12.31.2012

top ten in 2012.

the new year is right around the corner and every year at this time i can't help but look back at the past year. 2012 has been a huge year for me, full of soooo many great things. here's my top ten list of 2012:: 


1. i visited my first mosque in istanbul, turkey...and discovered the perfect pastry.
2. my aunts threw me the sweetest bridal shower...at a winery! 
3. i had an ammmazing birthday/bachelorette party
4. we got MARRIED! i have never felt so loved by SO many people, in one place, at one time. it was an unforgettable and beautiful day
5. i witnessed pure bliss: h enjoying his first parisian nutella and banana crepe
6. i changed my name and started signing mrs. m.
7. my brother andy got engaged and h's brother eloped! 
8. i got to celebrate my friends milestone moments: julie graduated law school, jen got married and elyse got engaged. 
9. i savored time with family: sunday dinners, thanksgiving with my parents and my first christmas as a mrs. 
10. h and i got cultural at the botanical gardensopera, ballet and steppenwolf theater

what were some of your highlights of 2012?! 
stay safe tonight and HAPPY NEW YEAR's EVE! 

xo, 
jillian

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12.24.2012

happy holidays!


happy holidays friends! 
i am taking a few days off to spend time with family but i'll be back next week!
enjoy the holidays!!

xo, 
jillian
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12.14.2012

friday's fancies #92.

happy friday! i can't believe that christmas is less than two weeks away. this month seems to be flying by and i still need to wrap all of my gifts! anyhoo :) this weekend is packed with fun plans. tonight i'm going to my office holiday party and saturday morning i'm getting brunch with the girls. sunday afternoon h and i are getting together with friends to play some board games (i preeeetty psyched!)

inspiration outfit via - sweater $45 - skirt $32 - tights $13 - nail polish $14 - booties $59

have a great weekend!
xo,
jillian

ps don't miss the Firmoo Glasses Giveaway AND Lulu and Georgia Giveaway!
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12.12.2012

baby fever on houzz

my december houzz ideabook is full of modern nursery pieces that will grow with a child and can be kept for years. i wouldn't mind having a few pieces in our condo right now (like that rug or the gold elephant!)

indian quilt $68 - modern mobile $75 - rocker $995 - gold elephant $39 - stripe rug $99 -$299 - z for zebra print $5.50 - MORE

view all of my houzz ideabooks

xo, 
jillian
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12.07.2012

friday's fancies #91 - cookie exchange!

happy friday! this weekend the girls and i are getting together for our annual cookie exchange (and book club). this month our book club decided instead of cramming in a new book we are all suppose to watch a new-to-you christmas movie. i watched christmas with the kranks and it was pretty rough... i think i'll stick to my favorite holiday films from now on :) 
lace top $98 - pants $118 - scarf $34 - flats $128

have a great weekend!
xo, 
jillian
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12.06.2012

put it in a pastry.

is it just me or does just about everything taste better wrapped up in a buttery, flakey pastery? when i am at a party (or a work event) i always look forward to seeing appetizers in the form of light puffs of pastry-goodness. i would like to try one of these tasty recipes:: 
pesto palmiers - cranberry and baked brie - bacon pineapple and boursin

spinach and artichoke - goat cheese - buffalo chicken - gouda and apple
what are your favorite party appetizers?


xo, 
jillian

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12.05.2012

text friendly gloves.

the unusually warm weather in chicago was nice while it lasted but temps are expected to drop this week and it will get chilly fast. cold weather means i need to remember to wear a hat AND gloves! it would be nice to have gloves that would allow me to use my phone without taking them off. i found a few cute pairs of text friendly gloves :: 

do you own text friendly gloves? do you like them?

xo, 
jillian
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11.30.2012

friday's fancies #90.

happy friday!!! i am super excited to have some time to just chillllll out and do a little christmas shopping. we don't have a lot of plans aside from heading out to my grandparents house on sunday to celebrate the holidays. the weather in chicago is going to warm up a little bit, so i'll take that opportunity to wear something a little fall-ish (like a vest!)::
inspiration via - shirt $88 - vest $138 - knit headband $38 - watch $106

have a great weekend! 
xo, 
jillian
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11.29.2012

wreath round-up.

