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Oxford Prep

Oxfords: Urban Outfitters
Blazer: Paul & Joe
Skinnies: H&M
Shirt: The Limited
Sunnies: Ray Ban
Accessories: Forever

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Hope you have a perfectly preppy weekend! 

Dots and Tots!

I love fun statement pieces that you can wear all year long, like this fun polka dot skirt!  I wear it mostly in the summer, but by pairing it with a great pair of tights and a basic, long-sleeve shirt, you can wear it all year long. I do this with most of my clothing and am huge on layering, especially since the winters here in Chicago are brutal!  This week, take a second look at your closet and pull out dresses that could be worn with jackets or skirts that could be worn with boots for a flirty transition into Spring! xx

 Sunglasses: Prada
Hat: Zara
Black Shirt & Polka Skirt: H&M
Red Coat: Zara
 Shoes: Aldo
Watch: Burberry
Accessories: Vintage Costume
Clutch: Louis Vuitton
Fries: McDonalds ;)

Photography by Nicole Schneider. 
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Menswear Inspired Business Attire

Sure, I blog by night, but by day I work in downtown Chicago at the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) which is housed in one of the largest buildings in the world, The Merchandise Mart. There are thousands of people in and out of the building on any given day and I am always amazed at how polished all of the women that work there are.  It's like a business runway, I tell you!

I get a lot of my inspiration for work attire not necessarily from magazines but from other girls in my building.  I find that most of the outfits I adore are simple, effortless and menswear inspired.  Pulling from the basics you already have in your closet, anyone can pull this look off!

Here, with a classic trench. I would be lost without the trench.
Pulling from the menswear inspiration, I used a headscarf and used it as a "feminine necktie" to give the look some dimension.
Keep the look super-femme by pulling it all together with a dark pink lip. muah!
Basic black skinnies, carmel-colored cage stilettos and an oversized white blouse. Closet staples.
Trench: Banana Republic
Scarf: Kate Spade
Cage Stilettos: Chinese Laundry 
White Blouse: H&M
Belt: Banana Republic
Photography: Nicole Shneider

kisses!! M

Attempts at Domesticality: DIY Ottoman Upholstery

Not Leopard? Not Interested.

I found these 2 little ottomans at HomeGoods the other day and HAD to buy them, they were only $40 each and had such great bones. I've been on the hunt for something to add a little pizazz to my living room, so I whisked off to JoAnn Fabrics on a mission to give them a "wild" facelift!  Take a peek ;)

Before (eww):
Here is the raw structure, sans cushion.

The leopard fabric I bought. Yesssss.

After shots! I absolutely love how they came out and love the dimension the animal print gives to the whole room. 
Right now, I placed them side by side and am using them as a central table for the room, but later I plan to rearrange and use as extra seating. Gotta love the versatility!
I've accessorized them with two great little mirrors I found at a second-hand store, coasters and other pretty things. The mirrors are great because they provide a place for guests to set beverages and other treats.

What do you think??

Step-by-step how to:
1. Buy a pair of ottomans with good structure and an easily removable top.
2. Purchase (durable) fabric to cover both cushions, make sure to over-measure to make sure you have enough fabric to wrap around the bottom of the cushion.
3. Remove the cushion from the ottoman legs. 
4. Secure and staple the fabric to the bottom of the cushion (use a staple gun).
5. Place your newly-fabulous cushion covers to the ottomans and wala!

If you plan to try this yourselves, I would love to see your photos! xo, M