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3 Ways to Wear an Oversized Blouse

3 Ways to Wear an Oversized Blouse

I’ve been obsessing over oversized blouses lately – particularly white ones. I keep discovering exciting new ways to dress them, soooo I end up wearing the same shirts on repeat. I can’t help it! It’s also been so hot in Chicago that oversized clothes are simply more comfortable to wear. Jeans are not an option, and form fitting tops are not known for masking how sweaty your pits are (so gross, but true). Blouses are versatile, stylish and comfortable, especially when you have the right fabric.

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas: 2017

Father’s Day Gift Ideas: 2017

I was going through old photos at my mom’s this weekend, and I think it’s safe to say that it’s officially one of my favorite pastimes. My dad’s a photographer, so we have boxes & boxes of photographs…from my parents engagement photos, baptisms, family vacations, birthday parties to simple moments like my brother playing on our swing set. I love seeing photos of us as kids, but I particularly love seeing photos my parents & grandparents. It’s such a strange thing to see pics of my parents when they were my age – I wonder what they were thinking, what challenges they were facing, what dreams they were aspiring towards. Life is a crazy thing.

Father’s Day tends to be a more emotional holiday for me. I’ve always been close with my mom, but my dad and I have had our ups and downs over the years. Maybe it’s because we’re weirdly alike, or that we’re both stubborn and refuse to see things from the other’s perspective. Either way, we’ve always had a different type of relationship, and I don’t get to see him as often as I’d like for various reasons. I also lost my grandfather a couple of years ago – the first time I ever lost a family member that close. I feel very lucky to have grown up with a grandfather, as I know many people aren’t able to experience that, and I have some guilt about not appreciating the time I had with him as much as I could have.

With all that said, I try to make the most out of every Father’s Day and spend some quality time with Dad. I’ve realized the importance of telling loved ones how much I care and spending time with them because you just never know how much time you have.

On a lighter note – quality time is the best gift you can give, but an actual gift is a always a nice little bonus. I put together a quick list of the Father’s Day gifts that are top of mind, and will put a smile on Dad’s face (no guarantees, but I think you’ll get something out of him!).

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Is Sous Vide Cooking Worth it?

Is Sous Vide Cooking Worth it?

No, I am not a professional chef…but I that doesn’t mean I don’t want to be one. I mean, that’d be a nice little bonus right? Hi, I work in advertising, I have a life & style blog..AND oh yeah, I am a professional chef.

I always wondered how restaurants manage to cook steak perfectly EVERY TIME. It has to be chaos in those kitchens (my kitchen is chaos cooking for two – I still can’t get stuff to cook properly!), how do they keep track of how much time each steak requires?! Well, I hate to break it to you, but most restaurants don’t keep track. They have this magical device called the sous vide.

There are different variations of sous vides – ones used by large restaurants vary from those made for us wannabe chefs. I purchased a home-friendly sous vide, the Joule by ChefSteps, to see what all this hype was about (& because I wanted to make progress against my #chefgoals). The device came with a hefty price tag at $199, but curiosity inspired me to pull the trigger.

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How to Wear a Dress Over Pants

How to Wear a Dress Over Pants

Dress over pants?! What?! Why would anyone do that? Because it’s chic as hell, that’s why. I admired this trend from afar for a very long time, until I mustered up the courage to try it earlier this season with a sweater dress (I’ve also attempted the look with a wrap skirt). My worry was always that all of the layers would result in unflattering bulkiness, but belting the look made a world of a difference. Behold – there is a waist underneath all of the layers! Surprise surprise! The magic of accessories.

I took another risk this week, and tried it again, this time with a wrap dress. I’d like to think this was a successful attempt, but that is up for the people to judge. I’ve realized with a few rules of thumb, this look can be foolproof…read below for my tips in pulling this off.

PS – If you’re digging the tassel earrings, you can shop my favorites here!

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Trend Shop: White Shoes

Trend Shop: White Shoes

I’m sure you’ve noticed, but I’m really into white shoes right now. The obsession began last year when I found a killer pair of white platforms, and proceeded to wear them on repeat for the remainder of the summer. I could not WAIT to get those bad boys out this year.

80s vibes have always been up my alley, so maybe that’s what’s got me hooked on this trend. Either way, a white pair of shoes – whether they be sandals, platforms, pumps – can instantly elevate an outfit. Plus, white matches with virtually EVERYTHING, so the cost per wear is totally reasonable (yes – I actually use cost-per-wear as a consideration before making a purchase #shoppingaddictproblems).

Below are white shoes I’m loving currently – be sure to check out my other trends shops too!

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Wrapped Up

Wrapped Up

Why is it so tough to get back to the grind after a holiday weekend? It was virtually impossible to adult this week. I just wanted to sleep in until 11AM and have breakfast in bed. Sigh. Being grown up is overrated. It didn’t help that we spent our Memorial Day prepping our roof deck (aka removing ~80 garbage bags worth of dead plants & old furniture down 5 flights of stairs), so that was fun. I can’t wait to get our new furniture up there and enjoy it! Just in time for summer.

On a happier note, this outfit makes me smile. I’ve been on the hunt for extreme flares, and nailed it with this pair from Zara. It was challenging to find ones that were flattering, and these checked all the boxes. I recently bought these 80s inspired white pumps (similar ones here) – the heel is the perfect height where I can actually walk around in them and feel normal. I’m so old now I can’t even wear heels above 4″ anymore ha!

