on the mend

If there were some sort of contest for getting sick, I'd probably win. Or I'd come in second after my friend Lindsey. We've been hit especially hard this year, so much that we made a pact to stop getting sick. But we both failed and got sick again. At the same time. I managed to get worse every single day until I developed a fever last night and I never have fevers when I'm sick. On a positive note, I feel better than yesterday, and getting sick forced me to slow down. I stopped working when normal people working. Watched my fall shows. Relaxed. I look like I was hit by eleven trucks and haven't been able to work out all week, but I have a little more balance. And that's something I really needed right now.

My mom was in town this weekend and I was the worst host of all time. During the two days she was here, we got our nails done, went to dinner, and the randolph market. And I napped.  In my defense, I cleaned my whole apartment, bought some beautiful flowers and plants, made sure I had her favorite sparkling water, and picked her up at the airport since I have this great little Nissan Versa Note c/o Nissan all week. I want to keep it forever. Such a great car.

My mom will be back next weekend so we'll get a much needed redo since last weekend sucked. We didn't even get to do brunch or go to an authentic midwest pumpkin patch.

If you're in Chicago, I hope to see you at J. Crew this Thursday! 

Bought this heart and soul sweatshirt this weekend.

Buddy and Minnie's lovefest ends this afternoon. Sad to split these two loverpups up until my trip but couldn't be happier to have Gina back. Can't wait for our first post-wedding lady date.

Speaking of my trip, we're leaving for Europe in less than three weeks! It still doesn't feel real.

The premiere of Homeland was epic. I'm really loving all this fall TV. And keeping my windows open. Nothing like a crisp fall breeze.

Made the world's greatest soup a la PaleOMG. I'm going to make it every week until I can't stand eating it anymore which probably won't ever happen because it's the greatest soup ever.

I'm on season 2 of breaking bad. I started it months ago, forgot about it, and just picked it up again. I'm thinking I'll watch it on the flight to Europe. Already a little worried about that. What drugs can I take that will knock me out and I'll magically wake up in the UK?

Happy Monday, people. Hope you all have a great week!

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sick day

I started the week feeling pretty stressed out and let every little thing get to me. So I did what I always do when I'm stressed out. I focused on the positive and quickly stopped letting stress get to me, because it's just not worth it. I'm doing much better now, minus the fact that I'm sick. It's just a little cold, so I can't complain. Drinking lots of tea.

Even though I've heard this time and time again, it finally hit me yesterday when emailing with a friend. I don't need to rush through every design project that comes my way. People will wait. Anyone who hires me knows that I am balancing The Everygirl and my design work. No matter how long you've been doing something (in my case, 5 years), there are always ways to improve, learn, and grow. I made the mistake of taking on 8 projects (at once) on top of TEG. I am one person. Not sure what I was thinking.

I bought this for Europe. We will be in London, Paris, and Rome at the end of October. For anyone who has been around that time, think I'll be ok layering sweaters with that jacket?

Fall TV shows are back! Modern Family, SVU, Parenthood... 

Buddy and Minnie are doing great. Lots of puppy love over here.

Alaina and I are hosting an event at J. Crew a week from today. Networking, shopping, small bites, and drinks. Hope you'll join us

My mom arrives on Saturday and has already promised to make chicken soup (sans noodles, of course).

My favorite food blogger is being photographed for The Everygirl today. I'm so excited! Any guesses as to who it is? If you know me at all, you can guess what kind of food blogger she is.

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On the Cusp

I am really excited to tell you about a sweepstakes with Cusp by Neiman Marcus. Enter "Your Style Sound Off" for a chance to win a $2500 shopping spree to Cusp plus a copy of Vogue: The Editor's Eye. I mean, who wouldn't want a chance to win $2500 to Cusp?! And if you love selfies and instagram as much as every other blogger out there (you know you do–whether you want to admit it or not) this is the sweepstakes for you.

Here's how to enter. 

·  Visit www.vogue.com/promotions/cusp and fill out the entry form
·  Instagram or upload a selfie of your favorite music- or rocker-inspired outfit with #OnTheCusp

One winner will be selected at random. Prize: one $2,500 gift card to Cusp and one copy of Vogue: The Editor’s Eye. You have until 11:50 PM on September 30 to enter.

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keep it neutral. and sparkly.

Fall is here, and while I am not quite ready to think about the fact that winter is around the corner, I am enjoying the crisp fall air, falling leaves, and warm almond milk lattes. I have also, for the most part, put my colorful clothes aside. I have said farewell to my bright pink nails and have replace them with deep navy. Because for me, fall is all about the neutrals–grey, navy, black, and camel. With a touch of hunter green, of course. And something sparkly.


favorite hair and beauty products

trish mcevoy instant solutions beauty balm | ghd hair dryer | ghd brush 
viktor and rolph flowerbomb | opi i saw you saw we saw warsaw | ck downtown 
rimmel eyeliner | sephora cuticle pen bobbi brown shimmer brick | urban decay lipstick 
l'occitane hand cream | bona clara treatment cream bb brilliantine 
neutrogena eye makeup remover | bobbi brown bronzer | bobbi brown moisturizer

I have yet to find a mascara that I really love.
 What are some of your favorite products?


do less. let's try this again.

