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

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

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 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


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


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


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!)