links of the week

Hi Friday y'all! I don't know about you but I'm looking forward to sleeping in this weekend and relaxing. It's been a crazy couple of weeks around here and with our wedding just a short 5 months away things are starting to pick up speed, planning wise, and I'm looking forward to enjoying our last few free weekends. 

Now, onto my favorite links of the week....

Julia's Memorial Day outfit has me craving summer BBQ's. Aren't those the most perfect jean shorts?
Guys, Jcrew is practically giving sh** away. I picked up this dress for under $50

I love hearing about blogger's favorite beauty products. Biana's review of her favorite concealers was on-point.

I've been obsessed with researching Korean beauty routines lately so I loved Emily's post about trying out a few items I've been researching

As you know, I'm a huge Bachelor fan and I absolutely loved the Amy Schumer cameo from this week's episode and I would not be opposed to her being the next Bachelorette

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Posted on May 29, 2015 .

Loving lately

The most beautiful water bottle that keeps my hydrating goals on-track during long work days

A lip color that is not only easy to apply, but universally flattering

The best hair ties for morning workouts - goodbye ponytail crease

My guilty pleasures all on one tank top, which also happens to be super comfortable

Posted on May 28, 2015 .

shop love - club monaco

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open-back romper // sweater // white lace romper // midi-skirt

Admittedly, I'm a tad late to the party on this one, but I've recently fallen in love and I'm ready to scream it from the rooftops. I've always admired Club Monaco from afar, via my computer screen, but after visiting their storefront in Lincoln Park I'm convinced that this store was made for me. Everything that I tried on actually fit! You would think that this shouldn't be a huge revelation but trust me, it is. I've found my one-stop-shop for all things work, play and wedding related. Hint: I may have scooped up a little white dress or two for events coming up in the next few months ;).

Have you ever bought anything from Club Monaco? What's your go-to store for clothes that fit you best? 

Posted on May 26, 2015 .

soulcycle chicago

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Welcome to the neighborhood, Soulcycle Chicago! As you know, I'm a bit of a fitness junkie, so naturally when I heard that Soulcycle was coming to Chicago I couldn't wait to try the workout that is arguably the "hottest class" in NYC. Last week I was lucky enough to join my Windy City Bloggers in Old Town for a class.  

If you're new to Soulcycle, it's an indoor cycling class set to loud, highly energetic music. Soulcycle focusses on the community rather than competition. While the instructor challenges you keep up with the beat of the music, there is no official "score" or resistance level used to measure your success. That being said, this class is not easy by any means. You spend the majority of the class hovering over your seat, or in cycle terms "out of the saddle" which is guaranteed to cause those thighs and tush to burn. There is also an arms section 30 minutes into the class which had my arms shaking in no time. 

The biggest difference between Soulcycle and other cycle classes that I've taken? The ambiance and the "moves/choreography". The bikes are very close together to really play up the community feel and inspiring words/phrases are painted on the walls. The instructor is surrounded by candles which provide a really cool feel when the lights are turned off. The moves...it's hard to explain, but you are literally dancing on the bike. 

So, what did I think of Tuesday's class? It was an crazy calorie torcher/dance party set to the beat of an amazing playlist. I came into the class stressed out after a crazy couple of days at work and left rejuvenated, inspired and a little sore. A big thank you to the Soul Cycle Old Town crew, especially our instructor Anthony for having us! 

For my local gals, if you're dying to try Soulcyle Hallie Wilkins of Corals and Cognacs is teaching a class tonight (Tuesday) in Old Town at 8:30! I'd love to see you there! 

image via Soulcycle 

Posted on May 12, 2015 .