Baby Blues

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Over the weekend, I visited St. Louis to celebrate our Martha Stewart Weddings magazine feature, meet my newest niece and spend time with my family. It was a perfectly relaxing weekend with the exception of my 10-mile training run which didn’t feel too great. 

By the time Sunday rolled around, the sun had driedup all of the puddles and I felt confident enough to wear my new suede heels which I had been saving for spring weather. I paired them with my trusty trench, white pants and this new baby blue sweater that I found for under $20!

Baby Blue Sweater, White Pants, Trench Coat, Nude Heels, Necklace, Tortoise Sunglasses, Rose Gold Pave Studs, Gold Watch, MAC Lipstick, OPI Nail Polish

Pleated Maxi Dress

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It may be obvious because of my invitation studio, but I am a sucker for weddings. And, especially, dressing up for weddings. Everyone dusts off their fancy duds and kicks back for a fun-filled night of dinner and dancing.

Because this was the first wedding that I actually attended on the beach it was the perfect scenario for a maxi dress. Easy, breezy and perfect for dancing, this pleated maxi dress was also easy on my wallet at only $79.50!

My husband, Michael, played quite the dapper date in his Ludlow suit, Chambray Tie and Pocket Square from Tie Bar.

Pleated Maxi Dress, Ear Crawlers, Gold Clutch, Manolo Blahnik Gold Sandals, Gold Watch, Pave Gold Bracelet, Gold Aviators

Marco Island

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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

Floral Printed Shorts

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Over the weekend, Michael and I headed to Florida to celebrate my good friends Mollie and Kyle’s wedding in Marco Island, Florida. The weather and wedding were both perfect and it was a much-needed, mid-winter getaway. 

With temperatures reaching 80 degrees each day, I was in heaven in dresses, swimsuits and shorts – including these new floral printed pull-on shorts. I dressed them up with a lightweight white sweater, a statement necklace, wedges and my new favorite trend in accessories – ear jackets!

Floral printed shorts, Sheer yoke topped white sweater, Gold Aviators, Pave Halo Ear Jackets, Circle Necklace, Gold Watch, Tan Wedge (very similar here), Straw Clutch (old from J. Crew Factory but here’s another straw clutch that’s cute!)

How to Layer for Winter

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Ok winter, let’s get a move on out…I am sick of all of my coats, gloves, and hats. So, I am going to layer my pieces in a different way to keep warm until Spring arrives in Chicago with this denim jacket, chambray shirt, and army green vest (old but similar here). Plus, a visit to Warby Parker with my mom over the weekend inspired me to dust off my glasses for this look. 

Denim Jacket, Chambray Shirt, Army Green Vest (old similar here), Rebecca Minkoff Bag, Warby Parker Glasses, Black Pants, Splendid Booties, Lily Dawson Necklace, MAC Red Lipstick

Navy & White Stripe Sweater

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I purchased this navy and white stripe sweater for a trip to Florida that sadly, I had to cancel. But warmer temperatures in Chicago (30 degrees instead of 3) this past weekend allowed me to wear it under a navy blazer to my nephew’s 2nd birthday party.

Along with the shape of the hem, the length is perfect to pair with skinny jeans or white pants. It is also super lightweight so I will be wearing it as a swimsuit coverup when I finally head to Florida in a month for a wedding!

Navy & white stripe sweater, Navy Blazer, Distressed jeans, Ankle Booties (old similar here), Silver Star Socks, Ray-Ban Sunglasses, Tassel Necklace (sold out from Forever 21 but similar here and here), Kate Spade Stud Earrings, Michael Kors Watch, Pave Bracelet, MAC Lipstick  in Show Orchid

Navy Color Inspiration

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Navy and I are having a moment – in fashion and home decor. It is crisp, classic and timeless.

Plus, it looks so chic with stripes – one of my favorite patterns. Here are a few items that I’ve got my eye on for spring and beyond.

Navy and White Stripe Dress, Navy Scallop Top, Navy Tunic, Navy Sunglasses, Navy Pumps, Navy Stripe Heart Tote, Navy and White Stripe Pillow, Navy Greek Key Pillow, Navy and White White Stripe Rug