The wrap top over blouse look has taken over my insta lately and I’m loving it. I decided I’d try it this weekend, because…well why not?! One of the things that inspires me most in regards to fashion is trying new things and reaching beyond my comfort zone. The end result? This super chic outfit that made me feel like a rockstar.

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Where to Shop Affordable Modern Couches

Where to Shop Affordable Modern Couches

I’m back!!! I feel like I’ve been gone forever. I took a little hiatus as I was in San Francisco last week. I extended what was meant to be a work trip and crashed with my cousin (who lives there) for the weekend. We lucked out with beautiful weather, so I spent a lot of time walking around, exploring new neighborhoods, eating tasty food. It was really nice to take some time to unplug – much needed. Now I’m refreshed and ready to get back in the swing of things!

I know I sound like a broken record, but seriously…the house has been our lives as of late. We’re finally wrapping up the renovations (will have a new room to share in the coming weeks!) and are starting to focus more on furniture & decor. The most stressful furniture purchases were the couches…and luckily, we ordered these first knowing we’d need them the most. Couches are BIG purchases, and given so much shopping is now done online, it’s makes it even more stressful! It’s scary to pull the trigger on something you haven’t seen in real life.

We, naturally, did a ton of research before deciding on which couches to get. My definition of “affordable” in this case is couches under $2K – if you’re looking to spend under $1K, Ikea is your best friend (we actually purchased this Ikea couch in light grey for the office – it’s great!). Urban Outfitters is another go-to if you’re looking to buy a couch on the real cheap! We got this Urban Outfitters couch for our den upstairs (you can see it here). For the living room, we wanted something nicer, knowing we would be using it the most & would have it forever – or however long couches last nowadays (better be a long time given the investment!). I wanted to share with you where we were shopping & what we ended up with – aka all of the below places are vetted!

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Why Sprouted Grains Are Healthier

Why Sprouted Grains Are Healthier

I’ve adjusted my diet the last few weeks, mainly to get a hold of my sugar problem, but also to lose a couple of pounds I put on over the holidays in preparation for summer! One of they key adjustments I made was cutting out all sugar, aside from fruit, and also eating foods that have a low glycemic index (i.e. foods that have minimal impact on your blood sugar – better for your metabolism & ultimately your health). The no sugar thing has been SO tough…that can literally be a blog post all on it’s own! Good news is, it gets better after the first week.

The other major change I made was the types of grains I’m eating. I am still eating grains – for one thing, I can’t live without SOME carbs in my diet, but I also strongly believe in the notion of moderation. I don’t think cutting anything completely out of your diet (outside of sweets & bad fats) is a good thing. However, I’ve been focusing on eating more sprouted grains. I know, you have questions…keep reading!

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Palm Print Dress

Palm Print Dress

I spent Mother’s Day at my mom’s eating her homemade kebabs (amongst other delicious food). It was surprisingly pleasant to spend the entire day in the burbs – so low key. It’s a nice change of pace from the city life I’m used to! Less people, peace and quiet, little to no traffic…lots of Mom time. She liked her gift (I got her a new Cuisinart food processor per her request haha), so I consider Mother’s Day a success!

I wore this cute little palm print dress from Old Navy (they are CRUSHING it right now, perfect #summervibes) – if you know me, you know I rarely wear print. Something about the print on this dress really captured my attention – it’s bold but not obnoxious (and um…it’s on sale for $15!!!). I also loved how it was just long enough where it feels super summery but not too scandalous! Denim jackets are my go-to when the weather warms up but you still get a breeze in the evening, so I added it as an extra layer to the look. This dress would look cute with white sneaks, but I paired it with my absolute favorite white platform sandals (I LIVE in these in the summer – they instantly make any outfit cool). I topped off my tropical look with an orange lip, because I felt like it was necessary (lipstick is Nars Audacious – Juliette).

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Monday Mindfulness

Monday Mindfulness

Life has been a whirlwind lately (when is it not?!). The last week Leo was out of town, so I had plenty of alone time to reconnect with myself and get my life in order. That means lots of gym time, attempting to cook (as I’m trying to eat better – I’ll share more on that later this week!) – hanging with friends and curling up in bed at 9pm on a Friday to watch Harry Potter…yes, that actually happened. I will say there were many cocktails had the night before that resulted in this Harry Potter marathon. It was just what I needed.

Outside of the usual craziness, I’ve been experiencing something lately that I think comes with the late twenties…re-evaluating friendships. I’ve recently talked about how many of my friends are in different life stages, which is to be expected at age 29. However, one thing I did not expect was for some friendships to fizzle out. It’s a weird phenomenon – I realized that there were select people in my life that simply weren’t being good friends. I’m still not sure if these people recently changed, or if I’m just realizing something that’s been there all along. Either way, it’s been a challenging but enlightening experience. As I closed doors, new ones opened. The moment I made it a priority to branch out & meet new people, I did, and in the most hilarious ways (i.e. Lyft line- ha!). It’s been a long time since I’ve opened myself up to someone new. I struggled with it at first, but I found I’m learning more about myself throughout this process in addition to learning more about what I value & expect out of a friendship. It’s funny how life works sometimes.

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