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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.


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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Red, White and Blue Work Attire

Fourth of July Outfit

I’ve been loving reading everyone’s Fourth of July posts around the Interwebs. Sarah shared party inspiration (she threw a great fête last year), Emily posted several patriotic outfits, and Delish is just making my mouth water. In reading these, I am also getting super excited for the long weekend! With four days off, I feel like I have unlimited options for patriotic fun. What I don’t have are unlimited options for a good Fourth of July outfit. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but red isn’t really in my typical rotation. I did just buy an adorable block heel sandal to fix that, but they shoe is already sold out! Lucky for you this weekend is also a big one for sales in case you’re looking to spruce up your summer wardrobe. The block heel sandal I shared is from Banana Republic. While it’s sold out, there are plenty of similar shoes on the site that are an extra 50% off of sale!

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So back to ideas for a Fourth of July outfit, I thought now would be the perfect time to share work wear inspiration – that just happens to be red, white and blue. I found this Calvin Klein shift dress at TJMaxx, and bought it in two colors it was perfect. I love going into that store so much because it carries a lot of brands that I know fit me well, and often can get the same dress in multiple colors. The shoes in this outfit have quickly become this summer’s favorite. They are compliment-magnets and also super comfortable. Who would have thought? (Again, they’re from Banana Republic but sold out. Shop a very similar pair here.)

{similar} navy sheath dress – under $30! | Banana Republic – white denim jacket | verrrry similar gingham heels | ZAC Zac Posen striped purse via Rent the Runway or own| jewelry via Rocksbox – sign up for a first month free using code “SincerelyJennieXOXO”

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I did find one little gem of a Fourth of July outfit if you want to go back into the Sincerely, Jennie archives. Check this out! I loved the polka dot and polka dot combo. Sadly, I have no idea where this pair of wedges are now! Perhaps I should go check my storage unit (that thing’s a black hole)? Looks like I’m adding one more thing to my weekend itinerary. Hope you have a great, long weekend – and it doesn’t even actually matter what you’re wearing as long as you’re having fun!

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Chicago Summer Bucket List

Chicago summer bucket list

This past weekend Steve and I visited friends of ours to say goodbye before their move to Ohio. We are sad to have our good friends leave the city, and it also got us thinking about what’s next for us. In the car Steve asked me for my five-year plan and I jokingly said “I can give you my five-week plan.” We obviously didn’t get married without at least discussing our future, but that’s also not something we can decide in a day. Until then, we’ll be working on our Chicago summer bucket list. Keep reading to see what we hope to do in the next few months.


And the Bride Wore White

This post continues Bachelorette Week on Sincerely, Jennie. Read Monday’s post for the story on my unexpected Charleston trip, and Friday’s post about a special coworker bachelorette in Chicago.

white dresses for bachelorette party

I never thought I’d be that girl searching for every white dress or “bride” T-shirt once I got engaged. But as my bridal calendar started to fill up, I found myself also filling up online shopping carts with those things. Truly, I don’t have a lot of opportunities in life to wear a white dress (the last time I think I had one was for college graduation), so I was excited to wear white to signify that I was a bride-to-be. I used Rent the Runway Unlimited so that I could have access to many white dresses and bridal accessories. Paying a flat fee per month I thought I’d have a rotating closet, and not several white dresses hanging in my closet that I wouldn’t wear again. (For those who don’t use Rent the Runway, scroll to the bottom to see my round up of white dresses for bachelorette party events.)

white dresses for bachelorette party

Throughout my engagement I found myself using the Unlimited program differently than I’d planned. For two of my bridal showers I ended up choosing pink dresses. I chose those simply because pink is my signature color and the style of the dresses suited me better. I only found one white dress on the site that ended up being a great white dress for bachelorette party activities in Charleston. In the end, Unlimited came in handy because of their clutches fit for a bride, like this Kate Spade clutch that I would only ever carry during an engagement, and jewelry options for my wedding. Can’t wait to share wedding photos so you see what I rented for the big day!

white dresses for bachelorette party

In the end, I did purchase a white dress for my reception party dress because I wanted the option to alter it if needed. (Luckily, there was no need and it was a really affordable price for the party!) Friends got me fun T-shirts or accessories for a bride, and I purchased a few when I saw them on sale. I decided that I would be engaged for one fun year of my life, and I wanted to enjoy it by wearing any silly graphic T-shirts I wanted! Renting was an option I was happy to have at my fingertips, but I also liked purchasing some items for keeps.

white dresses for bachelorette partyThe shoes are sold out, but Banana Republic has the same style in an adorable polka dot fabric! | Lipstick – MAC Liptensity Claretcast | Kendra Scott earrings via Rocksbox {get one month free with code “SincerelyJennieXOXO} | similar Do Not Disturb hat 

Below are options I’ve rounded up for bachelorette activities, whatever you might be doing!

Bride’s Night Out

Bride Loungewear

Bride Accessories

Perfect Summer Shoes

laser cut sandals with chunky heels

I’m having so much fun now that the weather has gotten warmer and I get to revisit all of my favorite summer pieces. These Vince Camuto laser cut sandals with chunky heels were new-to-me last year and I’d almost forgotten how versatile and perfect they were! I dug them out this past weekend for a friend’s birthday party. I knew I’d be walking quite a bit and on my feet for most of the night, and these were the pair I needed  so I could stay out late for all of the fun. I was just browsing Nordstrom and saw several similar pairs (most on sale, too!) so I just had to include links below. Peruse them if you’re also looking for heels you can wear with jeans or skirts, from spring to fall!

Want to see ways I’ve styled my laser cut sandals with chunky heels? Check out examples out here:


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