To Juice or Not to Juice // Feat. Snap Kitchen

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To Juice or not to Juice, that is the question...

Now let's be clear, I am not a nutritionist, and neither will I pretend to be, but I do value a healthy lifestyle and try to live accordingly.

A few weeks ago I convinced the hubs to do a juice cleanse with me, and let's just say this was a feat in itself. Neither of us had ever done a juice cleanse, we'd done smoothies at one time, but those are significantlly more substantial.

Going into it I knew two things, we'd likely get "Hangry", and we wouldn't have as much energy, so we made a pact to be nice and scheduled our workouts accordingly.

As for the juices, Snap Kitchen is a local favorite! Based in Austin, TX they are all about eating clean and eating local. While Snap offers a seasonal menu of pre-made meals, they have 3 Juice Cleanse systems from which we selected Snap Clean Start.

Each juicing kit consists of 6 freshly pressed juices, you can pick up the day before you start, and here's the truth, the whole experience is a love/hate relationship.

Whether you're savory or sweet each day is a 50/50 split. I'd been told that each bottle contained approximately 2lbs of veggies, but each of these little bottles packs a mean punch of flavor too! If you like Bloody Marys you'll love drink #3, and if you don't, well it tastes like a Bloody Mary minus the booze. Luckily, there's something for everyone, and the schedule alternates back and forth between savory and sweet (#6 is my personal fave!).

Did I mention that I'd never done a Juice Cleanse?... It wasn't easy, and honestly, due to the calorie count it's even harder on guys. Both the hubs and I felt our weakest on different days, he the first day, and I the second, on both occasions we felt very cold. Scary? Kind of. I was intimidated leading up to our start, and even after picking up our first day's kit, I wondered why we'd signed up for this.

However, when all was said and done, both of us agreed that our 2 day cleanse was 100% worthwhile, and it boils down to these three lessons...

1. Saturating our bodies with concentrated doses of nutrients cleaned out our systems, leaving us feeling ready to tackle our spring health goals!

2. A juice cleanse is an incredible mental exercise! More than anything, I learned that I'm a major snacker, and honestly, I should probably just drink more water. While sustaining ones body off liquids alone seems depriving, so much of what tells our minds that we're hungry is the habit of keeping our mouths busy. It sounds gross, but it's true.

3. Finally, you can do anything for 2 days. While I recommend a juice cleanse primarily to detox, and evaluate health priorities, this is not a sustainable diet, and you should plan accordingly. A juice cleanse is not the end of the world, but you likely won't be able to do an intense workout while juicing. That said after two days I definitely felt like I could have gone for a 3rd day, it's really an empowering experience!

The products listed in this post were provided by  Snap Kitchen, however, all opinions remain my own. The integrity of this site is far more important to me than any compensation or brand partnership. – S

Life of Adventure

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January is a month for reassessment. Goals are important & January is full of jotting down both short and long term milestones to work towards; as the saying goes, "goals are dreams with deadlines".

I'm a planner by nature, however, over the years I've learned to pull back in certain manners that I might better appreciate the present. Yes, there is a 6 month plan, and then an 18 month plan, but in certain areas of life there are open spaces for the unexpected.

That's why in 2015 I have not one, but two New Year's Resolutions Lists, one specific to achieving long term goals, and the other a fresh list of principles to live by...

First on the list of principles is the commitment to Lead a Life of Adventure. If you follow on Instagram or Pinterest, you know I suffer from chronic wanderlust, and will hop on a plane headed just about anywhere. Being from Alaska, I have an intense desire to explore and be oudoors, so spending the holidays at home has been a treat and the perfect way to kick off the new year. Also, on this list is the commitment to Lead a Healthy Lifestyle. I'm a very active person, but I really crave health & fitness to be such a natural part of my life that it's second nature! This year I want to be intentional about prioritizing physical, mental, and spiritual health. Over the last year I've made an effort to be more intentional about the things I buy and keep in my home, but this next principle will apply to all aspects of life, as I seek to Lead a Life of Simplicity. Don't get me wrong there will still be plenty of frivilous fun, but this is an effort to rid myself of the stuff that gets stored in a closet or cluttered in the corner of a room. I simply don't have the time or space for that kind of stuff anymore. Creatively, a major goal this year is to Lead with Originality. Trust me, I know that sounds cliche, but both in blogging and in my area of work it can be easy to fall back to the work of others for inspiration rather than stretching one's own creativity, so in 2015 we're going to try and seek inspiration in fresh sources. This goal was inspire by my friend Kathryn, an incredible woman and the design genius behind Creme Brands, which you should definitely follow! Finally, in the top five principles to live by in 2015, I commit to Leading a Life of Hard Work. I'm a firm believer that anything worth having takes hard work, so I don't want to complain when in the midst of getting there. I'm not a complainer by nature, but I can get anxious about things, so I suppose this is an effort to constantly remind myself that hard work is a good thing, so my attitude should reflect that positivity. Does that make sense?...

