Fur Real, It’s Cold Outside

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Once the winter really settles in and there are days of days of negative degree weather, it’s really easy to get sloppy. I try to consider all of the ways to wear sweats to work, but instead settle for commuting to and from in leggings. Once I’m in the office I still need to look professional. I don’t want to be wearing outfits and windblown hair reminding people of the tundra outside. I think this faux leather skirt look nailed that professionalism in the winter, with a choice accessory and red lip (not red cheeks!).

similar faux leather skirt | similar crew sweater | faux suede pumps {under $20!} | similar faux fur scarf | FAVORITE red lipstick Lorac Alter Ego in Pin Up | Photos by Sarah

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Finding accessories that will work both in and outdoors is my number one suggestion for surviving the cold outside and the {sometimes} cold inside offices. I’ve amassed quite a scarf collection and reach for statement ones that can add to my outfits. This faux fur scarf is polished enough that it doesn’t look odd if I keep it on indoors. I’ve also seen people pull off a beanie inside but have yet to try that fad for myself. If you work in a creative office and think you can also get away with it, then by all means, do! Try a beanie with a pompom a la here to be on trend.

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By the way, this faux leather skirt is from The Limited. I loved it when I found it, especially that it has pockets! I was kind of sad to hear that The Limited is closing its stores and was also surprised. That’s a place where I was able to find some gems if I took the time to try pieces on and sift through the sales racks. I’m not sure I’ll have as much luck shopping the online store. What about you?

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Maybe It’s…

Maybelline volume mascara

I’ve been a fan of Maybelline mascaras for years. The brand is my pick when I want to lengthen or volumize my lashes at drugstore prices. So I was super excited to get an Influenster box with some of Maybelline’s latest volume mascara and curvy eyeliner. In all honesty I’d already tried the eyeliner after I saw Gigi Hadid wearing it (at least that’s what the ad said), so I was looking forward to using it with the volume mascara. Click the link below to continue reading for my review.

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…And We’re Back

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So how’s everyone feeling the first day back after the holidays? I had enough vacation to take nearly two full weeks off (my longest vacation since working full time yet!) and it still didn’t feel like enough time. I had so much on my to-do list, but in true fashion saved most of it until the day before I was going back to work. I feel like the man in this article from The Onion. Even though I didn’t cross as much off of my list as I expected during my vacation, I felt I had earned some time to just relax. What about you?

Abercrombie – ski sweater | velvet skirt c/o Zaful | similar pompom hats | shoes via Nordstrom Last Chance

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There were actually several days that I didn’t even leave our apartment building. (Not several days in a row, though!) Steve doesn’t understand how I can enjoy being cooped up, as he puts it, but I can really be a homebody. On those days I of course didn’t do my hair or makeup. Sometimes a girl just needs a break! I did make an effort for these photos, because I love my new velvet skirt. As I said earlier this week, 2016 was the year of skirts, and I don’t see 2017 being any different. Velvet is also going to continue to be a trend, and I love wearing it in the form of a midi skirt.

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But just so you don’t think I’m a total degenerate, I’ll leave you with one thing that I did accomplish over the holiday. Steve and I chose a new mattress! Our old one is horrible, I’ve been getting the worse night sleeps. I cannot wait until the new one arrives this week. I’ll have to report back on it, hopefully it’ll give me lots of Zzzzzs!

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New Years Sales

I know we probably all did a lot of shopping over the last few weeks, but as soon as I received money at Christmas it started burning a hole in my pocket! So I took advantage of the new years sales. There are a lot of deals online, but I found the best stuff was marked down in-stores. Below are some of the best sales I shopped:

New Years Sales1. Victoria’s Secret Semi-Annual Sale: Wow, what a madhouse when I went in-stores to Victoria’s Secret. But it was totally worth it! They have tons of bras and sports bras included in the Semi-Annual Sale, and I picked up the cutest pajamas. For an extra fun purchase, I got an adorable plaid romper to sleep in (similar romper here).

New Years Sales2. Ulta Clearance: Ulta’s clearance aisle is a trove of goodies, and that’s especially true for after the holidays. The store had tons of hair and beauty markdowns. I picked up a new curling iron that I desperately needed and was 25% off the original price (here is the link but it seems to only be on sale in stores). There are also lots of fun bath items, soaps and nail polishes to stock up on for throughout the year. Who says you have to stop smelling like Christmas when the holiday ends?

