High Five for Friday

happy friday! if you're new to these parts, today's post is a look back at some of my highlights from this past week - you can do the same! (details below) at the end of the week, i like to reflect on the good that happened, even if it wasn't a particularly stellar few days. this week, however, was pretty good for me! here's why:

1. i was in the burbs earlier in the week to do a little apartment furniture and decor shopping with my mom. i was only planning on picking up some of my bigger furniture items, but ended up finding loads of great stuff to use for decor, as well! it was one of those days that you can't plan to happen because then you wouldn't find anything. i was pleasantly surprised by how well-stocked both Home Goods and Marshall's were, which is where i picked up the majority of my goods. i cannot wait to see it all come together soon! 
pillow: Nicole Miller | rug: Safavieh (both from Marshall's)
2. after a real scorcher earlier in the week, the 70 degree days we've had since have been glorious. they've made me quite excited for fall, mostly because fall is my favorite season to dress for! 

3. i did, however, take advantage of the warm temps over the weekend and headed to the beach for a few hours. there's this magical thing that happens in the summer in chicago where seemingly everyone is in a wonderful mood and life is just great - it's called lake michigan being warm enough to actually step into and not get frostbite. it's a beautiful thing.

4. i've rediscovered the goodness that is curling my hair with a 1 1/4" iron and i'm hooked (again).

5. i joined a friend for happy hour the other night and loved having a legitimate reason to get dressed up a bit. since it doesn't happen too often, i like to take advantage of every opportunity to use my heels and fancier pieces! 
shoes: Nickels (Marshall's) | pants: Anthro (similar) | sweater: J.Crew
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Brows Matter

if you're even remotely active on social media, i'm sure you've seen one of those articles floating around that's called something along the lines of, 'celebrities without eyebrows'. if you haven't, please google it now. no, seriously. just come back when you're done. 

anyway, it really shows how important eyebrows are in shaping your face. they're essential, if you ask me. now, most of us have eyebrow hairs, but not all of us were born with beautiful, thick, dark brows that require no extra work. i fall in that first camp - the one that has to take a couple extra steps while doing my makeup. for years, i withheld filling in my brows because i didn't feel like dealing with the 'hassle' of it. oh, cute sweet naive me. it takes me 1-2 minutes to do my brows and makes an incredible difference for my face.

here's what i've been using:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in Medium Brown
Julep's Angled Liner Brush
e.l.f. Small Angled Brush

the liner brush is used for setting my outline of my brows, while the small angled brush is for filling in.

brows make a huge difference, right?  it took me a few trial runs to find the best shape, color, etc. now that i've been doing it for a few months with this brow powder, i wouldn't do it using anything else! the powder goes on beautifully and gives a really natural look, which is important. it lasts all day and doesn't require touch-ups. if you don't currently fill in your brows, i recommend trying it out and seeing if you can notice the difference in your face! these days, i don't leave the house without a little powder in my brows, even if i don't do anything else with my face. 

if you need a tutorial for how to fill them in, Keiko Lynn's tutorial is great!

shirt | old from Madewell
necklace | Kate Spade


Feelin' Fancy

although my closet may say otherwise, i'm not one to dress-up much. i really wish that i was because i always feel great in a dress or cute skirt, but i just naturally opt for shorts or jeans. i'm working on branching out of my stubborn ways and reaching for those dresses and skirts in my closet that are just begging to be worn. 

when i spotted this dress by Chicwish, i knew i had to have it. the pop of blue florals, flowy material, and trapeze shape just beckoned me in. 

shoot, i'll start dressing up. but only if i can wear this outfit every time. 
dress | c/o Chicwish
shoes | Marshall's
bag | Steve Madden (similar)
earrings | Forever 21 


My Summer Uniform

this summer has been all about easy, simple outfits for me. since most of my days are spent at my desk in my apartment, there isn't always a need for me to 'get ready' for the day. many days i roll out of bed, throw on some house clothes, and sit at my desk 'til about noon...when my stomach starts to growl. if i do need to run an errand or decide to go to a coffee shop, i find myself reaching for things in my closet that i can just throw on with my bed head and one swipe of mascara face. 

whether it's jean shorts and a tee, a maxi skirt and tank, or a dress: the simpler, the better. this striped tunic dress is perfect for me. i just throw it on with a pair of fun sandals and an interesting necklace and i'm good to go. 

this necklace is particularly near and dear to my heart because it was handmade by an artisan for the exclusive summer collection for BRIKA. as a handmade shop owner myself, i love to wear and share other handmade goods by artists. the necklace is super lightweight and would be a great addition to plenty of outfits. i'm thinking i'll pair it next with my destructed denim shorts and simple grey v-neck or a knit sweater and maxi skirt (for cooler days!). be sure to check out their summer collection for other beautiful handmade necklaces! 

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dress | c/o Gracie B.*
sandals | Franco Sarto (similar)
bag | Rebecca Minkoff (via Nordstrom Rack)
necklace | c/o BRIKA

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High Five for Friday

happy friday - we finally made it! this week went by fairly slow for me, probably based on the fact that i've been sick for the better half of it. i mean, honestly, who gets a cold in the middle of July? it's ridiculous.

despite not feeling my best, i still had a pretty good week. here's a look at some of my favorite moments:

1. i took my mom over to my soon-to-be new apartment on Monday so that she could see the space and help me figure out what furniture i need to pick up. this is the first time being back since we signed the lease and will officially be living there, so it was fun to walk through it again! i was able to pick up me keys, too! 

2. the weather has been absolutely delightful the past few days. it's been in the 70's, which is my new favorite temperature range - it's cool enough in the shade that you're not sweating, but warm enough in the sun that you're not cold. perfection, i tell you.

3. i'm seriously, seriously considering having Kate chop my hair when i see her in a couple weeks. i'm used to changing my hair often and haven't had a dramatic change in awhile, so i'm itchin' for one. i'm not totally convinced that i'm going to do it, but it just might happen. i've basically spent all week browsing Pinterest for inspiration here's what i'm thinking:

4. although being sick is no fun, it has been nice to take it a little bit easier this week and relax a bit more. i truly can't say how thankful i am to be self-employed and work from home and am able to take a sick day or two. 

5. i decided on a Starbucks workday earlier this week and it was a pretty brilliant decision. i can feel so secluded and alone spending all day in my apartment, so even just sitting in a coffee shop can make a huge difference for me. also, wearing workout clothes is just the most comfortable thing.
sweatshirt and bag: J.Crew | pants: Athleta
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