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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

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.

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“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:

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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!

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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!

“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.

Visit this post for more spring trench coat options | Photos by Audrey

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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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!