this past weekend h and i put up a few holiday decorations including our itty bitty tree (it's a 3-footer!), our stockings and vintage garland from my childhood. i like to keep things simple when i decorate for the holidays (i weird thing about excess stuff and having to store it) BUT i think our condo could use a festive wreath for our front door. here are a few of my favorites::

winter flower wreath $31 - live fir eucalyptus & silver ornaments wreath $90 - initial wreath $26

outdoor ornament gold/silver pine wreath $39 - red felt ball wreath $31 - cranberry red wreath $59 - boxwood & berry wreath $70

xo, 
jillian

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11.27.2012

christmas wish list.

now that thanksgiving is over it's time to get christmas shopping! this year my wishlist has lots of black, gold, gray and white!
passport holder $60 - house of harlow 1960 necklace  $75 - polka dot snood $68 - blanket $115 - omg bag $275 - kate spade iphone case $40

what's on your wish list? 

xo, 
jillian
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11.24.2012

etsy favorites on small business saturday!

happy small business friday. i'd like to call out some of my favorite etsy shops -- great options for holiday shopping!! 


  • Art Goodiesblock print art and textiles (tea towels!) for you and your home
  • Bip & Bop - handmade jewelry (use the code HOLIDAYS2012 for 15% off your order)
  • Knits & Knots - hand-knit cowls and bracelets (use the code WEEKENDSAVE for 30% off all cowls)
  • Matine - leather clutches, wallets and totes (15% off on 11/26 with the code MONDAY)
  • Olive Yew! - gold, silver and rose gold jewelry
  • Upper Metal Class - minimalist jewelry (use the code GIVETHANKS for 15% off your order)
  • Silk and More - pretty kimono robes
  • Snugglens - camera bags and straps 
  • Tilly Maison - lucite trays
  • Tortilla Girl - hand-knit scarves, cowls, gloves, and hats (Cyber Monday SALE: 20% off all orders between 11/23 - 11/26 with code BLACKFRIDAY20 at Etsy checkout)
  • Trafalgar's Square - adorable animal sketches, perfect for a nursery (save 45% off your purchase with the code THANKS45
xo, 
jillian 
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11.21.2012

thank you to the charmers.

art via

have a very happy thanksgiving and give thanks to all the charmers in your life.

xo, 
jillian
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11.16.2012

giveaway:: win a free night at the Radisson!

want to take a mini vacation?! you're in luck, Radisson Hotels is celebrating their 50th anniversary by giving away one night's stay at Radisson Blu or Radisson hotels for 50 days!! now it's your chance to enter to win a night at ANY Radisson hotel in the U.S. 
where would you go? i'm dreaming of san francisco or new york
best of luck! a winner will be announced on monday, november 26th.

the details: One winner will win one night voucher that is valid for one free night, standard room, double occupancy at any North American Radisson Blu or Radisson Hotel of the winner’s choice. The voucher expires one year after issue date. The full terms and conditions are located on the room night voucher.

-xo- 
jillian
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friday's fancies #88.

happy friday! tonight h is on call so i am indulging in some "me" time with a pedicure, retail therapy and a chick flick. on saturday, the girls and i are getting together for a friends-thanksgiving-book club. and sunday we'll get together with the family for sunday dinner. 
sweater dress $50 - coat $325 - boots $110

xo, 
jillian
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11.12.2012

tis the season...

to be thankful! (i LOVE christmas but come on, let's save the red & green decorations until after thanksgiving... i'm looking at you Walgreens!) back to my original point, i have always thought that this month is all about giving thanks and spending time with the people you love. i am looking forward to thanksgiving day at my parents home this year with lots of family and wayyy too much food. h and i also plan to celebrate t-day with his family the saturday after thanksgiving with some vegetarian friendly dishes and a non-traditional take on turkey dinner (hello, chicken tenders!) 

image via

this year i have a lot to be thankful for... my husband, my family and friends, my health and this blog. i am so incredibly thankful to have my own space where i can get creative and "meet" wonderful people. so thank YOU for keeping up with my rants, cravings and random-ness, it really does mean the world to me.

xo, 
jillian

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11.09.2012

friday's fancies #87.

tonight h and i are going to the steppenwolf theater - i'm sooo excited! the rest of the weekend our plans are up in the air. it's suppose to warm up on saturday...i'd love to ditch my heavy wool coat and wear something a little lighter::

style inspiration via - tee $90 - jeans $130 - booties $90 - watch $225 - sunglasses $90

have a great weekend! 
xo, 
jillian
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11.08.2012

wanderlust wishlist: update!

