoint!  Patrick even went as far as to claim it was one of the best concerts he's ever seen!  I'm not one to typically buy the concert tee (why are they so expensive?!) but I couldn't resist when I saw this one.  I love that it's more of a bold graphic it's my favorite color combo. 

On another note, I recently rediscovered MANGO (we don't have a store in Chicago but I used to shop there whenever visiting NYC).  I was looking at their purses for a new bold colored bag for fall and found about five that I was obsessed with!  They have great classic designs and I can say for certain now that I have this one that the quality surpasses the price tag.

Thanks for reading!

xo, Annelise

September 22, 2017

10 things currently making me happy

1.  We're headed to Union Pier, MI for my family's annual Ribfest this weekend - can't wait!
2.  October is so close (hello birthday month)!
3.  Chai tea lattes - I don't know what took so long for me to try them!
4.  This weekend marks my blog's 3-year anniversary.  Here's my first ever blog post :O
5.  Plans to make this white bean chicken chili next week
6.  Currently reading The Woman in Cabin 10 for book club and I can't put it down!
7.  Pink coats for fall - currently eyeing this, this, this, or this one.
8.  Baking!  Made these cookies for this weekend and planning to make these again soon.
10.  Talks of a family vacation.  It's been YEARS since we went on one!

Have a great weekend everyone!

xo, Annelise

September 20, 2017

go with the flow

[ Dress: SheIn | Sandals: Forever 21 (also love these and these) | Clutch: BCBG (similar here and here) | Earrings: Baublebar | Lips: Revlon 'Ravish Me Red' ]

Photos taken at the Aon Center in Chicago

When it comes to dressy occasions, do you ever get your heart set on a color you want to wear, and then you search and search endlessly to find exactly what it is you have in your mind?  That was precisely what happened with this saffron colored dress!  I knew I wanted to wear the saturated yellow hue to our dear friend's wedding over Labor Day weekend.  I looked at what felt like every single online retailer, filtering by my criteria, but grew discouraged when my searching resulted in pastel summery yellows or dresses that were too casual for a wedding.  Thankfully I checked SheIn and they had this dress which fit the bill perfectly (this one was a close second but was sold out at the time).  As you can see in these photos, the dress was so much fun to wear - it has the most amazing flow and movement to it!

Here's a photo of me and Patrick from the wedding photobooth :)

xo, Annelise

September 18, 2017

wrigley rhythm

[ Top: SheIn c/o | Shorts: J.Crew | Sneakers: Old Navy (similar) | Bag: Zara (similar here and here) | Sunglasses: Forever 21 (also love these) | Lips: Kat Von D 'Lolita' ]

Photos taken in Wrigleyville

We were offered tickets to the Cubs game yesterday that we couldn't resist (yet again - we also went Thursday)!  It was a great game and the weather was perfect.  We're holding onto these last few bits of summer as much as we can.

This top was great for the game and will be perfect when the weather starts to cool down as well (I'm envisioning layering it over a chambray top with jeans and booties!?).  I went with the white color so there was a bold contrast from the fun fringed sleeves, but I'm kind of loving the navy color as well - which color is your favorite?

Hope you had a great weekend.  Thanks for reading!

xo, Annelise

September 15, 2017

on my radar

Otto Mezzo | 311 West Chicago in River North
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I'm looking forward to end the night in the classiest way possible at this opulently decorated late night bar.

Marisol | 205 East Pearson in Streeterville {inside the Museum of Contemporary Art}
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Located inside the MCA, this new restaurant is sure to be a visual treat as much as it is a culinary treat (the rigatoni sounds fabulous!).

The Backdoor Saloon | 844 West Randolph in Fulton Market {inside Grange Burger Hall}
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A western saloon themed speakeasy?!  Count me in!

Beatnik | 1604 West Chicago in West Town
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When traveling isn't an option, the global flair at this restaurant and cocktail bar will surely suffice!

Maison Marcel | 3114 North in Lakeview
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Talk about an Instagram worthy interior!  This cafe looks like the perfect place to curl up with a good book, a warm cup of coffee and a delicious pastry.

Enjoy your weekend!

xo, Annelise

September 13, 2017


[ Dress: SheIn c/o | Shoes: Ann Taylor | Bag: Ted Baker (similar here and here) | Sunglasses: J.Crew Factory | Lips: Tom Ford 'Patrick' ]

Photos taken in the Art Institute gardens

This dress has quickly become my new weekend workhorse.  It's so easy to throw on in the morning and be out the door while still looking put together (goodbye yoga pants!).  I love detail in the large embroidered flowers - they help dress it up and set it apart from my growing collection of solid shirtdresses.  I styled the dress here with my new pink bow slides but I'm also envisioning it with tall boots or booties as fall temps roll in.

Thank you for reading!

xo, Annelise

September 11, 2017

{cherry} red white & blue

[ Skirt: J.Crew (similar here and here) | Shirt: J.Crew | Sandals: Dolce Vita | Bag: BR Factory (also love this one) | Sunglasses: AJ Morgan (similar) | Lips: Revlon 'Ravish Me Red' ]

Photos taken on the boardwalk in Atlantic City, NJ

Today I'm sharing the last of my outfits from our East Coast vacation, which means summer is now really officially over ;)  I wore this outfit to dinner at Dock's which is an annual tradition on this trip.  The restaurant has been around since 1897 and is an Atlantic City staple.

This red mini skirt has become one of my favorite pieces to style in my closet.  I wore it last fall with a white blouse for a mod-inspired look, and again in the winter with a blush pink sweater.  This time, I paired it with a crisp light blue popover for an Americana summer vibe.  I'm also totally crushing on the red and purple trend right now (hello, these were made for me), so I'm sure you'll be seeing this skirt again in the very near future!

xo, Annelise