Hampton Social

posted on: Friday, July 31, 2015


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Happy Friday! Cheers to what has been a fun-filled and beautiful sunny week. On Wednesday, I met my boyfriend for happy hour(s) at the newly-opened Hampton Social in River North. Everything from the coastal-inspired decor and live acoustic music to the delish cocktails and rosé, of course, I loved. (I need to return soon to try more of the menu!) Following happy hour, we trekked to the Navy Pier grand ballroom for a concert featuring Bastille, as part of the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour. It all made for a fun way to enjoy the best time of year in the city. Hope you have a wonderful Friday and something fun in store for the weekend!



Fall Preview

posted on: Tuesday, July 28, 2015


While I'm surely not ready for summer to end — we still have a good month yet to enjoy! — I do like catching a sneak peek of styles for autumn. (I hope you enjoy these pieces as much as I do!) I also recently added a handful of new styles to my 'Shop' page, which I'll continue to update throughout the season. Hope you're having a great week!

Felt Hat (comes in additional colors) || Cashmere Sweater || Tortoiseshell Sunglasses (similar here for less) || White Denim || Vanille Candle || Leopard Scarf (under $30) || Wallet || Beach Sweater || Palette (I love each of the colors!) || Boots || Heels || Flats (under $65)


Greetings from the Northwoods

posted on: Monday, July 27, 2015


Hi friends! Checking in quickly from northern Wisconsin, where I've been spending the past few days at my boyfriend's family cabin. We've been boating, swimming, playing lots of bocce ball, and enjoying nights by the fire. I'm taking the next few days to relax, unwind and enjoy some time away in the sun... (that's what summer's all about, right?). See you back here soon!

    

Happy Weekend

posted on: Friday, July 24, 2015


Wishing you a very happy weekend, wherever it finds you! I'm headed to Wisconsin this weekend to celebrate my niece, Emma, turning one-year-old. (Happy birthday, sweet little girl!) Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? In case you're doing a little shopping, J.Crew is offering 40-75% off with the code SUMMERSALE (I picked up this sweater in 'Papaya' I've been eyeing all season). The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is still on through August 2, as well. Have a great weekend, everyone!

    
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Summer Stripes

posted on: Thursday, July 23, 2015


There's something about stripes (and hydrangea, for that matter!) that just feels like summer. This blue-and-white tie top is actually by local Chicago designer and my talented friend, Amy. (She's a total sweetheart and has ultimate cool-girl style.) Paired with white denim, my favorite leather tote and a pair of metallic sandals, it's a crisp and classic look perfect for the summer months. I hope you're having a fantastic week — thank you for stopping by!



5 Beauty Items I'm Loving

posted on: Tuesday, July 21, 2015


1) Bobbi Brown Brick Compact ('Pink Quartz'): Creates a warm, soft shimmering glow. One swipe along your cheeks goes a long way! // 2) beautyblender Makeup Sponge Applicator: Blends foundation for a flawless finish. There are several others, but beauty pros swear by this top-rated one. // 3) Living Proof Prime Style Extender: Primes hair to protect and prolong styling. My hair always looks its best when I use this! // 4) Bite Beauty Pigment Lip Pencil ('Corvina'): Vibrant coral lip color, perfect for summer. I apply one layer, but the color is buildable for a bolder look, if you wish. // 5) Murad Invisiblur Protecting Shield: Primer, SPF, anti-aging formula all-in-one. It's become an honest must-have in my cosmetic case!



Do you have any beauty favorites lately? I'd love to hear!
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Lately

posted on: Monday, July 20, 2015


{weekend wardrobe — Shop: hat || aviators || stripe top (similar)}

{a sunny morning at the harbor}

{a walk by one of my favorite streets in Chicago}

{visiting the local neighborhood market on Saturday}

{joining The Everygirl and Maison Jules for a dinner together at Mon Ami Gabi}

{a recent visit to Arlington Park — so much fun!}

{pretty blue water at the harbor}

{catching some rays and enjoying the summer heat! Shop bikini}

{relaxing low-key movie night at home... who else loves films by Nancy Meyers?!}

{hot pink and tassel earrings for a night out — 10% off here with the code 'BrightBeautiful10'}

{pretty hydrangea from our front yard}

    
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