I’ve been pretty quiet around here recently. With all of the natural disasters, Vegas attack and Harvey Weinstein revelations, it’s been hard to want to write anything or even pay attention to this little site. There are so many other places to turn our attention, and I was happy to do so Saturday night watching and donating to Somos Una Voz. I thought it was pretty amazing to see some of today’s biggest stars come together and raise funds and awareness for Puerto Rico. It was just one great event in recent weeks deserving of our attention, including Mean Girls for Las Vegas and the #MeToo movement. It’s so sad that heartbreaking news has become our reality, and that the silver lining has to be people coming together to grieve and fight, but at least there are those people to keep us optimistic.
Beyond those musings, I wanted to write on the blog today to share some links, some important some not so much, that you might be interested in light of the recent news and to escape from it.
Each year in my 20s seemed to come with more aches and pains. If you’ve hit your 20s/30s, have you had that experience, too? It all came to a head a few years ago when I threw my back out. I simply worked out one night and then the next day I was stuck on the couch! Not something I ever thought could happen to me as a fit 20-something. (You might remember me talking about this before.) Since then I’ve tried to be more conscience of ways to protect my back. I knew a standing desk could really help, both my back health and overall health, but was intimidated about my choices. There are a lot to choose from at several price points, and I didn’t want to make the wrong decision. Luckily, InMovement reached out to me about writing a standing desk review and I’m excited to share the desk I received has been a perfect fit! Keep reading for more details, it might be just what you need for your workday.
It’s time for another #WeddingWednesday! Lately I’ve been feeling a bit nostalgic for wedding planning (I never thought I’d say that!). I originally wanted a fall wedding because I love the flowers that are in-season and the crisp, cool weather. But one of Steve’s few requests was to not plan a wedding that could conflict with football games, so we had a spring wedding. Now seeing everyone’s fall hues and sunflower bouquets, I am getting a little jealous!
I also mentioned feeling nostalgic because there was one part in particular of planning a long distance wedding that I really enjoyed with Steve. That was planning a long-distance wedding. Our wedding was about five hours from Chicago, so we designated a few weekends to drive to Dayton, Ohio, and do some in-person meetings and logistics. I cherish memories of those weekends because it was just the two of us – neither of our families are from Dayton – and we were acting as a team. I went to college in the city but a lot has changed, so in between vendor meetings we explored the city for a good cup of coffee or took a break at a brewery.
For years I’ve strived to have long, frizz-free blonde hair. As you can guess, it hasn’t always been that easy to achieve. In elementary school I had a wave to my hair, but then in middle school I stepped out of the shower one day and it was if my hair texture had transformed overnight. I suddenly had curls like never before. I had no clue what to do! I tried my best to tame my frizzy curls or find styles to pull my hair back into (butterfly clips helped a lot – remember those?). For special events I can remember sitting on the toilet seat for an hour while my mom tried desperately to give me a good at-home blowout.
I started high school in a new city and one of the cute boys on my bus said because of my hair he was going to start calling me “Frizzie, like Lizzie McGuire.” It might sound crazy but I was kind of flattered. He was paying attention to me, who cared why, and named me after one of my favorite TV shows! Luckily that’s the way I took it, instead of being humiliated. Still, I didn’t want frizzy hair forever. It was fate that the following summer a friend introduced me to a tool that I didn’t know was available: a straightener. My mom immediately got me my own and my days of styling my hair 2-3 times a week began. It even earned me the senior superlative of “Best Hair” in high school.
I’m sharing all of this because my hair’s health and style has obviously long been something I’ve cared about. Over the years I feel like I’ve tried all the hair care tips (at-home blowouts, changing shower products, multiple hairdressers), but somehow this year I feel like it’s all come together. My hair has never felt healthier and I have a great stylist I wanted to share with my Chicago peeps. Keep reading to learn more about my upkeep, favorite products and styling technique to turn this at-time wild rats nest into a sleek ‘do.
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.
Steve and I are on our way out of town again this weekend, and again to the east coast. A friend’s getting married in New Hampshire, and then we’re going to spend two days in Boston. I went to Boston nearly 10 years ago with my best friend for a week. We stayed with her brother (who was attending MIT) and just had the best time in the city! I look forward to going back, and this time am taking in a baseball game in Fenway.
