in my beach bag.

it's no surprise i am a fan of lands end canvas. i got my new bikini recently and i am in loveeee. last year's swim suit was from victoria's secret, it was a similar style but the canvas suit provides a LOT more support and the ruching is better (who knew?!) i also love the vibrant sapphire ice color, it's flattering on my light skin and screams summer :) i also love the XL shoreline tote, it fits all of my beach/pool essentials:: 
land's end canvas bandeau bikini top $20 (on sale!), bikini bottoms $17, shoreline straw tote $50, classic sunglasses $34

now that the sun is out in full force it's important to remember to protect your skin! two of my blogger besties {av} from long distance loving and danielle moss from breakfast at toast have teamed up to launch sun savvy, a site dedicated to creating awareness about the dangers of sun damage and how to protect yourself. i urge you to check out their site and sign the pledge-- your skin will thank you! 

what is in your beach bag?! lots of sunscreen and trashy magazines? would you add anything to my bag?



friday's fancies #23 - {birthday pants}

23rd friday's fancy! and my birthday is on june 23rd! it must be fate :) 

This weekend the birthday fun continues: i'm having a little fiesta with friends at a local mexican restaurant tonight, spending the day with h's family tomorrow and going to a chicago fire soccer game on sunday. 

oh and there will be lots more sweets and hopefully a few bike rides. This friday's fancies i am going to give you a sneak peek on what i'm really going to wear tonight:
maxi dress $38, wedges $40 (on sale!), earrings $24, pinterest inspired hair (if i can figure it out!)
flowers, guac, margarita, cupcake, fiesta

What are your weekend plans?! 



it's my birthday! i'm going to spend the day shopping with my mom :) and tonight h and i are going to whip up a special pinterest inspired dessert! can't wait!

balloonslemon berry cupcakes!

i hope you have a fantastic day!


foodie fave - {katie from haute apple pie}.

one of my favorite blogs, haute apple pie, is all about fantastic food, decor and parties. the ladies (anne, katie and stef) are friends-- and fellow marquette grads! 

katie is one of my favorites on haute apple. she is expecting her first child-a boy! (check out her nursery inspiration board!) and posts the best decor tips (like how to create a wall gallery). but in the end it's all about the food! and i am dying to try some of her favorite dishes:: 

hungry yet? get to know katie::
What is your favorite meal of the day? Dinner, since it's the only one I don't eat at my desk (sad!).  I'm a huge fan of brunch though.

Favorite Dish you have featured on your blog? That's so hard because I blog about all of my favorites.  I'm going to cheat and pick a few: Almond M&M cookies - a family classic, Zucchini, Prosciutto & Goat Cheese Tartelettes - such a good combo, and Thai Peanut Sauce - I'm totally addicted and it's really versatile.

Favorite Dessert Recipe: 
Strawberry White Chocolate Cupcakes

Signature Drink:  
Mojitos or an IPA

Currently Addicted to: Honest Tea Just Black Tea

Favorite ingredient to bake or cook with? Booze! Seriously though, I love the extra depth of flavor it adds and the reaction you get from people.  It automatically makes the food more fun somehow, even though the alcohol is usually cooked off.

New dish you're dying to try to make? Stuffed squash blossoms - they always look so pretty!

What is your favorite holiday to bake or cook for? Maybe the 4th of July.  While I love Thanksgiving and Christmas, I'm not usually the one cooking. July 4th is great because you have zillions of options since the produce is so fresh and flavorful.

What do you like most about cooking?  I like the creativity of it. I love to experiment so I'm terrible about following recipes.  Since I've had a garden I also love making things with food I grew myself. There's just something so satisfying about that.

a huge thank you to katie for sharing her haute favorites. be sure to hop over to haute apple pie and see what all the fuss is about. 



friday's fancies #22

Happy Friday!! a huge thanks to everyone who linked up on wednesday! it was so much fun to see all of your summer bucket lists (and it makes me want to add a few to mine)! this weekend i am going to celebrate my grandmothers 80th birthday and my little (sorority) sister's birthday. i would also like to spend some quality time outdoors...if the weather warms up i would love to wear a skirt:: 

Have a fantastic weekend!


summer bucket list

To be honest, h and i wrote down our summer bucket list during a freezing weekend sometime in February. so yah. Needless to say we've been dreaming about summer and sunshine for months :) Here's my top 11 for summer 2011:

this past weekend we crossed off a few on the (extended) list. we visited Humboldt park, which absolutely surprised me - it's HUGE and just so pretty! too bad it's not very safe at night. we scoped out a few perfect spots for our engagement photos :) tomorrow night i am going to a movie in the park with friends (if it ever stops raining!)

what's on your list?


