Olive Green Leather

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I discovered a hidden gem in Chicago a few weeks back and am looking for a reason to go back. The GuestHouse Hotel is a small boutique hotel in Uptown that is chic and welcoming and you’ll probably never want to leave. I see a stay-cation in my near future!

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Lately, I’ve been drawn to a-line skirts that are a bit longer than something that would normally appeal to me. Despite behaving on this year’s black Friday, I did manage to snag this leather and suede olive green skirt from Zara. I love it’s shape and the block pattern of the materials, not to mention it’s a subtle olive green.

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I paired the skirt with a wool sweater from Italy that I picked up at TJ Maxx, yes! The ivory color and the woven texture plays perfectly with the skirt. For jewelry, I put on my vintage pearl earrings and an olive green, chunky bracelet to bring the colors together.

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I always love pairing a black heel or boot with even the most unexpected of looks. These Prada booties are one of my favorite boots to date. I love where they hit mid-calf and that the heel is on the chunkier side. They’re both comfortable, timeless and a bit edgy. Just the way I like my fashion!

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Wool Sweater (loving this one) | Leather Skirt (similar) | Prada Booties (love these too!) | Croc Purse (similar) | Pearl Earrings, vintage (similar) | Olive Green Bracelet (want this)

Thanks for reading! Xx

Photos by Jennifer Coffey Photography

A big thank you to The GuestHouse Hotel for letting us use your fabulous venue! We’ll be back!

2014 Gift Guide: For The Hostess

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Tis the season for spiked eggnog, cookie swaps and holiday parties. Whether you’re entertaining family and friends or attending an annual holiday shindig, these gifts are ones I would love to both gift and receive! From Moroccan tin serving trays to a flight of honey, these gifts are both unique and fabulous. And how chic and festive are those selenite logs for the fireplace? Most of the pieces in the Gift Guide For The Hostess have been found at one of my personal favorites, Jayson Home and Garden. No matter how small a gift, put extra thought into what a person would love. Make your gifting season extra thoughtful this year!

  Marble and Wood Cheeseboard  //  Plenty Cookbook  //  Hand Painted Bowls   //   Geometric Picture Frame  //  Agate Coasters //  Moroccan Serving Trays  //  Gold Wishbone   //  Zodiac Linen Napkins  //  Thank You Cards //  Serving Spoons  //  Indigo Dye Throw  //  Byredo Bohemia Candle  //   BeeRaw Honey Flight  //  Selenite Fireplace Logs  //  Myrtle Topiary

 

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Are you officially in the holiday spirit yet? Christmas is two weeks away and I am loving everything festive. There isn’t anything that can beat the fresh scent of pine during this time of year and I especially love the tradition of trimming a real live tree. I’m hoping one day we can chop down our own, but in the mean time, picking one out was just as fun!

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On the weekends, I love to be able to throw on a pair of jeans and be comfy and casual. I especially love my new cable-knit sweater that happens to be perfectly over-sized and the perfect shade of heather gray. I would be lying to you if I said I haven’t been living in it this winter! And it just so happens to perfectly match my cashmere hat. I stumbled across this hat at TJ Maxx and couldn’t pass it up. I mean, cashmere. I ended up getting two, one black and one off white.

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I tucked in my ripped jeans into my favorite Vera Wang boots and paired my neutral outfit with a deep burgundy coat from Zara. Since my look is so casual, I wanted to add a little somethin somethin, so I put on a beaded collar necklace that added extra shine!

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Burgundy Coat (loving this one) | Ripped Jeans (similar) | Grey Cable-knit Sweater (save or splurge) | Vera Wang Boots (similar) | Cashmere Hat (similar) | Collar Necklace (similar)

Thanks for reading! Xx

Photos by Jennifer Coffey Photography

5 Holiday Entertaining Tips

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If you’ve been following along, you know that I participated in the Home Depot Holiday Style Challenge back in October! After decorating the house for an early Christmas party, I decided why not throw a dinner party while I’m at it! We invited a few of our close friends over to indulge in an early Holiday party and I learned a few things that will make your holiday entertaining a bit simpler this season…

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1. Set Up Stations

I found it especially helpful to have cocktails, appetizers and small bites spread throughout the room to keep people entertained and encourage them to get up and mingle. This is especially helpful when not all of your dinner guests know one another; food and drinks act as a great icebreaker.