Before I took off I had to stop at Rent the Runway to try to find the perfect dress for the mountain weather. A high of 66 but low of 42, what should a girl do? I had several options, luckily, which I’m sharing above. I use Unlimited so I can rent 3 items at once, which really comes in handy when I can’t make up my mind about what to wear. The last-minute jumpsuit find was so clutch. I think it’ll be perfect for the crisp night air. (By the way – if you haven’t used the service before, I have a Rent the Runway promo code for you. Click here to get $30 off of your first order.)
What are you plans for Labor Day? This weekend, why don’t you…
- Celebrate Gossip Girl’s 10th anniversary by reliving all of the best fashion moments with the show’s stylist. (P.S. this is one of my favorite looks.)
- Look back at the show through the actors’ eyes with this Vanity Fair article interviewing the Gossip Girl stars.
- Check off your Chicago bucket list with help from some Windy City Bloggers!
- Relive your emo high school days through Audrey’s Spotify high school playlist. She just posted about it on Instagram Stories and I just had to listen! Search for Audrey Hirschl on Spotify and get ready to be transported back in time.
- Find a new favorite podcast using some of Sarah’s suggestions. She’s always telling me about a new show she’s listening to!
Arm party c/o Rocksbox. Get one-month free to the jewelry subscription service using code “SincerelyJennieXOXO”
Fist bump: it’s Friday! Or should I call it #LookWhatYouMadeMeDo debate day? I anxiously watched Tay’s social feeds last night to see when her new single debuted. Once it was live I was … underwhelmed…then delighted…then unsure…now back to liking it. It seems to have gotten a lot of mixed reviews, and I have a feeling after Sunday’s VMAs we’ll be hearing even more. One thing’s for sure, she knows how to get people talking (good or bad). What are your thoughts on the single? Are you excited for the album? I’m still holding out hope that it’s as good as 1989!
I have so much to look forward to this weekend besides Sunday’s VMAs. I’m attending a rosé-themed bachelorette party tomorrow night! Not only do I have the perfect dress and the perfect DIY treat, I can’t wait for some girl time. Paired with rosé and dancing, it sounds like it’s going to be perfect.
What’s on deck for you? If you need some ideas, this weekend why don’t you…
- Practice your photo skills in front of a neon light with this how-to video.
- Treat yourself to a new eye shadow palette – Urban Decay’s Naked Smoky is now 1/2 off!
- Hit up Riot Feast in Chicago for dinner. The space, which was formally Saved by the Max, has been totally transformed and the food is delicious!
- Better understand those press trips bloggers always go on with Hallie’s informative guide.
- Shake up your meal prepping routine using Jordan’s healthy snack box ideas.
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!
This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company, all opinions are mine alone. #ServeWithACoke #Jewel #CollectiveBias
I talk a lot about Steve’s and my relationship and how it’s changed since our wedding, but one thing I haven’t mentioned are how we cook for each other as a married couple. Frankly, because weeknight dinner isn’t together. Whenever I tell friends this they’re shocked. How could we live together and not make dinners for each other?! The fact of the matter is that Steve is a verrrry picky eater. I won’t go into his specific meal routine in this post (but I will definitely share it at a later time – it’s almost comical). All you need to know is that Steve eats the same thing every.single.night. And it’s always a single-serving chicken breast. So typically the only way for me to get him to switch up his meal and enjoy dinner with me is when we can compromise, and that usually still involves chicken. Thankfully, our apartment building is actually attached to a Jewel-Osco and we found a quick and delicious meal that we both agree on. Even better – no one has to do the cooking!
I’ve turned Steve on to the deliciousness of rotisserie chickens through Jewel signature meal deals. We both agree on the main course (chicken), and then can split the options of sides as well as pick out a beverage to pair with it. Now that it’s summer, I love to serve the meal with a refreshing glass of Gold Peak® Diet Tea. It’s like a sweet tea but without all of the added sugar. Eating our rotisserie chicken together reminds me of dinners I used to have with my family when we just needed something on the table that was quick, and inexpensive. Best of all, it can usually stretch to be a few meals and repurposed into other recipes, one of which I share at the end of this post.
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. Continue reading