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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10.25.2011

barcelona on bikes.

we started our spanish adventure in barcelona, then went to madrid, and then returned back to barcelona for two days. on our last day in the city we went on a bike tour, and it ended up being one of my favorite days. i love a good story-teller and our bike tour guide was pretty interesting. i learned all sorts of things about monuments, churches, spainish history, and the catalonia culture. if i could do the trip again i would START with the bike tour so we would have a little context when we were running around the bari gotic and stepping into random churches. i love getting "lost" and finding new things when i travel but i also appreciate the history behind a city's art and architecture. [the bike tour finally got us out to the beach too...MAJOR plus! it was gorgeous and the weather was perfect]


do you like to go on tours when you visit cities? or do you prefer to explore on your own?
xo,
jillian
ps don't miss the ginormous JewelMint Giveaway!
and a huge happy anniversary to my parents! xo!
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10.24.2011

jewelmint giveaway!


good morning chickadees! the move went well this weekend but i am exhausted!! we have almost all of our stuff unpacked but we still have to decorate... i'll post some photos of the new place in a few days. 


til then i have a real big treat for you today! JewelMint contacted me a few weeks ago and introduced me to their gorgeous site. all of the pieces are all priced at $29 and have a personalized story. i am thrilled to be able to give away three of my favorite pieces from the JewelMint collection - 
the art deco inspired savory braceletpomander pendant necklace and the lady noir rings!

here's how to enter to win all of these gorgeous pieces:
follow cornflake dreams via GFC or Bloglovin
visit JewelMint and comment on your favorite piece

extra ways to enter: (please leave a comment for each entry)
this giveaway is open to domestic entries only and a winner will be announced on monday, october 31st.

good luck! 
xo, 
jillian

ps the winner of last week's easy canvas giveaway is lucky #71, Emily from Simply Southern. congratulations, please email me
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10.21.2011

friday's fancies #38- move it, move it.

happy friday! its MOVING weekend!! we got our smancy new appliances delivered to the condo last night and i am just smitten! is it normal to get that excited about appliances?! anyhoo, this weekend we'll haul over the rest of our belongings (with the help of some strong moving men) and start to make our condo our home. i cannot wait. i really love unpacking and h and i even created an upbeat playlist for the occasion. i also think since we'll be busy working all day saturday and sunday we will just have to treat ourselves to the best roast beef subs which happen to be right around the corner! so this weekend won't be particulary fancy...i am leaning towards a comfy outfit for the occasion, something like this::

lands end canvas sweater $40 (on sale!), jeans $25, boots $198

what are your weekend plans?
xo,
jillian

ps - a huge thank you to my interior design guest bloggers! your posts have given me inspiration and i am SO excited to start decorating! miss a post? check them out again!

pps - there's still time to enter the easy canvas print giveaway! i'll announce a winner on monday, october 24th.
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10.20.2011

españa snapshots- madrid.

hola chickadees and happy thursday! october is flying by and i haven't shared my madrid photos yet--many apologies! we arrived in madrid on a monday afternoon and as soon as we got to the city we were in love. it reminded us of chicago, everyone running around to somewhere important to be. 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 large streets dedicated to pedistiran traffic (and full of restaurants and shops!) we did quite a bit of shopping while we were in the city. we discovered 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 botiques. 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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10.11.2011

{guest post} - breakfast at toast.

Hi everyone! It's Danielle of Breakfast at Toast & I am so excited to share some budget friendly and DIY bedroom inspiration on Jillian's blog! I hope this inspires Jill + her fiance with the design and decor of their new bedroom.
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The nightstand is actually from Ikea. My best friend actually took this photograph and sent it to me! I love how it turned out and think that this could easily apply to any dresser. I love the grand embroidered sheets from Pottery Barn. The perfect way to add a touch of color and a monogram

Thank you again for having me, Jillian and a big congrats to you and H!

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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.

hola chickadees! i am 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 mcdonalds 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


ps don't forget to enter the acute designs giveaway! and upper metal class is launching a new website soon...check out their giveaway!!
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10.04.2011

let's talk tv.

since we were in spain for the big fall premiere week on tv i feel a bit behind but fear not our dvr is full of new episodes of our favorite shows:: 


h and i have similar tastes when it comes to television (outside of sports!). we tend to watch a lot of comedies. 
here is a short-list of our favorites::
chopped - house huntersmad men (please come back!) - the walking dead (don't ask)

and i hate to admit it but i occasionally get sucked into real housewives of orange county...and new jersey, and atlanta. o and millionaire matchmaker. ugh. so addicting! 

what's on your dvr? 

xo, 
jillian


ps just in case you missed it:: i was featured on aspiring kennedy!
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10.03.2011

acute designs - giveaway.

good morning chickadees! i have SO many great stories and photos from our trip to spain...but i am still recovering. jet lag is a killer! i promise i'll have a few recap posts for you this week. until then let's do a giveaway:: gina from acute designs is generously donating $20 credit to her etsy shop full of vintage hair, jewelry and bridal pieces.
how to enter: mandatory
follow cornflake dreams via GFC or bloglovin
stop by the acute design etsy shop and comment on your favorite piece


additional ways to enter: please leave an additional comment for each
follow cornflake dreams on twitter
follow acute designs on twitter
follow acute designs' blog via GFC
tweet about the giveaway! (please include @cornflakedreams and @AcuteDesigns in your tweet!)


a winner will be chosen on monday, october 10th. this giveaway is open to domestic and international readers. good luck! 


xo, 
jillian


ps a huge congratulations to #123 Tamra from walks with bella you won the ayofemi necklace giveaway and #98 Aubrey from all things bright and beautiful you won the inspired house of wright giveaway!! please email me with your mailing info!


if you are interested in sponsoring a giveaway on cornflake dreams please email me.
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