Anyways, there was a glimpse into these principles in last week's post, but I've decided to turn it into a desktop for daily inspiration. Interpret the list as you will, but I do hope you'll find inspiration for the new year in the words below. Would love to hear your some of your resolutions...

Happy New Year!

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Gift Wrap Inspo

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I'll be honest, I have yet to wrap any gifts this holiday season, but the inspo below is stirring some serious excitement...

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Friday Favorites

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Pinterest is the death of me, in fact, I don't venture there often, purely because I know know myself & know it'll be a grueling binge sesh! Nevertheless, this only goes to show how much I love the art of "pin-ing". Current interests include some serious wanderlust, along with neutral fall palettes, and a new board full of dreamy tree houses– why not, right?...

Happy pinning!

Rum & Rose // Feat. Brugal Rum

In another life I would have been a bartender... Or a backup dancer, but that's a story for another day.

Like sommeliers, I have a huge respect for craft cocktail makers. While, I'm perfectly content enjoying a cold beer while sitting in the back of a pickup truck, my favorite bars in the city showcase some of America's finest cocktails. I guess that's where I'm a snob (#sorrynotsorry).

Truth is, I was the girl who waited until she was 21 to have her first drink. I don't know why that was such a big deal to me, but I also didn't really understand why everyone made such a fuss about wanting to drink before then. I promise you I had just as much fun before I was 21 as I did after. And come to find out, when I turned 21, I hated the taste of alcohol. I was the lamest 21 year old!

Fast forward 4 years, and I'll be very specific in my order at a speakeasy. Egg white, light bitters, rose water, ginger and sparkle. Yes, this snobbery is where you can begin to either shun or appreciate me. You decide...

All that being said, I'm no expert behind the bar, so when Brugal Rum reached out to see how we could team up for a summer feature, I knew I had to include a couple friends. Meet Rosie & James Clayton, a Chicago power couple taking the hospitality industry by storm!

You probably remember Rosie from her Bucktown boutique, Roslyn. Her husband, James, is one of Chicago's leading bartenders, with over 12 years of experience in the BOKA Restaurant Group, Hogsalt Hospitality, and Gibsons Restaurant Group.

Ready for this?... Together they are fusing their passions to bring you Chicago's newest craft cocktail bar, with a unique and cultured spin!

With their shared expertise, it makes sense that this power duo would blend their knowledge, passion, and talents to open what's sure to be one of Chicago's best craft cocktail bars!

Prior to opening Roslyn, Rosie grew up in the restaurant industry, with her parents owning five Thai restaurants in Chicago. If you were lucky enough to shop at Roslyn, you know Rosie's aesthetic is top notch, so you can bet on that bar being an Instagram fave!

Curious for more? The couple is currently developing their menu and experimenting with cocktails around the clock! The one here is a Glitterary exclusive, but if you follow @rclayton & @jimie1 on Instagram, I know they're eager to show you some more "sneak peeks" of what to expect until the official business Instagram goes live.

Details on this new venture are still full of secrets, but keep an ear out for more this Fall!

Until then, I give you Rum & Rose, a refreshing summer cocktail perfect for your next summer soirée.

Special thanks to Room & Board for letting us shoot in their amazing patio! Browse their outdoor collection here.

This post has been brought to you by Brugal Rum, however, all opinions remain my own. The integrity of this site is far more important to me than any compensation or brand partnership. – S

Sip & Shop // Event Recap

Sip & Shop // Event Recap
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All photos via. Westfield // Photobooth by Fotio

A few weeks ago we celebrated summer with Westfield Old Orchard. The event was full of exclusive shopping & italian inspired entertainment, while Wine Channel TV brought it to the next level with Master Sommelier David Glancy's blind tasting. You all know I love wine & I have a huge respect for sommelies, but David did a great job at breaking down the tasting process to make even the least experienced of us feel like connoisseurs.

