The Cozy Gift Guide

Can you believe we’re just a few days away from Thanksgiving?!  Neither can I.  Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday, but it’s starting to feel like it’s almost forgotten with all the Christmas hype already.  We usually wait to put our tree up until the day after Thanksgiving, but I’ve been in the festive mood since last week so we went ahead and put our tree up yesterday.  Last year we purchased a brand new Christmas tree so we were definitely looking forward to putting it up sooner than later.  We still have to get a garland for our fireplace mantle along with a couple more items, but overall we keep it pretty simple with our holiday decor.  How about you? Have you put your tree up yet or are you going to wait until this weekend?

Since I’m in the holiday spirit already, I’m sharing my first gift guide of the season with you and what better gift guide than a cozy one perfect for those days when you just want to lounge around at home in front of the fireplace.

Happy shopping!

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Classic in Camel


COAT: Old Navy | TURTLENECK: Chadwicks of Boston [Similar]| DENIM: Old [Similar] | BOOTIES: Nine West [Similar and Here] | SCARF: Burberry [Similar under $20] | HANDBAG: Louis Vuitton [similar and here] | LIPSTICK: MAC (Faux)

Isn’t it just Unbe-LEAF-able that I snagged this modern classic peacoat for $33 from Old Navy?! I’m a sucker for coats and jackets and I always add several new outwear pieces to my coat collection each year.  Although I do already have a camel coat in a longer length, I just couldn’t resist this cute shorter style for the price to wear with jeans and leggings.

A camel coat is classic and timeless and most definitely a closet staple.  Camel is a neutral color and seriously goes with almost anything and it’s a nice alternative to black or gray.  You can shop some of my favorite styles in short and long lengths from $33+.

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Plaid Blanket Scarves & Suede Boots


Blanket Scarf: The Pink Lily Boutique [similar and here]| Boots: Lord & Taylor (last season) [similar and here] | Olive Top: H&M [similar] | Denim: Kensie [similar]| Sunglasses: BP. Nordstrom | Handbag: LV Neverfull MM [similar and here] | Lipstick: MAC (shade FAUX)

Happy Monday, all! Today I’m sharing some of my favorite plaid blanket scarves and suede boots that will keep you warm and cozy during these cooler months.  The majority of the scarves below are under $20 (mine is $25) and I’ve also linked a few styles around $40.  My suede knee high boots are from last season, but I’ve found a few that are very similar ranging from $40-$200.

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Modern Eyewear and Expert Eye Care in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

Hi guys!  I’m so excited to share this post with all of you!  Last week I had the chance to visit the new and independently owned optical and modern eyewear boutique, Moda EyeCare which is owned and operated by a childhood friend of mine, Dr. Mirjana McCarthy, OD, FAAO.

Dr. McCarthy and I have known each other since grade school.  She, her sister and I, had spent our weekends together for over a decade through our Serbian church and folklore dance group which has led me to know and trust Dr. McCarthy on a personal and professional level (I had gone to Dr. McCarthy for my eye exams back when she was just starting out in her medical profession).  After receiving her fellowship from the American Academy of Optometry, Dr. McCarthy’s dream was to open her own optical that would combine medicine with fashion (hence the name of her optical boutique).  Moda is a European term that translates to fashion. After experiencing first hand how much Dr. McCarthy values her patients, along with her dream of opening her own optical one day, I was extremely thrilled to learn that she had recently opened her own practice.  For as long as I’ve known Dr. McCarthy, she has always been on trend with her sense of style and impeccable taste in fashion as well as interior design; therefore, I knew Moda wasn’t going to be your average eye doctor’s office.

Moda’s modern space carries a curated collection of eyewear with pieces that are hand picked and handmade from designers around the globe such as Christian Roth, DITA, Thierry Lasry and Krewe Gravier, just to name a few (Meghan Markle was just seen in Krewe Gravier sunglasses and Camila Cabello is a huge fan of the DITA HeartBreaker frames).   If you’re looking for a modern optical boutique that uses state of the art technology and carries a line of fashion forward sunglasses and optical frames, then make sure to stop by Moda which is located in the western suburbs of Chicago in Clarendon Hills.  Moda EyeCare is currently offering a 20% off new patient discount (not to be combined with insurance) and they accept most major medical and vision plans.  Patients can also use their HSA or FSA cards for glasses and/or sunglasses.

Aren’t my new Christian Roth sunglasses just oh-so chic?

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*In collaboration with Moda EyeCare

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Happy Fall Y’all


SWEATER: Sugar Lips (Get 15% off your entire order with code: Stilettos15) | DENIM: Free People | SCARF: no longer available [similar and here] | FLATS: no longer available [similar and here] | SUNGLASSES: Marc Jacobs [similar] | RUG: Amazon | DOORMAT: The Home Depot

Well, hello there!  If you follow me on Instagram then you probably saw a sneak peek of our fall themed front door entry yesterday so today I’m sharing a full blog post on our outdoor decor!

There are several reasons why I love fall so much.  One being seasonal fall decor.  You can keep it simple or go all out and easily transform your home to make it look festive and inviting.  I keep it pretty simple by only decorating the outside with orange and white pumpkins in a variety of sizes to create dimension that I keep out from end of September through November.  We purchased our large orange pumpkins from Costco for only $5.99/piece and our white ones from Home Depot which range in price between $8.99-$12.99.  So much cheaper than getting them at a pumpkin patch.  The straw bale (which can get messy) gives you that extra harvest touch, but if you’d rather not deal with straw hay all over, then opt for some large mums to offset the pumpkins.

This is the second year I went with the layered look which makes a huge difference and really makes your doormat pop.  My rug and doormat both came out to under $40!  I purchased the same doormat from The Home Depot as last year and replaced our striped rug from Crate and Barrel with a black and white checkered rug from Amazon.  You can see last year’s front entry here.  Our wreathe is from HomeGoods and I think we spent about $250 for everything.

What are some ways that you decorate for the season?  I’d love to hear your ideas and any suggestions you might have and if you have any photos to share, leave a link in the comments below!

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