Friday, January 20, 2017

Lisa's Blogging Bloopers: Volume 12

TGIF! Happy Friday friends. I am so excited for this week to be over. My kids have been sick for weeks now, and although my daughter was back at school and is finally feeling better, my son was down for the count all week. It's hard to get things done when your kids are home sick. It even more difficult to see them sick and be helpless to take their pain away! #momproblems ;)

I'm keeping it light on this Friday by sharing my latest installment of outtakes. I hope these make you smile and get your weekend off to a great start! 

"Oh, hey car honking their horn!"
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"Quick CC, take the photo, there is a large group of people walking this way!"
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Walk this way...
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I just tripped, again! Classic Lisa ;)
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Phone and hair emergency...
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There is such thing as too much wind!
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"What? I sit like this. Not a great photo? OK, I'll sit up."
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Leaf toss fail!
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Which is your favorite from above? 
Check out more blogging bloopers here

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Rocked it & Swapped it

This season, I have really been into wearing tons of blush tones. Sure, you think blush tones when you think Spring fashion, but I am truly loving styling these pink hues this Winter as well! Kaitlyn was gifted this beautiful cashmere pink sweater from J.Jill in December, and styled it with skinny jeans while print mixing for a day in Downers Grove. When I found it in my swap bag, I wanted to try to mix up the styling a bit. I wore the sweater over a wrap dress and under another sweater. Layers is something that will never go out of style! 

Are you a fan of blush tones during the Winter? 
What do you think of this cashmere sweater?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A Little Namaste Goes a Long Way

Weekdays can feel really long. Let me re-phrase that: WINTER weekdays can feel tremendously long. Especially the last few, which if you’re from Chicago-ish, I’m sure you will agree. Not only are the first few weeks back are the holidays super depressing but it has also been extra Eeyore-style gloomy outside for what feels like, forever. Rain, ice storms, sleet and no sunshine make it difficult to feel cheery or motivated do much of anything. We were blessed with such a beautiful Fall and I had gotten into such a great routine of waking up early to walk the dog, train for the half-marathon or prep healthy meals for the week. But for me, all of these things greatly depend on the weather which has a direct affect on my mood so there’s definitely been more couch sitting, less aerobic activity these days. During Winter, there’s a time for hibernation…until a certain point and then you just get the itch to start the countdown for Spring.

With that said, Winter is here to stay for a few more months so instead of focusing on the negative aspects, I’ve been doing a few little things here and there to make the weekdays feel less monotonous....aka adding a little more "namaste" into the every day. It really helps to have some things to look forward to, even if it’s as small as face timing your friends during the Bachelor to talk about how ludicrous Corinne is (anyone else?!) 

  • Plan a night each week to watch your favorite show with girlfriends. Like I mentioned, I am usually conversing with some ladies during rose ceremonies but even better than that, I look forward to “Nashville Nights,” where 3 of my favorite ladies and I gather each week to watch the show. We take turns hosting and the person who’s turn it is, provides some fun snacks for the group. We’ve been trying to keep these a little healthier so last time, we had yogurt & (homemade) granola parfaits which were super tasty! 
  • Try a new exercise class with a friend. My gym recently hosted a free class of the new version of Body Pump so along with one of my besties, I tried it out and really enjoyed it. It felt nice to do something “out of my routine” and spend some time with her as well. I liked it enough to consider signing up for it on a weekly basis so I consider this well worth the visit (plus, I was so sore the next day!)
  • Make an easy dinner with your significant other. My husband has MANY talents but cooking isn’t one of his top 10. Okay, well it might be but I couldn’t be sure because he’s barely touched the stove in 3+ years. That said, we DO enjoy making one of our favorite weeknight meals together…he cooks the sausage while I make the pasta (similar to this recipe) and even though it’s simple, we’re still side by side and it feels nice to both be contributing. Especially if I put a little Sinatra on the record player while we work…
  • Go out for breakfast or coffee on a weekday. I find that I have a much easier time waking up early on the weekends because usually, it's to get a head start on a fun day I have planned. During the week though, it's not as easy to jump out of bed without hitting snooze a few times. A few times recently, I have met co-workers for breakfast or my Mom for coffee, even if it's just for a half hour before work and it has been a much brighter way to start the day. Instead of diving right into your normal, rushed routine, this makes it feel like you had time outside of work to enjoy yourself.
  • Wear impractical shoes just because you want to. Normally, I would reserve these fabulous glitter booties for New Years Eve or a night out with the girls, but why not pair them with a classic jeans & cardigan combo to add a little extra sparkle? I certainly think the other coffee house patrons found them to be quite a sight at 8:00am :) 


What are your tips for mid week pick-me-up's?


Cardigan: Old Navy (similar)
Striped Turtleneck: Old Navy (very similar)
Jeans: Old Navy 
Purse: Sole Society (Old but similar and so cute here)
Booties: ASOS (indentical under $70)
Hat: Etsy

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

How to Style a Shirt Dress in the Winter

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I love me a great shirt dress! They are so comfortable to wear but are super stylish at the same time. This one from J.Jill is a Rayon-Twill blend and not only is it beyond soft, it also doesn't wrinkle like a linen dress would.  Score! In the past, I tend to style these type of dress more in the Spring-Fall months, but by adding a few warmer pieces to the styling, a shirt dress can be the perfect Winter outfit too! 