The evening was decorated with fun workshops and live entertainment throughout the shopping center. Artist, Kelly Maryanski was there creating beautiful portraits within minutes– that girl is seriously talented!

Food pairings were provided throughout the shopping center, as well as at the VIP rooftop party that followed.

Special thanks to Wine Channel TVSouthern Wine and Spirits- Illinois, Westfield Old Orchard, San Francisco Wine School and Binny’s.

To experience more of the fun, be sure to watch the video below...

Sip&Shop Old Orchard June 2014 Highlights from Wine Channel TV on Vimeo.

This post has been brought to you by Westfield, however, all opinions remain my own. The integrity of this site is far more important to me than any compensation or brand partnership. – S

SAIC // Part 2 feat. Debbie Jagel

Meet my friend, Debbie Jagel. Debbie is perhaps one of the most kind hearted women I know, and one of this year's SAIC theWALK co-chairs. Last week I spent the day at her boutique, Ootra, to chat fashion, SAIC (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), and big dreams. This was the most time that Debbie and I have spent together and it wa so rewarding! During my visit Debbie had a client walk through her shop doors and into what traspired into a 2+ hour styling session. This was an unplanned appointment, and Debbie was in the zone! I couldn't have asked for a better opportunity to snap some shots of her in her element, and while I didn't plan on spending a full day in her shop, I'm glad I did. Later we, along with some friends and clients sat down on her big velvet couch and chatted like family...

What inspired you to enter the fashion industry? Where there any key events or experiences that inspired you to pursue fashion as a career?

Life inspired me to enter the fashion industry! My father and mother were very passionate about dressing and styling yourself for the day. No matter what the day offered, we were dressed…

I began walking the runway and doing trunk shows early on and loved every single minute being immersed in such beautiful designs.

The moment that took my breath away?... I was in 7th grade and my parents took me to Bal Harbour Shopping and I discovered Neiman Marcus! At that point in my life, we had two department stores in Cleveland and that was it for shopping. We took the escalator upstairs and there in front of me was the junior department filled with fashion no one else would have back home! I immersed into that department and never looked back.

You and co-chair Margaret MacLean have a long history working together, how did the two of you meet?

Margaret and I have been on the fashion committee together since the beginning of its formation. We'd never worked together prior to this event, but we always had respect for each other. Margaret asked me to be her co-chair in the fall, I was honored to work along side of her, we complemented each others personalities and driving passion for the event! Margaret was able to attract donations and I was able to attract the social media for the event as well as help her with the ins and outs of the fashion industry. We really held each other up throughout the year during all the planning...

Having been so deeply immersed in the production of the WALK, how would you describe the show?

The runway of our SAIC students consists of pushing the edge in fashion, and thats the excitement for me! SAIC pushes you to the outer limits of your passion and abilities to have you find your personal voice as an artist. Until you’ve been beyond the horizon, you are just working, but once pushed through your personal barriers you find your inner marks, voice, and wow...

I personally view the show as a compilation of the journey of each of the students and their ability to imagine, create, and stitch their visions into a cohesive collection. The hardest part for any art student at SAIC is to afford the materials they are working with at any given time– our eyes and visions are always way past the budgeting allowed for ourselves.

If you could wear any SAIC Fashion design right now, what would it be?

I did purchase a brady drose design, which was an orange sweatshirt crop top with netting on the side. It had an elegance to it, which I loved, because it was opposite than what the material shouts and it's not the typical crop top.

Aside from being co-chair of theWALK, what is one of the most memorable experiences you've had in your career thus far?

Memorable moments...walking a Bill Blass show, and having him choose me to walk the finale with him, arm in arm...that will always be one of my high moments in fashion, a man filled with such passion and heart!

Another moment was interviewing to open my first Ootra boutique in 900 North Shops and being accepted into their family! I was so honored to open Ootra there. 900 was always a destination for my family and shopping my whole life…opening there was the “right” place for me.

I was asked to host the show SoYouWannaBeaDesigner. This held great opportunity for me to reach other designers' hearts and tap into their passion to help them grow into the industry.

When we decided we could open an ootra in Chappaqua, far away from my reach and yet know it was the right thing to do. My daughter courtenay stepped up and said she wanted to run it– that will always be a day for me… I was so honored and so proud…ever so memorable.

After years in the industry, you must have an impeccable closet! What are the peices you can't live without?

I do have an incredible closet– it is filled with wonderful designers, but best of all, many great stories of where the styles took me. I look at my closet as a canvas I am continually working on, and each individual piece creates the whole.

