the style soapbox

scalloped for spring

One trend that seems to be cropping up everywhere for spring is scalloped edges. Though I initially noticed them on shorts, lately I’ve seen them on dresses, skirts, tops and even swimsuits. This fun detail adds a a dressy update to an otherwise casual outfit, making it a spring trend staple.

J.Crew’s Scalloped Short with Summerlight Daisy Terry Sweatshirt found here.

Silk Scallop Wave Dress by Madewell found here.

Urban Outfitters Kimchi Embroidered Mesh Skirt found here.

Marysia Swim Antibes Scallop Bikini found here.


oscar frenzy

It’s finally that time – the red carpet has been rolled out! As I’m simultaneously gawking and drooling, I managed to make note of a few of my favorites.

Photos courtesy of
1. Shailene Woodley in Valentino Couture  2. Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton  3. Kate Mara in Elie Saab  4. Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli  5. Sandra Bullock in Marchesa  6. Rooney Mara in Givenchy  7. Giuliana Rancic in Tony Ward  8. Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad

missing west palm.

Sadly, my five days in Florida came and went much too quickly. It was awesome while it lasted, and so great to catch up with my three best friends from home. We determined that the four of us hadn’t been together as a group since our last vacation – in 2007! Here are a few of my favorite photos from the trip.


after much anticipation…

…I’m finally heading to West Palm Beach tomorrow! Needless to say, my friends and I have been counting down every last day until this trip. It feels like I haven’t had a chance to breathe this week, between work and getting things together for the trip.

Part of preparing for this trip obviously included a mani-pedi, which I did yesterday. I took this opportunity to jump on the Essie Spring 2012 Collection, despite the fact that it’s February and still 30 degrees in Chicago. It was 81 in West Palm Beach today…spring colors it is. My two favorites are Olé Caliente, a reddish-orange shade, which I used on my nails. It looks much pinker than it actually is in the photo, it’s more of a coral in person. I chose Orange, It’s Obvious for my toes – I can’t seem to get enough of this color lately.

 Aside from orange nails, I’m also obsessing over these items in the same sunny shade:

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 Peter Pilotto
Jil Sander
3.1 Phillip Lim

Giambattista Valli

My dream bedroom (of the week) has oranges, grays, a little turquoise, and clearly a fabulous headboard. Fingers crossed I can get Nate Berkus to give me a free room makeover…

It’s 80 degrees in west palm beach…

Ever since we booked it back in early December, I have been counting down the days until I reunite with my three oldest and closest friends in West Palm Beach, Florida. While three of us are stuck in the dreary Midwest all winter, my best friend Jessi is lucky enough to live year round in West Palm. The last time the four of us took a trip together was nearly five years ago, before our sophomore year of college. When the idea of a reunion trip came up, we jumped on it. With the trip less than a month away, naturally my mind is focused on sunny weather, the beach and summer clothes…


While I obviously love anything that comes in a bright color, I’m obsessing more over the eye-catching hues on shoes and other accessories that seem to keep popping up. 

small bathroom storage struggles

Even though I’ve lived in my current apartment for just over a year now, a storage solution for my pint-sized bathroom is still an issue. A year and a half ago, I went from this:

To this:

Just kidding. More like this:

Goodbye counter space and extra storage, hello bathroom claustrophobia. In addition to losing roughly half the overall space and storage, the medicine cabinet can’t fit anything taller than six inches – leaving most of my bathroom supplies under the sink.
This leads me to the purpose of this post – storage solutions for a small bathroom. After doing a little research, here are a few options I’m considering:
1. Under the medicine cabinet. I’d have to consider the spacing between the cabinet and the sink, but I love the idea of utilizing this space.
2. Wall-mounted storage. While there is a decent amount of wall space that could be used, anything too large could prevent being able to fully open the door…annoying. I really love this wall organizer from Vitro Uten Silo – but $350 for a sheet of plastic? No thank you. Another option is this multi-compartment organizer that can sit on the countertop or hang on the wall.
I also found a few other wall storage options that could work, like these hanging baskets. Even though I love the look, I think they might be too bulky and perpetuate the already-cramped feeling.
3. Under the sink. I love these options simply because they require the least work and space. The space below the sink is already full of my bathroom junk, so reorganizing that area would make sense.   These options include using sliding bins and shelves to easily access items back-of-the-cabinet items, and installing hooks to the inside of cabinet doors. Another genius idea: attaching flat-backed, self-adhesive cups to the inside of the cabinet doors to hold brushes and combs. 
Have you discovered other small-space storage ideas that work well for you? This solution has been a long time coming, so I’m hoping to make a decision soon. Keep an eye out for an exhilarating update of a newly-organized bathroom.

my new year’s eve plight

Despite the fact that I give myself anxiety for about three months prior to December 31st every year, I never actually end up doing anything of importance on New Year’s Eve. Thankfully, this year will be different. My college group of friends have actually committed ourselves to a plan – and for two people a plane ticket – to Indianapolis for a New Year’s Eve reunion.

Immediate shift to obsessing over my outfit. You can’t properly ring in a new year without sequins, right? Here are a few of my favorites…

This fabulous Vince dress is exactly the look I’m going for…but incredibly out of my price range.

I also fell in love with the gorgeous embellishment on this Scala dress from Dillard’s. Closer to my budget, but I still can’t justify dropping $250 on a dress I’ll get to wear probably twice. Tragic.

This Adam dress is a sick joke for two reasons. 1) It is $1,500. 2) It’s no longer available on Net-a-Porter. A girl can dream, right?
This leads me to my actual purchase from Express – one that didn’t break the bank but is still New Year’s Eve-worthy. Add some textured tights, sparkly heels from Zappos, and a metallic clutch – I’m nearly champagne-toasting ready.
Crisis averted.