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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