4.22.2014

spring stripes.

I'm not sick of stripes yet -- are you? good. Here are some cute stripe picks (all under $85) that can be worn now (think layers) and transition into Summer :

vintage cotton scoopneck tee $35 (25% off with code GOSHOP)  - pleated striped shorts $28 - soludos natural black lowcut espadrilles $45 - stripe market tote $55 (25% off with code GOSHOP)  - splendid stripe  navy tee $64 (20% off with code FLING) - maritime stripe tunic $80 (25% off with code GOSHOP) - factory stripe button-back sundress $34.50

Do you still like stripes or are you over the trend?
xo,
jillian
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4.21.2014

weekend good things.

HAPPY MONDAY! What a great weekend - it was beautiful in Chicago and I got to spend lots of time outdoors (no boots or heavy coats required!)
see more mini moments on instagram @cornflakedreams
On Friday night h surprised me with a trip to the outlet mall. I was determined to find some summery dresses and tops but I left with a pair of flip flops. He found polos, pants AND swim trunks! That's usually how it goes for us, it's rare that we both have a successful shopping trip. Ah well, better for the budget I suppose.
On Saturday we walked around our neighborhood -- I was ecstatic it was finally feeling like Spring and I could wear my favorite ballet flats. Since the sun was shining, I convinced H to take a few photos for my sidebar :) Later that day, H met up with a friend to watch a game and I had our place to myself. I indulged in a few of my favorite activities: Jillian Michael's yoga meltdown, a good book, a few magazines and a bright pink pedicureI made steak fajitas for dinner and we watched Twelve Years a Slave. It was such a moving story and really beautifully shot. And yes --- I cried and cringed quite at few scenes. 
On Sunday we went out to the burbs for Easter at my Aunt's house. It was really wonderful to see my family, play with my cousins and talk with my older brother and my future sister-in-law about their July wedding in the Bahamas. 

How was your weekend?
xo, 
jillian
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4.18.2014

five on friday.

Happy Friday! I thought I would try something new today and link up with Christina, April, Natasha and Darci for Five on Friday. 

ONE: I am currently reading The Last Love Letter from Your Lover by JoJo Moyes and loving it...no surprise there. 

TWO: I am really excited for season 2 of Orange is the New Black! They just released a trailer and it looks really good. (photo above via)

THREE: I recently bought a one-piece swimsuit from jcrew and I LOVE it. The wrap-front silhouette and grid navy and white polka dot print is perfect. It also comes in solid colors - I am tempted to buy another one in vibrant flame... and a summer straw hat (on sale 30% off with the code BIGSALE)

FOUR: I still love Fashion by Mayhem (you know that mom and daughter duo who make clothes out of construction paper) -- follow on instagram @2sisters_angie to see new creations.


FIVE: It's Easter weekend! That means I get to see my family on Sunday and have my last cadbury cream egg of the season ;) 

Have a great weekend! 
xo, 
jillian
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4.17.2014

a bed fit for a king (and queen).



H and I have decided that we want to upgrade to king size bed (mostly because I sprawl out during the night, leaving him close to the edge -- sorry, babe!). I am excited to buy a new mattress (we're thinking memory foam) but have no idea what brand to buy -- any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. A larger mattress means we'll also have to buy a new headboard or bed-frame, comforter, duvet cover and sheets! It's a lot to consider all at once, so I thought I would start with the duvet cover. I want to keep the room simple and avoid loud bright patterns. I found seven duvet covers that I think will create a relaxing and peaceful space: 
 grand embroidered black stripe cover / JR by john robshaw cosmos gray duvet / Dwell Studio modern border admiral duvet cover  (also in smoke gray) / hudson park Italian percale double-stripe duvet / sferra connery circles duvet / natalie embroidered quilt  

Which one is your favorite?
Do you have a mattress brand you recommend? xo, 
jillian
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4.16.2014

loving eyelet details: splurge and save.



I donated my winter coat the other day and packed away all of my wool sweaters (maybe a little too soon since it's cold again in Chicago). I am ready for  Spring and Summer weather AND clothes -- bring on dresses, skirts and shorts in light fabric. Lately I love everything eyelet -- a classic fabric for Spring -- here are a few of my favorite splurge and save options: 
SPLURGE: banana republic shift dress $130 - shauna eyelet skirt $165 - shoshanna wilson lake cover up $198 (take 25% off with the code INTHEFAMILY14 at checkout)vignette top $65 - eyelet hideaway top $90 (20% off with code MOODLIFT) - liv eyelet racer back dress $152

SAVE: eyelet shift dress $25 (I have this in navy and I can't wait to wear it to my sister-in-law's wedding shower!) - strapless dress $25 - spaghetti strap dress $25 - also available in plus-size $42 and maternity $35 - (15% off with code ONSAVENOW).  

Do you like the eyelet trend?
xo,
jillian
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4.15.2014

april houzz board: poufs.

This month my houzz ideabook is dedicated to the pouf! Love them or hate them you can't deny that they are a functional piece of furniture and they don't take up a lot of space in a room. I want a pouf for our living room so I can put up my feet at night :) here are a few of my favorites: 

 white faux leather pouf / varigated aqua pouf / navy bubble knit pouf / threshold striped navy pouf / yellow braided pouf / cobalt blue knitted poufgray knitted graphic pouf / bazaar pouf - See my full April ideabook here or browse through all of my Houzz ideabooks.

Do you like poufs?
Which one is your favorite?
xo, 
jillian
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4.14.2014

weekend good things.

Happy Monday! My weekend flew by but it was full of so many good things including two wonderful brunch dates!

-On Friday night we had our Netflix date and watched The Best Man Holiday -- it wasn't very good and very predictable but it still made me cry like a little baby.

-Saturday I met up with the girls for brunch at Flo in West Town. I had the tastiest Mexican breakfast tacos -- filled with eggs, veggies, black beans, cheese and a side of guacamole.

-I took advantage of the warm weather and walked to the hair salon (in sandals!!). H met me after my haircut and we soaked up the sun while we walked around the neighborhood. That night I made chicken tikka masala for dinner-- it was good but not quite like the "real" thing at Indian restaurants.

-I started Sunday morning with some yoga and then we met h's family to celebrate my sister-in-law's birthday at another West Town spot -- Bow & Stern Oyster Bar. I am not a seafood fan but they have a really wonderful brunch menu. I got the opportunity to try lots of delicious dishes (thanks to h and my father-in-law) -- I recommend the Oreo pancakes, Rolling Meadows Farms Pork Belly Hash and the side of fruit (not on the menu but I was pleasantly surprised it was full of fresh ripe blueberries, raspberries and strawberries -- no cantaloupe or "filler" fruit!) 

-The weather got cold fast and it rained for the rest of the day. I'm officially ready for summer :) 

How was your weekend?
xo, 
jillian
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