Best of: Labor Day Sales

posted on: Friday, August 29, 2014

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In case you're doing a little shopping this weekend, I rounded up the best holiday sales not to be missed. From clothing, shoes, accessories and home decor, there are lots of great sale items to browse. Do you have your eye on any certain pieces? The items above, like suede booties and a carryall bag, are at the top of my wishlist for the fall season.


>> ASOS: Up to 75% off sale and extra 10% off this weekend.
>> Anthropologie: Extra 20% off sale items.
>> Bauble Bar: 50% off select jewelry.
>> Furbish Studio: 15% off everything.
>> Gap: 40% off sitewide with code: HAPPY.
>> Graphic Image: Free personalization and free shipping over $50.
>> J.Crew: Extra 40% off sale items with code: WEEKEND and 25% off new arrivals.
>> J.Crew Factory: Everything is 40-60% off through September 1.
>> Kendra Scott: 15% off all items with code: LDW2014.
>> Lulu & Georgia: 25% off sitewide with code: LABORDAY25
>> Macy's: Save extra 20% with code: SUPER, plus 25% off clearance. 
>> Piperlime: New items added to sale: free shipping and returns.
>> Pottery Barn: Savings sitewide with code: SAVEMORE.
>> Nordstrom: Save up to 40% through September 7.
>> Sole Society: Up to 70% off shoes, accessories and more.
>> Tory Burch: Up to 30% sitewide with code: LABORDAY14.


Nautical


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Wishing you a great holiday weekend! Chicago has suddenly turned hot and humid, so I have a feeling I'll be living in a swimsuit and casual ponytail for the next few days. I'm excited to see friends & family this weekend for a "last hoorah" of summer. Speaking of celebrations, how fun is this nautical-themed party bucket? Thank you to Stacy Brown Designs, who made the bucket custom for me! I'm sure it will get some use this weekend. Do you have any special plans for the holiday?


Browse more nautical-inspired favorites below:


In the Kitchen

posted on: Wednesday, August 27, 2014


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If you follow me on Pinterest, it's no surprise I have a thing for white kitchens. They're a fresh, updated take on traditional design — often inspired by elements of coastal, cottage or transitional style. One reason I love white kitchens is the flexibility to add varying touches of color, based on your own taste or changes of the season. With the right mix of finishes and decor, white kitchens are warm and inviting. Here are some favorite items in my own kitchen, and some I wouldn't mind stocking someday :) I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!


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White Lace Dress

posted on: Monday, August 25, 2014


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I wore this white lace dress last week for our anniversary. I absolutely love the pretty lace detailing and its low, backless cut. I think the dress strikes the perfect balance of sweet and spice :) The dress is by For Love & Lemons — I also love the red version and longer white version, as well. Just to note, size availability seems to come and go, so check across retailers to find the best option. I've provided a few below, if interested!



Weekend

posted on: Saturday, August 23, 2014

Wishing you a wonderful Saturday! My boyfriend and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary this week — (thank you for your sweet comments here and here!). Before going out for dinner, we flipped through old photos of us together throughout the years, which gave us some definite laughs and sentimental "awws." We were introduced by a mutual friend and started dating while I was finishing college at Wisconsin and he was beginning work in Chicago. While I struggle sometimes with how many personal details to share here, Kevin is a big part of my life and has been incredibly supportive of this blog (he's the one behind the camera of my pictures!). I adore his loyalty, humor, determination, and sense of adventure. So, a special "I love you" goes out to my guy this week.

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Julie Vos Jewelry Sale

posted on: Wednesday, August 20, 2014


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One of my favorite jewelry designers, Julie Vos, is currently hosting a sample sale for summer's end. You may remember this post from a few months ago, or have seen me wear this gold bracelet (which I love!). Julie's pieces are inspired by travel and incorporate luxe textures and colors, adding the perfect finishing touch to an outfit. There are so many beautiful designs currently discounted, so be sure to check out the sample sale while it lasts!

Items as seen above: Bali Bracelet || Esme Cuff || Earrings || Coin Bracelets || Gold Bangles || Rings
Items as seen on Kat: Tinsley Bangles || Bali Bracelet


My 5 Favorite Lipsticks

posted on: Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Do you have a signature favorite lip color? For me, that's this shade by Yves Saint Laurent. It's the perfect shade of pink, with just enough color and lasting power to make the formula splurge-worthy. Don't get me wrong, I also love drugstore beauty buys — which are more practical and budget-friendly for everyday wear. Whether they're from Nordstrom, Sephora or the corner drugstore, here are five lip colors that have become my go-to favorites:

YSL Rouge Volupté Shine' (Pink in Devotion): Smooth, moisture-rich color that lasts. (Smells great, too!)
NARS Lipstick (Schiap): A fun, vibrant color for when you're feeling bold. Perfect for vacation or a girls' night out.
Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm (Vivacious): My choice for everyday wear. You'll likely find it in my bag at all times.
Milani Lipstick (Flamingo Pose): I'm usually not one for red lips, so this shade strikes a balance between berry and pink.
Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Color (Passion Fruit): A sheer, flattering shade that's easy to apply for an effortless look.



Fall Preview

posted on: Monday, August 18, 2014


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While Saturday was a quintessential summer day, yesterday was a little overcast and chilly, which had me thinking about the changing of seasons. I'm not quite ready to give up sundresses and sandals just yet, but I am excited to see fall fashion arrivals, like these suede booties, this quilted jacket, and this leopard print scarf (under $30!). Fall is also a time when I stock up on favorite candles for around home — this one by Voluspa and this Capri Blue candle are the absolute best. Are you looking forward to fall? Be sure to visit my Shop page, as I'll continue to add new arrivals throughout the season!



Office Chic

posted on: Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Whether it's your home office, desk at work, or study spot at school, personalizing a workspace can help you feel energized and productive. While I love keeping up-to-date with my iPhone on the go, there's something about keeping an old school journal and desk calendar — don't you think? Some of my favorite office accessories are from retailers like Graphic Image and Container Store, offering both professional and stylish pieces. How do you like to personalize your workspace?


(For more office design inspiration, be sure to see these gold office accessories)


Summer Snapshots

posted on: Monday, August 11, 2014


A few summer snapshots of late... Between beach volleyball and days on the lake, weekend weddings and girls' book club, these past few weeks have been flying by! While the sunshine is still with us in Chicago, I'm trying to take advantage of everything outdoors in the city, whether it's the lakeshore path or dining al fresco, like this patio (a fave spot of mine). I hope you're enjoying these last weeks of summer!

Saturday

posted on: Saturday, August 9, 2014


Happy Saturday to you! My weekend mornings usually begin with enjoying a cup of coffee (or two!), catching up on the news and my favorite magazines, and browsing Pinterest. (Any one else here with me?) I've added a few pins and boards, in case you're browsing this weekend. I'm heading to a friends' wedding later today, which will surely provide lots of fun for the remainder of the weekend. Do you have any special plans for today? I hope you have a great Saturday!

P.S.: I get quite a few questions about this leopard clutch. You can find it here at 30% off (by subscribing to Piperlime emails), if interested!


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