Monday, September 25, 2017

Mondays and Messy Desks

I'm obsessed with all this plant-related and love all of the cactus additions to my desk as of late! Big thanks to Ankit for sending me this cactus charging bank, cactus tumbler, and adorable fake little cactus to make my Monday desk feel as cute as ever. They go perfectly with my cactus notebook, minimal planner, and Gelly Roll pens. What's your desk look like?

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Things Are What You Make of Them

I'm so excited for Adam J. Kurtz's new book, Things Are What You Make of Them. I've followed Adam for a long time on Instagram and love his fresh and clever views on all aspects of the world — and especially what it means to be an artist. His new book is full of advice for creatives and I especially loved the section about staying sane while working at home!

Things Are What You Make of Them comes out October 3rd. The best part is, if you pre-order the book the publisher will donate $1 per book to the Tegan and Sara Foundation. The Tegan and Sara Foundation is dedicated to helping fight for health, economic justice, and representation for LGBTQ girls and women.

I recommend picking up this book!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

My Favorite Simply Scrub Organic Body Scrubs

I love scrubs! Just a few days ago, I talked about my skin routine and facial exfoliant, and today I want to talk about body scrubs! I've shared a few on Mini Penny Blog before and I'm really excited to introduce these four to you! Introducing Simply Scrub and their 100% Natural and Organic body scrubs. Click through for the details on which ones I loved the most.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Dream of the 90s

Tear-away pants? Platform shoes? Tiny backpacks? Yes please. My formative early teen years were during the 90s and these are all of the clothes I saw in magazines (and Delia's catalogs) and desperately wished I had or that I was cool enough to wear. I'm absolutely obsessed with this combo and want to pair these pants with everything!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Skincare and Ulta's 21 Days of Beauty

I'm back with my second round-up of Ulta purchases! A couple weeks ago, I shared my overnight makeup kit for nights I spend away from home. Today, I'm giving you the info on my favorite skincare products! The best part is, one of these you can score during the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty event, along with lots of other goodies over the next few days!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Saying 'No' In 2017

The other day I had a Facebook notification that it has been four years since I moved from Philadelphia to Chicago. Philly left me reeling and I was determined to escape the fear from my failure at work and in relationships. I failed in Philadelphia. It took me a while to redeem my feelings for it — but it shaped me. The past four years have been cloud nine. I have been fortunate enough to weed out the bullshit. Those failures made me want to be a yes-(wo)man. And I was, for a while. But 2017 has taught me how important it is to know when to say no when someone or something is simply asking too much.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Weekend Movies

I'm pretty excited to see It this weekend. It was one of the first scary movies I saw as a kid and I remember it scaring the heck outta me (between It and Arachnaphobia, I was not a fan of shower or sink drains). I'm looking forward to a few movies over the next few months — Blade Runner 2 and Star Wars, to be specific. What are you planning on seeing?

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

My Overnight Kit and Ulta's 21 Days Of Beauty

This summer, I have really become more comfortable with wearing less makeup — mostly that means skipping the black winged eyeliner, which has always been my go-to. This is partially to thank to microblading, tattooed freckles, and my short-lived eyelash extensions (I'm still so sad that I was allergic to the adhesive!). Today I'm giving you a peak into my small overnight makeup kid, and some details about how you can stock up on our favorites at Ulta's 21 Days of Beauty Event! Click through for all of the details.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Giveaway // Microblading

Celebrate with Micro Penny Cosmetic Tattoo! I just hit 500 followers and as a thank you, I'm giving away the opportunity to win a free Microblading session!

Here's how to win:
❖ Head over to Instagram and like this post.
❖ Make sure you are following me @micropenny !
❖ Share the image above to your Instagram feed using the hashtag #winmicropenny. You may enter once per day! You only have until Wednesday, September 6th • I will be announcing the winner via Instagram at 9pm CST. Please only enter if you can have your brows tattoos in Chicago by the end of October and are available to come back within 12 weeks for your touch up!*


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Denim Duster

I've been low-key in love with the denim duster idea since I saw it hit Madewell's website earlier in the year. I figure if I have so many denim jackets, maybe I should add this long version to my wardrobe.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Summer Forever

Fall temperatures are flirting with us, but I'm not ready to give up my palms and tropical prints just yet. I scored these shorts at H&M a few weeks ago (and now they're just $10!) and I absolutely love pairing them with crop tops.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

You've Got Nail 76 // Scratch August Box

This month's Scratch Monthly Mani Box had transparent, summer-themed wraps that made for some colorful nails! Click through to see my process of planning my designs and the final product.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Just Peachy

I'm wishing you all a safe weekend. Everything in the states feels extra heavy (and keeps getting heavier) and volatile as of late — I encourage everyone to speak up in their communities against white supremacy and bigotry. It's hard to know the right words to say at the moment. Don't allow yourself to stop listening and learning. Stay safe physically and mentally and support the people around you. Mini Penny Blog is strictly anti-Nazi and anti-Trump; this is my space and if you feel the need to defend either of those groups, you are not who I want here. Spread empathy and and understanding in each part of your world.

