Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Red on Red


Dress - c/o eShakti / Necklace - JCrew Factory / Bag - Darby Smart / Heels - Shoe Mint




I've heard great things about eShakti, and was really excited when they reached out to to me to pick something out.  eShakti is an online retailer full of super adorable retro-y designs that can be custom made based on your measurements.  I have a really hard time finding clothing that fits me off the rack, especially dresses, so being able to have something custom made was amazing.  And not only did I get to enter in my measurements, I also was given the option to customize the length, the neckline, and the sleeve style to my preferences.  I chose to change the hemline of this to just above the knee, but could have also gone shorter or longer.

With the addition of this little number I picked up back in June, I now have two little red dresses in my closet.  Red is one of those colors that I used to shy away from, but now I'm really loving how bold it is.  I can definitely see adding some more of it to my closet.


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Monday, August 18, 2014

This Weekend...



This weekend I...

...Went to Bottles & Bottega for the first time for a little wine and painting with some of my lady friends.  We determined that painting is definitely easier when there's wine involved ;)
...Grabbed dinner at Ruxbin with Jeff and after getting my own set of oysters (because, if we shared, "we would totally ruin the progression of flavors."  Ruxbin may be a tad pretentious) determined I actually like them now!  #grownup
...Ordered from Ameritalia again.  It's only been open two weeks and I think we've been there four times already.  We maaaaay have a new favorite spot ;)
...Checked out a hotel downtown where we might do our room block & getting ready suite for the wedding.  Normally I would have just checked it out online, but after counting how many people would have to be in the suite while we're getting ready, I had to make sure it would be big enough.  While I was there I got to check out the gorgeous outdoor space on the river that will be an outdoor bar by the time of our wedding.  Can someone say afterparty?
...Met up with some friends for a quick drink at Bureau Bar, which I previously didn't know existed.  Yay for a new cute bar in our neighborhood!
...Since Jeff decided he's a futball fan now, watched an awful lot of soccer with him.  The whole time all I could think of was this video with Jason Sudeikis.

I hope you had a good one!



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Friday, August 15, 2014

Easy Summer Veggie Pasta

Easy Summer Vegetable Pasta

Between my carbohydrate obsession, frequent overpurchasing of produce during the summer months, and a desire to make all of my meals quick and easy while the weather is hot, this easy summer vegetable pasta recipe is my new best friend.  What's nice about it is that you can customize it based on what veggies are your favorite or what's hanging out in your fridge.  Oh, and that there's wine involved, which means you can enjoy a healthy glass of chef's juice while you're putting it together.  Sounds like the perfect summer meal to me!

Easy Summer Vegetable Pasta

Summer Veggie Pasta
Serves 4

You'll Need:
12 oz uncooked pasta
1/2 red onion, sliced
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 colored bell pepper (red, orange, or yellow), sliced in small chunks
1 yellow squash, sliced
1 zucchini, sliced
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 cup fresh basil, thinly sliced
Salt and pepper
Grated parmesan

Boil a large pot of salted water.  Add pasta and cook as directed.  Reserve 1/2 cup of starchy water before draining.

In a large pan, heat olive oil over medium high heat.  Add onion and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Add bell pepper, squash, and zucchini and cook for 2-3 minutes, until vegetables start to soften but are not cooked through.

Add wine to the pan, scraping up the bits from the bottom, and cook until the wine reduces by at least half.

Remove the pan from the heat.  Add your cooked pasta to the pan, as well as some of the starchy cooking water.  Toss everything well to combine.   Stir in the fresh basil.  Taste and add salt and pepper as necessary.  Top with some parmesan cheese and you're good to go!



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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Holy Chic!


Tee - Old Navy / Jacket - Target (old, last seen here) / Jeans - Gap / Shoes - Madewell / Bag - F21 (old) / Necklace - c/o Lovelywholesale.com / Bracelet - Michael Kors





I saw these graphic tees at Old Navy (that are totally JCrew copycats) and I just couldn't resist.  Even though I maaaaay already own an almost identical one from JCrew Factory.  I actually sized up for this tee (something I NEVER do, usually I'm sizing down to get the fit I want) because I wanted it to be a little loose instead of tight like most Old Navy tees tend to be.  I usually don't find myself getting that into trends, but I am all about graphic tees these days.  I'm hoping it's a trend that really sticks around.  Here I paired my graphic tee with boyfriend jeans and flats, but I definitely want to dress it up with a pencil or a-line skirt and some heels too.

