earth day essentials

04.22.2011 · Posted in Ohh + Ahh

There are so many amazing eco-friendly accessories out there these days, how does one choose from the bunch? Take Plaid Doctrine for one. These clever bags have been on my radar for a while (I love their purse organizers!) because of their unique philosophy, vintage-esque appeal and sustainable materials. That’s right, not only are all their wares made from recycled fabrics (this bag came from recycled bottles to be exact) and prime grade, vegetable-tanned leathers, but each has been sourced 100% in the USA. Oh and today only earth day fans, you can get 20% off online with the code Earth 20. Have at it!

|| Laptop bag / Plaid Doctrine. ||

please forgive me

04.21.2011 · Posted in Ohh + Ahh

Isn’t this print great?! It totally sums up how I feel this week. I swear from Monday’s blizzard on, this week has turned into one of craziness … two photo shoots, writing assignments and I’m in Michigan trying to catch up with old friends and colleagues … juggling like crazy, you know how it goes. So I promise to be back in full swing next week, where I’ll share some of my new sewing projects (yep, I finally completed sewing 101.)

|| Print found via One Plaid Aunt’s pin board. ||

head of the class

04.19.2011 · Posted in Key to My Heart

It goes without saying that headbands have been all the rage these past few years and if my recent stops in Barney’s and Anthropologie bear any sign, than these classic beauties are only getting prettier.
For me, a headband works both ways … easy on the weekends when I don’t want a lot of fuss but also a fashionable asset when it comes to finishing touches. Of late, I find myself drooling over Jennifer Ouellette’s sublime versions at Barney’s. No they aren’t cheap but I don’t buy a lot of headbands so if I splurge on a one-of-a-kind I don’t feel as guilty.

|| Jennifer Ouellette headbands / Barney’s New York. ||


04.18.2011 · Posted in Musical Mondays

I often catalog my Musical Monday ideas when I’m driving long distances and today, being the start of a major photo shoot week, was no different. I woke up to a blizzard in Chicago–which after yesterday’s balmy 55 degrees and sunshine was quite shocking–and proceeded to drive through said nail-biting-mess (a spin out to boot!) for about five hours to Detroit. I had my mom’s car and her i Pod which is chalk full of random but fun music, so to cut the tension I turned it up and mentally checked every song I felt like singing for a possible Musical Monday’s tribute. First up on today’s list … A GLEE favorite from a few season’s ago, originally done by Heart. Do you know the song Alone? I love it and I’m not afraid to admit that. This version by Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Morrison is cunningly, cheesily perfect in every angsty way.
Of course whenever I’m alone I crave a cozy blanket, a comfy chair, hot tamales and a period flick, but for today, tea and a clever sign will do.

1. Mid-century rocker / Urban Outfitters. 2. It’s Ok sign / The Curiosity Shoppe. 3. Baby blankets / The Purl Bee. Organic nettle & lemon tea / Clipper Teas.


04.15.2011 · Posted in Dreaming of...

All around me people are preparing and packing for honeymoons, babymoons and sun-drenched vacations to places like Mexico, Turks & Caicos and Miami. Green with envy, I thought about what I would bring if I was also packing, which alas I’m not. But I can say with great confidence that if I was, I’d be bringing not one but two pairs of these gorgeous Theodora & Callum wedges.

|| Theodora & Callum wedges / Shopbop. ||

|| 5 o’clock roundup ||

04.13.2011 · Posted in 5 O'Clock Roundup

Image from Tribal Times.

|| 1 || A birdseed wedding favor, made in honor of the bride’s “bird-watching” grandma, makes this idea via Tribal Times extra endearing.
|| 2 || Just in time for Mother’s Day, Lobster & Swan’s tackles gardening with this gorgeous assemblage of seed packets.
|| 3 || These crispy-edged, spiced, decadent cardamon waffles via Take a Megabite make me want to get out of bed this weekend.
|| 4 || I love photo booth’s at weddings and these adult “chalk-boards” over at Going Home to Roost are a perfect accessory.
|| 5 || Who doesn’t love a classic romance? Camille Styles pays homage to The Great Gatsby via this clever curation.

what I’ve learned so far …

04.12.2011 · Posted in Key to My Heart

Getting ready for my Chicago shower (in a DVF maternity wrap dress.)

