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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Favorite Coffee Spots in Chicago - City and Suburbs!




Hi all - I'm sure it's no secret that I'm a big coffee drinker! I love me an iced coffee about anytime of the year, even when it's cold. I'm one who loves to try new shops and find the cutest insta-worthy photo opportunity. Here is a compiled list of places I love to go!


Suburbs:


Pressed - This is in skokie! Cute little shop that also does latino sandwiches. Yum!



Cupitol - They are in Evanston. They have amazing breakfast and a super delicious Nutella latte.




Newport Coffee - Delicious lattes that I just looove. They also have a great coldbrew. This place is brand new and adorable on this inside. All white and such an airy space.




Other Brothers Coffee - Such a good local spot! I love their ice coffee. They also have no straws, sustainble :-)




Colectivo Coffee - The Dulce De Leche latte is soo good! Ugh cinnamon in a cup.

Ebar- Honestly, Nordstrom's Cold brew with caramel and almond milk is delicious. Anytime I'm at Nordstrom, I always grab one.

Papagalinos - They have great greek coffee & frappes. I love the freddo iced espresso. This spot is in Niles.

Glenview Grind - A local shop with a drive through! Love that. They have great seasonal lattes.

City:


Groundswell - This one is not far from Lincoln square. My go to order is a vanilla latte with almond milk.



Three Arts Cafe - The most delicious iced salted caramel latte. Ugh it is so cute and not to mention three arts cafe is just an adorable place to visit.



Heritage Bicycle Shop - A bike store and also a coffee and cafe spot with great bites and good coffee.



Limitless Coffee - If you want a pretty instagram-able latte, head to limitless! They make the prettiest glitter latte I've ever seen and it tastes amazing.



Do-Rite Donuts - Great ice coffee accompanied by amazing donuts! They also have a really good hazelnut/nutella latte.

La Colombe - Their coffee is just spectacular. The spot is also super minimalist and cute.

The Grind - One of my first shops I got into. On the smaller side but in one of my favorite little neighborhoods- Lincoln square. Their latte art always gets me every time.

The Coffee Studio - A delicious ice coffee in a cute space that I love to work from as well!


My followers recommend:

Fairgrounds
Dollop
Somerset
Goddess and The Baker
The Coffee & Tea exchange 
Maison Marcel Chicago
Maison Parisienne
Dark Matter Coffee


Thanks for reading! Whats your favorite spot? Leave a comment down below!


Xo,




Wednesday, August 7, 2019

How to find the right wide leg pants for your body type

Wide leg pants, yay or nay? 

I've always thought that wide leg pants would be something that would never work for me. For awhile, I did not even considering them an option when shopping for outfits. I dabbled in the trend this summer, and I now think anyone can absolutely rock them!


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My body type is pear shaped and my waist is bigger than my hips. 

To make these high waist pants work for me:

  • I chose a color that was neutral. Neutral is a safe choice when trying a new style!
  • I chose to wear nude shoes. Nude will lengthen your legs! I'm pretty tall already (5'6) but If I were to wear a black sandal or even white, it would cut off my leg. 
  • Choose a shoe without an ankle strap. An ankle strap will cut you off, and make you appear shorter than you already are.
  • I paired it with a neutral top as well for a monochromatic look, and felt so incredibly chic! 
  • Pair it with something tight on top. If you are going flowy on bottom, make sure to do the opposite on top so you do not loose your shape!
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For my petite girls - Make sure you get a high waist pair that hits above the ankle! And pair it with a nude shoe to lengthen your legs. 

For my tall girls - Show off them legs! Try a wide side slit trouser. 

If you are hourglass - define your waist with a tie waist wide leg trouser! 

If your shape is inverted triangle - Try a full length wide leg pant that grazes the ground. It will create balance between your top and bottom half. 

If you are apple shape - Wide leg pants that are full length! But make sure they are not high waisted. 

Rectangle shape - you can opt for just about any wide leg pant!

