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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

6 Summer Beauty Essentials

Summer in Chicago is known to be hot and steamy.  When it comes to those really hot and humid summer days, these are the items that I make sure to have on hand. It's inevitable that when the temperature begins to rise, that hair and makeup are both bound to melt away.  I like to switch my routine to a little more low-maintenance and light weight beauty products.  I also like products that are going to give me more of a natural glow.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

This cream eyeshadow product is so creamy and so long-lasting.  It's super easy to blend and takes two seconds to take your eyes up a notch without feeling like you have a lot of make up on.  I have this stick in 4 different colors and love how easy it is to apply.  It's very build-able and I can easily mix and match different colors. I don't typically wear eyeliner so I just use the darkest shade of these and smudge it outward and I'm good to go.  Plus, it really does have eight hour wear so it will definitely stay put on those 90 degree days.

Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base

This is one of my all time favorite makeup products. I definitely use it year round, but find myself reaching for it nonstop in the summer months.  It is a neutral, cream bronzer that goes on so smooth.  It is definitely on the expensive side, but I swear a little bit goes a really long way. I bought mine last summer and have yet to be close to the bottom.  It's easy to add a light layer or build on for more of a summer glow. It is not shiny or shimmery so it really gives you a 'glow from within' kind of appearance. 

Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector

Sunscreen seems like a no brainer in the summer.  My skin is known to be extra sensitive to sunscreen so I'm definitely really careful about what I use.  I bought this sunscreen before our honeymoon to Hawaii and had no issues with my skin (a miracle!).  The consistency is surprisingly light and won't give your skin the white cast that you see with most sunscreens.  It also dries really quickly without leaving you with that usual greasy feeling.  I'm a little obsessive about over researching products before I actually purchase them, especially beauty products.  And this is one that has great reviews on Nordstroms and Sephora, especially at this price point!

Ouai Wave Spray

I just picked up this product from Sephora in the last few weeks and it quickly got me excited for summer.  This spray smells amazing and works magic on frizzy hair without making it feel weighed down. This spray is great if you have naturally wavy or curly hair to take away the summer frizz that you get when it's 100% humidity.  It's great for that undone, beachy look.

Herbivore After Sun Skin Soothing Aloe Mist

I have a mild obsession with trying Herbivore products lately and love a good face mist. I'm definitely not one to overexpose my skin to the sun so I don't use this to treat a sunburn.  It's really lightweight and moisturizing without leaving that sticky feeling that you can sometimes get from face sprays.  It's great for dry or irritated skin even if it's not from a sunburn.There isn't a strong smell to the mist, just really fresh.

I'd be remiss to talk about summer beauty products and not mentioned a self tanner.  I do all that I can to stay out of the sun and use sun protection, but I don't like missing out on the summer glow.  I've tried out a lot of self tanners over the last few years and keep going back to St. Tropez, particularly their tanning mousse.  I have found that this has the most staying power and is so easy to apply that you really can't mess it up.  It's hard to think of sunless tanner and not be scared of looking orange or splotchy, but I've found that with the mousse consistency and a applicator mitt it is so easy to apply.  I've tried the express and the extra dark versions of the St. Tropez line and I really like all of them.  They do have a smell to them (not a bad smell, just the usual self tanner smell) so I wouldn't recommend sleeping with this product on. I like to use it on a day that I'm working from home and can leave it on during the day and then wash it off before bed. I could do a whole blog post on all of the different self tanners that I have tried!


Monday, May 14, 2018

Summer Essentials: Memorial Day Must Haves

Monday, we meet again..  I can't believe it's already May and almost Memorial Day!  Memorial Day to me means the start of the summer and the start of more permanent warm weather.  I thought it would be fun to pull together some favorites for the long weekend.  I know a lot of people spend the weekend at a lake house or by a pool so here are some of my Red, White and Blue summer favorites!  We haven't figured out exactly what our plans are for Memorial Day,  but I'm hoping there is lots of sunshine!

