High Five for Friday

happy friday and happy halloween! i've never really been into halloween, although i'll always take advantage of large variety pack bags of candy. if i were dressing up this year, i would absolutely be a cat. that's just a no-brainer. 

here's a look back at some of my favorite things from this past week:

1. we had a beautiful indian summer weekend in chicago. mike and i made sure to take full advantage of the beautiful weather. so we brought a blanket over to the harbor to enjoy the sun and catch a beautiful view of the skyline. 

2. on the subject of being outside, i discovered this weekend that there is a mini golf course not terribly far from my apartment. i swear i learn something new about the city every day. we had a wildly aggressive friendly mini golf competition with some friends, complete with two hole-in-one's by yours truly. unfortunately, mike and i lost, although i'm not entirely convinced that the score-keeper was accurate (*cough* our opponent *cough*). 

3. i made the switch from summer to fall/winter in my closet one evening this week. there's something about cleaning out and rearranging that makes everything feel new and fresh. i was also made aware of the fact that my entire wardrobe for the next 6-ish months is black and grey. so, there's that.

4. the housewarming party (previously mentioned in a post) is planned and happening! texts/emails have been sent (remember the days when you had to actually call a friend to invite them to something?), pinterest-browsing for appetizers has commenced, and the very real need to clean the house is even more real. 

5. this week has been one of catching up for me, after being out of town last week. while there's been a lot going on, it's felt good to check things off my list and be productive. i'm definitely looking forward to the weekend!

how has your week been? link up below and tell me about it! 


an outfit made out of staples is probably my favorite kind of outfit. it's super easy to put together and has a sort of effortless feel to it. on any given day, you'll find me in some variation of this - jeans, a tee, and a sweater. the accessories vary the most. sometimes it's heeled booties, sometimes it's loafers. if i'm looking for a little extra something, i'll toss in a statement necklace. if i'm feeling a bit more low-key, i'll just layer some delicate necklaces. when you have a simple base like that, it's easy to dress it up or dress it down, depending on the occasion or what you're feeling that day. so, staples are good.

speaking of staples, my roommates and i had a pretty horrifying conversation the other night about injuries caused by simple, everyday things. i actually could not tell you how we got on the topic of it, but i truly wish we never had. there was talk of staples, a pencil, an axe (you can ask my sister about that one), and a dog's mouth, amongst other things. i'll go ahead and let your imagination do the work on those. trust me, you don't want to hear that stories. especially if you're about to eat tomato soup. (which one of my roommate's was making while telling an awful story and it just sort of ruined it for me).

this post brought to you by the spirit of halloween, i guess? 

sweater | Marshall's
jeans | Gap
booties | Target (similar)
bag | Vince Camuto via Nordstrom Rack
necklace | J.Crew Factory 

Beauty Favorites

whew! it's been a minute since i've done a beauty post, but that's not for a lack of good beauty products. just like my clothes change with the seasons, so do my most-used beauty products, color choices, etc. here are some of my favorite beauty products this fall:

while shopping with my sister recently, i told her that i wanted to pop into Sephora quick to look for a new lip color. you'd think i'd told her i just won the mega millions lottery and was planning to give her half. immediately, the, 'oooooh! what are you looking for?' and 'oh my gosh, you have to try this!' exclamations started rollin' in. lucky for me, she's tried basically every product in the store (maybe not quite, but close), so i can say one or two words and she'll know exactly what i want and where to find it. 

like i said, i was looking for a new lip color when i stumbled on the Naked2 Basics palette. i'd heard it was beautiful, but hadn't seen it for myself yet. i opened up the sample and knew that i had to have it. it's made up of gorgeous neutral tones that are great on their own or pretty mixed with the Naked2 palette (or other eyeshadows!). so, i've used it everyday since. i like it to create a 'barely there' eyeshadow look. 
i've mentioned my love for Revlon's Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains before, and that love still prevails. i've been using Honey, which is a pretty mauve-y pink. i love the lightness of the stain and it adds just enough color, while also moisturizing my lips. 
for the most part, i use Julep's Ink Gel Eyeliner (which seems to no longer be on their website), but i received the Gel Eye Glider in a box and it works just as beautifully. it goes on super smooth and creates a bolder line for me than when i use the ink gel eyeliner. 

