Summer Neutrals

posted on: Friday, May 29, 2015

Happy Friday, friends! As much as I love wearing bright and vibrant colors, there's something refreshing about crisp whites and neutrals for summer. Here's a collection of classic neutral pieces that'd be staples in any girl's closet for years to come.

Items as seen above: Silk Cashmere Scarf || Bag || Beach Sweater (now on sale) || White Jeans || Heels (thee most flattering heeled sandal out there!) || Tassel Earrings || Leopard Clutch (also available here)

Blue + White Sundress

posted on: Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I wore this blue and white tile print dress on Memorial Day, when I spent the afternoon at The Art Institute of Chicago followed by dinner in River North with my boyfriend's family. (Whether you're visiting Chicago, or you've lived in the city for years, visiting The Art Institute is a must!). It's beginning to truly feel like summer here, and I'm excited to live in sundresses and sandals again. This dress is under $50 at Nordstrom, along with lots of cute affordable summer dresses I rounded-up below. Hope you're having a great week!

Humidity + Hair

posted on: Monday, May 25, 2015

Let's talk: humidity and hair. There's nothing more I love than when summer rolls in, but I could do without the humidity. My hair is naturally pretty wavy, and with any ounce of humidity in the air, it tends to transform into a big frizzy mess. (Any one else here with me?). The last thing I want to be doing on a warm day is use more hot styling tools, or apply more and more product to keep my hair in check. I recently tried a sample of Living Proof Prime Style Extender that was included in a previous Sephora order of mine and was extremely impressed. (I wish I had tried it sooner!). The product "primes" hair before blow-drying, which protects and extends the life of your style — even through a humid day. I honestly tell a huge difference in my hair when I use the primer, and can count on my style lasting all day into the following. It's truly the secret behind any (and all) of my good hair days. I should mention: This is not a sponsored post, just one to share how much I like and recommend this product! :)

Living Proof Prime Style Extender can be found at Sephora and Amazon, plus the full Living Proof collection is sold at Nordstrom and Ulta. Have you tried this primer, or do you have another one you love? Let me hear!



Memorial Day Weekend

posted on: Friday, May 22, 2015

Wishing you a wonderful holiday weekend, wherever it finds you! In case you're taking advantage of weekend sales, I rounded a handful of ones not to be missed. You can also stop by my boutique to browse new arrivals. Enjoy!

Nordstrom: Save 40% during the Half-Annual sale.
J.Crew: Take 30% off all online orders (including sale items!).
Serena & Lily: Receive 20% off sitewide with code ALLOUT.
ASOS: Enjoy 20% off with code LONGWKND.
Julie Vos: Savings up to 30% on all jewelry.
Lilly Pulitzer: Free gifts with purchase this weekend.
Pottery Barn: Save up to 20% with code SAVEMORE.
Furbish Studio: 15% off site-wide with code SUMMER15.
Banana Republic: 40% off with code BRSUMMER.
Old Navy: Take up to 50% everything.
Gap: 40% off regular styles with code SUMMER.
Macy's: Enjoy discounts sitewide with code HOORAY.

Items as seen above: Hat || Tote || Bikini || Sandals
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posted on: Thursday, May 21, 2015

{spring in bloom}

{beautiful Moroccan tile fountain at the Garfield Park Conservatory}

{colorful workout favorites: water bottle || shoes || mat ||  tank (similar)}

{sailing season is here — welcome back, Old Glory!}

{stopping in to BHLDN for a little gift for someone special}

{pretty and fragrant blossoms around my neighborhood}

{making infused water at home... I love cucumber + lemon and strawberry + mint}

{Derby day with my boyfriend, Kevin — my dress is J.Crew last season, but here's a similar style}

{weekend brunch at Fred's is always delicious — and a great spot for people watching!}

{loving this nail polish color lately}

{catching an afternoon baseball game at U.S. Cellular}

{you can find this blue and white dress back in stock here!}

{beautiful peach blooms}

{neighborhood charm in Lincoln Park}

{a summery coral and white look}

Memorial Day Style

posted on: Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Can you believe Memorial Day weekend is almost here?! The holiday is always one of my favorites, as it marks the unofficial start to summer and celebrates those who have served our country. Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? I'm looking forward to a Chicago baseball game tomorrow, going for long walks along the lake, enjoying dinners al fresco, indulging in ice cream from a neighborhood spot, and sailing (fingers crossed for good weather!). And of course, I'll be wearing lots of red, white, and blue. J.Crew is now offering 25% off, with the code SUMMERLOVE. I have my eye on this white cover-up, these adorable shorts, an oversized straw hat, this pair lightweight pajamas, and an amazing navy and white stripe tunic. Also, the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale begins today — with savings up to 40%, it's not to be missed!

Items as seen above: Bikini || Straw Hat (on sale!) || Lip Color (in "Salamanca") || Pajamas (now 25% off) || Weekend Bag (includes a custom monogram!) || Sunglasses || Beach Towel (comes in 10 colors) || Embroidered Dress || Tablecloth || Crochet Tote (less than $100) || Beach Eau de Parfum

Coral Summer Scarf

posted on: Monday, May 18, 2015

The star of today's post is this pretty coral and white diamond scarf. (I absolutely love its color!) My collection of scarves is something I've brought to the forefront of my closet recently. A lightweight scarf is a summer staple, whether it's draped across your shoulders, worn around your neck, or even tied as a headband or on a leather tote. I rounded up a handful of summery scarves (all under $100), which you can browse below. Hope you have a great week ahead and thanks for stopping by!

Links I Love

posted on: Saturday, May 16, 2015

• Inspiration for gathering a spring picnic with friends.
• A Q&A with fashion icon and entrepreneur, Diane Von Furstenberg.
• I love these 5 tips to feel more grateful.
• 12 amazing bottles of wine for under $12.
• A colorful home tour sneak peek.
• These vintage photos of summer style in 1950s Cuba.
• 6 small ways to become a morning person.

p.s. I'm taking over the Wandeleur Instagram account this weekend, sharing my adventures and inspiration around Chicago. Be sure to follow along!

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