10+ Maxi Dresses under $100

posted on: Monday, July 31, 2017

shopbop resort maxi dress
One of my favorite styles to wear every summer is this breezy maxi dress. You may recall this look from last year in Palm Springs... and this dress has remained a staple ever since. I'm happy it continues to be re-stocked each season, in a variety of colors under $100. Because I feel every girl should have at least one in her closet, I rounded-up a dozen or so other floor length dresses, all within the same price point.



Summer Neutrals

posted on: Sunday, July 30, 2017

Sure, sure — summer's the time to wear colorful brights... but there's also something refreshing about crisp whites. Neutrals being easy to wear interchangeably together, here's a collection of ivory, beige and blush pieces catching my eye. I'm especially loving these amazing statement earrings, a pair of splurge-worthy blocked heels, and this soft cashmere sweater that's now on sale for under $100.


Where We're at with Wedding Plans

posted on: Wednesday, July 26, 2017

It's been months since I shared any wedding-related updates ... and because it's a common and kind question I receive from friends and from many of you, I thought I'd divulge a few details! In case you missed it, we're getting married in New Orleans. (In the Garden District, more specifically.) We're planning a visit to NOLA in October, which will be our first 'planning-focused' visit. Since we're based in Chicago, it'll be wonderful to connect directly with our vendors and venue in-person — and also set aside time to enjoy the city, of course!

Here's where we're at with wedding plans so far:

VENUE  |  We've had our venue booked for some time now, and I couldn't be happier with our decision. It's a beautiful space, perfect for our style and accommodating our guests. The venue is managed by a top local caterer, so we're excited to taste and refine our menu soon (...which will be so fun, given the southern-focused cuisine!)

PHOTOGRAPHER  |  Photography is a high priority for me, personally — and I'm thrilled Clary Pfeiffer will be capturing our special day. She's lovely and her work is absolutely stunning.

VIDEOGRAPHER  |  Kevin and I are excited locally-based Brooke Boyd will be with us in New Orleans to film. I don't know about you, but I always love watching wedding films!

COORDINATOR  |  I enjoy the planning and design aspect (ahem, so far) but know I'll appreciate the help of a pro team to coordinate the details and manage the day-of. Enter Sapphire Events. They're among the best in the south and I'm so happy to be working together.

What's up next?

CEREMONY  |  You know, the most important part of a wedding ;) We'll be working with an officiant to develop our ceremony and vows in the coming months.

DRESS  |  Ah yes, 'the dress.' My mom is joining me in Chicago for a few bridal appointments this week. We're visiting boutiques in Lincoln Park, Old Town and Gold Coast. Wish us luck!

SAVE THE DATES  |  Stationery is truthfully one of the most fun parts of planning I've enjoyed so far, oddly enough. I'm giddy to delve into the details more on our save the dates and wedding suite with Scriptura.

FLOWERS/DECOR  |  Another fun part of any wedding! I have an overall vision of what I'd like for flowers and decor, and look forward to collaborating with vendors to bring those ideas to life, within our season and budget.

BAND  |  Music plays a big role in life for my family, fiancĂ© and I. Then add in the element of New Orleans and we have a party! NOLA is home to an incredible musical history and base of performers, and we're excited for this aspect of our celebration.

Thank you for reading! Any brides (or brides to be) have planning advice or ideas to share?

Fall Favorites on Sale

posted on: Saturday, July 22, 2017

Okay, okay — I know it's way too early to be talking about Fall... but, now is the best time to shop and save on pieces for the new season. In case you missed it, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is now open for all. For a limited time, Nordstrom offers top brands at a discount, like Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch, Bobbi Brown and more. 

A few personal favorites? These amazing black suede booties under $100 (as well as these knee high boots that are both chic and weather-proof), this gorgeous wrap coat that comes in 3 colors, a cozy and cute long cardigan that'd become an instant wardrobe staple, and this blouse under $30 I own and love in multiple colors. As always, enjoy free shipping and easy returns with Nordstrom. Happy (sale) shopping!


Coffee Talk (Vol.1)

posted on: Friday, July 21, 2017

QUESTION: What's your favorite place for brunch in Chicago?
I have several favorite spots for brunch... and always a growing list of new places to visit. A handful of personal favorites in Chicago include Summer House Santa Monica, The Allis, Beatrix, Maple & AshKanela and Nellcote. For quick, casual grab-and-go breakfasts, try Goddess and Grocer, Little Goat Bakery and Southport Grocery. Bon appetit!

QUESTION: Where did you find your coffee table?
This is a question I receive often! I found our coffee table online on Overstock, of all places. To me, it looks similar to a table I liked by Restoration Hardware... but costs considerably less. You can find the exact table available here.

QUESTION: I recently graduated college and am now in the job interviewing process. Any tips or advice for going into interviews? (I get so nervous, ugh!)
Congratulations on graduation! Post-grad life can feel exciting, but scary, too. Interviews are always nerve wrecking, no matter your industry or stage of life. The best advice beyond the basics of being prepared (familiarizing yourself with the company, being well-versed in articulating your experience, and demonstrating what you can offer the employer) is to approach the interview with confidence. Understand your interviewer WANTS you to succeed. (They did ask you to the interview, right?) The interviewer isn't there to 'trick' you — think of it as a two-way conversation, where you can determine if the job is a good fit for you, too. I'd also recommend preparing responses for those quintessential questions (i.e. "Tell me about yourself.") You may not have a perfect answer on paper, but how you handle yourself will speak volumes. A good way to calm nerves is to begin your interaction with casual (but professional and appropriate) small talk. I've always felt much better having established a small friendly connection prior to jumping into the formal interview. Best wishes to you!

