In brainstorming new content ideas for the holidays, I realized I have all of these little things I’ve been wanting to share with you guys, but haven’t because I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to do so. Then, it struck me that I don’t NEED to have a separate post for each and every thing, but I can combine them all into a “favorite things” roundup and share all of the goodies at once! How does that sound?
I’ll share a monthly roundup of my “top 10” products, movies, music, food, ANYTHING of the month. I had an ongoing list of things I love from the last few months so pulling this together for October was super easy. One of my favorite things about blogging is sharing the stuff I love (yes, even outside of clothes), so I’m particularly amped about this series, and hope you are too!
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Annnnddd now to the October top ten.
Image a world where you could go to the movies as many times as you want for $9.95 a month. Well, it now exists with Moviepass. This movie subscription service partnered with all major theatres, and for just under $10 a month you can go to as many movies as you want! Leo and I just got our passes in the mail this week (takes 2-3 weeks to receive), so we have to get a movie date in the books ASAP.
I’ll give Leo credit for this one – his geeky ways really do work in my favor! Fakespot is able to identify if reviews (think Yelp, Amazon, TripAdvisor) are legitimate. You know I love my reviews, so this makes it really easy to plug in a product and make sure it’s not a scam. Pretty cool stuff.
I recently discovered this great organic beauty brand based outside of Chicago, and their stuff is amazing. From serums to cleansers to essential oils, they’ve got it down. I love spraying their facial mist on when I need extra hydration, and the refresh body scrub works wonders on your skin! I always forget to exfoliate everything else outside of my face, so it’s a nice reminder to keep this scrub in the shower.
It’s safe to say that Korean is mine (& Leo’s) favorite when it comes to Asian cuisine, so when we saw a Bonchon open up Chicago, we knew we had to try it. It was INSANE. The fried chicken tenders are to die for – don’t let the fact that it’s a chain steer you away. I can’t wait to go there again! You can find out if there is one near you here.
I’m always on the hunt for the next best coffee…and I’m obviously biased when it comes to Chicago roasters…but this stuff is GOOD. It’s all I’m drinking at home lately, and I’m not tired of it yet. Not even close. If you’re in Chicago, definitely stop in their flagship location on Western! My favorite is the Love Supreme – if you’re a fan of darker roasts, Giant Steps is the one for you.
I was too young to fully appreciate Seinfeld as a kid, but now that I’m older, I catch myself watching more and more of the re-runs on TV. The fact that it’s still funny so many years later is truly incredible. Jerry is hands down a genius, and this special on Netflix gives the background on his upbringing and how he became the Seinfeld we all know and love today. It was really well done! There were bits and pieces of stand up in between…so be prepared to laugh.
I just bought this adorable desk chair, and was worried that the wheels would destroy our hardwood floors #homeownerprobs. I didn’t want to get one of those ugly mats, so the best solution was these rubber, rollerblade-like wheels. They fit on any chair, are SO easy to install, and don’t scratch your floors! There are some added bonuses too – they don’t make as much noise, and they allow for a smooth ride if you’re into rolling around like I am. Ha!
Pizza is one of my favorite foods, but I don’t eat it often for obvious reasons. I’ve tried to make healthier versions of pizza at home – like that cauliflower pizza I featured on my Insta story last week – but there is something to just popping a frozen pizza in the oven. Real Good Pizza is frozen pizza with a chicken crust (mixed with parmesan) instead of bread, making the pizza less carb-y and packed with protein! We tried it for the first time a few weeks ago and it was pretty good – definitely satisfied my pizza craving. Find out where you can buy it here.
A few weeks ago, Leo surprised me with this hilarious keychain featuring Tina Belcher from Bob’s Burgers (one of our fav cartoons). I go by “Tina” with close friends & family, so on top of being funny it was also appropriate. He then proceeded to buy a different keychain for all of our sets of keys, featuring other characters from shows we watch (the other one is Rick from Rick & Morty). They have characters from various show/movies – Game of Thrones, Back to the Future, any Disney movie, Harry Potter…the list goes on. Such a cute little gift to get a friend!
Earlier this year, a friend of mine partnered with a few other badass women to create Nasty Hands. In a time where many of us feel helpless in our current political climate, Nasty Hands is a way to support the organizations that are fighting back. 100% of net proceeds are donated in support of educational rights, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, equal legal representation, and more. Such an awesome way to give back…and the lotion itself is also great! Added bonus.
I’ll admit it, I am a sucker for reviews. On everything. I want to know the ins and outs of each and every single thing I’m buying before I pull the trigger. Yes, it can be overwhelming, paralyzing at times, but in most situations it pays off. ESPECIALLY when it comes to beauty products. For one thing, because most non-drugstore products don’t come cheap. Also, the market is SO saturated, so you usually don’t know what you’re getting and if it even does what it claims it does.
With all that said, I research the sh*t out of every beauty product I purchase. I need to make sure I know what I’m putting on my face & hair, and that the product is worth the price. Call me crazy, but I check reviews across a few sites for different perspective.
Suit: Vintage YSL (a lucky find from a Vintage Garage event), I couldn’t find something like it but you can pair a midi skirt with a cropped blazer for a similar look! | Sock Boots: Zara | Beanie: I picked this up in Berlin a few years back, but here’s a similar one | Lipstick: Mac, Chili
I’ve been waiting all year for this. Secretly, I’ve built up my stash of vintage power suits and have been waiting for the right moment to bust them out. Now is the TIME. My first suit purchase was actually this blazer (yes, it comes with pants!). I’m working on tapering the pants as they currently have a wide leg. TBD on that. Hoping to get that done so I can rock that bad boy soon.
