Mezcal vs. Tequila

Cinco de Mayo party

You might have noticed I’ve been a bit quiet out in blog land. With my wedding nearly just two weeks away (!!!!) I’ve taken a break from creating new content so I focus on the Big Day. But I couldn’t let today pass by without sharing photos from a Cinco de Mayo party Sarah recently threw to enjoy some good food and drinks she and her fiance like to bring back from Mexico. It definitely was the perfect thing to brighten up what was an otherwise dreary week.

Cinco de Mayo party

Sarah held a tequila vs. mezcal taste-off. I already knew I liked tequila and figured that’d come out on top. I was right! Have you ever had mezcal? I don’t think I could get used to the smoked taste. Maya, Randi, Katie and Jess were also there and they all agree. Even with the syrup mixture Sarah made for a mezcal mixed drink, it was still too strong for me. Want to know more about the two spirits and how you can incorporate them into your summer drinks? Visit Sarah’s blog. She also has a really good ice cube hack on there.

Cinco de Mayo party

Continue reading for more colorful photos (They make me so happy – thanks Maya and Randi for snapping!) as well as a word of thanks to everyone who provided something for the party, including these adorable flower crowns. I’ve decided it just simply isn’t a party without one. 🙂 Have a great Friday! Continue reading



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This Weekend

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.



Wedding Wednesday: Relaxation with Soap & Glory

Soap & Glory

Now that I’m back from my bachelorette party (more on that trip later), the wedding has started to feel more imminent. The bachelorette trip was the last thing I had to plan before my big day, so now I can shift my attention to all of the decisions that still need made for the wedding. Such as, what signage do we want? What will the programs look like? What color tie should Steve wear? There are so many tiny details! As someone pointed out, it doesn’t matter if I get to them all. Who will really know if a sign is missing at the bar? But these are details that are important to me, so I’m making time to plan them. In addition to the wedding, it’s also necessary to start thinking about honeymoon excursions and attire. It’s enough to make a bride go crazy! So in the midst of all my planning, I’m trying to do little things for myself to help me relax. Thankfully, Boohoo and Soap & Glory swooped in just in time to help.

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Boohoo teamed up with Soap & Glory to gift some lucky gals a home spa experience, and boy, have I needed it. I was so grateful to receive a box full of beauty goodies like hair moisturizers and face masks, as well as a “Wifey” swimsuit. Check “purchase new swimwear” off my honeymoon to-do list! Continue reading after the jump to see the products I received, including my favorite eco-friendly makeup remover!

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Spring Wedding Options

what to wear to a spring wedding

This year’s wedding season has a different meaning for Steve & me. Sure, we’re looking forward to our wedding, but we also have a few others before and after! We’re super excited to celebrate with our friends around such a big time for us, too. Planning for their weddings is giving me a great excuse to think about something other than our big day. It’s also an excuse to pick out my outfits, something I have so much fun doing!

You might be surprised to hear this, but while I own lots of dresses, I can wear very few to a spring wedding. (That’s one of the reasons I signed up for a Rent the Runway Unlimited subscription again.) I’ve gone through my closet to evaluate what could work for a formal event or cocktail hour.  Obviously this floral dress was on the top of my list, as were fun dancing shoes. While both of these items are no longer in stores, I rounded up similar products I found in case you’re also in need of ideas about what to wear to a spring wedding.

What to wear to a spring wedding?

I know, I know: floral for spring, groundbreaking. But there’s a reason this trend pops up year after year. Just how adorable are these floral dresses?

what to wear to a spring wedding

Wedding Guest Shoes

And of course we can’t forget a fun pair of shoes. I love a pair of fringe shoes I purchased last year from Banana Republic. The store has similar pairs this year, and there are plenty of options in all colors:

what to wear to a spring wedding

Whatever you wear, just be sure you can dance in it. You wouldn’t want an uncomfortable pair of shoes or tight dress to ruin your time as a guest at a wedding this spring!




Wedding Wednesday: Out of the Office

Charleston bachelorette partyImage via Gal Meets Glam

Well, I’m about to put up my “out of office” email and don my “do not disturb” hat. I’m so excited to be traveling to the East Coast tomorrow for my bachelorette party! I had a hard time choosing where I wanted to travel because there were just too many good choices! As much as my friends and I love Vegas, I decided it isn’t exactly the atmosphere I wanted for this girls trip. I loved Austin when I was there two years ago, and could see myself going back with friends but instead wanted somewhere new. In the end I chose to have a Charleston bachelorette party despite never having been to the city. From what I read, Charleston seems like the perfect combination of night life and charming daytime activities. And the weekend we have planned will reflect that.

I’m packing a bag for the range of activities and to fit into that cheery, preppy Southern vibe I gather Charleston has. Here are some of the items in my suitcase:


As for what all we’ll be doing, my five friends and I will end up all being in Charleston for a relatively short time. So we aren’t trying to cram too much into the trip. Instead, we have a few things planned but are keeping the rest of the time open to wander at will. Charleston is a super foodie town, and we were even too late making reservations two weeks in advance to the most popular spots. Thankfully there are a lot of options, and we did get a few good restaurants on the calendar.  And since everyone  suggests the carriage rides through historic Charleston, we purchased tickets for an afternoon. Other than that, a trip to the beach, a rooftop bar and perhaps a to-go coffee from the Butcher & Bee are on my list.

I hope you have exciting weekend planned. I myself am excited to get started on mine early with a Charleston bachelorette party!




