Saturday, March 21, 2015


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 ( 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

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