Flower Power

Chicago flower crown

I know all eyes are on fall, but NYFW has me thinking about spring again – and getting excited for florals! I feel like I gravitate toward the same designers’ collections every year, and this year was no exception. I love the femininity and lightness to J. Mendel’s collection (plus the setting looked heavenly). Diana von Furstenberg continues to be a favorite designer who makes me excited to be a powerful woman, and Christina Siriano also does that for me! Not only are these designers inspiring, they’re also accessible. That’s important to me because I don’t consider myself very high fashion, just a lover of clothes, fabrics and cuts that speak to me! I recently came across Laura Hutton’s quote “Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by a designer, style is what you choose,” and I don’t think it could be have been said any better.

Chicago flower crown

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This Weekend

Rent the Runway promo code

Steve and I are on our way out of town again this weekend, and again to the east coast. A friend’s getting married in New Hampshire, and then we’re going to spend two days in Boston. I went to Boston nearly 10 years ago with my best friend for a week. We stayed with her brother (who was attending MIT) and just had the best time in the city! I look forward to going back, and this time am taking in a baseball game in Fenway.

Before I took off I had to stop at Rent the Runway to try to find the perfect dress for the mountain weather. A high of 66 but low of 42, what should a girl do? I had several options, luckily, which I’m sharing above. I use Unlimited so I can rent 3 items at once, which really comes in handy when I can’t make up my mind about what to wear. The last-minute jumpsuit find was so clutch. I think it’ll be perfect for the crisp night air. (By the way – if you haven’t used the service before, I have a Rent the Runway promo code for you. Click here to get $30 off of your first order.)

What are you plans for Labor Day? This weekend, why don’t you…

  1. Celebrate Gossip Girl’s 10th anniversary by reliving all of the best fashion moments with the show’s stylist. (P.S. this is one of my favorite looks.)
  2. Look back at the show through the actors’ eyes with this Vanity Fair article interviewing the Gossip Girl stars.
  3. Check off your Chicago bucket list with help from some Windy City Bloggers!
  4. Relive your emo high school days through Audrey’s Spotify high school playlist. She just posted about it on Instagram Stories and I just had to listen! Search for Audrey Hirschl on Spotify and get ready to be transported back in time.
  5. Find a new favorite podcast using some of Sarah’s suggestions. She’s always telling me about a new show she’s listening to!



This Weekend

RocksboxArm party c/o Rocksbox. Get one-month free to the jewelry subscription service using code “SincerelyJennieXOXO”

Fist bump: it’s Friday! Or should I call it #LookWhatYouMadeMeDo debate day? I anxiously watched Tay’s social feeds last night to see when her new single debuted. Once it was live I was … underwhelmed…then delighted…then unsure…now back to liking it. It seems to have gotten a lot of mixed reviews, and I have a feeling after Sunday’s VMAs we’ll be hearing even more. One thing’s for sure, she knows how to get people talking (good or bad). What are your thoughts on the single? Are you excited for the album? I’m still holding out hope that it’s as good as 1989!

I have so much to look forward to this weekend besides Sunday’s VMAs. I’m attending a rosé-themed bachelorette party tomorrow night! Not only do I have the perfect dress and the perfect DIY treat, I can’t wait for some girl time. Paired with rosé and dancing, it sounds like it’s going to be perfect.

What’s on deck for you? If you need some ideas, this weekend why don’t you…

  1. Practice your photo skills in front of a neon light with this how-to video.
  2. Treat yourself to a new eye shadow palette – Urban Decay’s Naked Smoky is now 1/2 off!
  3. Hit up Riot Feast in Chicago for dinner. The space, which was formally Saved by the Max, has been totally transformed and the food is delicious!
  4. Better understand those press trips bloggers always go on with Hallie’s informative guide.
  5. Shake up your meal prepping routine using Jordan’s healthy snack box ideas.



Playing Catch Up

off the shoulder blouse

Things may have been quiet over here in blog world, but let me tell you, that doesn’t actually reflect my real life! I’ve certainly been neglecting posting content for a few weeks, but behind the scenes and in my personal life I’ve been making moves and planning for the future. Instead of focusing on outfit details today or musing about things about the web, I thought I’d share some updates on several aspects of my life. It’ll give you a peak into all of the dimensions of my life that I realized I may not always share. So please ask any questions you may have!