I hope everyone had a great Mother's Day!  Weekends have been flying by way to quickly for us lately even though they haven't been jam packed! We had a nice and relaxing weekend since we had cold, rainy weather here.  We even took a nap through the storms on Saturday afternoon.  I have refused to turn back on our heat so we've relied on our fireplace to heat up our place and surprisingly it'd done a great job keeping up.  


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Instagram Round Up: Spring Edition

I thought it would be fun to round up some of my recent instagram posts to link where all of the items are from.  Let me know what you think of posts like this and I can start doing them more often! Each photo has an outfit widget below that should have a link to everything that you're looking for!  Happy Friday Eve!


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

29 Facts About Me On My 29th Birthday

I'm about to start the last year of my 20's. Part of me feels like I've hit a lot of my bucket list items and part of me feels like I'm just getting started.  I thought it would be fun to share 29 facts about me that most of you may not know!  Year 28 will be a really tough year to beat with getting married and buying a house, but here's to trying!

  1. I was born and raised in Iowa.
  2. I moved to Chicago as soon as I graduated from college at 22.
  3. I married the love of my life this past November after dating for 6 years.
  4. My husband is my best friend and I truly don't know what I'd do without him.
  5. We recently bought our first place in Geneva, IL and have loved exploring our new city.
  6. I have a brother and sister and step siblings on both sides since my parents have both remarried.
  7. My niece and nephew are my favorite people ever. I Facetime with them daily even though they aren't even old enough the carry on a conversation with me. 
  8. I have run two marathons, the Chicago Marathon and the Nashville Marathon.
  9. I love warm weather and hate the long, dark Chicago winters.
  10. I have naturally curly hair, but got a Brazilian blowout last year and it has yet to grow out and get curly again..
  11. I'm 5'4 and my husband is 6'5, it's quite the height difference.
  12. I love flowers, but have a really hard time keeping them alive.
  13. Country music is my favorite.
  14. I am an Olympic level sleeper. I can sleep for endless hours and often get at least 9 hours of sleep per night.
  15. I'm highly allergic to dogs and cats and am really awkward when I'm around them. 
  16. No tattoos and no broken bones.
  17. I would love to be a better cook, but it just seems like so much work.
  18. I love to watch documentary's and murder mysteries, but stand up comedy is my absolute favorite!
  19. Friends is my absolute favorite TV show and I've seen every episode at least 3 times. 
  20. I am a Hawkeye! I graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Marketing.
  21. I also have my MBA from DePaul University.
  22. I love to organize.  Whenever I am overly stressed, you'll find me randomly cleaning or organizing a closet.
  23. I love all food except beans, mushrooms and olives. 
  24. My favorite food is Mexican or sushi.
  25. I have a bad habit of checking the Nordstrom new arrivals section almost daily.
  26. I love to try new beauty products, but don't like having clutter so I try to keep a curated beauty collection.
  27. I'm a homebody.  You typically won't find me out at a bar on a Saturday night, but I do enjoy spending time with friends and being social.
  28. I hate roller coasters and get motion sick really easily. I carry Dramamine around me with at all times just in case.
  29. I also am not a fan of scary movies and haunted houses.  Halloween is by far my least favorite holiday, because I'm a wimp about scary things.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

8 Favorite Spring Dresses for Any Occasion!

One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six | Seven (On Sale!) | Eight (On Sale!)

It's no secret to those who know me that I love dresses.  Spring seems to be filled with plenty of wedding showers, baby showers, Monday's Day brunches, birthdays and any other excuse to wear a pretty dress.  I've pulled together bunch of my favorites.  I could have easily filled this whole post with the new Gal Meets Glam dress collection at Nordstrom.  I love the whole collection.  It has a lot of fit and flare dresses that are mid length and that's right up my alley.  I have been reading the Gal Meets Glam blog for years so I was really excited for this collection to come out and it definitely did not disappoint.  Julia, the creator of Gal Meets Glam, has such classic and timeless style so I knew this collection would be filled with really classic pieces in beautiful girly colors.  Perfect for any spring occasion!  


Friday, May 4, 2018

7th Edition: Friday Five

Happy Friday Everyone!  It's been one of those weeks that seem to last forever so I'm extra happy that it's the weekend.  We have nothing special planned and it's supposed to be 80 and sunny so I'm sure that we'll take advantage of the weather. 

