Retro in Red

Retro in Red

Happy April – did you get fooled this weekend?! Luckily I didn’t, which I attribute to Leo being out of town. I spent time catching up with friends on Friday at Dove’s (we wanted to hit up Big Star but of course the wait was outrageous per usual), and Saturday I got things done around the house. We have visitors staying with us next week and I want to make sure the house is in good shape before they arrive! I’m usually scrambling to prepare last minute and wanted to avoid that this go round. I’m sure I’ll be scrambling still but at least I tried #oldhabitsdiehard.

A few weeks back, I came across a few awesome vintage finds, one of which was this chic red blazer (based on the intense shoulder pad situation, my guess is that it’s from the 80’s). I’m not normally a red kind of girl, but I’ve been SUPER into it lately. Maybe it was the inspo from NYFW? Whatever it is, I’m not fighting it! Anyway, it’s such a cool piece but depending on the outfit, it could look either edgy & cool or extra frumpy. I obviously was going for the edgy vibe, so I wore it with my Spiderman vintage tee (I’ve had this thing for years and haven’t gotten sick of it yet) and my go-to high waisted wide leg jeans. I topped off the look with my silver strappy sandals – I usually only rock these in the evening, but they were too perfect for this look so I had to do it!

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Swimsuit Trends: Suits I’m Loving

Swimsuit Trends: Suits I’m Loving

It’s that time of year to stock up on swimsuits for the season! I didn’t have a proper spring break this year, so I’m fiending for sunshine and warm weather (& let’s be real, a TAN). This pic from Milos, Greece in 2015 is giving me major feels…take me back! PS – I’m officially booked again for Greece this summer – we have a wedding this year and will be exploring new islands. Yay!

Anyway, I always have a hard time finding suits because my boobs don’t fit in anything #bigboobprobs. That said, I have to start shopping earlier than most so I can try and return before I settle on my top picks. It takes more time than I’d like to admit, but you gotta do what you gotta do. Fit is KEY with swimsuits, so I suck it up and prepare myself to try on a million before finding the perfect one. Here are suits I’m loving currently (whether or not I can actually wear them – maybe I can, we’ll see), curated by trend/style! By the way, ASOS has a full bust line that I LOVE. I’ve included a few below, but you can shop the full collection here.

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How to Use Jojoba Oil

How to Use Jojoba Oil

I’m always one for testing new beauty products & mixing up my skincare rotation, but jojoba oil has been part of my routine for a couple of years now. It took me time to warm up to the idea of putting oil on my face – I used to think it would make me break out! “Oil free” was always a positive thing in my mind – but I’ve learned that’s SO not the case. I find myself using jojoba oil the most out of any other oil (I use coconut & vitamin E oil too), because it’s lighter and absorbs really well. In fact, it’s supposed to be very close to the natural oils our body produces. I buy mine from acne.org – it’s such a great value! I’ve had mine for over a year and there’s PLENTY left. You can also find it here & here. Now, on to how I actually use it…

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Warm Neutrals

Warm Neutrals

This weekend flew by too fast! We had a gorgeous day on Friday that turned into two days of nonstop rain. I guess that’s to be expected this time of year, but I wish we can just skip to June weather already! We had a jam packed weekend – thankfully, we got to chill a bit on Friday and check out Dox (Leo’s been wanting to go since it opened). I wasn’t a fan of some of the smaller dishes, but the chicken skewers are really good and so are their salads. I think we’ll be back! We also saw Get Out, which was insanely good. I’m so easily terrified (I NEVER see scary movies), yet I thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommend.

It was just warm enough this weekend to bust out the bare feet – that was kind of exciting. I’m so over boots at this point, so I’m trying to take advantage of any opportunity to not wear them. I just bought these killer wedges on Yoox this week (almost sold out but you can find them here too), so I obv went straight for those! I wore them with these cropped Missoni trousers that I’ve had FOREVER (I rarely get to wear them), as they just go perfectly with these chunky wedges. I paired the pants with a burgundy wool turtleneck to keep me warm when the temp dropped later in the day, and my vintage Levi’s denim jacket over for a more casual feel. I’m wearing the hell out of my mom’s vintage Gucci – she’s seeing me rock it and is now questioning giving it to me ha!

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How to Clean White Sneakers

How to Clean White Sneakers

Wearing: ASOS jeans, Lacoste sneakers, Larsson & Jennings watch, vintage jacket

I’m sure you’ve noticed, but I’m a BIG fan of white sneakers. Basically, I don’t know what I’d do without them. I wear them when I feel like being comfy (which let’s be honest – that’s most days) – and I love that depending on the outfit, I still feel stylish rocking them. The only issue with white sneakers is that they only look good when they’re crisp and clean. Scuffed up, dirty sneakers are not a thing…yeah, I know, wouldn’t it make our lives easier if they were? I’ve got a few hacks to make my sneaks look brand spankin’ new, or at least close enough. Here are three things I regularly do to clean my white sneakers (and keep in mind that sneaks don’t last forever, so if you’re past the 2 year mark, you prob need to pull the trigger on a new pair):

PS – If you’re on the market for new sneakers, check out my roundup of favs!

