Cold Weather Comforts

If you're in the Midwest, you know the rule. Dipping temperatures mean layer upon layer, and then when you're done, perhaps adding on another layer for good measure. While sweaters are absolutely ideal for the season, so are cold weather comforts like gloves, scarves and coats to arm you appropriately. Here are a few darling picks that I've had my eye on lately!

{PS - If I sound like I'm preparing for battle lately in anticipation for winter, it's because I am. #WindyCityProblems}

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White beanie | Gray Faux Fur Infinity Scarf | Kate Spade Cosmic Sequined Mittens | Kate Spade Stardust Jewel Gloves | Asos Black Cape | Oversized Plaid Square Scarf | Gray Beanie | Black and White Polka Dot Scarf | Light Pink Funnel Neck Coat | Oversized Scarf in Check | Gray Infinity Scarf | Oversized Pink Cocoon Coat | Knit hat 


Just The Essentials

Here's a fun fact: 99.9% of the time, simple essentials worn together make some of the best outfits. It's proven! Just ask...well, me. And all those white-blouse-and-jeans lovers out there, who I'd place good money on the fact that they whole-heartedly agree. After all, there's something to be said about the classics. Leopard print, black heels, white blouse, a pair of fabulous jeans...these are a few effortless closet essentials that I just can't fathom ever leaving the style scene. And if they do? Well, consider me unfashionable.
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Sweater Time

Though the weather recently has been sunny and bright, we're just around the corner from frigid winds. We all know what that means: It's time to bundle up. With these sweater + cardigan finds, you may even just welcome dipping temperatures with open arms.

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Black & White Nolan Sweater | Asta Cocoon Cardi | Oversized Plaid Pullover | Light Pink Cable Knit Sweater | Handknit Strata Pullover | Free People Breeze Cardigan | Grey & Silver Metallic Dots Sweater | Darien Eyelash Pullover | Grey Pullover | Sheer Shadow Stripe Sweater 


A Delicious Caramel Apple Party

Last weekend, a few of my favorite Chicago bloggers and I gathered at Kit's house for a little caramel apple party. The occasion? Simply to embrace fall and all the delicious tastes that go with it.

We had toppings galore including gingersnaps, sprinkles, crushed Oreos, nuts, chocolate chips, pretzels, and many more. The result? The most mouth-watering apple slices I think I've ever had.
Kit made two types of caramel for our apples - one a standard, sweet version and one that was made from whiskey. Both were absolutely amazing, but I have to say, the whiskey caramel was just...wow. I think the best way to describe the flavor is that it was a little deeper than normal caramel. 

If you want to make your own, here's the recipe!

1/4 cup whiskey
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon vanilla

1. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the sugar and whisk until melted. 
2. Add the whiskey. Let simmer steady for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
3. Add the cream and let the sauce slowly simmer and reduce for 20 - 25 minutes, until it has thickened.

While the apples were delicious, what's making my mouth water in hindsight are the apple cider mimosas that we drank. I'd never tried one before, which surprises me considering I've never said "No" to a mimosa before, but they quickly became one of my favorite drinks with just a few sips. If I could pick something that tastes like fall, this would be it.

The ingredients? Just fresh cider & champagne!

And there you have it! A caramel apple party, complete with sips of fall to go with. It's definitely something you should try this weekend, so my vote is that you gather some friends, get out the sprinkles, and drool over all the sweets that go with this fabulous rendezvous.

Be sure to swing by Maya, Kit, Jess, Nicole, and Jennie's blogs to see more pictures! {PS - A big thanks to Sprinkles for providing the cupcakes!}


A Lesson From Ralph

When I spotted these Ralph Lauren Couture pants at T.J. Maxx I audibly said, "Yeeees" and claimed them as my own. They were a bit more expensive than my normal pant purchases, but I loved them enough to bite the bullet.

Here's the thing: That was 5 years ago. I can't tell you how many pieces in my closet I've worn a few times and they've never seen the light of day again, but these pants have been worn year after year, season after season, and they never get old. That's the benefit of a classic investment piece, which good 'ol Ralph has taught me through these wide-legged beauts. He's a wise one, that Ralph.

Another classic? A t-shirt, which I paired with these trousers & heels, and loved how the combination created a cool yet collected vibe. The second lesson here, my friends, is that you most certainly don't need jeans to rock a T. Not one bit. And even though Ralph didn't teach me that one, I'm sure he would agree.
Photos via Maya McDonald of Charmingly Styled

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Apartment Therapy

Here are my true, deep feelings about our apartment bedroom. I love it, but I hate it. I love it because it's our first room that we've lived in together, and that's just dandy. But I hate it because of, well, everything else.

Let me paint the scene for you. Walking in, our queen-sized bed immediately welcomes you to the left. The base is up against the door frame - so close that we weren't sure if the door would close at first. The left side of the bed is up against the wall, and the right is almost touching the window sill. Between the bed and the other wall, there's just enough space to walk. On the opposite end of the room there's a closet that's shaped like a "V", in which Doug's clothes hang, and he literally has body-dive himself in there to reach the clothes toward the end of the closet. {It makes a humorous morning, let me tell you.}

In it's entirety, our room is a Hobbit's dream. But, as it's harbored by two people above 2 feet tall, it's definitely not ideal. Which is why, after a year of closet dives & stubbing toes, we've made the decision that we're lofting our bed.

I know what you're thinking. "But that's what college freshmen do!" Yes. Indeed it is. Desperate times call for desperate measures, people, and we simply need more space. 

So, we're drawing up plans, exploring where to buy wood, and are going to do this thing. It'll be hysterical, perhaps a bit awkward, and most definitely something that a college student would approve of, but if we're lucky, it'll look like any of the pictures above.

Wish us luck upon our journey! I'll be sure to keep you updated. In the meantime, do you have any space-saving tips for apartments? Do tell! 


Tweed + Leather

Tweed and leather are one of those combos that are great apart. But, together? Power couple. 

Photos via Maya McDonald

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{Psst - This jacket is everything!}

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