Re-Decorating

Bedroom Makeover
The weather is officially dreary in Chi-town and the post-holiday slump is coming. The decorations have come down and the new budget is in full-effect, which means one thing: It’s time to re-decorate!

Now, when I use the term I’m not talking about going out, buying lots of new accessories and paint, and cluttering my home with more ‘stuff.’ To me, re-decorate (see the clever use of the hyphen?!) means to take what you already have in your home and re-arrange it for a new look. Continue reading

Inspiration: Anthropologie

We all have our guilty little pleasures. For my husband it’s sneaking in a freshly baked cupcake before work. For my eldest dog, Peanut, it’s pretending to be asleep to evade his 7am walk. Whatever the indulgence, there’s one that I can no longer deny: Anthro stalking.

Sure, I can say that I just walk by and admire their window displays, or go in from time to time just to peruse their sale racks, but who am I kidding?! My sole purpose for going in many a visit is to fill my lungs with whimsy and inspiration. Much of the applause is due to the visual merch team. Both Anthro and Urban (who are owned by the same peeps who bring us Free People) know that their clientele has a weakness for rustic yet romantic handmade visual displays. It’s how they sucker many of us in in the first place!

So on a recent visit with my beau, brother and soon to be sister-in-law, I put my apprehensions away at facing this love affair and began to snap snap and snap photos of their gorgeous, breath-taking displays. Continue reading

Trends: Mullet Hems

By far the funniest name for a fashion trend – “mullet hems” are one of my favorite designs to be popping up this season. What is a mullet hem? A top or tunic that is business up front and a party in the back. Or to put it plainly, short on one side and long in the rear. This style lends itself wonderfully for layering with long tanks and leggins in the fall or even a mini and heels in the spring. So keep your eyes peeled as you’ll be seeing this shape for many months to come!  1. Chic Moss 2. Trop Rouge 3. Mikkat Market 4. Pierogi Picnic 5. Urban Outfitters 6. Fade to Grey

New Designs: Dear Darling Dress

With the Chicago Renegade Craft Fair quickly approaching I have been dedicating every Saturday of this month to making new designs for the fall season and mega craft fest. This adorable dress is one of many new creations that will grace my booth at the fair.

Made of lightweight cotton that was salvaged from a men’s t-shirt – this dress has a feminine lace and embroidery floss embellishment across the front. I especially enjoy the contrast between the softness of the cotton and the elegance of the vintage fabric. Continue reading

Warm Fuzzy Feelings: V-Day Dinner

This year Valentine’s Day falls on a true blue Monday. If you and your sweetie are working, but still want to mark the occasion, throw together a simple comfort food dinner tomorrow night.

My suggestion: indulgent mini grilled cheese sandwiches paired with a hearty tomato soup. To add a lovey dovey touch, use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to give the bread some whimsy. Using the leftover crusts, cut them into cubes, sprinkle with olive oil and rosemary, then pop them into a pan for a quick toasting. Meanwhile, pour your tomato soup into decorative mugs and top with your homemade croutons. Put out a rustic tablecloth and some candles and in less than 15 minutes you’ll be on your way to romance!