style crush - {kendi everyday}

I have a special treat for all of you today! my june style crush is the lovely kendi!  you know...from kendi everyday-- the down-to-earth, always gorgeous girl who likes to remix her clothes and encourages other to do the same :)

i am a huge fan of kendi's style & confidence. she does what she wants and she's honest about it. and that's pretty sweet. to get her look i have decided to play the remix game and pick out three classic (and affordable) pieces that you can mix and match to create different outfits. 
jeansroad trip outfit, our edit outfit
cardigansunny outlook outfit, dress and cardigan
blazergo to outfit, emerald outfit
wardrobe staples: gap jeans $70, cardigan $34, blazer $88

get to know Kendi:: 
what trends do you love right now? I love all of the color that is happening this spring. Coral is my new favorite color. I'm wearing coral as I'm typing this with coral fingernails. Can we say obsessed? 
who is your favorite designer? Um Jenna Lyons? Just kidding, I know she isn't a designer but there isn't anything that J.Crew comes out with that I wouldn't buy. I'm not much of a designer or label girl but if you gave me $5,000 and twisted my arm I'd be all up on Zac Posen's collection. 

where do you like to shop? Gap and J.Crew forever. 

what is favorite piece of clothing or accessory? A fitted blazer is my favorite piece of clothing. It can make any outfit sophisticated. 

what do you feel most comfortable wearing? Maxi dresses! They are like secret pajamas: you look cute but you are so comfortable. 

what is on your shopping wishlist for the summer? Little sundresses -- I just can't get enough of dresses for the summer. They are so easy to wear for any occasion. 

what hollywood celeb would you trade closets with (past or present)? Rachel Bilson or Kate Middleton. I'd also trade hair with either of them, if they'd be willing.  

what do you like most about blogging? Hands down the friends I've made over the internet. I love the community blogging brings, it's so fun to find regular girls with style just like your own through blogging. 

do you have any advice for newbie 'what i wore' fashion bloggers? Don't worry about what everyone else is doing, just do your own thing. I love to stumble upon a new blogger who blogs to the beat of her own drum. 

if you haven't checked out her blog yet--whatcha waiting for?!


friday's fancies #21.

when i asked h what he wanted to do this weekend he said "sleep." poor guy has been on night float all week (he goes into work at 4pm and comes home the next day at 10am, only to do it again the next day). so i can't blame him for wanting to keep things low-key on his days off.  we have made a few small plans:: finally watching black swan and crossing something off our summer to-do list on saturday. (remember to get your summer bucket lists ready for next week's link up!) sunday we're having family dinner per usual-- and i've got a crazy craving for indian or persian food :)

so onto friday's fancies! i am excited about this one-- summer is in full force and miss {av} has organized a nautical theme for FF :) yah! seriously can you ever have too many stripes?!

dress $84, sandals $50, bag $65, necklace $34, hair

what are your plans for the weekend? 


birthday wishes.

My birthday is in two weeks! and I would be lying if I said i wasn't dreaming up a wishlist. (no surprise there...my wishlist on pinterest keeps growing every week!) here are a few of my favorites:
bc conch sandals $50, tiny bow necklace $28, ascendant earrings $68, sunset rocks earrings $38, brown stripe rope toms $54, and of course a bike! --btw thank you for all of your bike suggestions the other day! :)

What's on your wishlist?


summer s'mores

is there anything better than chocolate, marshmallow, and graham crackers?! i didn't think so. 
 s'mores in a jar, s'mores milk shake, s'mores cupcake, s'more browniess'mores on a stick, s'mores cake, raspberry s'more, campfire viavia

what's your favorite summer treat?


dreaming of a bike

Before I run out and buy a bike I thought I'd ask you opinion. Where is a good place to find an affordable yet stylish bike (and helmet?!) I don't want to bike hundreds of miles or spend a ton of cash on a smancy bike...I just want it to look cute. and to have a basket.

right now i have my eye on this lovely:: 

do you have a bike? any suggestions? 


friday's fancies #20.

happpy friday chickadees! this weekend i am excited to do a few summer things:: saturday i am spending the day with my best friend at her rooftop pool (there will be italian ice involved as she lives by a marble slab!) on sunday, h and i are going to go to the printers row lit fest downtown and sunday dinner with the family. i just hope that the weather stays nice and sunny all weekend. 

swim suit $55, cover-up $59.50, sandals $118, hat $45, sunglasses $430, tote bag $89, photo via

what are your weekend plans?

ps remember to sign up for my summer giveaway! and hop over to a blissful dream to see my summer faves guest post :)


summer's dream: giveaway no. 1

happy june!! it's my favorite month...so bring on summertime, sunshine and birthdays! to kick off the summer one of my biggest design crushes, leigh viner is donating one print to one v lucky winner!

how to enter:: 
follow cornflake dreams and visit jkldesign on etsy and pick out your fave print

increase your odds- leave a comment for each:: 
1. follow @cornflakedreams and @leighviner on twitter
4. tweet about the giveaway (please include @cornflakedreams and @leighviner in the tweet)
5. blog about it :) and leave a comment with a link

a winner will be chosen on friday, june 10! 
the giveaway is open to domestic and international participants.
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