Blog Your Best 2016

Target pants, Forever 21 blazer | Stile.Foto.Cibo

This past weekend, I attended an awesome conference: Blog Your Best 2016, hosted by the Windy City Blogging Collective. A slew of bloggers and bloggers-to-be gathered at the Dana Hotel and Spa for a day of talking about nothing but blogging. The conference focused on ways to help boost your blog from how to pitch to PR firms to making media kits and more. All of the information I received throughout the day was super useful and will help me take Stile.Foto.Cibo to a whole new level this year.

I didn’t take nearly as many photos as I thought I was going to at the conference but enjoy what I did!

Blog Your Best 2016 hosted by the Windy City Blogger Collective | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Blog Your Best 2016 hosted by the Windy City Blogger Collective | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Blog Your Best 2016 hosted by the Windy City Blogger Collective | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Blog Your Best 2016 hosted by the Windy City Blogger Collective | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Target pants, Forever 21 blazer | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Target pants, Forever 21 blazer | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Target pants, Forever 21 blazer | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Forever 21 pumps | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Target pants, Forever 21 blazer | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Blog Your Best Swag Bag, Trendy Sparrow | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Check out this killer swag bag! I absolutely love the tote (by The Trendy Sparrow), totally planning on using it for everything now.

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Blogging with a dog can be difficult sometimes. She’s lucky she’s so cute!

Outfit photos by Allie of Allie’s Fashion Alley

Gift Guide For Her, Part 2

Stile.Foto.Cibo presents a set of holiday gift guides in collaboration with Fashion Photography by Sarah Levine. Four installments: For Her (part 1), For Her (part 2), For Home, and For Fur. Everything in the guide is under $50 and guaranteed to get great smiles.

For Her, Part 2Gift Guide for Her by Fashion Photography by Sarah Levine

Okay, you’ve seen all the beauty, fashion, cookware, and bath bomb-laden gift guides this winter. Now get ready for a gift guide for the lady in your life who likes her clothes comfy, her food spicy, her shoes practical, and her coffee strong.

  1. Minnetonka Women’s Cally Slipper Flat,Red,7 M US – Everyone needs a fuzzy slipper, and not all of us want them to be pink and fluffy. This fuzzy lined suede moccasin is perfect for the lady in your life who wants her slippers practical and comfy.
  2. The Chili Lab The Homemade Hot Sauce Kit – With the hot sauce craze in full swing, now your lady can make her own! This nifty kit has 4 bottles, a strainer, funnel, and comes with 2 blends of chili to start out with. Of course you can choose your own too!
  3. Nobody Knows I’m A Lesbian Shirt – What’s a good gift without a little sass? This sarcastic shirt is a fun way to show her pride without being all rainbows and unicorns.
  4. Her One, Her Only – These little dog tags are an adorable take on the couples jewelry trend without being so girly your lady will be embarrassed to wear it. Plus it’s personalized with your anniversary date!
  5. Women’s Cashmere/Wool Blend Cuffed Beanie – If you live anywhere north of the Mason-Dixon Line, you need a good hat. And while your lady probably already has a beanie or two, this one is a cashmere blend to keep her head warm and cute all winter.
  6. Houdini Vertical Corkscrew with Foil Cutter and Extra Spiral – Let’s be real, ladies, sometimes wine is just a pain to open, but this little guy is super easy to use (thanks, physics!) so you can open that wine and relax.
  7. Bad Feminist: Essays – This book is a must have for any modern woman. It’s a set of essays chronicling one woman’s journey through the world, highlighting her experiences with culture, politics, and of course, feminism.
  8. Swiss Army Rambler – Handy and versatile, this swiss army knife has enough tools to be able to do most anything without being enormous on her keychain.
  9. The Art of Fixing Things, Principles of Machines, and How to Repair Them: 150 Tips and Tricks to Make Things Last Longer, and save You Money – The perfect book for the DIYer or aspiring engineer in your life. This book gives tips and tricks for fixing and maintaining all your household gadgets for the girl who likes to get her hands dirty.
  10. AmazonBasics Portable Bluetooth Speaker – Blue – Bluetooth speakers have been around for a while, but this AmazonBasics version is a steal and a perfect gift for the musical lady in your life.
  11. Thermos Stainless Steel King 16 Ounce Compact Bottle, Midnight Blue – A solid, reliable thermos is the perfect gift for the coffee addicted, the soup obsessed, and the tea aficionado. It’s vacuum insulated stainless steel so hot stuff stays warm for your hot stuff.

Next up tomorrow is another Mexico post. Check back in a few days for the next (and last!) two gift guides!

Gift Guide for Her Part 1

Stile.Foto.Cibo presents a set of holiday gift guides in collaboration with Fashion Photography by Sarah Levine. Four installments: For Her (part 1), For Her (part 2), For Home, and For Fur. Everything in the guide is under $50 and guaranteed to get great smiles.

For Her, Part 1

Gift Guide for Her by Stile.Foto.Cibo

For the feminine lady in your life, a selection of gifts to help her feel at her prettiest, snuggliest, and overall best.

