MINI PENNY: 2019

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Los Angeles


Back to our California trip! We ended up spending quite a few days in Los Angeles — surprisingly one of my favorite cities! Have you been to LA? When I was in high school, I wasn't a fan. But as I spent more time here, I really fell for it. Now I love it for all of the food options, shopping, and all around weirdness.




Monday, October 14, 2019

Introducing Sephora HAIR


I'm so happy to be partnering with Sephora Collection and their new Sephora HAIR line! My hair has been part of my identity for most of my life, so I'm always welcoming products to make my routine easier while making my hair look better! Click through for more details or check out my recent Instagram post and stories about my experience!




Sunday, October 13, 2019

Joshua Tree


After we left Palm Springs in the evening, we headed to our AirBNB just north of Yucca Valley. When searching for a place to stay, we found lots of beautiful, modern, open-style homes on hillsides that really hit me right in my heart. They were beautiful. I was ready to pull the trigger when I found an odd, vintage, small camper off an isolated dirt road. Was this the perfect stay for our desert night? Yes, yes it was.




Saturday, October 12, 2019

Palm Springs


I love Palm Springs. It's been a few years since I've been here, but I'm so excited that we started our vacation on this note. We flew into Palm Springs so that we could spend our first day exploring this dreamy little city — I am in love with the architecture, plants, and all-around vintage vibes.




Friday, October 11, 2019

Hotel Monaco // #StayHuman


Earlier this week, we were offered a stay at the new #StayHuman suite at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Downtown Chicago. It was a wonderful stay and a truly unique type of room that aimed to connect guests through writing notes and taking photos.




Thursday, October 10, 2019

Chicago Botanic Garden


Oh boy, I have so many posts to catch up on. The boyfriend and I had really extended ourselves for the last bit of summer. Between taking a month off of work, travel, and exploring things while we still have sunshine, we have been busy. Now that fall is here and things are slowing down (sort of!) and I can finally get some looks queued up! Let's start with this wonderfully 70s-orange look that is almost entirely Madewell. We visited the Chicago Botanical Garden— a first for me!




Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Fall Boots


Fall is here! I'm so excited to dress for this season. I'm getting started this year with Shoedazzle by being a #ShoeDazzlePartner. Be sure to check out their new Boot Shop and get your own when you sign up was a VIP Member!




Friday, August 30, 2019

Untitled Supper Club


TGIF! This week my boyfriend and I were lucky enough to get treated to a meal at Untitled Supper Club. We really enjoy our mid-week date nights (and our weekend date nights... and holiday date nights... really, any excuse to eat!) and this prohibition-inspired space was a perfect relaxed say to spend our Tuesday night. Click through for more food and outfit photos — I cannot get enough of this amazing 90s vintage backless giraffe tank I thrifted this month!

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Dog Days of Summer

It's been one of those unintentional summer breaks. My schedule has been so busy that I've been 'gramming more than blogging — but in the 8+ years of Mini Penny, I suppose we're kind of used to those little breaks by now! The calendar has been packed with summer activities and microblading clients. So much so that I'm looking forward to taking most of next month off from tattooing and traveling to California with my boyfriend. Remember when I used to go to LA every 1-2 months? I miss those days! We're going to be spending a couple weeks in Palm Springs, LA, and San Diego, so I'll be getting my much-needed California fix soon!




Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Dinner and Drinks


Last week we had a lovely evening with dinner and drinks at City Hall Chicago. We've been maxing out our patio time and it was wonderful to be invited to City Hall to enjoy their beautiful space. Click through for more photos and outfit details for this casual date night look.




Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Universal Standard 1:1 Styling Session


Yesterday I had a chance to stop by Universal Standard's new Chicago location for a 1:1 Styling Session. I ended up with a few pieces that I love and tried on a lot of great items from their collection. Having this new spot in the city is exciting — it's a great community space and is very inviting. Click through to see more images of the new Universal Standard and then schedule your own 1:1 Styling Session.




Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Dazzled


I'm so excited to be partnering with ShoeDazzle to promote their Summer Shop! I started using ShoeDazzle way back around 2013, so being able to work with them has been a pleasant surprise. And of course, now that we're in the middle of summer, what better way to take advantage of the season than by stocking up on new shoes, clothes, and accessories!



Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The Good Kind of Blue


Anyone else feeling the effects of all this sunshine? Summer always has me feeling like I'm on Cloud 9, and this year is no exception. In fact, maybe this year more than most!




Thursday, May 30, 2019

This Little Piggy


Is this just a good week for treats, or what? I've been eyeing these adorable animal-themed cones on Instagram for a while and finally decided to go get myself a pig (of course). Not only is it cute, but it was delicious too!




