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! 

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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 

Monday, July 21, 2014

low calorie cocktails for summer.

GUYS! July means it's officially cocktail season! And while I'm all about summer nights drinking a few margaritas, they're not super fab for my waistline. Thankfully, everything these days can be made skinny, so I've been working on my mixology skills thanks to a few tried and true recipes. And since I can't all invite you over for a few drinks {boo!}, we can virtually cheers over a few of these recipes :)

Skinny Gal Moscow Mule 

8 oz. Diet Ginger Ale from Trader Joes
2 oz. Titos Vodka
2 lime wedges
1 sprig of mint 
fresh shredded ginger 

1. Add vodka, ginger and lime juice to muddle. Add in ice and ginger ale and garnish with lime and mint. 

Skinny Margaritas 
Via Cookie & Kate (184 calories)

Kosher salt
2 oz silver tequila
1.5 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz fresh orange juice 
1 tsp light agave
1 lime wedge (garnish)

1. Salt rim of your glass using lime juice and a plate full of kosher salt. Add ice cubes to the glass and set it aside.
2. Fill a small cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the tequila, freshly squeezed lime and orange juice and agave nectar - shake for 30 seconds. Strain into glass and garnish with fresh lime. 

Skinny Sangria
via Linda Wagner (~100 calories)

1-2 bottles of crisp white wine (1 bottle Sauvignon Blanc and 1 bottle of sparkling Vino Verde work well!)
2 ripe peaches
1 pint raspberries 
2 kiwis 
Sprigs of mint

1. Add sliced fruit to wine and add several packets of stevia until desired sweetness is achieved. Let the mixture sit for a few hours in the fridge to let the flavors infuse. Drink & enjoy. 

Skinny Blueberry Spritzer
via Peanut Butter and Peppers (110 Calories)

1/2 blueberry juice from Trader Joe's
2 tbsp. lime juice
1 tsp fine sugar
1/4 cup champagne
1 cup ice cubes
blueberries for garnish

1. Add blueberry juice, lime and sugar together - mix well. 
2. Fill up a glass to the top with ice cubes and pour blueberry juice over the top. Add in champagne and blueberries for garnish.

Skinny Cucumber Refresher
via Wedding Chicks (86 calories)

4 mint leaves
1 large basil leaf
1 lime wedge
1.5 oz Skinnygirl cucumber vodka
1/2 tsp. agave

1. Squeeze lime wedge into a rocks glass and muddle lime wedge with mint, basil and vodka. Add ice and top with soda water. Add agave and stir. Garnish with a lime wedge. 

images: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

Any other fab cocktail recipes you're loving this summer? I'd love to give them a go!

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Friday, July 18, 2014

currently v.16. samantha of the brunette one.

I'm so excited to feature the always lovely Sam of The Brunette One in this month's Currently feature! I first met Sam through the Midwest Bloggers, and I'm so happy we've come blogging friends over the last year. Besides having impeccable style, Sam is one the most down to earth, kindest ladies I know - and I'm so excited to share what she's loving these days :)

Here's what Sam is loving currently:

·      Loving: Mark Walberg in the new Transformers movie

·      Munching: Pretzel Crisps

·      Coveting: A necklace I received as a wedding present, it's a gold bar with our wedding date in roman numerals.

·      In your makeup bag:  Better Than Sex Mascara (the best stuff!)

·      Reading: The Vacationers by Emma Staub 

·      Stalking: #GosBaby, while I'm thrilled for my celeb BFFS, Ryan and Eva, I'm secretly heartbroken that Ryan and Rachel will never be a 'thing' again. 

·      Dreaming of: Lake Vermilion, With a wedding and a honeymoon this summer, my lack of PTO prevented me from going up to Lake Vermilion this year with my family! Already counting down the days until next summer's lake vacation (aka catching some rays on the dock with a Summer Shandy in hand), reading and attempting to fish!

·      On Heavy Rotation: Sandals from J.Crew, These sandals are the best for work, where dress code doesn't allow for in-between-the-toe sandals. I attempted to wear this walking around Chicago the other weekend, though they are my favorite pair, they offered no support, so I suggest switching shoes before spending the day walking around town!  

     Working on: My new blog! I've been attempting to redesign my blog for months now and was finally connected to a wonderful designer from Berry Vary Designs

·      Drinking: Venti Black Iced Tea (Unsweetened) from Starbucks. It's an addiction. 

·      Wearing: Breezy Summer Dresses...the humidity has struck, which only allows for the lightest layers of clothing possible. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

runway to diy: festival sunglasses.

Good morning, friends! I'm so excited to bring you another installement of Madalyn's killer Runway to DIY feature. As I've very well established, I am the least crafty lady of all time - so I'm thankful that Madalyn is able to share her mad skills with the rest of us ;) If you didn't catch her floral collar DIY from June, you best get on it pronto!

This month we're showing Prada who's boss and sharing a floral inspired take of their 2014 eyeler line.

Have you ever wondered what it was like to actually be able to flaunt the season’s hottest trends without draining your bank account? Yeah, so have we. So in an effort to make runway trends more accessible, we bring to you a brand new column called Runway DIY. We will use runway inspirations to create affordable and stylish DIY projects you can create at home.
DIY: Embellished Sunglasses
Runway: Prada S/S 2014 eyewear and jewelry
Total Cost: Less than $15.00
Total Time: 20 minutes
Season after season Prada continues to create whimsical and unique pieces that, in reality, only a certain type of daring woman can pull off and make look good i.e. Anna Dello Russo. This DIY aims to bring Prada’s out there pieces a bit back down to Earth. I combined the fierce frames of the sunglasses with the delicate flowery jewelry for a look that is truly sophisticated and feminine. This Runway DIY is inexpensive, fast and fun and is a project that anyone can do. So grab your favorite shades and flowery necklace and let’s get started!

You will need…
-One pair of sunglasses of choice
-One necklace of choice
-A pair of pliers
-E6000 adhesive glue
1. Use your pliers to remove the flower charms from the necklace.
2. Glue the charms to the corners of the sunglass frames.
3. Allow drying time for the glue to set [20 minutes].

Making your new pair of embellished sunglasses was literally as easy as 1,2,3! You can pair your new shades with a bright lip and sundress like I did or keep it more casual with a blouse and a pair of shorts. Either way, your new look is definitely summer chic!
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