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January 22, 2017

Layer Player: Mini Skirt and Oversized Fur


Hey Mer-babes! Can we talk about the weather in Chicago this weekend, what a dream!  I am actually smiling in most of these photos, which is unusual because I am usually fighting back tears due to the cold.  Do you ever find that one piece that is just so perfectly you, you can't stop wearing it? That is how I feel with this coat.  I went through a panic (not usual) this morning because I felt like this coat completed my look, but I had just blogged this coat

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January 21, 2017

Playing Favorites: Week of January 16



Hey Mer-babes! We've made it though another exciting week of 2017.  My favorite part of these weekly round-ups is taking a step back and analyzing my past week.  Not only do you get to relive the best moments but there always seems to be a hidden theme.  This week my theme was for sure, wellness.

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January 19, 2017

Steal the Trend: This Season's Hottest Shoes for Less

PHOTOGRAPHED BY VICTORIA ADAMSON

Hey Mer-babes!  Copycat designs are everywhere and while I never want to support a copycat, sometimes a girl has got to do what a girl's got to do to look good and feel confident.  I wish I could sport shoes straight from the runway on the daily, and someday we will but (at least for me) today is not that day.  I have found the trendiest shoes of 2017 for wayyy less, so much less that "way" needed three "y's".

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January 17, 2017

Get Your Glow On: Three Ingredient Collagen Beauty Smoothie for Healthy Skin


Hey hey Mer-babes!  I drink a smoothie everyday, I can not last without eating between meals so a healthy and dairy-free smoothie is my go-to for staying satisfied during the day.  Lucky for me, my mother is the smoothie-queen, for real.  I was seriously raised by Martha Stewart's cooler (although Kelly would disagree, because no one is cooler than Martha) younger sister.  Not only is she the smoothie-queen, today she is the birthday queen, although she truly is the queen of everything everyday in my eyes.  Happy Birthday Mommy! Thank you for being such an inspiring and creative force in my life and the lives of all you touch around you.  She's one of those mom's that makes you unsure if your friends are friends with you for you or your mom, ya know?
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January 15, 2017

Trends for Brunch: How to Wear Fishnets (Without Looking like a 7 Year-Old in a Dance Recital)


Hey Mer-babes! I was really feeling my brunch look yesterday and am so excited to share it with you.  If fishnets haven't been blowing up your Instagram feed you clearly are following the wrong people.  Fishnets are a controversial piece, for some they bring up memories of dance recitals past, bad halloween costumes, or even a piece you used to pair with your favorite denim mini skirt.  For a few years fishnets seemed to be a staple piece of my Halloween costumes, think Kesha and Roller Derby Girl.  When I saw how fishnets were being reimagined as a layering piece my mind was immediately cleared of all past fishnet trauma.
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January 14, 2017

Cool Things To Do for Cool Young People in Chicago: Museum Hack at the Art Institute


Hey Mer-babes! I am always looking for fun things to do around the city, that aren't just eating.  Whenever I am spending the day with a friend the only activity that ever crosses my mind is to go out to eat, and while that is arguably the best way to spend time there are a million other amazing activities in the city of Chicago.  I am so excited to explore the thousands of cool things to do in the city and bring my first hand account to you.  Thats where "Cool Things To Do for Cool Young People in Chicago" comes in.  A simple name (LOL) for a simple idea that is actually crazy difficult IRL, finding activities to do that aren't completely lame is a struggle! The first edition is all about Museum Hack.
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January 13, 2017

Playing Favorites: Week of January 9


Hey Mer-babes! This week has been a whirlwind, how is it already Friday?! Not that I am complaining.  I started back up dancing with Elements Contemporary Ballet after a luxuriously long and indulgent break, ok not really, I danced way too much over my "break" for it really to be considered a "break".  My body on the other hand feels like it was the first time I stepped in the studio, ever.  This week I also filmed my first workout video, I am so excited to start my YouTube journey, be sure to subscribe so you never miss a video.

I have been incorporating a lot more lifestyle content than usual and want to you what you babes think!  Remember that you can always Instagram or Snapchat message me with your thoughts on a post, content requests, or anything your heart desires! Except asking me out on a date, if you ask me out through snapchat its 100% a no, if you ask me out any other way its probably still a no.  I have no time for that nonsense people. 💁  Now let us begin with this weeks favorites!
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January 12, 2017

Love Yourself and Your Life: YOUTUBE CHANNEL + Best Butt Ever




Hey Mer-babes!  I just finished filming my first fitness YouTube video and I am seriously so excited.  YouTube is going to be another spot that you can head to when you need some inspiration, whether it fitness, food, or fashion, I have got you covered.  I want you to live the life you have always dreamed of living and I am not just going to say it.  I am going to help you make it happen, we are going to create our dream lives together!

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January 11, 2017

Eat Out Eat Clean: Healthy Restaurants in Chicago



Hey Mer-babe!  I love food, but you probably already knew that; with my love of food comes my absolute love of eating out.  There is a common misconception that all restaurant food is bad for you, and that is so false.  There are so many restaurants that offer clean meals even in the land of deep-dish pizza (aka Chicago).  I don't mean there is one healthy thing on the menu, all of the spots I'm sharing have dedicated their culture to providing healthy options.  Not only do these spots offer clean and healthy menus but they all offer amazing vegetarian and vegan options.

Below are three of my favorite destinations in Chicago for a healthy meal out.  Plus I am sharing exactly what I order, because I can never quite stick to what's on the menu.  💁 Bonus points if you already know where that vegan pizza I'm eating above is from!
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January 10, 2017

Runaway Prom Queen: Photo Diary with Laudi Vidni



Hey Mer-babes! I hope your week is off to a killer start.  It feels like this week is finally back to real life after a whirlwind of holiday cheer.  TBH I am not mad about it at all, I love getting back into my daily routine.  I love making daily to-do lists and planning out everything from my morning workout to the emails I am going to send.  Seeing things laid out on a piece of paper works wonders for me, when I have things swirling around in my head I usually end up in tears saying something like "I'm just really overwhelmed"; but the moment I write things down and see that in reality its only four tasks it seems much more manageable.  
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