Fall weather…meet leather

Fall weather...meet leather // Courtney Callahan

Leather-pocket sweater // Over-the-knee boots (Franco Sarto) – Similar here, here and here //
Tortoise sunglasses // Jeans // Necklace // Earrings //  Gold Watch // Lip Color // Nail Color

I’m definitely a summer person. I just hate being cold. But right now as summer fades away, the leaves start to turn, and the temps hover right in that sweet spot where the air goes off and the windows stay open…well, it’s a magical time in Chicago.

A couple of years ago, before marriages, children and a number of moves my best friends and I had a standing Friday morning walk along the lake. It was less about fitness and more about checking in with each other and maybe gossiping about the weekend ahead. Starbucks iced chai in hand, it was (and is) one of my favorite memories living in Chicago.

I’ve traded in the Starbucks pit stops for home-crafted coffee (Michael brought an automatic Espresso maker with all the bells to the relationship) but he indulges me with the reusable Starbucks plastic cups and cardboard sleeves as we take our walks through the park and Lincoln Park Zoo.

So early this morning, I pulled on this super comfortable Merino wool sweater with leather accented pockets (I’m obsessed with leather right now!) and my favorite chocolate brown suede over-the-knee boots for a walk in the park…chai in hand.

SHOP is open!

For the past five years, I have talked about adding a line of products to my website that could be shopped by anyone (not just brides) at anytime. Finally, that time is here!

You can now order wedding, entertaining or stationery goodies – most of which are customizable to include an initial or monogram in the style of your choice – directly from the SHOP section of my website. There is also a cute line of BRIDE products including a BRIDE mug, BRIDE water bottle and BRIDE binder for planning!

BRIDE Mug // Courtney Callahan Paper

Two of my favorite products available are the cocktail napkins and guest towels because they come in a wide range of colors and are foil stamped in stunning metallics including gold and silver, perfect for the upcoming holiday season!


Napkin Colors


Monogram Styles


Since this is a new adventure for me, please leave any feedback or questions in the comments below! Tell me what products you love or what other items you would like to see. I am continuing to build this each day!

  • Alaina Rau Bos

    Congrats on opening the shop Courtney!! So exciting!ReplyCancel

Keen on Green

Emerald green dress // Nude Pumps // Gold Clutch // Bib Necklace // Gold Watch //
Pave Bracelet  //  Earrings //  Gold Sunglasses // Lip Color // Nail Color

Even though I’ve been trying to hold on to the last days of summer, the calendar tells me that fall is officially here!

There isn’t much that can make me turn my back on chilled glasses of rosé, patio dining, and days spent at the beach, but the change of season secretly makes me happy because I’m able to break out some of my new purchases for fall. This emerald green, shift dress lured me in with its rich, luxurious color plus the shade looks dynamite with gold. Who am I to resist?

So over the weekend, Michael and I attended a couple’s shower for one of my oldest friends from high school and it was the perfect temperature to don this dress and toast the happy couple under the stars. With bistro-style globe lights criss-crossing the perfectly decked out backyard space, chilled glasses of champagne at the ready, and appetizers that included my guilty pleasure–pretzel bites and zesty cheese sauce–it was the perfect fall fête.

Spotted on Alaina Bos Photography

I recently teamed up with Alaina Bos Photography to be featured in the first “Vendor Spotlight” on her blog. We spent a beautiful morning shooting some of my most recent wedding invitation suites and details plus some new head shots.

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Striped dress (on sale) // Necklace (on sale) // Earrings // Lip Color // Nail Color 

Head on over to Alaina’s blog to see what inspires me, the best advice I can give a couple and much more!

Photos: Alaina Bos Photography

  • Alaina Rau Bos

    So happy we could team up for this Vendor Spotlight :) I’m loving your outfit, accessories, and make up in your headshots too!!ReplyCancel

Labor Day Sales

Although I should be packing because I am moving over the weekend, I can’t help but take a look at the great Labor Day sales! Here are my top picks for what to buy this weekend.

Labor Day Sale // Courtney Callahan


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Have a safe and happy holiday!