My name is Danielle, and I am addicted to social media. That may sound a little extreme, but it's kind of true. Need proof? See the photo above. In my defense, I was instagramming something for The Everygirl while at a work event, so I get a pass on this one.

Being connected isn't always a bad thing, but there are times that it has made me far too disconnected from everything around me. Interesting, yes? I need to be able to tweet and instagram for The Everygirl and I love posting the occasional (understatement of the year) photo of Buddy because who doesn't love that guy? But I never log on to Facebook for work. That said, I am always checking in at CrossFit and updating my status on while I'm out. You know, out. Trying to enjoy my life, my friends, and new experiences.

I checked my friends and myself in to a restaurant like I normally would on Tuesday night. It only took a minute away from time with my friends, but one of them noticed I was on my phone and asked what I was doing. I quickly realized that I was not any less disconnected than I promised myself I'd be just over a month ago. I'm another year older, so I should be a little wiser.

This got me thinking. Why am I updating my status? If I'm at CrossFit or with friends, why not just live in the moment and if something really interesting happens, post about it later? And let's face it–me checking in to CrossFit is like checking in to Chicago. Completely pointless and obvious. Yeah. I just said that.

So I checked us in to the restaurant and then I did it. I deleted Facebook off my cell phone. The fact that my friends seemed shocked and said it wouldn't last made me realize how much I needed to do this. I can't say I'll keep it off of my phone forever, but I'm pretty committed to this for now, and if I do add it back things will be different. Very different. And it's not like I closed my account–I will just now only log on from my computer. I'm fairly certain I can handle this.

So instead of posting that I front squatted with Danica Patrick while at CrossFit yesterday (we shared a bar and rack), I enjoyed walking and talking with my friend Jen, got home, and then didn't even feel the need to share this information on Facebook. I did text my cf friends because I knew they'd appreciate it, but that was it. I also just shared this info here, but see how I can not post on Facebook and still keep people in the loop? So magical.

This may seem ridiculous to some of you, but almost everyone I know is pretty connected to social media. I'm going to set some goals to post to instagram a bit less, and am already thinking of other ways to scale back, because I am finally doing less. And I like it.

What can you do to do less? Do you have Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? If so, how often do you post? How can you disconnect from social media?

photo by jennifer kathryn photography for the everygirl



thank you all for the birthday love yesterday

for the bday texts and calls (always appreciate a real phone call, don't you?)
the comments, posts on fb, and tweets, too

to lindsey, alaina, sarah, colleen, gina, maxine, bri, amanda, jen for dinner at quartino
for the lovely gifts 
for this funny and ridiculous card. i love it. buddy does not.
it was all so unnecessary but so appreciated

i'm ready to make this year my best one yet
let's do it

one month till europe! let the countdown begin.

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happy birthday to me

 today is my 31st bday. didn't see that one coming.
i used to be in my 20s, you know.
now i'm not just 30. i'm in my 30s. scary.

i'm not where i thought i'd be, but that's ok.
because i am exactly where i'm supposed to be and i wouldn't change a thing.
i have faith that everything will work out the way it should.

i have the best friends a girl could ask for.
my job(s) are crazy, but i love what i do.
my family drives me a little crazy, but i love them, too.
crossfit. the pup. chicago. my health. this blog.
even when everything feels impossible, i still feel so lucky.
so incredibly blessed.

i'm not big on celebrating birthdays because that's never been my thing.
my friend lindsey made reservations for tonight.
not celebrating was apparently not an option. i love my girls.
might take part of the day off. we'll see. lots of work to do.

so cheers to being in my 30s.
because they're not as scary as i thought they'd be.
in fact–i think 31 might be kind of wonderful.
i'll let you know how it goes.

and also, i should probably get better about using eye cream.

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Well, we are almost through this very busy week, and it's finally Friday.

Alaina and I hosted a workshop on building a blog/brand at Apple. I mentioned that I don't like public speaking, but it wasn't bad at all. It's still not my thing, but it was really nice knowing that we were able to inspire TEG readers. The pre-event glass wine helped a lot. 

My dog is in the October issue of Ladies' Home Journal.

I photographed Alaina for The Everygirl.

We also hosted the grand reopening of the first floor of Bloomingdale's at 900 N. Michigan. We had our hair done at Salon Buzz (which is where I had my hair dyed weeks ago). I wore this top, skirt, booties, bracelet, watch, and clutch. Big thank you to our wonderful Everygirl team for their help, and to Jennifer Kathryn for photographing the event. And thank you to my friends who showed up to have a drink and support me/Alaina/TEG. Love you guys!

