Friday Top Five

Happy First Day of Fall from toasty 90 degree Chicago- woof!  I know i’ll be kicking myself in about 3 months for complaining about the heat, but bring back the crisp air!!!

Clearly the heat wave has not affected my obsession with all-things related Fall fashion.  Hope you have a fab weekend and enjoy this week’s top 5!

step hem jeans//ankle strap sandal//bell-sleeve coat//blow dry lotion//midi skirt



Friday Top Five

Happy Friday!  I’m happy to report that I survived the move and am loving my new digs.  And also loving the cooler weather; which makes for a very comfortable walk home from work.

Speaking of cooler temps, Fall fashion is in full swing and I’m loving every min.  So many cute mules this year I can’t help but snag ones like the black knotted flats featured this week.  The picture doesn’t do it justice, but they are definitely a staple.  Also, you can’t go wrong with a bold floral jacket to spice up your transition wardrobe.  What are some of your favorite Fall staples??

Hope you enjoy this week’s picks and have a fab weekend ahead- Cheers!

pintuck dress//lace blouse//studded tote//knotted mule//floral jacket








Happy #nationaltequiladay!!  I don’t think it’s a coincidence that it fell on a Monday.  I’ve never met a margarita I didn’t like, but one of my favorite tequila cocktails is the paloma.

Photography: Elizabeth Ballard

It’s easy to make and so refreshing- the perfect summer cocktail IMO.  There are several variations, but this is is one is my go-to.  I like to add a spicy/salty rim to give it a little kick.  I had a blast shooting (and tasting) this little pink beauty.  Cheers and hope you give it try!

Photography: Elizabeth Ballard


  • Coarse sea salt mixed with chili lime rub for the glass
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 1 1/2 oz. (45 ml) white tequila (I used Camarena)
  • 3 oz. (90 ml) fresh grapefruit juice
  • 2 oz. (60 ml) sparkling water (I used lime LaCroix)
  • 1 thin slice grapefruit


Spread the salt and chili lime rub on a small plate. Moisten the rim of a glass with the lime wedge, invert the glass onto the plate, then shake off any excess salt mixture. Fill the glass with ice.

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the tequila and grapefruit juice. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds, then strain into the prepared glass. Top with the sparkling water and stir gently to combine. Garnish with the grapefruit slice and enjoy immediately.

Photography: Elizabeth Ballard