Go Blog Social // Chicago

At the end of October I got the chance to attend the Go Blog Social Conference in Chicago. And now, a month later, I’m finally getting around to telling you about it. Better late than never, right? It was great – I got to meet some amazing Chicago bloggers, and I learned a lot and so I’m going to share. 🙂


  1. Set Networking Goals. If you’re anything like me, the thought of a room full of strangers who might talk to you is terrifying. Seriously anxiety inducing. However, I discovered if I set little goals for myself it gets a lot  easier. Don’t feel like you have to talk to the full room, but just 4 people (or 2…). That’s way more doable.
  2. Everyone Has Doubts. I noticed a common trend listening to the speakers all day. No one just sails through life. Even the bloggers who appear to have it all figured out and under control struggled to get there. Felt insecure, had breakdowns. No ones journey is perfect or easy. I think that’s an important thing to remember – all of us need a cheerleader or a helping hand from time to time, and that’s ok.
  3. Be Persistent. Piggy backing off point 2 – don’t give up. Sticking with it might be the most important part of success. If you love what you’re doing keep doing it.
  4. Perfection is the Enemy.  I struggle with this. I want things (ie – blog posts) to be 100% perfect and wonderful before I’m happy with the results, and if I can’t get to perfect I don’t hit publish. I can’t tell you how many half done posts I have as drafts. Or that I never start because of some irrational fear of being wrong. You have to start to get anywhere!!
  5. There’s Room for Everyone. This is my favorite lesson. There’s room for all of us. There’s no need for bloggers to be jealous or mean to each other – we’re all just doing what we love, and we should celebrate each other for that. I heard it over and over – and it was so refreshing, because I always have the little voice in my head telling me to just give up because there are already so many “fashion bloggers” out there. That’s no reason to stop. 🙂

OK – so! Those are my lessons, which I am going to try very hard to take to heart.



Trend Watch // Leather Weather

You may or may not remember this – but last spring I took the plunge into the world of leather jacket ownership, pretty life changing.  And since I was pleasantly surprised by one leather item I’ve been toying with the idea of expanding my leather ownership into other categories. And, after seeing some rather chic looks on the Spring Runways, I’ve been seriously considering the leather dress. Leather-AW15-3Narciso Rodriguez (1 & 2) // Belstaff // Fendi

I used to believe that leather dresses were only for floozies. However, it seems that I have just been blind to their potential for chicness. Take for example, Jennifer Aniston, no one would ever call her a floozie and she rocks leather dresses all the time (all the time!) Same with the rest of these ladies.


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But I do think there are some limits to trend – not just any leather dress can look chic… Here are a few things I’m keeping in mind while searching for the right fit:

  1. Keep it Classy – since leather tends to err on the side of sexy, look for dresses with higher neck lines or sleeves to avoid looking like a floozie.
  2. Shape and structure – take a cue from Olivia Palermo  and try a shift dress or a boxy top for a fashion-forward style.
  3. The Details – if you’re not 100% ready to go leather, try a dress with leather trim or sleeves to add a little edgy flair.



Spring 16 // Return of the Slip

Simplicity has been making a comeback lately. Classic silhouettes, solid colors, and simple styling have been catching my eye more and more. So it’s not that surprising that the iconic 90s slip-dress is making it’s way down fashion week’s runways again, even Zac Posen took a break from his signature structured looks and showed a breezy, relaxed collection, which included – you guessed it – a slip dress!

Slip DressCalvin Klein // Tibi // Calvin Klein // DKNY // Zac Posen 

Quick history lesson – the slip dress first traveled down Calvin Klein’s runway in 1994 on Kate Moss and quickly became the “it-dress” of the decade.
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Out of all the 1990s trends that have been resurfacing lately, the slip dress is one that I might be able to get behind. Especially when styled with scrappy sandals (instead of the sneakers of the 90s…)

Click through for more slip dresses form the SS16 runways.


Emmys 2015 // Classic Chic

I totally forgot about the Emmys, and so missed watching the red carpet coverage (I was at Trader Joe’s, such glamour). Luckily the internet exists.

There were many, many lovely ladies who walked the red carpet in bright, sparkly gowns. But I was more drawn to the long, black dress trend. Something about the simple, classic glamour feels really right.




Also, really loving Amy Poehler’s darker hair.

The other nice thing about a classic black dress? Much easier to find a copy-cay look 😉


*images via E!

Capsule Wardrobe // Olivia Palermo

It’s not hard to be intimidated by Olivia Palermo’s style – she’s always on point, even while walking her dog. But when you really break it down, her style is very simple – she goes for classic pieces, with a twist. An white button down with an asymmetrical hem, a blazer without sleeves. She also understands the power of great accessories, and can take a simple look to the next level by adding a killer pair of heels.



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Are you a fan of Olivia’s style?



Real Life Style #30 // #Throwback Thursday

If you remember my post from last week, you’ll recall my #ThrowbackThursday challenge with boohoo.com, if you don’t remember, check it out here before the big reveal!

I’ll wait.


SO! I went with one of Rachel’s more timeless looks – little black dress over a white button down. I love this look, because – yes, it is a throwback, but it still looks modern enough to be stylish today!
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I’m smiling because I’m outside without a jacket on (!!!!) and also, I was probably singing the Friends theme song over and over in my head.



Throwback Thursday // Rachel Green

When boohoo.com reached out and asked me if I would do a Throwback Thursday fashion post I got VERY excited. The assignment was to pick someone from the past who’s fashion I admire and recreate it. What a fun way to explore personal style, right?

