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  • 2020 Bride
    Well friends, I planned on doing this blog post as a “5 months til the big day wedding update” with vendors, where we are in the planning process, and all that fun stuff. But, coronavirus. I want to preface this blog post by saying I know we are extremely lucky. So many people that I know have had to cancel/postpone their spring weddings and my heart breaks for them! We are not at that point yet, but I think it’s safe to say that there is SO much unknown, and every bride getting married this year is kind of freaking […]
  • Nordstrom Sale- What I’m Adding to Cart!
    Hey, friends! Here are my personal picks for the Nordstrom sale. I’m breaking them up into categories, and will be adding items often as I see things! So, bookmark this page and check back often! As a reminder, tomorrow the sale goes live for cardholders, and the 19th it goes live for the public! But, as I mentioned in this post, preparing your shopping cart now is the best way to shop! I also want to remind you all how thankful I am when you shop through my links! I’ll be transparent here- publishing to this site and putting this […]
  • Nordstrom Sale Tips
    So, I won’t give you the ENTIRE low-down because I am sure you have heard it 200 times by now from other bloggers! But, what I will say… you HAVE to shop this sale! It’s one of the only times during the year Nordstrom puts high end or really popular brands on sale (North Face, Steve Madden, BP, SO much more!). I normally use this time to stock up on basics, and splurge on one high-end product (normally shoes). One of the best parts of the sale… you are not getting last seasons reject items! Everything on sale is relevant […]
  • Wedding Check-In
    I did an Insta-poll last week to see who was interested in hearing about our wedding planning thus far, and I am so excited to finally be sharing! I wanted to write this post almost as a “diary entry”, since I know these days are going to fly by and sentimental me is going to want to remember all these exciting details! I’m going to start by sharing some of the vendors we have selected/used so far and our thoughts as we were selecting them. Photography: Ben Ramos Photography Confession: I reached out to Ben BEFORE we even announced our […]
  • Workout Wear
    Three of my favorite stores are having some amazing sales on active wear this week! I am the kind of person who is largely motivated to workout by having the right outfit, so new workout clothes for summer are always a must. First, Nordstrom! There are so many Zella and Nike sales! If you haven’t tried the Zella leggings yet- now is the time! I find myself reaching for my Zella leggings more than my LuLu ones… and that’s saying a lot. The quality cannot be beat for $40. Next up, Old Navy! They recently launched a new line of […]
  • Memorial Day Round Up
    I’m sharing my favorite Memorial Day sales that are continuing though the week! All products are shoppable by clicking the image or by following me in the app! And- nothing is over $50! Nordstrom: The half yearly sale is here! Shop some of my fav. items here: J.CREW Factory: 60% off and free shipping with code SUMMERSALE. Perfect time to stock up on some warm-weather work outfits! Old Navy: 20% off your entire purchase and up to 60% off throughout the store. Stock up on basics, shorts and swimsuits! Abercrombie: There are some great, trendy styles for 50% off […]
  • Summer Swaps
    I am the kind of person that LIVES for summer. With Memorial Day just around the corner… I am so looking forward to weekends full of laying by the pool during the day and bonfires with friends at night! Of course, these days come with a LOT of food & drinking as well. As much as I love all the unhealthy snacks that come with summer, I don’t always love the way they make me fee. In honor of Memorial Day, here are my 8 tricks I use during the summer to make these pool days a bit healthier! Check […]
  • Summer Favorites
    By overwhelming demand… per my Instagram poll sounds like everyone is looking for two things: swim and tassel/fringe earrings! Make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom to see my FAVORITE swimsuit I’ve bought this season… that literally cost me under $2. Be sure to click the photos for pricing and purchasing information. First up, Target! AKA all girl’s Their new line Shade & Shore has some great mix & match swim options, as well as some cute one pieces (warning, there is a glitch that is making these all show as sold out- but they are all […]
  • New York City
    We took the quickest trip ever to NYC (see previous post as to why we were there!) But, we managed to fit in a ton of great sights! Below is a rough breakdown of what we did for three days in NYC! Day 1: We were off the plane and at Hotel Henri by 1pm! This hotel was so cute (with a great rooftop bar) and in a great location. Right next to the hotel was Tappo Thin Crust Pizza– our first stop! I would highly recommend. Next, we walked to the Empire State Building and went up to the […]
  • Kleinfeld, NYC
    So, seeing as this was probably the best day of my life, and I am getting so many questions about it, I figured I would share all about my Kelinfeld Bridal experience via blog post! I have been watching ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ with my mom for years, so when I got engaged she knew this is where we had to go for the dress. She surprised me around by birthday with this trip- and I was so so excited! After we booked the trip, we found out Hayley Paige would be at the store that day launching her […]
  • Gluten Free Snacks
    It’s officially Celiac Awareness Month, and as someone who is FINALLY feeling like myself after a life of not knowing why I just never felt well… it’s time to not only spread awareness, but celebrate over 3 years of being gluten free myself! If you know me, you know I snack ALL. DAY. LONG. At first, finding gluten free snacks (that weren’t a fruit or vegetable) was a struggle for me! However, I have found my tried and true favorites. Some are super healthy, some are just copy-cats of some gluten-filled favorites! Here they are (click on the photos to […]
  • What I’m Packing: NYC
