8.28.2015

Autumn List

happy friday! 

just popping in during the moving day madness to share some things that i'm loving for autumn. it's really starting to look and feel like fall around Chicago, so i'm getting into the mindset of layers, rich tones, and animal print. those seem to be my three go-to's right when the weather starts cooling off from summer. also, those latte mugs? imma need to get myself one... 
travel set, Sole Society | pencil skirt, LOFT | necklace, Elisabeth Ashlie | lipstick, MAC Star Magnolia | white blouse, H&M | nail polish, OPI I Sao Paolo Over There | rings, H&M | sweatshirt, LOFT | latte mugs, Anthropologie | candle, H&M Home | loafers, Vince Camuto via Sole Society | bag, Michael Kors

have a great weekend! i'll be unpacking and organizing all weekend, so i know i will ;) 

8.25.2015

Date Night with Kendra Scott

900 N Michigan Ave, Chicago
if there's one thing i feel like i can never have enough of, it's jewelry. i rarely leave the house without something, whether it's simple studs and my favorite delicate necklace, or something a bit fancier like these statement earrings. especially on weekends where minimal makeup and ponytails are standard, i like to feel a bit more put together by adding some jewels to the mix. 

Alex Earrings and Andy Bracelet 
i've always been an admirer of Kendra Scott jewelry, but that admiration was taken to a whole new level when i visited the brand new store in Chicago. bright lights, all white cabinetry, mirrors all around, and endless gorgeous jewelry placed throughout the store. basically, it's every jewelry-lovers dream. i was particularly struck by the collection of white howlite jewelry, like this necklace and these studs


when it came to picking a date night outfit last weekend, i planned the clothes around the accessories. and that's when you know the jewelry is good. a simple lace top, my favorite maxi dress (repurposed to be a skirt!), embellished sandals, and a simple clutch were the perfect match for these ear cuffs, my favorite double ring, and this bangle set




top: H&M | maxi dress: Gap | sandals: Target | earrings: Kendra Scott c/o | bangles: Kendra Scott c/o | ring: Kendra Scott c/o | wallet: Cole Haan

a huge thank you to Kendra Scott for sponsoring this post!

8.21.2015

Black + White

haaaaaaappy friday! 

i've got a couple hours of work and a few more things to pack before i get ready to head out to the burbs for my friend's wedding! i love going to weddings and seeing every bride's vision for their big day come true. it's also fun for me to think about what my wedding will be like one day (ahem, Mike, are you reading this?) and get ideas from the different ceremonies and receptions that we attend. i'm looking forward to catching up with some old friends and enjoying the beautiful surroundings. 

also, i may have verbally committed to running a half marathon in like 10 weeks and i'm terrified. actually, i'm completely in denial that it's likely happening. which, i think, is exactly the opposite of how you should act because TRAINING. it's been a hot minute since i've done any type of distance run, or even been to the gym, so this will be a real treat. i'm the type of person that is motivated by goals, so knowing that i have a HALF MARATHON i'm expecting to run in 10 weeks will surely get my booty outside and runnin'. i'm also really going to work on getting Mike to join us because the more people to suffer run with, the better. more about that to come, i'm sure. 

i'll leave you with this, because i tend to be chatty when i'm still sleepy but loading my body with caffeine. black, white, and cognac make for a real good combination, if you ask me. 


white top, H&M | lace top, Marshall's | pants, Calvin Klein via TJ Maxx | sandals, Target (similar) | bag, J.Crew (similar) | necklaces, Elisabeth Ashlie (here and here) | ring, Kendra Scott c/o 

8.19.2015

Beauty Review: Face Cleansers

while i tend to be pretty open-minded about clothes, nail polish colors, or changing up my hairstyle, one thing i don't like changing is anything i use on my skin. i've always had super sensitive skin and have had enough allergic reactions to face washes/moisturizers/lotions to know not to mess with it too much. truth be told, i'd been using the same face wash from Neutrogena for several years but wanted to try something new. i took a risk trying out this face cream from Fresh several months ago (at my sister's recommendation) and have loved using it, so i thought i'd give their soy face cleanser a shot. i knew i liked the brand, my skin wouldn't react to it, and it was in that part of the store where you checkout and everything is tiny and (therefore) cheap(er) than the rest of the store and i get sucked in and can't help myself and now we're here.  
i love the smell of this cleanser and can tell that it's super gentle, which is what i wanted to start out with. it doesn't dry out my skin and acts as a toner, which i like. the one thing i don't love about it is that i can't feel it cleaning my face. because it's so gentle, it doesn't have any exfoliating beads or stronger ingredients that give you that deep-clean feeling. 

so, i was on a mission to try some other cleansers, in hopes of finding a real winner. next up was Zero Oil by Origins. i've talked about my love for their active charcoal mask (it is real and it is deeeeeep), so i figured a cleanser was an obvious next step to try. my skin tends to be a little bit on the oily side, especially in the summer when i'm more prone to sweating. what i love about this cleanser is that it really does remove excess oil, without drying my skin out. in fact, i didn't feel the need to apply a moisturizer until about 10 minutes after using it, which is pretty impressive for me. i could feel it cleaning my skin and love how sudsy it gets. so far, this one is a good one! 
i'd also heard a lot about First Aid Beauty, so i picked up the face cleanser to try. this one was also super gentle, which i like. it's a rich and silky cream cleanser, so it's soft and smooth when you're washing your face. it left my skin looking bright and feeling clean without feeling aggressive or too intense. 
overall, i'd say they're all winners, it just depends on what type of skin you have and what cleanser you're looking for. if i had to pick a favorite, it would be the one from Origins because it helped with the oily skin part! and that is particularly required during the warm summer months when extra grime builds up on my skin. 

have you tried any of these? what did you think?

8.17.2015

Blush x White

since i left you with such a cliffhanger about what i was planning to wear to the conference over the weekend...here it is! (i seem to be most sarcastic in the morning. who am i kidding, i'm sarcastic at all times). anyway, i went with a neutral palette because i've been looking for any excuse or occasion to wear this blush top. we've got a reaaaaal nice thing going right now, so i didn't want to mess it up. i swapped out the shorts for pants, flats for wedges, and simple jewels for a bit more of a statement, but otherwise, it's as if you were there on saturday. 


top | TOPSHOP (more sizes), shorts | LOFT c/o, espadrilles | Madden Girl, purse | Nordstrom Rack, necklace | Elisabeth Ashliering | Kendra Scott c/o

speaking of, my sister and i were both a bit disappointed with the Create & Cultivate Conference. i was really anticipating being inspired and full of ideas for how to grow my biz and left feeling like i hadn't really heard anything that was applicable to me or what i was doing. some could argue that you can apply just about any business concepts/experiences to your own, but it's a lot harder to do it than it is to say. quite a few of the panelists had a lot of experience with venture capital funding or spending years in R&D developing their product, and that's just not something that i've ever done (or likely will do - but you never know!) so, there was much to be desired, in my opinion. 

i will say that the setting, Chicago Illuminating Company, was beautiful and really cool to see. it was fun to meet some ladies that were in a similar situation with having an online business, so i enjoyed that! it's nice to be around like-minded people that understand what you do and just sort of get it, ya know? 

Kate and i really enjoyed getting to spend time together, too. while i absolutely love the time that i get to spend with her when i'm visiting her and my nephews, it's also really nice to have some time separate from the babies so that we can have a full conversation or decide to just up and go do something without having to talk about nap schedules and when dinner is. it's also a little weird to not have the boys around when i see her because i'm so used to them being a package deal! 

and now, after a fun and full weekend, it's back to work and power-packing up my apartment to get ready for the move!