7.31.2012

craving: croissants.

This morning I woke up craving croissants. again. I ate a croissant every morning on our honeymoon (even while we were in Prague!) I don't remember eating a lot of croissants when I studied in Paris during college, so I am not sure what the recent obsession is but dannnng they are tasty! Buttery, flakey - hard on the outside and soft and doughy in the middle. drool. 

audrey - croissants via, via

Now for the important question -- where do i find a decent croissant in Chicago?!
what are you craving?
xo, 
Jillian
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7.30.2012

good things - i'm a mrs!!!

happy monday -- we're back from the honeymoon! it was ahhmazing and i can't wait to share lots of photos and stories with you this week! the wedding was gorgeous and everything was just perfect. it was an unbelievable feeling to be surrounded by so many people who care about you -- there was so much love! :) h was SOOO handsome and i find myself thinking about snippets of the big day all the time -- and then smiling like a crazy person! now that the wedding is over and i am married (WAHHOOO!) i feel calm and happy. no more planning or making lots of wedding related decisions, i get to focus on other things (like finally finishing our gallery wall of frames in the kitchen). here are some other good things i am smiling about lately:
- i cut my hair!!! three days after the wedding i got 8 inches chopped off and i LOVE it. no more crazy long hair and pony tails. (if you're in chicago, i highly recommend holly at sine qua non salon)
- seeing h with a wedding band and replacing fiance with husband :) :)
- my best friends wedding is right around the corner, just 2 months away! i am hosting her bachelorette party this weekend with her bridesmaids and attending her shower in a few weeks - the wedding fun continues! 
- the photobooth photos from our wedding were hilarious. the same 4 or 5 couples jumped into the booth quite a few times! so happy we have digital copies.

-xo-
mrs. m
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7.26.2012

{guest post} - EV photo chic.


Hello, I'm Liz from Coach House Pictures and am so excited to be guest blogging today for the sweetest newly wed  I know :) Today I am sharing a few photo tricks ( from a photographers perspective) on how to create and help your photographer capture the most authentically memorable wedding photographs that you will be happy to revisit long after you pronounce I Do! Let's get started, shall we? 

Photo Tip #1:  Build a relationship with your photographer. This is probably the most important thing you can do soon after you book your photographer (in my opinion). Building a relationship with your photographer not only builds communication and trust but also an understanding that he/she will do everything to make sure it comes true. Establishing a good relationship with your photographer will also make them feel like a friend on your big day rather than hired help. 
Photo Tip #2: Don't hold back! On emotions that is! Capturing raw emotion is a beautiful thing and it's what your day is all about. Being i the presence of such heartfelt and authentic moments is what we as photographers strive to capture ( no faking it here ) and you'll be amazed and happy that we did! So dance like no ones watching and wear waterproof mascara (if you are the water works type). 
Photo Tip #3: Pretend like the cameras not there! Although this may be hard for some to do, some of the most natural and authentic moments happen when you and your groom are not looking (or don't notice) your photographer is around. And trust me when I say that as a photographer these are the shots that my couples really love the most. 
Photo Tip #4: Strike a pose! Search your favorite wedding mags and blogs to find poses that you love! Then (kindly) ask your photographer to help you recreate some of them! Nothing excites me more than when couples have a few poses they want to incorporate into there day. Wether your poses are a bit playful or show attitude, it's your day and you get to rock it out anyway you want!
Photo Tip #5:  Your day is in the details! Give your photographer beautiful eye candy (besides you of course) to photograph. Details help your photographer to shape a visual voice to the story of your day.  At the end of the day your photographs are all you have to help you recreate your memorable day! 
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7.25.2012

{guest post} - something charming.


Hi friends! Jillian has so graciously asked me to take over for her little blog today, and I am so glad she did! Iím sure you already know, but this beautiful lady is busy getting married. I've been fortunate enough to have been following along since she got engaged, and I know how excited she is to finally be tying the knot.

I kind of love weddings, which makes me that much more excited about all of this. I love weddings so much, in fact, that I launched my own wedding planning company last year. These past eight months have been amazing and crazy and exhausting, but I wouldnít have it any other way. If anything, it just makes me realize how fortunate I am to be living my own dream.


There are a lot of things that I love about weddings and owning my own creative business. 


I love love. 

The main reason why I do what I do is because I just love seeing people commit themselves to one another. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I'm a sucker for a good romance, so being able to see a couple live out their own love story first hand is amazing to me. And knowing that I helped make their day that much more special is just the icing on the cake. 


Pretty things make me smile.

