Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Fall Trends 2011 series // Ashley of City Lights.

So many people come in and out of our lives. Some friends, other acquaintances. And then there are the friends that stick with you - no matter the season. You can pick up right where you left off. Today's guest blogger is that very person to me. I think her writing will inspire you as much as she as a person has always inspired me! 


Hi, Much Love illy readers!  I'm Ashley, and I blog all things Chicago over at City Lights.
By way of introductions, husband and I live, work, and play in the Windy City.
You can often find us on a bench at Lincoln Park, or meandering the city streets on our red Vespa!

Chicago is also the place where I first met Ilene, both of us weighed down by stacks of college textbooks.
She's been one of my closest friends since.
We share a love for life in Chicago, especially cupcakes at Molly's.
I miss her dearly since she's moved to the South!
She might brag just a little about winters in the South, but come September, September is all mine.

The city comes alight with reds, yellows, persimmon orange.
Starbucks on every corner invite you to a pumpkin spice latte on your crisp walk, with Lake Michigan, parks, and skyscrapers just part of the well-tuned fall backdrop.

Her cardigan: JCrew / skirt: The Loft / tights: Banana Republic / boots: Nine West / necklace: Anthropologie / Him sweater: JCrew / jeans: GAP / shoes: Bass
My fall trend inspiration comes in a love for tights and boots, and sweaters that follow the hue of the changing leaves that line the city streets. This fall, I have my eye on these boots, any of the colors would do.

My favorite author becomes even more my favorite as she writes, 

Fall in Chicago is an event.  
It's like theater: active, kinetic, rich.

If you'd like to come over and see more of the event that is Chicago in the fall, come here and here.

and of course, since I'm on much love illy today, here's a post featuring my favorite poppy garland headband.
Hope to see you soon, and happy fall trending!

Ilene, I have a Molly's date penciled in for us, so come visit Chicago soon!


What did I tell ya? Those pictures of her and her husband, sooo stunning! And one is crazy not to oooh and aaahh over her fall-inspired colors in her outfit. She also makes my heart a little bit (in a good way!), missing my good ole Windy City! 

what are your favorite colors to rock out in the Fall season?
do you like to stick to traditional, warm colors? or are you thinking of pushing the envelope with some hot neons?

much love.
[happy wednesday, friend.]


  1. you are so sweet. I like brown colors! but sometimes colorful outfits make me happy.
    so gorgeous! love our top...


  2. She is adorable! She reminds me a lot of Rory from Gilmore Girls. Gorgeous brown hair and blue eyes!

  3. How cute is she!!! :)

  4. love this post and love this blog! I have missed your optimistic point of view in life. Always so cheerful and excited. Blessings girl!

    and loving your tweets by the way!!


  5. She is so adorable and I love wearing brown and mustard colour during fall. Have a great morning. Muah

  6. ::fist bump::: for fall & fall colored clothes. love love love <3 her sweater & cute little face as well :)

  7. Love the fashion ideas shared In such a cute and calm way. Makes me long for fall . . . and all its glory.

  8. I'm all about the traditional colors, it makes me feel more fall like, hehe.

  9. you are so cute! i can't wait to read more. i'm your new follower! follow me back, if you want. :)

  10. Love the dark red, a color that I want to include more of in my wardrobe.

    I love that photo of the tree with the city... did you make this??

  11. Really really adorable :)

  12. Love the comment about the starbucks on every corner, because I just got back from New York and literally thats what they had. So different from Austin.
    : ) Lovely post!


  13. she is the cutest and seems so down to earth!

  14. Sooooooo cute!!!! :-) She is adorable. xxx

  15. You are so adorable!! In the fall, I'm all about rocking the browns!

  16. Oooooh, I LOVE Shauna (author), too! I love this post! My parents are in the Chicago area and we've been there in the fall ... it's lovely.

    I am going to rock jewel tones this autumn ... deep purple, deep teal, deep brown. :)

  17. Thank you all for your sweet comments, I loved hearing from all of you! It's so lovely to have some of you over at City Lights now too.

    Thanks again... now I have some Chicago in the fall to get to since it's September 1st, wink. :)

    P.S. No, I did not put together the image of the Chicago skyline with the fall tree. I found it on Pinterest(love)!

  18. Ok, too cute. I found another blog to follow! Thanks girls!


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