Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Busy Bee Beauty





Cosmetic bag: Tory Burch | Lip Gloss: NARS | Concealer: NARS | Perfume: Miss. Dior | Mascara: Bare Minerals | Hair Ties: LOFT
 
With a busy work schedule and the majority of my free time spent out in the city, I have started to bring along a little makeup bag filled with essentials. Even if it is just a quick swipe of lip gloss or spritz of perfume, it's a nice little treat to have some of my favorite things on hand if needed last minute. I absolutely love this pink lip gloss for Spring. In addition, I pack my concealer for little touch ups, this perfume and mascara! What are some of your favorite beauty items for days when you are feeling like quite the busy bee? xx

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Bright City Savings


Living in New York City has been a dream of mine, since I was a little girl. To this day, my father still reminds me of how every time we would visit the city, I would assure him that I was going to move there when I grew up. When it finally came to reality (still pinching myself every morning), I knew that the cost of living was going to change quite a bit from Chicago. In order to maintain a lifestyle where I can enjoy the city, go out with friends and splurge on the occasional shopping excursion, here are seven ways that have helped me save my penny's:

1. At home spa days - I definitely am one who loves to be pampered but saving a mani/pedi for certain occasions makes it that much more special.

2. Public transit - During the week I generally always take the subway. On weekends, I made a promise to use the subway as transit to my destination and a cab home, if needed. There are certain occasions when I have broken my promise (bad weather, safety reasons, and no desire to walk far in high heels) but for the most part I have stuck to it. Taxi fares can add up quickly!
  
3. Form a wish list - When it comes down to it, how many ballet flats do I really need? These are really cute though. In order to keep myself on a budget, I make a wish list for each season. While shopping, it forces me to rethink any potential purchase.

4. Cook at home - I do my very, very best to cook meals at home unless I have plans. Even better, it has helped me to put my food board on Pinterest to good use!

5. Hold cocktail hour at your apartment - I love the idea of having friends over before heading out for the night. Plus, it is the perfect excuse to play hostess!

6. Skip Starbucks - Save the latte trip for a mid-week pick-me-up or coffee date with friends.

7. Sharing is caring - While out to dinner, order a bunch of appetizers to share. They are (generally) priced lower. The best perk? If your stuck deciding between two dishes, you can try both!

What are some of the ways you save on a city girl's budget? xx

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Bright City Lately


Running errands in my favorite boots and white denim...


Sunday mornings spent in polka dots...


Pink makeup favorites...


A cozy night in...


First signs of Spring!

Happy Tuesday! I love to share extra photos on my Instagram in hopes that it will bring you inspiration in between blog posts. You can follow along here: @lexrest. Lately, I have been loving this pink lip gloss, these flats and this striped shirt for Spring! What are some of the things you are finding inspiration from lately? xx

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Wish Listed


Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs | Tank: J.Crew | Blouse: Marchesa (also love this one) | Sunnies: Oliver People's | Tweed Dress: Rachel Zoe | Denim: Frame | Hat: Janessa Leone (budget friendly here) | Bangles: Kate Spade | Gold Sandals: Joie | Denim: J.Crew 

Here are a few of the things that I have been loving for Spring. In order to stick to a city girl's budget, I made a little list with key pieces that can be mixed and matched with what I already own. Flowy blouses, cream and blue hues are all at the top of my list! A few fresh additions will help to get through the last of the chilly days, making everything seem a bit brighter. What's on your Spring wish list? xx

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Uptown Girl

 





Nightstand: Amazon | Lamp: Target | Candle: Diptyque | Tray: Target | Jewelry Box: Target | Print: Design Darling | Monogram Mug: Anthropologie | Fuzzy Pillow: West Elm | Mercury Votive: Pottery Barn (similar here) | Notebook: Kate Spade | Euro Shams: Caitlin Wilson Textiles

Good morning, love's! Here is a little peak into my room in New York City. I chose a neutral palette with silver, blue and white. This way, I could continue to build on it and utilize some of the pieces that I already owned. I knew that I wanted to add in a pop of color somewhere and decided to splurge on these adorable sham pillows from Caitlin Wilson Textiles. My nightstand is another favorite! I love its simplistic style and was pleasantly surprised on how big it actually is - perfect to store jewelry, make up, and my little notebook that holds an ongoing list of places to see and things to do in New York City! Best of all, it is an ideal spot to display my Design Darling print - the perfect inspiration when waking up in the morning. Wishing you a wonderful weekend! xx

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Striped Shirt

Brunch: Striped Shirt | White Denim | Flats (similar) | Bag | Pearls | Silk Scarf (similar); Date Night: Jacket | SkirtClutch | Heels | Earrings; Weekend Errands: Denim | Hat | Sneakers | Necklace | Bag

One of the most worn items in my closet is a striped tee. I will admit, that I own more than one. Its simplicity and classic look just never seems to get old. When in doubt, some will reach for their favorite blouse or black tank. I go for my striped tee, as it can be re-styled in so many ways. Here are three looks for different occasions: brunch, date night and weekend errands. Which one is your favorite? xx

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Sweater Vest



 
 

Flare Denim: Mother (also love these) | Turtleneck: J.Crew | Sweater Vest: Banana Republic | Heels: DSW | Headband: J.Crew (similar here) | Earrings: (similar here)

While out shopping last weekend, I stumbled across this sweater vest at Banana Republic. It is the perfect layer to be worn under a jacket or on it's own during early Spring. I have a sneaky feeling we will still have some chilly days ahead of us. Whether it be brunch, casual Friday, or a dinner date I know that this will be my cozy go-to layer for many occasions. Have a wonderful Tuesday! xx

P.S. Shopbop is having a sale that starts today! Up to 15-25% off full priced and sale items, depending on what you spend. I am loving this dress for work, a pair of new denim for Spring and this bag for a few upcoming trips I have planned!




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