Puppy Love {by æ}

How cute is this bow? When I saw it, I immediately thought of my puppy. I found it on Silly Buddy's Etsy shop. Below are a couple more items from their shop and then a few shots of my puppy! The best thing about SillyBuddy is they donate 3% of their sales to the Hinsdale Humane Society; A local non-profit animal shelter.

Sage Honeycomb Bow Tie Dog Collar

My baby {the little one} with Apollo, Steven's family dog. 

All grown up!

This was the proud moment where she graduated from puppy training classes. 
It was scary for a bit, we didn't think the trainer was going to pass her! She knew HOW to do everything, it just depended on if she wanted to that day or not. Smart dog = pain in the ass!

Cheers! It's almost Memorial Day weekend, pools open in 2 days and life is grand :-)


Wish I Were There... Anthropologie

I am so bummed that I won't be able to make it to the Anthropologie sale that started yesterday. Since I can't make it, I decided I wanted to do a little online shopping. These are some of the items that I am loving.

A couple of dresser/nightstand pulls that I like:

I have never seen one like this before:

For the baker in us all:

This is so unique. I want to switch out one of my white lamp shades with this one:

Very chic & girly:

Were you able to attend the sale? Find anything awesome?


Boat Shoes You Can Wear Everywhere

Sperry Top-Sider® Authentic Original 2-eye boat shoes in twill and suede

I am loving these Sperry's. The white is amazing, but I would hesitate wearing them until after this down weather passes by!


My Apartment: After

Okay, for those who saw my post on Saturday on the before pictures, I hope you will be surprised with the turnout of the after pictures. A few parts of the apartment are not completely finished yet, so these will be posted later.

I am going to include a detailed shopping list later for most of the items in my apartment, because I have already had a few questions on Facebook about where I purchased things at.

Living Room

Living Room/Office





A New Place to Shop... CB2

When I saw the grand opening post of CB2 at MIMI+MEG, I had to check out the online store. Once I discovered that I LOVE their items, I had to make sure there was one close to me....and there is! Well, about 40 minutes away in Lincoln Park, but it's definitely worth the drive. I ordered their catalog a couple weeks ago and it was waiting for me in the mail yesterday. After scouring the mag for about 30 minutes, flipping back and forth to make sure I got a good look at the prices, I was in love.

Here are a few of my favorites from the catalog (you'll notice that yellow has been on my mind recently!):

mel chartreuse barstools. on sale for $99.95 - $109.00

bubble chartreuse office chair. $199.00.If it weren't for the price, I would be sitting in this right now!

TPS chartreuse file cabinet. $159.00This would hide everything perfectly under my desk.

oso dinnerware. prices range from $2.95 - $3.95.I would definitely be registering for these if any of my family knew what cb2 was. I might need to just send a link!


My Apartment: Before

Hello everyone. Just in case you haven't seen on my Facebook page yet, I am almost completely finished decorating my new apartment (well, not completely finished. I don't think you are every really completely finished decorating anything). I promised I would post before and afters, so here are the before pictures (The layout is actually backwards because these pictures are not of the exact same apartment, but this one is the same size and layout, just backwards). It's a cute apartment located in Naperville, IL, an amazing city.

The challenge was definitely the size of the apartment. Although, there was a separate dining and living space, along with a walk-in closet and laundry room, this was much smaller than my last apartment. But, I looked at it as an exciting challenge to do something I hadn't done before, scale down. This forced me to sell my existing furniture inmy old apartment: a couch, coffee table, entertainment center, desk and side table. I purchased new, size-appropriate furniture and decorations.

Living Room

Skylights in Living Room

Fireplace in Living Room

Dining Room


Bedroom/ Walk-In Closet

I will be posting the after pictures on Monday. I can't wait to show everyone!


Finally settled...

It's been a while. Here is an update...

I am FINALLY unpacked. Things are coming together piece by piece and it is VERY hot!

Tv is mounted, decor has been hung, bed is complete, closet finally organized.

I feel like I have disappeared, because I haven't had internet in a while, but this will soon change.

I will be posting before & after pictures of the apartment by the end of the week. Stay tuned.


Happy Sunday

Here is an image that should wake everybody up! I am loving the yellow {i will be using hints of yellow in my new apartment}.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

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