MINI PENNY: 2017

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.




Friday, June 16, 2017

Giveaway // Rhea Footwear + To The Tens


I'm so excited to be partnering with Rhea Footwear and To The Tens to bring you a chance to win your own pair of Rhea sandals! Click through to see more about these shoes and to find out how you can enter. And pssst there will be another post next week showing another look with another style of Rhea shoes! Photos by Allen Samuel Lee.




Monday, June 12, 2017

Have You Seen Him?


Summer is here and in full force — and what better way to stay cool than layering this sheer skirt over a pair of booty shorts? (Photos by Allen Samuel Lee)



Thursday, June 8, 2017

Facetory March and April Boxes


It took me a while to get through these two boxes since I had my freckles and eyebrows tattooed last month! I was unable to do any sheet masks for a couple of weeks and I was dying to get back into my routine! Well, I finally made it through all ten (and now I have my June box waiting to be reviewed) and there were so many good sheet masks in these! Click through for more details and links.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Microblading by Micro Penny Cosmetic Tattoo


As many of you know, I started tattooing eyebrows at the beginning of this year using a method referred to as microblading. The kind of "semi-permanent" tattoo (more information on that phrasing below!) has grown in popularity over the past couple of years and is a great way to enhance or create your perfect eyebrows. Finally, after months of working with the mosts wonderful clients, I wanted to take the opportunity to talk about microblading and my services at Micro Penny Cosmetic Tattoo here on my blog. Feel free to read through and let me know in the comments if you have any questions! Additionally, at the end of this post I will let you know how you can book in Chicago and some upcoming travel plans in the midwest incase you're interested!

Shop My Closet Sale

It's been a long time coming. I feel like it has been ages since I've done a huge closet clean out — but here we go. Over 100 items listed. Everything gets free shipping in the US. There are so many good pieces up for grab. Head over to the Mini Penny Shop!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Jumper


I guess you could say that I have a thing for ruffles lately. I loved pairing this J. Crew blouse (which is super on sale today for Memorial Day!) with these perfect widely overalls. Click through for more details!




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.

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