Friday, November 21, 2014

Time to Get Holiday Ready!

I was among seven Chicago bloggers who got together to showcase some of our favorite looks for this holiday season. We teamed up with Shop Lately and the outcome was seven different styles, all great for any of the upcoming parties we will all be attending. 

Shop Lately is a marketplace, giving designers and brands the opportunities to showcase their products.  
 It was so fun to snoop around and see all of the beautiful products we could choose from. You can find clothing, accessories, shoes, and even beauty products, which made picking what I wanted to wear in a holiday themed photos shoot so hard. Good problem to have, right? 

Here are the seven of us in our holiday wear. The items I ended up getting to style with my look were jewelry and an amazing sequin bag. You can click through to the other girl's blogs today and see what they found and how they chose to style their items! (links to their blogs are below)  
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Back Row: Love Zahra, Sisters Marie, Myself

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Ok, I totally need to get the Golden China Dress that Peggy is wearing on the end (opposite of me). I can't believe it's currently selling for only $28.99! SCORE!
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Here are my outfit details. I got this jumpsuit 2 years ago now and it's still one of my all time favorites. It's great for the holidays and with all the pretty bling I picked up, it really took this number up a notch! 
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Jumpsuit: Express (NBC's Fashion Star)  // Crystal Leaf Necklace: c/o Shop Lately (on sale!) // Earrings: T+J Designs // Bangles: Baublebar // Chevron Rings: House of Gemmes // Rocker Infinite Midi Ring: c/o Shop Lately (on sale!)  // Gold Sequin Clutch: c/o Shop Lately (on sale!)

I'm pretty obsessed with all my new Shop Lately items, but the midi ring is my new favorite. I have literally worn it every day since I got it and I don't see that trend stopping anytime soon. I also feel like the necklace is going to be a great year round addition to my collection and the bag is so perfect for Christmas & NYE! I don't know how I haven't been on this website non stop before now. Clearly going forward you will be seeing me wear a lot more of their items on the blog! 

I love that all seven of us had the same "guidelines" on what to style for the shoot and we all ended in such different looks. That truly is the best. To find a site that can offer pieces to fit each persons personal style! 
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(All photos taken by Cleodine Photography

Have you shopped Shop Lately before? What do you think of our holiday looks? 
I spy a few items I now need in my closet and with all of the ones we picked now on sale, I say lets all shop! ;)


*Shop Lately has an "Insider Program" where you can receive free shipping on ALL items! This is only $9.00 a year. What a great option for all the holiday shopping for yourself and others! Here is a link to where you can sign up: https://shoplately.com/insider

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Outfit: Polka Dots & Plaid, A Pair I Can't Stop Repeating!

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I find myself obsessing over pairing plaid and polka dots lately. I wore this outfit and ever since I just can't stop pairing the two. I mean, it's pattern mixing perfection, no?

This day I was running errands and at the school for meetings and well, I didn't feel like washing my hair. Braids are a god send on days like this! lol

I tossed on my favorite polka dot blouse and a pair of crop black skinny jeans. I immediately went for my plaid shoes and finished the look off with a classic wool trench coat, great sunnies, and some earrings. 
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Jacket: Victoria's Secret // Top: c/o Oasap // Jeans: Old Navy // Shoes: c/o Sole Society // Bag: Rachel Zoe // Sunnies: c/o Shop Lately // Earrings: House of Gemmes // Necklace: XO Veronika 

What do you think of this pairing? Are you mad for plaid this season and looking for something to pair it with? I say try polka dots! 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Toddler Fashion: Sparkle Outfit

 photo IMG_7142_zpsfc2674e0.jpg  photo IMG_7149_zps63b70d5c.jpg  photo IMG_7144_zps03c8ede0.jpg FabKids is stocked with amazing outfits for the upcoming holiday season. When my bean saw this sparkle outfit she knew this was the dress she wanted to wear for one of our holiday parties! The color is so beautiful and the quality of this dress is truly great.

I love that they paired it with silver tights, very interchangeable with everything else in her current wardrobe. We added these stunning flats we found on Gilt and the outfit was complete. 
After we took these photos she would not take off the dress. I had to bribe her to get it off so it stays clean until our party! lol What can I say, she has great taste! 
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Dress & Tights: c/o FabKids // Shoes: Sturart Weitzman via Gilt 

Have you started shopping for what you will be wearing this holiday season? Have you checked out FabKids lately?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Outfit: A Night Away (part 2)

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Yesterday I showed you what I wore to the city on my first day, and over on Sisters Marie you saw what I wore for my dinner out that night. Today I'm showing you my next day look.
Even though we stayed up a bit late the night before, we were up before 7am. Isn't that the way it always goes? You have an opportunity to sleep in and your body says "the kids are up, you should be too!". ;)

My sister had to leave around ten to catch a train but since the hotel check-out was at noon I was staying the last 2 hours! I headed down to the pool floor and took a nice swim. I then when back to the room and enjoyed some coffee and people watched out my window.