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Mom’s Homemade Hummus Recipe

Mom’s Homemade Hummus Recipe

My mom’s hummus is ALWAYS better than whatever I find at the store. Every. Single. Time. I never asked how to make it, because I figured it’d be too complicated/too much work. A few weeks ago, I finally asked how this magical hummus is made, and was surprised to find that it only required a handful of ingredients and a blender. Since I now know how to make it myself, it’s officially in my healthy snack rotation. It’s creamy & full of flavor – I love that I know exactly what’s in it and that it’s all natural! I’ve been eating it with fresh cucumbers and tomatoes…YUM. Below, you’ll find the easiest homemade hummus recipe EVER!

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Spring Is In The Air

Spring Is In The Air

Annnnd…Spring is officially here! I felt like we were far far away from spring early last week, but things have taken a turn for the better. The weather warmed up a bit on Sunday, and we got some needed sunshine. Fingers crossed that it’s here to stay.

I don’t know what’s gotten into me lately, but I’ve got some major vintage feels. On Saturday afternoon, I hit up a local Salvation Army and found a few killer designer pieces for spring (currently at the cleaners, but don’t worry, I’ll be revealing these on the blog in the coming weeks!). There’s no better feeling than walking out with 7 amazing vintage pieces and your bill coming out to $90. What?! That is the cost of one knit at Zara. Amazing.

As I’m in the vintage spirit, I decided to kick off spring with a beautiful piece knit by my grandmother 40 years ago. My mom wore this cropped knit tank when she was 13 years old, just like I did here, with a white button down blouse. Funny how fashion works sometimes, huh? I adore the knit for its uniqueness & 70s vibes…it’s special in many ways. I wore it here with a pair of Levi’s and blush/nude loafers, but I can’t wait to wear it with a skirt & chunky heels in the summer. What are you doing to get the spring feels going?

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Healthy Snacks to Stock Up On

Healthy Snacks to Stock Up On

Confession – I LOVE snacking. I love food in general, but snacking is one of my guilty pleasures. Sometimes (well, most times), I just want to munch on a little somthin’ somthin’. Depending on what I have at arm’s length, it can be a bad situation. Knowing I have this habit of hitting up my pantry every few hours, I try to keep only healthy snacks in the house. That way, even though I feel a tad guilty about snacking, I’m comforted by the fact that I’m at least putting healthy stuff into my body. These are the healthy snacks I resort to on the reg –

Siggi’s Yogurt: I’ve tried most yogurt brands, and Siggi’s is by FAR my favorite – I even like it better than Fage (sorry, Leo). My favorite is the plain one, but I’ve tried most of their flavors and there isn’t one I don’t like. Their yogurts have less sugar than most brands on the market, and significantly more protein (even when compared to Greek yogurts). Their plain yogurt is 0% fat, and it’s still as creamy as ever. I typically eat it with honey and fresh blueberries, sometimes adding some cereal or granola for a little crunch.

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Our Modern Kitchen Remodel

Our Modern Kitchen Remodel

As most of you already know (I’ve only been talking about it nonstop the last few months!), when we bought our place in August of last year, we knew we had a lot of work to do. The condo needed some SERIOUS love, as it hadn’t been updated in about 20 years. Though remodeling can be exhausting – literally the number of decisions you have to make is mind numbing – I found it to be so so worth it in the end. There is something special about having your place just the way you want it, minus some potentially regretful decisions (which we did have too haha).

I’ve got plenty of projects to share with you guys, but wanted to kick things off with one of our biggest ones so far, the kitchen! When we bought the house, the kitchen was super dark. Dark cabinets, counter tops, a green-ish beige paint color on the walls. We wanted a more modern, minimalist feel, but one that still felt cozy & warm. I feel like coziness can get lost in modern homes, so we kept that in mind as we made our kitchen decisions. Ready for the BIG REVEAL?!!! Here’s our completed modern kitchen remodel…

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Hand Me Downs

Hand Me Downs

Annnd it’s Monday! I don’t know about you guys, but losing one hour yesterday really threw me off. I was shocked that I woke up so late, and realized that it was because of daylight savings. Pleasant surprise! I spent the rest of my Sunday playing catch up with groceries, cleaning the house…all fun stuff. It’s been a brutally cold week in Chicago, and the weather was bringing me down. I’m so so over the cold…I’m hoping that we’re nearing the end! To keep my spirits up, I decided to bring some color out this weekend with this bright orange-red coat. It wasn’t until after I ran out of the house in this ensemble that I realized the majority of pieces were hand me downs.

The coat was my aunt’s from the late 90’s/early 00’s. I remember around that time Sisley had killer stuff, and she shopped there ALL of the time. This was one of many great pieces she got from there, and it was one of the items I snagged from my mom’s closet a few weeks back…that and the vintage Gucci bag. Coincidentally, the bag and this coat were a match made in heaven. The other hand me down? The shades. They’re vintage Carrera from the 80s, and funny enough, they’re my DAD’s! Dad was rocking stunna shades back then. I’m happy he takes care of his stuff, as I’m currently reaping the benefits. I dressed down the outfit with cropped jeans & a graphic tee (one I’ve had since college!). A pop of red lipstick and I was ready to take on the cold! Shop the look below:

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