Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Two Great Sales!

So whenever I try to take a break from blogging is always when something comes up that I just have to share it with you! Two great sales landed in my inbox today, and of course I had to round up some of my favorites (ahem, and shop ;)

My favorite shoes are on sale for less than $50!! They are so comfortable and I get compliments every time I wear them! 

LOFT - 40% off with code FRIENDS
I know, I know, they JUST had a huge sale less than a month ago (check out my fitting room try-ons from that sale, almost everything is still available). I almost didn't even click through to their email, but it turns out, there are a ton of cute new arrivals to shop. I ended up ordering quite a few things to try, including this striped shirtdress, this suede skirt, and this cute coverup for our beach trip in June!

Nordstrom Spring Sale - Up to 50% off 
Everyone goes nuts for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, but let me tell you, there are some pretty amazing items on sale right now - especially the shoes and accessories! My favorite bow mules are currently on sale, and I ended up ordering this cute red dress and little white eyelet bag, I'm planning on pairing them with my new favorite espadrilles and white statement earrings. Oh, and these earrings are less than $8 (yes, really!) so I had to snag them too!

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Monday, April 16, 2018

This Weekend...

This weekend I...

...spent the whole time recovering from a cold I picked up in San Francisco last week, hiding from the weather, and planning/throwing a baby sprinkle for my little sister! The sprinkle was a huge success and included quite a few donuts, but I'm going to be honest here, I'm freaking exhausted. And while I took a lot of pictures from the sprinkle, I didn't get down to any other content creation this week. And you know what? I think I need a little breather! So we're going to take a little break here on the blog this week, and I'll be back fresh and new (and hopefully in spring clothes) next Monday! If you miss me, you can always follow along on Instagram!

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Friday Finds

Happy Friday!! This weekend I'm throwing a sprinkle for my sister Ellen (you know, like a baby shower, but for the second kid) so I'm in full party planning mode! I maybe bit off a little more than I could chew with this one, but I'm excited to see it all come together. I'll be sharing pics - hopefully next week, but you can also follow along on Instastories!! Shhhh Ellen, don't look!

Here are my finds for the week!! Found some real steals this week - everything is less than $70, and that bag is less than $40! If I know anything about how current online pricing strategies work, it's likely on even better sale today ;)

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

My Extended Makeup Routine and Sephora Spring Bonus Sale!

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Okay, maybe not, but it is time for Sephora's spring sale!! The sale is open to all Beauty Insiders (join for free here) and you can get 10-15% off depending on your Sephora status. Cue the squeals!! I always stock during Sephora's sales because makeup so rarely goes on sale, so it's a great time to repurchase some of my favorites as well as try new products.

The sale starts tomorrow and runs through Monday for VIB Rouge members, and then starts up again next weekend (the 20th through the 23rd) for VIB and Beauty Insiders, with VIB Rouge and VIB receiving 15% off and Beauty Insiders receiving 10% off.

Here are a few of the products I've got in my shopping cart:

Nars Lip Gloss in Super "O" - I tried this on in stores, and it's the prettiest shimmery peach color! I love the Nars Velvet Lip Glide in Bound, which I wear on the daily.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion - I got a free sample of this primer, and you guys, it works. It's like glue on your eyelids - no worries about eye shadow moving around or creasing!

bareMinerals Original Foundation - I've always heard amazing things about bareMinerals but have never tried it. I'm thinking I'm going to start wearing foundation (really, I don't even own any!) because I'm starting to not be happy with my pores, but I'm not really into liquids. Plus this was one of the four that Sephora's skin match test would be a perfect match on me. So I'm going to give this a try! My color is (hopefully) Fairly Medium.

Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins Mineral-Enriched Renewal Cream - this is my favorite night cream. It's so thick and moisturizing, and it smells great too!

Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara - my favorite for years now - it's great for lengthening and thickening!

Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast - this is amazing for amping up my hair when I curl it - see my full hair routine here.

St. Tropez Express Bronzing Mousse - I loved the in-shower St. Tropez gradual tan lotion last summer, but my legs started having an allergic reaction to it! I'm hoping that this one won't bother my skin because I've heard amazing things about it. You're going to want the mitt too for easy application.

My Makeup Routine

I also filmed a new makeup routine tutorial video for you because I've changed a few pieces of my makeup routine from my last video:

If you watched that whole thing, phew, props to you! Here is my shorter beauty routine video that I mentioned if you couldn't quite make it through ;) Weirdly, I'm wearing the same tee in both videos?!

