Friday, October 20, 2017

Our Engagement Photos





















Black Crop TopRent the Runway (c/o) // White Tulle SkirtRent the Runway (c/o) // Black & White Colorblock DressRent the Runway (c/o) // HEELSChristian Louboutin

Happy Friday! I wanted to share some of my favorite engagement photos with you all- captured by the amazing Lynzie of Bonphotage.  I fell in love with the film style photography she does and knew it would be perfect for capturing my vision of the wedding!  We started our photos right by Lake Michigan and the day/weather could not have been better.  I swear the whole week had been horrible weather and it was actually supposed to storm on the day we were having them done- but it held out and ended up being warm and sunny!  After shooting some by the lake, we went over to a cute little spot in Lincoln Park (right by the zoo) to film the rest.  It was so much fun, and even Matt did such a great job!  Being a blogger, I'm definitely used to shooting all the time... but Matt on the other hand is not.  He went through the entire 2 hour shoot and didn't complain once- definitely a keeper! :)

When I was deciding what to wear for the engagement photos, I knew I wanted something more neutral and classic, so I decided to go with two black & white looks.  This Kate Spade dress was the first thing that caught my attention when I was browsing Rent the Runway and was immediately drawn to the adorable bow on the back and the fit.  Kate Spade makes the prettiest & most feminine dresses and they always fit perfectly!  This dress would also make for an adorable wedding guest dress or a cocktail event.  I also envisioned wearing a fun tulle skirt, so when I saw this Bailey 44 white one, I knew I had to wear it.  The skirt has an elastic waistband so it's comfortable on the waist and the perfect length.   To go with skirt, I got the Shoshanna crop top which I absolutely loved. It's super comfortable and just the right length to accompany the skirt.  Each piece I received fit true to size, but as always, Rent the Runway lets you rent two sizes just in case!

The engagement photos definitely got me even more excited for the wedding- I can't wait to see how Bonphotage captures the big day! xoxo

**Thank you to Lynzie @ Bonphotage for the amazing photos & Rent the Runway for the amazing outfits for this shoot <3

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Ruffle Cold Shoulder Sweatshirt









SWEATSHIRTLush // JEANSAG // BAGGiGi New York // SHOESBoohoo (under $20!)

Happy Tuesday! When I saw this ruffle cold shoulder sweatshirt at Nordstrom, I knew I had to have it for fall.  The color is the perfect neutral and it's so comfy.  It also comes in black and is less than $40!  My job requires me to be pretty casual, so I am lucky that I don't have to dress up everyday.  If you're office is on the casual side, this sweatshirt is so warm, even though it's an off the shoulder.  I also really love these AG jeans for fall.  They are an amazing dark denim color and fit perfectly (true to size!)  I also have been asked a million times where my embroidered mules are from... you can get them here and they are under $20!  I wear these all the time and get so many compliments... such a great deal for good quality mules, which also come in two other colors.

This week is SO busy, I am leaving for some fun places this weekend so stay tuned to see where! xoxo

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Bell Sleeve Sweater







SWEATERBP. // JEANSBLANKNYC // BOOTIES: Old, Almost exact dupes HERE // BAG: Old, Similar HERE // EARRINGSBaublebar // NECKLACELove Always (mine is 3XL)

Happy October, everyone!  I have to say, October is definitely my least favorite month of the year... mainly because it starts to get super cold in Chicago, however it's transitioning into my FAVORITE month of the year next month, November!  One thing I will say I love about the temps dropping a little bit is bringing back out the sweaters and booties.  Sweaters and booties are definitely my favorite pieces of clothing other than off the shoulder tops of course. :)

This bell sleeve sweater is one of my favorites for fall.  It's actually super light weight but also soft and warm, the perfect combo.  It comes in 3 colors and is only $39 bucks!  I also love these jeans by BLANKNYC.  BLANKNYC is such an affordable denim line, and these have just the right amount of stretch and distress as well as the perfect ankle length for a 5'5 frame!  My booties are older from Sole Society, however I found these wedge booties that are almost identical (including a cute little zipper) for under $100. 

I hope everyone has a great Wednesday!! xoxo

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

$22 Knotted Tee






TEE: BP. (only $22!) // JEANS: BLANKNYC // BAG: Gucci // SHOES: Sold Out, Similar HERE // BRACELETS: David Yurman

One thing I love about Nordstrom sometimes, is that you can find amazing pieces for affordable prices outside of the abundance of designer labels.  This tee is one that fits that bill... it comes in 8 different colors and is only $22, can I have one in each please?!  The color here is "olive arrowwood" and the pictures don't even do it justice.  I am loving on this color for fall, I think it's my new favorite! This tee is definitely meant to fit a little oversized (i'm wearing a small) but if you want it to be more fitted, I'd recommend sizing down one size.

I also recently found these jeans and they're under $100! They are the perfect dark denim color and the right amount of distressed. I've been wearing them for the past couple weeks on repeat and will for sure be a part of my fall staples.  Leopard is another huge trend for fall... these shoes are from last year and no longer available, but these are super similar and reasonably priced (I swear by anything Sam Edelman!)

I hope everyone has a great Wednesday! I have a couple fun events this week... make sure to follow along on Instagram! xoxo

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

My Favorite Fall Staples





It's surprising to think that tomorrow is the first day of fall because it's in the high 80's in Chicago this week, however, I am really starting to get in the "fall state of mind."  I'm obsessing over all of the new fall clothing and can't wait to stock up the wardrobe for the chillier days.  I am specifically crushing on this suede moto jacket, which would look amazing with a pair of dark denim, or over a dress!  The color is the perfect fall neutral.  I also always go for a good pair of booties once the weather gets cooler.  These booties are under $100 and also come in black.  I love the heel height and the color goes with pretty much everything! If you haven't invested in a nice handbag yet, now is the time! I am in love with this classic Tory Burch bag- it's the perfect size and color.  It's definitely more of a splurge, but totally worth the extra bucks!  Also, nothing screams "fall" more than a tan floppy hat! This hat also comes in black and is under $40, making it a staple piece for everyone's closet. 

What are you currently crushing on for fall?! xoxo

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Transitional Fall/Summer Romper, Avocado Wall & Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!









ROMPER: Roxy // SANDALS: Tory Burch // EARRINGS: Baublebar // BAG: GiGi New York // RING: Kendra Scott

My favorite types of outfits are the ones that can be easily transitioned from season to season, which is why I love this long sleeve Roxy romper.  The material is light weight enough to be perfect for summer months, even having long sleeves, but also perfect for fall and cooler temps to throw on a denim jacket and booties.  I also want to mention that this romper is only $50, so definitely a steal if you ask me!  Can we talk about how amazing this mural is in Chicago?! I found this avocado wall in the West Loop and instantly fell in love... because what's better than avocados?!  If you're in Chicago, you must check out the Mott50 store, (where the mural is) they have the cutest avocado leggings!

On another note, this week I decided to team up with some of my favorite bloggers and bring you an amazing giveaway. One lucky reader will win a $650 gift card to Amazon. 


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