cornflake dreams.: December 2012

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

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

12.21.2012

friday's fancies #93.

HAPPY FRIDAY!! this saturday my mom and grandma are visiting and we're going to make christmas cookies and watch one of my favorite holiday movies: it's a wonderful life! h's mom gets into town on saturday and she is spending the weekend and christmas with us. i am excited to have a few days off from work and celebrate the holidays with my husband!

have a wonderful weekend and happy holidays! 
xo, 
jillian

12.20.2012

lulu & georgia giveaway winner!


congratulations to Betsy - you won the lulu and georgia giveaway! please email me to claim your prize.

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xo, 
jillian

12.19.2012

eat local.

last week i went out for a business lunch at local root. the organic cafe is located in streeterville, for non-chicagoians that's just before you get to navy pier (east of michigan avenue). their concept is simple: passionate sourcing and REAL food at reasonable prices. annnnnd they nailed it. their menus feature local items, including seasonal vegetables and fruits. the cafe is decorated with reclaimed wood and the space is chic and cozy - the perfect spot to meet friends for lunch or drinks after work.


my favorite item on the menu? the croissants! they were super flaky on the outside and deliciously soft on the inside... i finally found croissants that can compete with the ones in paris! i ordered the bacon, egg and cheese sandwich on a croissant (that was a special request..usually it comes on brioche) AND a chocolate croissant to go (i couldn't resist and it was a wonderful saturday morning treat!)


local root is located at 601 N. McClurg, Chicago IL
visit their website for a look at their full lunch, dinner, bar and BRUNCH menus. 

xo, 
jillian

ps there's ONE day left to enter the lulu and georgia giveaway! don't miss it!! 

12.18.2012

working out with pvBody.


ready to talk workout wardrobe? i was recently invited to try out pvBody, an online active wear curator that sends members quality workout clothes for a fair price. 

i started the process by taking a short quiz about my workout preferences (lately i'm doing the yoga and pilates thing and occasionally mixing in free weights), my color and pattern preferences (i wanted something bright on top and solid black on bottom) and my sizes.

about a week later, i was sent a pair of black skinny yoga pants and a fun bright green tank with tons of tiny electric bolts! i didn't wait long to try everything on and i loved both pieces. the pants looked like they were going to be too small but somehow they managed to stretch and fit. the seamless top is by electric voltage, it was sized perfectly and even has a built-in bra so i don't have to double-up with a separate sports bra (WIN). i was actually motivated to workout...it's amazing what a great outfit can do :) my first workout in the new clothes went well. the tank was long enough to stay put during downward dog (the material is stretchy and hugs my hips). overall i was really happy with the whole process and my new workout outfit.


Easy peasy lemon squeezy: pvBody is easy. Take the quiz, sign up and boom, an awesome package arrives at your door each month with a hand picked outfit for you! Every outfit is styled just for you by a pvBody expert. Each month you receive an outfit worth $150, but you pay just $49.95. You’re getting great, quality pieces for a fraction of the retail cost thanks to the relationships pvBody has built. pvBody is not just another clothing company, but a lifestyle brand. Their blog is a great place to check out tips and tricks for healthy, delicious meals and at home workouts.

If you want to sign up for pvBody click here -- you'll get a $15 Lululemon gift card, plus 25% off your first month subscription.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of pv.body. The opinions and text are all mine.

xo, 
jillian

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!

12.13.2012

lulu and georgia giveaway!

i am thrilled to announce yet another giveaway this week! this time it's with Lulu and Georgia, the California-based interior design boutique filled with gorgeous finds for your home. they are offering one lucky reader a $50 gift card to their shop (and a great 10% discount for all readers- see below for more details)! 



enter to win a $50 gift card to lulu and georgia!

take advantage of 10% off with the coupon code: CORNFLAKE10 
xo,
jillian

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

ps dont forget there is still time to enter the firmoo giveaway!

12.11.2012

happy makers.

i am in love with these little disapproving ostriches :) 

don't they make you smile?
when i get caught up in endless work and holiday to-do's  i try to take a mini-break... breathe, check out my happy maker pinterst board or listen to some upbeat oldies music.

how do you de-stress?
xo, 
jillian

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

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

12.04.2012

shop crush: c wonder.

pinterest usually makes me really hungry -- stirring up cravings for ridiculously cheesy dishes or intricate desserts that i would never be able to make at home. luckily the last time i was on pinterest i made a shopping discovery! i met c. wonder through a few preppy monogram pins and after i checked out their website i was in love. c. wonder is boutique full of fantastic modern pieces for your home and closet. the carefully curated picks are on trend and reasonably priced -- here are my favorites::


have you shopped online at c wonder or at one of their stores? i'm ready to pull the trigger on a few pieces and i'd love to hear what you think of the shop!

xo, 
jillian

12.03.2012

holiday traditions.

happy monday! yesterday h and i went to my grandparents to celebrate christmas early (they always try to get the family together before they spend winter in florida). it was wonderful to see everyone but the weather in chicago is unseasonably warm... we're talking 60s! I am by NO means complaining, i love the mild temps but it didn't really feel like christmas. to get myself in the holiday spirit and to make the most out of the month i'd like to introduce h to a few holiday traditions. 

be merrykisstree

we've got our itty bitty tree and stockings hung up, now i want to wrap up some christmas gifts and go shopping for stocking stuffers (my favorite!) 
-a cookie exchange with the girls. this is one of my favorite holiday traditions. we've been getting together and indulging in an afternoon of sugar shock for a few years in a row and i love it. 
- speaking of cookies... my office hosts a cookie decorating party where employees (and their kids!) are invited to decorate sugar cookies and make gingerbread houses. there is a table FULL of toppings and LOTS of tasty treats.
-a christmas movie marathon. i want to watch the (original) grinch who stole christmas, love actually, the holiday, elf, it's a wonderful life and something new--any suggestions?!
- explore the city! chicago holds a traditional german american holiday market - christkindlmarket. it's downtown and i am dying to go and shop for some ornaments and eat bratwurst and potato pancakes.

what are your favorite holiday traditions?!
xo, 
jillian