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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