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Hawaiian Style

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Last Wednesday, I posted about my mini "vacation" to Hawaii thanks to an adorable new restaurant in Chicago called Mahalo. Today, I'm sharing what I wore to the tasty retreat. I knew I wanted to wear something a little bit brighter and this coral dress was the perfect option - it was one of my birthday gifts from my fam... they know I love a good Old Navy find :)

From the looks of my recent posts, it seems as thought I'm only buying striped styles! I didn't realize it until I started posting these pictures...Oops! They say horizontal stripes can make you look larger if you don't find the right style, so I'm glad I've been finding a few unique options to help the curves rather then hurt. Adding a jean jacket is just one way to help break up the pattern!

Mahalo Chicago

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Aloha kakou! Last week, I had the chance to have a mini taste of Hawaii. While the actual islands have been on my list to visit, this was about the closest I could get for the time being... a little restaurant in the heart of Wicker Park called Mahalo. I recently heard about the opening and new I had to head over with my camera in tow. I mean, can we talk about this amazing decor? I'm in heaven - er - I mean, Hawaii!

I met up with the wonderful Sarah and Megan and first things first, we ordered our cocktails. They had a lot of cute options to choose from including the Hula Kula, Mai Tai and Pina Colada. I went with the first option, Hula Kula, made with gin, green chartreuse, pineapple and lime juice. Just thinking about it makes me ready for another round of this refreshing cocktail!

Striped Dress

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Father's Day to all the awesome dads out there! I went home this weekend to spend time with the family and enjoy a little BBQ, but boy was it toasty outside. I'm still recovering from sunburn, so sitting outside catching rays was not exactly on my agenda. But, since we've been stuck with a hot, hot June, I've been living in dresses. It's the easiest thing to put on in the morning without requiring a lot of thought and keeps me cool all day long.

This little number is a recent find from Express. I'm typically not in to body-con style dresses, but loved this neckline and striped pattern. Luckily it fit pretty great too! Easily paired with a slip on sandal and adorable white bowler bag - this look couldn't have been more simplistic yet put together. The last step was to grab my morning coffee with Maya and head in to work. I could get used to this routine!

#LBBGG // Girl Next Door: Lindsey Cavanaugh

Friday, June 10, 2016
First time vising the Little Black Blog? This spring, I launched a seasonal guide called the Girlfriend's Guide, dedicated to all things lady like. Read about styling, home decor and beauty tips all in one, plus features on women. Oh, have a snapshot moment with your girls to share? Make sure to tag #LBBGG on Instagram and Twitter.

When starting the little guide, I was in search of the ultimate girl next store. I was thinking left, right, up, and down, but little did I realize the perfect woman was standing right in front of me... literally.
Lindsey and I first met a few short weeks ago when she spoke at my office with her business partner, Hillary of Vibe Tribe Creative. We both went to Mizzou (go tigers!) and had a ton of mutual friends. It's funny to think that this was our first in person encounter.

After listening to both ladies speak about their design and branding company, it was such a refreshing feeling to connect with liked minded creative professionals. They had very inspiring stories, and at the same time, are 110% authentic in what they do. Shortly after, I knew I had to work with Lindsey in a more artistic light - that's where the amazing portraits come from scattered through out the guide, my blog and on Instagram.

Ireland Part 2: 24 Hours in Dublin

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Next up on my guide to Ireland is our quick trip passing through Dublin. Upon traveling to Ireland, we flew in and out of the Dublin airport. It was the best way for us to easily grab a bus to head over to Ballinasloe, which was on the same route to Galway. As we we're getting ready to fly back to the States, we headed back to Dublin on a Friday morning bright and early to explore the city. Although we didn't have a lot of time to be tourists, we were able to see several of the major highlights. If you have extra time to stay a couple hours during a layover or just for the night, I've put together all of the major spots we hit during our 24 stint in Dublin.