New years sales

3. Banana Republic: Stores are already starting to make way for spring styles even though it’ll be sweater weather for many more weeks. I shopped Banana Republic’s extra 50% off sale to get a new coat. My style seems to be sold out online, but this was a close second.

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4. Crate & Barrel holiday clearanceI had a gift card to Crate & Barrel and popped in just to see what it could get me. I wanted everything! It’s the perfect time to shop the store and stock up for next year’s holiday decor. Since I don’t have much storage (one day…) I just bought one red vase that will be beautiful for other times than just the holidays.

So hope you don’t have a spending freeze this January. Even if you do, some of these sales might be worth bending the rules for!




My Favorite Looks of 2016

Reflecting on 2016, it was definitely a time for me to refresh my closet and try out new beauty and fashion trends. Sadly I ended my Rent the Runway Unlimited membership (read the review) because it no longer fit within my budget, but I did get to partner with a similar clothing rental service, the Ms. and Mr. Collection. In all honesty, a slight weight gain caused the need to purchase new clothes and I seemed to gravitate toward midi skirts and dresses to flatter my shape. I did, however, discover several pairs of pants that I love for the office and I continue to use shirts and accessories to make them feel like new.

With my upcoming wedding, I turned my attention to improving my skin (even visiting an esthetician) and hair. I was a part of the Goldplaited Prep Pass service for several months and loved the unlimited blowouts and braids. The ladies at Goldplaited turned me on to a new favorite shampoo and conditioner and blow dryer, all of which have made my hair grow quicker and a lot more healthy.

Scroll below to see what I consider my best looks of 2016, and please, leave a comment with anything you’d like to see more of in 2017!

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Sincerely Jennie BlogiversaryMy 1st blogiversary outfit: Original post

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My Favorite 2016 Recaps

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You know all of those articles that come out right about now each year, recapping the previous 11 1/2 months? I LIVE for those recaps. By the end of every year I feel like everyone’s all “Thank God year 20xx is over.” Sometimes all you remember is the bad. But thankfully, a lot of these recaps remind you the year was pretty good, even if it was just in the form of makeup tutorials and hit singles. Here are a few of my favorite 2016 recap articles I’ve seen this year:

  1. United States of Pop 2016 – About mid-November I so, so excited in anticipation for DJ Earworm’s annual mashup of the year’s top hits. So excited to hear two of my fav Top 40 songs from the year (JBiebs and Chainsmokers) on one track together.
  2. 17 Of The Prettiest Hair Trends We Saw This Year – These trends might have been from 2016, but I bet you’ll want to continue them into the new year once you see them.
  3. Influenster Reviewers Choice Awards: Best in Beauty – “From drugstore favorites to splurge-worthy luxury buys — these products deliver real results and Influensters can’t get enough!” – Influenster
  4.  15 Spectacular Celebrity Feuds of 2016 – Whose side were you on in all of the 2016 celebrity feuds? So many snakes, so little time.
  5. 2016 in Focus (Getty Images) – Relive 2016 in photos. There are some heart wrenching ones, but visit the love gallery to begin 2017 with a smile on your face.

Let’s hope next year keeps giving us just as many great pieces!




New Year, New Kicks – and a Giveaway!

New Balance Chicago

With an impending wedding and new years resolution, I realized now was the time to take care of something I had put off for a while: buying new tennis shoes. They say you should replace running shoes anywhere from 300 to 500 miles after the first wear. That could be between five to six months for avid runners. I don’t run often, but I do wear my workout shoes multiple times a week for kickboxing, exercise machines, walks and more. Even with doing all of that, I hadn’t replaced my shoes in three years!!! So it was fate when New Balance Chicago contacted me to check out their stores. I stopped by the New Balance Chicago in Lincoln Park and walked away with a great fitting experience and new workout duds.

New Balance Chicago

I was helped at New Balance Chicago by Ryan, a former track athlete at a local college. We began by doing a foot analysis. I stepped on a machine that measured the shape of my foot, my stride and pressure points. Then, I ran a bit so Ryan could videotape my stride. When replaying it, he pointed out my right ankle turned in. We used this knowledge as well as what was learned by my foot analysis to determine the type of shoes I should try on. I was happy to learn that New Balance Chicago carried options other than running shoes. Ryan brought out shoes for me to kick and jump around the store to see how they fit. I settled on a pair of shoes with good support and a cool look. (Even though comfort comes first, I still care about the look of the shoe!)