This week I am loving:

Graphic Tees

 I've mentioned my love for overalls a few times on here, but I love to throw up a graphic tee with my overalls.  Here are a few of my favorites..

Netflix Documentary - Losing Sight of Shore

I mentioned this on my instagram stories, but we watched this documentary on Sunday night and it was really good! If you haven't checked out this documentary, I highly recommend it.

Patio Furniture 

We spent last Saturday on the hunt for patio furniture.  I think we literally went to 15 stores looking for outdoor furniture.  We ended up with this table Target that really fit the size of our patio.  There is a little assembly required, but nothing too strenuous.  So if you're in the hunt for patio furniture, I definitely recommended checking out Target. Now I'm on the hunt for an outdoor run and some tabletop decor!

Jade Roller 

I recently purchased a jade roller from Nordstrom and I'm anxious to try it out.  I feel like I have seen them a million places and figured it was worth trying out.  Compared to many 'beauty tools' this seems like the most inexpensive option with the biggest bang for your buck!  I've read to keep them in the fridge and that they're great for depuffing your face.  I'll report back once I've tested it out for a while!


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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Travel Bag Essentials: What's in My Carry On Bag?

I feel like I have mastered my checklist of what I will need in my carry on bag for a flight.  It may seem like a lot, but it's always nice to have more than  you need with how unreliable travel can be. Here are the items that I always like to have with me when I fly whether is for personal or professional travel.  I like to travel with a few different pouches within my larger bag so that it's easy to grab for items without feeling like my bag is a bottomless pit.

Electronics pouch - I like to keep any cords, charges and small devices that I'll need for travel in one case.  Usually this pouch consists of a backup battery pack (a must have when traveling), phone charger, apple watch charger, hotspot, headphones and camera charger.  I try to keep all of the cords cleanly wrapped by either using extra hair ties or a cord clip.

Cosmetics Pouch - Sometimes I will carry my full travel makeup bag in my tote if I am tight for space in my carry on bag, but either way I usually have a small cosmetics pouch to carry the essentials.  This pouch usually includes a few lipglosses, lip balm, extra hair ties, hair clips, blotting papers, Dramamine and ibuprofen.  I usually carry this cosmetics pouch with me whether I am travel or not, but like to throw in a few extra items when traveling.

Travel Essentials Pouch - This pouch usually contains miscellaneous items that I only carry when I'm travel. I like to throw in a few tea packs, travel Spark pouches, Kleenex, granola bars, and usually some extra sunglasses, especially if I'm going somewhere warm and sunny.

Card Case - I like to make sure to downsize my wallet when traveling.  I usually switch to a small bag when I reach my destination so I want to make sure that I have a wallet that will easily transfer into other bags.  I love a simple card case, because I usually only need my ID and a few credit cards.

Tote - I recently purchased this MZ Wallace tote after reading about so many others recommending this and now I understand the hype.  This bag is so versatile and especially great for a beach vacation since you can easily wash the bag or wipe it clean.  I now even use this as my workbag on days that I head downtown since it holds so much and I love that it has a zipper closure.  I love to use my Louis Vuitton Neverfull bag, but it makes me nervous when traveling if I don't have a zipper on my bag so I love how secure this bag is with the big zipper closure.

Large scarf - I usually travel with at least one large scarf and sometimes an oversized cardigan as well. I like to throw these on the top of my bag, because 9 times out of 10 I get cold on an airplane or am dying for a 'pillow' so that I can get some sleep.  I recommend picking one that is a neutral color and one that will match most of the clothes that you have packed, because you'll probably want something to easily throw on at night when you get to your destination as well.

Computer, computer case, and computer charger - not pictured in this photo, but I don't remember the last trip that I took and didn't take my computer.  I usually end up buying wifi on the plane and getting some work done.  I've heard of people that swear that they get their best work done on an airplane since it's so uninterrupted and peaceful.  I like to make sure that my computer is handy, because as soon as the wifi light goes on, I usually fire up my laptop.