Friday, May 22, 2015

graduation gifts for the gals.

Hey friends! Today's blog post is extra special because it comes from my newly graduated intern Zoe! As a graduate of the class of 2015 (holla!) she's taking over the blog today to share some of the best gifts for that recent gal graduate in your life. From off white heels (options) to a gold flash - she's totally got you covered!

Springtime means many things to all of us, but especially for me this year, it means graduation season! With my senioritis in full swing, I decided to have a little fun (and procrastinate from my homework for a bit), by putting together some of my favorite items for grad gifts and to give a little inspiration. I included items both big and small, but all still fun and unique.

The best gifts, in my opinion, are ones that are both practical and unique, especially since I’m entering into the real world, which by the way, seems absolutely crazy to me! Right now, I’m asking for things I’ll be able to use in my apartment, like stuff to hang on my walls, a set of plates, or stationary for all those end of year thank you notes I know I’ll be writing. (I guess you know you are an adult when you start asking for plates as gifts) But, don’t forget life is better when you add some fun to the mix too!

Anyways, I hope this list helps to inspire your gifts for the grads in your life this Spring. Also, and cheers to all of my fellow classmates of 2015! Oh, and let me know if you have other great gift ideas too! :)
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

mercury in retrograde is back for blood...literally.

Tunic (c/o Vineyard Vines) // J.Crew jeans // Purse (c/o Vera Bradley) // J.Crew sandals {similar} // J.Crew Necklace {similar}

Friends, family, internet buddies - I have an announcement to make: It's officially Mercury in Retrograde all over again, and this time it's out for blood - literally. Let me explain...

Every few months, Mercury comes back again to just totally mess with life, and now it's back at it again from now 'till June 11th. Last year was the first time I experienced the not-so-glorious astrology phenomenon, and while I thought it was all hullabaloo at first,  I've slowly become a believer. I started reading more about it via my sweet friend Elizabeth's blog {read up on the one we're currently in now} and started to piece things together - relationships got weird, my klutziness was out of control and it seemed like everyone was having a hard time. 

When it started again last Monday I tried to not freak myself out over it - things have been good lately, so I thought "why not keep riding the wave?" My day seemed pretty standard: too many meetings, minor social emergencies at work, and lots of laughs with my co-workers. But then, on my way out the door I hit my funny bone, started to feel dizzy and minutes later I woke up on the concrete floor partially covered in blood. Yeah....Mercury is totally back in action. 

One trip to the hospital (and my first ride in an ambulance!) and 7 staples later I was on my way home {or Taco Bell...I might have gone to Taco Bell...} and am now on the mend. Needless to say, I'm hoping that Mercury is done with me now, because I've had enough fun for one mean cycle. 

But really, like when any bad things happen - it's important to focus on the positive, right? Here are a few things that are the silver lining to the next few Mercury filled weeks. 

#1: This tunic from Vineyard Vines is my new go-to for those weird in-between spring/summer days {read: the weather in Chicago right now}. It's light, airy, but gives you just enough coverage to not feel so chilly when the weather unexpectedly turns on you {unlike Mercury, who seems to be a cruel beeotch}

#2: It's sandal weather!!! Seriously - my toes have never experienced such freedom since last year, and it's glorious. Grab your favorite pair and get frolicking, or something ;) 

#3: My sweet friend Holly at Vera Bradley sent me this beyond gorgeous bag to try our, and I'm officially in love. I used to think Vera Bradley was mostly colorful, printed bags, but their new lines feature some more subtle and luxe leather bags too. Best of all, everything fits in it, meaning that you're ready to take on anything the universe throws at you {learn from me - always bring band-aids!}

#4: I seriously have the best friends and guy in the world. Besides dealing with my embarrassingly fainty self, they stuck by me for hours at the hospital {and even covered for me at work when I had to take the next day off!} I owe them a little piece of my soul, or at least a plate full of cookies.

I hope Mercury is kind to all of you in the next few weeks! Avoid crazy life changes, putting yourself in danger and other not-so-safe adventures if you can ;) xx

Thanks for the photos Kelly!

Monday, May 18, 2015

black sheer tights.

Dress c/o Rent the Runway // Black Sheer Tights (options) // Booties // Purse 

There's definitely been a little more spring in my step these days - all having to do with this beautiful weather. I don't know what it is about this time of year, but for some reason everything is exciting. I wake up more refreshed {aka, I need a few less cups of coffee}, I come home and GSD, and then I wake up the next day and do it all over again. While I don't know what got me in the more motivated spirit, I do think the sunshine has something to do with it. 

To match the weather, I've been gravitating towards bolder prints and brighter colors. As I shared earlier this month, Rent the Runway is here in Chicago, and I've been taking the opportunity to give it a go for the first time ever {spoiler alert: I'm in love}. I adored this dress from the moment I saw it, and I had fun dressing up for a recent night out in Chicago. The aunt aptly described this pattern as looking like a 17th century Dutch painting, and the more I look at it, the more I see it too. A dress that also double as a work of art? I'm obviously a fan. Paired with black sheer tights (options) I'm ready to take on this springy weather!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

the best prints from minted.

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I know I've been talking all week about refreshing my routine, but I'm pretty darn serious about getting my wardrobe and home together for spring. One of my biggest goals I'm attempting to accomplish is adding some pretty prints to my living room and bedroom to make my home decor a bit more colorful - because boring beige just isn't cutting it these days!

I recently discovered that Minted offers gorgeous prints for a pretty awesome price - and I've been daydreaming about a few of the gorgeous prints above over the last week. If you're not familiar with Minted, they sell an amazing collection of holiday cards, Minted wedding invitations, and now more recently beautiful art prints. Any of the above would do just fine, right? ;)
I especially love my friend Blair's painting {who blogs over at The Fox and She} above - how gorgeous is the composition and colors? I think I could use this print right above my fireplace to add a little colorful touch to my living room. Which print would you love to add to your home?

Friday, May 15, 2015

chicago gems: floriole bakery in lincoln park.

Guys, I know it's annoying to brag about - but I absolutely adore my Chicago neighborhood - especially in the summer time. I live in Lincoln Park a hop away from the DePaul campus, which boasts some of the best shops and restaurants in the city {cough, in my not so humble opinion!} But really, it's not just me - even Kelly is smitten with the neighborhood blocks we share, and ever time we get together we can't help but gush over how much we love it. It's a problem - but a good problem to have ;) 

And besides loving my neighborhood, I adore the coffee shops and cute shops that line the streets, especially on Webster Ave. I remember when I first moved into my place on a very cold winter afternoon, and all I wanted more than anything in the world was a hot cup of coffee to get me into a caffeinated frenzy before unpacking. I walked to the closest shop I could find, and that's when I first fell in love with Floriole cafe and bakery. It was like I walked into this Parisian inspired safe haven that smelled like a mixture of croissants and freshly brewed coffee (not to mention the gorgeous natural light, granite countertops and a beautiful exposed brick interior. Swoon!) I remember heaving a sigh of relief - feeling like it this place could just be a few steps away from my new apartment, everything would have to be okay (and well over a year later, I see that it was definitely a true sign!)

Anyways, it's quickly become a spot I stop by at every afternoon during the weekend, and I especially love to indulge in their sticky buns or croissants after a long week of attempting to eat healthy {attempting being the operative word!} 
What's not to love? You'll have to stop by this weekend and check it out for yourself {or next time you're in Chicago!}
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