Friday, October 24, 2014

Outtakes: Lisa

 Last month I showed you some of my outtakes. Well I'm at it again, as I take so many frames per outfit posts and you guys see less then half of them. I decided to show you some of the good, the bad, and the down right awkward.

So without further ado, I give you my outtakes:
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These first two pictures are proof of what happens when I shoot with Kaitlyn. We laugh, I clearly talk while she is shooting, and it makes for some very unusable, yet very fun shots.

The next one is a great example of what some call "resting bitch face". Yep, can't use this one! ;)
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I don't always have someone to take photos of myself and although I do have a remote, I generally use the timer. Yes, I walk the the camera, set the timer, run to my mark, pose for 8 frames, and repeat. This is one of my unusable timer pictures. 
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The last two are me fixing my hair. I find I do this quite a bit when I go back though my film and look for the top 6-8 that will make the post.  When you shoot outdoors the wind plays a factor and so does the lack of wind. After years of outdoor photos I think I almost have it down! lol

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I'm pretty sure my favorite is the down right silliness and awkwardness of the first photo. It's between that one and my "resting bitch face" one for sure. 

What do you think? Do you like seeing outtakes?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Rocked it & Swapped it


One of things we look forward to most when the seasons change is adding our favorite sweaters back to the closet rotation. Out with the tanks and in with the knits - chunky and copped, long and tailored, marled and draped...whatever the combination, we aim to stay comfy, cozy and chic. 

Lisa recently listed this Forever 21 sweater in her closet because she has a few similar items and this worked out great for me. I called dibs on it right away, knowing it would be perfect for chilly days at the office where even my space heater just won't do. I love how she paired it with an oversized green hat -- I just kept the hair simple and added distressed denim with a nude bootie.

Shop cozy (and affordable!) sweaters on BISTM:


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Peaked My Pinterest: Top 10 Pumpkin Picks

When you eat a pumpkin bagel (WITH pumpkin cream cheese) for breakfast and pumpkin pasta for lunch, you really start to question that declaration you made that you are anything but basic. Rewind to Thanksgiving a few years back when I couldn’t even stand the smell of pumpkin pie and now? Now my house looks like the famous fall vegetable hosted a party and forgot to clean up after its guests. 

For me though, I think it’s more about feeling like you’re experiencing every bit of the season rather than actually LOVING every single pumpkin flavor you try. Example, I tested pumpkin nut butter on toast the other day and opted for cereal minutes later so even I have my limits. But for the most part, it warms me up, literally and figuratively and isn't that the best fall feeling?

Here are my top 10 pumpkin Pinterest recipes:

1. Pumpkin Pie Greek Yogurt via A New Bloom 


2. Pumpkin Beer Chili via Lake House Lyn


4. Pumpkin Pasta via Lakeshore Lady 


5. Pumpkin Chocolate-Chip Protein Cookies via Girl Loves Glam


6. Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte via Dashing Dish


7. Pumpkin S'mores via Something Swanky


8. Tuscan kale and Pumpkin seed risotto via Cupcakes & Cashmere


9. Two-ingredient Chocolate Pumpkin cupcakes via Picky Palate


10. Pumpkin ice-cream sandwiches with Ginger Snaps via Our One Acre Farm

What is your favorite fall recipe? We love to try new things!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Animal Instincts

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I recently wore this dress of Kaitlyn's and it was love at first site. Here's the thing though, the dress comes with this great gold cinched belt and when Kaitlyn wore it last, that's how she styled it.
I wanted to take the dress out of it's box and style it in a way that would make it look different. There is a beautiful drape detail on the top so I carried it over into the rest of the look.
I added a drape front cardigan, drape front faux leather jacket, and lots of silver jewelry that felt like it was in the "animal instincts" type category. In the end I wanted to add a pop of color so I did so in my shoes and in my clutch.
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Dress: H&M (swap w/ Kaitlyn) // Cardigan: M. Rena via TSF Box Service // Jacket: c/o Just Fab // Shoes: Zara // Clutch: Shoedazzle // Necklace: Baublebar // Sunnies: Express // Earrings: Castellammare Jewelry // Full Finger Ring: T+J Designs // Stackable Rings: Shop Jules 

Do you ever style your dresses to look not like themselves? I think you get more bang for your buck when you do that, don't you? 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fifty Shades of Fall


This is a special time of year because Fall is very brief in Chicago so we must take advantage of it's perks while we can. It has been 60's and sunny during the day, dropping to fireplace worthy temperatures at night, making for perfect days.. days where a sweater dress and booties feel just right, the leaves are the colors of candy corn and lighting a seasonal candle to read by on the couch feels absolutely necessary on a Friday night. 


I love this marled sweater dress from Target -- it works with bare legs for a casual fall look but will also be fun to pair with tights, booties and a top knot come cooler months and the holidays.




Dress: Target // Booties: Forever 21 (similar) // Bag: Aldo // Sunnies: Old Navy // Necklace: LOFT // Watch: T+J Designs

What do you enjoy most about the season?

Friday, October 17, 2014

My Sheinside Wish List

With the holidays around the corner, I am always looking for online stores where I can get a lot of bang for my buck. Between outfits for myself and gifts for others, Sheinside has you covered. Their price points are outstanding and you can really get a lot of items with out breaking the bank. 

Don't forget to check out their jewelry selection, you're sure to find everything you are looking for and for a really great price to boot! 

Here are a few items I am currently lusting over: 


I feel like I'd wear or love to get/give any of these above items this fall/winter/holiday season. 

Do you see any items you like above? Do you ever shop at Sheinside?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Every Pound Saves a Hound


"There is only one thing more enjoyable than a fresh-brewed cup of coffee in the morning, and that is to see a dog's wagging tail when you roll out of bed"...


Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co, a company who strives to support the hard-working rescue organizations in your community, summed it up perfectly. When we adopted Fitz from Wagging Hearts six months ago, I suddenly had a reason to enjoy mornings, rather than avoid them. Ever since I started drinking coffee (note: I'm an iced girl, even in the winter), I look forward to our A.M. routine which starts with the fireplace and some brew and ends with my four-legged pal snoring beside me on the couch.

At Grounds & Hounds, every pound saves a hound which means while you're enjoying their delicious (and cleverly titled) flavors, you're also giving shelter pups the second-chance they deserve. My husband and I have always shared a love for dogs so once we got married, it was only a matter of time. One year later, we started scouring Adopt a Pet and fell in love with ALL of the rescue pups but there was one special litter prompted us to email the foster home and end our weekend getaway early to see them. 

Fitz and his brothers and sisters were born in Tennessee and were residing in a high kill shelter until Wagging Hearts stepped in to find him a home..."These Boxer-lab puppies can't wait to find their forever home" the site read and we are so lucky to share ours with him...I often wonder, "who rescued who?" ;) 



I have a Keurig so I used my Krups grinder (just $20!) to ground the Alpha Male mix...

You just need a reusable k-cup for the grounds...

Add a little skim milk, and I'm in puppy love.


From pup to toddler, our rescue pup is growing beautifully and has turned into a best friend...



Can't forget about Dad...he loves waking up to Fitz kisses, even the sloppiest of them all. 

Do you have a furry family member? How do you spend your mornings together?