Thursday, October 23, 2014


A few months ago I was asked to participate in a photoshoot for a wedding theme. Coming off the high of being engaged (and loving any type of photoshoot) I of course said yes, only this time I was in front of the camera... ahhh! 

So you can imagine my excitement when I saw it all on Style Me Pretty yesterday!

As you can tell from the photos, all the vendors on the shoot were dreamy. Created by Ashley of La Belle Fleur Events, we got to wear gowns by Mignonette Bridal, hold flowers from Life in Bloom, relax in furniture from Rent Vintage Chicago, all while being pampered by Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists at Room 1520. And Katie Kett did such a great job photographing all of the beauty. 

Here is just a glimpse of the amazing-ness Ashley put together!

Learn more about the rest of the picture perfect vendors, and view the rest of the photos, here.

x Jill

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


"There is always an emotional element to anything that you make."

We were deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of Oscar de la Renta. A true legend and talented gentleman, his designs complimented every woman who wore his work. And being that Jill's wedding gown is from the designer, we wanted to make a post celebrating his gorgeous creations. From celebrities to brides, and even first ladies, there was not one type of person who wasn't drawn to his art. We've compiled a list of some of our favorite Oscar de la Renta pieces to take you on a mini journey.

Kate Moss, 2008

Kiernan Shipka, 2013

Amy Adams, 2013

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Move over, "beauty is pain"... It's time to bust out that comfy sweatshirt and dress it up!

I'm all for things comfortable when it comes to my outfits and the weather lately in Chicago has only made it more perfect to layer that sweater and step out the door. Sweatshirts aren't just for your alma mater or trips to the supermarket anymore - from jeweled to printed, leather to graphic, pullovers are the latest trend I can definitely get behind.

Left to right, top to bottom: eric + lani Faux Leather Trim Print French Terry Sweatshirt ($45.00) - NordstromDisperse Silk Sweater ($268.00) - ALLSAINTSHeathered Paisley Sweatshirt ($15.80) - Forever 21Cactus Floral Sweat ($65.00) - TopshopQuilted Sweatshirt ($44.95) - GapOpening Ceremony Hand-Print Relaxed Knit Sweater ($345.00) - CUSP by Neiman MarcusScarlit Sweatshirt ($198.00) - Alice + OliviaDaphne Sweater ($138.00) - MarcianoJewel Collar Sweater ($49.00) - Zara

Are you wearing sweatshirts this fall?


Monday, October 20, 2014


Ahhh, fall. No more having to worry about shaving our legs when we want to wear a dress. That totally triumphs the beautiful foliage, am I right?

The tights and boots combo is my absolute favorite for the season, but pulling out my plain black pair all the time can make things boring. Plus it makes me look like a major repeat offender. That's why I've compiled a list of six tights that add a little flair to this season's favorite look!

Rose Thigh Band Tights ($20.00) - Topshop

Vince Camuto Studded Tights ($24.00) - Nordstrom

Cable Knit Tights ($9.80) - Forever 21

Block-Striped Tights ($9.95) - H&M

Alice + Olivia by Pretty Polly Writing Back Tights ($48.00) - Bloomingdale's

DKNY Ombre Tights ($18.00) - Bloomingdale's

Where do you shop for tights?

x Jill

Friday, October 17, 2014


Unless my hair is in a top knot, I never leave home without curling it. My hair is this weird combination of straight and wavy, with a little frizz here and there. The only way of controlling all that mayhem is by using the amazing Hot Tools Curling Iron. I couldn't live without it! 

Hot Tools Professional Curling Iron ($25.95) - Amazon

My hairstylist taught me how to deal with my tresses using a curling iron and I haven't looked back since. It smooths my hair and makes it look consistent - something I didn't know was possible of doing myself. (Tip: Face the clamp toward the mirror and clamp onto hair in the middle of the root and tip. Curl inward toward your scalp and unclamp and pull out a bit, and curl toward your scalp again. Pull out to your tips and curl toward your scalp one last time. Hold for a couple seconds and let go.) 

I use a one inch curling iron and it's the perfect tool to give you that "oh, I just woke up like this" look. I can do my waves in less than 15 minutes every time. I don't know what I would do without it!


What is your favorite hair tool?

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