Welcome to the Windy City: Survival Wishlist


Last month I moved to Chicago to pursue my big-time advertising dreams. Little did I know what I was in for – a few weeks later we were hit with the polar vortex. On Monday temperatures were as low as -40. Too cold for a polar bear! By Sunday night the shelves at Trader Joe’s were empty as people stocked up in preparation. Many businesses closed. Enter hibernation mode.

Just kidding. Hibernate? Please. If there’s one thing I’ve learned since moving, it is that Chicagoans know how to gear up for the weather. Here’s my winter weather wish list.

From left: 1) SOREL Scotia Lace Women’s Waterproof Boots ($230, Zappos2) BB Dakota Melinda Coat ($75.99, Zappos3) Kate Spade New York Mini Bow Infinity Scarf ($76.80, Nordstrom), 4) Birdseye Pop Convertible Glove ($9.99, Urban Outfitters)


Black, White and Gold Graphic Accessories


Graphic shapes and artsy details make these accessories stand out from the crowd. The black, white, and gold color scheme lends a touch of sophistication and class. Mix and match with your favorite pair of skinny jeans or LBD for a day at the office or night on the town.

From left: 1) Kate Spade “Metro” Watch (Nordstrom), 2) Serif Tote (Little Factory), 3) Gold Graphic And Black Resin Panel Necklace (Polyvore), 4) Happy Scarf Tree of Life (Fab.com), 5) Tory Burch Rylan Logo Small Stud Earrings (Lyst), 6) Zipper Bangle (Alkemie Jewelry), 7) Black Graphic Curve Heel Boots (Topshop)

Chaise what?


From the très chic chaise lounge to the glamorous gold accents, this room reads romance. Contrasting black and white typographic accessories bring a slightly modern feel, while the flowers and pink palette retain the girly charm. Oui, s’il vous plaît!

From left: 1) Heart Cushion – Love (Etsy), 2) Between a Rock and a Lamp Base (Land of Nod), 3) Petal Pusher Wallpaper (Hygge & West), 4) XOXO Letterpress Coasters (Society Social), 5) A to Z Bookends (Indigo), 6) Geo Paperweight Brass (Indigo), 7) Home is Where My Cat Is Print (Etsy), 8) Ampersand Print (Society6), 9) Bette Tufted Chaise in Coral (Joss & Main)