6.27.2012

wedding wednesday- bachelorette party recap.

ready for some rainbows?! chicago celebrated pride weekend and my bridesmaids embraced it and threw the BEST bachelorette party ever (full of LOTS of pops of color). 
we started the night at a smancy mexican restaurant in the South Loop -- i had empanadas and a delicious mojito. i opened up birthday and shower gifts from the girls and after dinner we moved the party to my maid of honor's condo. there was a crazy amount of sweets -- a giant rainbow cake, rainbow twizzlers, lemon squares, chocolate caramel squares and funfetti cupcakes (my fave!)... and quite a few drinks. 
we played a few games and there were even more gifts. before heading out we had a champagne toast on the rooftop deck (there were fireworks!!) the rest of the night was spent dancing downtown. 
by the end of it i looked like a barbie doll in hot pink dress with a sash, crown, beads and a fake neon braid... so basically everything i've ever wanted. i am SO grateful to have such wonderful bridesmaids, family and friends. thank you all for making my 27th birthday + bachelorette party one to remember.

xo, 
jillian 
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6.26.2012

rainbow birthday cake.

this past weekend i had a birthday/bachelorette party with close family + friends. one of the biggest surprises of the night was my cake. it was MASSIVE and RAINBOW!!! all the bright colors and frosting made my 7-yr old my little pony-loving-self v excited. it tasted pretty spectacular too. a huge thank you to my matron of honor (my cousin shai) for getting the cake and making my night sweet::



i'll share more photos + stories from my bachelorette party tomorrow! 

xo,
jillian 

ps don't forget to enter TWO great giveaways:: blue bird bride necklace giveaway and fiscally chic $50 gift card giveaway !! 
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6.21.2012

blue bird bride necklace giveaway!

happy thursday! as a pre-birthday treat i bought myself a gorgeous statement necklace from blue bird bride on etsy. diane creates beautiful necklaces that look great with just about everything! now you can win a bright yellow or bright blue necklace- perfect for summer!!


via - via 

want to win a necklace?! - here is how to enter (mandatory)::
follow cornflake dreams via GFC or BlogLovin
visit blue bird bride on etsy and comment on your favorite piece

additional ways to enter::
tweet about the giveaway! - include @cornflakedreams in your tweet

a winner will be announced on thursday, june 28th - this giveaway is open to domestic and international entries
BONUS:: blue bird is offering a 10% discount for all readers -- just enter CORNFLAKE10 at checkout. 
bonne chance!
xo, 
jillian 


And finally, CONGRATS to lucky #22, ANN you won the amykathryn giveaway! please email me to claim your prize.
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6.19.2012

floral favorites.

i am a monthly contributer to houzz (an online home and design site) and this month my houzz board for june is alllll about flowers and FULL of floral finds. here are a few of my favorite picks::
to see the full collection, visit my june houzz board

click here to see all of my houzz boards!

xo,
jillian

ps don't forget to enter the goldyn giveaway! AND there's still time to enter the amykathryn giveaway
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6.13.2012

wedding wednesday - bridal shower recap.

this past weekend my aunts graciously hosted my bridal shower! it was at fox valley winery in the western suburbs of chicago and it was absolutely wonderful. we enjoyed a wine tasting with food and dessert pairings (my favorite was the reisling and strawberries). i was so thankful to spend the afternoon with family and close friends. at the end of the day i was a little tipsy and so happy to have such wonderful people in my life (we also went home with lots of goodies for our condo!) here are a few of my favorite photos::  
this is one of my favorite photos! my aunts, mom, me and my grandma :)

my bridesmaids! they were wonderful helping me with my gifts, taking photographs and making my ribbon bouqet that i'll use during our rehersal. 

i loved all of the DIY decorations! my aunt made clever frames by attaching a clip onto a block of wood and everyone got to go home with something special. we sampled four different local wines with fruit and sandwich pairings.

my family was very generous with their gifts! we even got the prized kitchen-aid mixer (i opted to register for a classic almond color instead of trendy mint). 

my grandmother surprised me with a silver jewelry box engraved with my new initials and a pair of pretty pearl earrings! h made an appearance towards the end (he was sad he missed all the wine!)

thank you again to my aunts, grandma, mom, and bridesmaids for planning such a wonderful day. i love you all!
xo,
jillian
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6.07.2012

cover up.

this weekend i have a rooftop pool date with some of my best friends and i cannot wait to chit chat and (hopefully) take a dip! i have very light skin so i have to be careful about too much sun exposure (i'll be slathering on the sunscreen!) i also like to wear beach coverups... and i have my eye on a few new ones::



xo, 
jillian 

ps there's still time to enter the shabby apple giveaway
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6.06.2012

wedding wednesday - monograms.

i am excited to have new initials later this summer and as silly as it seems i am looking forward to having a few monograms to celebrate the new mrs. m! 

xo, 
jillian
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6.05.2012

simple salsa.

salsa is my summer obsession... i seem to always crave it. it's only the beginning of june and h and i have already made (and eaten) 3 batches of homemade fresh salsa. the recipe is simple and the ingredients are cheap:: 

what do you crave during the summer?!
xo, 
jillian

ps don't miss the shabby apple giveaway!
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