I did 3 hand stand push-ups on Wednesday. 

I got my first two pairs of Tieks (black and gold–my color choices are shocking, I'm sure) and understand what all the hype is about. They are very comfortable, fold up into their own little carrying case, and there's even a tiny little case that turns into a bag for your heels. They saved my feet toward the end of the Bloomingdale's event. 

It's in the 60s today. Fall is here. I'd like to pick some apples while wearing a puffy vest because I live in the Midwest and I feel like that's something people do here.

I did the SFMA with one of my favorite coaches at RNCF and South Loop CrossFit. Since the SFMA, he's given me exercises to do every week to work on strength and mobility. I was talking to him about my diet and he recommended that I run some blood tests to check a few things out. Todd is the coach that would give me workouts to do when I was injured–in short, he's awesome. Every Thursday at 10:00am CST, he's working on a "Todd Talks" segment with Train Heroic on FB. You can ask questions about fitness, nutrition, and training. You don't want to miss this.

I'm sure I'm forgetting something because that's the story of my life this week. Happy Friday!


deal of the week: gorjana fox stud earrings

feeling foxy? these gorjana earrings should do the trick.


Apple asked The Everygirl to host a workshop on building a brand, so we put together a presentation using Keynote (awesome program that we learned to use at the end of last week). I work on a MacBook Pro and thunderbolt display, stay connected to everything/everyone with my iPhone, and I don't use my iPad all that much but still think it's great. Alaina and I love our apple products, so this is a perfect fit for us. And we did build a brand, so I guess that makes it a good fit, too. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to work with Apple, but I don't love public speaking so this should be superfun for me. If you RSVP'd, I'll see you tonight! Please try not to laugh and point when I speak. That's rude.


In the kitchen: paleo chocolate chip cookies

My friend Lindsey sent me a chocolate chip cookie recipe and I successfully baked a batch of cookies without screwing anything up. This is a pretty big deal considering that my paleo donuts turned green (apparently, arrowroot flour does this when used for baking). Since I successfully baked one batch, I tried baking two more– one with sunbutter and maple syrup and one with cinnamon and honey. The sunbutter ones weren't as popular, btw. This recipe made about 9-10 cookies that were so good, even Alaina (who isn't usually a fan of my paleo baking) liked them! #paleoforthewin

1 1/2 cups sifted blanched almond flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons coconut oil (must be melted and not softened)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup raw honey or maple syrup
1 whole egg
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips
2 tbsp sunbutter (optional)

In a bowl, mix together your almond flour, baking soda, and sea salt. In a separate bowl mix together your melted coconut oil, vanilla extract, room temperature maple syrup, and room temperature egg. Incorporate your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients, then add your chocolate chips.

After everything is mixed, preheat your oven to 350F and refrigerate your batter for 30 minutes.

Once the 30 minutes are up and your oven is heated, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and roll your dough into balls. Bake for 5-7 min, then take them out, and slightly flatten them with the back of a spatula. Put them back in the oven for about 5 more minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from the oven, set on the counter to cool, and attempt to wait more than 3 minutes before eating.



happy friday

It's been the longest short week of my life. Until next Thursday, my normally crazy workload will be insane. Two interior design projects for TEG, two that I'm doing on my own, two graphic design projects, photographing jewelry for Brooklyn Thread, running TEG, new interns, prepping for this Apple presentation on Tuesday, and then our Bloomingdale's event two days later. I worked at Alaina's on Wed and brought little Buddy with me. The pups had the right idea.

I got these booties for our Bloomie's event. They're SO cute and seem to be selling out.
Meeting Sarah for brunch after CrossFit tomorrow. Can't wait to catch up!
Hopeful that I'll get to lay out (with sunscreen, of course).
I need more coffee and a nap.

Have a great weekend!


I'm a professional business woman

Feeling awfully fancy thanks to my new letterpress business cards from Steel Petal Press.
We have a great giveaway and promo from Steel Petal Press on TEG today. Check it out!


What's New What's Next

madeline weinrib rug | lulu and georgia side table | prada art | crate and barrel bar cart
jonathan adler x bench | cb2 candle holder  | ted boerner coffee table | | caitlin wilson pillow
diptyque candle | jayson home pyrite cluster | c wonder jewelry box | serena and lily chair

Back before launching The Everygirl, we reached out to a few women that we wanted to feature on our then non-existent site. The marketing team behind the New York Design Center had faith in us and said yes to a feature, and now they've asked me to participate in their Fifth Annual "What's New, What's Next" by putting together an inspiration board for them! I'm really excited to be able to work with these ladies again and hope you'll like what I've come up with.

If you're in NYC or are planning a trip there this sept, be sure to join the New York Design Center on Sept 19 from 2-9PM to celebrate What's New and What's Next in ideas, design, materials, and products! Also, I want that coffee table. 

Happy Labor Day! Can't believe it's September!