Tuesday, July 29, 2014

'round here.

My goodness, things have been busy 'round here these past few weeks! Each week seems to be flying, and there's a big part of me that misses the summer weather already. I've been trying to soak it all in and enjoy little moments when I can - but the easiest way to remember is by snapping photos when I happen to lug my camera along. I finally bit the bullet and bought a 50MM lens {I was officially the last blogger on the boat!} and I've been loving it so far. Usually I'm not "that girl" who plays tourist in her own city, but with a new lens I've got a new lease on my {photo} life. 

See what I've been up to in Chicago the past few weeks!
{so many tasty goodies at the Green City Market in Lincoln Park}
{my coffee table got a few pretty upgrades over the last few weeks!} 
{tasty tacos & too many margaritas with Ashlei at Big Star}

{snaps from Simply Stylist last weekend - and geeking out over meeting Wendy!}

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Monday, July 28, 2014

best vegan beauty buys.

I don't know about you, but I'm always on the hunt for products and pieces that are good for the world & my wallet. So when it comes to beauty products, I've been trying to be more diligent about the products that make it into my Sephora shopping cart! As a lover of animals - the horrors of animal testing are always in the back of my mind, especially with beauty & skincare products. I won't go into the gory details, but I will say that if you haven't read up on the subject you really should. There's a lot of information out there and you'll be shocked at the brands you love that still test on animals - bummer alert! {check out a list here}

Here are a few of my fave brands who promise to never harm a baby bunny <3 

Any other cruelty free products you adore! Let me know so I can give it a go too :) 

Friday, July 25, 2014

fictional style: daisy buchanan.

I don't care if the Gatsby craze is "so two years ago", I'm just as obsessed as ever. Call me behind the curve, but let's be honest - lace, beads and metallics will never get old. To add to the love,  I finally watched the movie {after re-reading the books a million times} and I understood why everyone was so 1920's obsessed. The costumes - the glitz - the champagne! Now I'm of the mindset that everything should be a costume party, and we should drink accordingly :)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

my favorite summer hat.

A little hat action can go a long way - especially when it's the most perfect hat in the world. Alright, maybe I'm being a little dramatic - but seriously, this Muchana Panama hat is a game changer. I first met Katie and Kelly, the entrepreneurs behind Muchana back at Go Blog Social and I instantly feel in love with their amazing hats and the passion behind their company. Katie's husband is originally from Ecuador, and through her travels aboard she feel in love with the homemade goods, fabrics and people that make Ecuador so special. And clearly, this hat is one of those accessories that makes you feel so special too - it's so well made, and fits like a glove (...or hat) and is a piece that will stand the test of time. Paired with my favorite white denim and classic navy blazer, I'm ready to hit the high seas, or at least the Chicago lakefront in style. 

If you're in the market for a gorgeous handmade hat, make sure to check out Muchana and give this Midwest company some love! Plus if you use "mwstyle" at check out you can save 30% off -holla! 

Shop a similar look below!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

the whitest girl at the beach.

Guys, my beach game is lame this year. Although I'd love to spend most weekends on the beach, I've been busy with work, life, blogging and attempting to find some time for myself in between! Needless to say, I'm trying to turn things around now that the summer is {sadly} 1/2 way over. My ultimate goal by the end of the summer: to not be the whitest girl at the beach. Judging by these photos, it's going to be quite the uphill battle! 

 I'm all about lathering on the sunscreen to keep my skin happy & healthy, but sometimes a girl's got to get her tan on. Not only would it benefit me {clearly}, but less people would have to put their sunglasses back on as I walk by ;)  Until I'm a little less transluscent, I'm happy to rock this Joules coverup as I ease from porcelin to tentacular, or ummm…slightly tan. Cross you fingers for me, I can use all the good vibes I can get for this Christmas miracle to occur… 

Have you beach babes been enjoying the sunshine? Make sure to send some rays my way too! xx

coverup ℅ joules // sandals // necklace {similar
photos by christina slaton 

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