Friday, December 13, 2013

12 Days UNTIL Christmas...

For those of you like me who are guilty of waiting around until the last minute to start your holiday shopping, rest assured that I've hand picked some terrific options for those amazing women in your life! To make it even easier, all of these purchases can be made online and delivered straight to your door by December 24th! Happy Shopping, everyone! xoxo.

3. Natasha Leather Snood from Club Monaco in Light Heather Grey
6. Why not make a donation in someone's honor? Make a donation here to PAWS Chicago
7. Morgan Marie Beauty Holiday Brush Set
8. Stache & Hyde Zanzibar Ostrich Journal Notebook
10. Kate Spade "Pop, Fizz, Clink" clutch
11. "Not Another F*cking Holiday Card" from Another Fing Tote {Who doesn't love a card with money inside of it?!}

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Sassy City Chicks: Giveaway

...and the Sassy City Chicks are back in Chicago! Come out on Sunday and join me for a day of shopping, sampling & socializing! The event offers admission to the shopping expo which will consist of terrific gift ideas, giveaways, complimentary spa treatments & complimentary cocktail sampling all taking place at the DoubleTree Hilton off of Michigan Avenue. Need even more convincing as to why you should attend this great Sunday Funday soirée? I have 30 VIP tickets to give away so grab your girlfriends and I'll see you there! 

For Tickets: Please email to receive a special promo code in order to reserve your tickets online absolutely FREE. 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Who's your Belle?

If you've met me before, you're fully aware that I'm a "Shout it From the Rooftops" type of person. And there's nothing I like to brag about more than my favorite denim brand, Henry & Belle!

Henry & Belle is not just your ordinary denim company that originated from trying to find the perfect pair of jeans, it just happens to be the perfect bonus that they are comfortable, fit perfectly, have the right amount of give around the waist + the knees and last forever. But the story of how the line was created, the passion that went into the conceptualization and the heart of tying philanthropy into each & every pair is what truly makes them one of my all time favorite brands.

The story: Henry and Belle fell in love and married in 1932. From that point forward, she was Henry’s constant muse—the inspiration behind each collection he created. Through innovative, new materials, these designs weaved Henry’s vision with Belle’s insight into fit, movement and feel. While she loved fashion, Belle eventually made the decision to give up her modeling career and become a volunteer philanthropist—a calling she embraced for the rest of her life. In the end, Belle was Henry’s vision of perfection: a woman who was confident yet caring and chic yet natural. Together, Henry & Belle not only built the successful family company that continues today, but also a legacy of steadfast commitment to philanthropy through their "Right Amount of Give" program.

Denim c/o: Henry & Belle, Super Skinny ankle in Pine
Handbag c/o: Sterling & Burke
Photos by: Tom Duevel

Monday, November 25, 2013

Happy Holidaze!

'Tis the Season

Ted Baker Knit Flapper Dress / Valentino Rockstud Sling Backs / John Lewis Almari Laser Cut Collar Dress / ZARA Asymmetric Leather Pumps / Glitter Empress Dress / Suede High Heel Ankle Boots / Black Flapper Embellished Dress / Charolette Olympia Velvet Kitty Pumps

Whether you're off to an office party, cocktail reception, girls' night out or just feel like getting pretty for Santa Claus, here are my top recommendations for a great holi-dazzling look!


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Let's Get Ready to BINGO!

As many of you know, I have made it a priority in my life recently to make sure that I give back. With the amazing network of people I've had the pleasure of connecting with here in Chicago, what better way to get everyone together to have some stupid, silly fun for a terrific cause? Each month I have taken it upon myself to organize a BINGO fundraiser at one of my favorite hot spots, PUBLIC hotel. But don't get me wrong, this is not your ordinary BINGO, the event is always filled with swanky tunes, cocktails, great prizes and some of Chicago's most influential movers & shakers. Make sure to come join us TONIGHT as we spread awareness for men's health and raise funds for Movember!

