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Tried and True Gifts for Guys

men's gift guide

I’m not big on men’s gift guides. I read a lot of them that are tech or hardware geared and think, “How sexist; men in my life don’t care about most of this stuff.” Buzzfeed recently published their own list of great gifts for men with the same sentiment. I read it and realized just because a gift guide says it’s for “men” doesn’t mean it has to follow the typical pattern. Today I’m rounding up my own suggestions of gifts the men in your life might like. They’re not all the stuff you’d see in GQ or Sears, but instead they’re actual items guys I know have been into. Some even overlap with the Buzzfeed list because Steve has tried them himself and can attest for their appeal!

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Ushering In a New Era

Taylor Swift Outfit Ideas

So the big, exciting news this week is that I got tickets to the Taylor Swift show in Chicago!!! Well, actually, I got tickets through a friend’s friend, but still it means I’ll be at Soldier Field for the Reputation Tour! I am going with five other people – four of whom I don’t know – but still think it’d be fun to dress up as Taylor’s eras for the concert. I’ve only mentioned it to my friend so far, and he told me I will have to be the Red era because I can pull off her signature red lip. I will happily accept that challenge.

I am having so much fun thinking about the concert and the possibility of dressing up as my favorite Taylor that I started researching the other eras and Taylor Swift outfit ideas. I looked at SheIn because of their inexpensive clothes and breadth of styles and trends. (You can read more about my SheIn experience here.) Keep reading for my top picks of adorable, inexpensive clothes for each Taylor era! (P.S. This post goes best with a soundtrack, I currently have “Speak Now” on.) (more…)

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Talking About What’s “Real”

SheIn tweed blazer

SheIn tweed blazer | Express silky v-neck blouse | Express “Queen Bee” flats | J. Crew Gigi pants

On this site I try to always share outfits, products, reviews, etc. that are real. Admittedly I often have to use the weekend to take photos of my life, so sometimes the clothes featured weren’t actually worn that day other than to capture them with a camera. However, I can assure you they were worn at some other time as a real outfit. The photos I’m sharing today may be my realest ones yet though, because this is a true work out and a c/o jacket from a brand I actually shop! Thank you to my coworker who ran outside with me on a chilly day to capture what I wore in our office, which has a business-casual dress code. This tweed blazer is perfect for work appropriate layering during cooler weather.

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This Weekend

Sincerely Jennie Trina Turk Coat 1Trina Turk Kendall Coat | Express booties (less than $30!) | Earrings via Rocksbox (using code “SincerelyJennieXOXO” for a free first month)

Today could not have started off any better. I had Taylor Swift’s new album downloaded on my phone and Chicago saw its first snow! I know a lot of people groaned when they looked out the window, but I felt so excited. I love winter, a lot. Steve’s and my first date was in winter (February, to be exact) and I told him near the beginning of our time together that I really, really liked Chicago winters. He still likes to laugh about that and how he thought “Who is this crazy person?” Sure, winter can be a bit too long. And it can be depressing when there are 20 cloudy days in a row. But give me cold air, snow and sun and I’ll be happy.

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Wicked Wedding Fun in Boston

cold-shoulder dress

This past weekend was Steve’s and my final wedding of 2017. It was his cousin’s wedding, and several aunts and uncles asked us how many wedding we’ve been to this year. We did count and we’ve been to eight. I think that’s pretty par for the course in your late 20s with a big family, but everyone else was really surprised! We’re certainly excited traveling for weddings is over for now (and just in time for the holidays). Of course the trips we did have were good because we got to celebrate our loved ones getting married. And some of the weddings we went to this past year brought us to cool cities in one of my favorite places to visit: the east coast. We got to go to Philly and Boston, where these photos were taken. I wanted to share some of the fun we had out east, as well as one of my Nordstrom sale purchases. This cold-shoulder dress is out of stock, but here is one that’s very similar as well as other options at the end of this post.

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I Vest I’ll Try It

SheIn belted vest

I’m always looking for a deal, so when SheIn reached out to me to see if I’d like to shop their website, I was game. In fact, a few months earlier I purchased several items from the shop in hopes of getting me through an Indian Summer. I love SheIn’s low prices and trendy styles. I was also really excited to see the site now offers free returns if you purchase the shipping insurance. I wasn’t at all nervous to order what caught my eye, knowing I could just send it back if it wasn’t the perfect fit. When I shopped the site most recently, I realized it was the perfect opportunity to get an item of clothing I’d been dying for but didn’t want to spend a ton on. This belted vest was just that item.

SheIn belted vest {under $20!} | TJMaxx – turtleneck with bell sleeves {comes in 4 colors} | Nordstrom – Spanx faux leather leggings {omg they’re like budda!} | Kate Spade puppy purse | Manicure – OPI Rebel Without a Moss

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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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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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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.  (more…)

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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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