Oh, and can we talk about these flats?  They are so adorable that I want to wear them all the time, and then I walk one block in them and basically want to cut off my feet they hurt so much.  I often find myself ignoring foot pain when trying on shoes because "it's not that bad," or "my feet will get used to them."  It's definitely a bad plan, because I now own so many shoes that I never wear, or can only wear if we aren't planning on walking anywhere (which basically never happens in Chicago).  Struggles of a style blogger/shoeaholic/Chicagoan.


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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Other White Dresses You May Need For Your Wedding

Now that I have my wedding dress picked out, I'm starting to think about the other white dresses I may need for my wedding - dresses for the shower, the bachelorette party, and the rehearsal dinner.  No, you don't have to wear white to these events (and a lot of brides don't), but I love white dresses and am definitely excited to wear white as much as possible while we're engaged.

You may be thinking to yourself, "But Kristina, your wedding is still 10 months away!  Do you really need to start thinking about these outfits already?"  No, I don't technically, but in the interest in saving my sanity as we get closer to the big day, as well as the fact that summery dresses are on sale now and Nordstrom has an amazing return policy, it doesn't hurt to start looking now.


1 / 2 / 3

For the shower I'm looking for something pretty, girly, and sweet.  Fit and flares that are a little more covered up feel appropriate to me.  I won't say no to a little pattern or accent color either!


1 / 2 / 3

For the bachelorette party, I'm really looking to go all out.  Sequins, embellishment, feathers - they're all okay by me!  I'm also looking for a shorter and more body-con style.  At almost $600, the first dress is definitely out of my price range, but a girl can dream, right?


1 / 2 / 3

A lot of people don't seem to think about the rehearsal dinner that much, but I'm actually super excited for it (and not just because Beyonce and JayZ ate at the restaurant where we're having the dinner last month).  It's the more laid-back event of our wedding weekend where I'll actually get a chance to visit with all of our family who are coming into town.  For the rehearsal dinner, I'm looking for something that's classy and elegant, with either a sheath or small fit and flare silhouette.  


Would you wear white for all of these events?  Which look is your favorite?



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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Fall Style Now


Shirt - JCrew Factory / Shorts - Gap (old) / Boots - Sam Edelman / Belt - Old Navy / Necklaces - JCrew Factory and gifted / Watch - Kate Spade





Whenever I get new clothes, I get super excited and want to wear them right away, even if they aren't quite weather or season appropriate.  Such was the case with this plaid button down and the booties I picked up during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  I figured I would have to wait to wear them, but this button down is surprisingly light, and with some (super short) shorts these boots feel seasonally appropriate.  While I'm loving that they work for summertime, I'm also excited to layer this shirt under a sweater come fall, and rocking these boots with some skinny or boyfriend jeans or even with tights and a skirt.

Do you wear your new clothes right away?  Or are you sitting on your fall purchases, waiting for cooler weather?


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Monday, August 11, 2014

This Weekend...



This weekend I...

...Epic failed on taking photos of anything we did!  But I did snap this of some pretty flowers I picked up for the dining room.
...Also epic failed on our Friday plans.  We were supposed to go to a sake bomb party at Sushi O Sushi, which as been super fun/a total train wreck when we've gone before.  But I'd been sick all of last week and still wasn't feeling great on Friday so I decided to do the responsible thing and sit it out.
...Had a big group of Jeff's friends over for dinner at the last minute on Saturday and constructed an epic taco bar with maybe eight too many topping options.  Looks like it's going to be leftover tacos for the rest of the week!
...Picked out our save the dates and made some decisions on hotel blocks and my bachelorette party.  I'm not sure if I've mentioned it here, but we're planning on New Orleans for the bachelorette party.  I've never been before so I'm super super excited about it!
...Grabbed a pizza with Jeff's dad at Flo & Santos.  There can never be too much pizza in my life.
...Congratulated two newly engaged couples and a couple that's expecting, and met the first baby to enter our group of friends.  I think we're officially adults now!
...Went out for tapas and sangria at Mercat a la Planxa, which is definitely our favorite place for tapas downtown, and stuffed ourselves full of Iberico ham.  Our first date was tapas and we got engaged in Spain, so tapas is always our go-to for date night.
...And then had a super nerdy afternoon by myself binge watching Lord of the Rings extended edition special features.  My siblings and I have watched the special features so many times that we sometimes find ourselves quoting them, which is amusing to our family and slightly infuriating to our significant others.  Oh, that crazy Weta Workshop...

I hope you had a good one!



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