Like most people, I'm drawn to beautiful things. I've always loved looking at wedding photos and other types of inspiration, but it wasn't until last year that I realized that I can create beautiful things too. Knowing that I designed something and helped bring it to life is one of the most amazing things I've ever experienced. 


Running a business...

...is difficult. It's confusing and frustrating and really, really hard. But it's also incredibly rewarding. I knew nothing about starting my own business when I first started, and I still have a long way to go. I have learned so much in these past eight months, and I've met so many amazing people. I really don't think I can turn back now. 

It's for all of these reasons that I am so excited for Jillian right now. She's living out what I love to do for a living. Seeing the smiles on my brides' faces at the end of the night, and hearing them say that they had the perfect day is exactly why I do what I do. I just wish I could be there for Jillian to make sure that her day is perfect too! But I just know it will be. 

Congrats my dear. I hope you have the most beautiful life together.


xo, 
joelle of something charming
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7.23.2012

{guest post} - crimsom kiss.

Hi, I'm Lena–the cocktail consuming wedding blogger from A Crimson Kiss, and I'm absolutely delighted to be spending some time with Jillian's amazing readers while she's off getting hitched and exploring Paris and Prague with her newly minted husband! To toast the new Mrs, I thought I'd share my most recent cocktail discovery–the Mississippi Mule! It's perfectly tart and sweet, thanks to lemon and crème de cassis, and would pair beautifully with a cantaloupe and prosciutto salad for your next al fresco dinner party!
 

Mississippi Mule
1 1/2 oz gin
1/2 oz crème de cassis
1/2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice

We are Plymouth drinkers, but when the bottle was empty, we found ourselves using Miller's Westbourne gin to make this cocktail–and I wouldn't have it any other way.

 Cheers, and congratulations again to our dear friend Jillian–to a life full of adventures and love!

xo,
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7.20.2012

{guest post} - things that sparkle.

Hi Cornflake Dreamers, I am Alex from Things That Sparkle and I am so excited to be here today subbing in for Jillian during this exciting time!!
My wedding is coming up in September and being an interior designer, I took my inspiration from this beautiful living room.
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I love all of the layers of white, the textures and the reflective elements. It feels so rich without being overwhelming. Exactly how I hope my tent will come together. This room also serves as inspiration for an outfit for day or night. I love how interiors translate so perfectly into fashion.
Day: dress, handbag, sandals, necklace Night: dressearrings, clutch, pumps


xo, 
alex from things that sparkle 
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7.18.2012

{guest post} - ashley nicole catherine.

hi, all! ashley, here, from fashion and lifestyle blog ashley nicole catherine. i just got married myself, so i'm thrilled to be guest posting for jillian while she's off getting hitched! one of the first things i did when planning my own wedding was decide on a color palette (peach, ivory, and grey) and jillian and i have had fun chatting wedding colors over the past several months. i'm thrilled with the palette i chose, but if i were to pick again, a rainbow of powder hues just might draw me in. what color palette is your favorite? if you love weddings as much as i do, be sure to check out my wedding details reveal series, where i shared details about my wedding planning process. a huge congrats to jillian and h and i can't wait to see pictures!

frosted wedding palette
xo, ashley of ashley nicole catherine



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7.17.2012

{guest post} - sarah tucker

Hi There!
Sarah from Fairytales are true here filling in for Jillian while she's becoming a Mrs. and globetrotting.
When I heard Jillian was going to Paris & Prague on her honeymoon, I was so excited!
I love Paris, but wanna know a secret?  I love Prague even more.
Something about the pretty pastel buildings, an enormous castle on a hill with guards, fireworks in the evening, pubs Einstein used to freqeuent, incredibly beautiful squares... well, add it all up and you've got LOVE for me.

Here are a few suggestions for the new Mr. & Mrs. in Prague:

#1.  Old Town (Stare Mesto):
Grab lunch or a coffee or a pint and set up shop to people watch.  This town square might be my favorite in Europe.  Don't forget to watch the clock too!

#2.  The Castle District is something else!  I loved wandering around here.

#3.  While you're up there... Go to the Castle.  It is something else!  and watch the changing of the guards.

#4. Walk across the Chapel Bridge.  Buy some art work.  Eat at one of the cafe's under the bridge

#4.  go to cafe louvre for lunch or an afternoon snack.  Einstein and Kafka frequented this cafe! 
i love the cafe culture in Prague.

#6.  take lots of walks!  

Enjoy your time in Prague!!
xo,
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7.16.2012

{guest post} - aspiring kennedy.


During Jillian's wedding bonanza,
I'm happy to chime in to the well wishes.

