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Green River 2017

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

The North Side of Chicago usually celebrates St. Paddy’s Day the Saturday after the holiday by dyeing the Chicago River bright green and holding a parade. However, this year we celebrated the weekend before!

 

 

For those of you who have never experienced Chicago on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, I thought I’d share some pictures from when my friends and I celebrated last weekend.
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Periwinkle on the Pier

Remember how just a few days ago it felt like Spring in Chicago? Well… It started snowing late last night and there are still flurries falling outside of my window right now. Gotta love Chicago weather, right?

 

What I Wore

Land’ End Parka  –  Circle Scarf (similar)  –  Periwinkle Sweater (No longer available, but here’s a similar knit style and similar color.) –  Kendra Scott Earrings  –  Kendra Scott Necklace (Similar style.)  –  Gold Signet Ring  –  J.Crew Jeans  –  Frye Boots (On sale right now!)

 

On a different chilly day, I was at Navy Pier shooting these photos. It was SO cold, but the light reflecting off of the water was absolutely gorgeous. There’s something so deceiving about Chicago’s winter sunlight.  (more…)

Turtleneck & Tiles

Happy Tuesday! On a recent, rainy day one of my blogger buds and I ventured out for a shoot/work date. We headed to the Chicago Cultural Center to take advantage of the gorgeous interior architecture before making our way over to Soho House for drinks and some blogging time.

 

What I Wore

Banana Republic Turtleneck  –  Banana Republic Skirt  –  ITEM m6 Tights ℅  –  B.P. Booties (On Sale!)  –  Kendra Scott Necklace & Drusy Studs  –  Signet Ring  –  Timex Watch ℅

 

I absolutely love the Chicago Cultural Center! This was Ashlee‘s first visit, but my friend/roomie/photographer, Ola, and I also shot a style post here a few years ago. This place is incredible!  (more…)

Navy Pier Crystal Gardens

Anyone who has visited Chicago has heard of Navy Pier, but not many people are familiar with their “Crystal Gardens.” This stunning greenhouse style garden features a fifty foot arched glass ceiling & numerous palm trees. It’s like a tropical escape in the middle of the city!

 

What I Wore

Lands’ End Sweater (similar)  –  L.L. Bean Vest (No longer available, similar option here.)  –  J.Crew Jeans  –  Kendra Scott Earrings  –  Dainty Necklace  –  Monogram Necklace (similar)  –  Heirloom Signet Ring  –  Frye Boots (On sale!)

 

I’ve always loved the Crystal Gardens and I consider them one of many hidden gems in Chicago. People hold weddings and proms there, but on a regular day you can just walk in to stroll around or sit down to appreciate the natural light and beautiful greenery.

I’ll always associate the Crystal Gardens with one Navy Pier visit in particular, back when I was little.  (more…)

3 Arts Club Cafe

 

I visited Restoration Hardware’s 3 Arts Club Cafe in the Gold Coast recently with one of my blogger buddies, Ashlee, and I think it’s quite possible that I’ve found a new favorite Chicago brunch spot. The service was great, the food was incredible and the location was absolutely GORGEOUS!

 

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Looking Up in Chicago

When I was a little girl, I absolutely loved going downtown with my family. We’d hit up the American Girl store (my favorite place on earth when I was younger), grab lunch and walk around. I have vivid memories of staring up through the sunroof of our car as we drove down Michigan Avenue. I’d crane my neck to look up at the tops of all of the tall buildings and marvel at the different designs.

Flash forward to today. I’d definitely say that it’s rare to see someone standing in the middle of the sidewalk on Michigan Avenue, or any other busy Chicago street for that matter, who is looking up at the tops of the buildings and taking in all of the different types architecture.

 

Megan Rogers-Reilley Belden Stratford, Lincoln Park

Belden Stratford, Lincoln Park

 

For my final photojournalism project of the semester I decided to do exactly that. I walked around Chicago with my focus on the skies and I captured shots of the tops of some of my favorite buildings.

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Event Invite: Revamp Your Closet at Topshop & Get 20% Off

Bowtiful Life and Haute Tempered Topshop x Her Campus Event 2016 1

Happy Friday, lovelies. Surprise, it’s a second post!