And here are all of the products I mentioned in the video:

Milk Blur Stick Primer

Laura Mercier Concealer in 1N

Beauty Blender

Covergirl Concealer

Nars Concealer

Givenchy Bronzer in Moonlight (for highlighting)

Laura Mercier Brightening Powder

Smashbox Powder in Fair/Light

Cargo Blush in Los Cabos

Urban Decay Smoky Palette (this is being discontinued so it's on major sale!)

Urban Decay Naked2 Palette

Shu Uemura Lash Curler

L'Oreal Infallible Eyeliner

Bobbi Brown Brow Pencil

Urban Decay Subversion Lash Primer

Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

Nars Velvet Lip Glide in Bound

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

My Favorite Jewelry Pieces

I love a good statement earring, but I know that they are super trendy right now and in a few years I'll look back and wonder what I was thinking. My favorite jewelry pieces that I reach for almost every day are classic, simple, and beautiful. I know I'll have these for years to come, and they won't ever be relegated to the hooks in the back of my closet (ahem, like my statement necklaces from 2013). These are also the pieces I always travel with so I don't have to bring a ton of jewelry with me - I know these will go with everything!

I wear pearl earrings almost every day, and I love that they're so classic. These studs were a gift from Jeff a few years ago, and I love that they're large without being obnoxious. They can make a statement on their own, but they also mix well with any other fun pieces I want to wear.

I actually bought both of these necklaces for myself a few years ago. When I got the arrow necklace, I remember thinking it was so expensive and basically kicking myself for spending so much on one piece (ahem - it's $59.00 - not expensive!) but I think I bought it over five years ago now and wear it at least once a week - often more. So really, it was so worth it - especially since my cheaper necklaces have not stood the test of time! I'd rather have one nice necklace that I'll wear forever than a bunch of necklaces that lose their finish or break easily.

The clover necklace is actually a take on an initial necklace - those are "K's" in there! I bought these little charms along with matching chains for all of my bridesmaids for my wedding, and then ended up getting one for my mom down the line too. It's fun because I wear this almost every day, and when I meet up with friends it's likely that someone will be matching me.

This charm bracelet is a recent addition to my jewelry collection - Jeff bought it for me for Christmas. The bracelet itself is beautiful in itself. Right now there's just one little Eiffel Tower on there for our trip to Paris, and I can't wait to fill it up with charms from all of the places we've been and the adventures we have yet to go on.

This watch is more of a costume piece, it's definitely on the cheaper side. I got it for Christmas this year too, and I've been really impressed by how it's held up so far. The finish isn't wearing off, and I haven't had issues with it giving me rashes or anything (something that often happens for me with cheaper metal watches). I love the rose gold too - it's fun to wear every day, but still pretty enough to wear with dressier outfits.

Since I'm traveling this week, you had better believe all of these pieces made the trip with me! What are some of your favorite jewelry pieces?

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Suede Jacket for Spring

Jacket (exact here in a couple of sizes, or a super similar jacket, and another) - Kut from the Kloth / Tank and Earrings (similar here and here) - LOFT / Jeans (these are my fav - not see through and they don't stretch out!) - Gap / Flats (similar here) - Banana Republic / Bag (similar here and here) - Kate Spade / Necklace - Stella & Dot

Last week, as I complained yet again about the lack of spring weather, I said to myself, "Kristina, get a grip." 

I mean, I live in Chicago. Cold springs are kind of our thing. 

Until I looked back at some of my posts from last spring! I was going through them to repin some content to Pinterest, and I really was just wearing little outfits like this, and not topping them with a full winter coat. Really, when we took these photos, Jeff had the furry hood of my favorite gray wool coat over his head to keep it from getting dirty. Just know, that if I ever look cold in a photo (ahem - like here - get those shoulders down girl!) that Jeff is likely wearing my coat behind the lens. He loves it, definitely not embarrassing for him at all ;) 

Well anyway, to try to make it through this chilly spring weather, I've been doing the double coat - with my winter coat on top, and this little suede jacket underneath! This jacket is so soft and comfortable to wear - it's kind of like wearing a cardigan! I originally bought it for fall, but the pretty taupe/gray color works really well with spring colors too. 

