Fall Goals | Everday Cuvée


Whether you have been following my blog, liking my pictures on Instagram or this is your first time here, I thank you! I thank you because you are supporting me and I sincerely appreciate that.

For the past six years, I have owned a wedding invitation design studio and for the past six months, I have been sharing my outfits, style and life through Everyday Cuvée. Writing a style blog is something I’ve thought about for the past couple years and content I even dabbled with on Courtney Callahan Paper but fear held me back.

I worried that my outfits wouldn’t be good enough, that I wouldn’t inspire people, or that people would think I was crazy for sharing my style when I was supposed to be designing wedding invitations. But after a while, I stopped worrying and leapt into this exciting world of blogging.

It’s been an adventure so far and one that I plan on continuing. So why not take a step back and look at what I want to do better in the months to come?

This month’s blogger linkup by The B Bar asked just that – what are your goals for fall? I looked at these both professionally and personally because I think each area of my life could use a couple reminders and mantras to keep me on track for success!

Fall Goals for my blog:

1. Create meaningful and inspirational content: Visually-appealing photography and well-written copy is something that attracts me to other bloggers and something I strive to bring to my readers with each and every post.

2. Connect with other bloggers: At the Create & Cultivate conference, one of the speakers told the crowd to “surround themselves with like-minded people” and I truly believe that. The wedding industry has given me that opportunity to meet and work with incredibly-driven men and women, but owning my own business has left me slightly insular.

It is so easy to comment on Instagram photos, but much harder for me to show up to an event solo and provide a compliment to someone face-to-face. Its not the compliment part that is challenging, it is being at the event. Does every blogger know each other? Will they critique my follower count? This doubt can get the best of me sometimes when I really should just introduce myself  to other people that inspire me, like the same things I like and are looking to make a genuine connection.

3. Treat my blog as a business: Even though I check my stats and make sure I always receive a “good” SEO rating before posting, I need to look at my blog analytically and as a business.

When I started out in the wedding industry, I had to network like crazy, market myself to the industry and clients and learn everything I could about the business. In order to see growth, I need to do the same for Everyday Cuvée. One of the first steps I’m taking is getting a professional analysis of my blog by White Oak Creative to make sure I’ve got the basics down.

4. Connect and collaborate with brands I admire: As a relatively new blogger, this is a huge hurdle that I have to face because I do not have the traffic stats to stand on. However, I do have the commitment, creativity and courage to reach out to brands that I would love to work with.

I have had a few successes and am happy to report that I am working on some really fun collaborations for fall that I can’t wait to share with you.

Fall Goals for my personal life 

1. Stay Organized – I always thought of myself as a neat and organized person until I met my husband. Now, it seems that my receipts, clothes and papers continually pile up at every turn. In order to feel calm and ready to conquer my work day, I need to keep my space tidy and am really going to try to maintain order throughout the upcoming hectic months.

2. Stay Motivated – I started taking Shred 415 (a combination running and weights kick-butt class) in June and have seen a serious change in my strength and endurance. I attend class four mornings a week and thanks to their 12-hour cancellation policy, never cancel. Besides training for the marathon, I think this is the longest I have consistently committed to a workout program. Help me stick to it!

3. Travel – An upcoming trip to Northern California has me dreaming of sunshine and adventure. We will be spending a few days in San Francisco then heading to wine country for the rest of the time. It will be my fifth time to the area and know that it will leave me energized and inspired.

Do you have goals for fall? If so, I would love to hear them!

And make sure to read through all of the other posts on the linkup from some amazing bloggers:

Annie Reeves // 26 and Not Counting // Alyssa J Freitas // Carly Blogs //Feathers and Stripes // Carrie Loves // White Oak Creative // Sequins & Strawberries // Pieced Together // PreppyPanache // Knowing Kelly //Something Good // My Beauty Cloud // La Vie Petite //Wealthy in Health // White Cabana // Mrs. on the Move // She’s All Smiles // Life Modifier // A Little Leopard // Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough // L is for Lucy // Cori’s Corner // Beauty and the Pitch // Dreams and Colour Schemes // Viciloves  // Lights Camera Catwalk // Pattern Me Pretty // A Few of My Favorite Things // Chic Glamorous and Splendid // StyledbyKesha // Suzy Speaks // Luv in the Bubble // The Minimalist

Create & Cultivate Conference Recap


On Saturday, I attended Create & Cultivate, “a creative conference and online platform for female entrepreneurs in the digital space” founded by Jaclyn Johnson. It was the first time the conference has taken place in Chicago and I was lucky enough to purchase a ticket before the event sold out.

