12.30.2011

twenty - eleven.

photo by dawn e roscoe
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2011 was an incredibly busy year - so much happened so fast! i cannot believe that it's already new years eve (eve) and i am looking back but here it goes - my top 10 of 2011:
1. we got engaged. this pretty much trumps everything else for obvious reasons. i was absolutely surprised and thrilled when h proposed and it was my favorite memory of the year.

2. our weekend trip to Portland ended in our engagement - it also introduced me to the pacific north west, delicious food carts and the necessity of rain boots.

3. i started cornflake designs- a little blog design company and i had the opportunity to work with some of my favorite bloggers to redesign their space.

4. my best friend got engaged! i remember literally squealing when she told me and i am SO happy she met her match. 

5. my little brother returned from Afghanistan safe and sound (thank the lord).

6. rendez-vous new england in boston! this year ali and i finally got to hang out in person AND meet TONS of other great bloggers. 

7.  espana! our first european vacation together was wonderful. gorgeous weather, lots of walking and site seeing. and of course tapas, sangria, and sweets!

8.aris + al get hitched

9. my little brother got engaged!
10. we bought our first place. this was a fast one. one minute we're looking at condo's online and seeing a few here and there and the next we're signing the papers! our place is a dream though with lots of space to grow in the future (i promise to take you all on a proper photo tour early next year).
a huge thank you to all of you who stop by and say hi. i appreciate your support and kind words more than you'll ever know! wishing everyone a safe and happy new years with lots of sparkle and smiles. 

xo, 
jillian
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12.21.2011

blogger wishlist- midwest.

i am a bit partial to this group of fantastic midwest bloggers...daily dishvery loveligh, and sequins and stripes 


shari from chicago is wishing for: 
1.Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender (for making lots of soups this winter)
2. Michael Kors Tortoise Shell Watch 
3. Gwyneth Paltrow's Cookbook - My Father's Daughter



leigh from michigan is wishing for:
1. School Uniforms for kids in need: because education is one of the greatest gifts!
2. Hunter Basketweave Socks for my new yellow wellies: because it's about to be a cold christmas.
3. Couples Mittens from etsy: even though mr. m would need a lot of coaxing to wear them.





xo, 
jillian


blogger wishlist recap:
west coasteast coastoverseas, and the south!
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12.20.2011

blogger wishlist - the south.

happy tuesday y'all! today i rounded up a few of my favorite southern bloggers {simply southern, elle sees, and mimosas in the morning} to share their wishlists!

emily from Houston is wishing for: 
1. kate spade iphone case
2. aldo kovalcin black booties
3. shaker knit scarf

elle from atlanta is wishing for:
1. clarisonic plus sonic skin cleansing system
2. miss dior fragrance
3. silk twill hermes scarf


allyson from Dallas is wishing for: 
1. ipad + tory burch cover
2. michael kors hamilton large tote
3. west elm slate placemat

i'm saving the best for last! midwest bloggers will be up tomorrow!
and in case you missed it: blogger wishlists from the west coast, east coast, overseas


and i'm guest posting over on sandy a la mode! a gift guide for the bebe-cakes!
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12.16.2011

friday's fancies #46.

happy friday!!! we're just days away from christmas!! (9!!) and this weekend i have a few early holiday plans:: tonight h and i have a movie date (i want to see young adult). saturday it's dinner with h's dad followed by wine tasting with friends! and on sunday we're heading out to the suburbs to have a early christmas dinner with my grandparents. if i was feeling fancy on saturday i'd love to wear something like this to the wine tasting::

dress $82, earrings $58, heels $99- on sale!, clutch $50

xo, 
jillian


ps more blogger wishlists next week!
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12.15.2011

blogger wishlist - overseas.

today we're going international with blogger wishlists from the boot and aspiring kennedy!(across the pond's wishlist will be posted later today as a special thursday treat!) 


marissa from italy is wishing for:
1. Kitchen Aid Stand Up Mixer so i can do lots of holiday baking
2. Kumquats and Kiwis Minted journal for dreaming up blog posts
3. Pumpkin Cable Knit Scarf from Topshop to stay warm while we're hanging out in the piazza



lauren from england is wishing for:
xo, 
jillian

ps check out the BEST and worst gifts i have received and given over the years over on fashion truffles!
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12.14.2011

