MINI PENNY: 2018

Monday, November 12, 2018

You've Got Nail 92 // September Scratch Box

I'm slowwwwwly getting caught up on these old nails posts! The September Scratch set was one of my recent favorites with its colorful florals and versatility. During the late summer, I went through a checkered nail phase and it pulled over into my September manicure. Click through to see the planning process and the sets!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

V♡TE


Please get out to vote today — and vote with compassion! I'm happy to support intersectionality, feminism, equality, science, and the environment. ♡




Friday, November 2, 2018

AMA // I Got My Lips Tattooed

At the beginning of last month, I took the leap and had my lips tattooed. As a cosmetic tattooer, this was something I had been considering for quite a while — my natural lips are nearly the same color as my skin, so I was constantly wearing tinted lip gloss or lipstick just to avoid looking washed out. Even though I was curious about the procedure, I didn't personally know anyone who had it done. However, I had full trust in my friend Krystle Harte to do a great job since her portfolio was already full of great, natural lip tattoo results! Click through for my experience, the healing process, and some of the most frequently asked questions I've been getting about the results!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Corduroy


November is here! I'm loving my new Angie the Snake Gold Pendant necklace from local maker Michi's Workshop. Pairing this gold jewelry with a warm cord suit felt like the perfect way to spend the day.



Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween!


Happy Halloween, Minis! I hope you all have a safe and spooky day — meanwhile, Opal and I are over here reading some scary stories. (Psst: tomorrow is discount candy day!)

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Pumpkin Patch


Nothing says fall quite like a visit to the pumpkin patch. I was excited to style this plaid skirt with some boots and drink apple cider.




Monday, October 29, 2018

Lara Croft


Another really fun costume for this year: Lara Croft from Tomb Raider! This summer I spent a lot of time replaying the original three games on PS1, and realized I had pretty much all of the pieces for this costume in my wardrobe already! All I had to do what DIY a harness and get a wig.




Sunday, October 28, 2018

Poison Ivy


It's finally costume time! I hope you have all had a wonderful Halloween weekend. I was sure to celebrate with a couple of costumes (and more to come!) for parties over the past couple of days. I love making my own Halloween costumes and this year was no different! First up: Poison Ivy. Click through for more details.




Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Cropped Sweaters Forever


I love cropped sweaters for fall! This beauty is from Wulfka. I've said it over and over — but be sure to check out her amazing designs! I have this Mish Cropped Sweater in another color (I posted about it here last fall!) and I love how this black version pairs with my thrifted zip-front skirt.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Hole in One


Mini Golf always reminds me of being a kid on vacation. I recently discovered a small course in downtown and had to get here before the winter comes. I even got a hole in one on the Michael Jordan hole!




Saturday, October 20, 2018

You've Got Nail 91 // Halloween with Sinful Colors


It's my favorite time of year! I'm so pumped to be partnering with Sinful Colors this year to share with you their Conjured Colors collection for Halloween. I created three sets of nails using this line — glow in the dark AND creepy crawling included. Click through to see swatches of the collection and to see how I used them.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Fall Florals


If you've been paying attention to my Instagram, you probably noticed that I wore this skirt twice this week! I love it! I'm really feeling the fall-pumpkin-cider moods and colors this year. What are your favorite fall trends?




Thursday, October 18, 2018

Mackinaw City


There's still so much I haven't shared from my Michigan Labor Day trip! My mom, Opal, and I had so much fun during our day in Mackinaw City — I couldn't help but get excited about this giant hot dog and a weird little cryptid store (see more on that in the post!).




Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Aubree Jumpsuit


I'm still dying over how great this Aubree Jumpsuit by Wulfka is. In case you missed my last post about Wulfka, they're currently having a pop up at the Box Shops on Randolph Street. Stop by and try on some of these beautiful pieces!

Monday, October 15, 2018

You've Got Nail 90 // August Scratch Box


I can't believe it's been two months since I've shared nails. Whoa! That's very unlike me. Anyway, I suppose that means that these nails are now a little out of season — they were from the August Scratch Box. I loved the lemon pattern, and they matched my lemon romper perfectly for those warm summer days.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

The Plaid Bomber


I found my new favorite bomber for autumn! My friend over at Wulfka made this incredible Danyell plaid bomber and I'm totally obsessed with it for the season. Wulfka is currently doing a pop up shop at the Box Shops on Randolph Street — so if your'e in Chicago, go see her and try on her lovely fall collection!




Friday, October 12, 2018

Ruffled


As we creep closer and closer to the holidays, I dream about adding glitter and sequins into my wardrobe. Don't worry,  I'm not in holiday mode yet — I'm a firm believer in enjoy Halloween 100% first! But I scored these glitter striped flares and just had to wear them ASAP!




Thursday, October 11, 2018

Plus One


It's wedding season, which means it's time for all the beautiful dresses and +1 invites! I rarely ever wear green, but I fell head over heels for this draped number (pssst! Which is now part of the Shop My Closet Sale!).




Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Stay Cozy


Things that Opal and I both love are long walks on brisk mornings.




Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Autumn Bouquets at Flowers for Dreams


Flowers for Dreams is one of my favorite local companies and I was excited when they reached out to me about their new fall bouquets. They were sweet enough to send over the new Berry bouquet and I'm totally in love with it's purple and pink tones. If you're in Chicago or Milwaukee, be sure to head over to their site to learn more about the autumn options. Each purchase helps a charity of the month!




Sunday, October 7, 2018

Spend Your Day in Bed


One of my favorite bougie brunch spots in the city is 3Arts! There's nothing much better than deciding to leave bed just to go lounge in ... more beds. I really enjoy exploring these place and its wonderful views.




Saturday, October 6, 2018

An Evening at Z Bar


A huge thanks to Z Bar for having me last week for a lovely dinner! I finally had an excuse to wear this exquisite 70s dress that I thrifted (and hemmed, since the previously owner unevenly cut it short without finishing the edge!). It has incredible bubble sleeves and a super flattering neckline. You can see more on my Instagram! Have a wonderful weekend, everyone. 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

The Number 12


This might be one of my favorite photoshoots in a while. I headed downtown to catch a movie (if you are into thrillers/true crime stuff, check out 'Searching' before it leaves theaters!) and decided to take advantage of the cloudy day lighting. Isn't it weird that after living in Chicago for seven years, I still stumble upon blocks I've never seen before?




Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Huge 40% Off Sale


I'm having a huge 40% off sale at the Mini Penny Shop! I just have so much stuff and need to make space. Take advantage of the sale! The discount applies to any order over $10. Always free US shipping. No code required, discount automatically taken at checkout. Don't miss it! SHOP NOW.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Current Beauty Faves


It's that time of year! Time to talk about all of my favorite beauty products as we enter the autumn season. Back at the beginning of summer, I showed you a heap of my go-tos, and this quarter, I have so many more fun items to share! Some of these are no-brainers (hint hint, Fenty and Glossier), but there is a drugstore surprise in here as well! Click through for all of the details.




Monday, October 1, 2018

Randolph Street Market


This weekend was packed full of plans, but I'm happy that I got a moment to stop by Randolph Street Market in the West Loop for the Choice for Charity event.




Thursday, September 27, 2018

Monochrome


It's finally here. FINALLY. Sweaters. Please allow me to enjoy these fall temperatures, Chicago, before you prematurely bring winter back into my life.




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.




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