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inspiration friday: we heart lady gaga’s best looks on her birthday

we love her music, but what we love more is, of course, her style. she is a talented musician, a stunning performer, and an amazing, unique woman. the first and only of her kind. a trailblazer. but you already knew that, didn’t you? we have decided to celebrate the birthday of the queen of all things fabulous, Lady Gaga, with an ode to our favorite looks of her career.

10. vogue magazine, september 2012. we love when gaga embraces her natural beauty. she was graceful and poised in a dramatic piece by Stephen Jones Millinery.gaga_vogue_sept12_stephenjonesmillinery

9. out and about in new york city, 2011. she can so easily go from over the top to chic elegance, and here she showed us a bit of both, in a chic and sexy belted pink frock, scarf, and hat. a teal lip coordinated beautifully, and reminded us that, despite the simplicity of the silhouette, she still loves to push the envelope.gaga-Pinkdress_teallipstick_nyc

8. the Telephone music video, 2009. we love pretty much everything about this video, from the edgy, bold sexuality to the amazing costumes. our favorite is the ode to Madonna’s Who’s That Girl? phase, with a twist (naturally) of pop can hair rollers and over the top lips and eyes.gaga_telephone7. Canada’s MuchMusic Awards, 2011. gaga was ever so chic in a colorful 80s-inspired look; a boxy jacket, worn over delectable printed leggings, topped with dark glasses and bright teal hair. the outfit is refreshingly flattering, and the signature sky-high platforms add height and a fun contrasting animal print to round out the look.Lady Gaga6. gaga being cute and candid, 2013. we love this epic tweet, where she showed her goofy side in nerdy glasses and a funky floppy brimmed hat in a black and white color scheme. deep red lips completed the perfectly imperfect look. we love her sense of humor!gaga_twitter_glasses5. performing on The View, 2011. in head-to-toe Salvatore Ferragamo houndstooth, complete with hat, glasses, and shoes, gaga visited the talk show and performed… on a matching houndstooth piano. only Mother Monster herself could get away with that.gaga_theview_2011_ferragamo

4. Born This Way video, 2011. for her anthem to equality, she assembled a cast of unique characters, including model Rick Genest, known for his allover body tattoos. she dressed herself up as his feminine counterpart, matching his unique face and black and white tuxedo, topping herself off with a sassy pink ponytail. we love this sexy, androgynous, and macabre look.

gaga_rickgenest_bornthiswayvideo3. at the 2012 Grammy Awards. she was fierce in a custom Versace look, a regal waist-cinching number in layers of black netting and patent leather, with a long train and gold details including her very own scepter.gaga_2012grammys_versace

2. out and about in London, 2013. the diva wore a surprisingly demure suit, surprising us as she loves to do. she didn’t forget dramatic details in the Vivienne Westwood ensemble, of course, and made sure to don sky high heels, along with a ‘do that also stood tall. the dramatic oversized wig sported a smattering of Ariel-inspired seashells, and the look was topped by a jaunty hat, complete with pheasant feather detail. the look got mixed reviews, but we loved it!


1. MAC Cosmetics, 2010. for a chic Viva Glam line, Gaga was half of a power duo with the fabulous Cyndi Lauper. the two were boudoir chic in platforms, pearls, corsets and curls, and of course sultry lips and smokey eyes. it was the ultimate diva fantasy!


we hope the fabulous fashionista enjoyed her special day. paws up! xoxo

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inspiration wednesday: we heart Sandra Bullock in Practical Magic

Sandra Bullock is a goddess. her poise, her look, her humor, her style, her talent. she’s just fabulous! she has taken on so many fun roles, showing us different personalities and styles throughout the years- she was adorable and bumbling in While You Were Sleeping, silly and bold in Miss Congenialitysweet and strong in The Blind Sidefor which she of course won the Oscar for Best Actress, and wowed us again last year in Gravityis there any role she can’t awe us in?

“there’s a little witch in every woman” -aunt jet (dianne wiest)

but our favorite role of Sandra’s career has to be as sassy, loving, and magical Sally Owen in 1998’s Practical Magic. it’s one of our favorite movies of all time, with four amazing women- Sandra, of course, Nicole Kidman, Dianne Wiest, and Stockard Channing– representing a beautiful family of witches. we love the spot-on banter between the women that so reminds us of our sister, mother, and best friends. the setting is swoon-worthy; a sweet, cloudy New England town (though it was actually filmed on beautiful San Juan Islands in Washington), and a to-die-for Victorian mansion, complete with a winding staircase, a spectacular kitchen, and a gorgeous greenhouse. and don’t even get us started on Sally Owens’ little botanical shop, Verbena. we could go on!

“plant lavender for luck” – sally owens (sandra bullock)

the entire style of the movie, and of Sally, is breathtaking, in soft, earthy pastels, and a decidedly ethereal vibe- textural, flowy styles, soft, wavy, hair, feminine florals. layered skirts, dresses, and cardigans are paired with delicate feminine accessories for a functionally feminine style. grays, blues and greens are abundant, making us long to dig our hands into the garden under a summer evening sky, wearing our favorite wide-brimmed gardening hat and flowered skirt.

“we owens women have always created a stir” – aunt frances (stockard channing)sandrabullock_sallyowens_style_practiclmagic_movie_1998

we found the most amazing fan site dedicated to this wonderful movie… amasveritas.comwhere we found all of our images, and learned a bit more of the Practical Magic backstory. be prepared to have some fun if you love this movie as much as we do!