I’ve been looking forward to publishing this post ever since I got this exciting news in my inbox. I’m so happy that I finally get to share it with all of you!

I am happy to announce that this Tuesday, April 5th, 2016, from 6-8pm I’m going to be co-hosting Topshop & Her Campus’s Dress Up & Go Event on Michigan Ave with Molly Tullis of Haute Tempered!

Guess what else?

YOU’RE INVITED!

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Event Details

What: Topshop x Her Campus Dress Up & Go Event hosted by Megan Rogers-Reilley and Molly Tullis
When: Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 from 6-8pm
Where: Topshop’s Personal Shopping Suite at 830 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
Promos: 20% off your purchase at the event
R.S.V.P. HERE!

Come pop by to say hi, shop Topshop’s new summer dresses (There’s something for every occasion!), listen to some tunes, snap a few photos and hang out with Molly and I on Michigan Ave! There will be sweet treats, refreshments, a DJ, and complimentary hair and beauty makeovers during the event.

 

Topshop e-vite

This is the perfect chance to revamp your spring/summer wardrobe and have fun doing it. I would absolutely love to see you there! Be sure to RSVP here.

Feel free to email me with any questions: Megan(at)BowtifulLife.com

 

Thank you to Topshop and Her Campus Media for sponsoring this post.

 

Robert Joffrey’s Final Nutcracker

Happy Friday, lovelies!

Last night, I went to the Auditorium Theatre with my friend, Alex, and got to experience the Joffrey Ballet performing The Nutcracker! I’ve gone to see The Nutcracker on multiple occasions in past years, but there was something especially special about this time around…

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What I Wore

 

This season, The Joffrey Ballet is celebrating 60 years as a company and this is the final season that they’ll be performing the Robert Joffrey version of The Nutcracker, which was first performed in 1987 in Iowa City. This ballet is especially near and dear to my heart as a dancer because it was the first ballet I ever saw (at age 5!). I started taking ballet classes when I was three years old and continued doing so through my freshman year of high school. Even to this day, every time that I hear the overture for The Nutcracker start to play, I get ridiculously excited and I’m taken back to the very first time I ever saw the Joffrey perform. I can honestly say that it’s been a truly magical experience each and every time.

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This year, the show was incredible as always. My favorite part of the ballet is always The Kingdom of Sweets, specifically the Tea from China (oh my gosh, those jumps!) and the Nougats from Russia (turns for days). Additionally, Cara Marie Grey was absolutely remarkable as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Amanda Assucena did an absolutely gorgeous job as Coffee from Arabia. Needless to say, this year was an absolutely amazing experience.

Next year, The Joffrey will be performing a brand new version of The Nutcracker. The choreography is being done by Christopher Wheeldon, a Tony Award Winning choreographer and I sense that there will be big changes, but I’m SO excited to see how it all turns out!

A MASSIVE thank you to Alex for bringing me with her!

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 Have you ever seen The Nutcracker?

UNIQLO Chicago Train Takeover

Hey lovelies, happy Sunday! I decided to postpone my usual Friday post until today so that I could tell you all about the super fun event that I got to attend on Friday for UNIQLO!

If you saw some of the snapchats I posted on Friday (and if you’re not already following me on Snapchat, my username is BowtifulLife) then you have a bit of an idea as to just how much fun this event was!

UNIQLO is coming to Chicago and opening a store on Michigan Avenue, right above Topshop, on October 23rd! To celebrate, they took over a few train cars on the L and held a mini party! There was a live DJ, dancers in each car, presents, and prizes. It was about a 20-30 minute ride and it was a ton of fun! The atmosphere was incredibly energetic and excitement was almost vibrating through the air! They decked out the train car with lanterns and other decor and it was a great little break in the middle of my Friday.

Will you be stopping by for the grand opening on the 23rd?

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.
What I Wore
J.Crew Anchor Skirt (similar) and Pavé Link Bracelet  –  Black V-Neck Tee  –  Jack Rogers Silver Sandals  –  Kendra Scott Elisa Necklace  –  Kate Spade Seaport Pearl Studs  –  Ray-Ban Tortoiseshell Aviators (similar)