10.28.2011

friday's fancies #39.

happy friday! i am super excited abou this weekend! tonight h and i are going to visit ikea to try to find some shelves for our living room and a few other odds and ends (like cinnamon rolls!) saturday we're visiting our wedding coordinator to discuss a few wedding details (YAH!) and then later that night im going out with the girls. on sunday i plan to attend a bridal expo (if sat night isnt too crazy...) and then later sunday night my parents will be joining us for our weekly family dinner and they will finally meet h's dad! 

this friday's fancies is a fun one! {av} has invited bloggers to dream up their dream halloween costumes. i going with the creative/inexpensive route this year with my costume...but if i had all the money in the world i might dress up as audrey hepburn from breakfast at tiffanys::
do you have any fun holiday plans this weekend?
xo,
jillian
ps if you havent already be sure to sign up for the JewelMint Giveaway! I'll be announcing a winner on Monday, October 24th!
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10.26.2011

wedding wednesday - aris + al.

happy wedding wednesday! today is a special post dedicated to my friends aris + al's wedding. i was lucky enough to be a bridesmaid and i had so much fun helping them celebrate their big day. aris + al had a gorgeous traditional greek orthodox ceremony and it was wonderful to have a spot up on the altar to see the priest do his thing. the ceremony was filled with symbolic gestures--which the priest explained at the end. after the ceremony we moved onto the reception (after a champagne filled limo ride...) and the rest of the evening was filled with Greek dancing, fantastic food, tears and a lot of smiles. it was the first wedding i was ever apart of and i loved every minute of it! 
aris + al had an incredible sweets table (it went on forever!) and they gave guests huge candy apples as favors! their playlist was ahhhmazing and i am considering 'borrowing' a few songs for our wedding next year.
Congratulations to al + aris and thank you again for letting me apart of your special day! 
opa!
xo,
jillian
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10.20.2011

españa snapshots- madrid

As soon as we arrived in Madrid, we were in love. The city reminded us of Chicago, a bustling city full of people. I loved the public parks and squares--if you walked for five minutes you were bound to run into one! The city was full of cars and scooters zooming around, but there were also large streets dedicated to pedestrian traffic which we loved. We spent a lot of time stopping in shops and restaurants. One of our favorite spots was a modern market where we shared churros and went back for tapas.


On our last day we ran into an artsy area of the city where they were holding an outdoor showcase of interior design shops and boutiques. If I could carry more on the plane it would have been an expensive afternoon!
xo,
Jillian
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10.14.2011

friday's fancies #37 rehearsal dinner.

one of my closest friends is getting married this weekend!! i'll be heading out to the suburbs for the rehearsal this afternoon. the wedding is on saturday and i'm sure i'll cry a little bit during the ceremony. i have known the bride since 5th grade and i am positive she is marrying her match :) eeeep! i am so excited for the whole weekend and thankful that i get to be apart of the big day! as for friday's fancies...here's my dream outfit for a happy wedding rehearsal dinner::

dress $200, heels $150, clutch $138, bracelet $118


what are you up to this weekend?
xo, 
jillian


ps looking for more outfit inspiration? check out my friday's fancies guest post on chic glamourous and splendid
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10.12.2011

wedding wednesday - bridesmaid dresses.

as you know my little brother got engaged over the weekend, he called me yesterday with more happy news! 
he wants me and my older brother andy to be in the wedding. 
the bride will have her sister and brother in the wedding party too. fun right?!

via, via, via, via


this saturday one of my best friends is getting married and i am ecstatic to be apart of the wedding party, i get to wear a pretty purple gown and greek dance the night away :) 

with all this bridesmaid buzz i thought it was about time that i reveal a few details about my wedding party and what they will be wearing next july...

after much debate i decided to go with different styles of jcrew bridesmaid dresses from the chiffon collection. i let my bridesmaids choose their favorite style and i picked two colors (i am trying to keep that part a surprise!) i love the idea of wedding parties and i think it's even more fun when the bridesmaids or groomsmen get to show off a little bit of their personality with their outfit. 


what do you think- do you like mismatched bridesmaid gowns? or do you miss the traditional matching look?!


xo, 
jillian
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10.07.2011

friday's fancies #36.

horraaaay for friday!!! it's been a long week at my new job (loving it!) but i am ready to relax and sleep in. there won't be too much downtime for me this weekend, h and i are going to be busy painting our new condo (i'll share photos next week!) anyhoo i stumbled along this photo of alexa chung for madewell and i am smitten with this outfit. 
it's classic and comfy, perfect for fall.


sweater $98, cords $70, moccasins $40, necklace $68


what are your weekend plans?
xo, 
jillian


ps there are a few days left to enter the acute designs giveaway!
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10.06.2011

siesta and sweets

I'm excited to share with you my two favorite things from my trip to Spain: Siesta and Sweets! During our trip to Barcelona and Madrid we did a lot of walking...which justified my afternoon naps and sweet fix. I ate a whole lotta croissants, churros and chocolate, cakes and ice cream. I even visited mcdonald's to try the spanish version of soft serve (it's on a waffle cone with a kit kat!. three times. judged. i know. but it was soooo good.

One of my favorite sweet shops was Antigua Patileria del Pozo in madrid. the pastry shop with decor from the 1830's sold tasty little cakes at a super affordable price (so you can try a few!).
Spaniards are all about the siesta. Who wouldn't be?! After my sweet fix I indulged in an hour nap. If only I could get the siesta started in the states... 
xo, 
Jillian 
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10.05.2011

españa snapshots- barcelona

The first part of our trip to spain was in Barcelona. We landed in the city on Saturday morning and we spent the day running around seeing as much of the city as possible. I was immediately smitten by the famous Gaudi homes (especially the casa batllo) and all the other intricate architecture at every corner. 
The city was bustling with visitors for the La Mercè festival (an annual party to celebrate the Roman Catholic feast day of Our Lady of Mercy). During the festival we saw a parade filled with paper mache 'giants' (gigantes y cabezudos), neighborhood bands, the sardana (a large circle dance), and a castell competition (human towers!) it was a fantastic way to see local traditions and celebrate the weekend.

Have you ever visited a city during a major festival or event?
xo, 
Jillian
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