Dress, Booties, Tote Bag, Gorjana Necklace, Gold Aviators

To be honest, I wasn’t entirely sure what the conference was all about but saw that there was a rockstar lineup of lady bosses speaking throughout the day so I dove right in.

I signed up solo and therefore had major anxiety leading up to the event. I had been to similar large conferences (Alt Summit and Engage) and know that a 10-hour day of networking can be scary and downright exhausting. But, I did my research on #CreateCultivateCHI on Instagram and spotted a  familiar face in the lineup – Maureen from Kate & Company, whom I had worked with in the past. And even though I introduced myself to a ton of new people, it was nice to have a friend in the bunch to touch base with during breakouts. 

The action-packed day was split into panels, workshops, mentoring sessions, a keynote speaker and socializing with other female entrepreneurs. Plus, there was a shopping lounge by Whitney Eve (who was also a speaker), Topshop, Lulu & Georgia and Simon G. and a beauty lounge offering OPI manicures and hair and makeup touchups.  Why did I even get ready for the day?! 

What I Thought:

The standout panelists for me were ones that gave the most “real-world” advice – Erica Domesek from P.S. – I Made This, Jessica Sturdy from Bows & Sequins, Whitney Port from Whitney Eve and of course, Garance Doré. Garance was effortless and funny while being professional at the same time. With inspiring advice such as, “the heart first then the success follows” and “you cannot be everything to everyone,” I am really looking forward to reading her book coming out in the fall. 

Although there may be many people doing the same things, it is important to set yourself apart just by being YOU. We may buy the same bag or read the same blogs, but each person is unique. No one can be ME and I am pretty darn happy about that. So now it is time to hustle!

I was also happy to connect with the sister-duo behind White Elephant Designs, Kate from The Small Things, Rachel from Between Two Coasts, Kristin from Bridentity Crisis, Ashley from Ashley & Malone and Jay Goldmark from EmiJay during my mentor session. 

All in all, I am happy that I attended Create & Cultivate and look forward to more events here in Chicago. I would love to hear if you attended the event, what you thought or if you have any questions about that day. Let me know in my comments section!

What I Wore:

I stressed and stressed about what to wear and what to bring. After all, most of the women speaking and attending are quite fashionable. I chose this patterned, silk dress because it was stylish, comfortable and minimal on the wrinkle-factor (important when toggling between sitting and standing all day), black booties to last 10 hours on my feet and my trusty black tote filled with my camera, phone charger, lipstick and business cards. 

Dress, Booties, Tote Bag, Gorjana Necklace, Gold Aviators

Vacation Instagram Roundup


Last week, I was on a tear posting tons and tons of pictures from our WaterColor, Florida, trip on Instagram. And since some of you may not be signed up for LIKEtoKNOW.it, I thought I would share my favorites from the week here.

My sister and I put her youngest son in the stroller and headed out for a morning walk and coffee. Since we don’t live in the same city, it was nice to have time to just chat and walk. 

 Hot Pink Workout Tank, Hot Pink Nikes, Running Shorts, Sports Bra, Running Hat

On Monday night, we rode our bikes into downtown Seaside to dine at the food trucks then head to the beach for a bonfire and s’mores.

Marble Shorts, Boater Hat, Crossbody Bag, Strappy Flat Sandals (gold and terra cotta here), Gold Aviators

The temperatures soared into the 90’s each day so white, lightweight dresses were in order to stay cool and look chic.

White Embroidered Maxi Dress, White Pom Pom Coverup, Embroidered Dress

My niece requested water balloons so what did she get? Water balloons. Even though the little ones mostly threw them at the ground and not each other, they had a blast. Michael and I thought we blew up a ton of them but little did we know…they go fast. Next time, I am going to invest in this one. 

 This pic was technically on Michael’s Instagram but I thought I would share. We look happy, laid-back and tan! 

Polka Dot Swim Trunks, Gray V-Neck, Boater Hat, White Pom Pom Coverup

A fresh coconut from the Seaside Farmer’s Market to stay hydrated pool-side.

Tassel Trim Dress, Jack Rogers Sandals, Mar Y Sol Beach Tote, Turkish Towel

 The beautiful beach at the WaterColor Inn & Resort. 

The flamingo drink holders I brought were a HUGE hit at the pool and all the other ladies were flocking to them. It kept my marg afloat while I lounged in the pool – genius! 

Flamingo Drink Holder, Bracelets (similar)

I had to crop this one for Insta but I wanted to share the full picture. On the last night of vacation, everyone got dolled up and we took family pictures! 

