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This Weekend

Today I’m doing a post that’s not in the typical “This Weekend” format. I wanted to feature a Chicago philanthropic event that’s taking place on June 22, and combines two amazing things: efforts to end homelessness and handbags! I love anything that can combine fashion with doing good. Keep reading for more information on what’s included in the ticket and how it can help others. 

Handbags for Homes

Purses available in the event raffle (clockwise from top left): Tory Burch T Stripe Tote | Kate Spade Grapefruit Crossbody Bag| Burberry Medium Banner House Check Leather Tote | Chloe Mini Marcie Leather Crossbody Bag

You’re invited! Join All Chicago for an evening of fashion and philanthropy on June 22, emceed by Fox32 weekend anchor Sylvia Perez. Our signature Handbags for Homes event features an extensive raffle of high-end designer handbags from Burberry to Tory Burch. There’s truly something for everyone – from a purse handmade in Italy to a one-of-a-kind clutch designed by Project Runway all star Peach Carr to a vegan bag. And we don’t forget the guys either with Ferragamo belts and autographed Blackhawks swag also up for raffle.

Your $100 admission ticket purchase includes cocktails, heavy hors d’eouvres, and an entry into an exclusive Burberry bag drawing. A mission moment highlighting All Chicago’s work to prevent and end homelessness in our city caps off the evening, and reminds us that we all can play a small part in helping all our neighbors have homes. You can check out all the purses on Facebook and Instagram and purchase your tickets here – but purchase soon – they’re going fast!

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This Weekend

Boohoo swimsuitBoohoo Swimsuit c/o

I’m finally back…and I’m married! I can’t believe that tomorrow Steve and I will have been married for two weeks. After more than a year of planning, our wedding day flew by. Just like everyone warned us it would. However, we did take everyone’s advice and tried to be present in the moment, as well as keep the party going! One of my favorite surprises of the day was that a lot of our family and friends came out to the after party. It was held at my favorite college bar, so I had thought only our college friends would want to join. But it seemed lots of people didn’t want the night to end, including Steve and me.

I have so much to share about the day: what I learned about planning a wedding from afar, tips for a DIY wedding and, of course, photos. I can’t wait to post it all, and will probably make Wedding Wednesday a permanent feature.  Feel free to shoot me a note if there is anything specific you’re interested in. I’d love to address any questions/issues you’re having, or just gush about the wedding some more with you all! Until then, there’s plenty else for me to share on here and catch up on in my newlywed life. Steve and I both marveled about how we hadn’t planned past the wedding, but our calendars are filling up quickly for the summer. This weekend, though, I plan to relax and hope you do, too. This weekend, why don’t you…

  1. Invite your besties over and queue up your favorite 90s chick flick (or ask your SO to join you, you know he wants to!). I’m embarrassed to say there are a few on this list that I need to see yet.
  2. Give your wallet a break and cook a favorite fast food meal at home. I found this Chipotle rice recipe and have been making it every night this week. Tastes like the real thing!
  3. Slip into skinny jeans and your favorite new sandals to celebrate summer. I was so happy to hear this style of pants isn’t dead!
  4. If you’re in Chicago, or visiting this weekend, check out Sarah’s tips for 24-hours’ worth of things to do. She visited in the fall, but most of the activities are perfect for now, too!
  5. Congratulate Lauren Conrad on the news that she’s having a boy! Any wagers on what Whitney Port’s baby may be?

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Flatiron Building

I didn’t share much about my trip to New York City last week, but here’s the one photo I snapped while there. It’s actually really hard to get a shot of this iconic building! I was in NYC for work but we were lucky enough to have the nights free for good dinners and exploring. I was in charge of our meal plans, and one of my favorite places that we went was Sabbia at Eataly, a block from the Flatiron Building. The rooftop restaurant redecorates twice a year, and it’s now set to feel like a beach getaway – and that it did. From the cabanas, negronis and seafood, I definitely felt like I was on a warm vacation. Still, while New York as a whole was warmer and sunnier than Chicago, I was happy to get home last Friday. The following two days I able to check off quite a few things on my wedding planning list.

This weekend Steve and I are fully booked with our outstanding nuptials to-dos, but I’ve still rounded up 10 links for the weekend that you might be interested in. This weekend, why don’t you…

  1. Treat your mom to the gift of unlimited jewelry. Rocksbox offers gift sets here.
  2. Update your summer reading list with Cosmo’s best books coming out in the next few months.
  3. Pull out your pair of overalls, or go buy some. How cute does Joi make hers look with red accessories?
  4. Book your last-chance tickets to Saved by the Max. It’s stay is almost up, get your reservation here.
  5. Laugh at these epic one-liners from Golden Girls, then watch your favorite Miami seniors on Hulu.
  6. Wear your LBD two days in a row but switch up the look with Sarah’s suggestions for how to accessorize it.
  7. Stay out of the sun and inside with a marathon of some of the best new TV shows.
  8. Go designer but don’t break the bank with these dupes Erica rounded up.
  9. Get ready for pool season with one of the hottest swimsuit trends. I just purchased a really reasonably priced one-piece with scallops here.
  10. Whip up a summer cocktail following this recipe shared by Mitch on Kelly in the City.

