Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The '90s are Back?


Dress - SheInside / Chambray (similar) - Loft / Shoes - Sperry / Bag - Michael Kors / Necklace (similar) - JCrew Factory / Watch - Wristology




Yep, I tied a shirt around my waist last weekend. Whaaaaaat? Turns out the '90s are back. I actually got a weird number of compliments around town while wearing this, so it appears the people are very pro '90s style. If you're thinking about tying some outerwear around your waist, try choosing something lightweight like this chambray shirt that doesn't add a ton of bulk, and double knot the sleeves so it stays where you want it.

Have you been rocking any '90s trends?


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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

This Weekend...


This weekend I...

...Went to the bachelorette party & wedding for my college (& life) roomie! The bachelorette party was out in the suburbs on Friday night and included a cute farm to table dinner and hitting some townie bars. The wedding was on Sunday out in the country and was so beautiful. It had been pouring earlier that afternoon but the rain stopped just in time for their ceremony. It was fun seeing a bunch of people I hadn't seen since college, celebrating with the college roommates, and of course taking over the dance floor with Jeff ;)
...Had some relatives in town, and got to play the tourist around Chicago with them. We went to lunch at Heaven on Seven (and got some pretty mighty cocktails), went down to take photos with the Bean, and went on an architecture boat tour.
...Went to see Pitch Perfect 2! Jeff and I loved the first one, and while the sequel wasn't quite as good, it was still a lot of fun.
...Had a spontaneous date night with Jeff that started because my feet hurt and I didn't feel like walking all the way home - I made Jeff come meet me for drinks and snacks at Square One and then additional drinks and snacks at Kurah - I can never say no to a good bacon wrapped date!
...Caught up on VEEP - do you watch that show? Because you probably should. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is hysterical, but my current favorite of this season is Robert, the inept assistant.

I hope you had a great long weekend!



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Friday, May 22, 2015

5 Cookie Recipe


So tell me if you ever have this problem: you bake a whole batch of cookies, and then realize that you now have so many cookies that you could never possibly eat? No? Well then, this post may not be for you. I personally love a good cookie warm out of the oven, but Jeff and I can somehow never finish a batch, so it always feels kind of wasteful to bake them. That's why I freaking love this recipe - it makes just five cookies and is super easy and fast to whip up, plus it doesn't make a huge mess. And, you know, cookies. It's hard to go wrong with those.

This recipe is also gluten free (say whaaaaa, I know!) and this super gluten eating girl still likes them (which can be hard for a gluten free baked good), so, go and make them all of you non gluten eaters!



Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies (from Plated)
Makes just 5 cookies! 

1 egg (you're only going to use half though!)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 TB peanut butter chips (or semi-sweet chocolate, I used those once and they were really good)

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a baking sheet (preferably with butter, but I know some of you are going to use cooking spray and that's a-okay too.

In a small bowl, whisk egg. Reserve half for eggs in the morning.

In a medium bowl, stir together half of egg, sugar, peanut butter, and baking soda until well combined. Stir in peanut butter chips.

Roll cookie dough into 5 evenly sized balls and evenly space on cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes, until edges are golden brown. Let cool 3-5 minutes and serve warm (preferably with a glass of milk!)



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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

7 Ways to Wear Stripes

Good morning! Today I'm guest posting over at Cassidy Lou while Maddy is away on vacation, hop on over to learn about my obsession with horizontal stripes and to see 7 different ways to wear them.

  



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Monday, May 18, 2015

This Weekend...


This weekend I...

...Hit up Wine Riot on Saturday afternoon with a bunch of ladies (most of whom's significant others were down in NOLA with Jeff for his bachelor party) and had a great time trying a bunch of new wines (and then falling back on some old standby's). One of my friends thought I had brought a date when she saw me next to this cardboard cutout - and that was at the beginning of the afternoon!
...Saw the trailer for the Entourage movie, got excited, and proceeded to watch about 400 episodes of the show.
...Went to my first backyard barbecue of the summer, it was great to enjoy some warmer weather and do some good patio sitting.
...Had my last wedding dress fitting! Good news - it fits!! I'm not going to go pick it up though until a couple days before the wedding, you know, reduce the chance that Jeff accidentally sees it ;)
...Went to a bridal shower for my cousin's fiancee, which meant I spent the afternoon giggling with my sister and eating some freaking amazing cupcakes.
...Picked up Jeff from the airport late on Sunday - I really missed that guy! Just five weeks til the big day :)

Hope you had a good one!



