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Mixed Prints & Summer Styles

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Summer in Chicago is officially here. These 90+ degree temps are no joke! It's been so difficult to dress for work, where it's absolutely freezing, and outside, where I'm sweating bullets. I've been trying to find a pair of pants that I could dress up or down based on the occasion. My recent find? From the new Natural Beauties Collection at my favorite, Old Navy.

Anytime I can mix prints and patterns to create a few looks, I'm game. That's why I love shopping at stores that categorize by collection because you can usually find a couple great pieces to create a mini capsule wardrobe for the season. I paired these olive colored pants with an adorable light weight zebra print top and brown slides. Casual and cool at it's finest 😎

My New Favorite Natural Hair Products

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

This might be TMI, but I struggle on the daily to have my hair smell good. I know, super weird thing.. but when you have long and thick hair like me - it's super important that I keep it looking and smelling fab all day long. Remember when you were a kid and used the cute L'Oreal Kids Shampoo? Ugh. Those were so yummy smelling, and I basically want that but in an adult version :)

I've been trying to test out new shampoos, conditioners or masks to see what works and really target what might be causing any off notes. Now, don't think my hair smells nasty (because it doesn't), but I think it's a mix of the products I use in my hair and the heat from my curling iron or straightener.

I recently found out about SkinStore that offers so many premium beauty brands. When they sent me a little box of goodies, the Blossom & Bloom Ginseng & Biotin Volumizing shampoo and conditioner from Briogeo were in there.

Tied in a Bow

Monday, June 12, 2017

Ugh, friends. I have no excuse for not blogging over the past few days except for the fact that I'm getting summer brain! For those of you that don't know (seriously, I get this question all too often), I do work a full time job from 9-5 Monday through Friday where I sit and stare at the screen for way too long. The job of a publicist!😁 By the time I get home, I just can't look at a screen any more. Add in the nice weather, and I'm a goner! Fortunately and unfortunately, it's a one man show over here, which means it's me, myself and I trying to get everything together from week to week.

But enough of about my lack of writing as of late. Let's get to this cutie pie outfit! I found these shorts on J.Crew (along with everyone else) and knew I had to have them. My hips are a little curvier so anything that is tailored/smaller at the waist, like this bow tie or an A-line dress, is my go-to. I'm already plotting the other tops to pair with this pair of shorts!

Summer Kick Off on The Odyssey

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

How much did everyone love the 3 day weekend? Not going to lie guys, last week was absolutely awful. Essentially everything that could be off in all areas of my life was off and running... and I wasn't able to catch it πŸ‘Ž Without getting in to the nitty gritty, let's just keep it simple and say I couldn't have been more thankful for the mini break. Now, let's hope this weather continues to cooperate like it did on Saturday for the See Sparks Fly cruise on The Odyssey!

It was a perfect evening to head out on the lake and watch the fireworks from Navy Pier. If you've never done a dinner cruise with Entertainment Cruises, I can't suggest it more! It's the perfect way to get a group together to celebrate this season. In the spirit of happy thoughts, I'm sharing a few things I'm looking forward to for the remainder of the week.

A Rosey Summer Cocktail

Monday, May 22, 2017

There's nothing more refreshing than enjoying a tasty cocktail during the summer heat. Yes, I'm aware that Chicago hasn't had much "summer heat" yet, but I'm hopeful! Two of my favorite ingredients that I always look for on the menu include gin and grapefruit, so I knew once I tasted the Chloe Wine Collection's RosΓ© that I had to make this cocktail combination a thing. Besides, we could all use a little happy hour motivation on a Monday morning, right?

If you're not familiar, Chloe wines are based in Northern California and named after the ancient word meaning "blooming." How lovely is that? The wines are blossoming with beautiful aromas and luxurious flavors. I first heard about that last summer when they had their Chicago in White event in August. It looked gorgeous - hope to snag a ticket this year :)

I've included all of the simply measurements and ingredients below. If you're feeling fancy, you can even make this cocktail in frozen form aka grab the blender and get moving!