There is never just one piece I cannot live without, because each piece has a role within the big picture and a desired mood or temperament I will reach for when needed.

You have had immense success in the industry thus far, in which ways would you like to see your career continue to grow?

I have worked very hard and yet it seems not at all, because this is my passion. I quantify my success daily through the hearts that I touch the lives that we change, the women we make smile and the difference we make one person at a time. Whether clients or team members, I am shaping, I am always assessing observing and thinking.

I would love Ootra to grow a larger voice, I would love to start our book, be on TV and do small segments, small reminders of street style savvy...

SAIC's theWalk is one of the primary ways the institute raises funds for student scholarships, what are some ways we can get involved following the event?

The WALK is our big fundraiser, but at any time you can donate to the school to help the students either through time or finances… or items! Just reach out to me and I can direct you…

How would you describe the personal style and mission of your boutique, Ootra?

When you walk through the doors of Ootra you will be overwhelmed on many levels…we are a space that embraces you both with an immediate greeting and so much merchandise! From table napkins to chain link tops, we have it all within reach for our team to street style you up!

Whatever your whim, we can work it and erase any self doubt or sadness to slowly bring your smile back. Here at Ootra, we work completely from our hearts with true compassion for altering your day. We Ootra girls take dressing to a level of embracing yourself and your closet once again.

One of our clients texted me today after yesterdays styling appointment, “Thank you thank you thank you. Im opening all my packages now and its like christmas. I’m so pleased and LOVE all my new stuff. Im having a blast deciding what to wear today. Thanks for helping me feel like a princess, rebuild my confidence and the best thing we did it under budget! Peace out!”

There are so many out there passionate about the fashion industry, but unsure of where to begin. What advice would you give someone who wants to open their own boutique one day?

My message is always simple: "Anyone can wear clothing, but lets make you more interesting, more unique, create your personal spin on your style. Spend the extra “3 minutes” when dressing, become intriguing, because it does matter, and the message you are giving through your style is being observed by all, whether or not you want to know that."

As my dad always said, "Dress for the day” and always start at the coffee shop, because you never know who you might meet, or who you might help.

If anyone says they want to be in fashion, I say quit talking about it and get to work. Work at a department store, work in a small boutique, work for a designer, see all sides of the business…do it all. Also, enroll in a lot of psychology classes, begin a journal and a visual journal to gain a better understanding of what your eye keeps going towards. After a year, you'll look back and see patters within your choices... color... architecture…styles, etc.

Talk to everyone..network...gather cards. Learn etiquette, gain confidence, be unafraid to ask questions.

In the end it is up to you, you can keep saying you want to be in fashion, or you can get out of the corner and out of your head and walk through the door.

Be strong and ready to work 7 days a week 24 hours a day. Be tireless, stand straight, smile, engage, be kind, compassionate, and know what they aren’t saying.

To see Part 1 of our SAIC theWALK feature, click here.

SAIC // Part 1

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A few weeks ago, accompanied by the surreal soundsuits of Nick Cave’s modern multi-media performance, the fusion of fashion and art was explored in Millenium Park. In addition to serving as a demonstration of students' talent, this year's theWALK fashion show & benefit gala was a celebration in 80 years of success for the institute. Previous School of the Art Institute of Chicago graduates include Halston & Cynthia Rowley, with WALK guests lists including such names as Jason Wu & Jenna Lyons.

This was my first time attending the event & I'm happy to say I was highly impressed. In a three part production with performance interludes by Nick Cave's famous rainbow-colored soundsuits, students showcased looks that embodied a combination of sculpture, performance, design, technology, architecture, and installation to create one-of-a-kind looks.

In a sum of nearly 250 designs, SAIC'S Fashion Design department presented their talents for a sold out crowd. Seniors presented complete collections, while juniors showcased three designs, and sophomores one avant grade look in muslin. I know this sounds like a lot of formal jargon, but let's just say the show started with the sophomore class & left me speechless at that, so you can only imagine my awe once the senior collections wrapped around the runway.

In conclusion of the show, SAIC honored Nick Cave, internationally renowned performance artist, professor and former chair of the fashion design department, with the Legend of Fashion Award. The annual benefit gala supports the production of student work and scholarships and serves as 
the premier fundraiser for SAIC and the Fashion Design department. In his speech Cave thanked many, stating that he wouldn't be recieving this award if it wasn't for the scholarship program.

