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style spotlight: we heart spring goodies

we have been seeing the cutest spring fashions popping up all over town. we have been pinning all week and want to share our top 5 crushes with you…

1. “oh my chic”… this tee from Ily Couture pretty much says it all. fabulousness over your favorite skinnies, or tucked into a high-waisted skirt for a night on the town. obsessed!ohmychic_tee_ilycouture2. turquoise and cream Fleur de Lis Boots by Corral… there is not better way (in our humble opinion) to celebrate spring than by pulling on your favorite little sundress, a great jean jacket, and some cowgirl boots. Everyone already has a pair of brown boots… this spring go for color!!fleurdelisboots_teal_corral3. the feather queen headpiece is one of our favorite pieces for spring! diamond white silk satin, rich teal feathers, and a shining black button with crystals all make for a stunner to dress up for a fun spring date.featherqueen_chapeau_diamondwhite_teal_6004. this delicious train case by Betsey Johnson is a chic throwback to a classic style, with a funky floral print and hardware to keep it fresh.traincase_betseyjohnson

5. we just got this chevron watch at one of our favorite local boutiques, Mary Walter, and haven’t taken it off yet! okay, it comes off at the end of the day, but really- it goes with everything!

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romance wednesday: we heart paul newman and joanne woodward

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward met in 1953, while the two understudied on the New York City set of the romantic play Picnic. on that stage is where the first undeniably sparks between them flew; and from then on it became a love affair that lasted a lifetime. during the first period of their relationship, Paul’s first marriage was coming to an end, and each was discovering their individual Hollywood success. Joanne starred in The Three Faces of Eve for which she won the 1957 Academy Award for Best Actress. the two were officially reunited to film The Long, Hot Summer; from there, the romance blossomed.92fdd6ecc37da5925e2f34e2c5a6b021

confession: we are somewhat obsessed with looking at pictures of the couple. it’s hard not to fall in love; you can see from a mile away that they were absolute soul mates. the pair were married in a simple, quaint ceremony in a Las Vegas hotel, and spent 50 love-filled years before Paul’s death from lung cancer in 2008. the power couple were attached to each other until his death, raising a family, starring together in a slew of films, and creating a life and a family that nothing could destroy.7269161830_cccedf05b7_o

do yourself a favor… pour yourself a glass of wine, kick your feet up, and watch A New Kind of Lovethere is nothing better than watching these two fall in love over sexy banter and fabulous 60s fashion. and all in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. swoon!

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{this is glamorous} : adventures in love, design, fashion, home decor, food and travel

‘I’m guilty as hell – and I’ll carry it with me for ever’: Paul Newman’s marriage secrets revealed | Mail Online

Paul Newman And Joanne Woodward’s Lifetime Of Love, In Pictures


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around town: we heart Shirley Temple

shirleytemple_poorlittlerichgirlShirley Temple was only 5 years old when she appeared in her first film. she spent her childhood as an actress, singer, and dancer, creating a style that was uniquely her own. she was multi-talented young woman who broke box office records, even in the midst of the Great Depression, and was awarded an honorary Oscar at the 7th Annual Academy Awards (yes, they even made it pint sized for the then-seven year old).shirleytemple_1935_oscars

she was fearless in her attitude, and genuine in her performances; it is well known that her parents were supportive, not domineering; and it is noted by all that worked with her that she always wore her signature dimpled smile, both on and off screen.

how could America have not fallen in love with her?

we love lots of her infectious and fun movies; one favorite is The Little Colonel, that gifted us with lots of great scenes, inclusing that famous staircase song-and-dance number by her and one of her favorite dance partners (and real-life companion) Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. another one that we love to watch over and over again is Just Around the Corner, with sweet comedy, a great story about a little girl and her beloved father, and of course more great songs and dancing.

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as the child star grew out of her fame, she gracefully stepped away from show business. Shirley was married at 17 and had her first daughter, and after a rocky marriage, divorced four years later. she later married Charles Black, with whom she had two more children and was married to until his death in 2005. she kept busy after her hollywood career, and worked as a United Nations Ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia.

she also battled breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy in 1972; at a time when these matters were kept under wraps, Shirley used her fame to go public with her battle; in doing so she played an important role in modernizing health for women, sending a message that we have the right to speak out, be brave, and confront personal battles to better ourselves. talk about girl power!

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Shirley Temple passed away peacefully at her California home on February 10, 2014; but this talented and unique woman will continue to inspire and enchant us with her bright and cheerful hollywood legacy.

sources:

Official Shirley Temple Website

The 7th Academy Awards | Oscar Legacy | Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Shirley Temple | The Economist

The Bulletin – November 7, 1972


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inspiration friday: we heart Valentine’s Day!

our favorite day of the year is finally here! there’s no better way to kiss away the winter blues than with a sweets-filled day of romance and fun. maybe we are just hopeless romantics, but it really is such a happy day. wear your favorite something with hearts on it, eat some sweets, and watch your favorite rom-com with your honey or your besties… that’s what we will be doing! here’s our obsession list for today!!!

1. our favorite sweet for the day… Chicago’s own Sweet Mandy B’s cupcakes. any flavor, they’re all divine!

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2. our favorite romance movie for the day… Dirty Dancing. Awesome music, the best over-the-top moments in 80s chick flicks, plus Patrick Swayze without a shirt on.

