This Weekend

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Here it is, another weekend, and I am actually quite excited for this one! My friend/photographer Hannah and I will be going to a Ben Folds concert and I can’t wait to sing along to all of his music. It’s actually fitting to see him tonight because I’ve been binge watching Dawson’s Creek for the first time (if you follow me on Twitter you may have seen my slew of tweets). It’s definitely put me in a 90’s headspace. In the episode I watched yesterday Ben Folds’ “Evaporated” played as Jen broke up with Dawson, and he definitely deserved it! Leave me a comment below if you agree.

If you’re looking for more 90s nostalgia, or even just some interesting reads, this weekend why don’t you…

  1. Fish out your old butterfly clips and wear them while listening to a Dawson’s Creek soundtrack.
  2. Watch how two women transformed the fashion jewelry industry with beautiful baubles and an eye for trends.
  3. Invite the girls over and turn up these tunes that are meant to be listened to with empowered friends.
  4. Read a thoughtful article about what one nurse has learned about life while caring for those who are at the end of theirs.
  5. Enjoy patio season and channel your competitive spirit at Spin Chicago.



360 CHICAGO

Sincerely Jennie 360 ChicagoAre you getting as excited for summer as I am? The days are already lighter longer and that means I’m planning a lot more activities after work. There’s so much I love to do on Chicago summer nights, such as movies in the park, dining alfresco and now – a new addition – the Sunset Series at 360 CHICAGO. Whether you live in Chicago or somewhere else, if you do have plans to make it to downtown Chicago, continue reading to hear all the fun things planned at 360 CHICAGO this summer.

Sincerely Jennie 360 ChicagoFirst of all, have you tried Tilt! in the observation deck yet? To be completely honest, I didn’t! The tilt outward 1,000 feet over Chicago was too scary for me. This observation deck starts upright and then, as you’re standing against the glass, starts to slowly tilt over the skyline. More power to you if you like seeing the city this way, but I will be just as happy to experience it with one of the other events at 360 CHICAGO this year.

Sincerely Jennie 360 ChicagoThe 94th floor observation deck will offer a free weekly activities through its Sunset Series such as Photography Night on Mondays, Guides in the Sky on Tuesday and DJs on Thursday. If you’re into photography, I’d definitely suggest choosing a Monday for the tripod activities because they’ll be led by 360 CHICAGO photography ambassador Nick Ulivieri, a professional photographer lauded for his Chicago imagery. (Be sure to follow Nick on Instagram.) The way you get to see Chicago from 360 CHICAGO is unparalleled and worth a stop this summer!

Sincerely Jennie 360 Chicago

Sincerely Jennie 360 Chicago



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The Ms. Collection

Clothing Rental

Since I’m becoming quite the queen of clothing rental reviews, I was really excited when The Ms. Collection reached out to me asking if I’d like to try their clothing rental service for a month.They call themselves the “Netflix of clothing” and I think they just might be. I received my first package of clothing to try last week and after rotating a few of the pieces, including this great jacket, I’ve sent them back to await the next group of clothing. And guess what, I’m not the only one trying out this collection…

Jacket – c/o The Ms. Collection | Old Navy – boyfriend jeans | Forever 21 – black heels | Photos by Sarah

Clothing Rental

Steve is also trying The Mr. Collection, the men’s equivalent to this clothing rental service. He’s really excited to have some new clothes in his closet especially for upcoming trips with his bros. I’m really excited because that means Steve’s going to be writing his first guest post on Sincerely, Jennie. Stay tuned to hear both our experiences with the collections.

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This Weekend

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Today I’m doing more traveling (it seems like that’s all I do anymore, doesn’t it?), and it’s kind of nostalgic. I’m going to East Lansing for my brother’s graduation from Michigan State University. Part of me can’t believe my little brother is entering the real world, while the other part can’t believe I have a little brother who’s still in school! I’m so excited to see what his next steps will be. In what city will he end up, what will be his first job (he’s still searching)?

