Saturday, March 21, 2015

BHLDN

Saturday, March 21, 2015
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A few weeks ago I visited a friend in Chicago and upon arrival, I was given this tiny notebook. Inside, a note with one very important question... "Will you please stand up with me at the altar as my lovely bridesmaid?" Below that question were two boxes... 1.) Yes!  2.) No... But I really mean YES! :) Of course, I could barely contain my excitement long enough to check one of the boxes. I gave my friend the biggest hug and told her it would be my pleasure. We had been through a lot over the past 9 years we've known each other; the best times, the worst times, a few heartbreaks, and a lot of tears.


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Rifle Paper Co. - Rosa Pocket Notebooks ($10)


In celebration of this special day, we visited BHLDN - located at 8 E Walton St. in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood. This two-story boutique is hands down, the dreamiest of all specialty bridal shops. Upon arriving on the shop's 2nd level, I couldn't help but be memorized by the ceiling art.

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Pictured below is the second floor main area / jewelry showroom.

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BHLDN also features a room equipped with the most darling bridal gifts as well as a few extras to help you decorate for that special day.

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Here's what I picked up for K to celebrate...

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1. Forever Confetti Popper ($12)
2. French Market Hanger ($30)
3. Love Letters of Great Men ($29) 
4. 'I Do!' Cupcake - Thanks, Sprinkles! ($4)



Last but certainly not least...
Tucked away in rear of the store was the most elegant bridal showroom. 
 
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Some of my favorite designs...
 
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1. Francine Gown ($1,250)
2. Mabel Gown ($3,290)
3. Dakota Gown ($1,035)
4. Beilin Gown ($3,320)


L & I want to hear from our lovely readers. If you've purchased a gown from this boutique, let us know in the comments below. Bonus points if you shoot us an email (ourviolethour@gmail.com) with a photo wearing BHLDN. We'll feature one lucky reader on our Instagram as a Congratulations! xo.


Photo Credit:
Store Front and Bridal Showroom by: Urban Evolutions  
2nd Floor Entrance by: Strawberry Milk
Gowns by: BHLDN

Saturday, January 10, 2015

On The Run | Featuring: Nike Women

Saturday, January 10, 2015
I've been a huge Nike fan for as long as I can remember. Come to think of it, my very first pair of Nike's were these adorable white booties with a pink check on them. I was 6 months old.

Being that it's the new year, I've decided to share my favorite Winter sports gear with all of you.


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Nike Epic Tights (Also Here), Nike Running Dri Fit Tee (Sold Out | Similar & Here), Columbia Fleece Cap in Graphite, LOFT Infinity Scarf (Sold Out | Similar)

I'd like to say I spend most of my free time at the gym OR pretending I'm Charlotte York while running alongside the JKO (The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir). A tad blurry, but pictured below. 
 
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I need to stress how amazing the Nike Epic Tights are (pictured above). Ladies - not only will you run in these, but you'll LIVE in them. I've gone through a number of running tights just to be discouraged because they were either too tight and cutting of circulation in my legs or completely see through. ...Eek! The $85 price tag may scare some of you away, but know that I've had mine for a year and they still look and feel great.

Some fun looks I'm obsessing over right now and from the Nike Style Book...

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Shop Look 1 HERE. | Shop Look 2 HERE

Although the Nike Legendary Lava Tights run a bit on the pricey side ($130), their dri-fit formula, super soft fabric, and long-lasting wear make up for it. Say it with me - investment piece! Another huge plus that I must stress is the way these tights will hug your body. Never again will you have to worry about droopy pants 2 minutes in to your run.

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If you're looking for a deal, check out out the Nike Dri-Fit Knit (On Sale: $44.97) in 12 colors and Nike Legendary Tight in 'Purple Haze' (On Sale: $69.97). Free Shipping on $75+.

EDIT: As of 3/20 the Legendary Tight is now SOLD OUT. However, you can now purchase a newer, similar version here - Nike Epic Lux Running Capris ($95).


Happy Saturday!


xo. C


Monday, January 5, 2015

ivory & birch

Monday, January 5, 2015
While browsing Instagram, I came across a post a friend of mine had of a gift sent to her by a friend who owns a boutique. The items were so cute! I had to find out where she got them and see what other goodies they had. The store was ivory & birch located in Youngstown, Ohio. Her friend, Deloran Muransky, opened the boutique in May 2014 and it is full of unique and inspiring gifts, including apparel, jewelry and home d├ęcor.

Upon browsing their website, I found at least a dozen things that I need to have in my life and others that would make the perfect gifts! 

One of my favorite things is this print (from Read Between The Lines). This would be the perfect set up for my birthday celebration next week!

If you ever find yourself in Youngstown, Ohio, make sure you stop by ivory & birch to support this local business, and even if you can't make it there, you can order from them and they will ship all over the country!

