11.21.2014

High Five for Friday

happy friday! it's hard to believe that we're just under a week away from Thanksgiving, so basically it's 2015. speaking of Thanksgiving, i had a dream last night that my mom forgot to make stuffing and my grandma's rolls for dinner and i was horrified. so, i guess i have Thanksgiving dinner on the brain, weird as that may be! 

here's a look back at some of my favorite things from this past week:

1. this week marks the release of The Holiday Collection for Elisabeth Ashlie! the holiday season is usually the busiest for me, so it's been a little crazy but really fun to see what people are ordering for their loved ones.  

2. i found out this week that Newsies on Broadway is coming to Chicago next month and promptly got tickets for the show! mike and i are going with my parents on a little date day in late December and i'm counting down the days! 

3. while most of my Christmas decor is still in storage at my mom and dad's, i picked up a couple things to start sprucing up the place. i'm planning to add the tree and other decor after next week, but i just couldn't resist! 

4. i met some friends for dinner earlier in the week at Chicago q, a barbecue place in the city that i've been wanting to try for awhile. the Southern decor and delicious food shot it up to the top of my list of favorite meals i've had since living here. if you're visiting or live in the area, you have to check it out! 

5. mike and i will be celebrating our 2 year anniversary this weekend, so i made some plans earlier in the week to help celebrate. we decided to split up the day, i'm taking the morning/early afternoon and mike is taking the evening to plan something. while i'm keeping the plans under wraps, i'm looking forward to celebrating the past two years together! 

that's all! hope you all have a great last weekend before the holiday! 

how has your week been? link up below and tell me about it! 

11.20.2014

Three Plaids, Three Ways

one of my favorite things to wear in the cooler months is a plaid button-up shirt. i've got a nice little collection in my closet that's been built up over the last couple years that i always find myself going back to. they're great for layering and adding some pattern to an outfit without feeling overdone. with the holidays just around the corner, i'm planning on incorporating my plaids into my wardrobe for holiday celebrations and family gatherings.

here's a few ideas of how to wear your favorite plaid or flannel:
> layered under a sweater or tunic for a laid-back but put-together look
 > use your favorite plaid scarf as a shawl, finished with a belt 
 > dress down a wool skirt and statement necklace with a tied up flannel shirt
while our family holiday gatherings tend to lean on the casual side, i still like to take the opportunity to tap into some of my dresses and skirts, while still remaining comfortable. these three outfits fit the bill! 
first look
plaid | J.Crew Factory (similar)
sweater tunic | H&M
pants | Madewell (old)
necklaces | Elisabeth Ashlie (here and here)

second look
dress | Target (similar)
scarf | ZARA
belt | Target
wedges | Banana Republic Outlet
necklaces | Elisabeth Ashlie (here and here)

third look
flannel | H&M
booties | Target 
watch | c/o Daniel Wellington
(get 15% off your order with code 'laurenelizabethblog')

11.18.2014

Holiday Gift Guide | For the Home

it's hard to believe that it's already time for holiday shopping! Mike and i were in the loop over the weekend and the place was crawling with tourists and chicago natives bundled in their hats and scarves, arms full of shopping bags. so, it's time for gift ideas!
1 | Checked throw, H&M 
this looks like the perfect blanket to curl up with on a cold night, sipping hot chocolate and watching a good movie

2 | Black + metallic food canister set, Target
who says kitchen storage can't be pretty? these are perfect for things like flour, cupcake papers, cinnamon sticks, or other kitchen things.

3 | Long marble plate, H&M
i love the look of these marble plates. this long one could be used to hold perfume bottles, sunglasses, or even to serve up a holiday treat

4 | Mini marble plate, H&M
this smaller plate would be perfect for holding jewelry or your favorite nail polishes

5 | Hexagonal wine rack, World Market
function meets style, for the wine lover in your life. 

6 | Well Hello There doormat, West Elm
who doesn't want to be greeted like that?!

7 | Polka dot ceramic bowl, H&M
this bowl is great for jewelry storage, holding hair accessories, or serving up sweets. the LOL detail on the inside adds a fun quirk, too! 

8 | Capri Blue jar candle, Anthropologie 
by far, my favorite candle scent ever. plus, it comes in a beautiful jar that can double as holiday decor.

9 | Gilded pretzel bottle opener, Anthropologie
the perfect addition to a bar cart/drink station and works great as a stocking stuffer.

10 | Red + White Wine Glasses, Crate + Barrel
also known as the Olivia Pope wine glasses. i've had my eye on these since the first time is saw them on Scandal. they're on my list this year! 

11.17.2014

Saturday Style | 02



...because weekends mean wearing sweats, eating too much snicker pie, and staying snuggled in bed watching Homeland with your favorite guy and two fur balls. but if you just have to leave your apartment, you can throw on some ripped jeans, a blanket sweater, and tassel booties and feel like a functioning human being for a minute. until you slip back into sweats, that is. 

sweater | H&M
jeans | ZARA (similar, similar)
jacket | Old Navy
booties | DV by Dolce Vita
bag | Vince Camuto via Nordstrom Rack (similar)
layered necklace | Elisabeth Ashlie

11.14.2014

High Five for Friday

happy friday! hope you've had a great week! i'm definitely ready for the weekend. but first, let's take a look back at some of my favorite moments from this past week:

1. as you may remember, my roommates and i had a housewarming party last weekend and it was a success! we had a lot of fun and enjoyed sharing our space with some of our favorite people. 
me, ariel, and sam
2. i've finally been placed into a long-term small group with the church that i'm attending here in Chicago and our first meeting was this week! it was exciting and a little nerve-wracking (i'm always anxious to meet new people), but i'm happy to say that i think it's going to be a great fit and i'm excited to finally be a part of one again. 

3. you guys, i am IN the holiday spirit. i don't know exactly when it happened, but i am so ready for christmas music, decorating the apartment, and gift shopping. who's with me?

4. as i was coming home from small group the other night, i was waiting for the bus outside when snow flurries started to fall. i was pretty much the only human outside of a building or vehicle, so for a quick second, it was incredibly peaceful. it can be difficult to find quiet moments like that living in the city, but they're really cool when they do happen. i just took a second to look around that the beauty of Chicago and appreciate the stage in life that i'm in that allows me to live here and enjoy it.

5. as crazy as it might make me, i was actually excited to bust out my winter outerwear for the first time this week. i always get excited with a change in the seasons, so it's been fun to change things up a bit and rediscover old items that i can wear again. although this excitement over cold weather probably won't last for long, i'll try to enjoy it while i have it.

how has your week been? link up below and tell me about it!