Scavenger Hunt for Chanel in the City

As a wedding planner, there is a certain amount of flexibility to your schedule when it’s the off season.  So when I saw that Luxury Garage Sale was having an amazing scavenger hunt in the city, in which the winner would receive a Chanel handbag, I jumped at the chance and took most of the day off work. (It’s really hard to disconnect from work for a full 24 hours so I normally will work a few hours in the AM and then a few hours in the PM).

I also decided to make it a team effort and brought along my three year old daughter, Francesca, a fashionista in training.  After following Luxury Garage sale on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, we headed to stop A, Le Colonial.  Twenty minutes into the game the first clue was released so we headed to Equinox. I then realized that the stops were not going to be in order (because that would be too easy) and we began the hunt!  There were many girls participating that weren’t tweeting publicly so I assume that there boss wasn’t as understanding as mine. 

Roaring like a lion at Allium

Getting the royal treatment at Atelier Azza

Working up a sweat for Chanel at Equinox

Is Chanel on the menu at Le Colonial?

We heart vintage, Chanel of course, from Sofia Live Lovely

Sweet dreams of Red Velvet and Chanel at Sprinkles

I had grand dreams that Francesca and I would one day reminisce about the day that we won a Chanel bag together. Unfortunately, we didn’t win although we came very close!  We saw the very excited winner shrieking with excitement in a fab suite at the W Lakeshore.

There’s always next year!

Filling in the Gaps for Fall/ Winter

I always consider shopping this time of the year an enjoyable challenge   Instead of seeking out complete looks,  I am in search of a few pieces that will complete my existing wardrobe.  Right now, I am seeking out these five pieces to finish out the Fall / Winter 2013 season.

Anthropologie New Light Dress
My lace obsession has been going strong for the past few years.  I am not a big Anthropologie wearer (I always think of one of my brides that wore the brand religiously) but this dress is too cute not to pass up.  I could use a little color since I have bought nothing but black this season.

Comme des Garçons ‘Large’ Classic Pouch
While I already have a black and gold pouch by Marc by Marc Jacobs, I love the color.  I think the pouch has the potential of becoming a new staple in every woman’s wardrobe.  It is so easy to throw a pouch in your tote and then take it out for the evening.  

Zara Masculine Studio Overcoat
It is surprising how few high street brands offered a pastel coat this season.  It’s everywhere in the designer world but I really want something under the $500 mark.  My only problem with the coat is that I am pretty sure I am going to have to spend the cost of the coat at my tailor. Sigh. The struggles with being under five feet continue.

Top Shop Leather A Line Skirt from the Kate Bosworth Collection
I have always loved leather.  While I thought that I could get by with just one leather skirt this season, I swooned when I saw this A-line skirt in Lucky Magazine.  It’s still not in the stores but I am going to order online.  It’ll go perfectly with my poofy sleeved Valentino sweater from a few seasons ago.

Aldo Rise by Preen Fanni Cut-out Shootie
Black and gold is everywhere so my contrary self has been yearning for some black and silver. The Aldo Preen collaboration is small but this boot fits the bill.  I love the hardware and think it will look good with a number of skirts and dresses already in my wardrobe.

Hurrah Illinois!

It’s such an exciting time here in Illinois!  The Land of Lincoln will become the 15th state to recognize marriage equality.  Beginning June 1st, 2014, same sex couples can apply for marriage licenses.  I’m hoping that there will be a ton of same sex weddings next summer and fall.

I have yet to plan a gay wedding but am hoping that changes for 2014.  I’m in the middle of planning on my business goals for 2014 and this one is at the top of my list.

November Bridal Events

There are two fantastic bridal events coming up that every bride should mark on their calendar if they are looking for bridal accessories or a make-up artist. 
Left Bank Jewelry, a beautiful boutique in Lincoln Park, is having their annual sample sale with up to 80% off shoes, veils, and jewelry.   Left Bank has an amazing selection of jewelry and trinkets that make me swoon every time I step through the doors.

Later in the month, Sonia Roselli is having an open house.  The salon will be offering free trials will any booked contract, giveaways every hour, professional photos and a lot of fun.  Sonia has as amazing team so I would definitely recommend attending the event if you need a hair stylist or make-up artist.

Left Bank Annual Sample Sale
Saturday, November 9th to Saturday, November 16th
No appointment necessary.

Left Bank Jewelry
1155 West Webster Avenue

Sonia Roselli Open House

Sunday, November 17th from 11 – 4PM
To make an appointment, call 773-465-7363

Sonia Roselli
7003 North Glenwood Avenue

musings #7

I am busy catching up after a week in NYC followed by an amazing wedding at Salvage One.  Here’s a list of my favorite things right now!

Lucky FABB was amazing!  The conference was invigorating and the swag was phenomenal. I was also able to meet Jean Godfrey-June, which was the highlight of the conference for me. The other highlight of the conference was spending the second day in the famous Conde Nast building.

I rented a great flat in Nolita with my friend Lisa, who lives in England.  We shopped in Soho, did some sight seeing, and shopped as much as we could.  The trip was totally refreshing and I’m ready for my final stretch of weddings!


  (Thrilled to be meeting jean godfrey-june; Posing in front of the Conde Nast building.)

Before I left for NYC, I popped over to Goldplaited, a new finishing salon in Lincoln Park.  I love getting blow-outs but it felt oh so indulgent to also get my make-up done. The owners are super cute sisters that recently moved to Chicago.  

The salon is offering a promotion on Gilt City Chicago for a blow-out and make-up application for a mere $45. Check out the special offer; it ends tomorrow!  (By the way, did you notice the model? I happened to be there the day that Gilt City was photographing the space.)

I am obsessed with my Mega Tote by Snapsac.  At 28″ wide, it is perfect for a beach bag, carry-on, or even as a weekend bag.  I also think it makes a great gift for bridesmaids.  Too often, I see girls trying to squish their belonging into a cute little bag that is way too small.  Admit it, you need the 28″ mega tote on a wedding day!

We just finished our fall family photos and I’m on the hunt for the perfect holiday cards.  My all time favorite were the ones that I sent out a few years ago by Kate Spade.  They aren’t offering cards this year so I am trying to find the perfect option.  I’ve been looking at Tiny PrintsMinted, and Paperless Post.   Have any other suggestions?

Now that wedding season is coming to a close, I am going to focus on decorating my office.  I really adore this photo from Etsy and it might serve as inspiration as my color palette.