Now, back to this suit. Vintage Yves Saint Laurent from the 70s. The previous owner sold it to me herself – we had a moment. I think she was very excited that I was excited about it, and that this beauty was given a second life. From the stitching to the buttons to the colors of the wool…it’s a stunning set. AND, it fits me perfectly. I didn’t even have to tailor it. Meant to be.
You are probably thinking to yourself, “I don’t know how to pull this off”. I thought the same thing, and here I am. Here’s how to wear a power suit. you can do it…
I go back and forth on listening to podcasts. I was initially introduced to the podcast world back when Serial came out, and was instantly obsessed. Hence, my initial list of favorite podcasts that I shared about two years ago…funny enough, around this time of year! I’ve been back on the podcasts lately, it all began when I started walking to and from the office a few months back. The walks have ended but my podcast listening hasn’t, so I think it’s safe to say I’m into it. Here’s what I’ve been listening to lately:
I made bread. That’s right…I made BREAD. Who am I?! I never imagined that I’d be able to enjoy a piece of bread that I made my very self, but it happened. Let me explain, as I definitely needed a lot of help.
A couple of months back, I visited Kansas City with Visit KC. Yes, the trip was awesome. If you’re thinking of going (which you definitely should!), here are some things to do and places to eat while you’re there. One of my favorite activities on the KC trip was getting a tour of Boulevard Brewery. For one, the actual space of the brewery was really cool. The decor & branding was so on point, and the energy was awesome – jam packed & so lively! At the end of the tour, we headed to the tasting room to sample the beer (the best part of any brewery tour, let’s be honest).
One of the beers that I tried was the Tank 7, and it just stuck with me. The flavor is intense but in the best way possible. It’s fruity, hoppy and peppery all at the same time. On our way out of the brewery, we stopped in the gift shop (which was SO cute by the way!), and I figured it was probably a good time to buy Leo a little gift from my trip. I came across this adorable beer bread kit from I Loaf You, a KC brand that puts together these homemade bread kits to help people like me make their own bread.
Blazer: Vintage Escada (from one of my favorite vintage shops!), I couldn’t find a leather blazer, but here‘s a navy moto jacket! | Jeans: Levi’s, similar here| Silver Sandals: Massimo Dutti, sold out (similar here and here) | White Tee: Frank & Oak | Sunglasses: Celine, more affordable option here
It may not feel like fall yet, but it’s definitely here. I’ve been rocking fall clothes & sweating my ass off, but I don’t care. I refuse to wear summer gear in October. It’s just not happening. NO MORE OPEN TOES. Done…except for these silver sandals, though. They just went too well with this navy blazer. I had to do it. But after this, I’m done. For real.
I’d like to think that I don’t wear much makeup – I stick with bronzer, concealer, mascara, eyeliner (sometimes) & blush. That’s pretty much it. If I’m looking to spruce things up a bit, I pop on my favorite lipstick of the moment, and I particularly love rocking a bold lip. Since lipstick is my go-to in elevating my look, I’m always close to the latest trends and bounce on them immediately. You saw my favorite lipsticks of the summer a couple of months ago! Today, I’m sharing the beauty trend I’m loving lately…METALLIC LIPSTICK.
Blazer: Vintage, similar here | Slip Dress: Zara, similar here| Velvet Boots: Sam Edelman| Clutch: Vintage, this one is also chainmail but a little different (I like it more than the one I have!) | Lipstick: Milk Lip Metal
Over the last 5 years, my vintage purchases have increased exponentially. The first piece of vintage clothing I purchased was this blazer 4 years ago. I used to be hesitant in buying vintage clothes…until I realized the quality I was getting for a fraction of the price of something new. Let’s just say the cleaners have become my new best friend!
Outside of being more affordable, my favorite thing about buying vintage is the fact that each piece of one of a kind. I love the feeling of finding an awesome vintage item and knowing that I’m the ONLY one who has it! The exclusivity of each purchase makes for a thrilling shopping experience – such a good feeling. I’m at the point now where 70% of what I buy is vintage, and there’s no turning back. I will say, though, that finding the right places to shop vintage is key. There are plenty of vintage stores, but depending on where you go, you’ll find yourself leaving the store defeated and confused (“why can I not find anything good?! What’s wrong with me?!”). The key is knowing WHERE to shop. That said, today I’m sharing my go-to spots for vintage shopping in Chicago.
We’ve been spending a lot of time trying to enhance our living room lately. You probably remember this little corner from a post I shared a few weeks back (our speaker DIY – these used to be black!). Leo had put his old records in my mom’s garage for storage 2 years ago – believe me, I got a reminder from her monthly that they were still in there – and we finally found a new home for them!
We all know about the Ikea Kallax shelving system. I’ve seen this thing EVERYWHERE and serving different purposes – as a bookshelf, a cubby at the gym, a storage piece . You can basically transform it to fit any purpose, and in this case, we used it for record storage. The records fit so perfectly in the little cubbies, and we were able to place Leo’s record player (he was very excited about this purchase) on top. It was a nice touch to the retro feel we had going with the speakers. The only thing that we weren’t sold on? The fact that everyone knew this Ikea piece, and that it just kind of looked, you know, basic.
New York fashion week feels like ages ago, but I realized that I never did my standard round up post of the street style trends! Typically, I find the trends after perusing through all of the street style pics..but this time around, I saw everything first hand. As crazy & overwhelming NYFW was, the most fun part was the inspiration you’re surrounded by, both on the runway & on the street. Walking in and out of shows may have been my favorite part of it all, with the street style photographers crowded at the corners, waiting for the next street style star to walk on by. Here are 5 trends I saw everywhere the few days I was there! I’ve pulled together my favorite pieces from each trend so that you can shop it too, if your heart desires.