Donut You Love Ruffles?

Donut Raft

You guys, I can’t get over the fact that I now have a donut pool float. How freaking adorable is it?! I really, really wanted some kind of cute pool float since last summer, so I immediately pulled the trigger when I saw some listed on Groupon. A flamingo float was actually my first choice, but I knew my fiance wouldn’t be so excited to see that sitting in our apartment. (As I type this, the donut pool float is propped up against the wall behind me.)

Similar: pool toy 1 | pool toy 2 | SheIn – ruffle blouse | Express – distressed white jeans | Photos by Sarah

Donut Raft

Technically, I’m not even supposed to have a float in our apartment pool, but I figured I wouldn’t be breaking any rules by having it next to the water in one of my new favorite summer outfits. This shirt was on majjjjor sale at SheIn and I took a chance on ordering it despite being a little wary of the quality and fit (more on that later). It was a great surprise that it fit so well and feels so good. Light and airy and off the shoulder, perfect for the summer. I’d say the top is a “sweet” match for the donut pool float. Both are too cute!

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Mani Monday: Gel Effect Top Coat

Seche Vive Top Coat Review

Today I just had to share the best new nail polish I’ve found! I do my own nails about once a week and, like any girl, want that polish to last as long as possible. While I’ve used good top coats before, I was ready to try a new one. I was drawn to the Seche Vive Instant Gel Effect Top Coat because it promises a “glossy, high shine finish without the use of a UV/LED light.” I purchased it at Ulta, and it did not disappoint! Without further ado … here’s my Seche Vive top coat review.

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Birds of a Feather

Flamingo Wall Chicago

One of the things I love about Chicago are the murals at every turn. Typically they’re tucked away or require a little trip around the city, but this bright flamingo wall is right downtown. I was taking a cab to work one morning and lo-and-behold, the most adorable flock of beards were on the side of a building at Wells and Ohio streets. I just had to mirror the colorful building in my outfit … birds of a feather, you know?

Flamingo Wall Chicago

Banana Republic – solid short | Kendra Scott – Elisa Pendant (short), Oliver Gold Necklace (long)

Flamingo Wall Chicago

This flamingo wall is definitely moving to the top of my list for favorite murals in the city, but I’ll be back later this week to share some other great ones! Have you ever visited Pilsen? So much street art, and much more! Can’t wait to show you soon. Where have you seen some of the best art in Chicago?

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Life Balance

Chobani yogurt

I don’t often talk about my professional life, but I figured today could be a time to let you into that side of things. As I allude to on some of my social media accounts, I work at a communications agency where my responsibilities include public relations and digital strategies. My roles at work often bleed into what I do with my blog, and vice versa. This can be great from a professional development angle, but also extremely tough to balance everything. My coworkers often ask me how I do it all, and to be honest some weeks I just don’t know, or I just can’t! For those weeks when I do need to do it all, I’ve learned what I need and where I need to make sacrifices. Keep reading to learn more.

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Should You Buy the Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit?

Kylie Lip Kit Review

Well you guys, I drank the Kool-Aid. I bought a Kylie Cosmetics lip kit. It was something I’d been interested in trying, but was hesitant to pull the trigger. $30 for any lip product is too much in my book. But when I received birthday money I thought what the heck, treat yo’self! My flip in thinking also happened at the same time Kylie was releasing new colors, and the Kristen was calling my name. I set my alarm for the lip kit sale (snatching one of these kits is as hard as getting tickets to Lolla), and was excited to purchase the product with no problem. Read on to hear if it was worth it…

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Sincerely Reading

Sincerely Reading is a reoccurring feature on the blog. When it’s not one of my book recommendations, it will be a friend’s. This week I’m sharing a Here’s to Us book review.

Sincerely Reading Here's to Us Book Review

Title: Here’s to Us by Elin Hilderbrand

SummaryThree romantic rivals. One crowded house. Plenty of room for jealousy.

Laurel Thorpe, Belinda Rowe, and Scarlett Oliver share only two things; a love for the man they all married, Deacon Thorpe–a celebrity chef with an insatiable appetite for life–and a passionate dislike of one another. All three are remarkable, spirited women, but they couldn’t be more different. Laurel: Deacon’s high school sweetheart and an effortlessly beautiful social worker; Belinda: a high-maintenance Hollywood diva; and Scarlett: a sexy southern belle floating by on her family money and her fabulous looks. They’ve established a delicate understanding over the years–they avoid each other at all costs.

But their fragile detente threatens to come crashing down after Deacon’s tragic death on his favorite place on earth: a ramshackle Nantucket summer cottage. Deacon’s final wish was for his makeshift family to assemble on his beloved Nantucket to say good-bye. Begrudgingly, Laurel, Belinda, and Scarlett gather on the island as once again, as in each of their marriages, they’re left to pick up Deacon’s mess. Now they’re trapped in the crowded cottage where they all made their own memories–a house that they now share in more ways than one–along with the children they raised with Deacon, and his best friend. Laurel, Belinda, and Scarlett each had an unbreakable bond with Deacon–and they all have secrets to hide.

