Did You Know Sunglasses Come in Sizes?

Moscot SunglassesIsn’t it strange that sunglasses are a one-size-fits-all? Most everything we purchase comes in sizes, yet sunglasses are an exception to this rule. We all have unique head shapes…there’s no standard by any means. Something’s not adding up here.

Well, I’ve got news for you. I’ve discovered that there ARE sunglasses out there that come in sizes, measured perfectly for your pretty (or handsome) face. Introducing Moscot – you can thank me later. Now, this isn’t a new brand by any means. They’ve been around for over a hundred years, and it’s apparent when you take a look at their classic designs. Their frames are timeless, and highly customizable. You have the ability to select your frame size, shape, color and lens. Given how much we spend on sunglasses, you’d think this would be the standard.Moscot SunglassesI purchased this pair of shades last week as a gift for Leo, and he hasn’t taken them off since. Not only is Moscot’s product super cool, but their brand experience is impressive. From sharing the story behind each shape on their website, to sending a beautifully packaged box with extra surprises…they nailed it. The sunglasses came with a tote bag, a little decorative pin AND a cleaning cloth. Am I the only one excited about this?! Now I’m wishing I bought a pair for myself #envy.

Here are some of my favorite styles (if you’re looking for optical glasses, they have those too):

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Side Split Tunic

Side Split Tunic

It’s been unbearably hot the last week. Like face sweat, pants stuck to thighs, can’t stay outside for more than 5 minutes hot. Well, that didn’t stop me from rocking these jeans on Saturday. Call me crazy, but I’ve been wanting to wear this outfit for quite some time…and the weather wasn’t going to stop me. Determination. In all honesty, I lasted a couple of hours and proceeded to change into shorts & a tee. I tried.

This side split tunic is super chic – though it’s simple, it can elevate any outfit. It’s light and airy, and the details on the side add a nice touch. The fabric is slightly sheer, which makes it sexier than your typical white tunic.

I’ve worn it with denim shorts, and also tied at the waist. It’s just too versatile.  I love how it looks with these high-waisted, cropped jeans & gladiator sandals. Shop the look below!

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#NSale – Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favs

#NSale – Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favs

Nordstrom will always have a special place in my heart as I worked there for 5 years throughout high school & college. It essentially was the reason I didn’t have to work when away at school – best seasonal job EVER! I made special friends from my time there, and also learned more than expected in the hustle & grind of the retail world. I was a hardwired Nordstrom fanatic, as you can imagine, so every summer when the Anniversary Sale came along I was pumped. It’s THE biggest sale of the year.

I’d creep into the stock rooms of all the departments as they were getting their Anniversary merch to get a sneak peek. It was always fun to get the inside scoop on what product they’d be featuring that summer. Over the years, their sale strategy has evolved, and now we’re all able to get a sneak peek at the awesome merch they’ll be featuring before it becomes available for purchase…even without a Nordstrom card.

Here’s how it works – if you’re a Nordstrom card holder, you get early access to shop the sale now. For the rest of you, everything will become officially available on July 22nd, but you can still see what will be featured on the sale now!

Here’s what’s currently on my #NSale wishlist – click on the images below to shop.

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My Summer Bucket List

My Summer Bucket List

I can’t believe it’s already mid-July. We’ve had such a wonderful summer thus far in Chicago. Not too much rain, and a lot of sunshine – if anyone needs it, we do. This city truly comes alive in the summer months. There are countless activities & events to partake in every weekend (& yes – weekdays too!). It can be overwhelming, and I find most of my summer weekends get booked up fairly quickly with weddings, birthday parties, quick vacations. That said, I make an effort to block a handful of weekends in the summer for some me time. Here’s what’s currently on my bucket list:

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Backyard Birthdays

Backyard Birthdays

Last Sunday was my brother’s birthday. It’s hard to believe that my baby brother is now 23 – where has the time gone?! I still remember him as the annoying teenager who was all up in my business in my college years. Gotta love siblings! I do love him, for the most part (JK, kind of). We have a few July birthdays in my family, and given we love any excuse to get together, my mom decided to have everyone over for a taco party in her yard.

I wanted to be comfortable yet still express my style, so these culottes were perfect for the occasion. I felt like I was in sweatpants, but managed to still look put together. I adore the drawstring, pretty army green color, and the fact that they’re shockingly versatile. I paired them with my white platform sandals (these have literally been glued to my feet the last month, obsession) and a simple crop top. Since purchasing my sandals, I’ve garnered quite the reputation – lots of Spice Girl references. I’ll take it #GirlPower.

All in all, the taco party was a nice way to wrap up the weekend.

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Monday Mindfulness

Monday Mindfulness

These past few months have been eventful (to say the least) both in my life and those of my friends. I don’t know if it’s the age we’re at, but it seems like we’re all going through pivotal moments in our lives. Most of my friends are on different wavelengths – some married with children (or expecting), others single and ready to meet new people. As I fall somewhere in-between, I’m starting to appreciate the variety of challenges & experiences we’re all going through. I’ve been reflecting a lot lately on how our lives have evolved the last 5-7 years, and what the future holds.