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around town: we heart the first day of spring

happy spring! it’s officially here, though we are still battling the ups and downs of a midwest march. but our 50-plus days have been making their appearances. and we are soaking up every scarf-free minute. spring is that great season right between extreme cold and extreme heat- so enjoy it! what are our favorite spring moments? let’s see…

1. the first time we see flowers blooming. don’t you love those little green sprouts, cheerfully peeking out from the dirt? it means there are some serious pretties just waiting to explode with color. that also means that the greenhouses and garden centers open, for weekend adventures to gather soil, bulbs, and seeds! our favorites are Pasquesi Home and Gardenin Lake Bluff, Illinois, and Bordines Nurseryin Rochester Hills, Michigan.tulips

2. hello, spring jackets. everyone loves their furry leopard print winter coats (or is that just us?) but there is not better feeling than slipping into your favorite leather bomber (loving this little green number from Asos), jean jacket (here’s a perfectly classic one from Target), or twill peacoat (loving this bright red one with a removable hood at Nordstrom) after bundling up for what felt like months and months.springjackets_asosbomber_targetjeanjacket_londonfogpeacoat

3. frappuccinos. ’nuff said. we love our mochas and caramel machiattos, but after an entire winter of warming up with them, there is nothing better than the return of the frosty refreshing deliciousness of a frappit’s like a caffeinated milkshake for adults. who wouldn’t love that?starbucks_chicago_frappuccino

4. spring rains= cute boots. we love rainstorms: the refreshing feel, the soothing sound, that great earthy smell right after. do you love them as much as us? even if you don’t, we can all agree that sloshing through big puddles is probably the single most satisfying activity one can experience. of course, you need a good pair of rainboots (no one loves wet socks!), and  lucky for us, there are plenty of cute styles out there. we love this purple lace up wedge style from Dirty Laundry, these festive floral pull-ons from Bogs, and this adorable faux quilted look from Hunter. How do we choose?rainboots_dirtylaundry_bogs_hunter

5. time for farmer’s markets. it’s the best part of living in the city, isn’t it? every neighborhood has theirs, and they all open for the season in April and May. our local spot is the Logan Square Farmer’s Market, where farmers and artisans from all over the midwest bring their plants, fresh fruits and veggies, and awesome homemade goodies to nosh on while we shop.farmersmarket_logansquare_flowers

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simply fabulous: we heart the SJP shoe collection

all-sjp-sarah-jessica-parker_header_01it’s the moment we have all been waiting for… Sarah Jessica Parker has finally introduced her very own collection! yes, we are in heaven. the line is sold exclusively at Nordstromand is more than just the great shoes that everyone has been talking about- a chic collection of handbags and clothing rounds out the SJP line. the collection debuted on february 28 in Nordstrom stores around the country.

we are loving the fresh silhouettes, classic lines, and bright pops of color in shoes that only Ms. Sex and the City herself could bring us. the Carrie is her favorite, of course; a gorgeous bright purple (our favorite!) leather t-strap pump.sjpcollection_nordstrom_carrie_purple“Carrie is obviously one of my favorite people, and this is an ode to her. It’s a strong shoe that can be worn for day and night. I love the way the strap dips down the front of the foot, accentuating the length of the leg and the delicacy of each strap. All of the details and the gorgeous grosgrain down the back combine to make it deserving of its namesake.” – Sarah Jessica Parker

check out a few more of our favorites: the Manhattan Trenchthe Stella Sandaland the Beekman Grosgrain Clutch. we are so in love!


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simply fabulous: we heart the red carpet at the oscars

wow! the 2014 oscar awards were amazing, didn’t you think? it was such a glamorous night, with all of our favorites stepping out in their best. we are loving this return to classic elegance that is sweeping over hollywood; stepping away from the desire to turn heads, and focusing more on flattering, fabulous silhouettes paired with delicious colors and elegant sparkle. but they aren’t afraid to be daring; we love the dramatic low sweeping necklines (both front and back!), unique asymmetrical styles, and bright, unexpected jewel tones that ruled the red carpet. there was a decidedly fun twist on the traditionally stuffy awards show this year; we all loved the return of Ellen DeGeneres as host, bringing her infectious smile and always tasteful yet sassy humor to the ceremony. all of the unique musical performances kept the show endlessly entertaining; Pink‘s Somewhere Over the Rainbow was a breathtaking tribute to Judy Garland. and we were gushing over all of the sincere excitement, and sweet speeches, by all of the winners.


our of our favorite looks from the show…

Best Actress award winner Cate Blanchett was ravishing in textural nude Giorgio Armani

Best Supporting Actress award winner Lupita Nyong’o turned heads in dramatic ice blue Prada

Meryl Streep was fabulous as usual in Lanvin

Margot Robbie brought some sass to the red carpet with an oversized bow in rich black Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane

Shaun Robinson shined like a bright gem in gorgeous, asymmetrical Romona Keveza

Kate Hudson wowed in a goddess-esque pearlescent gown with a sweeping neckline by Atelier Versace

Julia Roberts flashed her million watt smile wearing elegant and chic black with a sassy peplum and lace detailing by Givenchy Couture 

Sandra Bullock was simply breathtaking in sideswept hair and midnight blue Alexander McQueen

Jennifer Lawrence was a vision in peplum-adorned bright red Dior Couture

Bette Midler is an ageless beauty, ravishing in whimsically floral Reem Acra

Idina Menzel was a show stopper in deep green Vera Wang (and later during her amazing performance)

Anna Kendrick was boldly elegant in softly pleated J Mendel