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Chicken Dinner for Two

This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company, all opinions are mine alone. #ServeWithACoke #Jewel #CollectiveBias

Coca-Cola Jewel Meals

I talk a lot about Steve’s and my relationship and how it’s changed since our wedding, but one thing I haven’t mentioned are how we cook for each other as a married couple. Frankly, because weeknight dinner isn’t together. Whenever I tell friends this they’re shocked. How could we live together and not make dinners for each other?! The fact of the matter is that Steve is a verrrry picky eater. I won’t go into his specific meal routine in this post (but I will definitely share it at a later time – it’s almost comical). All you need to know is that Steve eats the same thing every.single.night. And it’s always a single-serving chicken breast. So typically the only way for me to get him to switch up his meal and enjoy dinner with me is when we can compromise, and that usually still involves chicken. Thankfully, our apartment building is actually attached to a Jewel-Osco and we found a quick and delicious meal that we both agree on. Even better – no one has to do the cooking!

Coca-Cola Jewel Meals

I’ve turned Steve on to the deliciousness of rotisserie chickens through Jewel signature meal deals. We both agree on the main course (chicken), and then can split the options of sides as well as pick out a beverage to pair with it. Now that it’s summer, I love to serve the meal with a refreshing glass of Gold Peak® Diet Tea. It’s like a sweet tea but without all of the added sugar. Eating our rotisserie chicken together reminds me of dinners I used to have with my family when we just needed something on the table that was quick, and inexpensive. Best of all, it can usually stretch to be a few meals and repurposed into other recipes, one of which I share at the end of this post.

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Shopping Swimwear Online

swimwear on amazon

I rarely can relate to people who hate shopping for clothes. I know they get overwhelmed in stores, may not like dressing rooms, or don’t know how to shop sales, but that’s just not me! I still go in-store whenever I can to search for steals and see the true fit of a piece of clothing. However, there is one exception to my love of shopping in-stores: swimsuit shopping. As soon as I step in a dressing room and have to disrobe to nearly nothing, and try on suit after suit – hiking up the ones that don’t fit or fiddling with a suit until it does – I wish I wasn’t shopping anymore. Luckily, when it came time to find swimwear for my honeymoon – I was on the hunt for a white suit – I found another way to shop. For the first time, I scrolled through the swimwear on Amazon.  Continue reading



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Cast Iron Skillet Recipe

cast iron skillet recipes

As soon as Steve and I started putting together our wedding registry I began dreaming about all of the new kitchen utensils and appliances I could add. I used to be a big cook (in fact it’s my goal for age 30 to get back into the hobby), and there are kitchen items I always felt like I was missing. One being a cast iron skillet. Never mind that I could only think of a few cast iron skillet recipes to try, I just assumed owning a cast iron skillet would open a world of possibilities. And oh, how it has. Continue reading



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Goals for My 30th Year

goals for age 30

Well my 30th birthday came and went yesterday (July 14) and it was relatively low-key, but just was what I had asked for. Despite not making any big plans, I did receive a lot of love from friends and family near and far. Every birthday I’m surprised and overwhelmed with the nice notes of birthday well wishes. It makes me feel so special and grateful for those I’m surrounded by. I always look forward to speaking with my mom, obviously, and yesterday called her to say thank you for the beautiful Flowers for Dreams bouquet she and my father sent me. I got off our call thinking about year 30 and how I plan to make it the best year it can be.

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My Top 5 from 29

Szink Week continues on the blog. Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite memories from year 29. Here’s hoping my 30th year is just as good!

So obviously I am going to say getting married is one of my favorite memories of year 29. The whole day was exactly as I’d planned it from start to finish! I am so lucky to have these memories with Steve.

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Dirty Thirty

30th birthday

I am so excited to share that this Friday is my 30th birthday! Birthdays are a really big thing to me and my friends and coworkers have come to find that out. They always brace themselves look forward to “Szink Week,” the week of endless celebrations. I have my mom to blame for starting that tradition: when I was 16 she gave me a small gift for 16 nights in a row. I decided to resurrect that when I moved to Chicago and had friends willing to go out several nights in a row “for my birthday.” Now, five years later, I try to spread out the love so I get the feeling of Szink Week without overburdening my friends. (Except maybe Steve, being my husband I don’t think he gets the luck of taking nights off.)

Dress via my Rent the Runway Unlimited subscription {I was so excited to have a reason to dress up you can, too! Get $30 off your first order by clicking here.} | Balloons via Amazon | Hair by Sara C at Bristle + Grace Salon

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