This look is so easy and how fun is this plaid mixing? Yes, I wore my sunnies inside. It was bright, I had no make-up on as I had just got back from the pool, and that's how I was rolling this day.
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A peplum top and skinny jeans is just such an easy look to toss on. Add your favorite jacket and scarf and the look transforms today great cool weather everyday wear.

My beautiful view from the 19th floor of the Renaissance Hotel
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My night off was so much fun, and to be honest, very much needed. Hey, everyone should get a day off once and awhile!

What do you think of this look? Do you ever mix your plaids?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Outfit: A Night Away (Part 1)

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Last weekend I headed to Chicago and stayed at the Renaissance Hotel for an overnight off. Let's be honest, mom's don't get days off. Ever. It's a 365 day a year job (24 hours a day) and unless you make time for yourself, you will not get it. I am lucky that my hubby not only stepped up and said he'd clear the weekend so he could be with the kids, but I also got my sister to join me. I don't think she's taken a day to herself in like ten years so we were both for sure due! ;)

I got to the hotel at 1:30pm and knew I needed to wear an outfit I could stay in until dinner out with my sister. We were on a "no plan" plan so I had no idea what I'd be doing from the time I got to the hotel to the time my sister got there (3:30pm). I also had no idea what we'd be doing from the time she got there until we went out for dinner around 7.

I decided to keep my look simple in head to toe black. I used two of my favorite weekend bags (yes, it was just one night but you never know what you'll need) and was set for my night away.
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Within 10 minutes of being at the hotel my cousin called me and told me to meet her at Haymarket for a beer (or 2) and some appetizers while I wait for my sister. I tossed on my wool coat and super cozy scarf and headed out.
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Drape Front Vest: Nordstrom // Top: H&M // Jeans: Express // Shoes & Necklace: c/o Just Fab // Bicycle BagOxblood Bag: c/o Sole Society // Jacket: Piperlime // Scarf: Loft // Bag: Rachel Zoe // Love Necklace: XO Veronika // Earrings: House of Gemmes // Watch: Fossil 

We had so much fun. My sister walked over and met us at Haymarket and had a beer too! We hung out with my cousin Julie for a bit then headed back to the hotel for some sister time and then our dinner out in the hotel bar.

Have you ever taken a stay-cation of sort close to home for fun a day off? What do you wear on days you need to go with the flow?

*Head over to the Sisters Marie Blog today to see what I wore for my dinner out!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Recipe: Mini Meatball Subs


My family is forever on the hunt for yummy meals we can alter to fit our diet and mix it up a bit over at the Fergus household. My husband came across this recipe for mini meatball subs over on Allrecipes so we decided to swap a few ingredients and make it gluten free so our son could enjoy it too! Here are the ingredients as listed on Allrecipes. 

Ingredients:

Original recipe makes 8 mini subs









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We mixed it up by subbing for grass fed beef, organic cheese and eggs, gluten free crackers, organic veggies, and gluten free bread too.

Directions: 


  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Combine ground beef, onion, green pepper, crackers, and egg in a large bowl. Season with Worcestershire sauce, garlic, seasoned salt, and pepper; mix well. Form mixture into 8 meatballs. Place meatballs in a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  3. Bake meatballs in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Pour the spaghetti sauce into a large saucepan; bring to a simmer over low heat. Stir baked meatballs into the simmering sauce. Do not turn oven off. Simmer sauce until meatballs are fully cooked, about 20 minutes.
  4. Place one meatball, a sprinkle of mozzarella, a sprinkle of Parmesan, and a bit of sauce between each roll. Place sandwiches in hot oven; bake until cheeses melt, about 7 minutes.

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Here is the finished product: 
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I would HIGHLY recommend this recipe to anyone. It was plate licking good! 

Are you a meatball sub fan? Would you try this recipe for your family?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Outtakes: Here we go Again!

I previously showed you some of my outtakes because there are so many photos of me that you guys never get to see. For whatever reason I find it too much fun to pull outtakes from each shoot now. I mean if you can't laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at? 

Here are some of my outtakes from the past month and a half. This time around the photos fall into one of four categories: awkward, walking, just didn't make the cut, and down right windy! 

Awkward:
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Walking:
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Just didn't make the cut: 
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Windy outside: 
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I have so many favorites I can't even begin to take about how funny these are to me! 
 Can we just talk about how my shirt is literally almost over my head in the second to last shot! Very appropriate for a mother-daughter shoot, no?! lol

What do you think of this round of outtakes? Do you like this segment?