Following the event, guests were invited to an after party at Millennium Park's Harris Theater, where we enjoyed delicious bites inspired by the collections showcased that evening.

I had the pleasure of attending theWALK with co-chair Debbie Jagel, who we'll be chatting with in part 2 of this recap, so stay tuned ;)

xoxo

Go Bare // Feat. bareMinerals

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Morning glitteraries! Today, I’m thrilled to share this post with you, because it’s one that that I’ve been looking forward to for a while! bareMinerals has been all abuzz lately due to the launch of their newest addition to the family, bareSkin. With reviews in Refinery29, Women’s Wear Daily, and just about every major magazine in the business, bareSkin is this season's product to try.

I’ll be up front, when it comes to beauty, I’m rather lazy. My routine has to be quick and efficient and the products I use have to follow suit. Critical to this routine is a great foundation- easy & quick to apply, but just about as effective a swoofsh of the wand from your fairy godmother. Nothing beats the look of a smooth & flawless face, it’s the genetic lottery we love to hate. That said, no one likes the look of a fake and cakey face.

The problem is foundation’s tricky. We want great coverage, but nothing too matte or shiny; something dewy for that summer glow, but nothing oily that will make us break out. Essentially we want the perfect man in foundation form. The variables are endless, but this is where bareMinerals becomes Mr. Right. With bareSkin, you can customize the coverage, starting with a recommendation of just two drops for sheer coverage & 6 drops for full coverage. I’ll admit, that for shoots I layer the foundation a bit heavier, but this means when I’m not shooting, I want as little as possible on my face, and two drops is just right!

In bareMinerals fashion, bareSkin has been formulated with purity in mind, meaning no oil, no silicone, no parabens, and no fragrance. This gives you a weightless fluid rooted in jojaba minerals and a coconut derived base. But that’s not all, this unique formula is filled with supercharged lilac stem cells & vitamin C, which combined provide powerful antioxidant protection and skin brightening superpower! Promising to brighten & even skin tone, this is essentially a foundation and skincare serum in one!  Did I mention it provides the protection of SPF 20? Yep, this is the one we’ve all been looking for, and the best part is it doesn't feel like you're wearing anything!

Now the ugly truth…

For starters there’s not much of it, especially when there are 20 shades to find your perfect color match. However, my only word of advice, is to use a good moisturizer. This is a uniquely light-weight formula with shockingly good pigmentation, and a little goes a long way, but it won’t cover dry or flaky skin. Personally, my skin is slightly more dry than oily, so I’ve had to make sure I exfoliate and moisturize well to guarantee a smooth finish with bareSkin. Nevertheless, the feeling of a naked face when I’m all done up, is completely worth the extra tender love and care.

So go ahead, dare to be bare, and I promise you’ll never go back ;)

Application: Shake Well! Apply with fingertips or Perfecting Face Brush Start with 1-2 drops & adjust for desired coverage.

2 drops - sheer coverage 4 drops - medium coverage 6 drops - full coverage

bareSkin is available for $29 at Sephora, Ulta, Macy’s, and Nordstrom.

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This post has been brought to you by bareMinerals, however, all opinions remain my own. The integrity of this site is far more important to me than any compensation or brand partnership. – S

The WALK 2014

Today, I'm excited to gush over one of my most anticipated events of the season!

For the past 80 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) fashion students have been combining painting, sculpture, performance, sound, body, installation and technology into a multimedia runway show. Architechture, technology, and design departments combined for one brilliant celebration!

The annual fashion show and gala benefit student scholarships with fashion presentations throughout the day culminating with the THE WALK in the evening.

The WALK 2014 will take place at Millennium Park on May 2nd, with dinner held at the Harris Theater. Ticket prices for Fashion 2014 start at $40. Ticket prices for THE WALK start at $500.

In honor of the 80th anniversary of the School of the Art Institute Chicago (SAIC) fashion department, Jimmy Choo recently hosted SAIC's "Walk THE WALK", an exclusive pre-event reception I had the pleasure of attending (Instagram here). In one sentance: it was the perfect kick-off party as we near the WALK festivities.

Below are some of the event day details for May 2nd. For more information, visit www.saicfashion.org

Hope to see you there!!

Fashion 2014

  • 9:00 a.m. is a general admission dress rehearsal. Tickets are $40
  • 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. shows are general admission seating. Tickets are $75 and available online and on site.

