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Striped Summers

Posted on: Monday, July 6, 2015


I love rompers. I love stripes. So naturally, this romper was an easy pick. I wore this to Randolph Street Market last weekend — something light, cool and fun for my rare Sunday off.



I didn't end up much at Randolph Street Market nor the Renegade Pop Up shop that weekend. I got a patch at Renegade and that's it! Lately I've been in a not-shopping mood (what?!) — I think a lot of it has to do with working so often that I'd rather spend my days off enjoying the company of those around me and the sights in the city.



Romper, c/o DressIn
Necklace, Modcloth [similar]
Shoes, Prabal Gurung x Target [similar]
Matte Black Cateye Sunglasses, Urban Outfitters [similar]


My Fourth

Posted on: Sunday, July 5, 2015


Yesterday we rode the bike down to Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve. It was a great ride and felt good to get out of the city for a few hours. Once we got back into Chicago, we grabbed a quick bite and watched fireworks from my apartment (I live in the tallest building on my block and have windows that face West and North) with a bottle of wine. It was the perfect low-key fourth of July for my busy schedule.

How did you spend your holiday?

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What I wore for the ride:

Henley Tank, Ragstock [similar]
Easy Jean, American Apparel [similar]
All Stars, Converse


Fourth of July Sale!

Posted on: Friday, July 3, 2015


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New Leaf

Posted on: Tuesday, June 30, 2015


I am a woman obsessed! Just a last week ago I posted about how much I love tropical print — specifically banana leaves. I'm living in this romper. And I got the shorts that match. I've been noticing this design every where. It's pretty great for pretending it's summer in Chicago even though it doesn't really feel like it.


I also get stuck in this rut of always wearing the same shoes. Since I feel like I'm working at the tattoo shop every single day (not really, but it sure as heck seems like it!) or on a motorcycle, I keep my toes covered. And that means I never get to wear my full collection of shoes. I get in the habit of the boots-with-everything mentality.


And I added more work to my sleeve — and I have about half of my arm to go!



Banana Leaf Romper, Old Navy
Strappy Sandals, Shoedazzle [similar]
Double Wrap Belt, Urban Outfitters [similar]
Necklace, Akira Chicago [similar]
Sunglasses, Han KjĂžbenhavn [similar]


Growing out an Undercut

Posted on: Thursday, June 25, 2015


It's been well over a year since I posted about the many ways that you can wear an undercut. I loved my short, short hair — but I had this creeping feeling that growing it out would be a pain. To my surprise, the undercut has been one of the easiest short-hair-grow-outs I've ever done. Once I made the decision to not shave my sides anymore, I just let the top grow until I could achieve a reasonable center part. And from there, the more time that goes by, the more styles I can get with this length.  See more for my favorite four styles to wear and the products I use on a daily basis.

You've Got Nail 48 // Emoticon Nail Wraps

Posted on: Tuesday, June 23, 2015


It's been a long while since I've posted anything about my nails. Mostly, I've sort of fallen out of it — I don't have the time right now and my subscription boxes haven't been terribly exciting. I've skipped every Julep Maven box for months (actually, I just opted in for the July one, so expect that review in a few weeks!).

When I got an email from Scratch a few weeks back announcing their mini monthly box, I wanted to hop on board. I loved my old Scratch subscription, but when I changed bank accounts and got a new card, I never updated my info and let the subscription get cancelled. And in reality, getting three sets of nail decals per month was more than I needed. In the new Mini boxes, you get to choose one set a month. The kicker was that for my first month, I could choose the emoji wraps.


In the box I got my chosen wraps, plus a small Color Club nail polish in the most perfect teal color, and a nail art brush. Definitely worth the ten bucks a month!


Did you know that Apple is adding a taco emoji in the next update? Finally! The emoticon wraps had so many great emojis — and I split them up for multiple manis. So far I have three on the books, and I'm sure I'll use the fire, taco, smiley poop, and pizza soon enough!


I used:
Emotiwraps Scratch Nail Wraps (See No Evil Monkeys)
ELF Nail Polish in Chocolate (Similar: Espresso Your Style)
Seche Vite Top Coat


I used:
Emotiwraps Scratch Nail Wraps (Praise Hands and Queen Crown)
Color Club Nail polish in New Bohemian
Sally Hansen InstaDri in Sprint Mint
Milani Glitter Polish in Teal
Sinful Colors Polish in Snow Me White
Pueen Nail Stamper
Bundle Monster Nail Stamping Plates
Seche Vite Top Coat


I used:
Emotiwraps Scratch Nail Wraps (Alien, Peace Sign, Sun and Moon)
Zoya Nail Laquer in Dove
Julep Nail Laquer in Joelle (Similar or Subscribe to Julep Maven)
L'Oreal Nail Color in Aux Chandelles (similar)
Seche Vite Top Coat
Nail Art Brush

It's hard to find the link for the Mini Box on Scratch's website, but you can sign up via this link. Enjoy!

Trend // Tropical

Posted on: Wednesday, June 17, 2015


My favorite trend for summer is tropical — most specifically vintage-inspired palm leaf prints! I love banana leaves and I am feeling this print on everything.

My recognition of the banana leaf print comes from the famous Beverly Hills Hotel Martinique wallpaper. Don Loper created this design in 1942 specifically for the hotel and it has been beloved by designers the world over since.

(Above) Leaf Cami Romper, Old Navy


Tropical Leaf Pencil Skirt, Topshop // Tropical Makeup Bag, UO // Tropical of my Love Wedge, ModCloth // New Look Palm Printed Jumpsuit, ASOS // Palm Print Crop Top, Forever 21 // For Love and Lemons Tropical Leaf Dress, Urban Outfitters


Blogger Inspiration from around the web: Atlantic-Pacific // Not Your Standard // A Lacey Perspective // Emma le Doyen

My Favorite Hand Lettering Tools

Posted on: Tuesday, June 16, 2015


In the past few months, I've really gotten into hand lettering with brush pens and nibs. On Instagram, a few of you have asked me what I use to achieve these looks, so I figured I'd round up a few of my favorite tools for lettering.

Mostly, for ease, I use brush pens. They're (mostly) inexpensive and low-mess and very transportable, making them my go to option for script lettering. The ink and nib gives me my favorite look, but that can sometimes take a little more practice and time to really get it right. Click through for all of my favorite pens.

Ways To Wear It // Flares

Posted on: Friday, June 12, 2015


I am totally obsessed with flares and bell bottoms lately. I've picked up a few pairs but have been on the hunt for some great denim ones as well (like these from Madewell. Ah!). Styling bell bottoms and flares can be really fun — and for someone who is dedicated to my skinny jeans, it's a nice change every now and again!

Silver Screen Style // Girl, Interrupted

Posted on: Thursday, June 11, 2015


I saw this movie one time. It was when I was in middle school. Last week, I noticed it was on Netflix and decided to give it a go. I didn't really remember much about it — and in fact was totally engulfed in the styling of the movie. I was pretty surprised to also see some familiar faces (George Senior from 'Arrested Development' and Peggy from 'Mad Men'!) on the cast.

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