Chicago Bachelorette

This post continues Bachelorette Week on Sincerely, Jennie. Read Monday’s post for the story on my unexpected Charleston trip, and Tuesday’s post for bride-worthy outfits and accessories.

Chicago bachelorette

So I couldn’t spend all week talking about bachelorette fun without mentioning my coworkers. Remember how my bachelorette party in Charleston didn’t go quite as planned? One of the first people I texted for support was my coworker Marissa. Coworkers sometimes know more about your day-to-day life than other friends, and that applied here. Marissa had heard for weeks about what I wanted to do on the trip, what I’d wear, etc. She’s always so supportive both with professional and personal issues, that I reached out to her when I got the bad news about my friends’ flights.

In addition to Marissa, I work with a special group of people and throughout my wedding planning they became even closer to me than just coworkers. Especially when they went to great lengths to throw Steve and me a bridal shower and bachelorette party – complete with an unsanctioned Snapchat filter and a big surprise! Continue reading

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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

Bachelorette Week: An Unexpected Charleston Bachelorette

Charleston Bachelorette PartyIt’s Sincerely, Jennie’s bachelorette week, betches! Haha, sorry for the enthusiastic start, but that’s how excited I was with each wedding festivity leading up to the big day. The excitement is coming back to me as I write about it.  I already talked a bit about my Charleston bachelorette party, and you can read about why I chose the city here. This week I want to share some bachelorette party tips, outfit ideas and musings about the people who are there for you to celebrate your special day.

I’ll start this week’s theme with a bit about my Charleston bachelorette party, and how it didn’t turn out like I thought. But, it’s just an example of how the wedding planning process isn’t always smooth. You’ve just gotta roll with the punches, because it will all lead up to something great if you let it!

P.S. If you are looking for a white dress, this one is no longer in stores but I’ll be sharing links to available dresses in tomorrow’s post. Continue reading

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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Sincerely, Reading

Sincerely Reading is a reoccurring feature on the blog. When it’s not one of my book recommendations, it will be a friend’s. This week I’m sharing a Crimes Against a Book Club book review.

Crimes Against a Book Club book review

Title: Crimes Against a Book Club by Kathy Cooperman

Summary: Best friends Annie and Sarah need cash—fast. Sarah, a beautiful, successful lawyer, wants nothing more than to have a baby. But balancing IVF treatments with a grueling eighty-hour workweek is no walk in the park. Meanwhile, Annie, a Harvard-grad chemist recently transplanted to Southern California, is cutting coupons to afford her young autistic son’s expensive therapy.

Desperate, the two friends come up with a brilliant plan: they’ll combine Sarah’s looks and Annie’s brains to sell a “luxury” antiaging face cream to the wealthy, fading beauties in Annie’s La Jolla book club. The scheme seems innocent enough, until Annie decides to add a special—and oh-so-illegal—ingredient that could bring their whole operation crashing to the ground.

Hilarious, intelligent, and warm, Crimes Against a Book Club is a delightful look at the lengths women will go to fend for their families and for one another. (via Amazon)

On a Scale of “Don’t Bother” to “Couldn’t Put Down”: Pack it for a vacation!

Why? It was a cute book and an easy read. I started to get invested in the women’s lives and could easily see how one lie could lead to another. It is a pretty shallow novel, but that’s all you need next to a pool! It gets even better at the very end, when the author creatively imagines a resolution.

If someone likes ________, they’d like this book: Big Little Lies. This book wasn’t a dark as the HBO series, but the housewives in the books are similar and all have their own secrets. Also, both books take place in sunny California, and I couldn’t help but be envious of the lives the author described (despite their downfalls).

Drop me a note if you’d like to review a book in an upcoming post. You can find more of my book recommendations on my Goodreads page. Follow along!

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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Palm Print Dress

Palm Print Dress

I wasn’t planning to share honeymoon photos so soon, but I just had to let you know about this Asos palm print dress before it sells out! Recently, everything I’ve purchased on the site seems to be sold out within days of me pulling the trigger. But as I write this post, this cute midi pencil dress is still available in sizes 0-14 and sizes 12-24.

Asos palm print dress | Rent the Runway clutch | Kendra Scott earrings via Rocksbox {use code “SincerelyJennieXOXO” for your first month of the service free} | similar gold heels

Palm Print Dress

I actually searched out this dress and many other palm print dresses (more links below) after seeing Monica wear something similar on her blog. I knew palm print would be perfect for my honeymoon in Grenada, as well as for a cousin’s “fiesta” wedding later this summer. I hopped on Asos and typed in “palm print.” I was so excited about all of the options I found!  I ordered several dresses to try, since Asos has free shipping and returns. This little number was super comfortable (the fabric is stretchy and light for summer), feels so sexy with the off-the-shoulder straps, and is a reasonable price.

Palm Print Dress

The clutch I paired with the palm print dress is another piece borrowed from Rent the Runway. I originally restarted the service’s Unlimited program for my wedding, but I love having access to designer pieces so much that I’m continuing it (at least for a bit). It helped me get the perfect accessories for my wedding and, as you can see, for my honeymoon! Now that I’m back to normal life, I’m trying out Rent the Runway work wear options. Will report back later.

Palm Print Dress Palm Print Dress

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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?

This Weekend

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!

“Spring” Outfit

Navy Blazer

Do you want the truth about this outfit? The truth is that while it looks like the perfect spring apparel, it’s actually too cold in Chicago to wear this right now. Some people are still wearing winter jackets, so a navy blazer will not do. No, I wore this outfit in the fall but thought it was worth sharing again. Because maybe all of you who are in a bit warmer weather can go ahead and wear it for me. I wish I could wear it right now because I love its simplicity. It’s casual, yet the navy blazer and heels polish off the striped T and torn denim. These items aren’t in stores anymore, but I did find look-a-likes:

Navy Blazer Navy Blazer

By the way, I’m continuing to slow down on posting here. I have tons I want to share about my wedding (which is now less than 2 weeks away!) but will be saving most of it until after Steve’s and my nuptials. Steve has always been very supportive of this blog as my hobby – he even plays my blogger bf – but he suggested I take time off during this last crunch, and I think he’s right. There are so many last minute details for a wedding, and more and more keep popping up each day! Like, oops, we forgot to think about décor for the cocktail hour tables! All of this while continuing to be at work fulltime. So yes, Steve was right that for my sanity I should slow down on blogging. I hope you’ll all still follow along on Instagram, where I’ll continue to share OOTD and behind-the-scenes peeks at my wedding preparation. Thanks for your interest!

Navy Blazer

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