THE WALK 2014 

  • The event begins with a 5:30 p.m. cocktail reception in Millennium Park Chase Promenade North.
  • THE WALK 2014 starts at 6:30 p.m. student collections, presentations of the Legend of Fashion Award as well as significant student scholarships, awards, and coveted fashion industry internships.
  • Immediately following THE WALK 2014, guests will enjoy a strolling dinner at the rooftop terrace of Millennium Park's Harris Theater.
  • Individual tickets for THE WALK 2014 are $500-$1000. Tables are $5,000-$25,000

Traveling Tailor // Indochino

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Chicago gentlemen, this one's for you...

Today, we're turning to custom menswear and giving Indochino a warm Chicago welcome! If you're familiar with the online shopping models of Warby Parker & Trunk Club, you'll quickly come to love Indochino's convenient custom suiting system.

Indochino's goal is simple: provide the modern gentleman with convenient & affordable custom suiting. This includes custom tailoring, unique product customizations, made from the finest materials for lasting quality. After a quick 10 minute online measuring session, all Indochino products are hand tailored and delived to your home within 4 weeks.

With headquaters in Vancouver, Canada, the Traveling Tailor is Indochino's way of meeting the client & showcasing it's modern user experience in a luxurious & festive manner.

Lucky for Chicago, Indochino is hanging out at Block Thirty Seven until the 27th, and their stying space is all you would imagine it to be & more.

Chicago gentlemen, it's time to suit up!

// To view Indochino's Spring Lookbook click here. //
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TGIF // Giveaway Reminder

This just in, our giveaway is twice the value we thought it was! I'd love to write your name on that line, just fill out the info in the handy app below.

To see a couple of my favorite pieces from this spring collection click here. Giveaway closes Monday night, but trust me you don't want to procrastinate on this one ;)

Happy Friday, everyone!!

xo

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Work It // Home Office + Download

Exclamation Print | Imagination Journal | Dotted Journal | Black Pencils | Decor Box | Thank You Cards | Stripes Journal | BKR Water Bottle | Odds and Ends Tray | Crisp Champagne Candle | Gold Stapler

I'll be honest, I'm not one to own all of those little trinkets you see in home tours. Simply put, they're not entirely practical & I'd rather buy clothes.

That said, I've recently decided to invest in my office space. It started with the desire to create a gallery wall of my favorite quotes/inspirations, and it's been a slow process of collecting prints & nailing down a theme. This is one of the few places in our home where I have been given the hubby aproved liberty to be openly girly, but as much as I like that idea, I need to make sure that the style I pick is one that is fun but also timeless.

I'm excited to say, it's finally coming together! The items above are those I have sitting at home or in my shopping cart waiting to be "styled" with some Glitterary flare! Note to self: check out Nate Burkus' Target Collection. While I wasn't able to find his office designs online, I recently purchased some gold paper clips & a gold stapler at a steal! The biggest struggle right now is trying to pick frames for the gallery wall. So far, I'm thinking plain black trim, but can't decide whether or not to go with some matting - any suggestions?

Also, remember our Glitterary Holiday Print? In the spirit of office decor, we've transformed that limited edition design into a desktop download! To dress up your tech with a little gold inspo, right click on the image above and download linked file.

Don't forget to send MonVoir some love! Jenna is the uber talented artist behind this design & a killer Instagram-er ;)

xoxo

Friday Favorites

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1.  HAPPY FRIDAY - Guys, I cannot tell you how long I've searched for this image. I think I first spotted this crazy zebra on Ruelala's Facebook page, but when googling a party zebra all that would ever result were zebra themed parties. Not the same thing. Needless to say, if this little diva doesn't bringhten your day, I don't know what can! // Happiness //

2. NARS - I recently found a NARS lip pencil I'd lost, and now I don't know how I was living without it! You all know, NARS is my go-to lip label, but this pencil is on a whole other level of awesome! The coverage lasts incredible long, which is huge in my book, and because of its glossy finish, you get the best of both wearing a lipstick and a gloss all in one! The pencil format is perfect for when you're on the go, and beacause it's not a "heavy" coverage it'll be perfect for spring & summer! Next on my shopping list, a coral shade & I'm thinking it's gonna be Happy Days...