i've also been using Urban Decay's 24/7 Velvet Glide on Eye Pencil in Plushie on days when i'm feeling particularly adventurous. the deep purple shade is rich and adds enough color without making me feel costume-y or overdone.
you'll rarely catch me with bare finger or toe nails, so it makes sense that nail polish would be included. i tend to go back and forth between brands. i'll get on an OPI kick for awhile, and then switch to Julep or Essie for a bit. OPI has been my go-to as of late (their color selection is great!) so i picked up a few new colors. i was looking for rich tones and a good neutral. the neutral is Don't Bossa Nova Me Around (currently on my fingers) and the blue is I Saw...U Saw...We Saw...Warsaw (currently on my toes).
i was complaining to Kate that my nail polish chips so easily and she reminded me of a little trick using CND's Vinylux polish for a longer-laster manicure. the most neutral shade of Vinylux i currently have is Cake Pop, so i used that as my base coat, followed by one coat of the neutral OPI shade. the color lasted twice as long as it normally does, and it made the neutral color pop with the slightest tint of pink, which turned out beautiful. 
what are some of your favorite products lately?

High Five for Friday

happy friday! with travel this week, it feels like i went from friday-friday with nothing in-between. hey, i'll take it. 

here's a look back at some of my favorite things from this week:

1. i spent the week in North Carolina with my sister, nephew, and mom. it was nice to hang with the girls and to get lots of quality time with David. he's at such a fun age now - smiling all the time and discovering something new at every turn. i'm glad i get to see them in just a few weeks again!
at David's first pumpkin patch!
2. if there's one thing my mom, sister, and i do well, it's shop. we ran errands a couple days and i was able to stock up on some great sweaters for the fall and winter. i've been on a mission to up my sweater collection and that i did. like, had to carry one on with me on the plane yesterday because my bag was too full, did. 

3. Kate cut and colored my hair and i'm obsessed. they're both exactly what i wanted! it's been years since i've had my hair this short, so it's been fun to try new ways to style it. the hint of red is a fun change, too!

4. after David was in bed one evening, Kate and i decided we needed to watch Hocus Pocus. tell me you remember that movie! it was surprising to us to be able to recall scenes and lines before they happened, considering it's been at least 10 years since either have seen it. 

5. over the last few years, i've become quite the anxious flyer. i don't know what changed, but i dread getting on an airplane these days. these last two flights were some of the best i've had in awhile, so it was nice to have that for a change! heck, who wouldn't enjoy this view:

how has your week been? link up below and tell me about it!

Style + Function

if you ask me, style and function go hand in hand. especially when it comes to accessorizing, i look for things that fit within my personal style and serve a purpose (generally speaking). the easiest example of this is using a handbag. although the outside of the bag is what catches my eye first, before falling in love too quickly, i always check out the inside to see how large it is, how many pockets it has, if it has a divider inside, etc.

the Siena Leather Camera Bag from Jo Totes is a great example of style and function in one. while it's main purpose is to make carrying a DSLR camera easier (and safer!), it also has plenty of room to hold your regular handbag items, like your phone, keys, wallet, lip balm, and whatever else you need! truthfully, i tend to leave my camera at home when i'm traveling or doing something in the city merely because i don't have a safe and pretty way to transport it. not so anymore!
i love the shape of this bag - the structure of it is what allows for the protection of the camera, while also making it stylish and versatile. the leather is a rich cognac and the adjustable strap allows for easy wear. the adjustable pads on the inside make it easy to store an extra lens and keep the body of your camera from moving around and risk any scratches or damage. 
i'm happy to say that i no longer have a good reason to leave the DSLR at home, thanks to Jo Totes! i'm looking forward to bringing my camera with me when i travel, especially when i go to see my nephew, so that i can snap some photos that aren't on my iPhone ;)

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The Lucky Sweater

don't mind the salt stains on the toes of my boots...lesson learned.

a couple saturdays ago, mike and i headed out to a nearby outlet mall to do a little shopping. he was in the market for some pants for work and i'm always in the market for something at the mall. after a quick lunch, we drove out to get our shop on. we both had some success and still had the night ahead of us, so our next obvious activity was to head over to the casino and win a little money (hopefully!). 

