Project 366: Day 68, 03-08 Target Cures All

Going to Target unsupervised has to be one of my favorite activities.

Today’s trip for 4 work binders mission) ended with 2 pairs of espadrilles, some nail polish, 4 baby outfits for niece R, a can of Chef Boyardee for dinner and a much better mood. Priceless.



Project 366: Day 67, 03-07 Candy Necklace Kinda Day

Sun was shining. Temps were in the 60s. It was a coral candy necklace kinda day!

Check out more my dear friend Amy Carroll on Facebook. Her candy collection comes in the BEST colors and is a great statement piece.


Project 366: Day 42, 02-11 A Little Gift from David

I always say, a David Yurman black box is better than a Tiffany’s blue box…


Project 366: Day 38, 02-07 Girls Should Always Sparkle

Here’s Part Deux of my Day 33: Tiny Toms picture…

I thought I was sold by the online Tiny Toms pix, but our order came In today and they are even better in person. Three adorable pairs came in a box smaller than a adult sized shoe box. I die. So cute.




Style Sunday: Yikes, Stripes!

Cheers to chevron! From home accents to wardrobe accessories, I am ga-ga over these zig zags lately. Chevron is a perfect, modern pattern that adds just a pop of pizzaz — anywhere you crave it.

What do you think of these bold stripes?

Home Decor
1. Amazing rug, spotted on Simple Creative Inspiration
2. Denton Chevron Pet Bed Dog Duvet Cover by TheOliveCrow on Etsy, $55
3. Fun pillows, spotted on Confetti Style
4. Fabulous bowls and cups, spotted on Confetti Style
5. Love the curtains, spotted on Live. Like. You.
6. DIY art by Timber and Lace
7. Ziggy Chair from Urban Outfitters, available online only for $279
8. Another great rug, spotted on What ET Calls Home

Body Decor
1. Mod Chevron Clutch Purse by Red Velvet Shop, unavailable at this time
2. Chevron Scaft by Forever 21, $9.80
3. Flats by Missoni for Target, spotted on Paiges of Style
4. V-neck Cardigan by Missoni for Target, spotted on Style Bubble
5. 70s Candy Chevron Skirt from Thrifted & Modern, sold out
6. Zig Zag Shift Dress by Sosie, $43

Style Saturday: Chinchilla & Chair

It’s chilly and I wanna cuddle up with this chinchilla throw, in this chair:

Z Gallerie
Chinchilla Throw – $149.95
Eddie Accent Chair, White – $1,299.00

Thankful Thursday: 11 Random Learnings from 2011

1. I can’t tear myself away from mindless tele. The shows are getting worse and worse, and sadly, I’m just getting more and more hooked. In fact, I’m watching the season premiere of Jersey Shore as I type, and may queue up an epi of KKTNY next (if I have time, I’m not sure I’ll have enough time).

2. No matter how many I’ve been through, I won’t ever get used to a Chicago winter. Although, secretly (or, not so secretly anymore), I’d like to see Snowmaggedon, Part Deux. We may be enjoying a mild winter now, but it’s coming. I can feel it in my bones!

3. After six years here, I feel like I finally got a chance to enjoy the Chicago summer. The summer of 2010 was all about weddings. The summer of 2011 was all about weekends!

4. Confession: My name is Thi and I’m a hoarder. I took a very official quiz and answered all but one question with an emphatic YES. Luckily my supportive friends Lindsay and Katy have helped me come to terms with the fact that piles of magazines are not OK. I finally tossed out wedding magazines about a month ago. Too bad, because my newly engaged BFF could have really used those!

5. Nesting is never-ending. We’re finally starting to feel at home in our home. We got some new furniture, frames and art this year. But we still have quite a ways to go. My crave right now is a 24″ circle champagne metallic really awesome mirror…that and a Luxe Home-worthy shower.

6. Babies are cute, especially if they aren’t mine. We welcomed our first niece in October. Miss Rylee is as cute as cute can be. I’ve learned that:

  • Zulily is my new Ideeli (let me know if you need an invite),
  • Etsy does adorable,
  • Ralph Lauren knows Layette, and
  • Sparkle Toms are a must.

7. Chipotle is on to something. Foil is a premium item. In our home, we use it keep the dogs off the couch – and it works!

8. I’m desperately seeking Steve. Steve Jobs. His products, actually. My goal is to be an Apple person. I want to be a part of the cult so badly. If the “what’s yours is mine; what’s mine is mine” rule applies. I’m almost there with Cory’s products.

9. Speaking of i-products: Who needs a pocket digi when you have a smart phone and Instagram! Unfortunately, the photo app is only available on iTunes right now;  but I’m counting down the days ’til it’s available on the Android Market.

10. The train isn’t all that bad. The Metra may be germy, grimy and gross; but the el is kinda worse. I’m thankful that the ol’ Pacific West line gets me to work and I don’t have to pay attention to the bumper in front of me. Instead, I get to read about Snooki or Kim K., play Words with Friends or catch-up on emails on my non-iPhone.

11. Resolutions are made to be broken.

  • Exhibit A: I resolved to read one book each month of the year. We knew that was set up for failure when I started reading Marketers Are Liars on January 30. I completed a grand total of one book this year. Embarassing.
  • Exhibit B: Project 365 lasted longer than most resolutions, but I still didn’t complete it. 
  • Exhibit C: I’ve got a month to go and I’ve only checked off half of my 30-B4-30 list.

What was your favorite learning from 2011? Once I recover from my vacation hangover, I’ll post some goals for 2012. Maybe I’ll break the pattern this year. (Or, maybe I won’t; I’m a realist.)

Wedding Wednesday: I Deal Eeee!

Thanks to my online shopaholic friend, Ingrid Gerdes, today’s Wedding Wednesday ties to Ideeli’s Ready, Set, Wed sales event! And, when they have wedding boutiques, I love looking and seeing what prices are – of course, because when you tack the word “bridal” to anything, the cost exponentially increases by a jillion percent and you need a little more than a piggy bank.

 I admit, I check discount shopping sites like Ideeli and Rue La La daily, too. Shopping on these sites gives you the thrill of scouring garage sales or flea markets. There’s so much out there, but what do you really need?

Well, after browsing through today’s Ideeli sale, I realized that with the right timing and theme, you can probably actually outfit yourself and a bridal party with some of the incredible deals available – if you’re flexible when it comes to a certain look/feel of your wedding.

Today, I’m going to a beachy destination wedding. Who’s with me?

Nicole Miller Ivory Silk One Shoulder Grecian Dress
Ideeli = $299; Retail = $880 

Badgley Mischka Dani Shoes
Ideeli = $99; Retail = $215

Cara Couture White Flower Hairpin with Feathers
Ideeli = $44; Retail = $110

Hair Piece OR… 
Cara Couture Pearl & Crystal Statement Drop Earrings
Ideeli =$39; Retail = $90

Ravon Grey Long Convertible Dress
Ideeli = $69; Retail = $198 (There’s also a giveaway on the site for Ravon dresses!)
So, what do you think? Have you or would you ever buy your wedding gear from a one-day online sale?

Oh, and if you need an invitation to any of these types of sites, let me know!

Project 365: Day 47 – 02.16

Bliss Diamond in Libertyville is definitely one of my favorite retail locations! I’m like a kid in a candy store when I step foot inside the store. I may be a bit biased, but Bliss has beautiful jewelry, reasonable prices and kind customer service.