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Vegas 2018: Las Vegas Travel Guide

October 24, 2018
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A couple of months ago, I spent 48 hours in my hometown of Las Vegas with one of my closest girlfriends. Back in January, right before my move, she had called me up because she was about to purchase some Backstreet Boys tickets, who are in their last leg of their residency at Planet Hollywood. Now, I may not be a Backstreet boys superfan like she is, but I can appreciate a 90’s boyband and a quick visit back to my hometown. I’m going to break down my super fast and sleepless trip to Sin City.

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The 12 Days of Shopping Day 7: Gifts He Will Love

December 15, 2017

Is he super hard to shop for? Waiting til the last minute to buy gifts?
Look no further. For my seventh day of shopping, I’m giving to you gifts for him.

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The 12 Days of Shopping Day 2: Tech Gift Guide

December 6, 2017

The 12 Days of Shopping Day 2: Tech Gift Guide

 

 

 

After a successful day one of my first ever 12 days of shopping gift series, I thought I would bring to you something out of the norm. This gift guide was designed for anyone on your wishlist. I tried to keep it gender neutral, but couldn’t resist adding in the smartwatch and the iPhone cases as a touch for those basic gals like myself out there.

These are all awesome items that I would pick for myself, my boyfriend, or anyone else. I love giving gifts and what better way to showcase my taste for gift giving then this handy guide? I am sure all of these gifts will come in handy for 2018 and beyond.

My favorites on the list: The MICHAEL Michael Kors smartwatch, the marble iPhone case, the activity tracker, the sport wireless headphones, and the Bose sound system. The one place that I found all of these great gifts was on Nordstrom’s website, actually. I never realized how many tech gadgets they actually carried before making this list and seeing a lot of these on other bloggers’ gift guides as well.

Enjoy these gifts and others like it – be sure to click on any of these links, or…

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12 Days of Shopping Day 1: Wool Camel A-Line Coat

December 4, 2017

12 Days of Shopping Day One: Camel A-Line Coat

COAT  |  SWEATER | JEANS (similar) | BOOTIES | HANDBAG

 

Today starts off my “12 Days of Shopping” series on my blog. I am going to round up my holiday favorites. These favorites will take you into the new year with ease. I will pack you full of gift guides and shopping advice for yourself too, because, you deserve a little some some. Everything here can be found in the links and by shopping the post below.

COAT  |  SWEATER | JEANS (similar) | BOOTIES | HANDBAG

 

A few weeks ago I went on a coat shopping spree! Well, not really, but kind of. I scored this coat, as well as another coat I will be featuring on here in the next week or so. Both coats were $100 off the original price at Nordstrom. I am not sure why, but not too many people knew about this amazing sale. I feel like we all go after the “it” coat each year and wind up with the same ones. I, on the other hand, love individuality. This camel wool coat is one-of-a-kind.

 

 

COAT  |  SWEATER | JEANS (similar) | BOOTIES | HANDBAG

Finding a nice dressy coat for me is not easy. First of all, I have slender shoulders and a slender waist. At the same time I am also pear shaped, so my hips don’t lie. The last time I bought a nice coat like this was in college, and I still wear it after eight years (has it been that long??). I still wear that coat and plan on continuing wearing it for years to come.

 

 

COAT  |  SWEATER | JEANS (similar) | BOOTIES | HANDBAG

I am a sucker for Ellie Tahari. Wouldn’t you know, after trying on a bunch of OKAY or unflattering, yet popular styles, my pick without even noticing is this camel wool blend coat? Of course, it is because I am such a creature of habit.  The A-Line is perfect for many body types, including mine. Now, one thing I seriously love about this coat is the gold detailed buttons. They give the coat a modern and sleek look.

I sized at a small petite, and it was the perfect size for me. This coat is seriously so comfortable and warm – and also features a satin and sleek lining. I feel like a million bucks in it. It’s a classic and flattering style that anyone would look amazing in. What works about it is it buttons up all the way to the top, so you have that added coverage on a cold and windy day (and we do get a lot of those here in Chicago).