Have a great weekend!


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American Express Platinum

Well, this weekend for Steve and I will be quite different than one we recently had in Chicago. We’re taking off for Athens, Ga., to celebrate Steve’s college roommate’s wedding. There won’t be any Bulls players signing autographs there (that we know of, ha). We recently had a blast attending an event at the United Center to help celebrate the launch of American Express Platinum. Chicago was one of many cities around the country where fun events were happening thanks to Amex and Uber. (The companies have teamed up to offer card holders Uber rides.) We received awesome seats to the Bulls game and attended a post-game meet & greet with legend Scottie Pippen! Not to brag, but guests also received VIP treatment throughout the night – from an exclusive entrance with a Platinum carpet and walking away with a signed Scottie Pippen jersey in their gift bags. It was truly a date night to remember, thanks to American Express Platinum!

Of course not every weekend can be filled with a Bulls Hall of Famer. This time, we’ll have to settle for visiting loved ones in the Peach State. 🙂 If you’re looking for things to do this weekend, why don’t you…

  1. Read how one woman profited off of an unexpected change in flight plans. (Thankfully everything was peaceful.)
  2. Help plan the next bachelorette party you’re going to in one of the top destination cities. Do you want wild or tame? This survey has them all.
  3. Take a look at the cutest – and inexpensive – embroidered blouse Roxanne is modeling.
  4. Reserve your ticket to the Chicago Saved by the Bell popup restaurant. There are less than 50 days left!
  5. Shop the Victoria Beckham for Target collection. Can you believe there are still options left? I picked up this ruffle hem dress.

This Weekend

Banana Republic friends and familyBanana Republic – gingham heels {they’re selling out fast – so snatch them up!}

I have to brag a little about my gingham shoe find. I purchased this pair of chunky heel sandals this week during the Banana Republic Friends and Family sale. During this promotion, you can purchase up to five regular-priced items for 50% off! That marks the heels down to $64. But I wasn’t done. I had Banana Republic rewards to use from the store’s credit card. After applying those at checkout, my total was a whopping $8!!! This is the kind of purchase I hold on to for years just because it’s a victory in the sale world.

If you’re in to gingham of any sort, I highly suggest you shop the Banana Republic Friends and Family sale this weekend.  There is gingham galore! I’m talking bathing suits, pants, more heels and accessories. A-dor-a-ble! It all seems perfect for my upcoming bachelorette party in Charleston. The heels are definitely getting packed in my suitcase, now I have to find the perfect white dress to go with them. (Thankfully, that’s where my Rent the Runway Unlimited subscription comes in.) Can’t wait to see the other gingham pieces I ordered online!

If you’re giving your credit card a rest, no worries. I’ve rounded up several other things to do this weekend! This weekend, why don’t you…

  1. Take your Big Little Lies obsession a little bit further by reading up on what the costume designer wants their clothes to convey. And then, enjoy a new episode on Sunday!
  2. Go head over heels for the monochromatic look all over again with Lo’s camel outfit.
  3. Brush up on your Disney knowledge with this video of Easter eggs you may have missed the first time around.
  4. Whether you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this weekend or next, know which drinks you’ll have at the bar.
  5. Choose your next read with the help of Ashley, who just launched a website for her book list!

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Crowning EventImage via Crowning Event

I seem to have suddenly become flower obsessed after my floral design class earlier this week. Just yesterday I came across the most beautiful Instagram full of flower crowns and noticed that the company is in Chicago, and that it’s hosting an event this Sunday! I quickly signed up for a class with Crowning Event to learn how to DIY a flower crown. I can’t wait! Not only will it be fun to get crafty again, I’ll also be well-equipped for festivals and bridal activities this summer. There are still spots if you’re in Chicago and want to join. Bonus: You can get a discount on tickets using code “INSTAGRAM2017.” If flower crowns aren’t your thing, I still have plenty of other ideas. This weekend, why don’t you…

  1. Update your makeup drawer (I know I need to) with a new mascara, based on great recommendations from Between the Pearls.
  2. LOL like my fiancé and I did with this article ranking Girl Scout cookies in order of their betchiness.
  3. Get in that romantic feel with outfit inspo and lace from Every Chic Way.
  4. Learn why Columbus, Ohio, really isn’t that bad, especially according to this Racked article on the city’s influence in the fashion industry.
  5. Plan your next vacation (and dream of blue water) with a trip suggestion from Bows & Sequins.
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This Weekend

pompom hat

It’s been quite a few weeks since I’ve done my Friday links roundup but a fan – okay, a friend – asked me to bring it back so I obliged. Emily, I hope you enjoy this, and I hope everyone else finds an article that gives them inspiration. (I’ve been holding on to a few of these for weeks, so my apologies if you’re already seen one or two!) So without further adieu, this weekend why don’t you…

