Saturday, June 30, 2018

Top Eight // June 2018 Favorites

I feel like I say this every month but I swear this month flew by!! June came and went so quickly, but because of my new job (which I swear I will post about next month), I've been able to try a ton of new products. While I've recently been focusing a little bit more on beauty, I swear my main priority is still fashion and I'll make sure to link some of my newest items below! Once you get through all eight of my June 2018 favorites, let me know in the comments what you've been loving so I can check it out!

Why I've Been Absent on Instagram

If you follow my blog and social media platforms closely, you probably have noticed I've been pretty absent for more than a month. Today I sat down and realized I not only hadn't posted on Instagram in a month and a half, but I hadn't posted a single post to my blog – something that I normally really focus on, posting five separate blogs a month. I really hope I never let the things I love slip through the cracks like this again, and while I frantically finish the five posts for this month in one day, here's why these last two months have left me feeling swamped and uninspired.

A Guide to Summer in Chicago

In Chicago, the three months of beautiful weather make up for the other 9 months that consist of cloudy skies and frigid temps. Chicago summers are full of beach days, drinks on rooftops and nights exploring new restaurants and bars. If you're visiting Chicago or have been here forever and need inspiration, here are a few of my favorite things to do over a Chicago summer.

My Holy Grail Beauty Product

I'm obsessed with my skin care routine and am constantly trying new products, but there's one thing that I always have to have in my cabinet – Vitamin C Serum. It seems like a small step, but I swear it makes a world of difference. Just hear me out.

Last Minute 4th of July Outfit Inspo

I'm the WORST at planning my outfits ahead for events and always end up frantically running from store to store the day before. This 4th of July is no different, but in case anyone else is in the same shoes as me, I've pulled together a selection of cute 4th of July looks – all of which are super affordable!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Top Eight // May 2018 Favorites

Unlike other months, I had a hard time finding eight things I loved this time. Weirdly, I've been online shopping nonstop, but have seen literally nothing I really like! Is this happening to anyone else right now? Whenever summer rolls around, I'm super eager to get new things as I always feel like I have no suitable clothes/beauty products for the warm weather, but this year nothing is jumping out at me. However, as always, I've pulled together my top eight items of the month, even though I'm not sure they will be staying in my life for weeks to come.

A Less Girly Take on a Floral Dress

If you've been following me for a while, you know that my style most definitely would not be described as "girly." With an aversion to anything pink and frilly, and a need to constantly incorporate black into every look (I swear, I'm trying to overcome this), I definitely veer towards a more edgy, classic style. So, when summer rolls around and floral dresses are in every major store, I sometimes struggle to make summer looks my own.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Mood Board: Blank Canvas

With Memorial Day behind us, it's time to pull all of your white clothes out of storage! While I'm pretty sure no one listens to the "no white after Labor Day" rule anymore, I personally wear white the most in the summer. It's clean, crisp, and like the title of this post, a blank canvas that you can add accessories to for a unique look.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Carbon Coco Review

Anyone who knows me knows that one of the things I'm most self conscious about is my teeth. As someone who constantly has a coffee in hand, my teeth have never been the porcelain white color you see in commercials. This is always something I become increasingly aware of when summer rolls around and my schedule is full of BBQs and days spent at the beach. I obviously want my teeth to look white for pictures, and Carbon Coco's products saved me just in time for the summer heat. 

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Last Minute Graduation Dress Guide

May means graduation season, and while you study for finals, check the last few things off your college bucket list and start packing your bags, sometimes preparation for graduation day falls through the cracks. When I graduated last year (you read that right, I really did graduate), graduation day always felt far away, like I had a lot of time to prepare. Though this was all wishful thinking and hopeless denial that it was coming time to be an "adult," I wish I had prepared in advance for my outfit on graduation day. If you're like me and left your graduation planning until last minute, let me help you pull together the perfect look just in time for the big day.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Top Eight // April 2018 Favorites

This month has flown by so quickly and I ended up trying so many new beauty and fashion items, I don't know how I narrowed it down. These next eight items are my absolute favorites from April, and trust me, I tried a TON!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Dazey LA

If you've been following me for the last year, you probably already know that I'm obsessed with Dazey LA. Long before I was even interested in blogging I came across the brand, whose designs all have an important message of female empowerment, told through cool retro t-shirts. Though as a fashion blogger my most affordable options often fall under "fast fashion," I love to support smaller brands that focus on what's important in the world. For that reason, Dazey LA is frequently featured on my blog. Who can blame me, the styles are all so cute!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

How To Wear: Satin Jumpsuit

One of my favorite purchases in the last few months was this simple black jumpsuit from Urban Outfitters. Jumpsuits and rompers are always my favorite items in my closet – it's the quickest thing to throw on yet still incredibly versatile. Whether you're running out the door for errands or heading out for the night, a good black jumpsuit is a must.

Monday, April 9, 2018

#OOTD 05.08.18

Happy Monday, ladies! With a crazy schedule managing blogposts, freelancing and my job, it's so important to decompress and disconnect from social media over the weekend. On the days where I do this, I always turn to a comfortable yet on-trend outfit to just grab coffee with friends and relax. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Mood Board: Marigold

It's finally Spring – and although it's April 4th and there's snow on the ground here in Chicago – this means it's time for bright colors to spice up our lives after a dull winter. What color signifies warm weather and sunshine more than yellow?!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Top Eight // March 2018 Favorites

Whew – this month flew by! With St. Patrick's day and my birthday, this month has been a total whirlwind. Despite my busy schedule, I still have a ton of new favorites this month, but as always, I've narrowed it down to the top eight. Keep reading to see what I was loving in the month of March.