  1. Pop the Champagne graphic T by t+j Designs – This glamorous shirt will keep her in the bubbly spirit all day long. A locak Chicago brand, t+j Designs
  2. Light on Your Lips Lipstick by Julep in Last Call  – This lipstick is amazing. Bright and colorful, perfect for any occasion!
  3. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso – A book to keep her motivated to continue being the boss she is.
  4. Breakfast Blend Tea in Tin by Fortnum and Mason – Curl up with hot tea and your lady under a blanket to keep the winter chill away.
  5. Glamorous Skater with Turtleneck Dress by ASOS – A little pretty for holiday parties
  6. Gold Dot 17 Month Planner by Kate Spade –  Every lady needs to keep herself organized. With this planner, she can keep your dates written down in style.
  7. Original Tall Cable Knit Welly Socks by Hunter – Keep her feet warm, snuggly, and dry all winter long with these ultra soft and extremely comfortable boot socks that will fit perfectly inside her Hunter boots!

Check back later today for the second installment in the gift guide series!

Friday Five #1

I’ve been blogging for nearly 9 months now and I definitely still feel how NEW I am sometimes. Like when I go to events or when I’m meeting people. I don’t always know how to behave, I still make a complete fool of myself, I never know what to say, etc. My inspiration is still hardly original and I take many of my ideas from other places.

As I venture further out into the Chicago blogosphere and get to know other people, I’m learning how prevalent a Friday Five series of posts is. With the amount of different blogs I read regularly (70 just on Bloglovin alone!), I find tons of posts that I love, that I’m constantly sharing with people in my life, and that I want to share with you guys now. I don’t know how regular this will be, but I can promise that it will always happen on a Friday. And I’m going to really aim to feature at least 2 posts from other Chicago based bloggers, too.

A Preview of My New Clothing Line by Cupcakes and Cashmere | Everyone knows Cupcakes and Cashmere. Emily is wonderful! And this clothing looks equally as wonderful. I don’t know about the rest of you, but these preview shots are driving me crazy. I’m absolutely LOVING the lace trimmed pieces and the fabric swatches. I seriously cannot wait.

Pugs and Patios by Sed Bona | First off, Ashley’s Sed Bona is very quickly becoming one of my favorite blogs. like, ever. Second, she’s Chicago based. Which ups the awesome ante. Third, dogs. Part of the excitement of adopting a pup is being able to take her everywhere. Except that Chicago (and most of the US, actually) isn’t as dog friendly as it should be. Frankly, I am of the belief that if you can take your scream toddler somewhere, my quiet dog who will make approximately 99% less mess should be allowed. If only everyone agreed. This patio, however, is super dog friendly! Zoe and I will definitely be taking a trip in the near future.

Another Year by Engineering in Style | Chicago blogger feature #2. I got to meet Katherine a couple of months ago and she is simply wonderful. If you haven’t investigated her blog yet, go! I love super reflective posts that get me thinking about my own life and how I can apply these things to my day. I think my favorite of all of these is #7, Happiness is a decision. It’s a thing I’m still working on.

Tassels and Feathers by Red Soles and Red Wine | And Chicago #3. It’s a Chicago kind of Friday! I first saw this feather jacket on Wendy’s Lookbook and fell in love. And then it showed up again here. I absolutely love the look Jen put together! Make sure to also check out t+j designs, run by her and her sister, Tiffany.

The Last Drops from Jacob’s Creek, Australia by The Londoner | Rosie is, was, and probably forever will be my absolute favorite blog. Talk about life goals. This post is a little bit older but I’m still swoonong over literally everything about it. Wine, oysters, gorgeous views, sunsets, simple morning breakfasts, countryside, and kangaroos. What’s not to love? Australia was already on my travel bucket list. Rosie’s series of Aussie posts have been slowly bumping it up the list, though.

I hope everyone has a great weekend! I’ve got a whole lot of relaxation ahead of me (for once. what?!) before another busy work week.

The Inspiration Series: Summer Style

Before we get to today’s blog post, I have some news! 

I’m going to an awesome runway event tomorrow called ROOF Runway. #ROOFRunway
I’ll be covering the whole thing on Insta and Snapchat. I’m making my snapchat public specificaly for this. Wanna follow along? My username is dannie54


 

It’s time for another [very long overdue] Inspiration Series post! I got so caught up in taking photos and prepping other posts that I kind of forgot about this series. Whoops! Well, it’s back with Summer Style. These are just a few snaps I found on Tumblr of stuff I’m loving this season. From bikinis to shorts and everything in between. I am READY for this hot weather.

What are your favorite styles this summer? Share them in the comments!

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The Inspiration Series: Wedding Inspo

The Inspiration Series. Every Thursday, get a post filled with images meant to inspire!

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With wedding planning slowly taking over, I’m constantly looking for inspiration wherever I can find it. This set of inspiration comes from Style Me Pretty, a wedding blog I am following pretty religiously, as well as the Pintrest board Sarah and I are sharing for inspiration (if you click that link, be warned. there are a lot of ways to incorporate your dog into your wedding. because Zoe WILL be there). Enjoy!

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The Inspiration Series: Summer Inspo

This is the first installment in my new Inspiration Series. Every Thursday, get a post filled with images meant to inspire!

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Ughh! Let me tell you how cold it is right now. When I left this morning, it was -8. When I got to work it was -4. And that’s without the wind chill from the wall of moving air coming off the Lake right now. I need warm thoughts to get me through this! Just think, though. The first day of spring is nearly a month away! That’s gotta count for something, right?

So in the meantime, curl up with a cuppa and enjoy these warm thoughts of beaches, Chicago in the summer, and some awesome summer activities.

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Fine Art HDR Prints from the windy city

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All images found through a Pintrest search

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