3. ROASTED CHICKPEAS - This is my new obsession! The only downside? I can eat my way through two cans of chickpeas in no time! Hard to realize how much your actually eating when the roasting process shrinks the chickpeas & they taste amazing! The perfect salty cruch you've been craving, plus a dose of spice- if you're into it. Did I mention how easy these are to make? All you need is 2 cans of chickpeas ($2), a little bit of olive oil (I never measure), spices to taste, and lime juice! Sarah's recipe is much more descriptive, but I've been experimenting with my own little recipes and you simply can't go wrong. Foolproof cooking- always my favorite!

4.  REFLECTIONS - On Tuesday evening I came down with a cold, and I'm convinced that being sick is God's way of telling us to be still. Not kidding, I spent most of Wednesday confined to my bed, and while much of it was spent sleeping, I did get to do some reflecting. If you know me (or my Pinterest), you know I'm a sucker for a good quote- always have been, always will be! Words matter, and statement well spoken is worth noting. My friend, Kathryn is an extremely talented graphic designer, and one of the sweetest, thoughtful, & most creative people I know. Kathryn is constantly encouraging me through her Instagram & I'm not even sure she realizes it (trust me, this is one you should follow). If there's one thing I've learned through "style blogging" it's that you have to have your head on straight, and you have to be confident of your identity. This quote reminds me why this is so important.

5.  WANDERLUST - Serious wanderlust going on in my head lately, but what surprised me is where it all led. With this extended winter in Chicago, I would never guess that I'd be itching for a trip back home, but after some lengthy Pinterest wandering all I want is a good hike and camping trip; throw in some fishing and a good fire & I'm perfectly content! Trust me, this is not where I thought this wanderlust would lead, and I won't be following through until we're well into summer, but I am definitely looking forward to a trip back home and getting to show you just how beautiful Alaska is!

That's all in this week's recap, hope you all have a fabulous weekend!!

xo

Into the Sun // Event + Giveaway

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Welcome back! Today I'm particularly excited to catch up, because I'll get to see some of your faces at tonight's event!!

I have to warn you, this post is full of detail, but I promise every last bit will be worth the read...

Last year I had the pleasure of meeting Annie Hurlbut, co-founder of Peruvian Connection, and her story is the perfect combination of awe and inspiration.

Peruvian Connection's history begins when Annie was only 19, doing anthropological research in the Andes of Peru.

Fascinated by the textiles she saw and the women who wove them into intricate mantas & ponchos, Annie began learning everything she could about the alpaca fibers used in these pieces. Annie studied everything from the spinning and dyeing, the warp-faced weaving techniques, and the ancient tradition of which these fibers were a part.

Not long after, Peruvian Connection was born. Nothing big, just a small collection of sweaters designed by Annie and sold out of her mother's home in Kansas. The goal was simple: offer artisan made, original designs in native Andean luxury fibers.

Though displayed at a much larger scale today, this concept remains the core of Peruvian Connections's values, and while there are now design teams in place the pieces continue to be made by the skilled Andean artisans whose time-honored textile tradition remains an art form.

Thanks to Peruvian Connection's extreme generosity my favorite pieces from this season's collection will be available tonight at 20% off!

In addition, Annie is giving one lucky Glitterary reader a $50 gift card! This email was just received, so the giveaway will be live through Monday, 3/31. All you need to do to enter is head to Peruvian Connection & comment below with your favorite selection. 

So, what are you waiting for? If you haven't sent in your RSVP, it's not too late, just email the address in the invite, and join me as we style and shop these incredible pieces!

See you soon! :)

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To read more on the story of Peruvian Connection, click here.

Peru-se, Sip, & Style

Can we talk about this brand's tag line: "Artisan Apparel for Nomads & Romantics"... Something about those words brings out the wonderlust spirit in me & immediately I'm craving summer.

I don't know about you, but when I think summer, I think festivals, and when I think festivals, I think easy summer living.

If you're not familiar with Peruvian Connection, I'd liken it to a combination of Free People & Anthropologie. Peruvian Connection is a luxury brand catering to women's creativity and individualty. The Peruvian Connection gal is smart, confident, and creative. Her style is both feminine & rustic, romantic & adventurous. Above all she is unique & confident- critical components to her individual style.

Today, I'm excited to invite you to a fun evening of sips and styling at Peruvian Connection's Chicago boutique. This event will take place one week from tomorrow, on March 25th from 6-8 pm at 925 W. Armitage Avenue.

Here you will find my favorite pieces from Peruvian Connection's new spring collection that will seemlessly transition you into sunnier days.

