December 16, 2017

HEELS FOR THE HOLIDAYS


Happy mid-December!

Can anyone else believe that Christmas is next week? This year has flown by so much faster than any other year. Probably because it’s been a wild year filled with adventure to new places, lots of valleys in life but also so many celebratory moments. This time of year is my favorite because it gives me an excuse to have friends and family over – not that I need an excuse – but there’s so much to celebrate!

Getting the house ready for the Holidays is so much fun for me! For a change, I won’t be flying to the East coast to spend Christmas at my parents since I have to work. So this Christmas, I’ll be celebrating it in Chicago!

My house was never decorated much for the Holidays since I would help decorate my parent’s house instead. So this year has been extra fun trying to create a Christmas atmosphere with the few decorations I already have while adding a few more d├ęcor items to the mix.

Finding the perfect party shoes is always difficult in the winter. This year, I’m going with a chic and comfortable pair of booties from Naturalizer.

Naturalizer has been my go-to for comfortable winter boots and shoes for work. I can stand all day in them! Their Fall collection this year includes styles that are Holiday party appropriate too. These booties are so pretty and have the perfect heel height. Plus, they can be dressed up or dressed down and go with so much! I can see myself wearing them for at least the next few winters.

Our annual Christmas party is casual, so I’ll be pairing these booties with some jeans and a cozy sweater. Which of these Holiday heels would you choose?

                      







December 11, 2017

CONVERTIBLE COZY SWEATER


I've been deep cleaning my house this past week and as I clean out my closet, I realize I have too many items of clothing that would only be worn once a year. While it's great to have some pieces to function for special events, I want pieces that can be worn multiple times without feeling like it's over worn. 

I've been loving convertible pieces like this Shein sweater. It can be worn as a cowl neck, off the shoulders or off one shoulder! It's so perfect for Fall and will definitely carry me through Winter and early Spring. It comes in 4 colors and I'm thinking about buying it in every single color!

It's only $17 and it will get its worth and more with how many times I foresee myself wearing it just in the next months! Here, I paired it with jeans and statement earrings. But it can be worn just to lounge around the house with sweats or wear it to work with work pants or a pencil skirt. I can also see myself pairing it with a tulle skirt to fancy it up! 

How would you style this sweater?







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Sweater: Shein
Jeans: Gap {Similar}
Earrings: BaubleBar

December 4, 2017

GRAETER'S ICE CREAM


I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

If you know me well, the above explains me well when my sweet tooth takes over. Even when it's freezing outside during our mean Chicago winters, I still crave a delicious bowl of ice cream.

Graeter's Ice Cream has long been my favorite since I discovered a giant carton of their Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip at Costco. Let's just say that carton did not last long at all. Poor, scrumptious thing.

So when I received 6 pints of Graeter's ice cream, including 2 of their seasonal flavors, in the mail, I had to share them with you!! The two seasonal flavors I received could not have been picked more perfectly for me.

Mint is easily in my top 5 flavors, and their Peppermint Stick flavor is refreshing! There are even bits of peppermint in it which makes it look so appetizing. And rarely do you get cinnamon ice cream, so their Cinnamon flavor made my day! I love cinnamon in many of my desserts and even in my morning coffee.

Graeter's Ice Cream is perfect for sharing. Bring a few pints to all the Holiday parties you're attending, and I promise that everyone will be complimenting you on your impressive ice cream selection! But you also don't have to share, I won't tell!

Plus, Graeter's is giving you $5 OFF your orders with my special coupon code Grace-Sweets!! (Expires December 13th!) Once you see the Graeter's Ice Cream deliciousness below, you'll be drooling!










Drool-worthy, am I right? Well, what are you waiting for? Order your Graeter's Ice Cream online and get them shipped right to your door! Don't forget to use my special coupon code Grace-Sweets for $5 OFF your ice cream order! Be sure to grab yours before December 13th when the coupon code expires!

Thank you to Graeter's for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.

November 8, 2017

WISHLIST WEDNESDAY


Stepping into Fall and Winter doesn't mean our shoes have to be drab like the weather.

There's something about a fun pair of heels, boots or flats that can put pep into your step even when the weather isn't so happy. I found some shoes that are sure to put a smile on your face with fun prints, embellishments and sparkle! As statement shoes, you are sure to get compliments!

The best part?

They are all under $44! I'm serious. This is not a joke. 

Each pick can be paired with casual day wear and transitioned easily to a fancy night out. So get clicking below and bring some sparkle & fun to your outfits! 


       


    

    

    

    

    

October 30, 2017

ODYSSEY CHICAGO CRUISES


Fall/Winter has hit Chicagoland. Fall was pretty much skipped over and it's been feeling like winter. But this past Sunday, the day was sunny and beautiful! I made the most of it by enjoying a champagne brunch cruise with Odyssey Chicago Cruises.

The cruise was the best way to spend a Sunday afternoon with good company and a sea of unending delicious food and drinks. Who doesn't love an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet? And you can order a premium bar ticket for endless drinks too! It definitely led to a happy post-Sunday afternoon food coma and nap.

And you can bet that the view was unbeatable! I will never tire of Chicago's skyline beauty & all of its Instagram-worthiness.

So, how do you get yourself aboard one of these magical cruises? You can find available cruises and reserve your tickets ahead of time on the Odyssey Cruises website. Be sure to reserve quickly, because these cruises sell out! Then, on the day you set sail, you head to Navy Pier and pick up your tickets at the Odyssey booth by the ship.


When you board the cruise ship, you will be greeted by the friendliest crew members. It's a quick boarding process and once you get on the ship, you will be seated at your table. At the center of the dining room are heaps of food on the buffet tables. Shown below is just one of the tables. There is a carving station and hot breakfast and lunch items on the other tables.


Everyone gets a complimentary mimosa to enjoy upon boarding. You're also welcome to order other drinks. We tried a few, and they're all so yummy! As I mentioned above, you can get premium bar tickets when you reserve your cruise. It's definitely worth it if you plan to enjoy a few drinks.


While it's easy to spend the entire time feasting on all of the food. You have to step outside to the top docks to enjoy the view. Even if it's chilly out, you should try to bundle up and brave the cold. I've always loved enjoying the Chicago skyline on Lake Michigan. It's so beautiful!



Then, you can head back inside and polish off a plate or two of dessert. If you're celebrating something, they do an incredible job of making you feel special. They make sure to bring out a plate of dessert topped off with a candle.


It was sad to dock back at Navy Pier and say goodbye to the best brunch cruise experience! The crew members were so kind and were always checking to make sure we had everything we needed. We left with happy stomachs and the promise of returning! I'm definitely taking my Chicago visitors on an Odyssey Cruise!


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Top: Ann Taylor (old) {Similar | Similar}
Skirt: Loft {Similar | Similar}

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