I am so excited about this find and can't wait to purchase some of their pieces for gifts this year!

xo. L

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Juices, Cleanses & Detox. Oh, My!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
In preparation for the new year, I decided that I would try a juice cleanse. Groupon had a deal for a Peeled Juice Bar in Chicago, so I thought it would be a great way to jump-start healthy living and to detox before the new year. I ordered the 3 Day Classic Cleanse which consisted of 6 bottles of juice to drink per day. Couldn't be that hard, right?


DAY 1:
I woke up ready to start the day. First up, Green Lantern. I'm used to having my coffee in the morning, so this was completely different than my normal routine. I am in no way a regular juicer, and this one didn't taste so great to me, but it wasn't too, too bad. If you're a fan of wheatgrass shots, this drink is for you. Feeling a straw would make it go down easier (and it did!), I finished drink #1 and was anxious to see what the next one would taste like in 2 or so hours.

Next up, Maroon 5. There is no sugarcoating this; I did not like this. I couldn't even finish this one. Not a fan.

My third drink of the day was the Haute Lemonade. After reading a few reviews about this one, I was terrified to try it, but I actually enjoyed it! Lemonade with a kick, thanks to the cayenne pepper. This one went down the easiest, in my opinion, but after I finished, I didn't want to think about having any more liquids.

The next 2 were repeats of Green Lantern and Maroon 5. Again, I took a few sips of Maroon 5 and had to sit that one out. 

Last one on the menu for the day was the Cashew Milk. I thought this one would be delicious, but I was disappointed. I don't know if I was just over drinking my meals throughout the day or if I didn't like the taste of this one, but I drank half and called it quits.

I was pretty hungry throughout the day, missed chewing food, and was very tempted to eat something. It was definitely an experience, though!
 
What I learned after Day 1? Juicing is not for me. I do want to try some of the other juices Peeled Juice Bar has (Adams Apple, for one), but as for the cleanse, one day was enough and instead of finishing days 2 and 3, I went out and bought a new pair of running shoes.

I chose Asics Gel-Craze TR and absolutely love them! It feels like I'm running on clouds and they were perfect for running along the beach on my quick Florida trip!

If you're looking to try a juice cleanse, I would recommend starting small. The 1-3 day cleanses are probably your best bet, but for me, healthy diet and exercise (with an occasional cold-pressed juice) is the way to go.

xo. L


Monday, December 29, 2014

FarFetch Fairy Tales

Monday, December 29, 2014
I am a huge Mindy Kaling fan. If you haven't read her book (Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)) or watched The Mindy Project, put that on the top of your to-do list. I think she is hilarious in everything that she does and these holiday GIFs she captioned for FarFetch.com are no exception. Here are 2 of my favorites:





Check out the rest of the collection here and while you're at it, do a little shopping for some new outfits for 2015!

xo. L

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Our Favorites on Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 29, 2014
Small Business Saturday is here! We wanted to share some of our favorite shops and products (listed below). Enjoy!


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Ashley Brooke Designs | www.ashleybrookedesigns.com
I found ABD about a year ago through the blogosphere and it has quickly become one of my top small shops. My personal favorite is the 'Everyday I'm Hustin' mug (shown above / link below). I use it everyday! ABD also features apparel, notebooks, notepads, travel mugs, and tumblers.

Featured Product: Everyday I'm Hustin' (Mug)




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Day Designer by Whitney English | www.daydesigner.com
As I'm sure you noticed in ABD's post, there is an adorable planner featured next to the mug. Well, after much curiosity and digging around online, I discovered that pictured was the Day Designer by Whitney English. I've used Day Runner for years (11 to be exact), but was looking for something that fit my current lifestyle and needs. Ladies - this planner is magical. I've included a link below for the 2015 version - available online soon!

Featured Product: Day Designer




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Lara Casey Shop | www.laracaseyshop.com
I find much delight in discovering new products through word of mouth. After reading many reviews on the Day Designer, I stumbled upon Lara Casey's shop. I loved the tag 'Make It Happen,' so I dove in further to see what she had to offer. The PowerSheets were an obvious standout. I work in a creative field and many times I get excited about a project, but find it very hard to follow through. The PowerSheets were made to help strategically plan action steps to finish those projects and I'm excited to give them a test run in the new year.

Featured Product: 2015 PowerSheets


Readers: We want to hear where you're shopping today. Tell us in the comments below. :)


xo. C


Photos Courtesy of Ashley Brooke Designs, Whitney English, and Lara Casey.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Lauren Ashton Makeup

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I wanted to be the first to wish my lovely co-founder, Lauren, a big CONGRATULATIONS on launching her business last month! I also wanted to personally invite you all to www.laurenashtonmakeup.com.

Chicago - Lauren is almost booked for the holidays, so make your appointment now!

Photo by our Fav: Hallie Duesenberg - www.hallieduesenberg.com


xo. C
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