11.30.2010

boutique crush.

i have a major crush on just about everything that is emersonmade:: flower pins, flower clutches (the goldie is perfection), retro jeans, and sweet little dresses and blouses.  o and i think its adorable that the designer models most of the pieces on the couples farm. 






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11.29.2010

trim the tree.

now that thanksgiving is offically over it's socially acceptable to put up and decorate your christmas tree. h and i put ours up the day after halloween... judge if you will but we were too excited to wait! it was our very first christmas tree together and the first one we have had outside of our parents house. our tree is tiny, it's 3ft tall but it fits perfectly in our living room. we used a lot of our own things around the house to decorate the tree (keepsakes from trips) and bought itty bitty bulbs from target. next year we'll get lights and maybe a few of these decorations::

5. block word ornament_urban outfitters $12.00 (i like the classic 'love' in gold)
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11.25.2010

it's turkey time!

Happy Thanksgiving ya'll! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and this year i am lucky enough to celebrate three times! So today be thankful, spend time with loved ones, and get your turkey {and pumpkin pie!!} on!
i am thankful for h {he really is the best}, my family, friends and my health.

-xo-
Jillian
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11.24.2010

bETSY.

i think by now anyone can tell that i am etsy-obsessed. it is my go-to place when i want to shop for gifts or browse for unique finds. i always seem to have something on my wishlist from these shops:: 





1. thevamoose unique jewerly
2. laura lombardi jewerly local jewerly! their HQ is in chicago
3. yeehaw hand printed, hand made, art & paper products
4. colette paperie calendars, cards, tea towels 
5. beau ideal editions cards & prints 

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lovely ladies

Aren't these illustrations pretty? I think they would be lovely in a dressing room...



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11.23.2010

countdown.

two days until...
so ready.

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11.19.2010

a bit of leopard.

okay- time to cheer up. the lavin for h&m line hits stores soon and i noticed a few touches of leopard here and there. it might just be the right time for me to finally invest in some classic leopard pieces::

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siren's song.

goood morning and happy friday- let's all go to greece!! this photo shoot is gorgeous...




David Gubert photography, styled by Jana Polomy for Marie Claire Australia Dec 2010

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11.18.2010

dressing room.

Welcome to my dressing room! after reading this post on haute apple pie about mom-caves i thought --hey! I have one of those! well sorta like a glorified closet space but i think it still counts.

The room is tiny (9ft x 6ft) and holds the only closet in our apt (h has a similar size dressing room with an armour and lots of shelving AND he has a man/reading cave upstairs that doubles as a guest room). My dressing room was a blank slate when we started to decorate the apt. H painted 3 walls gray and one wall a pretty periwinkle color. I added sick-on circle floral graphics, moved in the furniture and everything was organized v quickly. if i had a little more space i would love to have a desk, but the room works well as a closet.

1. We found an old switch plate when we moved in and i painted it with the periwinkle paint we used for the accent wall.
2. I found these amazing (and easy to use!) wall stick-on graphics here: bloom graphics
3. The iron fleur-de-lis hook is from our trip to new orleans and is perfect for hanging up necklaces.
4. Custom labels to keep my office, gift wrapping supplies, and photographs organized
5. A basket for all of my scarves (it's usually a bit messier than this...)
6. I store some of my shoes in white plastic boxes from the container store. In order to see what is inside I cut down old plastic photo protector pages down to size, taped them to the boxes and inserted photos of the shoes.
-xo-
Jillian
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lela rose.

the lela rose ready to wear spring 2011 line is sooo pretty... i am particually in love with these dresses::
see more here

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11.17.2010

bebe zara.

i visited the michigan ave baby gap last weekend to buy a gift and i was blown away by all the adorable clothes. the collection of tulle ballerina skirts, retro jackie o-esq leopard coats, and ity-bitty cable knit sweaters made me wish i had more little ones to shop for. sooo imagine my surprise when i stumbled on the the baby zara collection in the november zara lookbook (by accident of course)! i love the little capes::





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once upon a time

Good morning! these paintings by Trafalgar's Square are too sweet...

Shop them all here
-xo-
Jillian
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11.16.2010

swiss miss.

i love this look {sans cigarette}... so easy and chic. 

via vouge italia




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11.15.2010

j'adore zara.

the first time i shopped at zara i was in paris {studying for a month during college} i fell in love with the unique styles, friendly european sizes and reasonable prices. i am thrilled we have two zara's in chicago. 







