Thursday, January 30, 2014

A Few Things




 Happy Thursday my dear's! Here are a few things that I have had my eye on over the past week. It has been another cold week here in Chicago, which has caused me to bundle up and spend extra time inside. On the upside, this Diptyque candle has made our apartment smell wonderful and feel cozier during our past few nights in. It doesn't hurt that I love any little excuse for candlelight.

Another perk to the week, was coming home to a sparkly necklace from Benevolent Jewels, last night. I recently became an ambassador for their site and you can use my code BCBCODE20 to get 20% off your purchase. In addition, 20% of Benevolent Jewels profits are given to a philanthropic organization after every three months. Check out their site here for more information. Enjoy! xx
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Girl On The Go




A busy work schedule has helped to narrow down beauty products that keep me going throughout the day. With a big laptop in tow every morning and evening, I try to keep my bag as light as possible, but there are still a few beauty products that I like to take along with me. I absolutely love Aquaphor for the dry Chicago winters, as it keeps both my lips and hands moisturized. Last week while at Blue Mercury, I found this adorable mini sized Laura Mercier lipstick - it perfectly fits into all my bags, big or small. I purchased it in the color 'Poppy' and think it will be a fun transition color into Spring.

Pending the time or season, I will add in extra items like lip balm with SPF, but these are the items you will always be able to find in my every day bag. A little spritz of my favorite perfume and I am out the door! What are some of the beauty products that you rely on for your busy days? xx


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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Winter Refresh


1. Scarf | 2. Earrings | 3. Lipstick | 4. Blouse (similar here) | 5. Heels | 6. Hat | 7. Handbag | 8. Cable Knit Sweater

Around this time of year, I begin to miss warmer temperatures and crave a bit of Vitamin D. Although it may be wishful thinking for a weather change here in Chicago, something that helps me to get through the rest of the winter is a little refresh of my wardrobe. Nothing major, just a few additions. I like to pick things that can take me into the Spring season, but that are also practical enough to be worn through the remainder of the winter. In order to stick to my budget, I choose accessories or basics that I know can be worn for both work and play. A new sweater, scarf and lipstick can only help to make the rest of the winter a bit brighter, right? What would be on your winter refresh list? xx
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Snow Day






Jacket: Anthropologie (similar here) | Fur Vest: Zara (similar here) | Hat: Loft | Denim: Paige | Boots: Hunter | Purse: Forever 21

Hi love's! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend - yesterday was my first day off since Thanksgiving and I definitely made sure to enjoy it! On Saturday my friends and I tried out the new Dry Bar (I am now loving this hairspray) that opened up in Chicago and headed out for dinner afterwards. It was the perfect excuse to get all dressed up! The rest of my weekend was spent relaxing and enjoying the snowy city before my work schedule gets busy again. Hope you are all having a happy Tuesday! xx
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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Beauty Talk



 Hi beauty's! Today I am sharing my very first makeup post with you - should we call it bright city beauty? On a day to day basis, I have a simple makeup routine: foundation, mascara, a touch of lip gloss and I am out the door. In the evenings, I will alter my routine and experiment a bit more with new products (currently adoring the 'stila Liquid Eye Liner' above that was recommended by my sweet friend, Caroline.) Whether it's a new lip gloss shade or combining the 'NARS Illuminator' with my foundation for extra sparkle, little additions like these are both refreshing and fun for a night out.

Although I love adding products to my makeup bag I sometimes have to reign myself in, as makeup can get expensive. When making the decision on what I should splurge or save on, I like to invest in a solid foundation with SPF. I have sensitive skin and the extra expense is worth it to me if it will not as easily cause a breakout. I choose to spend less on items like mascara as it tends to clump after a short period of time and I was told it should be replaced after a few months. What is your beauty routine and what are some of your favorite products to use? xx




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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Red Check






Jacket: J.Crew | Denim: AG | Flats: Tory Burch | Turtleneck: Splendid  | Sunnies: Tory Burch (similar here) | Purse: Forever 21

This past weekend in Chicago, the sun was out and we managed to reach 40 degrees! Although the wind was still bitter, I was so excited to get away with wearing something different from my big puffy winter coat. I had my eye on this red check jacket for quite some time and when I saw it went on major sale, I jumped on it. It is a bit different from the other jackets I own and I absolutely love the versatility of it. On Saturday night I wore it out for a dinner date with my boyfriend and then again on Sunday afternoon while running errands around town. Hope you are all having a fabulous week, so far! xx
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Friday, January 10, 2014

The Liebster Award

Earlier this week, sweet Mary-Katherine who writes, The Gold-Hatted Lover, nominated me for the Liebster award. I was so excited to answer her questions, be given the chance to nominate 11 others and share their blogs with my readers.