August Shop My Closet

It has been a while since I listed a Shop My Closet sale! I did a huge closet clean out last week and listed over 50 items — many are already gone, but don't miss these pieces that are still available! If you're interested in anything, you can buy it directly through the Mini Penny Shop. And of course, if you have any questions, just shoot me an email. Always free US shipping!

Monday, August 14, 2017

You've Got Nail 75

Happy Monday! Here are some simple rose nails to kick off the week. There were an easy manicure with Daily Charme water transfers and some gold embellishment stickers from Amazon. Enjoy!

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Lace Romper

Happy Friday! Today I'm wearing a sheer and ruffled romper. Black and gold is forever my favorite combo and this one piece has a fun flared sleeve to give it some extra oomph.

Monday, August 7, 2017


When I pick out jumpsuits, I normally go for all black. I loved wearing this light floral style with off the shoulder detail for a day of thrifting and walking around the neighborhood with my buddy Brock.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Microblading in Los Angeles!

Hello Minis! Thank you for all the wonderful feedback on my post about Micro Penny Cosmetic Tattoo. I have had so much fun making eyebrows for y'all and am really excited to announce that I will be guesting at Audrey Glass Cosmetic Tattoo on September 11th and 12th in Los Angeles! I'm super humbled to be tattooing at Audrey's shop and have four appointments available:

September 11th ❖  9am  ❖  12pm  ❖ 3pm
September 12th ❖  9am

I'm booking the Los Angeles appointments by email only. Chicago appointments can be booked through my website! I'm looking forward to meeting you and making some eyebrows.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

You've Got Nail 74 // Scratch July Box

This month's Scratch wraps were giving me serious Black Mirror San Junipero vibes! I decided to make my sets mostly inspired by that episode — grids and starry nights and palms! I'm so in love with how these turned out. Click through to see my planning and more photos of the nails.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Facetory May and June Boxes

It took me a while to get through the May and June Facetory boxes, but here they are! There were so many good masks (and possibly my favorite hydrogel ever!) and I tried out each and every one of them. Click through for more details.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

The Nursery

There's no pick-me-up quite better than visiting the plant nursery and getting some new leafy friends for my home.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Summer Jeans

I'm normally not keen on light colored denim, but I've lusted after these Madewell Perfect Summer Jeans since I saw them on their website a couple months ago.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Home Sweet Home

There's nothing like coming home after eight days away. Ohio was fantastic, but it feels great coming home and lounging around before getting back to work.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

No Bad Days

No bad days this summer, with a shirt to prove it. Photos by Wesley Taylor Photography.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Stripes and Sandals

Today was comfortable and casual in a simple dress and sandals. I'm over here trying to keep cool in this hot Ohio summer!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Favorite Summer Swimsuits

I feel like I've gone overboard on suits this year! I've spoiled myself by spending many of my summer days at the pool soaking up sun — and scooping up lots of mix and match suits to accommodate. Click through to see some of my favorites this year.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Red White & Blue

Happy Fourth, everyone! Hope you are all having a safe holiday and enjoying your day with friends and family. (Photos by Allen Samuel Lee)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Green Gingham

I love the square halter neckline of this dress. It reminds me of all the cool-girl 90s styles I looked up to as a pre-teen. This dress from Metisu is making its normal rotation into my summer wardrobe.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Don't Forget

Happy Monday! Giving y'all a reminder that today is the last day to enter to win shoes from Rhea! Head over to last week's post to find out how.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

How method Inspired My Greener Living

One of my favorite things about Chicago is that I learn new things every day. There are places, people, neighborhoods, shops, and restaurants to discover nearby. I was fortunate enough to tour one of these inspiring locations last week — Chicago's very own Southside Soapbox (the method home factory) and Gotham Greens Urban Greenhouse. After an exciting behind-the-scenes look, we did a walking tour of the Pullman neighborhood. It was a fantastic day, so be sure to click through for more eye candy from my day on the city's southside.

Monday, June 19, 2017

You've Got Nail 73

This month I took a little break from my Scratch wraps and decided to try out the nails that got me into false nails — Claire's and Icing! Most people don't know this, but Claire's and Icing Stores were my first retail jobs. I worked for the company when I was in college and managed stores in the Columbus, Ohio, area. Weird, right? Well, I used to buy their faux nails because they always had some cute designs and were really affordable. I decided to try out some of their current styles and kicked it off with these matte camo stilettos. Nails courtesy of Icing by Claire's. See more nail styles here on the Claire's or Icing website!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Not Without My Coffee

Good morning! I hope you are enjoying your weekend — I'm spending mine lounging around the city and enjoying coffee in this summer heat.

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