Everlasting Summer

posted on: Friday, July 29, 2016

Happy Friday, y'all! The weekend is alll-most here. I'm excited to be hosting my parents in Chicago this weekend. We're headed to Wrigley tomorrow to root on the Cubbies... it's just not summer without at least one baseball game, right? It's hard to believe we're almost welcoming August (and soon enough, autumn) — so I'm determined to make the most of summer, while it lasts! Here are a few things I'm looking forward to checking off my summer 'must-do' these next few weeks:

• Grilling dinners and sipping wine on our deck.
• Visiting the Farmers Market in Lincoln Park.
•  Finishing my beach volleyball league strong.
• Taking morning walks along the lakeshore.
• Hosting friends for an end-of-summer bash.
• Enjoying sunset sails on Lake Michigan.
• Dining al fresco, as much as possible.
• Visit one of Chicago's many museums.
• Making a seasonal cocktail at home.
• Catching live music in the park.

Now your turn! Anything on your personal summer bucket list?

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Floral Maxi Dress

posted on: Thursday, July 28, 2016

Keeping things short and sweet today, in a breezy floral print maxi dress. The best part? It's under $50 and comes in a variety of colors and patterns. That, and, it beats the summer heat! I like wearing the dress with a scarf or lightweight jacket, transitioning easily from day to night.

Anniversary Sale (Part 2)

posted on: Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Have y'all taken advantage of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale yet? As I shared here, now's the perfect time to save on new arrivals for fall — like outerwear, boots, sweaters and more. I stocked up on a few of these ultra-versatile lightweight blouses, a stylish wool hat, this pair of winter boots, and a cozy cashmere sweater. (You can expect to see a few of these pieces on the blog soon!). The sale also includes beauty, home, men's and littles. As always, enjoy free shipping and returns at Nordstrom. Any items on your personal wishlist?

P.S. I'm headed to a special event tonight with Veuve Clicquot! Follow along on Snapchat (laura-platt) for a stream of fun snaps and sips of champagne ;) #yeswayrosé

SHOP THE POST: Black Dress || Drawstring Bag (only $35) || Blush Palette || Lip Gloss || Throw Pillow || Fragrance Diffuser (smells heavenly) || Bralette || Panties || Booties || Hat || Lipstick (the best!) || Clarisonic Brush || Bubble Bath || Nail Color || Candle Set (great gift idea)

White Eyelet

posted on: Monday, July 25, 2016

I hope you had a great weekend! I'm getting back in the swing of things today, following a few days up north with my boyfriend's family at their cabin in Eagle River, Wisconsin. It was a perfect summer weekend: swimming, boating, playing bocce ball and catching the most beautiful sunsets over the lake. Here's to making the most of the summer, while it's here!

Links I Love

posted on: Friday, July 22, 2016

• Peek inside a 1920's Hollywood home of Lauren Conrad and celebrities of past.
• Bookmark these interior design guides that will make you feel like a pro.
• Pilates workout you can try at home with zero equipment required.
• 4 tips on what you should always do when you meet someone new.
• The secret behind any and all of my good hair days (now on sale).
• designer's guide to house plants and how to keep them alive.
• In case you missed it, I answered 20 personal FAQs.
• Browse this Instagram account that's oh so pretty.
• This recipe for grilled corn salsa looks delish.
• Major inspiration for your next travel getaway.
• p.s. The Nordstrom Anniversary sale is now open to all!

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Beauty Q&A

posted on: Thursday, July 21, 2016

Let's talk beauty! Over the past few weeks, I seemed to be receiving similar emails from readers asking about skincare, beauty and hair. So, I thought I'd compile a list of the most frequently asked questions and answer them for you here, as well:

WHAT'S YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE? My skincare routine is fairly simple, but consistency is key! (I definitely notice if I neglect it.) At night, I remove all make-up first with one of these towelettes then use a Clarisonic brush along with this cleanser, which targets both acne and anti-aging. I then apply this moisturizer and serum to my lashes. If my skin is acting up, I'll spot treat with this miracle product or apply this charcoal mask. That's it, for now!

WHAT NAIL COLOR ARE YOU WEARING IN BLOG POSTS? Most likely, I'm wearing Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in 'Smartease' or essie 'Fiji'. I have a hard time shelling out $$$ for weekly manicures, so I try to perfect the technique at home and reserve mani's for special occasions or time with girlfriends.

WHAT LIP COLOR ARE YOU WEARING IN BLOG POSTS? In the summer, I like to keep things light — so I'll wear Sugar Lip Tint in 'Tulip.' Otherwise, my favorite lipsticks are YSL 'Pink in Devotion' or Revlon 'Sorbet.'