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a darling weekend.


h was a sweetheart and took me out to brunch saturday to our favorite spot cornerstone cafe, wowzahs i love pancakes. this weekend was v relaxing with lots of naps, football games, a movie and quality cuddle time. i feel recharged and ready for the week- happy monday.

jcd  
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11.13.2010

the beatles or the rolling stones?



i am a beatles fan and i think Yoko looks cute in her wedding ensemble (almost child-like in a tiered skirt and knee high socks). Bianca Pérez-Mora Macias aka Mrs. Jagger (1971-78) looks v chic annnd they were married in saint-tropez, france! i think the rolling stones win this one.

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11.11.2010

madrid.

i just had to repost these sartorialist shots... 

how adorable is this little guy?!
and how cool is this girl::

let's all go to madrid. vámonos!

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happy veterans day.

thinking of you nick and missing you every day... 



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say it in spanish

I love these pretty note cards!
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11.09.2010

craving: mint chocolate chip

I am seriously craving mint chocolate chip ice cream today. Usually i go right for the cookie dough but right now mint is on my mind-- andes mints, thin mint girl scout cookies, and even cupcakes. But since it is not socially acceptable to eat ice cream for lunch i'll have to distract myself with some other online finds: sesame jasper necklace / fold and buckle bag / i love you more than mint chocolate chip printAnd if you ever visit charleston include this bakery on your to-visit list. The blueberry-lemon cupcakes are my favorite!
-xo-
Jillian
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sunshine.

wowzah- yellow diamonds?! absolutely gorgeous... 

jcd


*v pretty... but i could never bring myself to spend that much on jewelry- ah well.
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11.08.2010

grace.

grace kelly is one of my favorite celebrity brides... that engagement ring is pretty spectacular too.

more princess engagement rings and celeb brides (i am a little disappointed jennifer aniston and brad bitt weren't included.. i know i know but they looked good).

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pumpkin pie recap

I am a little sad to be back at work today after such a long, relaxing weekend. We celebrated mini-thanksgiving with friends and I am still thinking about all the pumpkin pie. We had loads of cheesy casseroles and julie (our host) made the best chocolate cream pie. Needless to say I was excited there were lots of leftovers (yum!) and I cannot wait until next year. happy monday!

-xo-
Jillian

p.s. Have I ever mentioned how much i love west elm? H and I went shopping on saturday and I wanted just about everything in the store!
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11.06.2010

lets hope this trend sticks.

green living. sustainable design. environmentally friendly. reduce your carbon footprint! buy and eat local.... any of this sound familiar? eco-conscious products are finally fashionable and they seem to be appearing everywhere- it's a trend that i hope continues for the long-run. over the past year i have made some SIMPLE changes that have made it really easy being green (promise!)


1. reduce or ELIMINATE your use of napkins and paper towels. sure they are convenient but these paper products are also very wasteful and expensive. save some cash and trade your paper napkins for cloth ones. yes old fashioned cloth napkins...they are a great investment and will class up your dinner table while eliminating waste. maintenance: wash and reuse!  set of six: nifty napkins_anthropologie $32.00


2. 1 hour on the treadmill. forever in a landfill. do you remember the commercial? the reality is there's really nothing special about bottled water- (watch: blue gold: world water warsand theres no reason you should be shelling out $1.99 only to throw away the bottle immediately after consumption. recycling is good- but it still takes a lot of energy to recycle so its better to REDUCE our plastic addiction. i'll admit i like the occasional soda but i drink a LOT of water during the week so i invested in a few re-usable water bottles and a brita water filter::  Bike Aluminum Water Bottle_Target Green Brita Pitcher_Target = responsible drinking. 


3. invest in a good set of tupperware. i bring my lunch to work almost every day and in the past i used multiple plastic baggies for all my goodies...then threw them away. now i use tupperware for everything- it adds a little more bulk to my bag but its well worth it to save a little cash and reduce waste. Rubbermaid Easy Find Lids Set_Target 34 pieces/$19

4. use reusable grocery bags. sounds like a no-brainer huh? plastic grocery bags in LA are prohibited but go to any grocery store in chicago and there's TONS of people with lots o plastic bags. it's all about getting into the habit of bringing a few bags with to the store (AND on any other shopping trip!). Reusable bags are typically much stronger than plastic bags so they can hold more---and they are much more stylish. i love this one: alphabetbag $19.93


5. replace your light bulbs. trade up your classic bulbs (incandescent) for compact fluorescent light bulbs and you'll reduce your energy consumption and save money.


jcd
ps the pretty green print can be found here:: tree poolga's version by judy kaufmann
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