Announcing: New Series!

posted on: Friday, June 23, 2017

I'm excited to establish a new series here on the blog... coffee talk! A little reasoning for the series: Every week, I receive several emails and Instagram messages from lovely readers — and I thought I'd open up the discussion here, as well. So, now your part: Ask me anything (yes, anything!). Whether it's things to do in Chicago, life in a big city, style or beauty recommendations, blogging tips (or the blogging industry, in general), wedding planning or personal Q's... send them my way! I'm happy to chat more. You can email me, message or comment on Instagram, leave a question or topic idea in the comment section below, or if you wish to remain anonymous, fill out this anonymous entry. I'll always keep your identity private. I'm aiming to collect questions and post responses every other week. If you're reading, I'd love for you to ask a Q or submit a topic. Let's get it started!


posted on: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer is a natural time to step it up in the fitness game. Between warmer temps and longer days, I'm trying to be as active as possible now. In full disclosure, I was gifted these pieces of activewear (the leggings, sports bra and jacket) thanks to 90 Degree by Reflex— but from the first wear and beyond, I'm truthfully impressed with the quality and fit. The leggings feel identical to lululemon, but cost much less, and I adore the mesh detailing on this sports bra and bomber jacket. (These last two are currently out of stock... I'm hoping they'll return for sale soon!) If you're looking for new pieces for the gym or fitness studio (or let's be real, everyday athleisure), click over here to browse. Hope you're having a great week, everyone!

Jacket || Bra || Leggings || Shoes (similar) || Sunglasses

Thank you to 90 Degree by Reflex for partnering this post.

My Summer Bucket List

posted on: Monday, June 19, 2017

Summer is here... and I have a feeling it's going to be a good one. I've already enjoyed a fun start to the season, doing those 'quintessential' summery things  like baseball games, cookouts, concerts and such.  Summer always seems to fly by too quickly... so I'm determined to make the most of the warm days, while they last! Here are a few things I'm looking forward to checking off my summer 'must-do' these next few months:

• Trying a handful of new restaurants and rooftops.
• Grilling dinners and sipping wine on our deck.
• Visiting the Farmers Market in Lincoln Park.
• Attending street fests in our neighborhood.
• Enjoying sunset sails on Lake Michigan.
• Exploring the 606 and surrounding area.
• Hosting out-of-town friends in the city.
• Taking morning walks along the lakeshore.
• Visiting one of Chicago's many museums.
• Dining al fresco, as much as possible.
• Catching a movie in Millenium Park.

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

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Gifts for Him

posted on: Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Guys, I didn't forget about you! Father's Day is this upcoming weekend. Though I know my Dad is always happy with a round of golf and time with our family together on Father's Day, here are a few additional ideas for the special guys in your life. I gathered inspiration during a visit to Woodfield Mall last week, where all these items can be purchased.


Thank you Woodfield Mall for partnering this post.


posted on: Monday, June 12, 2017

{the beginning of sailing season!}

{a weekend visit to Fish Creek, WI — how pretty are these skies?}

{a favorite bikini of mine}

{sharing wedding planning updates, and...}

{...where we're saying 'I do' — New Orleans!}

{many of you loved this sleeveless drape jacket under $50}

{macarons are always a welcome sweet treat}

{all about little white dresses lately}

{catching summer breeze on Lake Michigan}


posted on: Wednesday, June 7, 2017

madewell style
A week or so ago, I hosted a spring style event at Madewell. (Thank you to those readers who attended! It was a fun time!) The Chicago boutique on Rush Street is gorgeous — and currently stocked with tons of amazing spring to summer styles. Pop in sometime if you're in the Gold Coast! I rounded-up a collection of my personal favorite pieces, like this bell sleeve top, white skinnies, embroidered blouse and ever-popular leather tote. You can also find Madewell sold through Nordstrom and Shopbop.


Sleeveless Duster Jacket

posted on: Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Please say you're not sick of blush pink around here... (I can't help myself!) This lightweight, drape style duster is a versatile layering piece I love wearing — and it's under $50. I paired it with white skinnies, a simple cami, heels and this oversized tan leather clutch. (p.s. If you like the bag: it's available here, where sales help fund education opportunties for women in East Africa.) Hope you're having a great week!

Duster (c/o Meadow and Magnolias) || Jeans (c/o) || Cami || Sunglasses (c/o) || Leather Clutch || Heels (similar) || Earrings

Links I Love

posted on: Monday, June 5, 2017

• From beach to adventure, trips you should take in your lifetime.
• Advice on how to prioritize when everything seems urgent.
• 15 new Chicago patios to check out this summer season.
• A favorite design Instagrammer I love following lately.
• An introvert's guide to networking like an extrovert.
• A look into the evolving state of affairs at J.Crew.
• 8 closet design tips from a pro to stay organized.
• Browse 20+ summery dresses under $100.

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