Black + Lace

i've been busy prepping for an Etsy Showcase that i'm participating in tomorrow night at a local bar/restaurant and am so excited for it! when my sister and i started our business 5 years ago, i never thought that i would still be doing it today, or that i would be my full-time job! it's crazy! we used to do craft shows and things together, which we loved, so this will be my first time having a table at a show by myself. i'm mostly excited, but also a bit nervous about it. because i haven't done this event before, i have no expectations and no way to even predict what it will be like. i'm hoping people come ready to shop, but you never know if they will like what you have, so there's risk there. i'm also really hoping that i don't have any technology failures while i'm trying to ring people up, because you know it will all work perfectly right up until the second that you actually need it to work.

Mike has graciously offered to join me in helping man the table, which i'm so thankful for! it will be less intimidating, too. like when you have to give a presentation in school or at work, it's way easier to stand up there with someone else than it is by yourself. but i'm really excited to meet some new people and show my work to a whole new crowd of people! it's like introducing my baby to a group of strangers. except my baby is something that they can buy from me, so that's maybe a little weird. whatever. 

most importantly, i still don't know what i'm going to wear! maybe a simple black dress so that my jewels will stand out? or maybe i'll wear something like this:

top | Nordstrom Rack (similar)
wedges | Jessica Simpson 
bag | Dooney & Bourke (similar)
necklaces | Elisabeth Ashlie (here and here)


Saturday Style | 24

it was a big weekend around these parts! well, really just a big friday, full of exciting news! 

my roommate and i did a little apartment shopping earlier in the week and absolutely fell in love with one of the places. it has some of the great character that our current place has, like a brick fireplace, beams on the ceiling, and a french door, plus some of the extra things we were looking for, like a place for me to set up a workspace that isn't in my bedroom, a deck, and in-unit laundry. yes. IN-UNIT LAUNDRY. we were pretty sold on the place when we first walked through before finding out that little detail, but were ready to sign on the dotted line once those precious words were uttered. that is a true gem to find in the city, so we're thrilled! applications were in, fees were paid, and we were anxiously awaiting to hear whether or not we had been approved...

meanwhile, Mike had his first interview in the city for his first big-boy job on friday afternoon. he got the interview maybe 2 days after starting to apply and just one day before he was scheduled to meet with the place, which is quick! he wasn't sure if he would like the place and we were both sort of looking at this as a "practice interview". you know, he could get a feel for the types of questions they would ask, get his feet wet in the interview world, no real pressure since it happened so quickly. since he was going to be in the city, we planned to meet up afterward for lunch, so i hopped on the bus shortly after it started so that i would be in the area when he finished up. we planned to meet in a park that was about halfway between where we were coming from and where we were going, so when i got there and didn't see him, i started to worry (#whatwillibelikewithkids). i continued to the restaurant and began calling him like a crazed person. on the third attempt, he finally picked up and said he was on his way. whew! he's still alive. he got to the restaurant, we put our name in, found a seat, and then i was able to ask about the interview. after a bit of a pause, he turns to me, totally casual, and says, 

"well, guess who got a job?"
"wait, what?! you got a job?!!"

i was shocked! not because he was offered a position, but that it all happened so quickly! we've both been looking forward to this (admittedly, him more) for so long because that means that he can move into the city and we can finally live in the same zip code for the first time in 3 years. he gave me all the details, told me about the interview, and we talked through the whole offer. i am so stinkin' proud of him for the work that he's put in over the last few years to get to this point and cannot wait for him (and us) to start this next chapter! 

shortly after i returned home from lunch, i received that blessed email that said we had been approved for the apartment! so it's been kind of a whirlwind weekend filling out paperwork, making moving plans, and scouring Pinterest for all of my home decor inspiration, obviously. i can't wait to have a new place to decorate! 

striped tank | Target
kimono | Nordstrom Rack
shorts | Gap
sandals | Franco Sarto
bangles | Kendra Scott c/o
necklace | Elisabeth Ashlie


Summer Favorites

already halfway through the summer...how is that possible?!?! it's madness, i tell you. as with every season, i tend to have my 5-10 favorite things that i use the life out of. and so, i'm sharing them with you today because, well, maybe you'll love them, too? or you're just trying to distract yourself while sitting at your desk at work...either way, i'll take it. 

back to wearing the life out of things...like, for example, if you follow me on instagram, you know that i've worn a version of this dress many times. when i'm not wearing a dress, i'm either dressed down in distressed denim shorts and  classic v neck tee or the softest linen shorts and my favorite striped tank

since i don't need to carry around a huge bag to hold my gloves, scarf, 724 tissues, and cold medicine, i've opted for a smaller crossbody that was stashed in the back of my closet. which, coincidentally, holds my favorite new tinted lip balm from Fresh. i love using bright and fun nail colors, like this one from OPI, and keeping my accessories a little more simple (with these fun studs). 

