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Top 12 Summer Nail Polishes

It’s summertime, so that means sandals and fun colors of nail polish!

When I was little, painting my nails was always a huge deal because I’d get to dive into the massive plastic bin of nail polish that my mom had collected over the years. It was something that was saved for special occasions or as a special treat after various accomplishments.



When it was time to paint my nails, I’d take each of the bottles out one by one and arrange them by color, size, brand, and anything else I could think of before finally picking one and sitting down with my mom for some fun mother-daughter pampering.

Flash forward to present-day. With what I do for work, I constantly have my nails painted and I’ve put together quite the collection of polishes myself. (One that honestly rivals my mother’s.) Today I’m sharing some of my personal favorite nail polish brands and nail colors for the warmer months!


5 Beauty Musts for May

It’s been quite a while since I posted a monthly favorites video and I’ve had quite a few beauty faves accumulating. So, for today’s post, I’m sharing five of my current beauty-related favorites!


Video: August ’16 Favorites

August is almost over, isn’t that crazy?

It feels like it’s been forever since I posted a YouTube video, so here’s a brand new one! I’m  super happy to be back to making videos and to share all of my August faves with you!


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Watch my August Favorites Video HERE


Shop Some of My Faves


What have you been loving this month?



Finals Week with bkr

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Featured: “gloss” bkr bottle & “holiday” bkr bottle ℅


Finals are approaching at an alarming rate and I’m still in disbelief with how fast this semester flew by! Isn’t it crazy how the end of the semester has such a tendency to sneak up on us so quickly? One of my key “life hacks” for staying on top of everything, staying healthy, and feeling good during stressful and busy times like finals week is…


I’m always carrying a water bottle around with me (seriously, ask anyone) and bkr bottles have quickly become one of my favorite bottle brands. Some of you may recall that I talked about bkr in my Nordstrom Beauty Trend Show post and that I got to meet the co-founders of bkr, Tal and Kate. I always find getting to meet the individuals behind a brand to be such a treat! I loved hearing how Tal and Kate were inspired to create a stylish reusable water bottle after seeing so many plastic water bottles being thrown out every time that they went to the gym.

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The result of this concern? A fun, stylish, and functional bottle that quickly became a go-to for celebrities including Leighton Meester, Reese Witherspoon, Blake Lively, Emmy Rossum, and Jessica Alba.

Breaking down why I love my bkr bottle:

– the colors for each bottle are inspired by the color trends seen on the runway

– there are so many color options

– the 16oz. bottle fits easily into any purse because it’s so compact

– they’re easy to carry

– they add the perfect pop of color to any outfit

– they make great gifts

– perfect for on the go

Get your own bkr bottle below


October Favorites 2015

I can’t believe that October is almost over!
This month, I didn’t have that many new “favorites,” so rather than making a video, I decided to do a short post covering all my favorites for the month of October!
Without further ado, let’s get started!

October Favorite '15

I got this shirt last spring from Necessary Clothing in purple and green and I’ve been wearing both of them like crazy recently! They’re super comfy and they work really well with a puffer vest and scarf! They also make a longer version that they refer to as a “dress”, but I think it works much better as a tunic! I’ll definitely be picking up a few more colors in the near future.

2. Starbucks Pumpkin Flat White
Oh. my. goodness.
I was already a fan of flat whites and pumpkin spice lattes, so this is AMAZING! Highly recommended, but get a smaller size because it’s pretty rich!

3. El Capitan & new emojis
I finally updated my laptop to OS X El Capitan and I love the new operating system! It’s so much faster and I actually don’t mind the update to the photos app for my macbook. The separation of panorama, time-lapse, screenshots, selfies, and videos is super helpful when I’m trying to find something specific. I’m also a HUGE fan of the new emojis that came out with iOS 9!

4. Loyola Blog, CHICago Style
Did you catch my interview with CHICago Style earlier this month? I’ve been staying up to date with this blog that’s being run for one of Loyola’s Communications classes and I think that the girls in charge of it have been doing a great job. Definitely check it out!

5. Athleta “Hypersonic Push The Limit” Sports Bra
The comfiest sports bra ever and I love the detailing on the back! (It’s also on sale right now!)

Finally, happy almost Halloween!
I’ve shared a few previews of my costume on my Snapchat from when I wore it for a mixer yesterday, but I’ll be posting more photos on the blog tomorrow, so be sure to swing by for a special Halloween Outfit of The Day post!

My Favorite Fall Bootie (under $100!)

Fall weather is finally hitting Chicago and I absolutely love it! One of my favorite things about fall is switching out my bright summer wardrobe for my cozy sweaters and fall and winter clothes. One of my staples for fall has always been riding boots, but I’ve really been loving booties recently!
I bought this pair at Nordstrom last winter and they’ve become one of my favorite pairs of shoes.
Now that the weather has cooled down, I wear them almost every day! They’re super versatile and really comfy. The bit of a heel that they have is also nice without being too much or getting uncomfortable at the end of a long day. The best part? They’re under $100! I have them in black leather, but I also absolutely love them in grey leather, which is really more of a light grey brown, and charcoal suede. I’ll probably grab another pair in one of those colors before winter hits us. I honestly cannot rave about these shoes enough!
Do you have a favorite pair of booties for fall?

September ’15 Favorites Video

My September Favorites video is now LIVE on YouTube! 
Check it out on my channel, or watch below!

Featured items from this video

Laura Mercier Stickgloss in “Baked Earth”  //  Pinrose  //  bkr gloss bottle  //  Kendra Scott Naomi ring  //  Striped Swing Dress  //  Burgundy Shift Dress  //  Argo Bubble Tea (red tea with vanilla and extra bubbles) //  Shawn Mendes  //  Companion App  //  Kate Spade Umbrella

What are a few of you favorite things, currently?

August ’15 Favorites Video

Since September is in full swing and August is over, it’s time for a new monthly favorites video! Watch it right here to check out a few of my favorite items from the month of August and leave a comment to let me know what products you’ve been loving recently!

My August Favorites

Also, don’t forget to subscribe to my channel so you’re one of the first to know when I post a new video!

Hope you’re all having a great month and a wonderful Wednesday!

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!

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!