I have been getting so much use out of this long sweater cardigan this season. I picked it up in November and it is hands down my most worn piece the past few months! By adding the long sweater over and slouchy OTK boots to this classic stripe shirt dress, I was ready for my daytime date with the hubby. I actually didn't even need hosiery or a jacket over, I was warm enough with the outfit as is. 

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Dress: c/o J.Jill // Cardigan: Gap (sold out) // Boots: c/o Sole Society // Bag: Express // Earrings: c/o T+J Designs (only $5!) // Necklace: The Giving Keys // Sun, Moon, & Star Bracelets: c/o Wonderer Bracelets // Large Ring: c/o Park Lane Jewerly // Watch: Fossil 

How do you style your shirt dresses in the Winter? I'd love to hear your suggestions in the comments section! 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Sunday Mornings with Vinyl

Every year, I seem to end up with some sort of electronic or tech item on my Christmas wish list. Last year, it was a new camera lens and the year before, an upgraded phone. This holiday was no different...except that my request was a bit surprising to those shopping for me, as it pre-dates my existence. I have had a crush on turntables for a while now. For die hard fans, it's something that's never gone away and might be hard to watch Millennials and younger jump on board, for fear that they are indulging in a fad. But for me, it's not something I hoped to own because it helped me check a box in any certain category. It's the fact that there is something special about the crackle when the arm hits the spinning plastic and the old time vibes it offers to a cozy living space. 

My parents have one in our fireplace room at the Lake House and every time we're all there, we find ourselves gathering around it to share conversation, drinks and Sinatra...Who by the way, is the main reason I wanted one of my own. I listen to the Rat Pack and various crooners on a daily basis via Spotify but that definitely takes a back seat to hearing them on vinyl. It's the perfect complement to our lazy Sunday mornings, where slippers are mandatory and breakfast comes without an alarm. And if it's raining outside? SO MANY BONUS POINTS.

It's charming, romantic and a true piece of happiness in our home.
One of my favorite things about owning the record player is seeking them out at different antique and second hand stores. There is excitement in not knowing what you're going to find because each time is a different experience. Even if you're searching for one in particular, chances are you will find 10 more along the way that would make solid additions to your collection. 
Frugal Muse is a local, independent shop not too far from me, with a wide variety of new and gently used gems including books, cd's, dvd's and records. I also love shopping for them at the Randolph Street Market - I went over the Summer with a few of my favorite ladies (also, turntable owners) and we spent a good half hour digging for gold and sharing memories about how various albums have impacted each one of us in different generations. That's one of the best things about music...its ability to bring people together.
I'm currently on the hunt for a Fleetwood Mac album (for less than $30, that is!) so I'll keep my eyes peeled... in the meantime, you can find me listening to Ella's greatest hits on repeat. 

In the post:
Turntable: Crosley
Records: Frugal Muse
Ladder: Amazon
Slippers: UGG (His & Mine)
Red Christmas Truck (That I'm not ready to put away): Target - On sale for $6!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Baked Oatmeal for Breakfast

Breakfast is my favorite meal, especially on the weekends when it can be less rushed and actually turns into brunch. I love going out for eggs and coffee or indulging in waffles on a Sunday morning...but on weekdays, breakfast is more of a requirement, less of a fun activity. I'm often grabbing something on my way out the door or if I'm lucky, sipping on a smoothie which sometimes has me feeling hungry an hour later. 

That's why this baked oatmeal recipe is so can bake a big batch ahead of time, slice it up and put it in the fridge, giving you an easy (and deliciously filling) breakfast to help you make it through the morning. My Mom first made the recipe last year and I became obsessed...she warmed it up and then topped it with cold greek yogurt and berries and it was love at first taste. 

To make your own...

You will need:

3 cups rolled oats
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1/2 cup melted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup dried cranberries


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)
2. In a large bowl, mix together oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Beat in milk, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Stir in dried cranberries. Spread into a 9x13 inch baking dish.
3. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes.

Do you have an easy breakfast recipe? 
I'd love to hear! Please share in the comments :) 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Little Black (Wrap) Dress

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The only thing better then adding a classic LBD to your wardrobe, is adding a wrap style LBD. The silhouette is utterly flattering on every body shape and size, so picking up this one in black from Leota was a no brainier. This is one of those pieces that can stay in your closet year in and year out and literally never go out of style.

I have been wearing this blue faux leather jacket non-stop lately, so I wanted to find a way to pull more blue into this styling. The scarf I added is part of the J.Jill Compassion fund collection (read more about that cause here), and I love how it's this gorgeous purple/plum color. I used that color to pick out my lip color and boots, then finished my look off by adding a print oversized clutch. In the end, I really loved this pairing. My LBD became a great canvas for print mixing and color matching but still didn't look busy.

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Dress: c/o Leota New York // Jacket: c/o Style & Co // Boots: Michael Kors // Bag: Banana Republic (same bag, different print) // Scarf: c/o J.Jill // Necklace: The Giving Keys // Watch: Fossil // Tights: Spanx

Photos by Cecilia Jean

Do you have any wrap dresses in your wardrobe? What do you think of this pairing?