things that made my week

the two things that made my week:

this movie


…for giving my guy & me a much needed break from a stressful week.


this book


…for making me literally laugh out loud (review coming soon).

this week has has been incredibly stressful at work, I haven’t been sleeping well, winter seems like it’s going to drag on forever, and everything is just ramping up. I am so glad it’s friday.

I’m hoping to catch up on some down time this weekend. I hope your weekend is lovely!

5 x…dream bags

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gucci soho disco bag | céline trio (in céline stores or try ebay) | mansur gavriel bucket bag

sophie hulme zip top bowling bag | fendi 2jours medium shopper

my 5 dream bags. by “dream bags” I mean: “bags I will purchase when I win the lottery and/or when I have saved up for years because they’re d*mn expensive”.

I like bags that are streamlined & simple. I don’t mind hardware but I want it to be used judiciously & with purpose. I prefer black (can’t you tell?) because it’s timeless, goes with everything, & doesn’t get dirty as quickly, but I also love a good taupe or grey and a classic red.

red is a tricky color for me – it has to be the right shade where it’s rich & attention-grabbing without going over the top. the red bag of my dreams is the soho disco crossbody from gucci. I’m usually not into logos, but I actually love how modern & graphic the gucci logo is, and on such a small bag, I think it actually looks more like a design than a monogram. plus the tassel…just a nod of whimsy & 70s freedom. the other crossbody on the list is the céline trio in black. it’s sleek & subtle, and the design is genius – it’s like 3 bags in one (which, for the price, it better be!).

for big bags, there are two that have made the cut: the sophie hulme bowling bag & the fendi 2jours tote. sophie hulme exploded on the scene last year with this bag, but it was the less popular bowling bag that caught my eye. I prefer its east/west design to the tote, and I love that it’s a no-frills bag except for the edgy metal plates near the handles. the 2jours tote is the exact opposite – it’s classic & prim through & through, which is usually a little too traditional for my taste, but something about the metal trim across the top, the hang tag, and its angular shape gives it enough of a modern touch that I absolutely love.

last but not least, the mansur gavriel bucket bag, aka the bag that sold out everywhere last year. this bag is perfect. it’s striking in its simplicity. I’ve debated back & forth between which color to pick (I’m torn between the brandy & the black), not to mention which lining to choose. my current favorite is the combination above: black exterior with a ballerina pink lining. priced at $495, this bag is by no means cheap but it is the most affordable of the 5 I’m dreaming about by a long shot. I’ve been saving up my pennies on the side since last year for this baby, possibly as a “congratulations for getting into nursing school” gift to myself this fall (cross fingers). I believe in sartorially pleasing carrots. wink.

what’s your dream bag?

good buys | wide-calf knee-high boots


if you’re a regular around these parts (thank you!), then you’ll know that I struggle to find knee-high boots to fit my wide calves. but, in November right around my birthday…I finally found a pair. then, when I was in Boston, I found another pair (in grey). I can’t tell you how incredibly giddy I was to finally end a years-long search for any knee-high boot that would fit.

I thought I’d give you guys the details in case you or someone you know is still searching high & low for your glass slipper, so to speak (for reference, my calves are about 18″ wide at their widest point). the only potential downside is that neither one of these is made of real leather, but having worn them for awhile now, I can say that the vegan leather & suede are pretty durable and I’m kind of glad they’re not real leather so I don’t have to worry about irrevocably damaging them in this snowy Chicago weather. I did purchase a backup pair of the black boots and also bought them in brown.


things that made my week | valentine’s day edition

this guy…

IMG_0318…for being my funny valentine

this week’s iteration of “things that made my week” comes from our valentine’s day dinner. we went to 312 Chicago, partly because it came highly recommended by a friend and partly because it’s really close to James’s office. we had a great time. there were no crowds, the service was friendly, and the food! the food was fantastic. we left stuffed to the brim. how was your valentine’s day?

happy weekend!

this buffala appetizer…

IMG_0321…for being insanely good

this caesar salad…

IMG_0323…for having a real anchovy

this seafood fusilli in arrabiata sauce…

IMG_0324…for reaffirming my belief that great pasta is always worth the extra workout

this peach sorbetto…

IMG_0326…for being the perfect end to an indulgent evening