Also hosting this event are two of my favorite gals, Christine of View from 5ft 2, & Cait of Pretty & Fun! Let me just say, between the three of us, and Femme du Coupe's mixology expertise, my hopes are set high for this little soiree ;)

Did I mention you'll get 20% off our spring picks? Just one more reason to join... Hope to see you there!!!

To confirm your name on the list, email RSVP to eortiz@skirtpr.com.

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INSPO // Muted Palette

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At home, the decor is minimal & muted, no unecessary fluff, just keeping it simple.

I think a home can be a good indicator of one's style. We live in a loft, concrete floors, wood beams, and brick walls. Our decor is industrial, and our color palette is minimal to none. I think our grey/blue headboard is as vibrant as our color hue gets, and I'm ok with that.

The hubs loves woodworking, so our furniture incoorporates a lot of repurposed wood and steel, we love linen & texture.

To some this might feel cold and lifeless, but to me it's refreshing, relaxing, and cozy.

When collecting inspirations I've noticed that my favorite images resemble those same tendencies displayed at home. As a former photographer, I'm naturally drawn towards strong images, and ironically the more muted images speak loudest to my personal taste.

Above are my current favorites, and I hope they're as inspiring to you and your work, as they are to me :)

// For more of my favorite Pinterest finds, follow along HERE //

Join Me for Shopping with a View

Call me crazy, but despite the cold, I love a good snowfall in the city, there's something unusually romantic about that view.

Thus, to send off winter with one last stylish hoorah, join me next Thursday for sips and shopping at the Dana Hotel's Vertigo Sky Lounge. Here you'll get the chance to shop winter accessories, jewelry and faux furs, plus my favorite winter selections from Ootra, a local boutique and ecomerce site. Enjoy all of this while overlooking our beautiful city!

In addition, a portion of all sales from the evening will benefit the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) & the Walk 2014, supporting the next generation of Chicago artist & designers!

So send in your RSVP, text your girlfriends, and let's show this Chicago winter what we're made of! Hope to see you there!!

To RSVP for this event email ootra@zapwater.com with subject line "RSVP"

P.S. - If you're anything like me, you can't go anywhere without your phone. Lucky for us, cell phones are welcome to this event and encouraged, so be sure to get social with hashtag #furandice, @ootragirl@vertigochicago.

Forehead Kisses are Underrated

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Yesterday I stumbled across an article reviewing Taylor Swift's relationship advice as discuses through various interviews over the years. One comment stood out. Taylor said that she had reached a point where she felt "the only love worth being in is the love worth singing about...I think that for me, when you experience something that's worth writing a song about, chances are it's the same kind of intense feeling that someone else has felt".

Taylor elaborated explaining that she craved a mad kind of love... Who can blame her?

In a culture where we're so overstimulated if it's not dramatic it doesn't faze us. Particularly in a city landscape where time is money we can often overlook simple kindness, and the little things don't get their credit.

Today I could have dressed up, I had my favorite satin & lace little black dress in mind, but the truth is this is what most days look like.

The hubs and I have been married for almost 5 years, and while we make it a point to have "date nights", most nights it's takeout and redbox or a late night gym date. Don't get me wrong we absolutely love hanging out together, I think that's my favorite part about our relationship– we're so happy just being together!

That said, because of the simplicity of our day to day our love is often not dramatic. All the contrary, its quite normal and in that normalcy it's the little things that mean the most. By that I mean the day to day love, the little texts at work, the selflessness shown through house chores, the time spent cuddling on the couch while crushing through a newly discovered show on netflix. It may not seem like much to some, but I wouldn't trade this love for anything!

Tonight we could have planned a night out on the town, but instead we're throwing a valentines party at our place. There will be ice cream, champaign, games, and a movie, single friends, and couples. Sure we could have gone out for a fancy dinner, but this kind of sounds like more fun.

Tomorrow morning we 'll likely be at the gym and heck maybe next Tuesday after fixing our Plated dinner we'll head out for a cocktail at our neighborhood bar, just us two. Who knows, we'll see how the week plays out, but one things for sure, getting to do life with your best friend is the best gift of all & forehead kisses are totally underrated!

Thanks to the generosity of the kind folks at goodhYOUman, one lucky reader will win this tank with my favorite little quote, "Forehead kisses are underrated".

GoodhYOUman is an LA clothing company grounded on the values of their founder, Brett Novek, who believes that "EVERYONE HAS A STORY.” Every season good hYOUman features an inspirational story on all of their hang tags. Stories are submitted by other good hYOUmans, here.

xoxo

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