Whenever this time of year rolls around, I always get asked what my favorite pair of jean shorts are, and right now, my #1 most recommended pair are on sale during the Shopbop event–but they won’t last for long!
It’s going to be another beautiful day here in Chicago and I feel so grateful to have brought a little Florida sunshine and warmth back from Florida with us! Back today with another outfit post we shot in our beautiful backyard during our stay!
What is this? An OUTFIT POST!? Wow. It’s been a REALLY long time since I did one of these. (Pandemic + pregnancy + never-ending depressing Chicago winter has really done a number on my motivation in that department–but now that we’re in Florida, that’s all changed! It feels so good. 😭) This little babydoll dress…
The time has come…to pull out the happy sweater.
In my most recent Q+A, someone asked for reccos on comfy outfits that weren’t pajamas, and someone else asked for cute tunics to wear with leggings, and I thought “hey! Let’s combine those two in a blog post!” so here we are. 😉
As you’ve probably heard me say before, now is the time of year I start getting cabin fever during a NORMAL year. Take away being able to see friends, restaurants, bars, and any semblance of a normal social life? Needless to say, this is a really hard winter, so if you’re feeling the same way, you’re not alone! Long winters are something all Chicagoans bond over, but especially this one! 😂
One thing that helps is getting outside–and when we can, out of the city in general! Luckily, there are some great areas to get outdoors that are just a short drive away (and very safe, too!)
Happy almost Friday! It feels good to be back with a little styling session today. I feel like I have been thrown out of my groove for so long with…everything. But today I felt a little wave of productivity and I know getting dressed in a cute outfit, as silly as it sounds, always makes…
Coming at you wearing the exact outfit you see me wearing above–I never want to take it off and it’s glorious. 😂 (A lounge set that is slightly more elevated than pajamas and I don’t have to feel guilty about wearing all day…sign me up!)
Happy Wednesday, friends!
As this year is the year of “not getting dressed” I’m excited to be sharing some of my favorite cozy at-home staples in partnership with Nordstrom today! Nordstrom has always been one of my absolute favorite retailers, and I’m really excited to be working with them again. (This is our first partnership in a long time!)
Happy Monday, friends! How was your weekend? We did…absolutely nothing. But I got to spend a leisurely Saturday morning curled up in bed with coffee and a book and it was glorious, and we went for a long Sunday walk. I really have no complaints! In lieu of our usual On a High note post…
Style Guides & Collages
The time has come…to pull out the happy sweater.
Double posts today because I wanted to re-share my J.Crew + Madewell favorites that are between 25-50% off for the retailers’ Black Friday Preview event! (Ends tonight!) This comprises a handful of winter staples I’ve owned for years now (and a few that I’ve bought this year!)
If you’ve been wanting to purchase some fall/winter staples to round out your seasonal wardrobe at a discount (or even been waiting for some to come back in stock), now is a great time to do so!
Today on IG stories, I highlighted some really awesome Black owned businesses to spend your dollars at today, but I decided that they needed to also be compiled in a blog post, since many of my blog readers would’ve missed them otherwise! (Plus, it makes it really easy to go back and reference later!) So-ta da-here we are!
Happy long weekend!!!
Before we jump into the fluffy shopping content, I feel like I need to say that “celebrating” the 4th feels different this year.
One way to celebrate Juneteenth this year? By shopping and supporting Black-owned brands. Here are 29 amazing favorites!
Happy Monday, friends!
HAPPYYY FOURTHHHHH my friends!
WHEW! Halfway through the week, you guys! How are things going for you? So far, my win for the week was definitely getting my “cleaner beauty for average girls” email list up and running! EEK! It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time because I’ve become more interested in cleaner beauty over…
Happy Tuesday guys! So, I’m heading to Nantucket today! I think I forgot to tell you because it kind of snuck up on me. ? You can probably safely say I will be in a permanent state of hot mess from now until we leave for Italy due to trying to plan out my blog posts…
HAPPY HAPPY FRIDAY!
As soon as I hit publish on this post I’m about to make some lunch and then head outside to the pool! But in my IG stories Q&A yesterday, I got asked if I had any reccos for clean sunless tanners, and I decided this post was worth a refresh! Even if it doesn’t feel like spring outside where you are, that doesn’t mean you can’t get a little color. 😉
Happy Wednesday! I haven’t done a Life Lately in a LONG TIME–it seemed like a fun little mid-week post topic. 🤗Are you having a good week so far? I hope so! It’s been so pretty here, and it really feels like spring! (We even had a picnic date last night in the park!) I’m about…
THE SECRET IS OUT! If you saw on Instagram you already know…
(I know this photo has nothing to do with the topic, but this picture snapped with one of the neighborhood dogs in front of his owner’s happy sidewalk art always makes me smile!)
I originally had a fluffy post planned for yesterday, but it didn’t seem appropriate to post in the light of the chaos that unfolded at the Capitol yesterday. It didn’t really seem appropriate to post it today, either. So I figured today I would just compile and share my thoughts on yesterday’s roller coaster.
