MINI PENNY: October 2017

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

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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 appliqu├ęd 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 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.

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