the last time i was at a casino, it was in Vegas and i was about 12 years old. i made the mistake of stepping off the designated carpet area and was instantly reprimanded by casino staff. so, that was what i knew of a place like that. we set a limit of how much we were both willing to spend, and through those glorious double doors we walked. if you've never been, there's a bit of everything overload when you first walk in...we had to get our bearings and make a game plan. we circled around the whole place to see what types of games they had available and decided on the one that required the least amount of money. we found machines next to each other and got to work. we spied on some fellow gamblers, just to see how the thing worked, and then took a swing at it. i put a couple bucks in and ended up with a $.40 payout, so...i wasn't exactly off to a hot start. we continued and i started winning a little, $4.50 here, $7.60 there. i was feelin' it. Mike, however, wasn't exactly winning.

we continued on, trying a couple other games, until we found the one. we decided that i had the lucky touch, so my role was pressing the button. the first couple rounds weren't great, and then it happened. the rewards started rollin' in. 4x! 10x! double! 9 free games! you honestly would have thought that we just won a million dollars based on our excitement. we watched our winnings rise and debated every time whether or not we should test our luck again. after a couple losses, we knew it was quittin' time. i hit the 'payout' button and our $58.20 receipt was printed. whaaaaaaaat! like i said, you would have thought we won a million, but walking out of a casino with more than double the money we put into it was a sweet, sweet victory. we cashed out and strutted out of that place like we owned it. we recounted in the car and split our winnings, 50/50. and then it was time to decide what we'd do with this new pile of money we found ourselves holding. brunch in the morning, it was!

and so, this sweater is officially dubbed my 'lucky sweater'. here's to hoping that luck continues!

sweater | J.Crew Factory
pants | Madewell (old)
booties | DSW (similar)
bag | Target
necklace | J.Crew Factory (similar)
earrings | Elisabeth Ashlie
sunglasses | Kate Spade 

Work Out to Hang Out

i've been on a kick of wearing workout clothes a lot lately. when i'm spending the day at my desk or doing things around my apartment, i don't always feel the need or desire to put together an outfit that requires any sort of fuss or uncomfortableness. with that being said, i certainly feel better and am more productive when i've taken some time to get ready - applying a bit of makeup, doing something with my hair, and putting on an outfit that doesn't involve sweatpants and an old tee. i love the comfort of exercise clothes and the challenge that comes with making them into an outfit that i can pop into the store or grab lunch with a friend and not feel underdressed or sloppy. 

i had the opportunity to pick out a few items from the Target® C9 Collection for a little style haul. i’ve always been a fan of the collection, with a pile of tops and bottoms from the C9 Collection already in my dresser drawer. as i went into shopping, i had in mind that i wanted to pick out items that could be worn for exercise and for other things, like running errands or working outside of the apartment while still feeling productive.
the C9 by Champion® Women's Performance Tee in Hydro was my first pick. i like having exercise tees (versus tanks) for the cooler months because the more fabric, the better. the tee is fitted without being too tight, so it keeps me cool but doesn't get in the way. i love the vibrancy of the color and appreciate that it adds a little 'spice' to my typically neutral wardrobe. the best thing about this tee is that when you cover it with a jacket or sweater, it doesn't immediately scream, 'i’m wearing exercise clothes!'

paired with some simple joggers, a jean jacket, and some casual lace-up booties (replacing my tennis shoes), i can go about my day while feeling comfortable and put together. 
i’m a sucker for workout leggings, especially when they have a fun pattern or color. the C9 by Champion® Women's Legging Pinstripe in Plum are the perfect addition to my collection. with a super soft and stretchy fabric blend, these leggings slide right on and have a 'barely there' feel. they’re durable enough to be worn in the chilly temps we've had in Chicago, while remaining breathable during exercise. the color and pinstripe add the final touch to make them fun and playful. 

with the trend of patterned leggings going around right now, these workout leggings transition easily from workout to hang out. adding a sweater/jacket with a little structure (and touch of leather!) and some nude ballet flats, i’m able to go from the gym to a coffee shop to get some work done without looking like i came straight from my workout. 
the final piece is the C9 by Champion® Women's Yoga Layering Cowl in black. it's light and breathable and good for layering. with the addition of the hood, cinching at the bust, and drawstring detail at the waist, it becomes a more interesting top than my other workout tops. it will definitely be used this fall for outdoor jogs because it will keep the sting of cold air off of my skin while still allowing me to keep cool enough to achieve a good workout. 

swapping my shorts and tennis shoes for some jeans, simple flats and a vest allows me to go transition to other tasks without having to change my entire outfit. 

my favorite thing about all of the pieces that I chose is how versatile they are. with fun colors, details, and high-quality materials, these items will become regulars in my at-home outfit lineup. 

be sure to check out the Target® C9 Collection for more great items! 

