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FEBRUARY 16, 2012

Turks and Caicos - Providenciales

by Shae

My Grandma B (who I mentioned here) has been traveling to the Turks & Caicos since I was a little girl. She used to spend half of the year in Wisconsin (near here) and half of the year on the island of Providenciales (amazing, I know). When she passed away over a year ago, she left behind lots of lasting memories and her beachfront condo, which was her place to soak in rays, read, and drink cocktails named the “brown lady” (it is now a menu staple - as you can see above). I honestly did not go anywhere on the island without someone mentioning her name and what a nice person she was, and I miss her more and more every day. This was my first trip without her, and while I spent many minutes of the trip thinking about her, I know why she called it home; the locals are genuinely nice, the food is fantastic, and the view from her condo literally defines the word “paradise.” I would recommend this hot spot to anyone! See my favorite moments from our trip below! 

Shots of the Ocean Club, aqua water, and white sand. 

Da Conch Shack: a must visit! 

Anacaona at Grace Bay Club - light up menus, fabulous staff, delicious food

My friend Sebastian.

Iguana Island

Snorkle trip and freshly made conch salad

View from our room - paradise

All clothing and bathing suit links can be found in recent articles. 

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FEBRUARY 15, 2012

Staying Warm

by Shae

Wearing:  J Brand Corduroys, Free People Sheer Blouse as seen here, Ella Moss Fur Jacket, Target Leopard Pumps, Ralph Lauren Sunglasses as seen here, David Yurman Necklace as seen here, Hoop Earrings as seen here

I think my body has gone into shock. From the below freezing temperatures here in Chicago to the beach of Turks and Caicos and back to the freezing temps, my skin is dry and my closet is confused. So as the chilly wind and snow came down over the weekend, I grabbed my warm J Brand corduroys and a patterned fur to make me somehow feel both warm and fabulous at the same time.

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FEBRUARY 14, 2012

Be My Valentine

by Shae

Marie Antoinette on Sweet Mandy B's Cupcakes, Rows of Flowers, and Vintage Valentines. 

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FEBRUARY 13, 2012

Sauce-Less Pizza

by Shae

Last night my roommates and I watched the Grammys and enjoyed lots of chips, salsa, guacamole, this salad, and my new rendition of healthy pizza. I’m clearly no gourmet cook, but this recipe is so easy and delicious, anyone can do it! 


  • Pizza Crust (I like the bread like crusts from Whole Foods, as opposed to just dough)
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Goat Cheese
  • Tomatoes
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Fresh Garlic (about 2 tablespoons – use your own judgment, aka how much do you love garlic breath)
  • Fresh Basil
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Fresh Arugula 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a pizza pan. Spread EVOO evenly on pizza crust, and then evenly spread freshly crushed garlic and tomatoes. 

Sprinkle fresh basil, goat cheese, parmesan, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Bake for about 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Add salt and pepper, crushed red pepper, and arugula if desired.  Serve as an app or with a fat salad for dinner. Enjoy!

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