Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Fall Wishlist

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is always such an overwhelming time to be both a blogger and blog reader. And as someone who is considered both, it's especially prevalent in all forms of social media, emails... you name it. So rather than do the traditional "here's what I bought" and "here's how to shop the sale" posts, I thought I would share some of my picks in the form of a Fall Wishlist. This way, you can see a consolidated list of the pieces I'm loving in a quick way that is easy to read and won't clog up your inbox! Check out some of my favorites below - do you notice a color scheme at all?! 

Did any pieces catch your eye? 
Click to shop the images below!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Outfit: All White + a Pop of Pink

Ever since going to college, I've noticed my style change a little bit. I prefer to wear more neutrals (think endless navy, gray and white) whether it be my sweaters, tops, dresses, etc. I would definitely still call my style classic, just a little more grown up! One thing that will never change, though, is my love of fun accessories. There's nothing that gets me more excited than a bright pair of earrings or a fun statement necklace to dress up a look! Since I'm a college student and can't be blowing hundreds of dollars on accessories, I have to find ways to wear pretty, trendy jewelry for less. It's no secret that I adore  Target, so when I discovered that they did a line called  SugarFix with Bauble Bar I got so excited. I love me some  BaubleBar but it's even better when it's less expensive and I can see it in person! Check out two of my favorite pieces below - aren't they too cute?! 

Check out their other gorgeous pieces both in store and online!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Friday Fours

Please tell me I'm not the only one that thought it was Thursday just about every day this week! My first week back at work after a week off was a bit of an adjustment, especially since I had been sleeping in until noon every day (gotta enjoy the sleep when you have the time, amiright?). Anyway, I can't wait to get some sun this weekend after a weirdly rainy past few days - we only have a few weeks left before we sell our lake house and I am determined to enjoy every moment I can! 

Speaking of the weekend, how freaking cute are my new  Saturday Sandals?! Olive & June just came out with these beauties and I seriously couldn't believe my good luck when they showed up in the cutest package at my door. They're so squishy and comfortable on my feet and can be laced up an endless amount of different ways. Highly recommend if you love the nail salon or are in need of a new summer sandal! 

Another thing I've been loving? My new denim skirt! Everyone and their mothers seem to be donning these this summer and it took me forever to find one I liked. Well, Forever 21 does it again because  this beauty is so comfortable, cute and under $20! 

Peony season seemed to have come and gone so quickly... Luckily I found a few bouquets left at Trader Joe's - I'll never get sick of that color pink! 

Caroline (my roomie from last year!) and I did a bunch of shopping last week and found the prettiest home goodies at Anthropologie. She's moving into the nicest apartment for sophomore year and I'm beyond jealous she gets something even bigger than a dorm to decorate! 

Happy weekend everyone!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Agendas for 2018

How am I already on the last month in my 2017 agenda?! It seems like just yesterday that I got my white and gold pineapple  Simplified Planner - it's been such a great choice for college. Now that I have to find a new one, I've been doing some research on all of the pretty options out there. I've seen so many girls in my apparel program with the cutest ones from different brands, so I rounded up a bunch of them and others that I know are fan favorites! 
one / two / three / four / five / six 

Which one are you going with for next year?
I'm all ears!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Recipe: Festive Berry Trifle

This year for the 4th of July, Caroline and I wanted to whip up a yummy dessert that would be perfect to bring along with us to the lake. We wanted something festive, light and a bit more on the healthy side because my cousins were bringing an ice cream sundae bar that we would be having too. After doing a little Pinterest browsing (follow me here!) we stumbled upon this classic berry trifle which ended up being a huge hit! I'm not a big fan of cake, so making something with angel food cake (which is much fluffier and less rich) was the perfect solution. Not to mention, it was super easy to make and only took about 15 minutes from start to finish. 

I mean, isn't it beautiful and festive?? 

We soaked the angel food cake in this delicious lemon juice to make it a bit more flavorful and so that we could fit more of it in the glass dish. The original recipe had a big star made of blueberries, but we thought it would be fun to make stripes instead! 

Have you ever made a trifle before? 
I want to try out some other kinds now because I seriously can't get enough :)

Friday, July 7, 2017

Friday Fours

What a packed week it's been! I apologize for being a little MIA over here and on social media - I've  been soaking up every minute having my roomie here in Milwaukee with me! We've had so much fun hanging out by the water, doing some shopping and going to eat at #aesthetically pleasing restaurants. I can't wait to share more photos on social! Until then, here's a little peek into what we've been up to. Happy weekend!

On the 4th of July, I brought Caroline and Fran to my lake house for our last year on the lake. It's truly my favorite place on earth and it was so special to have them with me for the last one. The weather was beautiful and we made such an amazing dessert to share with everyone. Look out for a recipe next Wednesday! 

 I received a pair of Olive & June's Saturday Sandal in blush in the mail the other day and ohemgee you guys are they so cute. I'm really into the lace up trend lately and these are especially perfect because you can lace them up however you want! They come with the cutest poster for ideas - definitely check them out if you're looking for a great pair of summer sandals. 

We've been soaking up a lot of sun this week... from tubing at my lake house to paddle boating around downtown and docking and then jumping in the middle of the lake, Caroline and I have sure had lots of sun and fun lately! It's my favorite way to spend a week off from work :)

In Milwaukee, the big fireworks happen the night before the Fourth of July, so a bunch of friends and I watched them from our friend's grandparent's condo downtown. It was such a beautiful night and so fun to introduce Caroline to my friends! 

I'm so excited to do a collab on Monday with two of my besties - stay tuned!
Have an amazing weekend!

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Hampton Social

On Saturday, I picked up Caroline in downtown Chicago and we headed straight to The Hampton Social. We've been dying to go and it definitely surpassed our expectations! We felt like we were right on the beach in the Hamptons with the breezy air, well-dressed girls and delicious food. At first, we wanted to go just to take a picture under the "Rosé all day" sign like every other #basic girl. Of course, that was one of the best parts, but the restaurant overall was gorgeous and the food was so light and delicious. Caroline had the chicken and waffles (can you tell she's Southern?!) and I had a croissant with eggs, cheese, bacon and avocado. We highly recommend both of them and to be honest, I'm trying to plan a trip back really soon to try more of the dishes! 

Have you been to The Hampton Social before?

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Outfit: Striped Swing Dress + New Favorite Sunnies

dress / jean jacket / shoes / bag (similar) / watch / necklace / sunnies (c/o)

Surprise! I'm stopping in to share one of my favorite new outfits on this beautiful Saturday - it's been so long since I've posted on the weekend but I couldn't wait to show you this one. I'm in downtown Chicago today picking up my roomie who is staying with me for the entire week! We're doing some shopping in the city before we head to the suburbs to spend the night with some friends from school. Since it's so nice out today, I'm wearing a swing dress and jean jacket (I think this combination is becoming my summer uniform for both work and "play", haha). This swing dress was so inexpensive and is really comfortable for a day of exploring.

And these sunnies are my new obsession, you guys. I've always been nervous to try out brow bar styles because I have a pretty round face (I don't know why that intimidates me!), but these honestly look great on everyone. I get compliments on them everywhere I go and can't stop wearing them.

And even better? Use "STYLE20" for 20% off your purchase from Sunglass Warehouse to buy a pair or two of your own! Highly recommend.

Happy weekend babes!