MINI PENNY: 2017

Thursday, May 25, 2017

You've Got Nail 72 // Scratch May Box


I love the desert and cacti! I was excited to make sets with these nails and, per usual, ended up making three sets with the May Scratch Mani Kit. Click through to see the details of all three, and for a special discount code of your first Scratch order!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Ruffled Sleeves


Ruffled sleeve details are one of my favorite trends for spring. This dress combines that and my love for florals.




Monday, May 15, 2017

Intentionally Blank Glitter Boots


Even though I perpetually tell myself that I do not need to buy more shoes, I stumbled upon these Intentionally Blank glitter chelsea boots and couldn't say no.



Friday, May 12, 2017

Daily Harvest


One of my favorite grab-and-go foods in the mornings are smoothies! I definitely get stuck in the groove of making the same smoothies every day, which is where Daily Harvest comes in! Daily Harvest delivers pre-portioned, frozen smoothies to your home — just add almond milk and blend! Click through for more info on how you can get free smoothies with your first order.

Monday, May 8, 2017

DAMN.


It was a lazy Sunday outfit and we were on our way to the movies when we spotted this bold Kendrick billboard. I've been listening to this album a lot for the past few weeks — what have you been playing?



Friday, May 5, 2017

Review // Vichy


This week I tried out a few products from Vichy. Although I have completely switched over to oil cleansing, I still use Micellar water and other cosmetics almost daily. Click through to see my thoughts on these three products and links to where you can pick them up for yourself!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Elephant Dress


I am absolutely in love with the layered look of this dress. It's a simple stripped high collar shirt dress style with a jacquard harness vest on top. (Photos by Allen Samuel Lee)



Friday, April 28, 2017

You've Got Nail 71 // Scratch April Box


It's that time! Scratch's April Box was full of pineapples and flamingos. Click through to see the spring vacation themed looks with these wraps.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Blue


As much as I aspire to be Justin and Britney during their iconic all-denim-formal-wear, I think a chambray shirt and railroad denim is the closest I'm ever going to get. Heck, maybe one of these days I'll get one of those denim cowboy hats JT was sporting. But then again, probably not. (Photos by Allen Samuel Lee)




Thursday, April 20, 2017

Poolside Hologram


This swimsuit is absolutely to die for. I managed to scoop it up for a really great deal during the last round of the Nasty Gal going-out-of-business sale and I'm so glad I did. It's holographic goodness was perfect for being poolside in Guadalajara.



Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Facetory February Box


I absolutely loved (pun intended) my February Facetory Box. So much so that I really spread out my usage of these sheets to make sure I could make it last longer. Well, because of that, I'm behind on posting my boxes! Oops! Click through for more information on these sheets and where you can try them for yourself.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sugar and Spice


I was a little late to the party getting to Target to check out the Victoria Beckham collaboration. Amazingly, they had one pair of these pants left and they were in my size. I'm totally in love. (Photos by Allen Samuel Lee)




Thursday, April 13, 2017

Spring Vibes


I'm really digging spring. I picked up this adorable pom-pom blouse at a market during my trip in Mexico and it felt totally perfect to break out today.




Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Scratch Goods


I recently switched over my entire skincare routine. Online friends in beauty forums I belong to have been raving about oil cleansing — something that I thought maybe would be helpful for me. I've mentioned here before that I grew up with bad acne and have always been self conscious of my skin, and that it's only been the last five or six years that I've really gotten a routine down. In my research of oil cleansing, I was reminded of Chicago friends Scratch Goods — food-grade, small batch skincare made right here in my neighborhood. After microblading the brows of the owners Elizabeth and Maureen, I took the plunge.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

You've Got Nail 70 // Scratch February Box


I somehow managed to completely skip over my February Scratch Monthly Mani Kit — which is horrible considering that it is my favorite yet! I absolutely adore these wave wraps I made three sets out of these nails. Click though for all the details.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Guadalajara


Mexico was absolutely incredible! I was only gone for a few days, so I managed to pack really light, modest outfits for exploring the city. This look, in particular, was my favorite, and lasted for a day of eating tacos and going to a music festival in Zapopan.



Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Storage Wars


Cloudy grey days and a new hat — my kind of day. (Photos by Allen Samuel Lee)



Monday, March 27, 2017

You've Got Nail 69 // Scratch March Box


The Scratch Monthly Mani Box included these great Tropical Floral wraps! Per usual, I was able to make three sets out of them! Click through to see all that came in my kit and the other spring ready sets that followed.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Just For Kicks


I am so picky about blue denim — in fact, I never wear it considering I have such a hard time finding a fit, style, and wash that I like. Last week I tried these on simply to try and determine my size in Madewell's similar black version (that my local store was out of). I ended up loving them and buying them. 💙 photos by Allen Samuel Lee 




Tuesday, March 7, 2017

California


I just returned home from yet another wonderful trip to California. Per usual, I stayed in Los Angeles. As a change of pace, I went out to Palm Springs and Joshua Tree to get out of the city. Have I every told y'all how much I love the desert?




Sunday, February 19, 2017

Lazy Sunday


Lazy Sundays spent in leggings, a sweatshirt, and some coffee are pretty much my favorite way to spend a day off.




Thursday, February 16, 2017

How do you Self-Care?


My schedule has been non-stop this year — between work and everything that's going on in the world, I think self-care is important. For me, it's the little things: I love sheet masks. I love doing my nails. And I love coffee. When I go to LA, I always stock up on a ton of masks in Little Tokyo. Recently, I saw a friend of mine post about Facetory, which is a subscription box for Korean sheet masks. I figure I would give it a try and opted for the $15/month package. I've become so bored with regular subscription boxes (aside from Scratch Monthy Mani of course!) that I'm elated to find this and have some exciting mail each month.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!


Happy Valentine's Day, Minis! Hope you are all, like me, preparing for discount candy tomorrow.




Friday, February 10, 2017

You've Got Nail 68 // Valentine's Day


I took a break from my regular Scratch MMK wraps to resurrect some old ones from my collection. I wanted to make some fun and colorful nails for Valentine's Day, so I used their Popsicle Puddle wraps combined with a heart design.


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Giveaway // Happy Valentine's Day with Mixed Up Gifts


I am so excited to be teaming up with Mixed Up Gifts this year for Valentine's (or Galentine's) Day! We're giving you the chance to win the chance to make your own amazing gift basket — pick one of the many pre-made options or customize your own! These are such a fun twist on the classic gift basket and mostly center around music themes. Click through to enter and to see the fun stuff that I unwrapped in mine!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

You've Got Nail 67 // Scratch January Box


I'm already a big fan of turquoise and gold together, so Scratch's January box was a nice breath of fresh, springy air for what has otherwise been a very grey January. Click through to see the details of the three sets I made with these fun wraps!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Cloud Nine


I'm so excited to share my new career with y'all. Starting in February, I will be offering microblading services at Chicago Tattoo Company. I'm so excited and humbled to have this opportunity and I can't wait to give everyone some beautiful brows! Aptly dubbing my services as Micro Penny, you can sign up for appointment notifications on the website. I'll be giving you more details as the time nears!



Monday, January 16, 2017

The Grommet Dress


I swoon over the Mugler grommet dresses from a few years ago (Pre-FW15 & FW15), but they're obviously far out of my price range. There are plenty of inspired dresses out there, but this particular one struck me because the material feels like a soft pair of fleece-lined tights. Even though this dress is sexy, it's comfortable and heck and is keeping me warm today.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Velvet Slip


My favorite part of winter is layering up with soft and textured pieces. On a rainy day, this velvet slip was a perfectly comfortable way to spend the afternoon wandering a museum.



Sunday, January 8, 2017

Happy Birthday, Bowie


The late and great David Bowie was and continues to be one of my favorite musicians and fashion icons. This past Halloween, I did a fun DIY costume based on his 1974 "Rebel Rebel" performance. RIP Starman. We miss you.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Happy 2017


How did you celebrate the new year? I put on the best velvet pants and went to a disco party.



Monday, January 2, 2017

Blank Slates


2016 is over and the new year presents us with a fresh start. I'm looking forward to all of the opportunities to grow in 2017. Here's to a new year, a new fluffy coat, a new hair color, and a blank slate.




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