warm weather footwear is something that i have a pretty good amount of, but need to stop buying because i tend to stick with one or two sandals each summer. i love these wedges for fancier times (or to dress up my casual outfits!). i've worn these sandals almost every day and they've held up impressively well. i've considered stocking up for future seasons, but have yet to reach that level ;) and i love a good pair of bright and colorful sneakers for walks along the lake, running errands, or to brighten up my around-the-house clothes during the week.

know what else is my favorite this summer? at-home smoothies (i'm on a kick right now!), sleeping with my window open, and purging my stuff. purging maybe isn't just exclusive to summer, but i'm gearing up for a move, so i want to just get rid of EVERYTHING IN SIGHT so that i don't have to pack. but, ya know, that's probably not the most strategic option. instead, i'll start tackling the packing this weekend. 

enjoy yours! 


Beauty Review: Tarte Airbrush Foundation

last time i was with my sister, i uttered eight of her favorite words...

"i'm in the market for a new foundation"

with glee and excitement, she immediately had recommendations for me and bolted toward the nearest Sephora. the first one she showed me seemed a little heavy for my skin - i prefer a lighter wear - so we moved onto the next. and that's when i was introduced to the Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation by tarte. i was skeptical at first, as i am with all new beauty products, but that skepticism quickly wore off when i felt, saw, and experienced it. it's light, but offers full coverage. it lasts all day long - only requires touch-ups on particularly sweaty days. and it totally makes me feel like i've had my makeup airbrushed on - my skin looks that good. i've caught myself looking long at my face in the mirror - not in a vain way, but in a way of, "my skin and makeup have never looked this good. this must be what it's like to be a celebrity". it's truly taken a few days for me to get used to how it looks, but i couldn't be more impressed with it. 
alright, enough raving already? before using this foundation, i was using MAC Studio Fix Powder and Foundation. which, by the way, i'd been using since 2009. (insert monkey covering his eyes emoji). i loved how light it was, but can see now that it didn't offer as much coverage as i could have been getting.

below you'll see a before and after using the tarte foundation. i applied Covergirl BB Cream all over my face and the tarte foundation only to the right side (left side of my face, right in the photo). on the side without the foundation, you can see blemishes, uneven coloring, and all those freckles, which i love, but don't need to see all of, all the time. on the other side, my coloring is even, blemishes are almost completely covered (even without a concealer yet!), and my freckles are more subtle. 
it's difficult to capture in one photo, but the difference is very clear in person, i promise! 
my sister insisted that i get this brush to go along with the foundation and she was totally right. you apply it with a buffing method, which helps with blending and getting that full coverage. 
and this is after a little bit of bronzer, blush, under eye concealer, and a swipe of mascara. i'm loving how clear, even, and soft my skin looks with it!
top: American Eagle Outlet | necklaces: Elisabeth Ashlie (here and here)

honestly, if you're in the market for a new foundation, i recommend giving this baby a try. i can't say enough great things about it! 

this isn't a sponsored post - i just love the foundation that much. pinky swear. 


Saturday Style | 23

you guys, i had one of the best weekends i've had in awhile. i've told you before that i'm a "doer" when it comes to weekends, right? Mike tends to enjoy relaxing on the couch, watching movies, and the like, while i can last for maybe 2 episodes of Homeland before i'm going stir crazy. it's a combination of spending all day, every day during the week in my apartment and wanting to get out and enjoy the benefits of living in such a beautiful city when i actually have time with Mike (which is only on the weekends). we spent a ton of time outside and out of my apartment, so it was a victory for me, for sure! 

between cruising the Chicago River, attempting* a beach day, walking to a local theater for a $5 movie, and running errands on Sunday, we accomplished a lot and it was giving me life, i tell ya. it was also giving me life to be outside of my air conditioning-less apartment because #itishot #andsohumid i haven't even attempted to style my hair in like 5 days. WHATS THE POINT WHEN IT ALL MELTS AS SOON AS I FINISH IT. (humidity and i are currently on bad terms).

so, all in all, this weekend will go down as one of my favorites. it's just really nice to have someone to spend them with, ya know? that's definitely the best part. 

*it rained within 15 minutes of arriving at the beach. and when i say "rained", i mean downpoured in the sort of way that a summer storm hits and quickly rolls on by. it was sorta beautiful, but also...we were pretty soaked. 

tank | H&M
shorts | Old Navy
sandals | DSW c/o
necklaces | Elisabeth Ashlie (here and here)
clutch | Loft c/o (similar)
sunglasses | Kate Spade