Raffle prizes include:
Dinner for 2 at PUMP ROOM
$50 gift card to RPM
$50 gift card to Beatrix
$50 gift card to Drumbar
$50 to 25 Degrees
1-hour Private Personal Training session at Equinox
Make up party for 4 at the counter of your choice + Lunch at Bloomingdale's
60-minute customized facial from Michael Anthony salon
Signature package (blowout + make up application) at Goldplatied

Make sure to also join us for the official after party at Porkchop sponsored by The Almanac Mag for an open bar, live DJ and an incredible hump day party! 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Glam Girl

Glam Girl

Michael Kors chain embellished leather jacket // J.Crew leather-sleeve top // Hudson Jeans wax coated pants with leather quilting // Kate Spade watch // Hive & Honey arrow ring // Stila Holiday Essentials Kit // Chinese Laundry patent pumps {ON SALE!}

Whenever I'm asked what my typical "go to" style is I usually revert to answering with "Classic, sophisticated and a bit unpredictable." However, recently I've been tiptoeing outside of my comfort zone and trying something I like to call "Glam Edgy." 

Sporting my first red lip a couple of weeks ago at the adoptedSTYLE + Cheeky Chicago LOFT fashion show, breaking out my leather Michael Kors jacket find from 2 winters ago, and making my first splurge on coated waxed denim, I now have my new Fall/Winter evening look all ready to go! 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Poncho Perfection

Poncho Perfection

We all know that there isn't a whole lot of "good" that comes from the dreadful Winter season however, if there is one thing I look forward to, it is being cozy! I can't think of anything I enjoy more than bundling up in something soft; whether I'm out running errands, brunching with girlfriends, or even just cuddling up on the sofa, a poncho is always perfect to serving as my daily cozy factor. Check out these fabulous five finds and make sure to place your order before they are all sold out!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Maison De LaCour Fashion Show

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Maison De LaCour fashion show in Millennium Park where Julius LaCour, creative director and designer behind the couture collection Maison De LaCour, showcased his Spring/Summer 2014 line as a part of the 9th annual Fashion Focus: Chicago’s FashionWeek. 

The Maison de LaCour show was presented by Michael Anthony Salon & SpaArgo Tea and LUX MGT. Following the presentation, McGrath Lexus of Chicago provided VIP guests with custom drive experiences by transporting them to the exclusive post-show luncheon at RM Champagne Salon. At the luncheon, guests enjoyed an array of menu items and champagne selections and previewed the Maison De LaCour Spring/Summer 2014 look book shoot video presentation.

LaCour showcased his acclaimed couture line for the third consecutive year at Fashion Focus Chicago, with plans to relocate the brand to New York City in April 2014.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Barley's Angels

This year’s annual Barley’s Angels event is co-hosted by DineAmic Group, Gilt City and CS Magazine, in support of Lolly’s Locks, a charity that connects high- quality wigs with cancer patients unable to afford them. The event is a female friendly beer tasting celebration of Oktoberfest and also aims to raise awareness of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month. 

Guests will sample craft beers from various breweries and enjoy healthy bite samples. Between the sips and nibbles, he/she will meet-and-greet with cicerones and beverage specialists. While eating and drinking is great, guests will also be able to try their luck on raffle prizes from Luxury Garage Sale, Essie, PopSugar and Rent the Runway. And regardless of whether they win, the gift bag will be filled with goodies from KIND, exhale, Blowtique and Kiehl’s to name a few. We all know there is nothing I feel more strongly about than giving back, so come out for a Girls' Night Out that you won't want to miss and help celebrate for a terrific cause! 