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2. Create A Menu

Whether your dinner is for two or for eight, it helps to have at least an idea of a menu and the food you plan on serving. If the party is small enough, make sure to ask the guests of any dietary restrictions. Don’t be afraid to break away from tradition. This year I made duck instead of Turkey and it was a big hit!

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3. Prepare The Night Before

Let’s be real- you’re probably going to be stressing the day of the party anyway, so why not make your life a bit easier? I purchased flowers the night before so they had a chance to fully open in time for the event. I also made sure to set the table and finish any last minute decorations. Any items on the menu that could be prepared before hand, were. That way I could focus on the main dishes right before the guests arrived.

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4. Presentation Is Key

This dessert literally is made from three ingredients and was so easy to make. I was even able to assemble it before hand and keep it in the fridge. Taking that extra step to present it in an unexpected and beautiful way, will make even the simplest of recipes stand out!

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5. Enjoy Yourself

It so easy to get swept up in perfecting everything for your guests, but don’t forget to join in on the festivities. After all, they did come to see you as well hostess, so make sure to break away from the kitchen and make merry!

Do you have any entertaining tips to get you through the Holidays? Share in a comment below! Xx

Photos by Jennifer Coffey Photo

2014 Gift Guide: For The Decorista

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If you’re as home-obsessed as I am, then this gift guide is for you! From small details like a new pillow in a fun print or a decadent candle, these items will add a luxurious touch to your home. I especially can’t get enough of this snakeskin end table that is a steal. I have a perfect spot in my hallway that could use a touch of exotic. A gold speaker to fill your home with laid back vibes and the chicest embroidered bed sheets to help you get some serious beauty rest! All of these pieces in the Gift Guide For The Decorista are neutral enough that they can blend into your preexisting decor. Happy Gifting!

  Brush Stroke Lamp  //  Black Scalloped Bed Sheets //  Gold Bluetooth Speaker   //   Moroccan Wedding Blanket  //  Bone Inlay Tray //  Snakeskin End Table  //  Pyne Hollyhock Pillow  //  Jonathan Adler Bowl //  The Big Book of Chic  //  L’Objet
Bibliotheque Gold Candle  //  Gold Geometric Mirror  //  Metallic Rim Plates 

Tout Noir

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This past weekend the weather called for something warm and it seemed like the perfect time to try Le Pain Quotidien in Lincoln Park. I ordered their mulled apple cider and a chocolate croissant and it was the perfect pick-me up for a rainy afternoon! Now, it’s no surprise that I own a lot of black in my wardrobe but if you haven’t heard, black is the new black. And until they can create a darker color, my devotion to noir is here to stay.

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To finish the outfit off, I wore my faux-croc boots I purchased last year in Europe and matched it with my faux-croc purse that is in an oldie but a goodie! It’s literally lasted me 8 years and still going strong. Buy to last, people! I went with vintage, silver jewelry with this outfit and a burgundy lip for some color. All black doesn’t have to be boring or depressing. Quite the opposite actually- it can be uber chic when done properly!

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And make sure to check out Le Pain Quotidien for the perfect afternoon hideaway. You’ll feel like you stumbled upon a cafe in Paris!

Faux-Shearling Coat (Love this one and it’s on sale!) | Black Skinny Jeans (similar) | Black Turtleneck (loving this one) | Crocodile Boots (similar) | Crocodile Purse (loving this one) | Jewelry (vintage)

Thanks for reading! Xx

Photos by Jennifer Coffey Photography

December Moods

december moodboardI’m officially ready to hibernate- I wanted to welcome December with the scent of fragrant pine and eucalyptus, of simmering pots on the stove top and of late nights writing cards and wrapping gifts. It’s that time of year where it’s ok to watch classic movies on repeat and eat the entire batch of christmas cookies you baked for your cookie swap. I wanted this month’s moodboard to capture the magic of December and the purity and simplicity of a fresh blanket of snow. Rustic details, the gesture of handmade gifts and a warm hearth and home, surrounded by the people you love. ‘Tis the season for giving!