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Friday, May 15, 2015

Current Beauty Favs

Happy Friday! This week has been dragggggging thanks to a cold that carried over from last weekend and Jeff traveling first for work and then pleasure. His bachelor party is this weekend down in New Orleans and it sounds like it might be a bit crazier than my party was - there are 20 guys going and I've heard talk of some pretty funny plans, like hiring a band to parade Jeff through the French Quarter. In any case, I'm glad to see the weekend again.

Anyway, today I'm talking beauty again. I tried a few new things recently (thanks to a couple gifts and a little Sephora shopping spree) that I've been loving and wanted to share with you.


NARS Lipstick Pencil - This came for free as a birthday gift from Sephora and I've really been loving the sheer, buildable color it gives. I'm kind of a lipstick-phobe after a few experiences where my lip color wore off unevenly, so this sheer color is my cup of tea. It's also nice and moisturizing, which is always a plus in my book. The rikugien color was my favorite.

bareMinerals COMPLEXION RESCUE Tinted Hydrating Gel Creme - Every other tinted moisturizer or BB/CC cream I've used has left me wanting more, but not this one! It manages to cover any redness or imperfections without hiding my freckles, provides enough hydration to completely replace my moisturizer, and blends perfectly. Win win win. 

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment - A friend gave this to me as part of a little bachelorette present, and while I initially thought it was a scrub (it says sugar treatment!) I love that it's a fancy, SPF filled lip balm. I basically can't live without chapstick, and this one is super hydrating (which seems to be the theme of this post) and smells great. I put it on every night before bed. 

CARGO Water-Resistant Blush - For years I've switched between bronzer during the warmer months and blush the rest of the year, but this summer I'm not sure I'll put away my blush because I've really been loving this CARGO blush (I wear Los Cabos). It's a really natural looking shade and provides the perfect flush. I can't really speak for the water-resistant part though, I haven't noticed that it's particularly long lasting (although this summer will be the true test).

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler - So this beauty favorite isn't all that new. I actually owned one of these back in middle school (my aunt claims to have won it during a taping of Oprah) but never really loved it because I thought it made my eyelashes look unnatural. Um, turns out I was just really bad at using it - I'm pretty sure I just held it really hard at the roots so they ended up with one 90 degree bend in them. I recently picked a new one up with a leftover birthday giftcard and it turns out grownup me is much better and eyelash curling, and I have a new step in my daily beauty routine. 




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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Bridal Shower the Second


Dress (similar) - Loft / Sandals (similar) - Sole Society / Bag (similar) - Ann Taylor / Necklace and Bracelet (similar) - Stella & Dot




As I mentioned on Monday, I had my second wedding shower over the weekend. My mother-in-law hosted, so it gave me a chance to hang out with Jeff's family as well as meet some of their family friends who will be coming to the wedding. I didn't realize it beforehand, but I actually ended up wearing one of my wedding colors to each shower - guess I have them on the brain!

For this shower, I didn't plan in advance quite as well as last time and had to try on a few things in my closet before deciding on this pink and white striped dress I thought about last week. Usually I have a few dresses ready to go for special occasions, but my dress section feels surprisingly empty right now. I've mentioned this before, but I like to buy dresses for special occasions when I find them rather than shopping for specific events since I can never find quite what I want when I'm on the clock. That being said, I might need to add another dress or two to the wardrobe for other showers, weddings, and events this summer (both of my grandma's are having 90th birthday parties!) so I'm trying to keep my eyes open. Here are a few dresses that have caught my eye:

Do you have a lot of events this summer? How do you shop for them?


And here's my favorite summer bag two more ways - dressed up and dressed down:

 

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