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High Five for Friday

happy friday! i hope you've all had a good week and i trust that you're ready for the weekend. i am, too! 

here's a look back at some of my favorite things from this week:

1. as I've mentioned here before, Mike and I are huge fans of The Walking Dead. the premiere of season 5 was on sunday evening and we were both counting down the hours until we could watch it. we agreed that it was one of our favorite episodes (ever) and can't wait to see where the season goes! who else is watching?

2. on the topic of Mike, he and I enjoyed a lovely weekend together. i'm often reminded of how difficult (and valuable!) long-distance relationships can be since both of my roommates are in them, so being able to spend every weekend with Mike is just a little bit sweeter. 

3. in true form, I already have the itch to redecorate/change things around in my room. i've been casually looking for a new desk chair, since the one that I originally purchased isn't the most comfortable thing in the world. I was browsing Marshall's yesterday and found a beautiful grey velvet chair with silver stud trim and immediately reserved it. I'm excited to see how it goes with my desk and for a more plush seat! 

4. my roommate's and I decided this week to throw a house-warming party! it's maybe a little late...seeing as we will have been living here for over 2 months by time it happens, but we mostly wanted a reason to entertain in the space that we have. and so, I'll be going overboard on pinterest with all the appetizer, drinks, etc. ideas I can possibly find. 

5. this week, I've been intentional about setting aside time in the mornings to read while I have my coffee, instead of immediately getting on my computer and working. it's been a great change and I've already noticed feeling more refreshed when I sit down at my computer each day, having had some time to myself.

how has your week been? link up below and tell me about it! 

Well, this is vague...

the past few weeks i've been stuck in this weird space, mentally. i don't really know how to explain it, but i feel like i'm in this phase of change. like things need a little shake-up - my routine, my style, you name it. i guess you could say i feel like i'm stuck in a rut but i'm on the brink of getting out of it, i'm just not sure how or when yet.

...well, that was extremely vague. truthfully, this is the first time i'm putting it down in words, so now you get a little peek into my brain. which is terrifying, obviously. so, while i can't control what is happening in my head right now, one thing that i know i'm about to change is my hair. (nice transition, huh?) i'm flying down to North Carolina this weekend to spend a few days with my hairstylist sister and fully intend on having her do something new and exciting (to me) with my hair. i share her sentiment in being bored to tears with it these days, so i'm thinking something a little more dramatic is in need. 

it was cut only a month ago and i feel like it's grown 3 feet since then. where was this miracle growth 5 years ago when i would have done anything for long hair! anyway, here's what i'm thinking:
all images via pinterest
it's getting chopped, that's for sure. i'm thinking dusting my shoulders, but my sister may talk me into slightly longer since she knows how i am. my color is in desperate need of a change, too. i've always enjoyed trying different colors and methods, so i'll see what Kate has in mind. i'm thinking some type of rich brunette with hints of auburn and some subtle ombre in there, too. right now, my hair is basically all my natural color, minus a few highlights around my face. i'm looking for some depth! 

so, this is my mood board, if you will. i'm looking forward to the change and a fresh new 'do!