If you've ever read my blog, Aspiring Kennedy,
you might know that I like to travel.

In fact, it's kinda my thing.

I live in England and traveling is my job.

But above & beyond this favorite past time,
I hope you've also remember something else about coming to my blog:

I absolutely adore my husband.

Ooooh, so cheesy right?

Right.

But guess what?

We are super happy together
and a big part of that comes from 
making sure that the other person knows, 
without a doubt,
that we are both 100% in this.

If you don't trust the advice of an Aspiring Kennedy,
perhaps you'll appreciate the words of Audrey Hepburn...


Who doesn't love a pretty fairy tale?

I mean... we are the generation of Will & Kate,
but let's be real-
all fairy tales have their fair share of trouble.

They aren't perfect & have to work for that happy ending, 
but you two have the chance to make a beautiful story.


Go on. 

Be a bit of a domestic goddess.

Those pancakes & martinis will pay in spades 
when you want him to unclog the drain,
take out the trash, file your taxes, pay your on-line bills,
or any other task you wish to stereotypical pass to your loving husband.


Don't be a husband basher.

For some reason, a big part of girl culture
involves sitting around drinks and talking trash on our husbands...

Might I recommend that you skip this little indulgence?

If you start making your husband sound like an idiot-
it only makes you look dumb for marrying him.

Make him look good... and not only will you keep his trust,
but you'll remind everyone how smart you are for snagging him.

IF I GET MARRIED, I WANT TO BE VERY MARRIED.
- audrey hepburn

This last picture...
well no advice given here.
Just reminded me of you, J. 


Best wishes & lots of love!

Thanks for letting me be a small part of your big day!

xo, 
lauren of aspiring kennedy

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7.12.2012

{guest post} - long distance loving.

Hello there, cornflake dreams fans! It's {av} from {long distance loving}, standing in for my bloggy bestie as she preps to get MARRIED tomorrow :) For this week's Friday's Fancies, I pulled together a dreamy rehearsal dinner look for Jillian via Rent The Runway! With the exception of the glittery flats, every item in this look can be rented--a nice feature for any bride or wedding guest on a budget. 

Take a peek at this happy {and very bridal!} look...

Yumi Kim is famous for her easy breezy dresses and this Snow Mountain Maxi is no exception. The soft creamy hue is perfect for the beaming bride-to-be! {rent for $85}
For a touch of summery color, this Chan Luu Twisted Jade Necklace does the trick. Jillian would rock this with ease :) {rent for $20}
Even though she's got a bevy of bridesmaids to hold all her necessities, this little Lauren Merkin Gold Eve Clutch would be a fun touch to hold her iPhone...for instagramming, of course! {rent for $25}

This bold and beautiful Crystal Orbit Cuff from Alexis Bittar glams up this get-up without overpowering the look. {rent for $30}

These Ann Taylor Vivi Glitter Ballet Flats round out this sweet ensemble. Knowing Jillian's love of flats, her feet deserve some comfort before her big day. {buy for $119}

total rental costs: $160 ~ total rental value: $985
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I absolutely cannot wait to witness {jd} become {jm} tomorrow :) She's sure to be a stunner! Her {h} is one lucky man. I am so excited to continue the party when we're both in Paris next week. I hope you'll join me in sharing your congratulations to this fun-loving and fabulous pair. Enjoy your weekend!

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7.11.2012

wedding wednesday favorites

Happy wedding wednesday! It's happening THIS Saturday!! eep! In honor of the big day I thought I would revisit a few of my favorite wedding wednesday posts (and real-life happy events).
i am still v smitten with my engagement ring
i was so excited when we finalized our honeymoon destination
bridesmaids gowns - i LOVE the styles we picked... can't wait to reveal the colors!
i was thrilled when i finally found the perfect designer for our invitations
bridal shower - family, friends, gifts and wine. does it get better than that?
birthday bachelorette party - rainbows and pink everywhere!

i have made so many wonderful memories over the past year and a half...but i am READY to get married! thank you all for your sweet comments and support. i'll be out for the next two weeks but i promise i have lots of lovely guest bloggers lined up! 

xo,
jillian 
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7.10.2012

july houzz board- parisian picks!

bonjour! in honor of my upcoming honeymoon i have curated a parisian inspired houzz board full of french finds:: 
to see my other frenchie picks on houzz  click here

also, thank you so much for all the paris restaurant recommendations! i cannot wait to fill up on macaroons, hot chocolate, croissants, steak frites...mmmm le, drool.

xo, 
jillian


psst: don't miss the max & chloe $50 giveaway -- one day left to enter! 
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7.09.2012

happy things.


