what’s in my fall beauty bag

Let’s talk fall beauty. Normally my budget doesn’t allow me to refresh my beauty stash seasonally {a girl can dream, right?} However, this month I was inspired to up my glam game and invest in a few products I’ve been eyeing. The best news? Many of these are items that can be picked up from drugstores, at drugstore prices {yay!} [Read more…]

friday round-up

Happy Friday! After a week of relaxing at home, I finally figured I was due to crack open my computer and reconnect with you!

These past few days have honestly been filled with all of my favorites: sleeping in late, sampling a new gym, cuddling with my pup, lunch at new spots with friends + lazy afternoons reading by the pool. Can these days never end?

Before I take the long drive back to Chicago, i’ll leave you with a few things currently perking my interest:

  • After trying {+ loving!} my first acai bowl, definitely want to make these renditions of this healthy treat
  • Hooked on this podcast for my recent long drives which, quite literally, brings out my inner ‘girl boss’
  • Excited to start receiving this monthly subscription, and not just for the cute packaging!
  • A new line of affordable watches I recently discovered + can’t wait to add to my accessory lineup for fall
  • This announcement made me that much more excited for my next Target trip
  • I’ve become a big fan of this ultra hydrating + rose-scented facial spray, perfect for the dry weather ahead
  • After hearing rave reviews, I can’t wait to tune into this HBO series for my next fall show
  • Love the idea of sending this chic celebratory package to a friend {or really any of their cute giftable boxes would do!}

Enjoy the weekend!

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fall wish list + Labor Day plans

off-the-shoulder dress// pendant necklace// booties// scarf// tote// lace-up sweater//watch// nail polish

Hello, September! I thought I’d take a break from my Europe posting to celebrate the start of the new month {which also happens to be my favorite time of the year!} Cue the pumpkin spiced candles, Saturday football sessions, bags full of crisp orchard apples, new fall styles & more. The list could go on – but I’ll spare you the rambling – because in addition to these seasonal faves, I have a few important items on this month’s agenda, including settling into a new city, a birthday to celebrate and an upcoming trip to San Francisco. I’ll be sharing bits + pieces of these moments with you, so stay tuned!

This weekend, I’ll be enjoying part of the holiday at home with family, making the trek to our State Fair {bring on the fair food!}, and later attending an engagement party back in the city. I’m looking forward to savoring these last few lowkey days before the craziness of this new month sinks in. But before I sign off, I wanted to leave you with a peek at a few items on my fall “wish list.” Enjoy!

travel guide: london

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travel guide: edinburgh

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european vacay + 6 must-pack items

If you’ve tuned in recently, you’ll know life has thrown me a few exciting new adventures. Why not add Europe to the list?

Today i’m headed across the pond with my family to explore Scotland, England + France. It’s been several years since i’ve been abroad, and thanks to some extra free time during this transitional period, i’m excited to have the opportunity get back and experience all the culture + cuisines these destinations have to offer. [Read more…]

new adventures

Happy Monday! What better way to kick-off the week than with a little life update… [Read more…]

8 must-book airbnb’s

Travel has been top of mind lately. With a Euro trip of my own around the corner, and plans to visit long-distance friends, I’ve been investing quite a bit of time on Airbnb. I first gave this site a try during a trip to Austin + was very pleased with my stay. So much so, I gave it another try on my getaway to New Orleans and was just as enthused about my accommodations. It’s easy to say I’ve become familiar with many of the listings Airbnb offers.

With that in mind, today I’ve assembled an “Airbnb bucket list” of sorts filled with dreamy beach homes and majestic wooden tree houses. Warning: This list may leave you wanting to book a stay pretty much everywhere… [Read more…]

hello, august

Happy first day of August! I cannot believe our final month of summer is officially here. Apologies for a bit of a blogging hiatus, but life has been quite eventful these past few days. [Read more…]

Nordstrom Anniversay Sale summer picks under $75

TGIF! For those of you {like me} who have patiently waited for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale to finally open to the public, today is the day! And let me tell you, I am ready to make some purchases.

Many of the the preview items i’ve seen are more geared more towards fall, but today i’ve compiled a few wear-now styles all under $75. So get ready to shop, save + showcase your new items as soon as this weekend {that sounds like a bunch of wins in my book!}

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Zella Hooded Jacket//Leith Shift Dress//Nike Training Shoe//Hinge Heel Sandal//Vigoss White Jeans//Kate Spade Gold Bracelet//Kendra Scott Earrings//La Blanca Coverup//Hourglass Palette//Beauty Blender