Rules of Award:
Mention the person who nominated you with a link to their blog
Answer the eleven questions they asked
Nominate eleven other bloggers with a smaller following but a lot of potential
Create eleven of your own questions for them to answer
Notify your nominees

 My answers to Mary-Katherine's questions: 
1. What is your favorite realistic brand and your favorite lust-after brand?
My favorite realistic brand is J.Crew. My lust-after brand would definitely be Vince or Joie. The simplistic style and elegance to all of their pieces is irresistible!
2. What is your favorite book?
The Great Gatsby
P.S. I am eager to try out some of the books on Mary-Katherine's list here.
3. Who was the best concert you have ever been to? 
The Spice Girls!
4. What are the top three places you would like to travel to?
St. Croix, Barcelona, and Moracco
5. Where did you grow up and where do you live now?
I grew up in suburb outside of Philadelphia and Connecticut. After graduating from DePaul University, I found a job working in Chicago and decided to stay in this fun city!
6. Which is your favorite season?
The Fall! I love dressing in different layers and it means that the holiday season is beginning soon.
7. What are your top three favorite nail polishes?
OPI - Lincoln Park After Dark, Essie - Bourdeaux and Ballet Slipper
8. What are your favorite trends for the coming year?
Pattern mixing
9. How would you describe your style?
When it comes to my personal style I tend to be drawn to classic and simple pieces. I love to invest in timeless items that will not go out of style too quickly. 
10. What are three of your favorite blogs?
11. How long have you been blogging?
I have been blogging for just over four months. It has been such a fun and meaningful experience already. I could have never imagined how special blogging would become for me within such a short period of time.
 
My 11 nominees:
Questions for my nominees:
1. Who are your fashion icons?
2. What is the name of your favorite lip gloss?
3. Do you prefer baking or cooking?
4. Where is your favorite place that you have ever traveled to?
5. How would you describe your style?
6. What is your favorite trend of all time?
7. What can you not leave the house without?
8. What are three of your favorite blogs?
9. If you could meet one designer, who would it be?
10. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
11. How long have you been blogging?

Have a wonderful weekend! xx
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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Let's Get Organized


1. Notebook : Waiting on Martha | 2. Stapler : Design Darling | 3. Desktop Dock : Design Darling | 4. Paper Clips : Kate Spade (currently available on Amazon) | 5. Print : SS Print Shop | 6. Notepads : Waiting on Martha | 7. Paper Weight : Kate Spade

Since returning to Chicago, I have been catching up on a lot of things inside in order to stay away from the cold weather outside. On a brighter note, it has proven to be an excellent start to getting organized for 2014. Confession: I find myself to be organization obsessed and genuinely get excited over office supplies. So, I thought I would share my excitement with you and pull together some of the items I have been loving lately. Enjoy! xx 
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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Coffee Date







Sweater: J.Crew | Necklace: Julie Vos | Pixie Pants: J.Crew | Flats: Tory Burch | Sunnies: Tory Burch | Bracelets: J.Crew and Madewell (no longer available online)

Hi love's! I hope that you have all had a wonderful start to 2014. This past week was particularly busy with work. However, I can not express how happy I was just to be able to spend time working in New York City while being close to my family for an extended period. I had hoped to take more pictures while here in New York City to share with you, but my schedule did not allow for much downtime between work and braving the cold, brr!
I am flying back to Chicago this evening and will catch up with you when I return. Wishing you a happy Tuesday! xx

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Little Things

 
 
Happy New Year! I hope that you all had a wonderful, fun and safe time ringing in 2014!!
 
With the new year here, I thought that I would share something a bit different for this post. You will notice in my blog that I will mention "the little things" that bring inspiration to my daily life and personal style. In addition, I think that it is important to take time to notice the small things that can make a moment better. Sometimes, they are the most memorable parts to our days, weeks, or even lives. This year, I plan to remind myself to enjoy even the smallest things that occur in my day, as they may end up being the most special and memorable. What are your plans or New Year's resolutions for 2014? xx
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