QUESTION: What are the most comfortable pair of heels you own?
Good question! I'll be honest: the most comfortable heels for me are blocked and 2-3 inches in height, like these under $100 and this splurge-worthy pair that's like jewelry for your feet. They may not appear so, but the absolute most comfortable designer pairs I own are Valentino Rockstuds and Aquazzura Wild Thing heels. A good classic and comfortable heel under $120 are by Sam Edelman, available in multiple colors.

QUESTION: Where are you going on your honeymoon?
Hmm... let me get back to you on that one! We've really focused our efforts so far on our ceremony and wedding celebration, but soon we'll begin brainstorming and planning honeymoon travel. I'm thinking my fiancé and I will want a mix of relaxation and adventure... if you have any suggestions, feel free to share any ideas or where you honeymooned!

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7 Skincare Favorites I Use and Love

posted on: Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Today I'm giving you a peek inside my medicine cabinet and sharing a handful of skincare favorites, all I honestly use and love. None of these products or recommendations are 'sponsored' — just ones that work for me and that I'm happy to share, as I would with girlfriends ;)

CLARISONIC BRUSH  |  I purchased the Clarisonic Mia last summer and it's been the best investment for my skin in the past year, hands down. I've experienced far fewer breakouts and notice my skin feels (and looks) more radiant and clear. I love the deep-clean feeling the Clarisonic gives, as it works to exfoliate and polish. Just be sure to remove all make-up prior to using and to replace the brush head every 3 months or so. You can find Clarisonic currently on sale.

NEULASH SERUM  |  I had seen this serum mentioned on other blogs and continued to read reviews, and thought maybe the claims of longer lashes were mostly hype. Well, I gave NeuLash a try... and, wow! I noticed longer and fuller lashes within weeks (totally honest). I used consistently, every night, and began seeing results 3 to 4 weeks later. I purchased the larger 0.2oz tube, which lasted much longer than I had expected. A little goes a long way. If interested, NeuLash is now on sale at Nordstrom.

CLARINS HYDRA-ESSENTIEL CREAM  |  Is it weird I look forward to applying this at night? I was first gifted Hydra-Essentiel as a sample and quickly became hooked. Clarins is a global authority on skincare and this collection especially works for me. The cream goes on silky smooth and restores moisture to skin, giving an overall glowy and radiant appearance. The collection also comes in a gel and serum.

AERIN ROSE LIP CONDITIONER  |  If you've been a longtime reader here, you probably have noticed me feature Aerin before, for home decor or fragrance — and now this lip conditioner deserves a spotlight. The formula is ultra nourishing, and has a slight rose scent and flattering soft pink tint. (The packaging is so pretty, too.)

M-61 POWERGLOW EYE CREAM  |  Developed by Bluemercury, this eye cream is perfect for anyone who's beginning to notice fine lines near their eyes. (Anyone else...?) It's packed glycolic acid and vitamin K, which has helped improve the tone and smoothness around my eyes.

MARIO BADESCU DRYING LOTION  |  I've written about this product before, as you may remember — but this stuff works! It's basically a spot treatment that zaps breakouts before they worsen, overnight. You can find this Mario Badescu set now on sale.

ELYSIUM SPA  |  If you're local to Chicago, I recommend Elysium in River North. I see Ana for skincare facials and dermaplaning (which make a huge difference in the appearance of my skin) and I'd trust Dr. Mick for any injectibles, botox or consultation you may be interested in ;)

Summer Whites

posted on: Monday, July 17, 2017

Here's to a fresh new week! My summer feels like it's been flying by... I enjoyed a relaxed weekend to catch-up on a few projects, blog-related and also: wedding! (More updates coming soon...) July in Chicago has been consistently warm, so I've been living in sundresses and lots of whites. This crochet blouse is a favorite of mine to wear to work and beyond, as well as this leather saddle bag. The bag is by Cuyana and is absolute top-notch quality. If interested, the bag comes in various colors and sizes, too. Have a great week, everyone!


Anniversary Sale

posted on: Thursday, July 13, 2017

It's here: The big Nordstrom Anniversary Sale begins today! So, what's special about this sale? It features brand new arrivals for fall, including top brands like Ralph LaurenStuart Weitzman, NARSBobbi Brown, Patagonia and more. It seems a little crazy to be thinking about fall already, but it's honestly the best time to shop and save — whether it's styles you'll wear now, or later. 

What's on my personal wish list?  This cozy drape cardigan, a pair of black faux leather leggings, this chic wrap coat, this blouse I love in multiple colors, plus these mesh panel leggings. I also have to mention three of my skincare favorites are marked down: the top-rated Clarisonic brush, Mario Badescu miracle treatment that works wonders, and this Neu-Lash serum, which makes your eyelashes lengthen and grow like crazy. (All I personally recommend!). 

If you're ready to shop, you can do so NOW if you're a Nordstrom credit or debit cardholder. (If you're not a member, 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 21 - August 6. And, as always: enjoy complimentary free shipping and returns with Nordstrom.

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Links I Love

posted on: Tuesday, July 11, 2017

• Listening to this summer beach playlist lately.
• 5 design trends to copy from celebrity homes.
• Stylish (and free) tech wallpaper downloads.
• Tips on packing a suitcase for your next getaway.
• These coconut water popsicles look so refreshing.
• Have you visited any of best bars around the world?
• 15 back-to-basics romantic date ideas.

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posted on: Thursday, July 6, 2017

{sailing Lake Michigan}

{summer favorites: hydrangea}


{4th of July weekend in Grand Beach}

{this orangey-red dress was perfect for the holiday!}

{when Chicago looks the Caribbean...}

{talking fitness}

{'tis the season! #yeswayrose | Shop coupe glasses}

{summers in the city together since '09 ♥ Shop: shoes | similar dress }

{I started a new series! Ask me anything for Coffee Talk}

{glad summer is back}

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