August 28, 2015

Crown Fountain

This late in August it's typically ungodly hot and humid, but it's been quite chilly in Chicago recently! Not so long ago, it was super warm and the perfect weather for visiting Millennium Park on a regular basis (which Ola and I most definitely did this summer.) Crown Fountain, known by most as the "weird faces that spit water," is one of my favorite spots in Millennium Park because of how open it is and how it's such a hub of happy. Kids are running and playing everywhere, parents sit and chat on the sidelines, people sit on the benches taking their lunch or coffee break, etc. Crown Fountain is always buzzing with activity and I absolutely love it!
photography by Ola Wysocki
What I Wore
J. Jill Tank  -  Kendra Scott Elisa Necklace  -  Lilly Pulitzer Murfee Scarf (similar)  -  Kate Spade Sailor's Knot Studs (on sale right now!)  -  Banana Republic Skirt (similar)  -  Alex & Ani Bangles (1)(2)(3)(4)(5)(6)(7)  -  Essie "Mint Candy Apple" Nail Polish  -  White Converse  -  Timex Watch ℅  (similar) -  White Bow 

August 26, 2015

Gearing Up For College with Office Depot

One of my favorite things about going back to school is getting new school supplies for the year! I've loved this tradition ever since I was very little and even in college I still love getting to pick out fun new notebooks, pens, planners, pencils, highlighters, etc. for my classes for the semester. Office Depot was super sweet and sent me to one of their stores this year to pick out some fun back to school goodies to get ready for back to school and #GearUpForCollege!
Office Depot had tons of fun and colorful choices to choose from when it came to notebooks and folders, and they were all priced reasonably (great for college students on a budget)! I also was able to pick up some of the cool new Sharpie clear view highlighters, which I'm loving for annotating and note taking!
highlighters // notebook // flash drive // folder
You can shop for all these products at both Office Depot and OfficeMax stores (they're owned by the same company) and online on the Office Depot website!

Connect with Office Depot on social media:
Facebook // Twitter // Instagram
Thank you to Office Depot and Her Campus Media for sponsoring this post!

August 24, 2015

Back to College, Third Time's a Charm

As I type this, I'm sitting downtown at my usual pre-class spot, eating my usual pre-class breakfast, but there's a whole lot about today that really isn't all that usual...
Today is the first day of my junior (Yikes, where did the time go!) year of college. Yes, I'm taking communications classes and core classes per usual, but I'm also starting to regularly work a new part-time job and learning how to balance that with being a full time student, being in a sorority, blogging, and also making sure I have some down time occasionally to just breathe and relax.
Today, I'm also saying a temporary goodbye to one of my dearest friends, Ola, as she goes off to study abroad in Rome for the year. She's got so many amazing adventures ahead of her and I wish her the very best (regardless of the fact that I'm going to miss her like crazy.) Ola and I have lived together for the last two years and she has become one of my very best friends thanks to the many experiences we've shared. That being said, this year is also very different due to the fact that I'm living with three girls rather than just one or two! My new roommates are all a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to a great year with them!

Finally, I cannot believe that today marks the start of my second half of college. I'm halfway done and that is both terrifying and exciting all at once!

Here's to an amazing first day and year!

August 22, 2015

Lilly Pulitzer Oakbrook

I stopped into the new Lilly Pulitzer store at Oakbrook recently and I'm officially in love. I've been waiting for what feels like forever for an official Lilly store to open in Illinois, so naturally as soon as it opened I booked it over there to see the space, shop, and snap a few pictures. I ended up purchasing the Kirby top and I had a great time chatting with all of the incredibly sweet sales associates! While there, I found out that one of them is actually one of my readers! It was so nice to meet her and it was one of those really crazy"small world" moments for me.
The store is absolutely gorgeous! The walls are decked out with paintings and mini murals and the dressing rooms are quite literally what dreams are made of. I'm obsessed with the Chicago dressing room. (The only thing it's missing is an LUC crest ;).) Being in the Lilly store for me was like being a kid in a candy store. There was something new and exciting everywhere I looked! The store even had its own snapchat filter! I would definitely suggest that you check out the Oakbrook Lilly the next time you're in the area. I took a ton of photos of the store, but these are a few of my favorites that I compiled as well as some shots of the different dressing rooms.
The Lilly snapchat filter!
Have you visited the Oakbrook location yet?

August 18, 2015

Thanks, Summer!

Yesterday morning, I packed all of my belongings into my family's car and headed off to Loyola to get settled into the dorms for a third time. At this point, I am happy to say that I'm all moved in and I'm really excited for all that this year has in store!

This past week has been absolutely crazy busy. I've been saying goodbye to people who are going abroad for a semester (or two), getting ready to move into the dorms, training for my new job, and wrapping up the remaining "we should hang out this summer" plans with friends. My summer has come to a close, but man, has it been a great one!
This summer I spent my time with amazing friends, met lots of new and interesting people, traveled to places I'd never visited before, and more. I can truly say that this summer was one for the books and I will be forever grateful for all of the amazing experiences I had.

Thanks Summer 2015, you were pretty darn great. Fall 2015? Here I come!

August 12, 2015

Harbor Skies

There are quite a few things that I love about Chicago. To name a few, I absolutely adore being right by Lake Michigan and the city skyline is a sight that never fails to make me smile. I can't imagine living anywhere that's not close to a big body of water or in a location that's not in or near a big city. These two factors are things that I've grown so accustomed to and I am incredibly blessed to have experienced them my whole life. Water and waves calm me down while the bustling city gets my adrenaline pumping and motivates me. On the weekends, I really enjoy hanging out on the Lake and by the harbors where you have a clear view of the skyline. It's relaxing and exciting all at once and I'm automatically put into an amazing mood whenever I experience this combination.
photography by Ola Wysocki
What I Wore
J.Crew Anchor Skirt (similar) and PavĂ© Link Bracelet  -  Black V-Neck Tee  -  Jack Rogers Silver Sandals  -  Kendra Scott Elisa Necklace  -  Kate Spade Seaport Pearl Studs  -  Ray-Ban Tortoiseshell Aviators (similar)

August 9, 2015

Print Appreciation - Lilly's Lagoon

I'm totally crushing on the newest Lilly Pulitzer releases, but in particular I'm absolutely loving the Lilly's Lagoon print! I ordered my agenda in the print a few months ago and more recently, I bought the matching folio to use for carrying around my laptop.  I think that this is officially one of my all time favorite prints that Lilly has ever created. The color scheme is gorgeous, the print isn't obnoxious whatsoever, and the blue tones are a nice departure from the usual pink-saturated Lilly prints! That being said, I've included just a few of my favorite pieces in the print below!

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