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shalice-50 shalice-95 shalice-88 shalice-86 I partnered with Express to share some of my favorite cozy basics: jeans, suede and knits. Express has been killing it in the layer and knit department and it would be wrong not to share my favorites with you. We are off to see family in Laguna Beach.What are you doing for Thanksgiving?

Snag these pieces while they’re 50% off on sale.

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving!

Thank you Express for partnering on this post and making possible.

distressed jeans (size down) :: deep V cable sweater  :: suede jacket :: similar heel :: I also like THIS :: and ordered the coverup cardi :: cami 

IMG_1464FullSizeRenderIt’s no secret I love all things denim. And denim that is frayed is, well, you know, a major bonus. This top has been sold out and now it is back in stock! Just wanted to let you know first. Now, back to getting ready for the Monday rush after a short getaway to Palm Springs. Which was a little crazy but well worth the adventure. What did you do this weekend, any adventures?  XO

top JOA  /jeans TOPSHOP





Honestly, I’m not the best gift giver, my sister takes that crown, but I can at least shock my friends and family on occasion when I gift them my favorite faux fur pieces. The latter of which are linked here from MODCLOTH. I was shocked at their selection from fox mugs to blankets to faux fur collars. One stop shop for stockings and my kids teachers. Hurry! They have 2 day shipping option for the procrastinators too. Shop the look below and don’t forget to enter the giveaway HERE 

Giveaway details:  8 winners a day will receive a $100 GC, 1 grand prize winner will receive a $1000 GC. 

These prizes are for US customers only that are 18 years of age or older. They will be given unique codes for gift certificates. Enter via here. Good luck! Also, see my picks from MODCLOTH on Pinterest.

Shop the look:

Sweater coat MODCLOTH

coat JOA from MODCLOTH / Faux fur (taken from the MODCLOTH sweater coat)


IMG_0318 (1)wearing: jeans AEO / heels MODE COLLECTIVE / shot by Mollie Moran


We’re off to spend Thanksgiving with my in-laws and sister-in-law in Iowa. I can’t wait for grandma’s ham, and my SIL’s cheesecake. In the meantime, check out these Pre-Black Friday sales that start today!

REBEKAH MINKOFF 25% off all orders, free shipping and up to 70% off select styles Effective: 11/25-11/29. click here to start shopping

GAP Early access 50% off everything. restrictions apply. CODE: EARLY. click here to start shopping

NEIMAN MARCUS Take 20% off sale items and 40%off designer. click here to start shopping

MACY’S 20% off black Friday specials with code: THANKS, click here to start shopping

NORDSTROM up to 40% off designer! And if you need suggestions, here are my picks: my fave fringe clutch is 20% off, this watch is 40% off, this fur trim anorak is 33% off, and a $30 turtleneck sweater.

ASOS 20% off using code: CYBER at checkout. Love these flats.

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Some of you know, the best look is usually in the best fit. Well, Skinnycalf proves it. If you have narrow calves, which I do, and you’re not a fan of gaping or gaps when you rock tall boots, Skinnycalf is for you. It has a unique narrow hug-your-calf-fit to tailor your easy shift dress and tall boot get up. Finally. If you’d like to try them out yourself, Karen Feldman, girl boss and founder of Skinnycalf is offering 20% off your purchase, using the code “Shalice20” Ps. And yes, I’m obsessed with layering denim on denim!

“Leo” in black, size 9, from SKINNYCALF BOOTS (20%off with code Shalice20)  / Hand Bracelet KENDRA SCOTT / Jeans and Coat AEO SIMILAR JEAN / Top NORDSTROM (similar)

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The one and done fall must have is really just a simple jumpsuit. Here I’m loving it in black and a tomato red. Since most are nervous about it looking like a straight jacket, I paired it with a heel and a belt for shape. Because simple always wins.

red jumpsuit TOPSHOP / leather jacket ZARA SIMILAR / heel FARYLROBIN / Belt SIMILAR

/ necklace KENDRA SCOTT

black jumpsuit MISSGUIDED / sweater coat ANTHROPOLOGIE / belt VINTAGE / heels SIMILAR



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While I wouldn’t advise settling up a tipi on a windy day, it’s a great way to get my crew excited. The kiddos are not normally fans of pictures, and standing still or smiling on cue is not their cup of tea. However, when we asked them after church if they wanted to go on an adventure in the woods with binoculars and a tipi, they were all in. And it didn’t even involve snacks. This tipi from Knight Raven was custom made for us, light grey and tie dye, with some crochet detailing. Learn more about customizing your tipi here. It is gorgeous, so the fact that it’s not too big for the living room is actually relevant. It even manages to fit all four kids and a small family of pets, but only if the pets aren’t expected to breathe. If only all photo shoots involved a tipi and less wind, we could forgo the snacks (and tears) more often. Read more about Knight Raven HERE.

blouse ZARA (ANOTHER I LOVESIMILAR / leather shorts SIMILAR / mini fringe boots MINNETONKA / my fringe boots FARYLROBIN / Tee Pee KNIGHT RAVEN


The coziest sweater vest!