12.13.2011

blogger wishlist - west coast.

hello chickadees! i am SUPER excited to announce blogger wishlists from around the US. today we'll start off with those trendy ladies from the west coast- brynn from chartreuse and a twist, katie from running on happiness and joelle from something charming!



brynn from seattle is wishing for:
1. a poppy slouchy jacket 
2. a set of glasses
3. a new camera!


katie from arizona is wishing for: 
1. michael kors 'layton' chronograph watch
2. tea rose velvet blazer 
3.braden taupe boots

joelle from california is wishing for: 
1. leopard print toms
2. chanel chance perfume 
3. a kitchen aid mixer

xo,
jillian

ps east coast favorites are up tomorrow!
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12.08.2011

industrial crush.

h and i have similar tastes when it comes to how we want our new place to look (well- most of the time). right now i'm trying to get him on board with industrial pieces that i think will look great in our kitchen and dining room. i am smitten with these industrial chairs, stools and light fixtures...








1. firefly pendant light $199 - 2. marais a side chair $125 - 3.victory pendant lamp $149 - 4.cb2 counter stool $110 - 5. machinist stool $125 - 6. high back stool $155

how would you describe your interior design style?
modern, traditional, eclectic, vintage?
xo,
jillian
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12.06.2011

sunday dinner- persian.

every week h and i go out for sunday dinner with his family (dad + brother + his fiance). the dinner's are a great way to get together before the work-week and spend some quality time together. we take turns picking out the restaurant and this week it was my pick. i chose my favorite persian restaurant: noon-o-kabob in albany park [4651 N. Kedzie Ave, Chicago]:


h's family is 100% persian and they love this place...so you know it has to be good. we've gone quite a few times and i always look forward to the mossir [homemade yogurt with shallots}, feta cheese, fresh parsley and pita bread. i also love the chenjeh and joujeh [steak & chicken kabobs with steamed tomatoes, dill rice with lima beans]. whenever i order this dish i usually mix in some mossir to create a cremier texture with my rice (trust me try it sometime!). if you're looking for authentic persian food stop by - and bring an appetite- the portions are huge so i always have leftovers.

what kinds of food are you loving right now?

xo, 
jillian


ps hop over to a {little} dash of ash to see my christmas wishlist for our new place!
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12.05.2011

sugar, sugar.



this saturday i hosted my second annual cookie exchange with a great group of friends -- including three of my favorite chicago bloggers:: shari [the daily dish], zoe [style foodie], and lara [simply irresistible].  we snacked on dips and appetizers, played a fun taboo-esq game and then dug into all of the cookies (there were sooo many tasty options). we also packed up a box of cookies that will be shipped to a solder in Afghanistan. somewhere in the middle all of the chatting and games i missed watching the holiday...so i'm putting that on my to-do list before christmas :)


how was your weekend?!
xo, 
jillian 

ps the winner of the Mikarose Giveaway is lucky #76 -Chris! Congratulations!!

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12.02.2011

friday's fancies #44 - cookie exchange!

happy friday chickadees! i am sooo excited for the weekend (what's new?!) but this one is going to be even more fun because it involves friends, bloggers, holiday movies and COOKIES. i am hosting another cookie exchange and i decided this time i would introduce my best friends to my blogger friends! i am excited for them all to meet and to spend saturday afternoon watching christmas movies and eating cookies. i made my favorite- nerds and i can't wait to see what the girls bring over. we'll be packing up one big box to send overseas to a solider (one of my brother's friends who is stationed in Afghanistan). i'll be sure to share lots of photos + recipes next week (AND a few wishlists from some of my favorite bloggers).

movies + cookies call for another comfy, cozy outfit (yep- i live in clothes like this in the winter months). this one is inspired by cameron diaz's winter wardrobe in the holiday (every time i watch that movie i want to stock up on white sweaters!)::


[sweater $648, tee $34.50, cords $89.50, slippers $115, house of harlow necklace $70, throw $69]


what's your favorite christmas cookie + movie?!


xo,
jillian


ps only a few days left to enter the mikarose giveaway!
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