I am completely obsessed with over-the-knee boots, I wear them almost on a daily basis, but I saw these red sock booties at Target and I was like “I saw them and I just had to have them!” (Name that commercial!) I couldn’t resist getting these for Valentine’s Day. They are so comfortable, easy to walk in and also the fiercest shoes I have seen in a while. These are a dupe for the Stuart Weitzman The Cling Bootie but would you rather pay $600 or $38? No question! These fab booties also come in white and pink. Those pink ones are calling my name! I love a good statement piece, whether it’s a chunky necklace, dangling earrings, color popping handbag or a funky pair of shoes. Red is such a fierce color. It’s also classic and timeless. These boots are hot, beautiful and make everything look better. Subtle they […]

I have found the easiest copycat recipe for Wendy’s Frosty’s. Anything that has to do with ice cream, now that’s my jam! I actually haven’t had a Wendy’s Frosty in about 5 years until about a week ago. What have I been doing with my life that I don’t eat them more? Oh that’s right, I’ve been staying away from fast food. Anyways, when I got a frosty the other day, I thought there had to be an easy way to recreate them at home with my Cuisinart Gelateria Ice Cream Maker. The answer is yes, yes there is! We purchased the 2 qt. Cuisinart Gelateria Ice Cream Maker at Sur la Table over this past summer when we did our first cooking class, Celebration Cakes. It actually was an impulse buy and it took us months to actually take it out of the box and figure out how to […]

Do you ever get sick of doing things the same way? Changing up your simple routine can give you a little pick me up. Change up your lip color, style your hair differently, change up your daily exercise routine or tie your scarf in a different way! Here are three simple ways to tie a scarf in an unexpected new way.   Do the twist! Fold the scarf in half and loop it. Bring the tail through the loop. Twist the loop. Bring the tail through the second loop. Tighten the tail and voilà!   Loop De Loop  Fold the scarf in half and loop it. Bring one tail end through the loop. Take the other end over the side of the loop closest to your face. Bring that same end then through the loop. Tighten the tail ends and there you have it!   Bow-tiful! If you are working […]

When temps are far into the negatives and cuddling up by the fire with your hot chocolate isn’t doing it for you, it’s time to go somewhere warm. Winter in Chicago can be magical, it also can be downright treacherous! Saying I hate the cold is an understatement. Wearing a ton of layers, shoveling snow, runny noses and feeling like your fingers and toes are going to fall off are all enough to make me go crazy. Gimme the sun, the sand and the cocktails! Booking a big vacation can be stressful. Especially when planning a trip to Cancun or Riviera Maya where there are hundreds of resorts and options to pick from. I was in complete charge of our trip to Riviera Maya for New Years and I didn’t want to screw anything up so I chose to call my AAA travel agent (shout out to Mary from the […]

The months leading up to Christmas take a beating on my bank account. Anybody else feel the same way? We’ve got Christmas gifts, holiday outfits, New Year’s Eve outfit and cozy winter accessories all that are just draining our bank accounts. So, I’ve decided to challenge myself and participate in no shop January. My goal is to not buy any clothes, shoes, accessories or home decor for the entire month of January. I’m very curious to see how much money I can save just in a month buy not spending money on those items. I’m really trying to buckle down for the next couple of months because I plan to buy a house soon. Every little bit helps, right? If you would like to join me in this challenge I have come up with some tips to help pull back on the spending. The following are tips to help you […]