On Michael: White Popover Shirt, Navy Pants, Braided Belt, Gray Shoes, Watch

On the last day of vacation, Michael and I took a late day flight and had the entire day to ourselves. We packed our bags and headed to the adults-only pool at the WaterColor Inn & Resort. It was so quiet you could hear the ocean waves while in the pool and spent the day reading our Kindles in the pool. I also lathered myself in Sun Bum Suntan Lotion and am now obsessed with the coconut smell and how soft it makes your skin feel. 

Boater Hat, Scalloped Swim Suit, Turkish Towel, White Nails

Picnic Style


The first moment the weather gets warm in Chicago, I am already mentally planning all of the places I would like to dine al fresco including the park. I love to pack a picnic, grab a blanket, and spend hours outdoors.

The first key to a successful outing: comfort! The pleats on this sleeveless top keep wrinkles at a minimum and the sheer details add just the right amount of flirtiness.

Pair it with your favorite pair of jeans (who wants to spend the whole afternoon messing with a skirt) and a crossbody bag and you’re all set!

Tomorrow I’ll share my perfect picnic essentials

Pleated Cotton Sleeveless Top, Jeans, Nude Wedges, Rebecca Minkoff Handbag, Gold Initial Necklace, Gold Watch, Tortoise Round Sunglasses, Picnic Blanket (in stores at Target), Picnic Basket (vintage but I love this one)

Nashville –


Michael and I hit the road this past weekend and headed down south to Nashville to see one of my best friends from college, Rachel, and her beautiful family! Even though the drive lasted seven hours we passed the time by listening to Girl on The Train and enjoying the lush spring scenery through Kentucky. We had an action-packed weekend and really fell in love with the city – thanks to our fabulous hosts! 

The highlights… 

The Company – Even though we talk frequently, I hadn’t seen Rachel or her husband, Bryan, since our wedding almost a year and had never met her youngest son, Jude. In addition to Jude, Rachel and Bryan have a rambunctious three year old, George, who kept Michael and I entertained all weekend and expertly added a third syllable to my name – Court-tay-nee. They welcomed us into their gorgeous home located in the Green Hills neighborhood of Nashville – a short drive from downtown – and made our stay more than enjoyable with a coffee bar, fresh flowers, magazines and snacks all laid out in our room. We laughed, caught up and just enjoyed “being together.”

The City – This was only my second-time to the music city and Michael’s first so we made sure to see as much as possible minus any honky-tonks. We attended a wine-tasting hosted by Bryan’s company at a rooftop downtown overlooking the city skyline,  ran in Percy Warner Park and along Belle Meade Boulevard where I basically drooled at all the stately Southern mansions, shopped and walked around 12 South (my favorite neighborhood by far with the cutest general store, White’s Mercantile, and denim-boutique Imogene + Willie) and Marathon Village, checked out Hatch Show Print and had fabulous meals – all while basking in the warm sun.

The Food  We ate so.much.good.food including a pre-birthday dinner for Michael at Husk, a “sugar board” at Sinema (check out our #sinemaselfie below and make sure to get the Basil Instinct cocktail), brunch at Pinewood Social (can you please come to Chicago?), hot chicken at Hattie B’s, BBQ for Edley’s and more desserts than I have had in months – sno-cones from Retro Sno, popsicles from Las Paletas, marshmallows from The Bang Candy Company and ice cream cones from Bobbie’s Dairy Dip. 

We will definitely be planning another trip back soon – there is still so much to see!


Tutti Frutti –


With summer pool parties and barbecues on my mind, I can’t help but think of pineapples and watermelons and lemons, oh my!  And even though these may taste super delicious, they look even better on these fun, cheeky items below. 

For home, I am dying over the Pineapple Wallpaper that would look amazing in a powder room, but will probably invest in the Ceramic Pineapple or “Lemons” Print first. 

For the pool or beach, I would wear the Pineapple Coverup with my Pineapple Swim Suit all while drinking a cocktail filled with pineapple-shaped ice ????

Which is your favorite? 

Pineapple Wallpaper, Ceramic Pineapple, Pineapple Brass Door Knocker, Pineapple Coverup,  Pineapple Ice Tray, Pineapple Swim Suit, Gold Pineapple Stud Earrings, Watermelon Coin Purse, Watermelon Espadrilles, Lemon Pillow, Watermelon Cooler Bag, Watermelon Clutch, “Lemons” Print

Marco Island


It’s no secret that Chicago winters are cold. Like, three plus months of soup, sweats and lots of blankets cold. So when one of my best girl friends decided upon an early spring destination wedding, I was ecstatic to leave it all behind for fresh seafood, bathing suits and SUN! 

Marco Island is located on the Gulf of Mexico in Southwest Florida and was the perfect spot for the beach wedding Michael and I attended over the weekend. The white sandy beaches were ideal for sunbathing, relaxing and even running. Oh, and the super attentive beach staff at Marco Beach Ocean Resort brought me Miami Vice’s (a mix of Pina Colada and Strawberry Daquiri for anyone unfamiliar) to keep me hydrated for all the fun ahead. 