$35 for General Admission & $55 for VIP // Purchase tickets HERE

Monday, October 14, 2013

Giveaway: A-Trak

It's no secret that the entire adoptedSTYLE team loves a good jam, but there is nothing we are more excited about than to see A-Trak again this Saturday night at The MID! Not only are we fond of him for being the first DJ to win all there major DJ competitions, but we admire him for winning his first competition at the age of 15; something we respect and admire. My team will be jamming to him in the office all week long as we gear up for this weekend, and if you didn't get a chance to check him out during this year's North Coast Music Festival make sure to email us your best excuse as to why you missed it out on it at for a chance to win a pair of tickets to Saturday night's show!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Giveaway: Bingo Players

Missed this year's Spring Awakening Festival? Don't you worry...our friends at React Presents are welcoming Bingo Players back to Chicago to take over Concord Music Hall this Friday, November 1st. Watch the Teaser video here and email the adoptedSTYLE team  on why you deserve two tickets to the show (and saying that it's because you want to party with us won't get you very far). #Rattle #HouseHeads #LetsGo

Hailing from The NetherlandsPaul Baümer & Maarten Hoogstraten have fused their musical talents into the massive electronic dance duo Bingo Players. The two dutch DJs have created an international reputation through epic releases and a massive touring schedule. Bingo Players kicked off 2013 scoring a worldwide top ten hit with their single “Get Up (Rattle),” which was a #1 single in the UK two weeks in a row. This success came after the original version of “Rattle” shook up European charts for nine weeks during 2012. This was released on their own label, Hysteria Records, which also released their massive hits ”Cry (Just A Little) and most recently Out Of My Mind.” When they are not releasing their own music, Bingo Players are releasing records from their favorite artists including Carl Trick‘s “Mad Dash,” Ralvero‘s “Rage” and Gregori Klosman‘s “Minibar.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Mix & Match

Mix & Match

Karl Lagerfeld Vastel contrast-trimmed silk-crepe top / ALLOY APPAREL Off the shoulder Dolman Top (Only $37)  / BCBGMAXAZRIA Evia Lace Peplum Top / Henry & Belle Super Skinny Ankle Jeans in Red Ombre /Henry & Belle Super Skinny Ankle jeans in Rustic / Tory Burch Chandra Loafers / Sole Society Skylar Ankle Booties/ Zara Heels / Leather City bag / Zara Basic Clutch Bag (Only $19.90) / La mer collections wrap watch

It's no secret that we all hate having to schlep around a giant bag all day because we know we will not have enough time to head back home before whatever is next on the agenda, so here are a few of my most recent finds that are basic enough to completely mix & match for any occasion. Do not be surprised if you catch me walking to work, out to brunch, doing errands, or at an event in any, or all, of the above this month! xoxo. 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Who? What? Wine?!

We all know that sharing is caring, but what better way to share with your friends & family than with wine?! Last week I had the incredible opportunity to sit down with the amazing Bonfire Wines team to learn more about their products, taste each blend and meet their fascinating Founder + CEO, Eric Steigelman.

Not only are these wines mouthwateringly delicious, but I cannot get enough of their concept, their design and how uncomplicated they made it for all of us! To put it simply, Bonfire Wines is a purveyor of wine sold in innovative, mobile packaging. The company’s signature blends, Ember and Ignite (shown below), are available exclusively in highly sustainable packaging that uses fewer raw materials, produces less Greenhouse Gas Emissions, were designed to be easily transportable and also chill up to 65% quicker than the typical glass wine bottle that most of us are accustomed to. Bonfire wines has also made it incredibly easy for us Millenials, who may not know as much about wine as we would like to think we do, to pair with food. Both flavors contain detailed listings for what certified wine judge, Kevin Mcguire, would personally recommend such as: grilled tilapia, chocolate covered strawberries, and BBQ. 

Here are a couple of recipes to get you started, and don't fret that each recipe whips up larger sized servings because you will definitely want leftovers since once Bonfire Wines are opened they last up to 4 weeks! Say goodbye to throwing out wine after just a couple of days and watch out for the spark coming soon to a store near you!

Cheers, everyone! 

Bonfire wines will soon be available for $15.99 to $16.99 in Chicago Whole Foods stores as well as other local retailers.