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Beautiful brunch at C Chicago


Our date had a bit of a rough start. First, I failed to feed the street meter and I got slapped with a parking ticket. Then the hubs sliced into a parked Hyundai, and by the time that was all said and done, we were late. Not the best way to kick-off the much anticipated date. Thankfully, a melon and lemon verbena shot was right around the corner, and there is very little that can’t remedy, right? Soon we parked ourselves at C Chicago, and settled in for a luxurious brunch. I think they saw the writing on the wall because I got that shooter right off the bat. The bright and sunny restaurant, and the delectable four courses, healed all wounds. Parking ticket? What parking ticket? We felt spoiled, which is pretty much how every date should be. While we kicked ourselves for not bringing the kids, they would’ve been all over the lemon ricotta pancakes, it was nice to hear ourselves talk, walk in my comfy Rockports, and eat at a normal pace. And yes, we licked the key lime pie plate clean and didn’t even have to share. It was definitely a day date to remember. We’ll be back for the egg white omelette AND the lemon verbena shooter.

sweater vest ANTHROPOLOGIE / dress SIMILAR / booties ROCKPORT  /

Photography credit Mollie Moran

TOP 5 Date spots in CHICAGO

  1. C CHICAGO Brunch for sea foodies and foodies alike. Get there at 11am for their yummy egg white omelette, lobster scramble and key lime pie in the shape of an apple.
  2. ANTIQUE TACO – Everything on the menu. I’m craving the pork taco as I type.
  3. The GAGE The regular burger, chips (fries) and amazing ambience on Michigan Ave.
  4. REVOLUTION BREWERY A neighborhood brewery. Cozy ambience with awesome burgers.
  5. CINDYS ROOFTOP AMAZING Michigan Avenue views and yes, the food is yum.

Where will your Rockports take you?

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The silver lining to dipping temps? Why faux fur of course. I can’t get enough of them worn over jeans or dresses. Here’s my top four that I’ll be reaching for come forty-nine degrees, that is, besides a venti hot chocolate with extra whip. What are some of your faves?


1. Blush faux fur that’s sporty and sweet? yes please. (ANTHROPOLOGIE)

2. Nothing beats a faux fur collar, well, maybe an Aquazzura sample sale. Just sayin. (F21)

3. The bigger the coat, the skinnier your legs look. Not a fact, but worth a try. (ASOS)

4. The kind of faux fur that fakes you out, glams you up, and never leaves you disappointed. (ELIZA J)





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jeans MADEWELL / fur ELIZA J / booties M.GEMI / Hat SIMILAR









skirt TOPSHOP / chucks CONVERSE /
blazer SIMILAR / tank COOPER & ELLA

jeans TOPSHOP / faux fur vest TOPSHOP

dress TOPSHOP / leather trench VINTAGE

NYFW 2015 had a bit of a rocky start. Due to a Tiffany and Co. event in Chicago, we ended up changing our flight last minute, which left us stranded in stormy Raleigh-Durham. A couple Cliff bars and ten iced coffees later, we pulled into the Boro Hotel. Oh, the Boro. Between the unconventional check in (at a long dining table!), European vibes (cool lighting, danish furniture, breakfast included), and large airy room, I was ready to hit the ground running. Even the rain, and there was lots and lots of rain, was no damper on the excitement. We didn’t stay long in our room, since I was off to brunch at the Soho House for Shopburu, fittings at Rebekah Minkoff, and the NYFW cruise. The Statue of Liberty was so beautiful that I almost didn’t notice the major rocking of the boat … almost. I’m pretty sure NY has only one speed, and that is fast-forward! Between the shows I was able to meet with key brands I work with on a regular basis, and it was amazing to see the faces behind the names and talk shop. Among them were Faryl Robin, Rebekah Minkoff, Shoshanna, and Eliza J. I was honored to have been dressed head to toe by Rebekah Minkoff’s team who pulled looks at their studio two days prior to the show where I got to try on everything. Such a dream! And I can’t stop thinking about the bohemian rhapsody at Rachel Zoe. Spring is going to be a great time to be pregnant with all of the flowing dresses and oversize blouses. Not an announcement. Just an fyi. 🙂


6 Ways to Survive NYFW
1. When you can’t walk without rubbing your blisters, get two blocks in a cab due to traffic, and don’t know where the train station is? Download the Uber app.
2. Email every PR firm you know to get into as many fashion shows as possible. The ones you don’t get into, ask or wait around. But alway look the part.
3. You’re always hungry, so pack small bags of nuts in your clutch. They’ll come in handy when you discover that all the parties only serve fried potato hash. Yuck.
4. Bring flats in a bag. Your toes will thank you. Think Yosi’s that fold in two.
5. Ask the girls at the showrooms where they eat. Get a local’s perspective. Our favorites? Lá Grainne Café, Chalkpoint, and any street Lebanese sandwiches!
6. Don’t feel bad saying no at times. Sometimes you just need to put your feet up and enjoy a treat at the Doughnut Plant.