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Friday Five // Vol. 5

Friday, August 26, 2016



It's about time I put together a new Friday Five post for you all! If you stopped by on Tuesday, you saw my post about a lack of focus and drive on this end. I'm actually headed out of town this AM to visit one of my very best friends on the West Coast for a much needed vacation. This could not come at a more perfect time. Currently, our plans include soaking up the sun, heading to a SoulCycle class (her first ever!) and having lots of girl talk..you know, the gossip kind :) Here are a few things on my mind this week as I'm getting ready to travel:

City Sweat Sesh

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

You guys - is it just me or is anyone else feeling a little unmotivated lately? Unmotivated to blog, get fit, work extra hard... I don't know what it is, but I'm not feeling in the groove as of late. That would explain why you are just now getting a lovely new blog post :)

I thought now was the perfect time to share this fitness post because this Lucy tee says it all - focus. We finally had a glimpse of gorgeous fall Chicago weather this weekend and let me tell you - it. was. amazing. I headed over to The 606 trail to take this lovely photos and it reminded me how much I really do enjoy being outdoors and exploring trails like this or heading over to the lake front. I'm hoping this cooler air will push me to get my head back in the game and focused on making some moves with my career, blog and everyday life.

Tour of the Vera Bradley Headquarters

Sunday, August 7, 2016

If you've been following me on Instagram, you may have seen that I recently visited the Vera Bradley headquarters in Roanoke, Indiana.  I'm warning you now: this post will most likely turn to a sappy one :) Over the past 18 months or so (I sound like one of those moms who when asked the age of their child says 24 months instead of 2 years old!) I've become pen pals with their amazing press/product placement manager, Holly. So, Sarah and I decided it would be fun to take a mini road trip to hang out for the day.

Now, let's get to it shall we? I'm going to start by saying, that over the course of the past 5 years, I've worked with several brands. 8/10 of those brands send purely product to test (many which don't make it on the blog), and I rarely get paid for anything - which I'm totally ok with! I never started my blog to make money or get free product, it was just one of those exciting perks that started to happen when I invested more time and effort into my site. It actually pains me to have family/friends ask, "Do you receive all that product you post on your blog for free?" I'm very upfront about that, but I would much rather they take a minute to think about the content I post rather than what is just seen through the photos... but I digress :)

A Summer Picnic Set Up

Monday, August 1, 2016

How is it already August, you guys? I can't believe it! So many people say summer is ending once August comes around, but we always get crazy heat and still have long hours... so I'm not quite convinced. A few of my best blogger pals and I headed out to Oz Park in Lincoln Park for a little picnic a couple weeks ago. While these pictures looks beautiful, there is a reason we didn't take outfit photos. It was so stinking hot and humid. We basically were eating fresh baked cookies :)

We all chipped in a little bit of something: Sarah covered the picnic decor and cheese platter (#amen), Megan brought her sweet little puppy Rosie and champagne (#holla), Maya brought some crackers and tasty cookies (#praise) and I covered the hummus and loads of water to beat the heat.

FYI:This is your warning that you might cry, smile, laugh and not be able to stop staring at your computer screen because Rosie is the absolute cutest puppy and her mom is the best for sharing the puppy love!

A Bachelorette Moment

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

I'm going to take a moment first and foremost to point out that I totally feel like Bachelorette quality in the above photo. Anyone support my silly wish? If you really know me and visit this blog enough, you know I have an unhealthy obsession with The Bachelor/Bachelorette... because I mean, who doesn't?! The darn drama just sucks me in every single season! If you are going to support this awful addiction, you can nominate me right over here :)