Thursday, April 24, 2014

because i'm strappy.

You know what I'm into? Strappy sandals, comfy sweatshirts & skinny jeans that feel like yoga pants. Lucky for me, I hit all the above in one outfit. Let's go through all these one by one, shall we? 

Strappy sandals: these perfect summer sandals were a sweet surprise from Easy Pickins' and are my new go-to sandals for spring + summer. They're affordable  {$19.99!}, versatile & amazingly durable. After snapping a few outfit pics, I tested them with an all day bike ride around downtown Chicago. Not only were they comfy, but they passed the durability test with flying colors. 

Skinny Jeans: Jeans so comfy & stretchy that they feel like yoga pants? Yes, you can have it all! These stunners from Henry & Belle are my new favorite skinny jeans - and if you've been following my blog for awhile, you know I'm a big fan of jeans {really, I joke I should change the name of my blog to "The Blue Jean Blogger", but I digress}. Needless to say, I'll be rocking these bad boys until they fall apart because I love them just that much. 

Comfy sweatshirts: I recently discovered Loft {yes, you read that right}, and I can't believe all I've been missing on over the years. Their new Lou & Grey collaboration is incredible - comfy active wear & intimates that are social acceptable to wear in public. This sweatshirt was a recent sale purchase that I've been wearing all week long. Don't worry, I promise I washed it at least a few times...

The trifecta of a perfectly comfy outfit: check, check & check :)
Check out how my other Midwest Blogger co-founders rocked their pieces from Easy Pickin's, up on the Midwest Bloggers blog today! 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

christian siriano sketches.


I've always been pretty open about my serious love of Christian Siriano. Even though I know he'd never swing my way,  I've had a fashion crush on him since Project Runway back in the day. From his incredible silhouettes, to bold use of color and pattern - this girl is a BIG fan. Plus, anyone with their own catch phrase is a winner in my book {"that's fierce", anyone?}. 

Though my creepy Internet stalkage, I discovered his fashion illustrations and became even more obsessed. Siriano elevates the everyday fashion doodle to an all out masterpiece, just look at those colors and brush strokes! I'm ready to fill my walls with these pretties, but I have a feeling sweet Brian might protest. We'll see who ends up winning out in the end :)

Happen to be a fan too? Shop these prints & more pretties on his online shop here. xx

Monday, April 21, 2014

all black.

I've been known as a colorful lady, but every once in awhile I want to bring it back to black. When all else fails {mixing patterns, colors, textures, etc.} black is the standard to keeping any look chic. Plus, when you're taking pictures on a Sunday morning, it makes putting a look together reaaaally easy {the less brain power you have to use on the weekend, the better!}. Here's my take at laid back style, with an all black everything frame of mind. 
top {similar} - Forver 21 / skirt  - Forver 21 / hat - Forver 21 / shoes - Target / bracelets {vintage} 

Friday, April 18, 2014

lovely charms.

Happy happy weekend ladies & gents! 

lovely little weekend links:

- A big thanks to the lovely diet deep dish for featuring me on her fashion Friday feature! She's whipped up a special something inspired by one of my outfit posts, so you'll have to check it out here!

- Loving Cait's spring wardrobe essentails post last week! Someone made a very special appearance along with a slew of her favorite bloggers ;)

- Maria's perfectly tropical look is making me lust for summer & Florida weather. Plus, sequins & stripes are always a perfect combination.  

- This cry-worthy {in a good way} tribute to moms is the loveliest - and yes, they do have the world's toughest job. Check it out and grab lots of tissues. 

- I made a special appearance on the Midwest Bloggers site this week! Read about why I started blogging and the best things that have come out of it the last few years - woot woot! 

THIS Buzzfeed article about beauty products worth the splurge. While I'm the queen of drugstore dupes, I've been known to splurge on a few choice products. I'll take one of each of these, thank you! 

Have a fabulous weekend, friends! Can't wait to catch ya on the flip side come Monday. xx

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

instalove.

There's nothing better than a little Instalove to cheer up a dreary day! I've been lucky to meet so many lovely ladies on Instagram who keep my newsfeed a healthy dose of colorful, beautiful inspiraton. Whenever I'm in an creative rut, I can count on a quick scroll through these ladies profile to get my excited about blogging & photography again. Check out a few of my favorites below & make sure to follow along with them! 


 {via Fluxi On Tour}

 {via Jenna Kutcher}



Who are a few of your instafavorites? I'm always down for finding incredible photograhers to follow! xx