July 10, 2017

red with love

[ Dress: Amanda Uprichard via Rent the Runway | Shoes: Christian Louboutin (anniversary gift from my hubs) | Bag: Forever 21 (similar here) | Sunglasses: Forever 21 (similar) | Lips: Kat von D 'Outlaw' ]

Photos taken in Gold Coast

If you can be green with envy, can you be red with love?  We went to Milwaukee this weekend to witness my oldest friend get married, and it was such a beautiful wedding filled with so much love.  I've been friends with this girl since the summer before 1st grade!  It was amazing to share this milestone with her and her family.

I figured it was the perfect occasion for the inaugural wear of my anniversary gift from Patrick.  With shoes like those, you need to center your whole outfit around them!  I turned to Rent the Runway to find a fun black dress for the occasion.  I've used RTR many times before (seen here, here and here) and have had great success.  I finished the ensemble off with my favorite bold red lip color and was good to go.

Hope you had a great weekend!

xo, Annelise

July 5, 2017

ship shape

[ Shirt: J.Crew | Jeans: J.Crew (in white; also love this pair) | Sandals: Sole Society | Bag: Ted Baker (smaller version; similar) | Sunglasses: Forever 21 (similar) | Lips: Clinique 'Angel Red' ]

Photos taken at North Avenue Beach

Hope everyone had a fabulous Fourth of July!  I had Monday off work so I enjoyed a {never long enough} four-day weekend that involved lots of grilling, swimming, afternoon naps, and hanging with friends.  We topped it off by watching the Navy Pier fireworks show from Oak Street Beach last night.  It was the perfect summer weekend and I am SO not ready to return to the real world!

Here's an outfit I actually wore to work a few weeks ago on jean Friday then again out to brunch with friends in Michigan.  Some outfits are just meant to be repeated!  It would have also made the perfect Fourth of July outfit but it was in the wash (reference the double wear above).

Enjoy your short week!

xo, Annelise

July 3, 2017

pastel castle

[ Dress: SheIn (c/o) | Belt: ASOS | Bag: Ted Baker (mini version here; also love this one) | Shoes: Vince Camuto (similar) | Sunglasses: Forever 21 (similar) | Lips: Tom Ford 'Patrick' ]

Photos taken at the Water Tower

Talk about a dress that makes you feel like a princess!  I wore this outfit on a sushi date the other weekend and I felt so ethereal.  It moves and flows so beautifully as you walk.  It makes for the perfect piece on a warm summer night.  The dress runs big - I got a size small and it was quite long (I'm 5'10" for reference) and roomy.

Hope you all had a great weekend!

xo, Annelise

June 29, 2017

year one

[ Click here to see photos from our wedding day! ]

Patrick and I celebrated one year of being married on Sunday (June 25th).  People say the first year of marriage is the hardest.  Well if that's the case, then our life together is going to be a cake walk!  

This past year was filled with love, laughter and adventure.  We moved into a new home, traveled to St. Lucia, San Francisco and Napa, saw Hamilton, watched the Cubs win the World Series, attended 7 weddings, saw Coldplay and Phoenix in concert, ran, Divvy-ed and kayaked around Chicago, took on new roles at work...and so much more.

I love you with all my heart and soul, Patrick Nielsen!

And a huge thank you to everyone who sent us cards, texts, comments - you mean the world to us!

xo, Annelise + Patrick 

June 28, 2017

business in the front, bow in the back

[ Dress: ASOS | Heels: Sole Society | Earrings: J.Crew | Clutch: Natasha Couture (similar) | Lips: Revlon ' Ravish Me Red' ]

Photos taken at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester, MI

We attended a good friends wedding over the weekend and here's what I wore!  I was obviously drawn in by the bow feature, but this dress was also comfortable and flattering.  I got so many compliments!  I jazzed it up with some bold color-blocked accessories and a bright lip.

We have so many weddings to attend this year, I've been trying to keep my dress costs low.  I've been borrowing dresses from friends, using Rent the Runway, or shopping at ASOS, which is one of my favorite sources for inexpensive but great quality dresses.  I got my bridal shower dress (seen here) and my rehearsal dinner dress (seen here) from there, and they are some of my favorite dresses to date!

xo, Annelise

June 26, 2017

prints & tassels

[ Jacket: SheIn c/o | Top: Lush (similar) | Jeans: Levi's | Bag: Zara (similar) | Shoes: Vince Camuto (also love these) | Lips: Kat Von D 'Outlaw' ]

Photos taken in River North

When it comes to jackets and blazers, you can really never have too many.  They are the perfect layering piece.  I like for them to be bold and/or colorful; to really make a statement with an otherwise basic outfit.  The jackets I wore in this, this and this post are some of my favorites - I've had them for years and have worn them countless times.  So when I came across this one, I just could not resist the bright colors and all the fun details (hello tassels!).  It's under $30 and has already become my perfect summer accessory!

xo, Annelise