New Balance Chicago

In addition to a great new pair of shoes, I also purchased really comfortable workout gear at New Balance Chicago. I walked away with a breathable shirt and The Shapely Shaper Bra. It’s hard for me to find sports bras that really do support me for high-impact workouts, but this one is very comfortable. While The Shapely Shaper Bra is designed for A and B cup sizes, it’s perfect for larger sizes, too.

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The Giveaway

I am really happy to have connected with New Balance Chicago in time for the new year, and consequent resolutions. The New Balance staff had great tools and background knowledge to make sure that I got shoes that were the right fit for me. Now that they helped me find the shoes, it’s up to me to keep the resolution! And you can too, by entering to win a new pair of New Balance shoes and gift certificate.

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I partnered with New Balance Chicago and received this attire c/o. Thank you for supporting brands that support this blog.



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A Florida Christmas

Christmas inspiration

When my parents held our family’s first Christmas in their new home in Florida I was a bit skeptical. Christmas in 80 degree weather and a nighttime walk on the beach? It sure wasn’t the white Midwest Christmas I was used to. But as soon as I felt the warm air hit me getting off the plane, I wasn’t complaining. Even better was arriving to my parents’ home and see all of the lovely decorations my mom had set out. It felt like home, even if it wasn’t our usual Christmas.

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This year is actually the first year I won’t be with my family for Christmas. With all of the traveling Steve and I have done lately, we decided it’d be easier to drive to Michigan than fly to Tampa. We’re looking forward to spending time with his large, extended family. But I’m also a bit sad not to be with my family for the holiday. To cheer myself up, I revisited a Szink family Christmas with these photos. I wanted to share them with you, too, because I didn’t post them after snapping them last year. Keep reading to see some Pinterest-worthy decor and Christmas inspiration. Wishing you safe and happy holidays!

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Snowed In at the Dearborn Inn

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A few weekends ago Steve and I traveled to Michigan for a wedding and we ended up spending a day longer there than anticipated. The wedding was fabulous but in the back of my mind I was bracing for the reality that we might be stuck because of a snowstorm. And I was right! We awoke the next day to news of storms traveling east from Chicago and we knew there was no way we could try to drive 5 hours home in that weather. After looking at our options, we decided to just stay holed up at the Dearborn Inn until Monday. Truthfully, I wasn’t too disappointed about our fate.

Dearborn Inn

I mean, look at how lovely the holiday decorations were at the historic Inn! It felt like we stepped back in time and were granted a bit of unplanned relaxation. Steve and I took advantage of the complimentary hot apple cider in the lobby, the workout facilities and sprawled out on our king bed for a mid-afternoon nap. We capped off a lovely day with a quiet dinner and walk in the snow. The next morning we woke up and got on the roads, which were cleared and safe by that time.

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I was secretly glad we spent a second night at the Inn and got what felt like a kickoff to the holiday season. I’d recommend the hotel if you’re looking for a place to stay if you’re ever in Detroit!

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Banana Republic – {similar} turtleneck | Banana Republic – faux fur vest | Forever21 – glitter hair bow



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My Top Trend in 2016

bow choker trend

I have to say, of all of the trends that made a comeback in 2016, the choker trend may have been my favorite. Sure, Steve may say some of them look like they’re suffocating me, but in my opinion as a lady chokers are a really sexy, flattering piece of jewelry if you choose the right one for your body type. And there are so many styles you can typically find a choker for any outfit! There are bow chokers like I’m wearing, wrap chokers to  work with any neckline and lace up chokers. Honestly, the only chokers I can’t get on board with are the tattoo chokers from my childhood (although to be honest if I’d saved any I probably would still try to pull it off at a music festival or something.)

Dress – similar lace striped dress | Choker – c/o Zaful | Express – berry tights {they last forever!}| Earrings – via Rocksbox {get your first month free with Rockbox code “SincerelyJennieXOXO”} | hair & makeup by Goldplaited | Photos by Sarah

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What other trends did I like this year? Definitely the patterns – such as plaid and stripes, which is kind of reflected in this dress. The trend I wish I could have rocked but found it much harder than it needed to be? Off the shoulder shirts. Honestly. Did any of you try to wear off the shoulder shirts and end up tugging on them the whole day so that they’d stay in place? I just ordered an off the shoulder sweater – let’s hope the chunky knit material stays in place better than the elastic tops on my summer shirts.

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What about you? Did you rock the choker trend or something else new in 2016? Do you want to see them stick around?

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