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]

9.27.2012

morning yoga.

lately i have been trying to start my day with a little wake-up yoga routine that i found on pinterest (where all good things live). it's a wonderful routine to stretch and wake up your muscles in the morning:: 

workout via - images via

do you workout in the morning
xo, 
jillian

ps i also like yoga for abs.

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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9.25.2012

fall shopping list.

now that fall has officially arrived it's time to break out the scarves, cords and jackets! to start the season off right, i went on a little shopping spree and i have already purchased a faux leather jacketbrown boots, a gray blazer and black pointy flatsi have a few things left on the list like a great olive jacket and some burgundy cords but i am really happy with my picks::

jacket $118 - boots $199 - blazer $88 - a chunky knit cowl $35 (knitted by my blog-friend leigh! she has her own shop, knits & knots- check it out!)

what's on your fall wishlist?
xo, 
jillian

9.24.2012

good things.

happy monday chickadees! this weekend was spent recovering from my cold - i feel 100% better - victory!


-a saturday trip to ikea = cinnamon roll sugar coma + sensory overload + glorious organization. 
-now that we've got our ikea storage figured out - bedroom is almost finished and i loveee it.
-saturday night movie date in matching scrubs (total coincidence, i promise). we watched out of africa with the gorgeous meryrl streep and robert redford. it was so refreshing to see a GOOD movie (based on a true story no less!) and it prompted me to update our netflix queue (do you have any classic movie recommendations!?)
-a lazy sunday with football on in the background, vegetarian chili cooking in the crockpot and a bottle of hard cider...hello, FALL! i busted out my autumn wreath yankee candle.
-can't-look-away-trainwreck-drama on the season finale of new jersey housewives. 
i can't wait to see the reunion.
-my best friend is getting married THIS SATURDAY!!! EEEP!!!!!

xo, 
jillian

and bonus one more really good thing: there are a few days left to enter the shopbop $100 giveaway!

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

9.20.2012

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. i am christian, h is atheist - my family is primarily catholic, while he has a mix of christian, muslim and atheists family members. it would be pretty difficult to please everyone, so we decided to combine a traditional christian american ceremony with persian traditions and added in swoon-worthy 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 hearbeats 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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9.18.2012

craving: caramel apples.

this might be a bit premature but i am desperately craving caramel apples. it might be the sudden change of weather we had over the weekend in chicago (it actually got chilly!) fall is on it's way and i want some apple carmely- goodness. 


xo, 
jillian

9.17.2012

$100 Shopbop gift card giveaway!

hi friends! it's my two-year blogging anniversary this month!! can you believe it? time has flown by. anyhoo, what better way to celebrate than offering up a giveaway from one of my favorite shops,  shopbop!
shopbop has tons of great designers and boutiques (eberjeytory burch and house of harlow 1960), it's the perfect place to start your fall shopping. don't miss these great picks: zero + maria cornejo pantsrag & bone booties  and t by alexander wang skirts

this giveaway is open to domestic and international readers, a winner will be announced on wednesday, september 26th- good luck! 

xo, 
jillian

9.14.2012

friday's fancies #79.

happppppy friday! i am looking forward to a double-date happy hour tonight, shopping on saturday and a group girl date at the infamous kuma's corner on sunday! i can't wait to get my burger on...i have no doubt there will be instagram pics! this week i have rounded up my top fall fashion picks -- these are the pieces i am dreaming about and have on my wishlist::  


a simple gray tee $8 - deep burgundy cords $59 - audrey-esq pointy flats with a sweet bow $99 - a cute arrow necklace $38 - lo and sons o.m.g.bag, the perfect carry-all bag perfect for travel AND work $275 - a classic waterproof trench coat with a hood $178

xo, 
jillian 

ps don't forget to enter the veil giveaway

9.13.2012

gatsby style.

can you believe halloween is next month?! in the past my friends and i have coordinated group adult costumes (nurses and disney characters in college, the ymca group, characters from the wizard of oz and my personal favorite dominos!) this year we're branching out on our own and i want to embrace my inner flapper. i found the perfect costume from buycostumes.com and i can't wait to wear it.
black fringe flapper dress $35 (i got the xs/s and it fits perfectly)cigarette holder $1.99 (i foresee using this again for an audrey breakfast at tiffany's costume) lauren hope gwyneth necklace $135 (this necklace is high on my wishlist, wouldn't it be perfect?!) - gatsby book cover 

do you still celebrate halloween? do you dress up?!
xo, 
jillian

ps have you entered the bridal veil giveaway

9.12.2012

wedding wednesday - veil giveaway!

happy wedding wednesday- let's talk about bridal accessories! after much debate about whether or not to wear a veil, i was lucky enough to find my mother's wedding veil and it looked perfect with my dress. once i put on my veil i really felt like a bride. veils complete the look and let's be honest when are you ever going to be able to wear one again?! lucky for all of you, i have a special treat from simply bridal, an online bridal boutique full of wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, veils and accessories. they have offered to give one lucky lady a veil of their choice! i found quite a few short veils with retro-inspired details on their site that are just gorgeous. 



i will announce a winner next wednesday, september 19th - good luck!
xo, 
jillian

9.11.2012

pop-up shop love.