I have travel on my mind and it has been a while since I have posted a wanderlust wishlist. Thanks to budgeting and lots of careful planning, I am thrilled to say that h and I will visit all of our the countries on my original wishlist by the end of next year. Spain and Turkey were amazing, Greece is booked for may 2013 and we're planning on exploring Italy next September! I'm not sure if my wanderlust list will ever end... here are my current dream destinations:
Thailand via via via

Switzerland via via via via

India via via via


London, England via via via via

What's on your wanderlust wishlist?
xo, 
Jillian
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11.06.2012

top travel eats.

This shouldn't come as a surprise but one of my favorite things to do when I travel is eat. The other night, h and I were reminiscing about our favorite travel memories and the conversation drifted towards food. After some carefully considerations we shared our top five food picks from our recent trips:

You'll notice my list is almost entirely full of carbs (whoops) while h has some more substance. If you're hungry for more - I've posted about food in Spain, Turkey, France (crepes & croissants). 

What are your favorite travel eats?!

xo, 
Jillian
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11.02.2012

friday's fancies #86.

tonight my brother, his fiance and her kids are coming over for games and pizza! on saturday night we're going to my friend's for a halloween party (i'm busting out the flapper costume again!) and the rest of the weekend i plan to keep things cozy...with lots of comfy layers:
cardigan $40 - denim shirt $88 - cords $60 - cowl knit $40 - moccasins $40

have a great weekend!
xo, 
jillian
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10.30.2012

etsy finds - silk robes.

I love the idea of matching robes for the bride and her bridesmaids! Robes are perfect for the girls to wear when they are getting their hair and makeup done and a gift they can wear for years. Bonus: the “getting ready” photos are even cuter. I was thrilled to discover silk and more on etsy that sells pretty silk robes AND is having a great sale - $30 a robe! I might have missed the opportunity to have the robes at my wedding but that doesn’t mean I still don’t want one! officially adding it to my Christmas wish list.  


individual robe $30 - set of 4 $120 - set of 6 $180
xo,
Jillian
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10.26.2012

friday's fancies #85.

happy friday-- we have a lot of fun plans this weekend! tonight h and i are going to the ballet! eeep! i'm so excited. this is the first of three ballets we'll be attending in the next few months... i'll be sure to do a recap of our date :) on saturday i am getting my hair cut... still debating on keeping it short or just going in for a trim. later that night we're attending my friend's wedding and on sunday i plan to sleep in and enjoy a lazy day and sunday dinner with the family.

 dress $44 - jacket $99 - ballet flats $106 (on sale!) - bracelet $75

have a great weekend!
xo,
jillian
ps there are a few days left to enter the butterscotch blankee giveaway!
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10.24.2012

wedding wednesday - first kiss

our ceremony (and the whole day) went by very quickly. one of my favorite moments of the ceremony was our first kiss a married couple. we both were SO excited::

swoon. 

i also adore this shot from our first dance::

:) 

 that wraps up photos from our wedding! wedding wednesdays will still focus on wedding details, dreamy gowns and decorations (i can't just quit cold turkey) BUT i promise to throw in some real-life married life and date night posts too.

xo, 
Jillian 
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10.12.2012

friday's fancies #82.

happy friday! it's been a long week full of ups (da bulls box suite!) and a few downs (yesterday i burnt the back of my hair and now i am kinda terrified of my blow dryer). needless to say i am ready to relax. tonight h is on call so i am having a girl-date with friends, mac n cheese and a girly movie! we don't have any major plans on saturday or sunday...so hopefully that means lots of sleeping in and maybe a brunch date.
sweater $40 - pants $60 (pants look familiar? i used the green pair in last week's friday's fancies and bought a pair in real life and i LOVE them. super comfy & soft with the perfect amount of stretch. - flats $109 - bauble bar statement necklace $38 - wristlet $108

have a great weekend!
xo, 
jillian
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10.10.2012

wedding wednesday - details of the day

Happy wedding wednesday! I have already shared our pre-wedding photos, ceremonyreception decor, and flowers. There are a few more details of the day that remain my favorite bits of the day:

our gorgeous invitation suite by mae mae paperie. the invitation suite (and table numbers and signage) was printed on heavy letterpress it was absolutely perfect. i would highly recommend working with megan, the pieces she created worked perfectly with what i envisioned for our wedding.


the dessert: in addition to a traditional wedding cake; we served mini pumpkin and pecan pies and a diy donuts bar with donuts that you top with icing and crushed capt'n crunch, coco puffs cereal or reeces pieces (inspired by our engagement/ portland trip and a memorable visit to voodoo donuts)


