Giveaway Reminder

September 18, 2014

Don't forget to enter our giveaway here for the chance to win a Just Liv original dreamcatcher necklace! Giveaway is open until tomorrow at midnight. Don't miss it!!

Local Loves: Gringo in the CWE

If you're like me, & love eating tacos with your amigos that are quite delicioso, you should try Gringo! 

Located in the "Left Bank"of St. Louis, the chic Central West End, they serve Baja inspired Mexican cuisine that will transport you from the Midwest to the coast with each bite.  

Gringo's littlest fan, Atticus, loved the chicken quesadillas, while my fellow vegetarian friend Amanda & I chose the chinga-linga tacos made with spring vegetables, avocado, poblano rajas, chopped lettuce, epazote salsa, and tajin. Luckily for the boys & Sharon, they had plenty of options for meat lovers too, and the gringo fries were to die for! Potato wedges tossed with queso cotija, parsley, and chili flakes, with a side of Gringo ketchup and cilantro-buttermilk dressing. They put all other fries to shame. 

If fresh, local, flavorful food in an amazing location is on your to do list, then Gringo can't be missed!

Falling in love with Fall fashion in the Central West End: birthday edition

September 17, 2014

Ahh...Fall fashion. The tights & cardigans & boots & cozy sweaters. Dressing for cooler weather is just better. That's one of the many reasons why I love that I have a September birthday. When the sticky 100 plus temperatures dissolve into 60 degrees & you are welcomed with the promise of change by a cool breeze, I can't help but be ready to shed my summer skin & be happy for a new season of my life to begin.

I kicked off my birthday celebration early this year starting on Friday night. My friends Sharon, Shane, Ryan, & Amanda met my boys and I at my favorite Mexican restaurant in St. Louis called Gringo (come back for a local loves post about that tomorrow). 

Sharon just got a new camera for her birthday & snapped lots of pictures of the evening! I'm so glad she was there to capture all of the fun!  The girls & I managed to sneak away & get a few photos of my outfit before our food arrived. The Central West End provided a lovely backdrop for our spur of the moment shoot & the weather couldn't have been better! Happy Fall, y'all!

Outfit details:
Hat, black cardigan, blush shirt, skirt, and tights: all H&M
Gold necklace: Ziezo (RIP)
Rose gold watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Limited edition Eternity Rose gold heels: Seychelles

Trending Tuesdays: #DoggyHeaven

September 16, 2014

Sharon and Paula here! Now, we all know how much Brooke is in love with kitties, and while we think kitties are cute too, we are dog people, and can't get enough of all these little pooches! So here's our chance to show some of our favorite doggy things!

Print by Red Gate Arts

Dish towel by Anthropologie

Rainboots by Ruche

Sweater by Burberry Brit

Greeting Cards by Rifle Paper Co.

iPhone case by Anne Was Here

Print by Hanna Melin

Paula's birthday dream list + a giveaway to make your dreams come true!

September 15, 2014

Since today is my birthday, I thought I would celebrate by sharing a few of my favorite things, eating lots of cake, and giving away a lovely necklace to one lucky reader!  Because it's better to give than to receive (although, if the birthday fairy - let's be real- my husband) brought me something from this list, I wouldn't complain. **Spoiler alert...he did!!

Without further ado, I give you, my ultimate birthday dream list.

These rose gold shoes from my favorite shoe company, Seychelles were at the top of the list & luckily for me, my sweet hubby bought them for me & gave them to me early!  I bought my very first pair of Seychelles from Ziezo...suede yellow heels with a bow at the toe.  Their shoes are timeless, and I can always make room for more.

Seychelles Eternity heels in rose gold

I'm a huge Francophile and collect things with stripes, so I would love to own this lovely handmade lingerie that was included in this previous trending tuesday post.  If I can't be in Paris, at least I can pretend like I'm there by dressing the part, non?

Bon Voyage Nautical Navy and White lace lingerie by ohhlulu

I would definitely have sweet dreams sleeping with this Emmerson Reclaimed Wood Bedroom Set from West Elm.  It's made from "rustic reclaimed pine certified by the Forest Sterwardship Council."  I love forests, so it's only natural that I would love a forest inspired bedroom.

This wine colored leather bomber jacket from Anthropologie would be a fine addition to my Fall wardrobe.  I don't think I would ever want to take it off...people sleep in their bomber jackets all the time, right? ;)

Quilted Leather Bomber, Anthropologie

I have a tiny obsession with all things s'mores.  Regular ol' campfire s'mores, s'mores cakes, s'mores milkshakes and sundaes and donuts and anything else!  So, I'm always dreaming of a good excuse to eat something s'mores inspired.  I managed to convince my friends to go to The Cup in the Central West End on Friday so I could indulge in this delicious s'mores cupcake.  They even sang happy birthday to me.  What more could a girl ask for?!

And last, but not least, the most stylish way to make all of your dreams come true...a cool and rare dream catcher necklace, handmade by the very talented Elizabeth, designer of Just Liv.  This necklace (similar to the ones worn in the Fair Folk fashion shoot in the August issue of Alive magazine) can't be bought in stores or online just yet.  It is only available at craft fairs (and because Elizabeth is so sweet, our blog)!  I was lucky enough to pick one up at the Just Liv booth while we were at the Indie Craft Fair, and now one of you lucky ladies can have one too!

Here's how...

Contest Rules:

This contest is only open to US Residents. (Sorry, international loves. We'll get you next time!) To enter, follow us on Bloglovin' (if you aren't already) and leave a comment below telling us about a dream you wish would come true for you.  

Want more chances to win? Who doesn't! Here are some ways that you can earn bonus entries.

1. Follow us on Instagram. Post a picture of the Dream Catcher necklace with the hashtag #acolorfulchaosgiveaway #justliv #dreamcatchernecklace
2. Follow us on Twitter and mention us in a tweet! Use the hashtag #acolorfulchaosgiveaway #justliv #dreamcatchernecklace just for some extra love.
3. Follow us on Pinterest and pin this giveaway.

Leave a comment below with a link for each additional entry.

Contest ends Friday, September 19th at midnight.  We will announce the winner on Monday, September 22nd on the blog so keep your eyes open!  

Good luck and sweet dreams!!  xoxo