Wednesday, May 29, 2019

New Makeup Obsession // VT x BTS


If you've been following me on Instagram, you've noticed that I've been taking full advantage of the BTS pop-ups that have been happening around their recent two-day concert weekend in Chicago (more on that later, because oh my goodness it was amazing). This past weekend I went out to the suburbs to pick up more from the VT x BTS line and it never disappoints! Click through for more.




Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Just Add Popsicles


If horchata was perfect for yesterday, a dreamsicle pop is perfect for today. I hopped on over to Pretty Cool Ice Cream in Logan Square to pick up this treat and it did not disappoint! I'm a sucker for orange dreamsicle. What's your flavor?




Monday, May 27, 2019

Horchata, Sunshine, Hair Flip


We're kicking off summer with cute dresses and tasty drinks. On Saturday I made it down to the Mole de Mayo festival and enjoyed the summer temperatures with lots of good food. I hope you are all enjoying the long weekend!




Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Spring Beauty Favorites


Spring is here and there are so many new beauty and self-care products that I've been loving! Today I'm sharing a few of my absolute favorites and where you can pick them up. Click through for more!

Friday, April 19, 2019

DIY // Press-On Nails


I finally did it y'all. I started using my YouTube page! I know, I know, I'm a million years late. But I've started uploading those fun Instagram styling videos and this week decided to make some exclusive YouTube content! I get asked very often about how I make my own press on nails and it's time for me to lay it all out for you. Click through to see the embedded video, plus some additional links to the products I used to make these beauties!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Giveaway // New and Only at Sephora


It's a new season and time for new favorites from Sephora inside JCPenney! I'm excited to share my how-to for this subtle cut crease with a soft pink lip. What's even better than a tutorial? A giveaway, of course! Click through for all of the details on how you can win a $50 Sephora inside JCPenney gift card.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Pastel Pink


Oooooh, I'm so ready for pastels. I did pastel nails today and busted out this new pastel ruffle dress. I. AM. READY. I was excited to head to Chicago's new Aster Hall for dinner and drinks tonight, and this was the perfect comfortable dress to wear on a weekday night out.




Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Tulum Day 2


I've been really dragging my feet on sharing vacation photos, huh? Maybe it's the post-vacation blues, considering that Chicago still hasn't warmed up. I keep looking at these photos and remembering how nice it was to walk around in shorts and be in the ocean and lay out on the hammocks. Day 2 of our trip was filled with beautiful beaches, historic locations, and some great outfits. Click through to see it all!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

White Tee 5 Ways with Upbra


Spring is here and it's time for one of my favorite wardrobe staples: the white tee! Today I'm sharing five ways to style this important basic and giving myself a lift with the help of Upbra. Y'all probably remember when I shared my Upbra convertible bra last summer — well this time I'm bringing you the Perfect T-shirt Bra, which is a necessary item to pair with your favorite spring tees!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Welcome to Tulum


Last weekend I had the pleasure of spending time in Tulum, Mexico, with a couple of friends and it was one of the most refreshing trips I've ever taken! It's been two years (!!) since I took a big trip, and that was to Guadalajara. I loved being back in Mexico and can't wait to share all of it's beauty with y'all over the next couple of blog posts.




Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Against the Grain


I've gotta be real — grocery shopping may just be my favorite type of shopping. Which aisle is your favorite?




Thursday, February 7, 2019

Date Night with FemmeLuxe


I love Valentine's Day! It is right around the corner and I'm happy to be partnering with FemmeLuxe to show you all four cute and comfortable date night outfits. I posted the stylish video on my Instagram, so be sure to head over to see each of these pieces in movement! Click through for the breakdown of each look (and links so you can get them for yourself!) so that you can look amazing whether you're out with your beau or your buds.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Zero Degrees


We've been so spoiled this winter with mild temperatures and little snow. Well, now it's here! Opal woke me up bright and early for her walk and when I checked my phone — bam, zero degrees. Hope you're all staying warm this weekend!




Thursday, January 24, 2019

My Fuzzy Friend

I can't believe it's been just over a year since I adopted Opal! She has changed and adapted so much since I brought her home — her personality has totally bloomed! This winter has been great with her. We spend a lot of time playing and cuddling. I wouldn't trade our little friendship for anything! ♥




Tuesday, January 22, 2019

A Yellow Obsession


Lately I've been added a lot of yellow to my wardrobe. I never thought I'd see the day! Is there any color this year that you've been obsessed with?




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