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I hope these tips are helpful! I've highlighted a couple body types that might need some guidance when trying the trend of wide leg pants. If you have a question about your body type or what style you should get, leave me a comment or DM me on Instagram.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

JULY AMAZON HAUL - everything under $50





Hi everyone!
Thank you so much for the feedback on my monthly amazon hauls. This will probably be my last summer amazon hauls. This will probably be my last summer haul! Thank you all so much for your feedback! As promised, a highlight will be saved to my Instagram stories.

Red floral shirt - A little cropped but perfect with high waisted jeans. Size M! 15.99


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Ecowish Blue daisy dress - OMG my new favorite summer dress. It's so flattering I can't even believe it! I got a L.  Around $25!


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ASTR floral top - Great work top! Size M. Dark navy with beautiful floral design. Price fluctuates around $30!

Yellow Wrap Dress - Under 30! I got a size M. Only complaint is the clasp is plastic. Might be a problem but otherwise super cute!


Pack of Rattan Earrings -  I had originally purchased one pair for 13 and then found this pack for 14! I immediately exchanged them. So many cute options for summer! Here are two pictures of me wearing two of the pairs.




Beaded Earrings -  These are stunning in person! Someone asked me if they were from Nordstrom. They totally look like bauble bar and are a great price! Price point is $11!


Monday, July 22, 2019

Nordstrom Sale - What I got + What is worth buying


Hi y'all -

Ton's of Nordstrom Sale coverage is happening but I'm here to share what actually worked out for me and what I'm keeping!



Tops/Sweaters:

Chelsea 28 LayeringTurtleneck - Perfect for layering. I can not survive the fall & winter without these. They are light enough to wear under a leather jacket and not break a sweat. SIZE: M

Halogen Turtleneck- A little thicker & a little longer. Same purpose as the other turtleneck! Grab some good colors and they will be staples in your fall and winter wardrobe. SIZE: M

Square neck tank - Love the square neck and love the material. A pretty neutral that will layer well under blazers, jackets & cardigans. SIZE: M

Knot Peplum top - A great throw on & go top. I love the pattern! It's so fun and will make a great work wear piece. Also will be super cute with jeans & booties. SIZE: M

Mock Neck Sweater- I have loads of sweaters so I did not need many. I got this one in the eggplant color. Something I don't have & I always love a mock neck style. SIZE: M





Pants/Jeans:


Kut for Kloth black flare jeans - Saw Emily Ann Gemma on the sweetest thing get these and I had to have them! Super cute flare. I grabbed a size 8!

1 state pants -  I love anything menswear inspired and these pants are IT for fall. Love the tie waist and the colors in them. I got a size 8!

Leith Jumpsuit - I will add this jumpsuit in to the pants since I'm not sure where else to put it. A great option for a date night, work, GNO, etc. I got the burgundy to have a little something different in my wardrobe besides black. I got a size L and it fits great!





Accessories:

Bauble bar earrings- Love a drusy stone and love this hexagon shape! Also an amazing price point.

All Saints Camera bag - A beautiful coffee color and super durable leather! Will make a great addition to my fall outfits. If you have never looked into all saints bags, I definitely would. The quality is amazing and they are super chic.







Shoes:

Vince Camuto perforated booties - Great heel height and beautiful deep gray color! Price point under 100 and TTS - I got my normal size 9.

Hiltin Knee High Boot - Didn't buy these this sale but I have them and totally recommend! TTS and love that they are under the knee and not above.

Steve Madden Heels - These are so fun! Love the straps & run TTS but a little narrow! If you have wide feet I'm not sure if this is the shoe for you. Under 60! A great buy.

Sorel Boots - You NEED these if you live in the midwest. Sorel are a lifesave & a super cute way to stay dry & avoid wet feet! I love these boots. My second pair of Sorel & they are such a great investment for our harsh winters!

Sole Society Loafers - Thought these would make the perfect work loafer & under 60! I regret to say I have not tried them yet so I do not know how they run but looove how they look.




