August 1, 2015

August '15 Playlist

Happy August! I move back to school in a little over two weeks and I'm so excited, but also in disbelief.  I can't believe how fast this summer flew by! My favorite songs on this month's playlist are definitely "Drag Me Down" and "Bright." What's your favorite song this month?

July 30, 2015

July Favorites Video

Hey lovelies, I cannot believe that it is almost August! July absolutely flew by in a fun-filled blur! Today, I'm excited to report that (so far) I'm keeping up with my intention to post on YouTube more often and I present you with...
Check out some of my recent favorite beauty products, music, and more!

Don't forget to subscribe to my channel so you're one of the first to know when my next video goes live!

Also, my Lilly Pulitzer Instagram giveaway ends tonight at 11:59 CST! So, if you haven't entered yet, there's still time!

July 29, 2015

"Love as You Live" Bowtiful Wallpaper - July '15

It's almost August and that means that it's time for a new wallpaper! I think this is possibly my favorite to date and I've already set it as my desktop. I really enjoy the crisp, predominately white theme as well as the quote featured:
"laugh as much as you breathe, love as much as you live"
How to set up your new background:
1. right click on the image. / 2. select "open in new tab" (or window) / 3. right click the image again. / 4. save the image to your computer and then set it as your background / 5. include the specification "fill screen" so you can see the full image with no gapping issues.

If you do decide to set this as your background and you choose to share it on Instagram or Twitter, take a picture of your computer with its new background and tag @BowtifulLife so I see it!
{Check out all the other bowtiful wallpapers you can download right here.}
*Please note, I do not claim ownership of any featured images that are not my own photography.*

July 25, 2015

My Kind of Town - Country Classics Giveaway

I'm very excited to announce that for today's post I've teamed up with one of my favorite North Shore boutiques to give away one of their exclusively designed Lilly Pulitzer Chicago-themed Murfee Scarves on my Instagram! (Details for how to enter will be at the bottom of this post.) I've been going to Country Classics since I was in high school and I've purchased numerous Lilly items there for special occasions like homecoming, baccalaureate, etc. They have a huge selection of Lilly and they've also been my go-to store for bows for the last few years. In addition to Lilly, they also carry brands like Vineyard Vines and Vera Bradley, so you can understand why it's one of my favorite stores to wander around and shop in!
 I absolutely love this scarf because of all the Chicago locations and references on it. To name just a few... the skyline, Lake Shore Drive, hockey skates (Go Hawks!), Lincoln Park Zoo, The Navy Pier Ferris Wheel, The L, Buckingham Fountain, Boats in the Harbor, and more. This scarf is the perfect combination of one of my favorite brands, my favorite city, and some of my favorite places!

To win, all you have to do is like this photo on Instagram, follow both Country Classics and me, then comment on the photo that you entered! More details and ways to win are listed in the Instagram caption!

What I Wore
Lilly Pulitzer & Country Classics Chicago Murfee Scarf ℅  -  J.Crew Toothpick Jeans  - Forever 21 Pleated Swing Top  -   Kendra Scott Elisa Necklace and Elle Earrings  -  Jack Rogers Hamptons Sandals  -  American Pearl Bow Bracelet (similar style)  - Monogram Bracelet ℅ Personalized from Me to You (similar)  -  Vintage Signet Ring (similar)

photos by Ola Wysocki
Good Luck!

July 23, 2015

What You Are Not

Taylor Swift was in Chicago this past week for her 1989 tour and everyone I know who went said that it was absolutely amazing! I recently came across this video from when she was on tour in Manchester right before her song "Clean." She gives a short little speech to help introduce the song and I loved it so much that I had to share it with you while highlighting a few of my favorite quotes.
"I'm gonna tell you now the things you actually are not,okay?
These are the things you really are not:
You are not the opinion of somebody who doesn't know you. You are not "damaged goods" just because you've made mistakes in your life. You are not going nowhere just because you haven't gotten where you want to go yet."

"When you start to compare yourself to other people please change the channel in your mind to something else."

"When it comes to how we see ourselves, other people are really mean, but we're REALLY mean to ourselves."

"You need to look into the mirror in the morning and not tell yourself that you're not special, or you're not good enough, or you're not pretty, or you're not awesome."

"Now, I want to tell you what you are.
You are your own definition of beautiful and worthwhile, that's what you are. You are someone who is wiser because you've made mistakes. Not damaged, wiser."

"It's not about perfection, it's about just getting on with things sometimes. Sometimes you just get credit for getting up and going on with things and you don't have to do it perfectly." 

"I think that we mistake our mistakes for damage and we think other people will judge us for them.
They (mistakes) don't make you damaged, they make you clean."

July 21, 2015

St. Louis Vlog

As most of you know, I recently took a trip to St. Louis to visit my friend from school, Connor! While there, I also got to meet up with my friend and future roommate, Maddie, and we tackled a lot of the fun and touristy spots in The Lou! I wasn't originally planning on vlogging during the trip, but I got inspired while on the train on my way there and decided it would be fun to throw together a quick video for all of you of my trip! This is the result. Enjoy!

You can check out photos from this trip and previous trips I've taken on Instagram by searching #bowtifultravels.

July 18, 2015

Just a Light Jacket

Happy Saturday! As I mentioned in a recent post, it's been quite chilly in Chicago this summer! So chilly, that I'm actually enjoying the 90+ degree heat and humidity in Saint Louis right now! It feels like summer here, which is something I've been missing in the Windy City and the 'burbs due to the odd temperatures. This chilly spell, plus the ridiculous levels of air conditioning that most Chicago establishments have, has caused me to constantly keep an extra layer in the car whenever I go anywhere. J.Crew's downtown field jacket is one of my favorite pieces in my closet and it's been my first pick all summer whenever I need an extra layer. They don't make the jacket in navy anymore, but they still make it in mossy brown and black! I've included a few of my favorite alternatives below as well for anyone looking for a nice lightweight jacket for fall and spring temperatures, or for whenever you need an extra layer for AC like I always do.

July 16, 2015

STL Bound & Kendra Scott Giveaway

Hey lovelies! As I type this, I'm on my way to St. Louis, MO for the weekend to visit one of my best friends from school! Connor has been on the blog a few times, so you might recognize him in some of STL Instagrams and Snapchats (username: bowtifullife) that I'll be sharing this weekend!

In other news, I wanted to make sure that you all heard about the awesome giveaway I'm helping to host right now on Instagram! I've teamed up with a great group of bloggers and shops to give away $400 worth of Kendra Scott jewelry from the new Mystic Bazaar collection! I posted a photo and the steps to enter on my Instagram yesterday, so make sure you check that out! I'd absolutely love it if one of my wonderful readers won! I've also linked a few of my favorite pieces from the Mystic Bazaar collection below this photo. I absolutely love this collection!
 Mystic Bazaar Favorites 

What do you think of the new Kendra Scott Mystic Bazaar collection? Let me know if you enter the giveaway!
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