MINI PENNY: 2018

Monday, September 17, 2018

Review // Kaja


I recieved a beautiful care package from Kaja last week and I am so excited to share the goodies they sent over! Everything about this line is fun and fresh and colorful. I created three looks using a variety of blush, highlight, eyeshadow, and lip stains. Starting tomorrow, you'll be able to order all of these through Sephora.com, or get them in stores on September 28! These Kaja products are a courtesy gift from the brand. This is not a paid post, and all opinions are my own.




Friday, September 14, 2018

Gaylord and the 45th Parallel


I thought this was one of the coolest things on the trip. Outside of Gaylord, Michigan, there is this big sign on the side of the road noting the 45th Parallel. We also passed by one somewhere in Wisconsin on our way back home (but the sign wasn't as interesting as this one). Have you visited any 45th Parallel signs elsewhere in the country?




Sunday, September 9, 2018

Warren Dunes


Last week, my mom and I embarked on an road trip to Northern Michigan — and took Opal, of course! We stopped at a lot of cute places along the way and I'll be sharing a lot of looks over the next week or two. First up is Warren Dunes and this summery lemon romper.




Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Giveaway // Make Up For Ever and Sephora inside JCPenney


Happy September, Minis! I'm kicking off this month by partnering with MAKE UP FOR EVER and Sephora inside JCPenney. This new Matte Velvet Skin foundation is a dream — the formula, the shade range, and the long-term wear! Click through to learn more about the #NewGenerationMatte and learn how you can win some MAKE UP FOREVER goods of your own!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Accessing Chicago with Car2Go

One of my favorite things about Chicago is that there's so much to see and do. It's a big city and if you want to get around, you have a few options: public transit, ride shares, and driving. Personally, I love to drive. Most of my friends are surprised to hear this considering that I don't own a car. I've tried many of the rental services available, but always wished for one thing — one-way options. When I discovered car2go, I was ecstatic. Finally, a free floating carsharing service that fits all of my needs: affordable, available, and so much fun. Read on to see why I love to drive and how I use my car2go vehicle!

You've Got Nail 90


I've been feeling a lot of the checkerboard patterns that I've been seeing in clothing lately — I decided to give it a try on my nails! Instead of the traditional black and white, I went for some pinks. Maybe I'm finally getting over my association of checks with ska. Nails made using Floss Gloss Perf and Floss Gloss Maliboob Job.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Museum Days


Nothing like a nice day looking at dinosaur fossils and mummies! I still love visiting all of Chicago's great museums — and the Field Museum is my all-time favorite. What's yours?




Friday, August 10, 2018

Kick Back


It's the weekend! Hope y'all find time to kick back and relax. I'm totally obsessed with these yellow sneaks from Reebok. I've been pairing them with everything lately!




Thursday, August 9, 2018

You've Got Mail 89 // July Scratch Box


I skipped over the June Scratch wraps (they just weren't my style, but you can pick them up here if you want them for yourself!), but the July wraps were a delight! Nothing says summer like popsicles and ice cream cones. I was excited to make some pastel sweet manicures with these.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

29Rooms


I've been lusting after going to a 29Rooms event for years! When they announced that they were coming to Chicago, I hopped on the chance to get tickets right away. The experience was fun and we got a lot of cute photos in the process! I scored this vintage velvet dress at a yard sale and couldn'tt wait to wear it. I've linked some similar dresses plus my favorite velvet picks for fall below. I'm ready for those cooler temps, how about you? Click through for lots of colorful images.




Sunday, August 5, 2018

The Renaissance Fair


Today I made it out to the Bristol Renaissance Fair! I haven't been to one of these things since, um, college. And I haven't "dressed up" for once since I was in primary school So my friends and I whipped up a few simple last minute themed outfits. I leaned into the whole pirate look. (Photos by Sarah Azzouzi)



Saturday, August 4, 2018

She's Back


After getting hit by an SUV at the end of 2016, my motorcycle is back. I can't explain how happy I am to have her again! I hope you all have a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

DIY // Pom Pom Clutch


Today I'm so excited to share this simple DIY for a custom pom pom bag. We've been seeing these everywhere over the past couple of months and even though there are a lot go great ones available, I wanted my very own special color way. Click through to see the easy instructions!

Hair Flip


Do you ever feel really cute, take a selfie, and then notice something is a little off? Yeah, I noticed Opal being super weird right at the last moment. Gotta love this little fluff.




Saturday, July 28, 2018

Nike Air Society


When I was in elementary school, I though side-striped jeans were so cool. I definitely credit Sporty Spice for that one. I scored these at the thrift store — they were unflattering bootcuts, so I altered them to make a comfy kick flare! Earlier this week I decided to style them with for hanging out with Nike Air Society and Glossier. Click through for more details.




Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The Floral Set


I had the pleasure of attending brunch today with Laura Geller NY! I was so excited to wear this amazing two piece pant and top set. They are vintage pieces that I thrifted last week and altered to make the top into a crop. I am absolutely over the moon with the color combo and plan on wearing this set well into next season! Since it's now one-of-a-kind, I've linked some of my other favorite Co-Ord sets for you to shop. Hope you're having a great week!




Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Dog Days of Summer


We're officially in the dog days and what better way to get through than with Opal, a snack, and a new pair of sunnies. I hope you all have a happy and fun weekend!




Monday, July 23, 2018

Banana Splits


Okay, I couldn't pass up this Target x Museum of Ice Cream collection. Sure, it's for kids, but hey. They're just too good. This short and shirt set is from the boys' section. I cropped the shorts and used the extra fabric to make a banana bandana (banandana?) for Opal. Who's ready for a sundae?




Friday, July 20, 2018

Think Pink


Some say pink is my color! A few months ago I decided to start redecorating my kitchen — I blame the Target Opalhouse collection! I saw this removable wallpaper and imagined how beautiful it would look in my kitchen. It worked out great, and what started as a small project turned into a larger one. Would y'all be interested in seeing my home redecoration?




Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Just Add Upbra


I'm normally a bralette woman. In the past I have found that my traditional bras have been uncomfortable or just didn't fit right. I though it was me and my body, but then I tried Upbra. Through their website and measuring tools, I discovered that I've been wearing the wrong size bra all along. Not only do I now have the right size, but these miracle bras give me a little extra lift and cleavage on days that my outfit just needs it. See my before and afters and more info about their measuring tools after the jump!

You've Got Nail 88 // May Scratch Box


Finally! Another nail post. I totally skipped over the June Scratch Nails (the wraps weren't my cup of tea, but you can scoop them up here if you want!), but the May wraps were amazing! Of course, I love all things plant and palm, so these were perfect for summer manis.

Monday, July 16, 2018

In The Palm


You can find me weaving between the palms and daydreaming of Cali days. I am excited to be partnering with GANT to style some of their beautiful shirts this season — and even more excited to tell you how to you can get 20% off your next GANT order! Beyond that, last week I visited the new Alexandra Marks Jewelry store in Wicker Park and got myself some new beautiful earrings. If you're in Chicago, I have some summer savings for you there, too! Click through to see all the details and to get your promo codes. Start shopping!




Sunday, July 15, 2018

Ice Cream Day


Happy National Ice Cream Day! Opal and I had to go get a strawberry cone to manage this heat (psst, "it's melting, Ma!"). How are y'all getting through the summer?




Saturday, July 14, 2018

July Shop My Closet


Ya'll ready? I just added 50+ new listing to the Mini Penny Shop. Head over to get first dibs on gently these goodies, including these beautiful mauve vintage silk pants. Always free US shipping!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Plant Party


Last weekend one of my best friends got married! It was outdoors in Wisconsin on a beautiful piece of farmland and I was so excited to wear this plant-printed maxi dress from Metisu. It took me a surprisingly long time to find yellow block heeled sandals (I have stilettos but I was worried about sinking into the earth!) but ended up with these DSW beauties. It ended up being the perfect comfortable look for a hot summer wedding.




Monday, July 9, 2018

Giveaway // Endless Escapes with Sephora inside JCPenney and Urban Decay Born To Run


I'm excited to partner today with Sephora inside JCPenney to bring you the new Urban Decay Born To Run collection! The palette is satisfying and diverse with a lot of achievable looks for when you're on the go. Click through to see the details about how I created this look and how you can win your very own Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette!




Friday, July 6, 2018

Looking at the Stars


Summer nights and summer skies! I'm loving this constellation dress — it's giving me all sorts of science and Ms. Frizzle vibes!




Thursday, July 5, 2018

Summer Holiday


I hope you all had a great day yesterday! I normally don't dress up in theme for the Fourth of July, but I found these shorts at a thrift store this week and couldn't say no!




Friday, June 29, 2018

Summer Dresses


Warm weather and simple summer dress. I am here for it. (Photos: Perry Fish)





Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Mini Penny at Til Tomorrow Market


Have you ever wanted to shop my closet in person? This Thursday, join me at The Robey Chicago for the Til Tomorrow Market. I"ll be selling my favorite vintage and Mini Penny Closet pieces, as well as my handmade wall weavings, accessories, and shoes. Come join me and the other wonderful vendors from 7p-midnight in Wicker Park. See the event details here. Hope to see you then!

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