All of the sorrow & heartbreak in the news lately further escalates these emotions. Life can be overwhelming and scary, and sometimes the only thing you can do to get through change and hardship is take things day by day. Appreciate the present, be grateful for what you have and the loved ones around you. Nothing is permanent, and you have to accept that that applies to both the positive and negative. Live in the moment, and as they say…enjoy the little things in life, for some day you will look back and realize they were the big things.

  1. I will admit that I struggle to just do nothing. I’m not a regular TV watcher (though I do love certain shows), couch potato, napper. However, there exists a power behind doing nothing. It can open up your mind, gives you a chance to process your thoughts and feelings. Sometimes, the best thing you can do is to listen to you (tinybuddha.com).
  2. Our instinct is to run away from pain. Pretend like we don’t feel it, distract ourselves. But, as we’ve seen, this method of managing pain creates larger problems (think anxiety, depression, disease). Spoiler alert – the best way to work through pain is to face it (mindbodygreen.com).
  3. Love this post about “listening to the quiet” – when was the last time you did? (ploud.org)
  4. Even in hard times, it’s better to make the wrong decisions vs. none at all. We always want to resist change, but you have to keep moving forward (positivelypositive.com).
  5. There’s a word for obsessive thinking: rumination. We all suffer from this at times – long nights spent wide-awake with our racing minds. Put a stop to it with these handy tips, and be a happier version of yourself (theeverygirl.com).
4th of July Dessert: Rice Krispies Treats w/ Cheesecake

4th of July Dessert: Rice Krispies Treats w/ Cheesecake

This weekend flew by! Though I wasn’t as productive as I would have liked, I’m thankful I got to spend quality time with friends & family. Every moment this weekend was enjoyed with people I love, and there isn’t a better way to celebrate a holiday…don’t ya agree?

I had “baking something new” on my to-do list, so it was natural to bake a 4th of July dessert. I came across these delish krispy treats with cheesecake topping and knew I’d hit the jackpot. I’m usually not impressed with themed desserts, but I thought this one was tasteful & subtle enough. They were so easy to make, yet looked so elaborate! The sweetness of the krispy treat was a match made in heaven with the tartness of the cheesecake.

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Holiday Weekend Plans

Holiday Weekend Plans

The holiday weekend is upon us! I’ve so been looking forward to it. I never thought I’d say this, but I’ve been traveling too much (yes – it can get to a point where it’s too much – hard to believe, right?). With all the travel, house hunting, weddings, bridal showers, etc. June just flew by. I have my suitcase out from a week ago, parking tickets I haven’t paid, old food in my fridge, gray hairs growing like weeds…my life is in shambles!

Based on the insanity outlined above, I very much need a long weekend to get my life together and relax. I need to slowwww down. Do nothing for an afternoon. I forget what that’s like sometimes. Here are a few things I’m hoping to achieve this long, glorious weekend (hoping I can squeeze in that afternoon of nothingness with this schedule – I can’t help but be productive!).

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Greek Yogurt Face Mask (with Avocado)

Greek Yogurt Face Mask (with Avocado)

Heading into my late 20’s, I started to prioritize skincare more than ever. I look back at my teens & early 20’s and cringe at how I treated my skin – i.e. no sunscreen, not drinking enough water, sleeping with makeup on…I can go on for days. I’ve started to notice & appreciate other women with gorgeous skin, and often ask what their skincare regimen is.

A couple of weekends ago at a family wedding, I was seated with one of my cousins at the dinner table. She’s in her late 40’s and has phenomenal skin. I asked her to share her skincare secrets – in addition to the usual ones (stay out of the sun, exfoliate, sunscreen it up, etc.), she mentioned that she has been using a Greek yogurt mask on her face 3X a week for 20+ years! She had me convinced that I needed to give it a try.

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Closet Cleaning Rules I Live By

Closet Cleaning Tips

I try to go through my closet at least twice a year to keep it fresh & organized. I hate clutter, and when my drawers start piling up, I know it’s time to clean out. Usually, I go through everything I own (from clothing, shoes, accessories & bags) in the early summer and before the winter months. This year, I’m going through a major clean-out as I’m moving for the first time in 3 years. As you can imagine, I’ve got loads of nonsense stashed away in every crevice of my one bedroom apartment. A whole lot can accumulate in a 3 year period…let me tell you.

As I sort through all my things, I abide (is it odd that every time I use this word I think “the dude abides“?) by a few rules I’ve set for myself. These rules were put in place after a few years of frequent moving…yeah, 8 times in 8 years – doesn’t that sound like so much fun?! I hung on to items from late high school & early college WAY too long, and realized I needed to have a set of “closet cleaning rules” to reference to keep me in check.

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