MINI PENNY: 2017

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Black (And Pink!) Friday with Macy's


One of my favorite post-Thanksgiving traditions is, of course, shopping with my mom! She always drives up to Chicago for the holiday, makes a big meal, and then we work off all those extra calories by collecting savings 😜. And one of my most successful hauls always comes from Macy's! I have gravitated so heavily to dusty and bright pinks this season and I can't get enough. I love how many styles are available in these tones and have definitely started approaching pink as a neutral. Click through for all of my favorite pink picks for the holidays from Macy's — and find their special Black Friday Preview code so that you can get an extra 20% off from the comfort of shopping at home before the rush!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Friendsgiving with Virgin Hotels


Earlier this week I had the delight of celebrating Friendsgiving with my closest gal-pals from Lost Girls Vintage and friends! We were lucky enough to attend a wonderful dinner with Virgin Hotels and Commons Club. It gave me the chance to finally wear this yellow velvet dress that I've been loving and it was the kick off to our holiday season! (Pardon the blurry iPhone photo — I somehow managed to not get a great photo of my outfit that night, but this image still holds a pretty special place in my heart since I look tough as heck. Hah!)




Thursday, November 16, 2017

Twinkle Toes


The holidays feel like they're coming so fast. Every year I get excited about adding glitter and fur to my wardrobe and 2017 isn't any different.




Friday, November 3, 2017

Star-Crossed Lovers


Happy Friday, Minis! It's officially faux fur and plush weather! It's so hard for me not to wear all of my furry fuzzy goods all at once. I love layering this pink teddy jacket with a sleek coat for a quick coffee run. And, of course, my new favorite plush purse that I stumbled upon at Target (seriously, it's so good!).




Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!


Happy Halloween! I hope you all had fun with your costumes this year.. This is my 1920s Showgirl costume for the Soho House Chicago The Musical-themed party. It was great fun and I always have such a killer time DIYing my way to something this fabulous. Cheers!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Lost Girls Vintage + Humboldt House


I'm so excited for my friends at Lost Girls Vintage! Last weekend, their pop-up opened up at Humboldt House and I had the privilege of creating their signs for them. Lost Girls Vintage x Humboldt House go beautifully together and I highly recommend checking out these spaces to anyone who happens to be visiting Chicago over the next few months! Click through for more photos and details.



Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Heart Maxi


Sometimes Tuesdays are just as easy as throwing on a cute maxi and heading out the door.




Monday, October 23, 2017

Golden Crystal Skull + Makeup Revolution Giveaway


I love Halloween! I normally go the costume route, but today I'm partnering with Makeup Revolution to bring you a makeup look and giveaway. Doing my makeup like this is far out of my comfort zone, so bear with me. Makeup Revolution has a lot of amazing Halloween and spooky-specific products this season that I am in love with. Click through to see a short video of how I made this look and enter to win a set of liquid highlight and baking powder from Makeup Revolution!




Tuesday, October 17, 2017

She Wore Blue Velvet


I'm getting back to my roots today. Mini Penny Blog first started as a blog that revolved around my thrift finds. I was looking through some old posts the other night and got the urge to go thrifting. I hit up my local Village Discount and found this velvet Versace blazer. I nearly fainted. I miss the days of constant thrift store visits — Ohio used to be such a wonderful place for me to do it, and Chicago seems to be so picked over. I am shocked whenever I find something as amazing as this (and for under $5... what?!).




Monday, October 16, 2017

Switching to The DivaCup


Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PeriodConfidence #TryTheDivaCup #CollectiveBias

Happy Monday! Today I'm partnering with DivaCup to chat with you about making the switch away from tampons! I made the jump a few years ago after my own period-related comfort concerns and I'm so happy that I did. I recommend this menstrual care option to my closest friends and today I'm answering your questions. Click through for more info and to share your own experience!


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Boys Want To Be Her


I have been going. through. it. I feel like years of disappointing relationships has hardened me (and made me much more private), but somehow this week got to me. The person I have been dating for the past six months dumped me and I can't help but feel all sorts of ugly shortcomings. Ya know? Real life stuff. Not happy-go-lucky, my-life-is-perfectly-curated Instagram stuff. I spent a couple days in bed. I ugly cried while scrolling through puppy adoption pages. All of it. I thought about taking time off from Mini Penny but I can't bring myself to do it. I love it here, and even just getting out of the house yesterday to shoot these photos made me feel a lot better. I suppose, like everyone else, a big thing for me in trying times is comfort. A good friend of mine has a beautiful clothing line called Wulfka — everything is designed and made in Chicago — and the new fall collection is full of soft and cozy pieces. I have been living in this Goodall Cropped Sweater. The sleeves are extra long, the fabric is extra soft, and I feel like I can be comfortable while also looking my best. Bonus points: supporting friends, local business, and women. The collection is called Boys Want to Be Her and is an homage to the designer's (Kate!) personal heroes.




Thursday, October 5, 2017

Sheer Bodysuits


I love the sexy appliquéd and mesh bodysuits that were popular over the summer. Even better, they can be transitioned straight into fall with layers or a variety of fun skirts and pants. Looking to add one or more to your wardrobe? Well, luckily, there are many varieties available on Amazon! Check out some of my favorites.




Wednesday, October 4, 2017

DIY Lettered Sweaters


I adore this little short sleeved custom sweatshirt that I made using this heather grey top (c/o Ban.do) and their flocked iron-on letters. This is my polite way of asking people if I can pet their puppies without actually interrupting their walks. What would your custom shirt say?

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Beauty by Measurable Difference


Today I'm excited to share a few looks using products from Measurable Difference! And as a bonus for my readers, you can find a 25% off + free shipping code at the end of this blog post. I'm a huge fan of matte lipsticks and the three colors I picked up are beautiful for fall. Click through for all of the details and links to my favorite products!

Monday, October 2, 2017

For the Love of October


It's October, which means layers! I'm so excited for fall — I love this season. I'm finally able to open up my coat closet and wear all of my favorite leather, denim, and bomber jackets.  I've been wanting to add a cape to my collection for quite some time, and this Amazon version is perfect and lightweight.




Thursday, September 28, 2017

Facetory July Box


I've been so behind on my Facetory boxes! July's box was pretty great and I can't wait to spoil myself by getting caught up on August and September quickly. Click through for the details on each of the masks I received in my box and links to where you can pick them up for yourself!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

You've Got Nail 77 // Scratch September Box


Another month, another Scratch box! This month had some great southwestern-print transparent wraps and gold studs (my favorite kind of studs!). Click through for the details and for what I used on each of these sets — they're so fun and are a great into to fall!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Bell Sleeves


Is this heat wave over yet? No... seriously.




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!*

GOOD LUCK!

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!

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