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This is a guest post by Caroline Boneham from Natural Beauty. Her blog is absolutely full of inspirations, energy and beautiful images from many areas of life. I particulary love the style of her mood boards, so I asked her to create one for me.

(To be honest I created one for her as well :) ... kind of like an 'inspiration exchange'. You can see it here: Natural Beauty - Pink Flower Love Guest Post)


Oh my goodness, summer in Chicago!  There are hardly words to describe it… We only really have two seasons here: “arctic” and “construction,” so we are beyond thrilled when summer finally arrives (so much so that we hardly notice all the construction). 

It is fantastic eating outside, especially at rooftop restaurants and bars where you can see the twinkling lights of the city - and maybe even the river or the lake - as the sun sets.  It’s always nice to spend a day at the beach or to take a trip to a smaller lake in a neighboring state like Wisconsin or Michigan, and my photoboard above illustrates the dominant colors and textures of summer in the Midwest. 

But my favorite thing to do in the summer is to bring a picnic to an outdoor concert venue called Ravinia and lay out on the grass with friends drinking wine, eating and listening to live music.  It’s pretty magical.  Summer is also a beautiful time for romance here, so I’m hoping to go on at least one really good date.  (Hey, a girl can dream.) 

Wishing you all a lovely summer! C

 

Images via: Alicia Bock; Anthropologie; Pinterest

 

Music for the week

"Sometimes I wanna change everything I've ever done...

I'm too tired to fight and yet too scared to run."

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zI9C9j0QgU4

Keane, K'NAAN - Stop for a minute

 

Image via: Google.es
Tags: love; listen

Together


As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I've met with some great people from our 'little' blog community. :) We became friends, and from the first meeting we are thinking of doing something together. Since they run the great blog - Klassdsign - that we adooooore - and in many cases they touch the same topic as me (by pure coincidence), we decided to do it on purpose.

Every week we will both have one post on a certain theme - that we will decide always in the previous week. We'll create blog posts around the chosen topic, and we will post them and of course link them 'Together' on a given day.

It will be so much fun to see the different interpretation of the same theme. :) Can't wait!!!

The purpose of this so called collaboration is that we want to connect with each other, help each other, promote each other, but more importantly we want to inspire and share beautiful things with each other... and of course with You! 

 

Because we believe that 'together we can do more'.

There is a beautiful quote on friendship from a famous Hungarian writer - Mr. Sándor Márai. Let us share it with you! (I tried to translate it to English for you):

"friendship...

What is there between people?' ...How many relationships lie there? People consider 4 or 5 concepts in their life, there is friendship, love, sympathy, trust... And there is also something that has no name. A relationship that is more secret and less incomprehensible..."

 

The first 'Together Post" will be online next week, around Thursday. Stay tuned!

 

Images via: New Friends; Pinterest; Lilla Lotta; Flickr

Weekly fave's

1. Summer nails

2. Boheme summer layers

3. A pair of shoes to go with the dress ...or just to HAVE it! :)

4. Speaking of flowers... Let there be Flowers! Everywhere!

5. Love the hair color! (suprise suprise) :)

6. and this oversized pair of earrings

7. With neutral chairs like these ones, you can do anything! I mean if it comes to colors!!! What I would suggest is: throw some yellow, pink or turquise cushions on them, or to achieve a softer look: a nice pastel coral or powder pink can work too.

8. I have min. 5 summer hats. And yet, somehow I always forget to wear them.

 

 

Images via: Muse; Design Shimmer; Etsy; Canadian Maritime Love Award; Owlita Feather Earrings; PinterestVeronicas

"Classy and Fabulous"

Coco Chanel changed the way women dressed and also introduced a new philosophy of fashion - women should dress for themselves and not their men, and true fashion comes from the streets, or it isn't fashion. She also emphasized the use of accessories. She was a powerful woman from a humble background in a class-conscious society and depended upon alliances with the wealthy to get her where she needed to go.


Images via: Chanel News; All The Vanity; Pinterest; Elle China

 

All you need is...

Love.

And we have it. In so many forms...

Just give it, take it, feel it! It's everywhere! :)

 

Images via: Ruffled; Lace and Love; Love Design Magazine; Pinterest; CC Tapis

 

Music for the week

I saw her once live in Milan... ...I can still feel her voice in my skin. It is so unique that you can never erase from your mind the sound of it.

There is only One and Only Malika Ayane. I took her with me forever (as a souvenir from Italy) :)

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTXn8Glm2s8

 

Tags: love; listen

Mooooooooi

Because there is so much beauty in them...

Images: Portre Photos; Loo, Boos and Shoes; Flickr

Lace Grace

Yesterday, I've met with two fantastic girls... and they told me - if you want to write about a certain theme, don't care about anything or anybody,  just do it! I took their advice...

So, this is my version on the beautiful fabric - lace. Hope you like it! X


 

Source: Bhg, BHLDN, Brown Dress With White Dots, Coup De Cat, Electric Raspberry, Etsy, Free People, Oh Hello Friend, Wedding And Cakes, We Heart It
Tags: fashion; love

Week-and-Glorious

Let's go away for the weekend! And let's make the most out of it! I know, I will. :)


 

Images via: Flickr, Free People, The Style Files, We Heart It