Driving With Metromile

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Having a car in the city can get quite expensive- factor in gas, insurance and let’s not even talk about parking. But if you’re like me and you have family strewn all over the ‘burbs and you’re schlepping vintage furniture around, you just might need to have a car! I depend on my car more than I’d like to admit, but let’s be real, when Chiberia rears it’s ugly head, the last thing I want to do is wait outside for public transportation. So, when something goes wrong with my car, I need answers and fast. Unfortunately, inexpensive mechanics are few and far between and a simple diagnosis can cost you a pretty penny. And then I was introduced to Metromile

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Metromile has simplified my life, to say the least. After plugging the Metronome device into my vehicle, I downloaded the app and voilà, I was able to track my driving, check the health of my car and even get street sweeping alerts. It literally took me three easy steps and I was up and running. Metromile detected an issue and I was immediately updated with an email notification. Did I mention, you can email one of Metromile’s mechanics with any questions you might have. I literally have an on-call doctor for my car. Brilliant.

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Metromile even tracks, on average, how much time I spend driving a week- not that I needed another reminder of how bad Chicago traffic really is. If some months I drive less than others, I can adjust my monthly insurance with their per-mile car insurance option. This is perfect for the months you’re using public transport or skipping out on a much-needed vaca. So now, I’m spending less time consulting with a mechanic and more time running my own business. Metromile takes the guessing work out of maintaining your car and in a budget-friendly manner. Not to mention, my husband loves it just as much as I do! Have I convinced you yet? Check out the Metromile website and get all the details!

Photos by Jennifer Coffey Photo

This post is sponsored by Metromile. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the posts that keep NoMad Luxuries’ doors open!

The Perfect Thanksgiving Side: Turnip Purée

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Turkey definitely steals the spotlight when it comes to Thanksgiving. In my opinion, the sides are really the best part of the entire meal! While I love a good mashed potato, I don’t love feeling weighed down after my meal. A girl’s gotta leave some room for dessert! I whipped up this turnip purée and absolutely loved how it came out- creamy and flavorful yet light. Not to mention, it was ridiculously easy to make.

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Turnips can be found year round but are generally a winter, root vegetable. They essentially look like a giant white radish. I peeled four turnips and chopped them into chunky pieces. Bring a pot of low sodium chicken broth to boil and add the turnip. Ready for the difficult part? Let boil for 20-30 minutes. The turnips should be soft and easy to pierce with a fork or knife.

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Once the turnips have cooked, add them to a blender without any of the leftover broth. Add your butter and 1 cup of broth and mix until well-blended. You can make the consistency to your desire. If you want it less creamy, simply add more broth. Season with pepper and salt and serve!

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Make sure to keep some room at the Thanksgiving table for this side- it won’t disappoint!

Ingredients
  • 4 turnips, peeled and chopped
  • low sodium chicken broth (1, 32 oz container)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Peel and cut turnips into chunky pieces.
  2. Add chicken broth to pot and bring to boil.
  3. Add turnips and boil for 20-30 minutes, until tender.
  4. When cooked, add turnips, without broth, to blender.
  5. Add butter and 1 cup of broth. Blend.
  6. Add more or less broth to get desired consistency.
  7. Season with salt and pepper
  8. Serve and Enjoy!

2014 Gift Guide: For The Globe Trotter

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A few of my favorite gifts for the globe trotter! Even when you’re off to a new destination, traveling can get exhausting and be stressful at times. Petar always makes fun of me with all the things I pack into my carry-on to make me feel more “comfortable”. Even if it’s silly, these small items make my trip and experience all that much more enjoyable. Planes always seem to be cold and crowded and that dry air! This chic and studded carry- on makes me want to forgo checking-in luggage entirely. That way, I have all my favorite products at my fingertips! Bundle up with a cashmere blanket and slip off those shoes for transatlantic flights. Tune out the noise with rose-gold head phones and slather on an in-flight facial. By the time you land, you’ll feel refreshed and energized and ready to explore!

  J.Crew Metallic Passport Cover   //  Jo Malone Travel Candle Set  //  Frends Rose Gold Head Phones   //   Leather Tassel Keychain  //  Fresh Sugar Lip Balm in Berry //  Byredo Gypsy Water Travel Perfume  //  Bobbi Brown Modern Classics Makeup Set  //  J.Crew Tortoise Sunglasses  //  Gold World Cuff  //  Valentine Goods Python Ipad Case //  Eddie Harrop Studded Weekender  //  AR Cashmere Slippers  // Cashmere Blanket // La Mer Facial // Magenta Leather Cosmetic Case {on sale!}