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Good Morning from the West Loop! Steve and I have been gradually moving apartments from our tiny convertible in the Loop to a loft style apartment in the West Loop of Chicago. We could not be more excited about our new space and location. 

To get inspired about the shift in our living space, I've been searching for loft inspiration and cannot wait to turn our apartment into a beautiful rustic space.

If you have any tips about decorating with brick or West Loop favorites please send them my way!

 

Posted on August 19, 2015 .

kate spade bridal shower

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I am so excited to share a few pictures from my bridal shower in Cincinnati a couple of months ago. My mom, sister (maid of honor) and matron of honor truly outdid themselves and everything was beautiful! Knowing that I've been a fan of Kate Spade for many years, they picked a theme that was inspired by the fun, bright and classic brand.  

The favors were displayed on each table as centerpieces. Can you believe my mom rolled each champagne bottle in gold glitter! Mine will always have a permanent spot on my bar cart. The cupcakes were amazing, with large gold bows and pink polkadots to tie in the theme. 

outfit details (top // skirt)

A huge thank you to my sister (maid of honor), matron of honor and mom for throwing an amazing shower. I am so luck to have such a fun and supportive group behind me during this special time. 

 

Posted on August 13, 2015 .

july beauty buys

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Can you believe it's already August?!? Although the month of July flew by, somehow I still made it to Sephora for a decent beauty haul. 

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick - I'm obsessed with this product. I bought the plum shade as an option for a smokey purple liner, which is great if you have hazel or green eyes. The next shade on my list is "sugar frost" for an all-over lid product. If you're looking for a multi-use shadow or liner this should be your go-to. 

Laura Mercier Primer - Laura Mercier has been one of my favorite brands since college. While I've experimented with other brands over the years, Laura Mercier never lets me down. That's why I reached for her primer when my Smashbox sample size ran out. I was debating between the radiance and standard version, but went with the standard version after realizing that just about every other product that I use on my face has some sort of radiant quality. This primer hasn't let me down so far! 

Rimmel London Wonder Lash w/ Argan Oil - One product that I hardly ever splurge on is mascara. Personally, I've found a few drug store products that perform just as well as the higher-end versions. Unfortunately, this wasn't one of them. I was intrigued by the Argan oil aspect, but it felt super heavy and ran with any touch of moisture.  

Georgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation -  This foundation, which actually has a cult following, was a recommendation from my mom. It has amazing staying power with an air brushed finished. I picked this up as a special occasion foundation as I typically wear bb creams or light foundations during the week. I would highly recommend this foundation for those special occasions, it photographs really well! 

Have you tried any of these products? If so, feel free to share your thoughts! 

Posted on August 10, 2015 .

my favorite skin care masks

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Origins Charcoal Mask: When my skin is looking particularly dull after a rough week I reach for my Origin Charcoal Mask. It's very effective at unclogging pores and feels like I'm giving my skin a "deep clean". I use his about two - three times a month, more in the summer if I've been outside for a long period of time. 

Aveda Hydrating Mask: This mask is my savior in winter months, but I've been reaching for it lately for a nice refreshing feel. Everyone knows that hydration is super important for your skin, if you've been skimping on your water intake or have very dry skin this is a must-have. I love to use this at night to calm my skin before going to bed because of it's calming and soothing effect.

Murad Clarifying Mask: If I feel a breakout coming on I immediately reach for this mask. While it's safe to use on a weekly basis, I only use this when my skin needs it. If you're acne prone, this mask would be a great investment for weekly use. Oh, and a little goes A LONG way so the $35 price tag is definitely worth it. 

Do you have any go to masks? Feel free to share in the comments!

Posted on July 29, 2015 .