WHO TO PICK?? Well… since Friend’s was added to Netflix my fiancé and I have been doing a lot of binge watching – so I was inspire to recreate Miss Rachel Green’s style. Rachel’s character goes though quite the fashion evolution, and while she hits all the high points of amazing 90s fashion in the early seasons (belly shirts, knee socks, overalls!!), she also mixes in a lot of very classic pieces – so I have a lot of great material to work with.

Here are a few options…

TBT-rachel-greenI like the idea of pairing her overall-shorts with a super chic blazer to give the look a modern update.


Here’s what I mean about the classic pieces – little black dress, little black skirt and button downs – it just takes a few tweaks to make these looks relevant in any decade!

Come back next Thursday to see the look I pick to recreate! Until then – here’s how to get them yourself!



PS – Happy Birthday Kelsey Combe!

Oscars 2015 // Best Dressed

I wanted to start this post with a little re-cap of the ladies I imaginary styled for Sunday’s big event. With the exception of Felicity Jones, I am happy to report I would place them all on the best-dressed list!


Resse Witherspoon was stunning in a black and white Tom Ford gown, not even close to what I picked, but I’ll forgive her. Sienna Miller picked a black Oscar de la Renta dress, and looked just gorgeous. Jen was in a nude Atelier Versace number that was probably more stunning the the one I picked for her. I was NOT a huge fan of Felicity Jones’ Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen ball gown – but she did look amazing – and so happy!!

NEXT – Emma Stone. I wanted Emma to wear a beaded black Elie Saab dress with short sleeves – she opted for a beaded chartreuse Elie Saab dress with long sleeves.

SOOOOO close. I have to say, I’m glad she did. She looked stunning.


Bonus pic of Jen and Emma, because they are amazing.



YOU GUYS – remember how I said that my predictions have never been right??? Well, I broke the losing streak Sunday night because Keira Knightly wore the Valentino dress I picked for her.  And it looked just as dreamy and whimsical as I wanted it to. AHH!


As if that was not enough – she also wore a black Valentino gown to the Vanity Fair after party that I’d had on my wish list!! AHHH again!!


Not many of my other wish-list picks made appearances – but Faith Hill was a knock out in J. Mendel (from my list!)

Faith-Hill-oscar-2015Beyond that I’d put Gwyneth Paltrow, Rosamund Pike, Zoe Saldana, and Anna Kendrick at the top of my best dressed list.


Who were your favorites?


Images: HuffPost // US Weekly // Who What Wear

Oscar Predictions // Best Dressed

Only one more day until we get to see which dresses make the red carpet cut at the Oscars! One of my very favorite things to do is predict who will wear what, and which designers will score red carpet placement.  I’ve never been right…  but I have gotten CLOSE (ish) !! Might as well keep trying, right?

So, here’s what I’d like to see tomorrow!

Sienna Miller has been killing it on the red carpet lately – so I have total faith she’ll be one of this year’s best dressed. I would love to see her in this feathered Elie Saab gown – it’s elegant but still a little edgy 100% Oscar material.


I think Reese would look amazing in this gown from Carolina Herrera’s Fall 2015 collection, I love the printed skirt, it adds a little something extra to a classic silhouette – plus Reese would look amazing in that blue!

Speaking of classic, Felicity Jones favors sophisticated, elegant red carpet looks – and always looks awesome in them. Fingers crossed she picks this navy and purple Oscar de la Renta gown tomorrow night.


Jennifer Aniston has been a HUGE fan of the plunging neck-line this season, and she tends to stick with black dresses, my pick for her is this sparkly Naeem Khan number.

Kiera is a little less predictable when it comes to red carpet fashion – but she does often choose whimsical dressed – which is why I think she might be able to pull off this look from the Valentino couture collection. It’s a little risky, but I think she could make it work.


Miss Stone is a big red carpet risk taker, but I’d like to see her go a little more traditional for the Oscar’s – not totally traditional of course! But I think she’d make every best dressed list in this sparkly/sheer Elie Saab dress!!

With the Fall 15 runway shows going on right now, I’ve also spotted a few color trends that I’l love to see come to life on the red carpet. Ice blue dresses (think Cinderella blue, magical!), sparkly navy and art-deco inspired metallics are poised to have a big night tomorrow.

I also think we’ll see a lot of classics – black, white and gold. And there’s a change that peach and mustard colors could be a break out hit!

oscar-dresesOscar de la Renta // Carolina Herrera // Prabal Gurung // Jenny Packham // Monique Lhuillier Marchesa // Monique Lhuillier // Zuhair Murad // Oscar de la Renta
oscar-dreses2a Naeem Khan // Donna Karan // Valentino // Badgley Mischka // J. Mendel // J. Mendel  Naeem Khan // Jenny Packham // Bibhu Mohapatra


Who do you think will make the best dressed list?


*images via Style.com 


Red Carpet // Makeup

This is a BIG week – Oscar week!! I’ve always loved the Oscars, mainly for the red carpet.  I know I am not alone in my love of red carpet fashion, but there really is something so exciting about it. Seeing who takes big risks, who plays it safe and who debuts a new style is, strangely, a lot of fun.

Sadly, I can’t play dress up with Oscar gowns to recreate my favorite styles. That being said – I can recreate makeup looks!!

Full disclosure – I know very little about makeup. I’m a basics girl day-to-day. But this is the year for trying new things, so when Borghese sent me a box full of Red Carpet Ready makeup, I thought, why not?

So, without further ado, here are 3 of my favorite Oscar looks from the last few years, and my attempts to re-create them.


I started each look with my normal base layer (base layer? is that a makeup term?) Which is:

And then I built each look on top of that!

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