3.29.2011

{six month anniversary} giveaway!


guess what chickadees! it's my six month anniversary of blogging :) whootwhoot! i have no idea where the time has gone but i have loved the last couple of months. i am SO happy i started cornflake dreams and have had the opportunity to get to know all of you! soooo to celebrate the talented laura lombardi is donating a GORGEOUS piece of jewelry to one lucky reader (i gushed about her collection here).

enter to win the copper ladder necklace -- it is one of my favorite pieces that you can wear with just about anything!

how to enter:

mandatory: follow cornflake dreams and leave a comment with some feedback about the blog. something you like, dislike, want to see more/less of :) i would love to know what you're loving or could do without.

increase your odds: {please leave a separate comment for each}
1. follow cornflake dreams via twitter
2. follow laura lombardi via twitter
3. tweet about the giveaway :: enter to win a necklace @lauralombardi @cornflakedreams:: http://bit.ly/dFKdZV !

that's 4 ways to enter--- good luck chickadees!!! i will pick a winner on monday, april 11. this giveaway is open to ALL countries :)
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3.28.2011

finding the perfect place

As i mentioned on friday h and I visited a few wedding venue options this weekend. we saw the morton arboretum and two chicago park district buildings. I wasn't in love with them, but they are still in the running. I have always dreamed of a modern and chic venue for my wedding. we both want something untraditional and are looking for an alternative to a hotel ballroom or country club. After hours of research there are a few unique options in Chicago but there are a lot of things to consider. The majority of my guests are coming from the western suburbs and parking is a huge concern. We also have to finalize a guest count list (150-200) and pick a date (may or june 2012).... but we do have some time to look around, these three are our style:: 
i love the exposed brick and greenery, but it might not be big enough for a sit down dinner and dancing:: a new leaf
the large windows are striking and the space is a blank canvas:: prairie production
a large brick blank canvas in an industrial area of the city:: MCA Warehouse


single ladies: where do you envision your wedding? something modern or traditional? a hotel? country club? golf course? destination wedding? 
married friends: how long did it take for you to find the perfect place? and how far in advance did you book? 

xo, 
Jillian 
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3.25.2011

friday love.

calligraphy by joelle from love is home

no links today just a lot of love and thank-yous :) 
a huge thank you to all of you for the sweet comments about my engagement! i am bursting with happiness and i cannot stop staring at my ring and kissing my finance! thank you to joelle from Love is Home, for the beautiful quote in her smancy calligraphy (above) and helping me personalize some notecards (i'll post these soon!). thank you to the wonderful bloggers who participated in the Spring Escape Blog Crawl and finally thank you to the ladies who were kind enough to guest post while i was on vacation. i am so grateful to have such supportive family, friends and followers (that's you!) so thanks a bunch and have a fantastic weekend! 

xoxo, 
jillian


ps a huge happy birthday to my dad :) 
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3.24.2011

the ring.

i have had quite a few requests to share a close-up photo of my engagement ring. i can't stop starring at it so i guess it would be selfish to keep it all to myself :) 
the band is a little pinker in person, just the right amount of a rose-gold hue.
it's exactly what i wanted and it is incredibly sparkly in person. the ring was custom made by a jeweler in my family... a hybrid of a couple of rings that h and i saw together. i must say i am pretty smitten with it :) i always thought that i would want a diamond wedding band but i want the engagement ring to stand out on it's own, so i am going to get a simple rose gold band instead. 

what does your dream ring look like? 
xoxo, 
jillian
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3.14.2011

portlandia.

this thursday h and i are leaving for a mini-vaca to portland, oregon! i have never visited the city but i am super excited to check out the gardens, food carts, micro-breweries and markets. i was lucky enough to get a few tips from holly (little miss holls) who i am meeting up with for drinks and becky (shopping is my cardio). with their suggestions and a little google research we have a pretty packed 3-day itinerary.
 
have you been to the city of roses? do you have any travel tips? must-sees?
jcd

next up on the blog crawl:: tomorrow be sure to hop over to travels in heels, to read about sara's upcoming vacation to santa barbara!
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spring escape giveaway- jhill design print!




to kick off the spring escape blog crawl, the talented Jennifer of JHill Design, is donating a personalized print to one lucky reader! the winner can choose from an 8x10 map print or city print and personalize it with your favorite pattern and custom text. 

these prints make gorgeous wedding, baby, and birthday gifts. or keep it for yourself! (i would have a hard time letting that pretty Malibu print go)

how to enter:
manditory: follow cornflake dreams if you don't already :)
stop by JHill Design and comment on what print you prefer (map or city)

increase your odds: {please leave a seperate comment for each}
3. like JHill Design on facebook
4. tweet about the giveaway :: enter to win a personalized @jennifer_hill print!!! ::http://bit.ly/i4UCRn @cornflakedreams!

so that's 5 ways to enter--- good luck chickadees!!! i will pick a winner on monday, march 21st. the giveaway is open to US residents only (sorry to my overseas friends).

xoxo,
jillian
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3.08.2011

let them eat cake.

happy mardi gras! last may h and i took a weekend trip to New Orleans, i have never been to the city during Mardi Gras and I am sure it quite party with lots of treats, including the infamous king cake. 
the first time i heard about king cake was in high school french class. after a few bites i was shocked to find a plastic bebe doll in my pastry. who bakes a cake with toys inside?! i didn't realize that finding the bebe meant i was responsible for buying next years cake... good thing it was senior french class ;) 


if you are feeling ambitious and want to make your own kings cake, check out this recipe (it has tips on where to put the little bebe).

i hope you all have a fantastic night and celebrate mardi gras with a sweet treat! i will most likely be having a girl scout cookie or two. or four. what about you? what's your favorite sweet treat? 


xoxo, 
jcd
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3.07.2011

weekend review.

this weekend h and i decided to skip going out to the movies since the weather was snowy and roads were icy. we stayed in and watched the kids are all right instead, and dreamt of summertime, vegetable gardens and dining al fresco. i would love to have some outdoor space to entertain and relax. my dream garden would include a garden, a lilac bush, and some sort of swing. 

images via, via 
what does your dream backyard look like? do you have a pool? a vegetable garden? fruit orchard? gazebo? hammock? tire swing?

xoxo 
jcd
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3.03.2011

color crush: coral



along with yellow, i have a bit of a color crush on coral! i try to wear my skinny coral belt as often as possible, and i am pining for a bright coral bathing suit.

what do you think? will you incorporate coral into your wardrobe or home?

xo, 
jillian
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3.01.2011

wanderlust wishlist.


i am dying to go to spain (this september!), greece, turkey (planning for a 2012 trip!) and italy. in honor of my waderlust wishlist i want to get these lovely city and country inspired patterns and prints by jhill design (they range from $25-$65). i have her places i've never been calendar (now on sale!) in my cubical and the patterns brighten my day.


what places are on your wanderlust wishlist? 
jcd


ps hop over to long distance loving to see one more destination i am loving from afar :)
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