    I’m heading to NYC for the very first time in just two weeks! If you know me, you know I’m an earlier packer when it comes to trips… totally weird! Since it will still be a bit chilly in NYC when we are there, I am packing lots of layers and basic pieces that can be mixed and matched. I threw in a cute dress to wear to Kleinfelds, and two jumpsuits for dinners/nighttime. Shop what I’m packing here, be sure to scroll to the left to see all the items! Each item is ‘clickable’ to shop. Don’t forget, you […]
  • Coffee Shop Tour
    If you follow me on Instagram, you know I love a good coffee shop (and apparently I use the same caption every time… see photos below lol)! I do love my Starbucks, but honestly the best coffee around doesn’t come from this kind of chain. Below I am sharing some of my favorite coffee shops from the Chicago ‘burbs! Sparrow Coffee: Hands down, my favorite. This place is so good, and the inside is one of the cutest coffee shops ever. It’s a refreshing addition to the chain-filled streets of Downtown Naperville! My Order: Nonfat Caramel Latte (hot or iced) […]
  • Madewell Sale
    All products are linked to Nordstrom Rack where they can be purchased. Click the photo for more details. This Nordstrom Rack Madewell sale is no joke. It may just be me, but I feel like Madewell never goes on sale. PLUS, it being at Nordsrom is the perfect way to rack up some Nordstrom points before the N-sale this summer! Below are some of my favorite picks from the sale- if you like something jump on it fast! Most of my picks are work appropriate and under $50. These Mules are probably the best steal from the sale, I mean […]
  • Birthday Cake
    Well, it’s officially time for my quarter life crisis… I am 25! I’m celebrating the only way I know how… CAKE. Being gluten free, I have been seriously deprived of birthday cakes the last few years (so sad). I was so excited to find The Vegan Knife on Amazon… I bought one of her chocolate cake mixes right away. It was SO good. The Vegan Knife generously sent me one of their newer flavors, Birthday Cake, to review for my birthday! First off, how cute is this packaging?! It reminds me of my childhood. Also- I’m convinced everything tastes better […]
  • Smoothie Bowls
    Scroll to the bottom for my fav. smoothie recipe and a link to Lil Bucks. In the last year, I have been on a total smoothie kick for breakfast or lunch! I always try to include protein, fiber, fat, and some greens in my smoothies. (Thanks Kelly Leveque!) Recently, I came across a new small-business in Chicago, Lil Bucks! These are mini sprouted buckwheat pieces that are perfect toppers for smoothie bowls, or used in place of granola on yogurt! ‘Lil Bucks are super high fiber and protein… and are gluten free! I was lucky enough to receive all three flavors… […]
  • Spring Transitional Pieces
    All products are linked below and can be viewed by clicking the photo for quick & easy purchase! Spring. I honestly feel like it can be one of the hardest seasons to dress for. You’re so over wearing boots… but it’s way too early for summer heels and sandals. It can also go from being 40 degrees in the morning to 70 in the afternoon… so there’s that. Below are some of my favorite spring closet staples. To me, spring is all about lighter/distressed denim, chunky but lightweight sweaters, bralettes, and transitional shoes!   These sweaters are a perfect transition […]
  • Skincare Routine
      All items are linked and can be viewed in more detail or purchased by clicking each photo. Skin. Care. Honestly, one of my favorite topics. I love buying/trying new products, and LOVE finding a good routine even more. This is my current skincare routine! I have been using this exact routine for about a year, and it has done wonders for my skin. I took out a lot of the harsh products I was using to ‘prevent breakouts’…. and realized my skin looked & felt better when I just let it be! Recently I’ve been on a mission to […]
  • Baby Shower Inspo
    ‘Tis the season for Baby Showers & Wedding Showers! The last month or so of my life has been full of them, and I am honestly loving it! There’s nothing better than celebrating love and babies 🙂 This past weekend, my cousin and I hosted a “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” themed shower… complete with a “how we wonder what you are” pun since she doesn’t know the gender of the baby. Below are some photos and details from the shower!     This barn door made the perfect area for present-opening! It also served as the backdrop to most of […]
  • Ikea Hack
    In case you needed more validation that Ikea was heaven on earth- here is a hack for an Instagram-worthy bar cart for under $35! The Ikea Sunnersta Utility Cart can be found in stores or online for $29.99. This cart is a great basic… and super easy to put together. After you have your cart, run to any craft store for a can of gold metallic spray paint. I love this kind because it has a primer included. Next, lay out all of the side pieces (not the white trays) on top of a tarp or old sheet and paint! […]
  • Dublin, Ireland
    A weekend in Dublin, Ireland: What we did, what we saw, and more importantly… what we ate! Below I am sharing our 4 day Itinerary for Dublin! It was a quick trip, but honestly the perfect amount of time if you ONLY are going to be seeing one city. Friday: 9am: Flight lands in Dublin (We took an overnight flight, which I recommend if you want to make the most of a short trip!) 10am-1pm: We were here visiting family, so we picked up our rental car and drove to an Aunts house for lunch and to check into our […]
  • Cozy in Chicago
    Is that title even something that is humanly possible? Probably not. But here are some outfits I have been LIVING in in order to keep warm during my frigid commutes to the city! Items are either linked to where they were purchased directly, or to a similar item! Blanket Scarf: You may see a trend with clothing that looks like blankets here.. but I walk a mile in the Chicago weather, so no judging! Blanket scarfs are one of my favorite ways to be cozy and still look put together. Pro Tip: get the ‘fake’ ones! These are half the […]
  • Hi, Friends!
    So, if you’re reading this I am sure you already know me… so I won’t bore you with all that! But, thank you for checking out my blog! Since I’m assuming you already know me, you know I am kind of Instagram obsessed, shop a little too much, and typically post all about those outfits on my ‘gram. What you might not know is how much I LOVE to write. As I finish up my Masters degree this spring, I was feeling a bit sad that my ‘creative outlet’ (if you can call writing papers on non-profit management creative lol) […]