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28 August 2014

Here Comes Fall Wish List

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September is significant for a few reasons. It means the end of summer break, the beginning of a new semester, and often the first tease of fall weather. With September, comes an overload of both homework and fall fashion. While I can’t help out with your schoolwork, I have narrowed down this season’s new arrivals to a wish list of my five most-wanted items to transition your wardrobe from summer to fall.



11 August 2014

UNiDAYS Guest Post


I am currently featured as a guest blogger for UNiDAYS. UNiDAYS is the official source for student discounts, with over 3.5 million students already saving. For shopping details and back-to-school savings, check out my dorm room inspiration guide on UNiDAYS’ blog, The Edit.  If you’re a college student, sign up for free with UNiDAYS to access exclusive student discounts for sites like ModCloth, Asos, All Saints, Apple, and more!

07 August 2014

Trend - Matching Separates

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The matchy-matchy look is worth investing in because once the trend dies, the pieces can still be worn separately… it’s like three outfits in one! Washed out stripes pair perfectly with chocolate bar eyeshadow by Too Faced that looks good enough to eat. 

A special thank you to my grandma who took me shopping last weekend and made this outfit possible! xoxo

And thanks again to Jerrod and Jeremy for the amazing makeup!!!

31 July 2014

Chambray + Too Faced

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I bought my shorts on sale at Urban Outfitters for only $10 and I can’t stop wearing them! These denim shorts fit just right, not too short or tight. My favorite way to wear distressed denim is paired with girly accessories (i.e. sandals with giant jewels on them). 

Also, thank you to Jerrod and Jeremy for the Too Faced makeup which adds a pretty finishing touch to my look!

28 July 2014

Yoga Faves

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Cute workout gear is a major motivator for me to hit the gym.  For yoga, I like 3/4 length leggings and tops with fun strap detailing. Lululemon and Adidas by Stella McCartney are two of favorite brands, but Target also has a great selection of more affordable options. 


24 July 2014

Beacon Collection by Warby Parker

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Designer sunglasses are one of my favorite splurge items. Warby Parker is one of few designers that make their glasses in-house. This results in higher-quality eyewear for a fraction of the typical price. And, for every pair of glasses sold, they distribute a pair to someone in need. (One million pairs have already been distributed!) 

Warby Parker’s limited edition Beacon collection frames were designed to accompany “late night dates, rooftop sunrises, and everything in between.” Photographer Petra Collins shot the amazing imagery for the collection in downtown Manhattan. The glasses are representative of effortless, candid, cool style. I’m loving the oversized Nancy frame in lemon (pictured above). The yellow is a fresh pop of color, but still muted enough to be worn as a neutral. Starting today, the collection is available online at Warby Parker.

15 July 2014

Jelly Shoes

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Jelly sandals are another trendy footwear option this summer.  Stuart Weitzman makes a pair, but the ones I’m wearing cost only $20 at Urban Outfitters!  As I mentioned in my previous post, Birkenstocks are tricky to wear.  Jellies, on the other hand, can be paired with just about anything. 

Peasant Blouse: Billabong, Shorts: BCBGeneration, Jelly Sandals: Cooperative


10 July 2014

Topshop ‘Stocks

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After much contemplation, I gave in to the ‘stock trend.  I’m wearing Topshop’s version and they are quite comfy!  It’s no wonder why these affordable sandals are a current favorite among trendsetters.  But, if you’re thinking of getting on board, tread carefully.  Just because Birkenstocks are trending, doesn’t make it acceptable to wear them with any old outfit.  The look can easily enter granny territory if you don’t consider my rules below. 

How to Pull Off Birkenstocks:
  1. Pair your ‘stocks with a feminine ensemble 
  2. Keep additional accessories minimal and sleek
  3. Make sure to wear with a fresh pedicure to avoid man-toes
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28 June 2014

Win an imPRESS Manicure!


The first of many summer giveaways is here! Enter to win an imPRESS manicure. The press-on manicure is fast and easy to apply, and lasts up to a week. Enter the giveaway below and check back soon for more opportunities to win!

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15 June 2014

Bye Chicago

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I’m posting this as I wait in the airport for my flight home from Chicago.  Looking forward to a few months off with plenty of time to catch up on rest and blogging. 

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04 June 2014

Dorm Room/Apartment Shopping Guide

Dorm Room Shopping Guide 
Shop: Crap container, chair cover, pillow, toaster

Last summer, I published the first edition of my dorm room shopping guide.  To my surprise, it has been the most viewed post of all time on my blog.  Logically, I decided to have another go at the home decor category.  This guide follows the same format as the first edition; it’s basically just a compilation of a ton of really cute stuff, organized into a few categories. Enjoy!

Dorm Room Shopping Guide





Dorm Room Shopping Guide


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Dorm Room Shopping Guide






Dorm Room Shopping Guide


24 May 2014

Weekend Wear

A LWD is the new LBD. This white trapeze dress from Topshop is simply chic and flattering, and perfect for Memorial Day. Styling suggestions below.

Weekend Wear

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28 April 2014

19 April 2014

College Care Package

I received my third VoxBox from Influenster a few weeks ago.  My free goodies included NYC lipstick, Rimmel London foundation, Broadway Nails imPRESS manicure, a Pilot Acroball Pure White pen, Red Rose Tea water enhancer, and Playtex Sport Fresh Balance. 
The Red Rose Tea water enhancer is my favorite item out of the box.  Just one drop turns water into tea! The blackcurrant raspberry flavor I received is delicious! 
Selfie wearing Rimmel London Stay Matte foundation and NYC Expert Last lipstick.  The light ivory foundation was the perfect shade for my skin and the forever fuchsia lipstick is such a fun color for spring!
Broadway Nails imPRESS manicure - so quick and easy to apply!

27 March 2014

Shop My Spring Wish List!

Spring weather is still a few months away here in Chicago, but a girl can dream.  Shop all my spring favorites on my Pinterest wish list, here.  Shop My Spring Wish List!