Happy Thursday! WHEW it really seems like Friday though, doesn’t it? I made espresso this morning and forgot to put the espresso cup under the spout–so that’s how my morning is going. 😂 How about yours? It might seem strange to dedicate a whole blog post to a jar of sauce, but it’s 2020, and…
Hi friends, Okay, so I guess this is counting as my Thursday/Friday blog post. 😂 Sorry for being off my a-game this week. How are you? I am tired. If we’re being honest I haven’t been feeling super creative this week, so today we’re throwing it back to a Life Lately post! I haven’t done…
Everlane: Where we go from here. Hi friends, As promised, I wanted to publish my thoughts on Everlane and my relationship with them moving forward after a group of anonymous former Everlane employees formed an Instagram account called @Ex.Wives.Club and outlined, in detail, their upsetting experiences encountering racism while working at Everlane. I posted stories…
Are you on spring blossom watch where you live? The trees haven’t started blooming here yet, but I know it’s just around the corner, and I feel like I’m waiting for them on pins and needles! I thought you might be feeling the same way, so I thought I would re-post the pretty photos I…
I could think of nothing better to kick off your weekend plans than to hand over today’s post to local Chicago writer, author, and GG reader, Jessica Mlinaric.
Jessica recently released her book, Secret Chicago: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure and she so generously sent me a copy. As soon as I started flipping through it, I said, “I HAVE GOT TO HAVE HER WRITE A BLOG POST!” and, luckily for us, she enthusiastically accepted!
Huzzah! We are here with what I am sure will be the first of many camping related posts. 😂 Seeing as it’s the new hobby I never dreamed I would actually love–and we’ve already got more camping trips on the horizon!
Happy Monday!! Did you have a great weekend? I hope so! I was in San Francisco visiting my best friend Thursday and Friday and got back here on Saturday night just in time to wake up to a gorgeous 60 degree Sunday! (Although, I will admit, spring forward really threw me off this morning still…
Heyyyy guys remember when I went to Barcelona and then didn’t write a travel guide for six months? 😂 Sometimes thinking about writing travel guides makes me anxious because I like to pack them with SO much information and it really takes the right mindset (and HOURS and hours) to be able to dig in…
Our favorite Chicago romantic spots for dinner or cocktails!
Food & Drink
Happy Thursday! What better way to celebrate it being ALMOST Friday than with a cocktail post? While we were in Florida, I asked Neal if he could figure out how to make me a coconut mojito mocktail (as I can’t get enough coconut these days) and he ABSOLUTELY delivered. I spent many a night sipping…
The only smoothie that keeps me full until lunch!
Who loves iced coffee?! I do I do I do-oooo. (I’m saying this in the Keenan & Kel “Orange Soda” voice, to give you a visual.) I made my first batch of cold brew of the YEAR yesterday––and let me tell you, waking up when you know there’s some cold brew in the fridge calling…
Making fried rice out of anything is the life skill we all need.
Yesterday I was watching my friend Beth’s Instagram stories. (Do you follow her? You DEFINITELY should! She’s the best and also shares great recipes and has an awesome cookbook coming out soon!!) She was loading up on plant-based goodies at TJ’s in an effort to incorporate more veggie-based meals and less animal protein into her…
If you are a frequent Pinterest stalker, you’ve likely already been intrigued by the phenomenon that is “Egg Roll in a Bowl.” Seriously–have you seen it? There are about 10000 different kind of recipes for it (look!) even though I’ve NEVER heard of this dish outside of Pinterest. (Go ahead, stalk away! I’ll wait.) It’s…
One of my most asked questions after we announced that LR was on the way was, “what are you thinking for nursery design?!”
Our kitchen before/after is HERE! You’ve only been asking for it for 8 months! (There’s a reason I’m not a home blogger? 🤣) Ever since we put the offer in on our condo (going on FIVE years ago, wow) we wanted to redo the kitchen. The thing is, we just never got around to it….
Happy Friday! Kendall here today, talking about an obsession of mine that has only grown exponentially after more time spent at home in 2020: scoring secondhand vintage furniture. I love filling my home with vintage pieces for so many reasons! 1.) they are usually wayyy better made than today’s furniture, 2.) they are much more…
Happy Friday, friends!
While it’s SNOWING (again?!) currently in Chicago, I have received many requests from those of you who are wanting to spruce up your outdoor space and are looking for some reccos in that department. (Since we won’t be going on vacation for a while, why not create all the vacation vibes at home!?)
Today I’m excited to share a post that is VERY overdue–I get so many questions about my living room rug, and I’ve never had an FAQ’s post to point you guys to, so… that ends today–huzzah! This rug is quite possibly my #1 favorite item in our home. I custom designed it in partnership with…
The saga of “sad little city closets and how to maximize space in them” continues ? You guys remember a couple weeks back when I shared our Master Bedroom closet re-do, right? Well, today I’m excited to share part two: NEAL’s closet re-do. Keep reading for before photos, and lot’s of pictures of the new makeover,…