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Friday Five // Vol. 6

Friday, September 30, 2016

Did anyone else notice how on top of my blog game I was this week? Excuse me while I pause for a minute and give myself a little pat on the back! Recently, I've found myself saying "yes" to way too many events and meet-ups. So, this week I pulled together a few items that I've found useful for having a night in and just relaxing instead of worrying about what is on my to-do list for work the following day. Take a peek and let me know if you've used any of them!

It's Good to Be a Girl

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Just a few short weeks ago, I had the chance to partner with one of my favorite brands, Vera Bradley, to host an exciting event at their Woodfield store. As you might have seen in a few of my past posts, VB recently underwent a little brand change. I headed out to celebrate all of the reasons why it's good to be a girl and this new chapter in the VB story with Sarah and my awesome mom!

When we started the event, the ladies asked me to write why I think it's good to be a girl - who would have thought it would be so difficult? I was trying to think of something smart, clever, funny, witty or even something basic - but when put on the spot, I had the hardest time! The fun little saying I decided on was "...because Bachelor Monday's wouldn't be the same with out wine and yoga pants." Don't you agree? :) While yes, it's not the most heart felt thing I could have said, I do think it speaks a lot of truth!

I love having those casual Monday's with some of my best friends. We can just hang out, catch up on what happened over the weekend and enjoy some take out and sweet treats with a glass of wine. Sometimes we get so caught up on the hustle and bustle of every hour and minute of the day that we forget to slow down and enjoy the simple things - even if that means watching reality TV shows on a Monday night. The one thing I know for sure is that it's the best medicine for getting your mind ready for what the reminder of the week has to bring.

An End of Summer Romper

Sunday, September 25, 2016

I think we are finally getting a taste of fall! This weekend, I had the chance to head home and spend some time with my parents out in the suburbs. I did lots of baking, enjoying what's left of the hot weather and hanging out with our family pup.

I actually think I'm catching a bit of a cold because I've been so stuffy and sneezy. Not fun friends, not fun. Either way, I was glad it's been a little bit warmer out these past few days so that I could keep wearing cute shorts and rompers like this! It's usually tricky for me to wear a romper because I'm pretty tall and everything is so darn short these days. The best part about this number is it's now on sale for $18 - and if you order it online today you get an additional 30% off. If that's not a #win then I don't know what is!

24 Hours in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

First off - I totally thought this post was up for you guys by now. Ugh, don't know what has gotten in to me and my posting schedule. Let's dive right in to the good stuff, as you might just be surprised at how many fun things there are to do for a day in good 'ol Fort Wayne, IN. I know several of you had the chance to read about the first part of my road trip with Sarah to visit the Vera Bradley HQ and now I'm excited to bring you even more including all of the stops we made through out the day with our fabulous tour guides Holly and Kaylee.

Of course, our first stop before even leaving Chicago was to our nearest Dunkin' Donuts. Who can last a car ride with out some yummy coffee and donuts... not me! After that, we took to the road in our trusty ZipCar - and I totally mean that! - to head on down to see the gals. Check out all of our fun recommendations for a 24 hour trip to Fort Wayne.

3 Simple Secret Tips on Finding the Right Wedding Attire

Monday, September 12, 2016

It's quite surprising that so many of my friends have recently gotten engaged. I mean, I knew it was wedding season but didn't know we we're back at engagement season too! I had two weddings over Labor Day weekend, but was only able to attend one in Chicago (the other in Kansas City). It's crazy to think about all of the people getting married and I'm still over here single as a pringle!

Either way, I'm a suck for some good music, a cocktail and an open dance floor, so weddings are a blast to attend :) With fall peeking right around the corner, I thought I'd put together a little outfit inspiration for any up and coming weddings you might be a attending. I have three simple tips for putting together that summer to fall wedding look.