Thursday, July 11, 2019

Nordstrom Sale 2019 #NSALE2019

Hi all! I know there are so many people talking about the Nordstrom Sale so I am not here to talk your ear off. This is the first year I can shop early access because I've worked every year of the sale. I'm excited to get first dibs! I ordered a lot of basics. There seems to be a lot of great and chic work wear & chunky sweaters. I'm also looking to buy a good coat this sale! Chicago winters are tough and my old one needs to be replaced.

Without further ado, here is what I ordered/ am going to order. For reference, I'm mostly a M/L. In pants I either do 8/10.

Happy shopping! What are you hoping to grab this sale?



Saturday, July 6, 2019

Tips & tricks for shopping Amazon Fashion

Hi all,
Since the fall I have been purchasing a few items from amazon every month. I work with amazon in hopes that I can show all of you how to find great affordable pieces! I've had a couple people ask me HOW I find things on amazon. I never really thought about it, but I do have a lot of tips & tricks to shopping on Amazon and finding the right pieces.





1. I usually go for prime items. Prime items are two day shipping and usually free returns. This helps because if you are ever ordering anything you are slightly unsure will fit or that you will like, the free returns is always an awesome option.

  • More often than not, you can return amazon items to Kohls. You do not even need a box or to print anything. Make sure you have the amazon app! I show them a barcode, they scan it & then are able to print a return label and box it for me. 
  • Sometimes you will have to return to UPS. It is still free returns as well!
2.  Read size charts carefully - When I do purchase items that are not prime, they usually ship from China. As a warning, things from China usually run VERY small. For example, I normally wear a medium or large. In some cases, from items from China, I wear a 2xl. Be sure to know your measurements because most of those items take a while to ship (10-14 days) and most cases you can not return.


3.  Read reviews - Reviews are everything on amazon! People will tell you things about their experience, how the item feels, how it was after being washed, etc. Reviews on amazon will always tell the truth about the item and influence my purchase. I try to leave as many reviews to help people!





4. BE SPECIFIC in your search - We have to remember that amazon has thousands and thousands of people who shop on their website and also thousands who sell on it too. If you're looking for black pants, do not just type black pants. Type the cut, style, etc. It will help narrow down your choices. For example, I like high waisted dress pants that tie at the waist. So I would type in high waist black skinny dress pant with tie. That result gave me 733 instead of just black pants which resulted in 30,000 options.


Thursday, June 27, 2019

Recent Beauty Favorites June 2019




I am constantly trying new things in my beauty routine. Instagram usually tempts but knowing a friend of mine has tried something usually gets me to hit the purchase button. The newest products I'm loving will be rounded up down below!


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Elta MD Sunscreen - This stuff is amazing! I've been wanting to put a sunscreen into my routine but I did not want an extra layer of anything thick on my face. This sunscreen applies so smooth and soaks up right away! It honestly doesn't even feel like another layer of anything is on my skin. I'm so happy with this product and I recommend it to anyone who wants a sunscreen in their routine!


Lush Dry Shampoo
- I have been hearing so many bad things about regular dry shampoo is so bad for your hair, and that it can create hair loss. I am still using regular dry shampoo but I am using it more sparingly. Between that, I am using this lush dry shampoo! This is great on my day 3 hair. It soaks up all the oil. The only thing is I do not love the application. I wish you could spritz it, but instead I end up pouring it into my hand then putting it into my hair. All in all, I love how it feels in my hair & takes care of all oil!

Pixi Beauty Toner  - This makes a huge difference on my skin! I never really used a toner consistently before this because I never really saw a huge difference with using them. Pixi produts legit make your skin GLOW! Glycolic Acid is definitely something you want to work into your skincare routine. It promotes collagen growth and prevents skin from environmental damages. Read more about it here.  If you are looking for the toner that will give you that glow and boost in your skincare routine, buy this one!

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads - I love these pads! I switch off with my toner and these pads to make them last. They also work really well to brighten the skin and help texture! They do not sting at all which is great because I have sensitive skin. I just introduced these into my routine and I am loving them.