Black Out

three years ago, i wouldn't be caught dead wearing something black, let alone an entire outfit. i always found it to be such a harsh and boring color (or absence thereof, really). with fair skin and bright blonde hair back then, i was sure that i couldn't go anywhere near it. 

and here we are, three years later, wearing all black and with a closet full of black tops, pants, outerwear, and shoes. i can barely get by a couple days without picking out an item to wear that's black. 

my friend and one of my roommate's, Sam, really turned me onto it. at the time, she was living in the city attending college, so it was basically required. it was noticeable when she would wear something with color. i don't remember how or when, but i do remember thinking, 'if she can wear that color basically every day of her life, i have to be able to find one piece of clothing that looks good on me'. lo and behold, i found a blouse at forever 21 and my anti-black-wearing world flipped on its head. 

what was once one black blouse tucked in the back of my closet, is an ever-expanding pinnacle in my closet. i have my hanging items (casually) arranged by color, black taking the prize for the largest section, hands down. i love how it feels classic, sophisticated, and effortless, even if its just the color of my bag or shoes. 

sweater | Zara
blouse | H&M
pants | Madewell 
flats | DSW
necklace | Target

Leopard + Leather

this past weekend was one of those weekends where i wanted to freeze time. the warmth of the autumn sun, the sound of dried leaves crinkling beneath my feet, the smell of apple cider and fresh-out-of-the-oven chex mix in the air. it was wonderful and passed by far too quickly. mike and i enjoyed our saturday with a delicious brunch at a local restaurant (where i think i found my favorite pancakes!) and a slow stroll through Lincoln Park Zoo. later that evening, he headed out to hang out with a friend and i went to my favorite Mexican restaurant with my roommates for a much-needed girls night. i woke up sunday morning and thought, 'yesterday was one of the best days i've had in a long time'. there was nothing special or particularly exciting about it, but it was relaxing, enjoyable and spent with some of my favorite people. what more can you ask for?

on a totally unrelated note, i'm pretty happy that this dress can come out of it's spring/summer storage and be worn again. i love how light it is, the leather details, and that it's a one-piece outfit. it requires just a couple accessories and that's it. again, what more can you ask for? ;)

dress | Francesca's (similar)
booties | Target (similar)
clutch | Dooney & Bourke (similar)
necklaces | Elisabeth Ashlie + Kate Spade

High Five for Friday

friday, we meet again. i kinda like you. 
this week flew by for me. it was one of those weeks where i thought wednesday was tuesday and thursday was wednesday. so you can imagine my delight that it's friday and almost the weekend.  

1. a sweet customer of mine sent me a card and little 'just because' promo code to spend at the store she works at. i promptly went online and placed an order, obviously. it was nice to receive a little surprise in the mail! 

2. speaking of shopping, i've been eyeing this coat for weeks now on and had a coupon to use, so i was able to order it for a deal and a half. J.Crew Factory is having a great sale, too! 

3. i had a couple dinner dates with friends this week. it always seems to happen that they fall around the same time, which is kind of funny. it's been so fun to catch up and to try new restaurants! 

4. i've really been working through my closet, trying to wear my less-worn items a lot or putting together new outfits that i haven't worn before. sometimes, though, it's nice to just go back to the old classics, ya know? there's something to say for being comfortable and feeling good at the same time.

5. Mike and i finally caught up on The Walking Dead and are ready for the premiere this weekend. believe me when i say that this is not a show that i ever thought i'd be interested in, but i cannot wait to see how season 5 starts. do you watch it?

how has you week been? link up below and tell me about it! 

Prep School

i can easily get stuck in a rut with my clothes and style. i'll find a couple items in my closet that i feel really good in and find ways to wear them as often as possible. while that's not a bad thing, it leaves a lot of clothes untouched. on mornings when it seems like i spend more time standing in my closet, staring at my clothes than actually showering and getting ready, i know it's time to think outside the box and just grab something i haven't worn in a while. 

this little number is the result of that random choosing. i saw the skirt, which i wore during the summer months, and thought, 'there has to be a way to wear that in cooler weather'. and so, i had my mission for the morning. once i knew one piece, the rest came together quickly and i was dressed and out the door. it's those little challenges that make me step outside of my temporary comfort zone and try something new in my wardrobe, which means i end up actually wearing the majority of the clothes in my closet! 

while this is a 'dressier' outfit than i would typically wear for a normal workday, i felt good in it all day because it was new and different. it's amazing what putting together a new combination of clothes can do for you!

if you're ever in a bind one morning, having no idea what to wear and feeling like you'll just have to go to work in sweatpants, try this little trick. pick out one item, either a top or bottom, and force yourself to wear it, no matter what. pick out the remaining pieces that go with it, and you'll be ready to leave in no time!