1012251_10151644769118557_50972627_n3. our fashion obsession for the day… Paul Andrew’s Amazon heel in leathery, feathery goodness. we would be okay if these showed up our doorstep this afternoon…

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4. our favorite romantic song for the day… Friday I’m in Love by The Cure. it’s exactly how we picture romance- crazy, fun, head over heels happiness. just listen to the words, watch the video, and try not to smile. we dare you.

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5. our favorite creation, made especially for our favorite day… a one-of-a-kind black and white chapeau with a vintage bakelite heart, a swarovski crystal button, and lots more pretty details. someone lucky gets to wear this out on the town tonight!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

XOXO


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simply fabulous: we heart Michelle Obama’s latest look

barackobama_michelleobama_francoishollandeour beloved FLOTUS, Michelle Obama, was breathtaking at Tuesday night’s State Dinner at the White House. as she and her right-hand man, Barack Obama, greeted French president Francois Hollande, she wowed us in a stunning, elegant gown by the fabulous Carolina Herrerathe stunning gown, in soft periwinkle blue silk faille, featured a dramatic, full skirt with inverted pleats for a classically chic, Jackie O-inspired style. an elegant black lace bodice with a scalloped boat neck and three-quarter length sleeves perfectly framed the gorgeous First Lady. the finishing touch was an elegant black velvet belt that perfectly cinched her waist and showed off a beautiful hourglass figure. a pair of gorgeous little black pumps peeked out from beneath her full skirts. and let’s talk about how much we are loving the youthful and beautiful hairstyle she has been rocking for awhile now. let’s take a second to admire, shall we?

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Michelle Obama State Dinner 2014: FLOTUS Stuns In Powder Blue Carolina Herrera (PHOTOS)


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local style: we heart howells and hood

IMG_20140219_022141there is nothing better than an evening in the heart of Chicago‘s downtown. bustling streets, bright lights, honking cabs… all of the magic of the big city. Howells and Hood has been on the map for close to a year now, and we finally got the chance to check it out. we love the location; nestled on Michigan Avenue, tucked into the base of the historic Tribune Tower. rumor also has it that their open patio is a divine spot for a romantic summer date… looking forward to testing it out in a few months!

but back to the food and drinks. it’s one of those menus where you just can’t decide, because literally everything sounds amazing. mac and cheese with pork belly? butternut squash risotto? ok, ok, it was just too much deliciousness to handle. luckily we were lucky enough to be visiting during our beloved Chicago Restaurant Weekwhich made deciding easy for us; don’t you just love the way they manage to pare it down to the perfectly edited selections to help you make your choice? and who doesn’t love appetizer/entree/dessert prix fixe magic?

where to start? one went with the butternut squash soup (simple yet tasty), and one went with the kale salad (flavorful, crunchy, and satisfying). for our entrees, one went with the pork tenderloin (sweet potato, brussels sprouts, cranberries, all a deliciously welcome addition to the tender, perfectly seared meat), and one went with the truffle lobster pot pie (as decadently delicious as it sounds). to end, it was hands down carrot cake for both (it was topped with a dollop of vanilla bean cheesecake, of course we had to get it). a great variety of flavors and textures, perfectly seasonal, and just inventive enough to keep us entertained. IMG_20140219_022345

and don’t even get us started on our favorite discovery of the evening, the amazing cider. it was Totally Roasted, a nutty, cinnamon-spiced cider that was apple goodness at its finest, from Vandermill Ciders. we are somewhat obsessed, and hope that the rest of the city catches onto our favorite new bev!IMG_20140219_022520


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inspiration sunday: we heart black history month

happy february! there is a lot to look forward to this month, and one of the most important is Black History Month. this is the time to reflect a bit more on the important impact of African Americans in our little part of the world, as well as a time to learn and understand how racism affects everyday lives. most importantly, it is the chance to see that equality, acceptance, and love are the best ways to move towards a more beautiful world.

we have been moved by many talented, visionary, and powerful African Americans over the years. here are a few of our favorite heroes that we want to salute this month…

Nina Simone owned one of the most unique and stunning talents one could ever hope to hear. her songs will give you chills, from the haunting racism of Strange Fruit, to the sensual beauty of Lilac Wine, and everything in between.

ninasimoneMichelle Obama is the first African American First Lady, and has an impressive list of accolades, including a successful career as a lawyer. As First Lady, she has initiated many successful programs on health, education, and families, with a special emphasis on women’s issues including health care.

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Maya Angelou is a masterful writer, whose prose is inspirational, empowering, and bold. she has penned countless poems and books over her decades-long career, including Phenomenal Woman, a moving piece for all women that inspires us to to be our greatest… and know that we already are.maya_angelouRosa Parks changed the course of history when she refused to give up her bus seat to a white man in segregated Montgomery, Alabama on December 1, 1955. from then on, she stood as one of the most important figures in the Civil Rights Movement of the 20th century.

rosa_parksBillie Holiday is synonymous with soulful, sensual blues. she tore down racial and gender barriers and broke records with her graceful songwriting and performing.billie_holidayOprah Winfrey has created a spectacular one-woman empire that encompassed not only her record breaking talk show, but books, merchandise, a (fabulous) magazine, and even a television network. her refreshing and lively work always focuses on the spirit of strong women of varied backgrounds, sizes, ages, and ways of life.oprah_winfrey