Monthly Archives: November 2014

Black Friday 2014

Here is the Black Friday roundup of all my favorite sales going on online right now! I’m a homebody on Black Friday and prefer to shop online, below are the sites I am browsing today!

Tory Burch – Spend $300, receive 20% off; spend $500, receive 25% off; spend $750 receive 30% off with code LUCKY

J Crew – 30% off full-priced styles & extra 40% off sale with code HOLIDAY, free shipping

Piperlime – 25% off with code IHEARTNYC, free shipping

Old Navy – Up to 50% off everything, get an extra 15% off with code GRAVY

Ann Taylor – 50% off your entire purchase with code THANKS

ASOS – 30% off everything with code TGIBF

Happy Shopping everyone!!

Monkey Bread

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For Thanksgiving, Sam and I join his family at his grandparents house. This year I decided to try and make Monkey bread to bring for dessert! Sam has been begging for me to make it since we received the recipe from a friend at our wedding.

For the bread you will need:
Bunt Pan
Butter
Granulated sugar
Brown Sugar
Vanilla Extract
Cinnamon
2 large cans of Pillsbury rolls (not the flaky kind!)

1. Grease the bunt pan

2. Melt 1/2 cup of butter in a bowl

3. Mix 1 tablespoon cinnamon and 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar in a bowl

4. Cut the rolls in to 6 sections and roll into balls.

5. Dunk each ball into the butter and cover with sugar.

6. Fill the bunt cake pan only 3/4 of the way with balls.

7. Mix together 2/3 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup melted butter

8. Add in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

9. Pour mixture over sugar balls

10. Put in the oven at 350 for 35 minutes.

11. Take out – flip into pan and enjoy!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

Gift Giving

Shopping for for anyone can be a challenge during the holidays. You want to get something that person will enjoy and actually use! I love decorations and knick-knacks as much as the next person but these gifts will be used year after year and you won’t worry they will be left in the back of the closet.

1. Classic watch – this MARC JACOBS Watch is something I could wear every day and never get bored. It’s classic and not overpowering but beautiful. Try to choose a watch in a neutral color made with nice material. It will never go out of style.

2. This  Anthropologie Ring is beautiful but small enough to wear every day.

3. I always appreciate something sparkly for the holidays, these Kate spade earrings can be work dressed up or down and worn on a daily basis if you want sparkle in your life every day.

4. Never underestimate a good pair of leather gloves. I love these Mulberry gloves because of the buttery leather and the beautiful tree embossed in them gives them a unique edge.
5. Classic, well-made and never go out of style. I’d be ecstatic to add a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses to my sunglasses collection. The slightly winged look adds a little femininity to the classic Ray ban glasses.
6. Fitbit – I have been fighting with myself whether to buy a Fitbit or not. They do so many things now that it is so easy to keep track of your fitness goals. If you have any fitness queens on your gift list, this is for them!
7. I love changing my phone case for the seasons. This green and sparkly phone case is perfect for the holiday season!
8. My makeup bag goes everywhere with me in my purse so it makes sense that woman want them to look pretty! This Tory Burch make up bag is a perfect size for travel and at home and it doesn’t hurt that it’s also adorable.
9. Do you have any cooking ladies on your list year? I saw these Copper measuring cups at anthropologie and I loved them. Copper looks so unique and fresh in a kitchen, even if you don’t cook they add a cool edge as decoration.
10. What lady doesn’t want a monogrammed mug to sit by the fireplace and sip coffee? Now I just need a fireplace…I found this Stoneware mug at anthropologie but there are so many alternatives for every type of girl.
11. This is the most practical gift on the list and the most important. Yes sometimes it is important to get off your phone but you also need to have your phone charged in case of emergency. This little Portable External charger is so small but can charge a cell phone about 3 times. It’s cute and tiny and I promise you won’t notice the extra weight in your bag.
12. Have any type A friends on your list? They will love this Kate Spade Agenda, it’s adorable and small enough to fit in a purse. I am already using it to get organized and write down important dates!
Hope you found a gift for that special girl!
Happy Holidays!!

October 25th 2014

Today I wanted to share some of the photos from our wedding. We recieved the photos and they are absolutely amazing!

They turned out better than I dreamed, I couldn’t believe how many there were! It took me hours just to get through them all, laughing and crying as I was reminded of all the events of the day (some I was a part of and some I had no idea were taking place!)

Our photographers were TKL Photography and I would highly recommend them to anyone (they travel too!) Hope you all enjoy the pictures as much as I did!

 

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And just for fun TKL gave us these hilarious photoshop “outakes” from the wedding.

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Winter Necessities

Winter is officially here in Chicago. We skipped right over Fall and crashed hard into the freezing weather this week. I decided to put together a list of my winter necessities to brave the snowy days ahead.Investing in a down black jacket is the best purchase I’ve made. I love Barbour for their warm, stylish jackets and perfect fit boots that have a country chic edge to them.

Layering is my best friend in the winter. I have 3 of the old navy turtlenecks in all different colors. They are stretchy and the perfect thickness to layer under sweaters.

I own the brown leather madewell bag and it has been my best purchase yet. It’s basic but brings any outfit together perfectly.

Last but not least, don’t forget a fun hat to keep your ears and head warm!

Sam and I finally finished our wedding thank you notes. We are so grateful for all of he gifts we received, the hardest part was trying to convey that to each person. After writing 100+ notes, making each one personal is a challenge. We believe they are a necessity after recieveing any gift, a handwritten note is the best way to show your thankfulness.

I hope everyone is staying warm!