Jacket (exact here in a couple of sizes, or a super similar jacket, and another) - Kut from the Kloth / Tank and Earrings (similar here and here) - LOFT / Jeans (these are my fav - not see through and they don't stretch out!) - Gap / Flats (similar here) - Banana Republic / Bag (similar here and here) - Kate Spade / Necklace - Stella & Dot

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Monday, April 9, 2018

This Weekend...

This weekend I...

...went out for drinks at The Sixth after Jeff said he was in the mood for a cocktail. I always forget this place exists and is right in our neighborhood - it's so fun for a date or with a bigger group. Their cocktails are really creative and delicious - their signature (which I get every time) is layered, multi-colored/flavored ice cubes that change the flavor and color of the drink as they melt. We've never been on a Friday evening before, and they  were making special infused bourbon as their Friday special - I'm not a bourbon girl but it was fun to watch the process.
...ordered this v-neck tank - it's so cute and simple, perfect for layering. I'm always trying to buy silk camis but they never work on me, plus I'd prefer to be able to wear a regular bra. Fingers crossed this works out!
...pouted when Jeff tried to take me to a casual bar for dinner (after I told him he could pick whatever he wanted - whoops!) and ended up walking into DueLire, where they magically had a table open up for us right away - impressive, considering the tiny size of their dining room! I always love this place for their homemade pasta and extensive Italian wine list, plus in the summer they have the cutest little patio out back. Burrata was on special, so Jeff wasn't too mad at me about the change of plans.
...drove up to my parents' house to celebrate my mom and sister's birthdays. Their birthdays actually were two weeks ago, but my parents were in Japan!! I know, I know, I'm so jealous too. My brother and his wifey live in South Korea (I always want to write North - ha, slightly different!) so my parents flew over to visit them, and then they all hopped over to Japan for my brother's spring break. They just happened to be in Kyoto for the peak cherry blossom week. NBD.

I'm flying out to San Francisco for work today (and once again pouting, because it's actually supposed to be warmer here than in SF while I'm there!) but don't you worry, I managed to pre-schedule posts for the week so it'll be all normal programming here. You can also follow along on Instagram. Here's hoping you have a good one!!

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Friday Finds

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

More Bell Sleeves

Top (similar here) - Impeccable Pig / Jeans (similar medium rise, or a high rise in this wash) - Madewell / Sandals - Treasure & Bond / Bag - Clare V / Earrings (also available here) - BaubleBar

When I snagged this top in Charleston I thought of it as only something I would ever wear with shorts, or maybe white jeans if I wanted to go for a full on diva vibe. But really, it turns out regular jeans work too! It just needs to be paired with summery accessories, like these beautiful espadrille sandals I snagged - aren't they gorgeous?! I love that they really strap your feet in, so there's no slipping or sliding - makes them easy to walk in despite the height, and super comfy. They also come in a tan and the most beautiful gray color, which I'm also seriously considering. Not that I need more sandals - the shoe space in my closet is currently exploding! I was going to do something about my closet last weekend, but I somehow never quite found the time - send help please!! 

Last time I shared this particular top I had a hard time finding similar pieces, but all of the sudden everyone is releasing white embroidered bell-sleeve tops! Here are a few of my picks below: 

Top (similar here) - Impeccable Pig / Jeans (similar medium rise, or a high rise in this wash) - Madewell / Sandals - Treasure & Bond / Bag - Clare V / Earrings (also available here) - BaubleBar

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Red Striped Tee

Tee - J. Crew / Jeans (super similar, I wear the tall) - Madewell / Sandals (similar here, here and here) - Target / Bag (a budget friendly option) - Clare V / Earrings (also available here) - BaubleBar

The striped tee. It's my top wardrobe staple, and something I always reach for when I'm at a loss for what to wear. It's a basic, but those stripes make it just a little more fun.

My closet was full of  navy/white and black/white stripes, so when I saw this little red number I basically had to put it in my closet. Plus those little sleeve ruffles - so fun!

I'm loving this tee now with jeans and layered under oversized cardigans and my favorite blazer, but this summer it's definitely going with my white shorts and white skirts. How cute would that be for the Fourth of July? And I'm definitely breaking it out for Cubs games this summer!

Ugh, summer. Can you come soon please?

Tee - J. Crew / Jeans (super similar, I wear the tall) - Madewell / Sandals (similar herehere and here) - Target / Bag (a budget friendly option) - Clare V / Earrings (also available here) - BaubleBar

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