gifts under $50


I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving!  The Holidays are right around the corner, I hope this is an inspiration for when you are shopping for friends and family!

1. Faux Fur Short Collar, ASOS, $26.70 (on sale)

2. Sparkle Custer Rings, Madewell, $24.50 (on sale)

3.  Triple C iBoost ® Backup Battery, Madewell, $35.50 (on sale)

4. Olive and Lavender Liquid Marseille Soap, Compagnie de Provence, $24.00

5. Bunched Leather Small Turnlock Bracelet, Coach, $48.00

6. Limited Edition Gold Monogram Mug, Anthropologie, $10.00

7. Slim Clutch, Zara, $35.90

8. Simmons Cardigan, Sosie, $45.00


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calf hair shoes


Even though it is quickly transitioning into boot season, I’ve been drawn to so many loafers and flats lately. Especially calf hair loafers in vibrant colors. Without a doubt, I love a bold shoe! It’s an easy way to add a focal point to so many different looks and it’s a versatile piece to have in a wardrobe. I’ve put together a few of my favorite shoes that are available both online and in-stores. Enjoy!

1. Zebra Loafer, Marc by Marc Jacobs, $298.00

2. Pointed Furry Leather Moccasin, Zara, $99.90

3. Gee WaWa – ‘Lydia’ Flat, Nordstrom, $97.95

4. Teddy Loafer, Madewell, $148.00

investment: Noa Pony Black, Acne, $450.00

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fall cardigans



Let’s take a look at cardigans. As I mentioned the other day here, a cardigan is a great wardrobe staple. They are perfect for layering, wearing in place of a jacket, and serve us well into the cold winter months. I have put together a few of my favorite pieces that are available both online and in-stores. Enjoy!

1. Wraparound Cardigan, Zara, $25.90

2. Kensie – Tissue Knit Cardigan, Nordstrom, $119.00

3. Journal Cardigan, Madewell, $79.50

4. Convertible Cocoon Cardigan, Armani Exchange, $89.60 with 30% off!

investment: Magi Merino Long Khaki Brown Melange, Acne, $570.00

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travel light and often




I love to travel so I wanted to share a few tips for packing a perfect carry-on. I almost never check a bag. Everything I need for a long weekend can fit into one small suitcase and large purse. I always get cold on planes so I wear a sweater or jacket – something I can layer or easily pair with other looks during my trip. I always bring a snack since the choices at airports are so expensive and limited. I typically bring my cosmetic bag and all of my toiletries packed into ONE quart-sized plastic bag – should anything open or spill it won’t ruin my clothes and shoes. I upload books, movies, and refresh my music on my iPad mini. Next time you’re traveling for a long weekend, try packing light and leaving most of your wardrobe at home! Have a great weekend!

Clockwise from top left: 

cosmetic bag: AVEDA
bag: Longchamp 
lip balm: AVEDA Lip Saver 
lipstick: Marc Jacobs 
face towelettes: YES to Blueberries 
gum: Orbit
wallet: SEE by Chloe (similar here)
pouch wallet: Acne 
iPhone case: Marc by Marc Jacobs
pumpkin cereal bar: Trader Joe’s 
iPad mini

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fall coats


Even though the weather has been in a state of constant of flux for the past several weeks in Chicago, we all know it’s going to (unfortunately) get chilly soon.  A great fall coat will once again be an absolute necessity. I find it wise to invest in a neutral color or a bold color that most of your accessories will pair with nicely. Something that can be worn day-to-day, last a few seasons and not feel dated or worn. I was able to grab the hooded wool coat from Zara (#2) and I can’t wait to wear it. I suggest not waiting until the last minute, too. It’s such a bust when you find “the” item of your dreams and it’s sold out in your size, everywhere! Have a great weekend!

1. Esta Melton Mazarine Blue, Acne, $1,150.00

2. Hooded Wool Coat, Zara, $139.00

3. Stadium-Cloth Cocoon Coat, J.Crew, $350.00

4. Wool-Blend Oversize Coat, Mango, $189.99

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Rachel Zoe




Seeing a designer’s collection come to life on the runway is such an inspiration. So many different visions and stories are shared at New York Fashion Week. These collections set the theme for the next season of fashion, and over time trends develop from the couture pieces. I have selected a few of my favorite looks, no florals included.

 All images via Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 

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fall scarves


Still focusing on fall trends, I have selected a few of my favorite scarves for the season. Besides making an outfit come together with a great shoe or boot, a scarf is the next best accessory. They are functional and can add a pop of color to any outfit, whether it be a dress or your favorite pair of skinny jeans.

1. Angora Scarf, Zara, $119.00

2. Grid Scarf, J.Crew, $55.00

3. Adrianna Snood, Club Monaco, $198.50

4. Echo – Pleated Infinity Scarf, Nordstrom, $38.00

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fall bags



As a continuation of last week, let’s focus on fall accessories. A great bag is always exciting. I’ve put together a few investment pieces that can be carried year after year. A classic black bag is a staple for any wardrobe, a black leather backpack is even better!  This year I’m really enjoying large satchels, bold colors, and soft leather. Here are a few of my tops picks!

1. Leather Rucksack, Zara, $179.00

2. Madewell – Mini Satchel, Shopbop, $124.60

3. Marc by Marc Jacobs, Shopbop, $278.00

4. See by Chloe, Shopbop, $595.00

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fall boots



Let’s focus on fall boots. I’m not ready to put away my sandals and skip on the pedicures, but who doesn’t love a great boot? Many retailers are already displaying their fall collections, boots included. This year I’m really drawn to a sleek, pointed toe, ankle boot. I’ve put together a few of my favorite options that are available right now.

1. Belle by Sigerson Morrison, Shopbop, $295.00

2. Flat Ankle Boot, Zara, $99.90

3. Vince – Noel Booties, Shopbop, $325.00

4. The Charley Boot, Madewell, $198.00

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