All I want for Christmas. $100 & Under.

1. Apple TV - $99
3. Marc Jacobs Daisy - $45 - $75
8.  Tolani Scarf - $85

What's your favorite item on this list?

Lanvin for H&M

I was out shopping with my sister who happened to spot the last Lanvin piece at H&M in my size. The Lanvin for H&M black lace tiered skirt is now mine. I feel like I own a little piece of fashion history.

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Los Angeles vs. Chicago.

I was lucky enough to land some amazing seats to see the Lakers play the Bulls last week. While I would ordinarily choose Chicago over LA, in this case I spent the night cheering for Los Angeles.


The highlight of my evening? Sitting across from Jack Nicholson. 

Sitting across from Jack at a Lakers game has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. Jack Nicholson is my favorite actor and is the one person I have always wanted to see. Also spotted: Adam Levine {LOVE him}, Denzel Washington, George Lopez, Maria Shriver, Andy Garcia, & Jensen Ackles.

My old city vs. my new city & my favorite actor. The perfect night!


In the kitchen: Apple pie.

Making the crust. From scratch.

Peeling & slicing apples.

Leaves a la Williams Sonoma. Best invention ever.

Homemade apple pie, fresh from the oven.


In the kitchen: My first trifle.

First there's a layer of ladyfingers, then a layer of jam, then custard, then raspberries, more ladyfingers, then beef sauteed with peas & onions, then a little more custard, and then bananas, and then I just put some whipped cream on top. - Friends

Here's what went in to my not so traditional English trifle. A layer of spice cake, then pudding & a layer of cool whip. A little more cake, pudding & some more cool whip with some cinnamon sprinkled on top. So simple and so good! I wasn't sure I was going to like it and ended up loving it.

pudding: 1 pack vanilla pudding + 1 can pumpkin + brown sugar.


Happy Thanksgiving.

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Wishing you all a safe, happy, and delicious Thanksgiving!


A Williams Sonoma Wonderland.

Clockwise, from top left
1. Spiced chestnut hand soap. I use this all fall & winter.
3. Christmas pie crust cutters. Hello! I'm in love.
4. Gingerbread cake pan. Love it. Bought it last year.

The mother of all gifts.

It cuts gum paste, fondant, and frosting. OMG.

What's your favorite item on this list?


One year ago.

photo taken the first time I saw the bean

I visited Chicago for the first time.

I am home.


Yerba Mate.


If you haven't heard of Guayaki Yerba Mate, then get with it. It is delicious tea that has become a part of my daily life. I decided that I would start drinking tea and went with the healthiest one I could find. This tea invigorates you with its 24 vitamins & minerals, 15 amino acids, and many antioxidants. It supports mental alertness, weight loss, energy, the breakdown of carbohydrates during exercise, and so much more.

I have only tried the chai spiced mate. I tend to find something I like and stick with it, but will be sure to try out some new flavors as well.

This tea is available online, although I have been buying it at Whole Foods.


More photos.

Cute little nugget, isn't she?

A special thanks to Annie at Paint the Moon for making the most gorgeous photoshop actions!
Editing photos may be my new favorite hobby.


My first photo shoot.

Meet Kim & Brandon. A gorgeous couple with two sweet little dogs. My friend Anne is styling Kim's NY wedding. It is going to be stunning! I met Kim at Anne's birthday dinner and after seeing a photo of my dog, Kim asked if I would take her holiday card photos. I was incredibly honored (and a little nervous) since I have never done this before. I told her that I would love to give it a try.

In typical Danielle fashion, I threw myself in head first. Not only did I shoot Kim & Brandon, but I booked a family photo shoot right after this one. These are some of my favorites from today's photo shoot. I will share the photos from shoot #2 in another post.

Manifest Destiny.

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She's back!


I love Chicago. Rooftops.

I thought I should review some of my favorite Chicago spots. There is so much to do in this city.  I arrived on August 1, just in time to enjoy some gorgeous weather. For me, the end of summer was all about the rooftop bars. So let's start there.

The Chicago bar.
Citizen is one of my favorite rooftops. A small, neighborhood feel with the friendliest people in all of Chciago. I recommend calling ahead to reserve a table on the rooftop. Great drinks, great food, great people. The black bean quesadilla, fries + black bean veggie burger are all amazing. The tater tots are dangerously good.


364 W Erie St.
(312) 640-1156

The scene.
Epic. Not your typical laid back Chicago rooftop. If you are looking to get all dressed up for a night out on the town, this would be a fun place to go. I feel like I want to throw the words "hip" and "swanky" out there, but that wouldn't be very hip or swanky of me, so I won't do that.



112 W. Hubbard St.


The sports bar.
I have been to Benchmark many times. It is in the heart of Old Town -- a great area to spend a summer day. During the day it's a fun, laid back {but still nice} sports bar. Good drinks & great scene. This place is packed both day & night. During the summer the roof comes off the second story. I'll let the photos speak for themselves. Rumor has it that this is where the taller Chicago guys hang out. I didn't start the rumor

With & without the roof.

1510 North Wells Street
(312) 649-9640

The city.
Zed451. If you want to sit on a rooftop surrounded by buildings, this is the place to go. A nice stop for drinks and apps before heading out for a night with the girls.


739 N Clark St
(312) 266-6691

The views.
The rooftop at The Wit is exceptional. Definitely has that "hot spot" city feel, so if that's your scene, you should check it out. Flames burn down the center table and it all feels very urban & chic. As my friends and I would say, it is very Chicago. And the views...to die for.


The Wit
201 N. State St.
(312) 467-0200



After living in my apartment for over 3 months I finally got something up on these white walls. Leave it to me to hang a bunch of empty frames just to get something up there. I ordered a few of my favorite photographs from Kodak Gallery & some prints off Etsy, and plan to have the frames filled within the next month.

Sofa, frames, & rug: PB. Coffee table & bench: Ballard. Blanket: Cashmere pashmina. Pillows: Shabby Chic. Mirror: Vintage.

I have a floor lamp waiting to go on the right side of the sofa. It's in LA and needs to be painted black.

Until then my place is feeling a lot less empty. And yes, that is a bottle brush wreath hanging off that gold mirror. I wasn't feeling too excited about all the Christmas decor in stores and since I typically have as much holiday cheer as Buddy the Elf I figured I should bring out a few wintery touches in the hopes that I would cheer up a little bit.

Not sure if it's working, but I am definitely feeling the frames. What do you think?

Tray: West Elm. Candles & frame: Anthro. Plant: Jayson Home & Garden.

A little glittery tree & snowman came out to play.
I love that old photo of great aunt Rose. Wasn't she beautiful?


In the kitchen: Rice Bowl.

It's no secret that I like to eat healthy. I was feeling inspired {thanks, Erica!} and came up with a tasty little dish that I wanted to share with you. This recipe is fast, healthy, and good! Enjoy.


1 cup brown rice
1 cup chopped lettuce
1/2 cup canned black beans
1/3 cup corn {I use Trader Joe's roasted corn. Thanks again, Erica!}
1 tbsp. sour cream {I use vegan sour cream}
chopped cilantro, to taste

How to make it:
Heat beans, rice, and corn in the microwave.
Add lettuce, sour cream, and chopped cilantro.
Mix, and eat.

See? So fast & easy. A great source of fiber, too!

I plan on making some salsa to add to this recipe and could see throwing in some grilled onions & peppers as well. Tons of options.

The Chipotle equivalent of this recipe has almost 500 calories and 840 mg. of sodium. And that's without chicken. Add in some guacamole, chicken, and cheese and you're looking at 900 calories and 1500 mg. of sodium. Gross.