  1. Laugh at these Jersey Shore memes paired with corresponding movie titles.
  2. Plan your next vacation to the Seven Magic Mountains, what looks like an amazing art installation! 
  3. Read a funny article on Racked about the business casual of our teenage dreams.
  4. Start shopping clothes from one of my favorite shows (GG2D) with this helpful Worn on TV website.
  5. Get in the kitchen and make zoodles with a creamy and healthy sauce – I made it and loved it!
  6. Begin planning your date night outfits for when it gets a little warmer, I love Sarah’s flirty OTS top and ripped jeans.
  7. Escape reality for a while with a help of these made-to-make-you-feel-great TV shows.
  8. Start shopping for wedding season early with fashionable (and inexpensive) dresses sold on Amazon. You won’t believe what’s on there!
  9. Get ready for a major closet upgrade – Olivia Palermo is designing a capsule collection for Banana Republic.
  10. Warm up your vocal chords and queue up Netflix to play one of these (subjectively) best musicals.

 


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.

New years sales

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!


shows to binge-watch on Thanksgiving

Something I’m guilty of every holiday is staying up wayyy later than I need to at night just because I don’t have to work the next day. Don’t have to set an alarm? I should stay up until 1 a.m. doing nothing of value! But let’s be honest, isn’t it fun to feel that little bit of freedom? When I’m up late, I typically binge-watch a show that I’ve been slowly working my way through or meaning to. After last year’s Making of a Murderer phenomenon, I was excited to hear I’m apparently not alone is this tradition. If you’re looking for shows to pick up (or relive) this weekend, here are some of my suggestions:

  1. Gilmore Girls a Year in the Life: Do I really need to say anything more about this? The 4-episode saga will be on Netflix Nov. 25. Thank goodness Black Friday shopping can now be done from home, and in front of the TV.
  2. The Night Of: I’m sure someone you know has told you by now to watch this HBO miniseries. It’s the tale of a seemingly good guy who somehow ends up in the middle of a murder trial. As the series evolves, it becomes an examination of the prison system and its possible wrongdoings.
  3. Broad Church: If you already watched The Night Of and liked it, then move on to this British mini-series. I thought it was *brilliant,* and well-written. Follow along as residents’ secrets are uncovered one by one after a crime rocks a small town.
  4. Gossip Girl: Last year I rewatched all of the Gossip Girl Thanksgiving episodes because I’d rather overdose on the show’s drama than pumpkin pie. Really, if you’re not going to make it through all the seasons, skip through to each Thanksgiving episode to see how much changes and what always seems to stay the same. (Dan lusting after Serena, Serena doing whatever the hell she wants, parents exerting no control, etc…)
  5. How I Met Your Mother: This will probably be the series I binge-watching over Thanksgiving this year. I just started again the middle of the series, and love being reintroduced to all of the gang’s inside jokes. They seem even more relevant as I get closer in age to the characters in the show.
  6. This Is Us: Here’s one you can binge-watch with the whole family. So seriously, introduce your mom to the art of sitting in front of the TV for hours on end, and bring the tissues.
  7. Stranger Things: Do yourself a favor and binge-watch this now so you’ll be ready for when Season 2 comes out. I just hope you share a room with a sibling, because trust me, it’ll keep you up at night.
  8. Younger: Refer to this post for the top reasons to pick up this series this weekend. And if those aren’t enough reasons to binge-watch, this guy is in it, and shirtless a lot.

So here’s to eating too much this Thanksgiving – it’s just a way to excuse yourself to your room to start, or finish, these series! Enjoy your Thanksgiving.


This Weekend

Chicago Marathon

I am really looking forward to this weekend because it’s a big one, but mostly for Steve! He’s running his first marathon, the Chicago Marathon. I have been so impressed with his months of training and am looking forward to see them pay off for him this weekend. Right now my biggest question is what will I write on the poster I’ll use to cheer from the sidelines. Have you seen any funny marathon signs?

If you’re like I was in the past, and are avoiding the Chicago Marathon craziness, there’s a lot more to do! This weekend, why don’t you…

  1. Invest in an adorable suede dress for the cooler days like Kim.
  2. Hit up a farmers market and deck your house out for fall using some cute styling tips from Adriele. @StyleAssisted
  3. Get in the Fly the W spirit by visiting one of the Chicago bars that was open the last time the Cubs won the World Series.
  4. Slip into a quick and comfortable outfit using these easy ootd formulas.
  5. Book your ticket to the Blue Man Group this holiday season. They’ve announced some really cool shows that are better than that TV movie marathon you had planned.