I’d love if he moves to a city close to me because as we’ve gotten older we’ve gotten a lot closer. We can go out and have drinks together now, go on double dates and both agree Lebron is the bomb. I can’t wait to help celebrate my brother’s hard work during the last few years. There are plenty thing to do this weekend beyond that, too. This weekend why you don’t you…

  1. Laugh at funny tweets from the Met Gala. (So many puns)
  2. Wish your mom a happy Mother’s Day, and see some of Hollywood’s hottest mom/daughter duos.
  3. See what it means to rock a pair of culottes, a la Jeans and a Teacup.
  4. Brighten up your home with Polished Closets’ inspiration for displaying succulents indoors.
  5. Make your own pompom sandals with a DIY from Eat Pray Wear Love. (If you’d rather just purchase yours, here’s an adorable pair.)



Green & Gold

Leather Skirt

Do you ever see an article of clothing and realize that it was what was missing from your closet? For me, it was this green leather skirt from The Limited. I forget why I even tried it on, because green is not typically my color, but when I put it on I instantly loved it. Now that I own this skirt, I keep reaching for it with these cooler than average temps. It’s warm yet the color (and contrasting colors I can wear it with like these shoes), can transition into the spring months.

The Limited – leather skirt | The Limited – white blouse| Pink high heels| Express – chain wristlet {similar} | Nail polish – Essie St. Lucia Lilac

Leather Skirt

Oh, and doesn’t my living room look amazing? Haha, I wish! This is an area in my fiance’s apartment complex, which has beautiful high windows and brand new furniture. The jury’s still out on this gold couch, but it is pretty comfy. And much better than my blue Ikea couch in my living room. Oh, the things we bloggers will do for an outfit shoot.

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This Weekend

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Does this “spring weather” have anyone else feeling really off? I started off my work week with a migraine and ended it today by sleeping through my alarm. Needless to say, I’m ready for the weekend! I have a few things planned that I’m really looking forward to, which include a Flywheel ride with Gilt City and Bitches Who Brunch event celebrating the James Beard Awards. (Speaking of Flywheel, you can purchase discounted rides through Gilt City this weekend!) Other than that my mornings and nights are free so I can go out and enjoy this nice spring weather (ha) or realistically spend it finishing Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. This weekend, why don’t you…

  1. Stay in (you know you want to!) and knock out some of the movies on this list of films everyone should see before age 30.
  2. Get inspired for your next apartment makeover with J Petite’s adorable office reveal!
  3. And get ready to makeover one more room because Lauren Nelson’s East Coast-inspired bedroom featured on The Everygirl is everything!
  4. Go into your 2000s nostalgia with Mandy Moore’s #TBT photo of A Walk to Remember. (*I’ll always remember…*”)
  5. Count up the number of times you used the bee or lemon emoji on Twitter last week. Did you help contribute to the spike in usage as part of the Beyhive?



Got the Blues

Sincerely Jennie Floral Skirt

Is there anything better than a pencil skirt and pair of pumps that make you feel confident and sexy? No, there is not. At least, not in your closet. The funny thing about these shoes is that I picked them out quickly the day I’d forgotten shoes for Sarah’s fake “champagne campaign,” also known as that time I got engaged. I didn’t really need a new pair of shoes other than to take pictures in that day. They were cute when I bought them, but now I’m pretty attached because every time I wear them I remember what happened the first day I slipped them on. They’re like Carrie’s Manolos, only without the embellishment or the price tag.

Floral skirt – The Limited (40% off) | Jessica Simpson – navy pumps | necklace via Rocksbox {use code “sincerelyjenniexoxo” for your first month free} | Photos by Sarah

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Let’s talk about this floral skirt. Florals seem to be a sticking point for me this spring (see last week’s post) but I’m not complaining. Blue was my favorite color before pink was (I have Mean Girls to thank for that), and every time I wear it I’m again reminded why. It’s such a flattering color for people with blue eyes and instantly makes me feel happy when wearing it. Do you have a color that does that for you?

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Best Face Forward

Sincerely Jennie Chicago Esthetician

Now that I’ve begun wedding planning I’ve been more in-tune to how other brides-to-be are preparing for their special day. One thing I’ve noticed a lot of the women talk about is their skin care routine. As someone with acne-prone skin, I’ve spent a great deal of time thinking about my routine throughout my life. But beyond washing my face twice daily and visiting the dermatologist occasionally, I hadn’t taken many other steps to improve my skin. I’ve realized with my big day approaching maybe I should do something more. So I was thankful when Chicago esthetician and make up artist Meghana Prasad reached out to invite me to visit her Chicago office for a facial. I had a lot of questions!