Soft and warm layers are so important to me in the winter. I am not so much about wearing whatever is on trend – I need to stay warm! I am always cold no matter what. The perfect pairing for this coat is a soft cashmere sweater, much like the one I am wearing in this post. The cashmere sweater I am wearing was picked up on the same shopping trip. 100% cashmere and priced comfortably at $69 — now I call that one heck of a deal! Cashmere is a perfect choice if you do not want to feel bulky, but feel warm at the same time.

I did not own a cashmere sweater until a few years ago when I received the same deal at Nordstrom. Every year they carry just about every color on earth. If my wallet allowed it, I would have bought out every single color – and I’m not even kidding. It’s so classic to wear for any occasion and lasts for years. I am pretty sure I am going to have to go back and get them now that I praised them so much.

 

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Everything to Be Thankful For

November 10, 2017

It has been a whirlwind of the past few weeks. The last post I was able to publish on here was all about Andy’s birthday. I am still reliving that day as it was pretty awesome (you can relive it with me, here). The past few weeks I was busy preparing to have my family in town and take a few days off of work in preparation for my brother’s wedding on October 14th, then Andy’s brother wedding on November 6th. After all the time with family, I decided it is about time to count my blessings and write about all I have been thankful for this fall!

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Weekend roundup: My Favorite Girlfriend Chino Pants

September 25, 2017

Welp, we welcomed Autumn here in Chicago this weekend, even though it does not feel like it. I am sitting here wishing I could wear all the great fall outfits I have ready for you all! I wanted to highlight by far, my favorite pants that will carry me beyond fall. I got them at the Gap, and all I can think about now is how I want to order them in every single color. Nonetheless, here is my outfit and my weekend roundup:

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Shopping Guide: LOFT Fall Favorites

September 24, 2017

It is officially my favorite season ever! Fall is upon us, however, the firey hot temperatures in Chicago. are definitely NOT telling me that. This weekend, I kept myself crazy busy in the heat, but it was pretty awesome nonetheless. However, I am getting this post up later than I anticipated. After a crazy busy weekend, I know a fall favorite roundup is in order. Check out my favorites, specifically, from LOFT.

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How to Wear it: Gathered Pleat Front Tee

August 16, 2017

Let’s talk about stress. It’s something that I tend to carry. We all want to appear to be all cool calm and collected, don’t we? Well, it is something I am working on maintaining. In my field of work, stress happens. I am sure it happens in your career too.

Lately, I have been working on breathing exercises, journaling, and meditation to help me control my stress levels. It not only helps me control my stress but also my anxiety, which I have pretty much had since I was born (thank you genes). When I get bad news or have a stressful day working, I pause and reflect. I do not want to react (if you read this book, you know what I am talking about).

Gathered Pleat Front Tee

Top|Shoes|Jeans (similar)

Part of my M.O. is finding fashion that is comfortable and will not stress me out; we all know what I am talking about. If I am wearing heels that KILL me or jeans that SQUEEZE me, I am going to feel restricted and not myself. Finding comfortable and fashionable clothing is what I am all about, and this top is no exception. This white top is affordable, soft, and trendy at the same time. It is not your traditional plain white T but can go from casual to dressed up with some pants and heels in a moment. In fact, I can even wear it around town with shorts and sandals just as easily and STILL get compliments on this.

Best of all, it is still available in many colors even after the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Shop the post below to style it the way you want to!

 

 

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Deals Under $50

August 3, 2017

Winding down my faves from the sale this week, and a couple of tops I’ve shot so far have SOLD OUT! Crazy. The bad news is, I wish I could share, but I would have nothing to link them to. So, I decided to dig back into the sale and find you some serious steals under $50.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Under $50 Shopping Guide

When I was in college, I was definitely on the struggle bus to find affordable fashion, and the Nordstrom Anniversary sale definitely saved my life when it was time to go back to school. I figure some of you may be in college or out of college and looking to save money so take a look at what I have on my list and shop the post below!

 

 

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Men’s Shopping Guide

August 1, 2017

My Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Top 10 picks were a HIT! I thought I would now share the best deals on the men’s sale. Whether you are shopping for yourself, your boyfriend, husband, brother, second cousin, BFF, etc… You are going to want to save this list.

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