two of my favorites have joined forces-- bauble bar + catbird -- for a special pop-up shop!it's full of pretty inital and heart pieces that are perfect for stacking::

if you haven't gotten into bauble bar yet, check it out. it's an online botique full of affordable jewelry and weekly designer pop-up shops (like this one!). you have to create an account to enter the site (but it's free!) and you get $10 off your first purchase. i'm kinda obsessed...i scooped up the itty bitty gold heart ring i've had my eye on for months.
 
what jewlry has you smitten lately!?
 
xo,
jillian

9.10.2012

good things.

happy monday! i hope all of you had a wonderful weekend. we stuck to most of our plans but we didn't make it to the field museum. i forgot it was football sunday and that translates into a very lazy sunday :) 

-my friday girl-date was just lovely...however i was had a hard time keeping quiet during the artist. meh.. i think i got the gist of it. 
-the opera in millennium park was wonderful and v. relaxing. mental note: must try to attend at least one more concert in the park before the end of the season.
-it feels like fall and i'm READY for it. bring on the boots, scarves, sweaters and jackets. 
-grilled cheese + tomato soup is pretty delicious stuff -- why don't i eat this more often?! 
- there is a target opening soon that is ginarmous AND within biking distance from our condo. we took a quick trip to check it out on saturday and i am psyched. so was the man rolling by on his skateboard yelling "it's almost here! TARGETTTTTT!" :) 
-we finished the weekend with pizza (whootwhoot PAPA JOHNS!) at my father-in-laws and looked at our wedding photos (again). thank you all for your sweet comments on our sneak peek shots! i can't wait to share more.
-my september houzz board is up! this month it's all about picks for an industrial kitchen.

xo, 
jillian

9.07.2012

friday's fancies #78.

tonight i have a girl-date with my bestie. we're watching the artist and working on some wedding DIY projects (both things i know the men in our lives wouldn't mind missing!) on saturday i plan to attend an opera in downtown millennium park... so you know i can pretend to know something about opera and classical music. it's really all about the cheese, wine, city lights and good friends :) sunday h and i are taking a trip to the field museum (thank you, freebie day!) so wowzah! looks like it'll be quite the culture-filled weekend!! no worries... i'll keep things real with a papa johns pizza sunday dinner with the fam.


have a great weekend!
xo, 
jillian 

9.06.2012

designer dreams.

with new york fashion week just around the corner and fall on it's way i've been bit with the shopping bug. you know... the i gotta get ride of everything in my closet and start over with a shopping spree bug. h thinks i'm crazy. he's probably right... in the meantime a girl can dream right :) 

ash jalouse brushed suede boots - marc by marc jacobs slim zip around purse - vivienne westwood red label leather biker jacket - marc by marc jacobs calamity bag - all via jules b


what's on your designer dream wish list? 

xo, 
jillian 

ps hop over to poshlocket to check out my guest post AND don't miss the poshlocket giveaway!!

9.05.2012

wedding wednesday - sneak peek pics!

i received a few sneak peek wedding photos from my photographer last week and i was thrilllllled. i immediately posted a handful onto facebook and i was overwhelmed by the amount of sweet comments from my friends and family. so i thought it might be time to share a few with you! 
h and i decided we wanted to maximize photo time before our ceremony to take photos together and with our bridal party. we started the afternoon with a little reveal and then headed out to the woods. it was drizzling during the shoot but thankfully dawn, our photographer brought a cute umbrella! the rain eventually stopped and the sun smiled the rest of the day. i am absolutely smitten with these ethereal shots:






[all photos by the talented chicago photographer dawn e. roscoe]

stay tuned...i can't wait to share more detail, ceremony and reception shots! 

xo, 
jillian
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9.04.2012

craving: pb & chocolate.

is there a better combination than peanut butter and chocolate? absolutely not. you can sneak in a few other ingredients - pumpkin - graham crackers and marshmallows - bananas - pretzels... but if you have peanut butter and chocolate somewhere you can't go wrong! 

drool.
have any other peanut butter and chocolate combination ideas?! 

xo, 
jillian

9.03.2012

good things.

happy labor day!! i am ecstatic to have another day off :) so this post will be short and sweet. 

so far we've had a super productive weekend full of lots of good things:: 

-friday night we finally watched the hunger games movie! i thought it was a pretty good adaptation from the book but i caught myself pointing out differences (and most likely driving h crazy...he's never read the books so NO! i wasn't happy with some of the casting. woody harrelson?! really?)
-h repotted our money tree and we found a plant for our big pot in the living room 
-our itty bitty laundry room got some loving with additional hooks and baskets for storage 
-in an effort to use up some leftovers and clean out the fridge we cooked up a super tasty (and easy) dish: pan fried turkey kielbasa with diced onions and green peppers mixed with white rice and cheddar cheese. holy tasty. it think it was the kielbasa.
-saturday night we had a date night and saw celeste and jessie forever. i really liked it and it made my incredibly grateful for my husband
-i scored some sweet heels at DSW for my best friends wedding
-sunday dinner was upscale mexican food at las palmas in wicker park - i had some v tasty guac, tortilla chicken soup and a bite of h's to-die-for pineapple and tequila skirt steak

can't wait to see what today brings :) 
xo, 
jillian
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