Sincerely Jennie Chicago Esthetician

Meeting with Meghana was only the second time I had gotten a facial. I was looking forward to a night of pampering, but a little nervous about what a visit with a Chicago esthetician consisted of. I was put at ease as soon as I entered the studio. It’s very cozy and cute, and as I filled out paperwork about my skin type Meghana walked me through what we’d do during the visit. I appreciated that she was honest that as an esthetician she could address a lot of client concerns, but some can’t be fixed overnight (undereye circles) or a dermatologist may be needed to address a deeper issue, like a hormonal imbalance.

As Meghana examined my skin she talked me through what she was seeing. Although I typically describe my skin as oily, she said it’s actually quite dry. (Thanks, Chicago winter!) The more I try to fight the shine, I am actually stripping my skin of the natural oils it needs, and then it overcompensates by producing more. We also talked about my normal skincare routine and she let me know my drugstore facial wash may also be contributing to the dryness. As an esthetician she suggested special regimens with brands only she has access to, and she also suggested some beaut store products that I may benefit from.

Sincerely Jennie Chicago EstheticianHere’s a rare make-up free photo of me before the facial.

When my appointment came to an end, I didn’t want to go! I was so relaxed thanks to the massage and hot towel portion of the visit and I loved talking to Meghana, who is so knowledgeable about a topic that often stumped me. I left with a handwritten note about my suggested regimen. It’s nice to have a better idea of why it seems my skin sometimes rebels against the way I care for it, and clear action to take to improve it (moisturize twice a day!). I appreciate the time Meghana took to help educate me so that I can make changes day to day and prepare for my wedding down the line!

The facial service was given to me free to charge, but the opinions are my own. I was highly impressed with Meghana and would recommend visiting her website if you’re interested in spa, makeup or hair services. 



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This Weekend

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Donut you just love the weekend? (Haha, I kid, I kid.) This week was so nice because I had plenty of opportunities to get outside and enjoy our first taste of spring. First I stopped by Glazed and Infused to help them celebrate their birthday at their LaSalle location. And when you have a donut downtown, you just have to do a photo shoot by the river, right? Then, I tried to go to Jimmy John’s yesterday for their $1 subs. That was my second food excursion for the week but I cut it short due to long lines. I was certainly jealous of my coworkers who waited them out! I have a few more plans revolving around food this weekend, but luckily none of them involved more donuts! Depending on what you have planned, this weekend why don’t you…

  1. Get to know Taylor Swift on a whole other level through her Vogue Q&A.
  2. Channel Olivia Palermo in a $7 (!) Old Navy relaxed T.
  3. Stock your beauty arsenal with some seemingly odd but strangely helpful beauty products.
  4. Get bikini ready (and more importantly healthy) with the Tone It Up ladies. Here’s one woman’s successful experience with their TIU Challenge.
  5. Watch and laugh at the second season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. (You probably already have, and I’m the last person who hasn’t.)



Bright Florals

floral dress

This spring I’m all about floral patterns. Typically, I’ve shied away from them since it can be hard to find prints that are flattering. There’s a fine line to walk between looking cute and being overwhelmed in an eye-catching print. When I saw this Banana Republic floral dress on the hanger I was skeptical, but my motto is try everything on (which is why my shopping trips are so exhausting). When I zipped up the dress, I was pleasantly surprised. I can’t help but to smile when wearing this bright floral dress, which reminds me of summer and sun!

Floral dress – Banana Republic (similar cut here) | Shoes – similar pink heels | Bracelet – via Rocksbox (use code SincerelyJennieXOXO for a free first month!) | Photos by Sarah

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I don’t see this dress online anymore, but browse your local Banana Republic or check out these lace dresses in the same cut. They’re also bright and cheery, and now an extra 50% off! If you do purchase it, I’d suggest sizing down because the dress was made to be oversized, but that’s when you’re getting into the overwhelming territory as mentioned above.

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What’s even more fun about floral dresses like this is that you get to play with other colors, which is exactly what I did with my pink heels. They’ve been a favorite since I purchased them more than a year ago, and can be worn many ways as evidenced here.

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