We kicked the festivities off with a welcome party at a cute waterfront restaurant at the marina. Baskets of wayfarer sunglasses branded with the wedding hashtag awaited us as we caught up with new and old friends and toasted the bride and groom.

Saturday morning, I had to fit in a short training run for an upcoming half marathon. Being able to run directly on the beach against the soundtrack of waves crashing and surrounded by so many cool sea shells was quite the upgrade from the treadmill I have been chained to at home. 

The sunset ceremony right on the beach was a beautiful backdrop for the “I do’s” and the veranda overlooking the water was the ideal spot for our al fresco dinner. We danced the night away to a really fun band and I might have helped myself to the photo booth one too many times. 

Panama Hat, Denim Jacket, Stripe Sweater, White Pants, Tan Purse, Sunglasses, Converse Chuck Taylors, Gold Watch, Necklace

Stripe coverup, Panama Hat, Polka Dot Swimsuit Top and Bottom, Sunglasses, Gold Initial Necklace

On Michael: Linen Blazer, Gingham Shirt, Pocket Square, Ray-Ban Sunglasses
On me: Floral Print Shirtdress, Clear Frame Sunglasses

Sports Bra, Workout Tank, Printed Workout Pants, Tennis Shoes

Printed Pants, Clear Frame Sunglasses, Tan Purse, Tan Wedges, Denim Jacket, Gold Necklace

DIY Tassel Bracelet


I’ve been seeing adorable, colorful tassel bracelets all over my LIKEtoKNOW.it feed and think they are the perfect poolside accessory. So instead of purchasing a bracelet from Etsy (which there are a ton of cute ones), I wanted to make them myself. Sometimes it just feels good to create, don’t you agree? 

The supplies are minimal, the skill level is super easy and the project only took about 15 minutes per bracelet. Here’s everything you need and how to make your own DIY tassel bracelet. 


Stretch Magic – I used .7 mm width
Tassels – Find them here or here
Gold Thread (if your tassels don’t have gold wrapped around them)
Wood Beads – 12- 18 per bracelet, 54 per necklace
Colored Beads – Hot Pink, Neon Green,  and Electric Blue – 12 – 18 per bracelet, 54 per necklace
Super glue – To secure the knot 

1. Purchase supplies.

2. If wanted, wrap gold thread 1/8″ from the top of the tassel around about twenty times. Tie in a knot and trim ends. 

3. Wrap Stretch Magic cording around wrist to determine the length of your bracelet. Trim.

4. String tassel on the center of cording. 

5. Place one wood bead on each side of the tassel. 

6. Place one colored bead on each side of the wooden bead.

7. Repeat steps 5-6 again and again until your bracelet is full. As a reference, I used 12 wood beads and 12 colored beads per bracelet. 

8. Stretch cording a couple times before tying.

9. Tie ends of cording in a few knots. 

10. Dab clear super glue on the ends to secure the knot. 

11. Trim ends of cording and viola, a new bracelet! 

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide


It’s February which means Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. In addition to giving loved ones a thoughtful card or a sweet treat, a small gift may be in order. So, I’ve rounded up a Valentine’s Day gift guide for all of the lovely ladies in your life. The good news? Everything is under $75! 

I Love Us Print, You Are So Incredibly Awesome Print, Gold Lipstick Mug, Eberjey Lingerie Bra and Underwear, Card Case, Earrings, Posie Tint, Sunglasses, Arrow Earrings, Ring, Luggage Tag, Passport Case, Makeup Case

What I’m Reading


I just started reading The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane Von Furstenberg and I am hooked. Even though I am only 50 pages in, I am already astonished by the wealth of knowledge and inspiration she provides to women.

Sheepishly, I admit that I watched House of DVF and although the drama between the contestants was slightly entertaining; DVF was the real one to watch. She runs her company with such poise and has created a brand that is 100% her which is something I think most small business owners aspire to attain.

In the first chapter “Roots”, DVF discusses how her mother taught her to “transform what’s bad into something good” and says, “How could you possibly better yourself if you didn’t face your challenges up front or if you laid your problems off on someone or something else and didn’t learn from them? I offer that lesson often in my talks to young women. ‘Don’t blame your parents, don’t blame your boyfriend, don’t blame the weather. Accept the reality, embrace the challenge, and deal with it. Be in charge of your own life. Turn negatives into positives and be proud to be a woman.’”

Wow, what a statement and this was in the first chapter! I can’t wait to see what the rest of the book holds. I’d love to hear if you are a DVF fan or read this book too?!