While we decided to be minimalist with decor and stick to flowers, I am happy we displayed a few of our favorite photos in the cocktail/dessert room. Another detail I love is my wedding welcome quilt! My mom is going to sew together all of the squares and I can't wait to see how it turns out. And finally... one of my favorite photos of the night, three generations of married women (and their gorgeous rings): my two grandmothers, my mom and my hands all together.
xo, 
Jillian 
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10.05.2012

friday's fancies #81.

happy friday! i am still smiling from all of your sweet and supportive comments on yesterday's post. it means so much to have such kind and open-minded readers :)

this weekend we have plans to see my family and on sunday h's soccer team AC Milan is playing their rival Inter Milan...so that means i've got plenty of time to finish reading bossypants (why did i wait so long to get this book?!)


style-wise i plan to keep things casual. i loooove my faux leather jacket and i am tempted to buy a black jacket but fall weather typically only lasts 1-2 months in chicago. ah well, still LOVING this outfit::


[inspiration outfit viajacket $110 - tee $30 - skinny twill pants $60 - leopard flats $119 - bag $248

have a wonderful weekend!
xo, 
jillian
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10.03.2012

wedding wednesday - flowers.

I shared a few detail shots last week but I was really impressed with what our florist (and family friend) put together for our big day. Amy from unique floral made all of my flower dreams into a reality after only meeting twice to discuss what I'd like.



[all photos via dawn e roscoe]
xo, 
Jillian 
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9.28.2012

happy (wedding) weekend to j+c.

today h and i are heading to Cincinnati, Ohio for my best friends wedding!! eeeep!! so excited for j+c and i am thrilled to be included in their big day.


cheers and happy wedding wishes :)

xo, 
jillian

ps: my matron of honor dress does have pockets -- so expect to see some instagram photo-happiness all weekend! [find me via cornflakedreams on instagram]
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9.26.2012

wedding wednesday - reception details

Happy wedding wednesday! Today I'd love to share details from our wedding reception. We had the dinner reception in the same space as our ceremony, at the metropolis ballrooms. I wanted the space to be light and summery. I kept things simple - and focused on the flowers and pops of red:

Our wedding cake was a nod to summertime: a light white cake with sweet strawberry preserves and white buttercream frosting, decorated with polka dots and topped off with our custom cake toppers.
We had a sofreh, an Iranian wedding table, with a variety of symbolic items- painted eggs for fertility, candles for a bright future, Persian coins for prosperity on display during the reception. my mother-in-law spent hours creating each piece on the table. 
i'll share more wedding details more next week! 
xo, 
Jillian
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9.21.2012

friday's fancies #80.

happy friday chickadees - this week was a long one. i am getting over a nasty cold but i am almost feeling better. this weekend i am going to take it easy -- i've got to be 100% for my best friend's wedding next weekend!! a low-key weekend means a netflix date, soup, sleep and comfy clothes:: 

sweater $27 - navy cords $60 - gorjana chloe stud earrings $35 - polka dot flats $70

xo, 
jillian 

ps don't forget to enter the shopbop $100 giveaway
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9.20.2012

fall wishlist - olive jacket.

This fall i've got my eye on a few things...number one on that list is a lightweight olive jacket:
xo, 
jillian
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9.19.2012

wedding wednesday - our ceremony

H and I had a difficult time deciding what we wanted to do with our wedding ceremony. we wanted to incorporate both of our families religious traditions but also keep the focus on US. We decided to combine a traditional christian american ceremony with persian traditions and added in some songs that make me smile.
We had a christian reverend officiate the ceremony with an opening prayer, we lit unity candles, my god mother recited a poem and there was a closing blessing. i walked down the aisle with my dad - while José González heartbeats played. To reflect h's heritage, we incorporated a traditional persian sugar bell ceremony. My bridesmaid rubbed two sugar bells (brought over from Iran for the wedding) over our heads while we exchanged our vows - the rubbing of the two sugar bells is a symbol for a sweet life. 




{all photos by dawn e. roscoe}

The ceremony was perfect - a wonderful blend of our two cultures and a reflection of us. I had to hold back my happy tears so i didn't mess up my makeup but whenever i think about the ceremony I am extremely happy with how things went. (and how we left, as mr. & mrs. smiling our faces off and to god only knows by the beach boys!)
xo, 
jillian
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