Weekend

posted on: Friday, May 30, 2014

I hope you have a great weekend ahead! The next few days will be fun ones for me, with celebrating a wedding for friends today in Chicago, and tomorrow, our baby shower for my sister-in-law! Lots of good things to celebrate :) I hope you have a great rest of your day — thank you for reading this week!

        
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4 Beauty Favorites

posted on: Thursday, May 29, 2014

Hi friends! Today I'm sharing four beauty favorites I'm loving lately. I'd love to hear yours, as well!


1.) Tory Burch Lipstick Case: I admit, my purse does not always stay the most organized. With little cases like this, I can keep track of what's inside. (FYI, the case is now on sale!)

2.) YSL Lipstick: Some of you have asked about this one, so I'm happy to share! This is hands-down my favorite lipstick: Pink in Devotion by YSL. It's a little pricey, but the color and formula is truly quality  this one is in the occasional "splurge" category for me.

3.) Viva la Juicy "Noir" Fragrance: This original has been my signature fragrance over the years, so "Noir" is a nice update. It smells like wild berries, vanilla, and sandalwood. Heavenly.

4.) Hum Nutrition: New to Sephora, these nutritional supplements take on beauty from the inside out. Since working these into my routine, my hair feels fuller, nails stronger, and my skin looks healthier. My favorites are Runway Ready, Killer Nails, and Here Comes the Sun.


DIY: Repurposing Glass Candles into Vases

posted on: Wednesday, May 28, 2014


Today I'm excited to share a simple, 5-step DIY project I completed this weekend: repurposing an old candle into a pretty little vase. It's a fun way to give new life to your favorite candles, recycling and reusing them as decorative containers. (My favorites to re-use are Diptyque, like this 'Baies' scented candle seen here, as well as Jo Malone candles.) Once cleaned, the glass containers transform into beautiful little flower bud vases. You could also display them on your desk to hold pens and office supplies, or in your bathroom to store cotton swaps or lipstick. The DIY is so easy you'll never want to throw these babies away! Here's my 5-step guide:

STEP 1: Burn candle until wax is completely melted. Blow candle out and let it cool for 5 minutes.
STEP 2: Place candle into your freezer for 45-60 minutes.
STEP 3: Remove candle from freezer. With a spoon, gently chip away the wax from the bottom of the glass.
STEP 4: Discard all wax from the glass.
STEP 5: Clean glass with paper towel and your favorite cleaner. 
And voilĂ !

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Weekend Snapshots

posted on: Tuesday, May 27, 2014


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Good morning! I wanted to share a few snapshots from the holiday weekend, which for me was spent mostly on the lake. It was a couple of beautiful, fun-filled days! I hope you enjoyed the weekend, too. Be sure to check back tomorrow — I'll be sharing my first-ever DIY post. Stay tuned!

        

Best of Memorial Day Sales

posted on: Sunday, May 25, 2014


I hope you're having a wonderful holiday weekend! In case you're wanting to indulge in a little shopping for summer (and take advantage of savings!), here's a round-up of 10 Memorial Day weekend sales not to be missed:

ASOS: 20% off sitewide. (I love this midi skirt and these classic heels.)
Baublebar: 30% off regular priced items.
Gap: Take 40% off regular price styles, including new arrivals.
J.Crew: 30% off select items, plus extra 30% off spring sale.
J.Crew Factory: 50% off sitewide, like these favorites.
Loft: 40% off everything.
Lulu & Georgia: 25% off all home decor sitewide.
Nordstrom: Save up to 40% on apparel, shoes and more. (Love these gold metallic sandals!)
Tory Burch: Save on accessories, handbags, shoes and more.

        
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6 Sources for Party Planning Inspiration

posted on: Friday, May 23, 2014


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Hooray, it's Friday! Whether it's a holiday weekend, a birthday, bachelorette, bridal or baby shower, sometimes life calls for a party. Because these celebrations are on my calendar for the upcoming weeks (and chances are, they are for you, too!), I wanted to share a few of my favorite sources for party planning inspiration and supplies:

— Container Store: The store stocks endless options for gift packaging and creative ways to present treats.
— Waiting on Martha: Online boutique filled with fun supplies, like this cake stand and these pom pom decorations.
— Sugar Paper: Between wrapping paper, place cards, and note sets, Sugar Paper can do no wrong. 
— C.Wonder: I love the brand's collection of table linens and fun servewear.
— Target: The catch-all source for party basics, like balloons, candles, and gift bags.
 Etsy: A destination to find original handmade items, like this amazing tassel garland.

Are you planning any upcoming parties in the near future? I'd love to hear! Follow along via Pinterest for an extra dose of inspiration. (Recipes as seen above: Chocolate Truffles || Funfetti Cupcakes || Lemonade || Cake)


Memorial Day Style

posted on: Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Can you believe it's Memorial Day weekend already?! The holiday always seems like the unofficial start of summer. When I think of Memorial Day weekend style, I imagine classic all-American pieces. Just in time for summer, J.Crew Factory is offering 50% off everything (women's and men's!) now through May 26. It's a great time to stock up on summer staples, like shorts, dresses, tops, skirts, swimwear, shoes and more. 

Do you have any fun plans for your Memorial Day weekend?

Items as seen above: Lace Tank ($29.50) || Striped Tee ($21) || White Jeans ($39.50) || Clutch ($34) || Eyelet Skirt ($34.50) || Bikini ($40) || Floral Skirt ($49)|| Eyelet Top ($36) || Cosmetic Case ($13) || Metallic Sandals ($19.50) || Espadrille Wedges ($59)


Get in Gear

posted on: Monday, May 19, 2014


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Yesterday was the perfect day for a walk through the park. The sun was shining, birds were chirping, flowers were blooming... it's days like those (especially in the Midwest) that make you want to get outdoors and take it all in! In the warmer months of the year, I love taking my workouts outdoors, whether it's in Lincoln Park or along the lake shore path. For me, Spring is always a good time of year to set a consistent fitness routine. And with a few new pieces of activewear, getting in shape is a bit more fun, isn't it? ;) The right activewear can help you feel motivated and get in gear. As you can guess, I love wearing bright colors, like these Nikes and pink capri leggings. I'm also a new fan of Cory Vines, a collection of high-quality basics that easily mix-and-match with activewear I already own.

Do you have any fitness goals for 2014? I'd love to hear!

My outfit details: Cory Vines Top (c/o) || Under Armour Leggings || Nike "Revolution 2" Shoes || bkr Water Bottle


Instagram

posted on: Friday, May 16, 2014


While I aim to post 2-3 times per week here on the blog, I love sharing more of my everyday life, travels and inspirations over on Instagram. I'd love for you to follow along! Have a great weekend, wherever it finds you!

xo, Laura

        

Wanderlust: Cannes

posted on: Thursday, May 15, 2014


cannes carlton hotel
beach tide
flowers in planter
beach umbrellas
As the Cannes Film Festival is currently taking place, I couldn't help but share a few photos of the charming French Riviera destination. While it's not always possible to travel as much as we'd like, it's always fun to browse photos, discover new locales, and imagine a getaway, don't you think? I hope you enjoy!

In case you're in the mood for more travel, browse these past posts:
        

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