happy monday - i have lots of happy, lovely things to share!
- the heatwave in chicago finally broke and we enjoyed 85-degree weather and sunshine on sunday!
- raspberry framboise + cider = one tasty drink
-homemade salsa returns (and i can't get enough!)
- we survived our (first and last) dance lesson and we have some cute moves for the wedding
- i found some amazing tart lemon ice at a nearby italian restaurant - they do carry out. this might be an ongoing addiction 
- things are coming together for the wedding - thanks to my mom, aunt and cousin the favors are assembled and ready to go
- i get to chop off my hair in a week!! 
- i have some ammmazing guest bloggers lined up for the next two and a half weeks. 
- on saturday we get married and celebrate with all of our closest family + friends YAHH!!

xo, 
jillian 

ps congratulations to lucky no. 96, Cindy you won the kavalena clothing giveaway! please email me to claim your prize. AND don't forget there are a few days left to enter the max and chloe $50 giveaway!
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7.06.2012

friday's fancies #72.

happy friday! we're ONE week away from the wedding!!! this weekend we don't have any major plans... friday happy hour with friends, saturday we're meeting with the wedding coordinator at our venue to finalize a few plans and sunday i'm heading to the pool! i am hoping the weather cools down a bit, with temps in the 100's we've had quite the heatwave in chicago. needless to say i am looking forward to cooler weather on our honeymoon in paris... til then i plan to beat the heat with a breezy dress and simple sandals::
 dress $69 - sandals $29 - monogram necklace $105 (i finally ordered this necklace - i can't wait to see it!)
have a great weekend!



xo, 
jillian


ps there's still time to enter the kavalena clothing and max & chloe giveaways!
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7.05.2012

Max and Chloe $50 giveaway!

happy thursday! i am happy to introduce you to my newest sponsor -- Max and Chloe! they have an amazing collection of personalized jewelry and bridal jewelry (i adore the pretty gatsby-esq pieces)::

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how to enter! (mandatory)
follow cornflake dreams via gfc or bloglovin
visit Max and Chloe and comment on your favorite piece

for extra entries:: (leave a separate comment for each)
tweet about the giveaway - please include @cornflakedreams and @maxandchloe

this giveaway is open to US and international readers - i will announce a winner on thursday, july 12, 2012

best of luck! 
xo, 
jillian 

ps congrats to lucky no. 61, LAURAVALZY you won the fashion for home giveaway! please email me to claim your prize.
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7.04.2012

field trip.

happy 4th of july! today h and i are taking advantage of our day off with a trip to my favorite place in the city:: the art institute! i have been dying to see the lichenstein exhibit and visit some of my other favorites (the chagall stained glass windows are back!)


pssst: i'll be taking instagram photos on our big day off! find me:: @cornflakedreams

have a great 4th of july! 
xo, 
jillian

ps don't forget to enter the fashion for home AND kavalena clothing giveaways!
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7.03.2012

wedding tuesday- honeymoon help.

In honor of 4th of July I have bumped up Wedding Wednesday to today! I need some honeymoon help -- don't worry this won't get weird, I promise. I need help deciding where to EAT on our honeymoon! We've got all of our major sites picked out (Musee d'Orsay, Versailles, Sacre Coeur, and the Centre Pompidou top the list) but I'd love advice on where (and WHAT) to eat in Paris! I studied abroad for a month in the city but I distinctly remember having a diet of fresh bread, croissants, crepes and ham sandwiches-- not the worst thing-- but I'd like to mix it up. I suppose I should mention we both don't like seafood or super smancy food :) 
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I'd love your suggestions!!
xo,
Jillian
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7.02.2012

kavalena clothing giveaway!

happy monday -- i am excited to announce another giveaway! this time it is from the socially conscious clothing company kavalena. their mission is 'look good + do good' - for every purchase they donate to non-for-profits that are dedicated to meeting vital specific needs - food, water, health care, education and freedom. how cool is that?! to read more about how it works, click here. kavalena has a great collection of comfy and stylish tanks, pull overs, sweatshirt and pretty scarves. and now you have the opportunity to win a scarf and top of your choice! (while donating to great causes!)




how to enter! (mandatory)
follow cornflake dreams via gfc or bloglovin
visit kavalena and comment on your favorite piece

for extra entries:: (leave a separate comment for each)
tweet about the giveaway - please include @cornflakedreams and @iamkavalena

this giveaway is open to domestic and international readers, a winner will be announced on July 9, 2012.

good luck! 
xo, 
jillian

ps congratulations to no. 41, HMB you won the fiscally chic $50 gift card giveaway!
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