WHAT PRODUCTS DO YOU THINK ARE WORTH THE SPLURGE? Personally, I feel it's smart to invest in effective skincare and a good foundation. I also started using this lash serum a few weeks ago and can already tell a difference in the growth of my lashes. (The serum is now on sale here.)

WHAT FOUNDATION DO YOU LIKE BEST? NARS Sheer Glow. I wish I had discovered this one earlier! The formula is smooth and sheer, with buildable coverage. I use shade 1.5 'Vallarius.'

DO YOU HAVE ANY DRUGSTORE FAVORITES? Absolutely! I swear this illuminator (in 'Gleam') rivals its NARS equivalent. I use a little on my cheeks to give a subtle glow. I also like this drugstore bronzer for less than $5, and this lip color (in 'Sorbet') is a great inexpensive dupe for YSL. Lastly, this mascara has been my go-to favorite for years!

HOW DO YOU GET A TAN? I try to limit time in the direct sun, so I rely on St. Tropez Self-Tanner for a faux glow year-round. Just a forewarning: it dries really quickly, so I use a mitt to avoid a terrible hand staining situation.

ANY TIPS FOR MAKE-UP THAT STAYS ALL DAY LONG? Good question! During warmer months, I'll sweep a little of this lightweight powder under my eyes and to my T-zone to set things in place. I also rely on this setting spray for special events, or days I know will run into late night.

TELL ME MORE ABOUT YOUR HAIR COLOR! I'm a natural strawberry blonde, but I like to get highlights twice a year to brighten things up. I visited Lumination salon this spring in Chicago and LOVE the color Adam gave me.

WHAT HAIR PRODUCTS DO YOU USE? Living Proof as a collection works for me. I especially like this styling treatment, intensive mask, and dry shampoo. To get the curls you see often in posts, I use a curling wand. The key is to curl AWAY from your face and to run your fingers through the curls, so they're not too perfect.

There you have it! If you have any additional Q's, feel free to chime in below or send me an email!


posted on: Monday, July 18, 2016

Here's to a fresh start to the new week! Today's post features staple basics — a pencil skirt and white blouse — that make me feel instantly pulled together. Add in a statement clutch and heels, and it's a look that's both polished and stylish. If you're building a professional wardrobe for work, I can't recommend this pencil skirt enough. The fit is spot-on and can be worn in a variety of ways. (Plus, it's available under $100). I have a few additional colors, as well. Wishing you a great Monday, all!

Romp in Wicker Park

posted on: Friday, July 15, 2016

One of the best and most exciting aspects of living in any big city is the diversity of neighborhoods. Chicago boasts more than 200 (!) neighborhoods, each with its own flair and vibe. I visited Wicker Park the other week, which is home to local favorites like Big Star, Stan's, Piece, Lottie's and countless shops along Damen. I was pleased to find a new-to-me boutique, fab'rik — which just opened its doors in Wicker Park a few weeks ago. I picked up this romper, which is perfect to wear with heels for a fun night out with girlfriends. The boutique stocks the cutest dresses, tops, shorts and more — which are nearly all less than $100. (Major win, in my book.) If you're in the area, be sure to stop in! You can also shop online or find a location near you. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Thank you to fab'rik Wicker Park for sponsoring this post!

Anniversary Sale

posted on: Thursday, July 14, 2016

It's here: The big Nordstrom Anniversary Sale begins today! So, what's special about this sale? It features NEW arrivals for fall, including top brands like Ralph LaurenStuart Weitzman, Tory Burch, NARS, Bobbi Brown, and more. It seems a little crazy to be thinking about fall already, but the beginning of autumn in September to October is always beautiful. And, I admit I don't mind welcoming soft sweaters and booties into my closet :) On my wish list for fall? This cozy cashmere drape cardigan, a pair of black over the knee boots, this classic wool coat and stylish hat. I also want to mention two of my beauty favorites are marked down: the top-rated Clarisonic brush and Neu-Lash serum. (Both I personally recommend!). If you're ready to shop, you can do so NOW if you're a Nordstrom credit or debit cardholder. (You can apply here). Items will sell quickly, so if you see something you like... hop to it! Otherwise, the sale will open to the public July 22 - August 8. And, as always: enjoy complimentary free shipping and returns with Nordstrom.

SHOP THE POST: Cashmere Drape Cardigan (comes in additional colors) || Palette || Wool Hat || Leopard Bag || Burgundy Dress (under $40) || Tan Bag || Nude Lace-Up Flats || Over the Knee Boots (need!) || Booties || Black Lace-Up Flats || Lip Trio Set || Distressed Jeans || Cheek Palette || Candle Set (great gift idea)

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