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

November 15, 2017

walkin in memphis

[ Turtleneck: J.Crew Factory | Jeans: J.Crew Factory | Booties: Hinge | Hat: Nordstrom (also love this, this and this one) | Bag: gift from a friend (it's fake!) | Lips: Burberry 'Bright Plum' ]

Photos taken in Memphis

Here's what I wore to explore Main Street and much of downtown Memphis!  I felt a little country-esque with my boots and my sort-of cowboy hat - perfect for Tennessee :).  We stumbled upon some cool street art while walking around - in one area there was an old piano that had been painted and in another spot there was this black and white mural which we thought featured a pixelated image of Kurt Cobain but it turns out it's Jay Reatard, a different musician from Memphis.  This outfit was perfect for the fall temps and fresh air!

xo, Annelise

November 13, 2017

stripe dreams

[ Sweater: J.Crew (also love this one) | Jeans: J.Crew (similar here) | Shoes: Louise et Cie | Bag: Henri Bendel | Sunglasses: Forever 21 | Lips: Clinique 'Petal Pink' ]

Photos taken at Water Tower Pavilion in Memphis

We're back from our long weekend in Memphis (we got into Chicago at 6:50 this morning to be exact...) and we're already missing it!  We had fabulous weather -fall temps and sunshine, which was nice since it feels like we were robbed of a fall in Chicago - delicious food and even better company.  It was nice to take a break from work before the chaos of the holidays starts up.

As for my outfit, I got this sweater around this time last year and it's still one of my favorite pieces.  Not only is it comfortable and great quality, but the colorful stripes make it super versatile.  I love finding new colors that it pairs well my new birthday bag!  I've linked a bunch of fun striped sweaters I'm currently loving below.

Hope you had a great weekend!

xo, Annelise

November 10, 2017


[ Sweater: H&M | Jeans: Levi's | Bag: Mango | Booties: Hinge | Sunglasses: AJ Morgan (similar) | Lips: Tom Ford 'Patrick' ]

Photos taken at the Water Tower Pavilion in Memphis

Yesterday was our first day in Memphis and my one request was that we get blog photos out of the way so we can relax and enjoy the rest of our trip.  Patrick is so amazing for abiding!  We're down here visiting my brother and his fiance (!!! he proposed last weekend)!

I popped into H&M the other day and had to stop myself from bringing about 30 things into the dressing room.  They have the cutest sweaters in such fun colors and designs right now (I mean...this, this, this, this, and this...I want it all!).  I restrained myself and brought home just this guy but I've already worn it about three times.  It's so soft and cozy!

We're off to enjoy our vacation!  Have a great weekend!

xo, Annelise

November 6, 2017

fall in chicago

[ Sweater: J.Crew Factory | Jacket: Ann Taylor (similar here and here) | Jeans: Levi's | Belt: Michael Kors (similar) | Oxfords: Louise et Cie | Bag: gift from my girlfriend (it's fake!) | Lips: Revlon 'Plumalicious' ]

Photos taken in Washington Square Park

I always love walking through Washington Square Park in the fall because every tree seems to take on a different beautiful fall shade.  Yesterday we walked through the park on our way to brunch at Luxbar (one of our favorites!) and had to stop for pictures.  Even in the dreary wet weather, the park was alive with a rainbow of colors.

I am here to inform you that J.Crew Factory cashmere is the softest, coziest cashmere I've ever felt.  When I saw that they now carry cashmere (and are selling it at a steal for $78!) I jumped right on it and got this classic light gray v-neck sweater.  I wore it to work last week and again yesterday for brunch and lounging around the apartment.  I have my eye on this bright persimmon crew neck sweater next!

Thank you for reading! 

xo, Annelise