1. Diane von Furstenberg. 2. The Gap maternity. 3. Anthropologie. 4. Diane von Furstenberg maternity. 5. Intermix.

1. TopShop maternity. 2. Club Monaco. 3. Liz Lange for Target. 4. Anthropologie. 5. Kate Spade. 6. TopShop maternity. 7. Topshop maternity.
I thought I’d spend today reflecting on some of the things I’ve learned these past 7 months of pregnancy. Our baby boy is due in a matter of months and it’s been an incredible, magical, emotional whirlwind. I love everyday in its own way, but most often when BCL and I sit down to dinner and reflect on the momentous change about to take place.
Of course being pregnant has provided many challenges including the accumulation of a whole new wardrobe. I’ve been incredibly healthy and comfortable, which means I tend to only whine about superficial things like fashion and foot rubs. Thankfully, I didn’t have to start wearing maternity clothes until the end of February when I traveled to Scotland and London, and for comfort alone, that transition was incredible. However, it was also when I began to notice how tragic my closet was. Sure I had a few black essentials that fit well, but these appeared utterly boring alongside my pre-pregnancy favorites. It seemed my mission—to unearth fashionable, wearable, affordable pieces was clear. And I hope I’ve delivered. On a side note, if I had any semblance of design skill I would certainly attempt to infiltrate this market. In the meantime this is what I’ve been relying on from start-to-almost finish, (mixed in with some of my other closet staples.)
|| 1 || We seem to have a lot of events this season, so finding a couple “special” dresses was key. These options from Diane von Furstenberg are genius, comfortable, and can be worn post-baby while I’m still shaping up.
Cost-per-wear = doable.
|| 2 || I can’t say enough about colorful accessories! I layer bold necklaces and bangles over basics and feel happily transformed.
|| 3 || Alyson of Unruly Things and Unruly Little Things is also pregnant. She applauded these skinny GAP jeans, which I’ve worn nearly every day too.
These (#2) are quite similar.
|| 4 || My feet haven’t changed much so I’m still wearing my regular flats. Kate Spade’s delightful colors make all my jeans pop and I’ve found they last forever.
|| 5 || If there is one store that’s changed my life it’s TopShop Maternity. Their trendy pieces fit incredibly well, travel even better, and are constantly updated. I have #1 and #6–perfect for casual nights out.
|| 6 || Although longer tunics and tops from Anthropologie worked well early on, what really looks best at this stage is an authentic maternity shirt with side ruching. A Pea in a Pod has tons on sale and Target’s Liz Lange line has recently scored big.

!!! spring makeup giveway winner !!!

04.11.2011 · Posted in Ohh + Ahh

Image by Natalie Probst.

Congratulations to Tereza, who “paid it forward” to her mother with her winning answer to our spring makeup giveaway. Tereza’s entry was especially notable as she unselfishly offered to gift the goodies to her very deserving, over-worked mom. She says, “I think this line would be great for my mother as she never has time for herself. My brother is getting married in July and gifting her with a high end makeup line would be a nice touch to complete her look for the big day. She’d definitely be glowing.” Really, isn’t that what giving is all about?
On a side note, I have to say this spring makeup giveaway has been Sage & Style’s MOST SUCCESSFUL yet. Thank you to everyone who entered. Gjysta and I both agree that choosing a winner for this one was ultra difficult … everyone seemed so deserving! I also wanted to send a huge thanks to Gjysta Nuculaj and Mijo-a’ Beauty Studio for sponsoring this giveaway. Check out the rest of her gorgeous spring colors online or at her shop in Rochester, Michigan.

call me

04.08.2011 · Posted in Why Just One?

BCL got me a new i Phone for my birthday this year and I’m super excited to transition back from my Android. I’m also scouring all my favorite haunts for THE PERFECT CASE! I mean truly, how can anyone waste an opportunity to accessorize when there are so many great options out there these days. Above are four of my current faves … For now I’m leaning towards the gold Marc Jacobs but I could be swayed. Anyone have a favorite that I’m missing?

Top left: Graphic cover / Tovicorrie @ Etsy. Right: Antique lace cover / Tovicorrie @ Etsy. Bottom left:
Marc Jacobs jumbled log metallic cover / Shopbop. Right: Hare for i Phone case / Get Uncommon.

green city market

04.07.2011 · Posted in Key to My Heart

You can’t imagine how excited I was when I saw that Green City Market was debuting their outdoor stalls starting May 4th … a sure sign of spring! BCL and I are going to attempt to do more “local market” shopping this year and Green City Market is at the top of my list. Not only are they Chicago’s only year-round farmers’ market, but they promote local, sustainable farmers, producers and chefs via an array of delectable treats, produce and activities. I’m envisioning having our new little guy to push around by then so i figure this could be our weekend excuse to get out. And of course any market visit requires a suitable summer dress, cute and casual walking shoes and a basket to fill to the brim.
What about you guys? Any favorite farmer’s markets around the city or country?

1. Home made cookie stamp / House 8810. 2. Marina Del Flor vintage dress / Adore Vintage. 3. The Farmer’s Market Cookbook by Richard Ruben / Amazon. 4. Jane Diaz earrings / Art Effect. 5. 3.1 Phillip Lim sandals / Shopbop. 6. Peony cake stand / Art Effect. 7. Standard goods basket / H & M. 8. Every whipstich wristlet / Anthropologie.