Kate Spade + GapKids

Last night, I attended a pre-look of the Kate Spade + GapKids collaboration and I seriously wanted to buy everything in the line. Thankfully, I reminded myself that I do not have children BUT I do have a very fashionable (and adorable) five year old niece that loves hot pink and polka dots just as much as her Aunt Cece. Plus, I enjoyed rainbow-colored popcorn, cookies from Sweet E’s Bake Shop and a Bellini while browsing all of the goodies.

Here is the adorable combination Miss Ellie will be rocking this fall plus a few other favorites from the line. Run, don’t walk to GapKids to check out the line or shop online.

Kate Spade + Gap Kids // Courtney Callahan


Pleated Leather Skirt

Black Leather Skirt // Courtney Callahan

Black leather skirt // Courtney Callahan

Buffalo plaid scarf // Courtney Callahan

Black leather skirt // Courtney Callahan

Black suede booties // Courtney Callahan

Black leather skirt // Courtney Callahan

Buffalo plaid scarf and black leather skirt // Courtney Callahan

Black leather skirt // Courtney Callahan

I often feel like my Chicago wardrobe goes straight from summer to winter without any fun fall days in between. But this past weekend brought Indian summer-like temperatures and the perfect reason to wear my new leather skirt and black booties. I snagged both items during Shopbop‘s Friends and Family sale and am pretty sure they will both be on heavy rotation this season.

While most are prepping for Halloween this week, Michael and I are in heavy planning mode for our trip to San Francisco and Napa at the beginning of next month with ten of our friends. We can’t wait to go west to one of our favorite spots again.


Pleated leather skirt // Camel sweater // Buffalo plaid scarf // Black booties //
Gold watch // Sunglasses // Mrs. earrings // Nail polish // Lip color

15% of everything in the SHOP

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I celebrated my 5 year anniversary on October 15th and I hosted a giveaway for 5 monogrammed goodies. The winner was chosen but I want to continue the celebration.

So, I am offering 15% off EVERYTHING in my SHOP!  Use coupon code ANNIVERSARY at checkout. Valid until 10/30/14. Stock up on personalized holiday gifts like stationery or notepads or entertaining basics for your home!

Monogrammed items // Courtney Callahan

And a HUGE thank you to everyone that has supported Courtney Callahan Paper in the past 5 years. It has been an amazing journey and I look forward to all that the future holds!

Destination Wedding Style with Lover.ly

What American girl doesn’t dream of spending her days wandering the streets of Paris, sipping espresso by day and champagne by night? So when Lover.ly asked me to choose a dream wedding destination and then select a wedding wardrobe to complement the locale, Paris was at the top of my list.

An über-romantic city naturally calls for an über-romantic wedding dress making Carol Hannah’s Chambord ballgown the perfect choice for my dream fetê. The shape of the skirt and delicate straps satisfy my need to be slightly traditional while the peachy-hue and explosion of tulle speak to my edgier side. Plus, the shade goes perfectly with rose gold – my current metallic obsession.

Destination Wedding Style with Loverly // Courtney Callahan

1: Carol Hannah Wedding Dress // 2: Judith Leiber Clutch {Rent} //3: Rose Gold Heels // 4: Rose Gold Halo Ring //
5: Rose Gold Stone Stud Earrings // 6: Vintage Lace Cuff // 7: Moet  & Chandon Rosé // 8: NARS Ophelia Lip Gloss //
9: NARS Orgasm Blush // 10: Deborah Lippmann Nail Color // 11: Chanel COCO MADEMOISELLE 

Since the dress is already a statement-maker, the accessories need-not steal the show. I chose to go a little understated with my jewelry choices – leaving my neck bare but dressing things up with these delicate rose gold stud earrings. That is, of course, until I found a WOW piece like this vintage lace cuff.  Then all bets were off! This is a true splurge but something I could continue to wear in the years to come. Toss in a to-die-for Judith Leiber clutch to hold all my beauty essentials and a pair of strappy rose gold heels and I’m ready to pop open the rosé!

When it comes to makeup, I turn to expert Susan Hood Evans of Makeup by S.H.E. She recommended a rosy lip and cheek color to complement the wedding dress – NARS Ophelia Lip Gloss and NARS Orgasm Blush – which “looks pretty on all skin tones because of its golden hue”. A neutral nail color and a spritz of Chanel COCO MADEMOISELLE, and I am all set for my perfectly Parisian wedding.

Thank you Lover.ly for allowing me to dream!

Black Basics // All 25% off!

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It’s time for the Shopbop Friends and Family sale which means 25% most everything on the site! I am taking this opportunity to stock up on some Black Basics that have been on my radar for some time plus a few standby’s – my black Wayfarers and Frye boots.

The sale is going now through 10/16 with the code FAMILY25 at Shopbop. Happy Shopping!