Before the weekend is over, there are enough accusations, lies, tears, and drama to turn even the best of friends–let alone three women who married the same man–into adversaries. As his unlikely family says good-bye to the man who brought them together–for better or worse–will they be able to put aside their differences long enough to raise a glass in Deacon’s honor? (via Amazon)

On a Scale of “Don’t Bother” to “Couldn’t Put Down”: Pack it for vacation.

Why? This book is a quick read but will keep you entertained as you turn the pages. I had specific characters that I liked best and kept barreling through to try to get to their chapters again so I could check back in on their grieving process. (It might be a quick read, but it’s not exactly light! Everyone is battling their own inner demons.)

I also was interested in the story because the main character was a reality star before “reality TV was a thing.” Since I’m a reality TV-aholic, I enjoyed this fictional character and imagining what people knew about his real life through his TV shows, then getting a peak into his real life through the book.

If someone likes ________, they’d like this book:

  • Books told from multiple POVs. Each chapter is narrated by a different character and gives you a peak inside their grieving process and connection to the deceased main character.
  • Cooking. Being that the book is about a famous chef, there are multiple recipes scattered throughout the book that actually sound quite good! Bring this along on vacation and whip something up that’s reminiscent of Nantucket summers, as described in the book.

Drop me a note if you’d like to review a book in an upcoming post. You can find more of my book recommendations on my Goodreads page. Follow along!

This Weekend

Rocksbox coupon

Well congrats, we made it to another weekend! I hope you all have something lovely planned. Today I want to share with you a special offer Rocksbox has available to my followers. You may have noticed on Instagram that I suddenly have an influx of adorable jewelry. For example, eye-catching green druzy earrings, a daisy statement necklace, and triangle ear jackets. There’s so much more to share – and for you to choose from. If you want an endless closet of rotating jewelry from designers like Kendra Scott, House of Harlow 1960 and Loren Hope, all you have to do is sign up for your first free month with Rocksbox. You can borrow the jewelry, wear it for as long as you want, and either keep it or send it back to exchange for other pieces. Use the Rocksbox coupon above, “SincerelyJennieXOXO,” to get your first month free.

There are plenty of other things to do this weekend after your sign up with your Rocksbox coupon. This weekend, why don’t you…

  1. Go super casual but cute in a high-necked tank like Lenore.
  2. See why cargos made front page news this week for the role they play in relationships.
  3. Get all the healthy, shiny hair secrets from a girl who knows: Olivia Rink.
  4. Feel all warm and fuzzy when you see the heartfelt gift Biden gave Obama for his birthday.
  5. Figure out this Instagram Stories vs. Snapchat deal with the help of three social professionals.

Subculture Coffee

Sincerely Jennie Subculture Coffee West Palm Beach

Last month Steve and I were in Florida for a wedding, and as I shared earlier, it was pretty hot during the time we were there. We traveled there for a wedding over the Fourth of July and split our time off between Tampa and West Palm Beach. My parents live in Tampa so we had plenty of activities planned in that city, but aside from the wedding we didn’t have much planned West Palm Beach. I made sure to get one stop on our itinerary: Subculture Coffee West Palm Beach. I’d actually seen Jess post about it months before on Instagram and screenshotted the location so I could drink an iced coffee among the bright décor.

It was a nice relaxing stop before our four hour drive back to Tampa, and the iced beverage was necessary in the Florida heat! Definitely make a point to stop in if you’re ever in the area. Does anyone else plan their trips based off of Instagram?

Banana Republic – midi skirt (on sale!)| White House Black Market – white knit tank top (on sale!) | Shoes – via Marshalls

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Rental Review

Rent the Runway Unlimited review

This post has been a long time coming. It was more than one year ago when I first shared my reviews of clothing and accessory rental services, one being Rent the Runway Unlimited. At the time I was a newbie to the Unlimited program, so I’d like to update my Rent the Runway Unlimited review. Keep reading to hear my thoughts over the eight months of the clothing and accessory rental program, what I liked and what I thought could be improved. And, there’s a rental code at the end.

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This Weekend

Sincerely Jennie Flamingo Wall Chicago

Here we are, staring down August! Has your summer flown by like mine has? Luckily, I really feel like I’ve really been making the most of it, even if it’s just been to consciously keep afternoons open to lay by the pool. As busy as this summer has been, I’ve made an effort to not fill it up with more activities than are necessary. It’s OK to turn down that happy hour if it means improving your mental health! My weekend continues to look like a balance or R&R and friend outings. If you’re also looking for a mix of things to do, this weekend why don’t you…

  1. DIY your next beach hat. It’s too cute!
  2. Restyle your Ann Taylor palm print midi with inspiration from Dana.
  3. Get moving! Researchers found that those who spent eight hours a day sitting but exercised for an hour daily offset the increased risk of death linked with high sitting time. (Not to get all depressing or anything.)
  4. Try wearing a bandanna – a functional and adorable accessory – one or all of three ways.
  5. Take the cooking outside with this easy grill recipe I tried myself!
  6. Take it easy in athleisure wear just like Posh Classy Mom.
  7. Get the gumption you need to branch out and meet new friends with tips on how to start over in a new city.
  8. Indulge your inner wino with 10 summer date night ideas that include wine.