“Spring” Style in Chicago

Spring Trench CoatWhat do you do when it’s April and there’s snow in the forecast? A lot of things to trick yourself that’s not the case, and to remind yourself what you have to look forward to. For me, I bring spring inside. I pick up fresh flowers for the house. I also try to remind myself of some of my favorite spring clothes in my closet. I wear open toe shoes, but layer up top with a spring trench coat. I pull out spring skirts to pair with tights or wear bare-legged with a sweater. These are just a few ways I try to make spring come early (okay, not even early!) when Mother Nature won’t.

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Spring Trench Coat

I’m not going to harp on the weather too much. For one, this doesn’t surprise anyone who’s from the Midwest. I remember springs when I was a child and we had our Easter egg hunts in snow! Second, I’ll be escaping it soon. This summer I’m traveling to Charleston for my bachelorette party! It’ll be my first time in the city and I can’t wait to explore. I’ll post more later this week about what we plan to do and pack.

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By the way, this suede layering piece, which I’ve now determined is my spring trench coat, has been a staple in my closet since last fall. Want to see how else I styled this vest? Check out my posts:

How’s the weather where you are? Are you still waiting for spring? Or are you enjoying fresh blooms outdoors already? I hope it’s the latter! I’m really jealous of all the ladies I see on Instagram rocking their spring dresses sans coat. We’ll get there soon, Chicago.



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Wedding Wednesday: Bridal Shower

Pinterest Bridal Shower

One of the best parts about being engaged (besides getting closer to Steve!) has been celebrating with our closest friends and family. A lot of our friends have witnessed the evolution of our relationship since the beginning. For example, at my friend Amanda’s wedding in November, a college friend and her husband were laughing remembering when Steve and I came to their Washington, D.C., wedding nearly four years ago. Steve and I had only been dating about four months. Apparently when I RSVP’ed they were like, “Who is this random Jennie is bringing to our wedding?” It turned out to be my future fiancé!

Pinterest Bridal Shower

While on that trip, Steve and I stayed with my friend Amanda (above). She lived in a studio apartment, and I shared her bed with her while Steve graciously slept on an air mattress. Amanda and I gossiped about our relationships late into the night. At one point, Steve called out through the dark, “You know I can hear you!” It’s happy memories like that at the beginning of our relationship that make celebrating our impending nuptials with the same people so fun! For today’s Wedding Wednesday I wanted to share photos from my friend bridal shower in Chicago. It was the perfect Pinterest bridal shower, as described by Amanda, the hostess with the mostess. Keep reading to see more amazing decor and bridal inspiration.
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Clarins Spring Launch Event

Clarins Spring Launch

With my upcoming wedding (and impending 30th birthday) I’m trying to stick to “quality over quantity” more often when it comes to beauty products. Sure, I still look for deals (I can’t say no to a drugstore mascara that does its job), but I also weigh the lasting effects of what I’m purchasing. I’m willing to spend more on a product if it means more pigment and staying power.

I was extremely excited to be invited to a Clarins  launch event for their new spring products.  Clarins was one of those brands my younger self would have never thought she could – or should – afford. I’ve gradually been introduced to the brand through its lipstick, and now I see the rest of their products are just as purchase-worthy. I find myself reaching for Clarins makeup daily, whether it’s for a day at work or night out. Read after the jump to see my four favorite Clarins products you should add to your makeup drawer.

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The Bigger the Hoop

hoop earrings

Okay, so I want to talk about something real that I grapple with when I’m putting together outfits. Is it true that the bigger the hoop the bigger the….well, I’ll let you finish that. (A friend recently finished that statement with “THOT.” LOL) I personally love hoop earrings and have worn them ever since high school when I finally had money to start shopping for my own jewelry. I never thought that they went out of style, and have about eight pairs on my earring tree. But I guess they must have been a fashion faux pas at some point, because now they’re back? I see all kinds of 90s style hoop earrings again. The pair I’m wearing here is Kendra Scott, via Rocksbox. I love how dainty they are and that they have little gems along the earring. I’ve been wearing them nonstop since they arrived in the mail.

Hoop earrings/necklace/ring – via Rocksbox {sign up for a month free using code “SincerelyJenniexoxo”} | Rent the Runway – floral jacket {get $30 off your first order with my link} | Express – skinny jeans

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In addition to the hoop earrings I’m wearing, I just have to sing praises for this floral jacket. Earlier this winter I tried on a Zara floral bomber jacket that was for sale at an incredible low price. Sadly, it was a size too large. I couldn’t find another size anywhere – not in stores or online. (By the way, have you ever tried calling a Zara store to check if an item is in stock? I did, and they are not helpful if you don’t have the item number. Just an FYI before you try calling.) That bomber jacket that got away has been in the back of my mind for a while. I was excited to see something similar on the Rent the Runway site when I was choosing items for my next Unlimited shipment. I wore it two days in a row I liked it so much! I’ve sent it back already to exchange it for something new, so you can go online now and get it for yourself. J

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I’m glad we tackled the tough fashion question here, the meaning of hoop earrings. Leave a comment and let me know what you think!




Crowning Event

Crowning Event

It seems like Mondays are starting to have a floral theme. (Remember my DIY bouquets last week?) These photos are from last weekend’s Crowning Event with Allie. I met Allie at a Bitches Who Brunch event last spring (she’s the Chicago editor-in-chief) and have kept up with her on social media since. Lately I started seeing her rocking the most adorable flower crowns, and I was amazed to learn she is making them through her own business, Crowning Event. She offers workshops so others can learn how to make their own crowns, so I signed up immediately with my friend (and former blog partner) Amanda!

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