want. love. need


scarf (40% off!)  // strappy heels (1/2) // pouch // carry-on

Want: Although I haven't found "the dress" yet, I can't stop thinking about elegant strappy sandals. Loving these Badgley Mischka and Jimmy Choo sandals. A gal can dream, can't she?

Love: This scarf has been on serious repeat lately. Hot coral, beige and black is my favorite color block combo. This scarf looks great with everything from a chambray top to a black blouse.

Need: Chic travel essentials. There is going to be a lot of traveling this year as I'm planning my wedding in Cincinnati from Chicago. I think it's finally time to splurge on the Lo and Sons OG bag and a truffle pouch.

Posted on January 28, 2015 .

the best workout motivation


Is new clothes... 

Call me crazy, but nothing makes me more motivated than a new workout top or leggings that I can't wait to try out. Ok, maybe a new top is second to this wedding of mine, which is a short nine months away. But before I had a monumental event to bust my butt for, new workout clothes served as inspiration to get off of the couch and off to the gym. 

I discovered Zella a few months ago and they have quickly become one of my favorite active apparel brands. The "active" part can be left to your imagination, as I consider running errands a very active activity and thus live in these leggings on the weekend. There is a reason behind the "live in" leggings and I cannot imagine my life before these. If you buy one workout, or weekend wear, item this month it should be these leggings. 

Don't be afraid to share what keeps you motivated to hit the gym. I could use all the help I can get during these next nine months!

sweatshirt // leggings // leggings

Posted on January 22, 2015 and filed under Fashion.

look for less - emma stone jumpsuit


1 // 2 // 3

Ok, my girl crush on Emma Stone hit an all-time high this week. She's always someone I'm excited to see on the red carpet because I'm never quite sure what shade her hair is going to be and her makeup is always flawless. Sunday's Golden Globe appearance was no exception. Except this time, not only was her hair and makeup amazing, but she also gained a best dressed nominee in my opinion. 

I've been eyeing jumpsuits for a solid year now...and have yet to take the plunge. After Sunday, I am adding purchasing, and wearing, a jumpsuit to my New Years Resolutions. Who says resolutions all have to be about health and wellness?? 

So, I've rounded up a few of my favorites from Shopbop. They are all so different, but would each make an amazing addition to my closet. 

Have you tried the jumpsuit trend?

image cred: Vogue

Posted on January 16, 2015 and filed under Fashion.

2014 best of beauty


charcoal mask // moisturizer
lip stick // shaving cream
brow gel // brow wiz

2014 was the year of the brow and revamping my skincare routine. I found some amazing products this year and am so excited to share them with you! 

I'm officially in my late twenties and it's no longer acceptable, or responsible, to go to bed with a face full of makeup or do nothing to protect my skin from the environment. I've been experimenting with a number of products this year to preserve and protect my skin, two of my favorites are from Origins. 

Your skin will never feel more clean after using the Origins charcoal mask. It rids the skin of environmental toxins and brightens your skin. Another skin woe this year has been serious dry skin. The Chicago winter has officially sucked all of the moisture from my skin. The Origins night cream is AMAZING, and it has a very calming scent, perfect for bedtime. 

Bold brows are all the rage this year and this is one trend that has serious staying power. Two holy grail worthy products that I discovered this year were the Anastasia Beverly hills brow gel and brow pencil. If you don't own them already, go to Sephora NOW.

Last but not least, two drug store products that will have permanent spots in my bathroom are the L'oreal balm lipstick and EOS shaving cream. 

I'd love to hear your favorite beauty finds of 2014 and any products that I need to try this year! 


Posted on January 12, 2015 .