Geometric Separates

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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

Vibrant Bib Necklace

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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
  • Home: Pineapple Hospitality Jars

Vibrant Bib Necklace, Green Twist Back Dress, Gold Ankle-Strap Sandals, Gold Envelope Clutch, Gold Ray-Ban Aviators

White Eyelet Shirt Dress

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Summer provides the perfect excuse to wear white. It’s chic, timeless and keeps you cool. The newest addition to my white repertoire – a cotton eyelet shirtdress that I wore when exploring Playa Mujeres. I packed a few essentials in my take-everywhere tote and hit the road for some ice cream, shopping and cocktails.

Note: The top of the dress is a bit see through so I felt more comfortable with a camisole underneath. 

White Eyelet Shirtdress, Mar Y Sol Caracas Tote, Black Leather Sandals, Warby Parker Sunglasses, Gold Watch 

Tassel Trim Off the Shoulder Dress

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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

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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

Nashville –

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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!

           

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!)

Beach Bags

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If you are like me, the winter blues have fully taken over your mood and you are in desperate need for a spring break getaway to warmer temperatures. Thankfully, my friends realized this and decided to say their “I Do’s” this weekend in Florida. So, we are heading to 80-degree weather and let’s just say, I am a touch excited. 

Since I have a hard time “under-packing”, my beach bag has to carry a lot of things – a beach towel, book, magazine, hat, sunscreen, and camera. Plus, I like when it can double as a carry-on bag for travel.

These nine beach bags are both stylish and functional, plus how cute are the pom poms on the Mar Y Sol totes?

Mar Y Sol Caracas Tote, Wellie Market Tote, Splendid Monterey Tote, Ikat Print Beach Bag, Jadetribe’s Tote, Bop Basics Provence Tote, Stripe Beach Tote, Lilly Pulitzer Resort Tote, Mar Y Sol Caracas Tote