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DV by Dolce Vita Oxfords (Old, similar here, here and here) / Ann Taylor Loft Cardigan / J.Crew Toothpick Jeans and Pearl Earrings / Gap Popover (Shirt of the season. I wear it so often that I think I need a second!) / Madewell Transport Tote (On sale at Nordstrom!) / Alex & Ani New York City, New Jersey and Nantucket Bracelets (c/o) / Daniel Wellington Watch (c/o) / Miriam Merenfeld Monogrammed Necklace (c/o)

Mitch and I are supposed to be in Charleston this week, but our travel plans fell through at the last minute. We were pretty bummed about it at first, as we’d been looking forward to the trip for a long time, and really wanted to go away for Mitch’s spring break. UNTIL WE REALIZED THE MAGNIFICENCE OF THE EXTENDED STAYCATION.

Holy goodness. We’ve been having such a good week! We’ve been spending time at my inlaws’ beautiful lake house (where these photos were taken), sleeping in, exploring Chicago, attending blogging events, taking Noods on long walks, catching up on projects, hanging out with friends, and… well, staying out late. (Which is why my posts have been going up late, haha.) To see what we’ve been up to, scroll to the bottom of this post!

(Oh! And thank you SO MUCH for all the hair advice. I chopped off a few inches, had it layered and lowlighted, and am now using Aveda shampoo/conditioner and Keratin products. We’ll see how it goes!)

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Staycation in iPhone Photos


Henri Bendel event last night in downtown Chicago with Maya, Emily, Peggy and Jill (And Mitch, haha.) I closed my eyes for this photo, so I had to chop my head off. ;)


My first live auction! I wanted to bid on this pig, but everyone said no.


What’s going on here?




Little Girl desperately wants to jump in.


My mother-in-law should be an interior designer.




Easter basket for Noodle!


Happy birthday to Shawn in New York! We miss you! You’re old now, too! ;)

(At Athenian Room)


Noodle loves her new raincoat. Thanks, L.L.Bean!


Every day, I find a new dream house in Lincoln Park.


Visiting my brother-in-law’s chicken farm. I bonded with this little guy. Please don’t eat him, Charlie. (Boots.)


Out on a Wednesday?!


Shopping at Neiman Marcus for a blogging project.


Shuffleboard at Fairways.


BLT night at Streeter’s Tavern.


Rainy morning walks. Noodle’s mad I forgot to put on her raincoat. And she wants Hunters.


Brunch at White Oak Tavern & Inn!


Easy mornings. (Slippers.)


My mother-in-law is constantly rearranging things and redecorating. I love seeing the changes every time I visit! :)