Tuesday, September 2, 2014

This weekend...



This weekend I...

...Went with a bunch of our friends up to a cabin in Wisconsin, where we spent a lot of time on a boat, jumping off of boats, getting four million bruises, hanging out on sand bars, eating s'mores, playing Drenga, and hanging with the cutest puppy of all of the puppies.  Cheers to long weekends.

I hope you had a good one!



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Monday, September 1, 2014

Gone Fishing


Hey guys!  Just popping in to say that I won't be popping in today.  We went up to Wisconsin with a bunch of friends for the long weekend to enjoy a little outdoor time and a lot of wine time.  I hope you had a fun weekend, and I'll be back with a recap of my weekend tomorrow!


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Friday, August 29, 2014

August Budget

I don't know if you guys noticed, but it's the end of August.  This month has seriously flown by.  With the end of the month comes another budget post!  This month I filled a couple of holes in my wardrobe, as well as picked up a couple of trendier pieces.  The blazer was an absolute steal (I may have stalked it online every day until my size was available), and I'm excited to have it since the black one I've been wearing a lot recently is way too big.  With the addition of another pencil skirt I'm feeling like the job interview section of my closet has been filled.  As far as the trendy pieces, well, I just couldn't say no.  Here's the damage for August:


And now for my biggest purchase this month: a new coat!  I was browsing at Nordstrom Rack for some new gym shoes, and came across this beauty:


With the color, the cut, and the leather detailing, it's seriously the coat of my dreams.  I've been missing a longer dressy wool coat in my wardrobe for a while (making it confusing every time I dress up in cold weather) and so am super excited that I found this baby at such a good price.  I usually allow myself one new coat and one new pair of boots each fall/winter, so after the boots I picked up last month, it looks like I'm done with my big ticket items for the year.

Old Navy Graphic Tee: originally $14.94, on sale $10, used credits $0
Ann Taylor Pencil Skirt: originally $89, on sale $53.40
Baublebar Necklace: originally $46, on sale $20
JCrew Boyfriend Blazer: originally $198, on sale $58.80
Apt 9 Sweatshirt: originally $40.00, on sale $17.99
Marc New York Coat (similar): originally $350, on sale $138.99

Total Spent: $289.18
Total Saved: $448.76


And so I just squeaked in under budget again!  Since I don't have any more holes to fill in my closet, I'm not really sure what I'll be shopping for in September, besides lots and lots of fall clothes.

How did you do on your budget for August?



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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Floral + Vest


Dress - LC Lauren Conrad (similar) / Vest - Old Navy / Sandals - Target (similar) / Necklace - Stella & Dot / Bracelet - Michael Kors




After showing my utility vest a lot of love this spring (see here and here), I kind of forgot about it.  Whoops, sorry old pal!  While I loved it over my sweaters and with denim, I realized recently that it's the perfect topper for a summer dress.  It can add a nice layering effect without being too hot.

I wore this earlier this week for our couple's league fantasy football draft.  That's right, I'm doing fantasy football again, and I'm still not quite sure how football works.  Last year I learned what a safety is, so maybe this year I'll pick up another new term.  The real goal though is to beat Jeff in our couple matchup again, which I somehow did last year despite being in Morocco and not having any idea how to set my lineup.  Sorry babes! 



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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

7 Stuffed Cookie Recipes

Cupcakes and brownies have been doing it for years, but cookies are just hopping on to the newest dessert trend: stuffing. People are putting candy, peanut butter, caramel, marshmallows, and anything else they can think of into cookies these days. Flipping through my Pinterest lately has literally been leaving me drooling. Here are some of the stuffed cookie recipes I can't wait to try:



I've put cookies into brownies before, so why wouldn't you want a brownie inside of a cookie?




Like a giant, amazing peanut butter cup.




A chocolate chip cookie is sounding so much better than a graham right now.




Seriously, nutella inside a cookie? I may need some alone time with these guys.




The only problem with these guys? You can't eat the Oreo frosting first! I think I'd get over it somehow.




Why put a Hershey's Kiss on top of your peanut butter cookie when you can put a Reese's inside one?




o. m. f. g.


Have you hopped on the stuffed cookie train?  Have any amazing recipes to share?




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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tribal Maxi


Dress - F21 (similar) / Necklace - Amrita Singh / Sandals - Target (similar)



I wore this dress a lot last summer (see here), and then basically it existed.  For some reason, I've really been neglecting my dress collection this summer.  Sorry dresses!  I swear I still love you, I've just been, you know, hanging out with a lot of shorts and skirts lately.  Then, we finally got some summer weather over the weekend, and a dress seemed like the only reasonable option.  Some people around here seem to be anti-heat, but I'm down with a couple days here in the 90's. Bring it on, Chicago!




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Monday, August 25, 2014

This Weekend...


This weekend I...

...Went to a Cubs game with some of my ladies.  We had amazing/slightly terrifying seats (for foul ball reasons) and wound up on tv a couple of times.  Okay, so this was actually on Thursday, but when your whole life is a weekend, it's kinda hard to differentiate.
...And then I had to escape a bachelor party that was spending the weekend at our place, so I went up to my parent's house for the weekend.  I ate a lot of tacos, tried yoga for the first time (there were chairs and blankets involved, what?), found some prints at the thrift store for the gallery wall I'm planning in our stairwell, saw "What If" (yes, it's a different movie than "If I Stay") and ate almost an entire tub of popcorn by myself, and binge watched old episodes of The O.C. and Bridesmaids with my sister.
...Oh, and of course, listened to the new Taylor Swift song about 8,432 times.  Totally.  Obsessed.

I hope you had a good one!



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