Thursday, September 18, 2014


Shirt - JCrew Factory / Sweater (similar) and Jeans - Gap / Blazer - JCrew / Boots - Sam Edelman / Necklace - Baublebar / Bracelet - Stella & Dot

Last weekend in Chicago it was fifty degrees out. Five zero. And it's technically still summer. I know I've been talking about wanting to wear my fall clothes, but I meant maybe wearing pants instead of shorts. I could not bear to break out a coat, because, come on. So instead, I asked myself, WWJCD (What Would JCrew Do)?  Layer, of course!  Button down plus sweater plus blazer (plus extra hidden tank underneath it all) definitely held its own against the cold.

Has fall hit your neighborhood yet?

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Review: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish

I've been waiting and waiting to try Sally Hansen's new nail polish, Miracle Gel, for what seems like forever (but was probably just a couple of weeks).  I must not have visited my Target the week the Miracle Gel showed up on shelves (I know, shocker), and by the time I saw the displays all of the good colors were gone.  I kept checking back, until I finally realized that I could just order it online when I was purchasing some furniture.  I went for Wine Stock and also grabbed their top coat.

The Miracle Gel is supposed to be like a gel manicure, but without the UV light and without the tricky removal process.  You just apply two coats of the color (no base coat!) and then one coat of the special top coat and let it dry.  When it's time for removal, regular nail polish remover will take it off.
The polish itself went on really nicely, it has a big brush which helps it to go on in two or three swipes.  I was confused about whether it needed sunlight to dry (because the directions talk about it using regular light to dry), but painted my nails at night and they still dried fine.

The pros of this polish is that it is way shinier than regular nail polish.  At day seven it was just as shiny as on day one.  However, the polish makes the claim that it lasts up to fourteen days, and mine started chipping on day four.  Mind, I was building furniture (I gotta live my life!) but not all of the chips were from that.

Overall, I really liked the look of the polish (especially the lasting shine), and it did about as well as my regular nail polish usually does before it chips.  I'm definitely going to buy a few more colors!

Have you tried Sally Hansen Miracle Gel?  How did it work out for you?

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A Little Faux

Tee - Loft (similar) / Skirt - Target / Heels - Sole Society / Bag - Coach Factory (similar) / Necklace (similar) and Bracelet - BaubleBar

I don't shop for clothes at Target anymore.  Yes, you read that correctly.  It's not that I don't like Target clothes.  It's just that the layout of the closest store is a little funky, and I like the rest of what Target has to offer so much that by the time I get to the clothing section my cart is so full that I don't feel like maneuvering through the clothing aisle with it.

Then some smart employee decided to hang this skirt on the outside aisle, and it literally drew me over from another section like a moth to the flame.  Between the shape and the faux leather scalloped look, I had to have it.  Target wins again.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

This weekend...

This weekend I...

...Worked on a bunch of projects around the house, including a gallery wall on the staircase, new lighting for the living room (btw, anyone in the market for some marble lamps from the '90s?), my Halloweeen costume (too soon?), some fall decorations, and a wedding DIY.
...Once again decided to count Thursday as part of the weekend, and went out to Kai Sushi for a birthday dinner for a friend, and then checked out the new brewpub in our neighborhood, Vice Brewing.  It actually shares an interior wall with my gym, so we've been trying to convince our personal trainer that an interior door between the two would be an excellent idea.
...Went on a lady date with a friend to check out her new neighborhood and maybe try to stalk the Real World cast - they're currently filming just two blocks from her place.  We epic failed on the Real Worlding, but did get some awesome tacos and some aggressive drinks at mas (the rajas con queso was our favorite).
...Had dinner at my parents' house to celebrate their anniversary (an excellent excuse for a champagne toast!) and am still in recovery from all of the desserts I consumed.  My siblings and I are all weird about what desserts we like (me - no cooked fruit, my sister - no chocolate, my brother - no cake or ice cream), which means my mom gets confused when we come over and makes everything she can think of.  I'm definitely not complaining.

I hope you had a good one!

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Loft Fall Style Sale

I don't usually give sales their own blog post, but in this case, I just couldn't help myself.  Ann Taylor Loft hit the nail on the head with their new fall collection, and I want every. single. piece.  Luckily, everything (including their lounge line, Lou & Grey) is currently 40% off, and you can earn Loft Cash Cards with every purchase over $50.  You may just be seeing some (err, a lot) of these pieces on this little blogger soon.

(click the images to shop)

What's your favorite piece?  I'm trying to decide between the leather sleeve jacket, the gray and white sweater, and the jewel collar oxford.  Welp.  Sorry September budget.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Transitioning White

Dress - Target / Vest - Old Navy / Booties - Sam Edelman / Necklace - Yuni Kelley (similar) / Watch - Kate Spade

It may be after Labor Day, but I'm still in white. While the weather continues to cooperate (at least for today) and it still is technically summer, I'm going to keep on rocking this little white dress.  Paired with my utility vest and booties, it feels perfectly appropriate as a transition outfit to fall.

I wore this earlier this week for a quest over to Wicker Park for trivia night. I think we've finally found a trivia program that I can really get behind, because A) they cater heavily to my intense knowledge of the Home Alone franchise, and B) we've come in second twice. Of course, some of my friends aren't as cool with the whole "not winning" thing, so I said next time we go our team name should be, "Always a bridesmaid."

Are you still in white?  Or have you packed it away until next year?

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

I don't know if it's obvious from most of the recipes I post on here (pasta, pasta, and more pasta), but I'm not that into health foods.  Most of them plain just freak me out.  I see "skinny" recipes on Pinterest and pass right over them - they just never taste right to me.  I'm actually trying to cut all fake-y foods out of my life right now (margarine, diet anything) because usually the ingredients that are used to replace the "bad" foods are actually worse for.

BUT I kept coming across recipes for chia seed pudding, and the pictures looked so good I had to check it out.  It turns out the ingredients are all pretty legit.  Chia seeds are actually the same seeds from Chia pets, and are edible seeds that contain all sorts of good-for-you things like omega-3s, protein, fiber, and calcium.  I've found them in the grocery store in the health foods aisle as well as near rice and quinoa.  Chia seeds expand when they come in contact with liquids, so adding them to milk causes them to create a pudding-like texture.  After a couple of disaster attempts where my pudding didn't set, I've tweaked the recipe to the point where I've found a healthy dessert that I actually like!

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
1 serving

You'll need:
1 1/2 TB unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk (I usually use regular old cow's milk, but almond milk works too)
3 TB chia seeds

Add cocoa powder, sugar, and salt to a small jar with a lid.  Add milk and stir to combine.  Add chia seeds, put lid on jar, and shake well to combine.

Refrigerate for 20 minutes, and then shake again to make sure chia seeds don't clump together.  Then let sit overnight, and voila! Pudding!

Have you tried chia seed pudding?  Would you give it a try?

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