p.s. i kinda felt like a prep school student wearing this, even though i'm pretty sure their skirts have to cover down to their knees or something ;)

sweater | J.Crew Factory
skirt | H&M (similar)
booties | Target (similar, similar)
necklaces | Elisabeth Ashlie, Kate Spade, J.Crew Factory

Accessorizing for Fall

the fall season is upon us! if i'm being honest, i was looking forward to fall for the entire summer. i'm not much of a hot weather girl, so 60 degree days are my idea of heaven. unfortunately for me, i live in a place that has already had SNOW, but that's another story. (the chicago area had snow flurries on saturday morning. STOP THE MADNESS.)

one of my favorite things about the fall season, besides the beautiful colors outside, is accessorizing. if i could wear a scarf everyday, i would. i've come to find that Zara has the best scarves. they're warm, soft, and long enough to wrap around a couple times for good bundling. 

i'm also really into layering metal necklaces right now. i don't know what it is but i love the look of dainty and simple necklaces stacked on top of one another. i like the minimal fuss and how it adds just enough to an outfit to make it feel complete. i've all but given up on wearing statement or drop earrings because they just end up blowing in the wind and being uncomfortable. so, simple studs it is.  and i like to incorporate some color in my rings or bracelets.

another thing i love about fall is outerwear. i've got a closet full of vests, jackets, and coats just itching to be worn. i've gotten a lot of use out of my military jacket already this fall. it's great as a light layer over a sweater. i have a handful of vests in my closet (i love wearing vests!), but this one has become a favorite.

although i'm not quite ready to give into boot season full-time yet, i am actively working on my boot collection. i spotted these the other day and just might have to add them into the mix. i'm in need of a short brown bootie.

i tend to carry around big bags in the fall and winter months. i like to have a place to throw my gloves, hat, scarves, tissues, lotion, etc. this tote is the perfect red for the cool months.

i definitely like to venture out into darker lip colors in the fall, too. there's something about a deep red or plum lip that i just love. and it's finally time to wear my favorite fall/winter fragrance! i discovered this one a couple years ago and always look forward to bringing it back out when the weather cools off.

what's your favorite fall accessory?

And Just Like That...

...all my boot dreams came true.

you know what has a steep learning curve? dressing for the fall and winter in Chicago. or anywhere else where it can get downright ridiculously cold. as you may know, i spent the first 21 years of my life in the suburbs of Chicago, so you'd think i would know how the cold months go. three fall and winter seasons spent in the South really ruined me. possibly for life. 

my first fall back in the city was pretty brutal. the perfect 65ยบ and sunny days lasted for about 2.7 seconds and suddenly it was snowing. what i quickly realized was that i did not have the proper boots to survive the rest of the months. i ended up getting by with super thick socks and a pair of boots that i miraculously found at a frequently-shopped store. however, all of my fall and winter boots are very outdoorsy. you know, the ones with thick soles, clunky toes, weird closures...not exactly the kind you plan an outfit around. that's one of the more obnoxious things about living in a place that experiences true winter - shoe options are quickly dwindled down to one or two and, in my case, they ain't pretty.

until now. 

those beauties above are the Joan of Arctic Wedge™ Mid Boot from SOREL. i had my eye on them last winter but didn't pull the trigger. after spending just an hour in them the other day, i knew that i was wearing the boots that my feet would be spending most of their time in this fall. the feminine and sleek style make them perfect for pairing with an outfit and not feeling like you're wearing boots. there's a built-in wedge, which makes them incredibly comfortable and easy to walk in for lengths of time. did i mention they're waterproof? so i'll be trucking through the rain, snow, slush, and anything else these next few months without worrying about my feet getting soaked. aside from all of the technical details, i truly love how slim they are. you can easily slide your pants right over the top to hide that they're a boot, or you can tuck your jeans or leggings into them for a different look.

i happen to think they'd look just darling with a pair of leggings and an oversized sweater or a winter dress and thick tights. or just about anything else. how can you go wrong? i'm looking forward to having dry and warm toes this fall, as well as a stylish pair of boots that i actually want to plan an outfit around.

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Disclosure | This post was sponsored by SOREL through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about SOREL, all opinions are my own.