Friday, March 9, 2018

My Brush Set

To say I'm makeup obsessed would be an understatement. After becoming infatuated with Youtube accounts like Tati of Glam Life Guru (my all-time favorite), Olivia Jade and James Charles, I quickly invested in all of their recommendations. Yet, while I am always on the hunt for the next big beauty product (whether it be a drugstore steal or luxury splurge), I've never reevaluated the tools I'm using to apply my makeup. For some reason, I've always looked at makeup brushes as an investment; something that I would have to spend a lot of money on to get a quality product. Thankfully, I came across the site "My Brush Set" and quickly realized I was so wrong. Keep reading to learn more about why I love these brushes and how they have totally changed my makeup routine.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Mood Board: Shamrock

It's officially pisces season, and with that comes spring showers and shamrock shuffles. As a pisces baby myself, this is one of my favorite times of the year, and no, it's not just because it's my birthday month. March means warmer temperatures, budding spring flowers and the end of grey winter skies. As we head into spring, we kick off the warm weather with St. Patrick's Day festivities, and the streets flood with pops of green.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

My Thoughts On The Ugly Sneaker Trend

From Balenciaga to Yeezy, every high-end brand is getting in on the ugly sneaker trend. That being said, not every trend is a great one, and for me, this is one that misses the mark. However, there is a good and a bad way to rock this trend, and I'm laying it all out here.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Maybelline Fit Me Dewy Foundation

As anyone who has been following my blog for a while knows, I am always on the hunt for the latest and greatest fashion and beauty products. Especially as a fashion blogger, it's not only important that my skin looks as flawless as possible in pictures, but I also need the products I use to last all day.  Thanks to Influenster's partnership with Maybelline, I was able to try out their updated Dewy + Smooth foundation formula, and I was so impressed! Keep reading to learn more about why this foundation works for me and some tips for a flawless, long-wear look.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Shopbop Sale Must-Haves

As the weather gets warmer, retailers are getting ready for some spring cleaning, and with that comes some major sales. The latest sale is at Shopbop, and you can save some major cash on the best brands using the code "GOBIG18" at checkout. To get you started on your browsing, I've put together a few of my favorite items from the sale. Since this is Shopbop (which tends to be a pricier retailer), some of the items are more expensive than what I usually purchase, but with the discount I think they are worth the purchase. I already ordered the Citizens of Humanity crop jeans, what will you be getting? Read more to get inspired to splurge!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Top Eight // February 2018 Favorites

I can't believe it's the end of another month! You know how it works – another month ending means it's time for a favorites roundup. From jewelry, to spring dresses and new shoes, these are my eight favorite items I've come across this month.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Mood Board: Ultra Violet

If you haven't heard by now – although I'm sure you have – Pantone has hailed ultra violet as the color of the year. While the color of the year isn't always taken seriously (and sometimes can be a total miss) ever since the success of millennial pink I've taken more consideration with Pantone's decision. Continue reading to see my thoughts on this years color, and some suggestions of how to style this bold color. 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Winter Uniform

With winter in full swing, staying warm is a top priority. That being said, it's hard to stay inspired during these grey Chicago days. When I'm feeling unmotivated and uninspired, I tend to turn to a "uniform" of sorts when getting dressed, and this look has been my go-to this season. Scroll down to check out my winter uniform and get the (extremely affordable) details on the look!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Denim Trend I'm Loving

After years of leggings reigning as women's number one choice of "pants," denim is back and better than ever. Over the last year, we've seen every style of denim make a comeback – from mom jeans, to distressed denim, to high rise and light washes. I only wear jeans, and I'm always looking for a new and interesting pair to add to my wardrobe. The latest trend is denim with stripes down the side – a fun, sporty take on your everyday denim. Keep reading to find my favorite affordable options and some inspiration of how to style this new trend.

Top Eight // January 2018 Favorites

It's that time of the month again! No, not that time of the month – it's time for my monthly top eight. For those who don't know or are new here, each month I round up my favorite eight items of the month, from clothing to beauty products and everything in between. Let's dive right in!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Brands I Love But Can't Afford

For anyone that's been following me for a while, you may have noticed I never buy anything above $150, and more often than not, above $80. At only 22-years-old, with a degree in journalism and only a few months out of college, to say I'm ballin' on a budget would be an understatement. Budgeting can be hard, especially as someone who is constantly following the latest trends and "it-girls" with the most covetable style. As a result, there's a long list of brands I love but can't afford – here are a few of my favorites.

Monday, January 15, 2018

L'Oreal Pure Sugar Scrub

I'm always on the hunt for new skin care products to help improve and perfect my skin. While I have my holy grail, must-have skin products that I'll never switch out (post to come), I love to try new deep-cleansing scrubs to use a few times a week to freshen my skin and this L'Oreal Pure Sugar Scrub takes the cake. I posted about this product before in my December favorites post (read here) and I'm still obsessed. Here's why.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Mood Board: Baby Blues

It's officially 2018 and there are so many new things to look forward to, including new color trends. In 2017 we saw bold colors like yellow and red splashed across every runway, and I'm hoping this continues in the new year. One color that caught my eye this week is baby blue. While this could be due to the fact that I'm looking forward to the warmer weather and this color is often a staple of the spring season, I'm loving it for winter pieces as well.

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