Rose Quartz


Pantone just announced their top 10 colors for Spring 2016 and Rose Quartz tops the list. Even though we are just transitioning into fall, you can start incorporating this shade into your wardrobe right now.

Blush Blouse & Blush Skirt

Rose Quartz is soft and very feminine, but feels much more grown up than a lot of the pinks that have dominated fashion in the last few years. Reminiscent of a “flushed cheek or budding flower,” this hue proves that subtle can be just as beautiful as its bolder friends.

I don’t normally like the monochromatic look in anything other than black or white, but I used the different textures of my top and skirt to add dimension to this outfit. Slightly different tones, patterns or even materials will go a long way to help create a cohesive look.

Love the shade, but not ready to commit to a head-to-toe look? You can incorporate pops of Rose Quartz with your purse, watch or coat. I think it is soft enough to pair with almost anything, but goes especially well with peachy-coral,  cornflower blue and soft gray.

Rose Quartz Skirt, Blush Pink Blouse, Rose Quartz Earrings, Sunglasses (similar), Blush Sandals, Gold Watch

Location: Revel Fulton Market

Bow Tie Neck Dress


Last night, I met a couple of girlfriends at Cindy’s at the Chicago Athletic Association. It is one of the hottest places to go right now because the panoramic views of Millennium Park, modern airy feel and delicious cocktails and had been dying to stop in.

After sipping on a delicious Grey Garden cocktail and catching up for a while, we then headed downstairs for a party hosted by Chicago Social Brides in the hotel’s iconic ballroom. There was live music, beautiful decor and tasty hors d’oeuvres – all combined to make one for one fun event!

Even though I completely missed the 30’s dress code on the invitation, my bow tie dress (a steal at $58) was still perfect for a night of cocktails and networking. I even had a few gentlemen in the crowd tell me how nice I looked ????

And since I can’t style my hair in an updo to save my life, I headed to my favorite finishing salon, Goldplaited. I channeled beauty maven Julia Engel and asked for these adorable milkmaid braids. I am amazed each and every time they can get my short hair into a fabulous braid.

They have a braiding class coming up this fall and I really think I need to sign up. Any takers?!

Bow tie neck dress, Kate Spade Handbag, Black Wedges, Round Sunglasses, Pearl Double Stud Earrings, Gold Watch, MAC Lipstick



Floral Dress & Lace-Up Flats


Let me count the ways I love this floral dress: the bold print, bright colors, black peter pan collar and flirty ruffle hem. It makes me feel so chic, and slightly Parisian.

This dress could easily work for so many occasions from a shower to an elegant night on the town all while looking feminine and sophisticated.

And my new black lace-up flats! Aren’t they fun? At under $50, I of course HAD to have them. After stalking them online for awhile I visited the store, but the sales clerk and I were not on the same page. After asking for help, she quickly said she was pretty sure they didn’t have my size and walked away…never to return. Disappointed, I started making my way out and what do I see? An entire rack of the shoes on display in the corner of the store. Size found. Crisis averted.

Floral Dress, Lace-up Flats, Pavé Bracelet, Black Handbag (non-quilted version), Tortoise Shell Sunglasses, Bow Earrings

Orange Slipdress


Most days at the beach are pretty laid back, but sometimes you want to slip into something fancy like this slipdress – especially when you are heading to Caliza or George’s at Aly’s Beach for dinner.  

These are our two favorite spots to dine at while on 30A and a definite must if you are visiting this coastal area. 

This effortless dress is only $55, figure-flattering and comes in five different colors (black is next on my list). 

Paired with turquoise tassel earrings, this bright orange color was a standout in the summer heat. 

Slipdress, Tassel earrings, Gold Sandals, Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses, Rattan Clutch

Striped Tweed Skirt


I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Mine was filled with a little bit of work, a little bit of fun and a whole lot of shopping in preparation for summer vacation to Watercolor, Florida, with my family.

Even though I had my eye on summer whites and sundresses,  I found this adorable striped tweed skirt in the interim. I love the color scheme, material (no wrinkles) and the fact that it paired perfectly with my new Kate Spade Bag.

Striped Skirt, Kate Spade Bag, White V-Neck Tee, Nude Sandals, Kendra Scott Earrings, Michael Kors Watch, Pink Sunglasses (similar here)

Geometric Separates


I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July holiday! Michael and I took a road trip up north to Madison, Wisconsin, and had a relaxing weekend stay at The Graduate Madison. It was the perfect getaway from Chicago with a ton of great restaurants and activities. 

The city is oriented around the Capitol Building with its stately grounds and stone stairs for days – the perfect backdrop for this geometric shirt and skirt combo that I just had to have. Not only is the duo cute together, but each piece looks great alone.

I have already worn the top with jeans and black pants for two different nights out. The top is so, so flattering – fitted and cut in at the top to accentuate the shoulders and boxy at the bottom with a back pleat to flatter the waistline. 

Geometric Tank, Geometric Skirt, Ivory Wedge Sandal, Gold Ray-Ban Sunglasses, Black Foldover Clutch (old but similar here), MAC Red Lipstick

Lace Dress


Summer usually means wedding season is in full swing! From garden party soireés to downtown ballroom fêtes, it is most important to dress appropriately for the affair.

This can sometimes cause major dressing-room anxiety but don’t fret my dear, I have found THE perfect lace dress that can work for many dress codes.

This sheath dress (which also comes in cobalt blue and navy) can be dressed up with fancy jewels and gold heels or dressed down with wedges and minimal jewelry.

It is super comfortable, figure-flattering and elegant – all important factors to keep you looking sophisticated from start to finish!

J. Crew Poppy Lace Dress, Manolo Blahnik Sandals, J. Crew Circle Bib Necklace, J. Crew Pave Bracelet, Kendra Scott Bracelet, Gorjana Bracelet, Kate Spade Pave Stud Earrings, Gold Ray-Bans

Vibrant Bib Necklace


Statement necklaces are totally my thing. Even the most basic outfit can be transformed with a bold and bright bauble. My rule of thumb: the more colorful the better. So I was THRILLED when the ladies from The Shopping Bag asked me to style a look featuring this Polina Vibrant Bib Necklace.

Our recent trip to Mexico provided the perfect backdrop for this stunner! I chose a simple dress in my favorite shade of green to complement the palette, but let’s be honest: the necklace is the star. I love the mixture of emerald, turquoise and gold and the layers and layers of beads and baubles.

At only $24, it is an absolute steal. To sweeten the pot, The Shopping Bag is giving my readers 25% off EVERYTHING  on the site with promo code “EVERYDAYCUVEE” (valid through July 11).  

New to The Shopping Bag? This super cute online boutique offers a unique selection of clothing, accessories, home décor, beauty products and much more. Here are my absolute favorites: 

  • Clothing: Boho Tassel Halter Dress or Ikat Print Two Piece Set 
  • Accessories: Fringe Backpack Purse, Lemon Slice Clutch or Watermelon Slice Clutch
  • Shoes: Lacy-like Behavior Perforated Sandal
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Vibrant Bib Necklace, Green Twist Back Dress, Gold Ankle-Strap Sandals, Gold Envelope Clutch, Gold Ray-Ban Aviators

Tassel Trim Off the Shoulder Dress


Each night on our vacation, Michael and I tried a new restaurant at the resort. Even though it felt wonderful to wash the suntan lotion and sand off and get a little gussied up, I still wanted to keep my style a bit laid back since we were at the beach. 

I fell in love with this coral Tassel Off the Shoulder Dress online and loved it even more when wearing it. It was so comfortable, breezy and could double up as a coverup or shirt which is excellent for traveling. With a $42 price tag, I may just have to buy it in navy too. 

Tassel Off the Shoulder Dress, Blue Cord Bib Necklace, Gold Jelly Sandals, Ray-Ban Aviators

Print Shift Dress


To celebrate our first wedding anniversary, Michael and I packed our bags and headed to Mexico for five blissful days of sunny skies, ocean breezes and beach bumming.

After a quick flight to Cancun, we made our way  to the Excellence Resort in Playa Mujeres just in time for happy hour. Even though I usually work on the plane, once my feet land in my destination it doesn’t take me long to get into vacation mode.Since I barely unpacked my bags before ordering my first mojito, this blue border print shift dress (less than $30!) was the perfect option since it remained wrinkle-free in my bag and was easy to accessorize.

There are only a couple sizes left in this dress (I ordered the XS and think it runs a bit large) so I found a few other dresses here and here that fit the bill! 

Border Print Dress (limited sizes but I found some other cute options here and here), Ivory Wedge Sandal, Rattan Clutch, Ray-Ban Gold Aviators, Kendra Scott White Earrings, Bourbon and Boweties Bangle, Golden Cuff Bangle, Gold Watch