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November 17, 2017

Snapshots from Self-care Sunday with Beauty Now


Hey Merbabes! Last weekend, I treated myself to the ultimate self-care Sunday.  I started my morning at Dreamdry in Lincoln Park for a blowout.  I love rocking my waves on the daily but for me, sleek, fresh locks are the ultimate confidence boost.  I booked my appointment through the Groupon app, simply click on "salon and spa booking" at the top of the app, then I searched through tops spots in the city and decided on Dreamdry for it's ultra chic design.  This seemed like the perfect spot to start my self-care Sunday.
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September 1, 2017

Never Outfit Repeat Again, Like Ever: A Four Step Guide



Hey Merbabes! Today we are talking outfit repeating.  The first time I ever heard this term was graduation scene of The Lizzie McGuire movie when Kate unzips Lizzie's graduation robe and shames her "its-kind-of-a-peasant-dress-but-it-might-just-be-a-baggy-disaster-of-questionable-fiber-content", that she wore to the spring dance and wore again to graduation.   Ever since that moment, my life was changed, no longer could I wear my favorite outfit over and over again, that was totally uncool.  Now I don't really care about what is cool versus what is uncool, but I do care about my Instagram feed, wait for it, this will all tie together in a second.

I can't even count the amount of times my friends have complained about not being able to post an Instagram photo because they wore the same outfit, a post or two back.  Now, I have never been in this situation, but it seems pretty tragic.  The reason I have never been in this situation isn't because I have an endless supply of clothes, it's because I shop smart, and I strategize my looks.  I'm sharing my top tips to help you never repeat an outfit ever again.  Unless you want to, then you do you.
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August 18, 2017

Blue Jean Baby: Graphic Tees + Jeans Roundup


Hey Merbabes!  To quote one of my latest Instagram captions "I'm on a strict diet of white tees, cropped denim, and slides for the rest of the summer.", wasn't kidding either.  I seriously have been living off jeans + tees recently, and although it sounds boring these simple pieces are seriously iconic.  A solid set of basics can lead you to the outfit of your dreams, you can layer up any jeans + tee look with kimonos, sunnies, bags, you name it.  

I've searched the internet for my favorite basics, all under $100, for you to build the look of your dreams with.  Of course, no outfit is complete with a little sass so these "basics" aren't quite your momma's basics.  Sassy graphic tees and distressed boyfriend jeans will keep these "basics" right on brand.  Plus, I've included four totally different jeans + tee looks to give you a little outfit building inspiration.

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August 17, 2017

Summer Refresh with Spindrift


Hey Merbabes!  Although fall is quickly approaching I have been soaking up every last bit of summer.  To be honest I have probably been enjoying myself far too much, I have been seriously slacking on my usual work load, but I am trying to remind myself that a little fun never hurt anyone, right?  Anyways...I am here to chat with you about my latest bubbly obsession, Sprindrift Sparkling Water.

Sprindrift sparkling water has been my drink of choice lately for these late summer days.  I was lucky enough to get hooked up with this ultra refreshing package of goodies, sent over from the Spindrift team.  

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August 3, 2017

Ultimate Guide to Lollapalooza + Bed Head Hotel Invite


Hey Merbabes! Festival weekend in Chicago is here and I am ready to party.  Lucky for you, I have made all the biggest festival mistakes (like wearing sandals post rain storm), and I am ready to pass along my knowledge to you.

I've partnered with Bed Head by TIGI to help you have the best Lollapalooza ever and to invite you to the hottest party of the weekend.  Keep reading for all the details.
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July 30, 2017

Lollapalooza Look: Your Recipe for the Ultimate Festival Look


Hey Merbabes!  Lollapalooza week is upon us and if you're like me, you have no idea what you're wearing.  Yes, you could wear your Free People bralette and a pair of high-waisted denim shorts like every other girl out there, or you could step it up. 

This outfit is a breeze, literally no pants needed, just a killer vintage tee and some rocking accessories are all you need to up your Lolla look this year. 

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July 19, 2017

Get Your Glow: Beauty Rose Tea Latte


Hey Merbabes!  I am always on the hunt for a magic potion that will clear up my skin, make my hair shine, and give me an all around glow.  Well, I found it, even better I made it myself, and so can you. This Rose Tea Latte is made with Tulsi Rose tea, Beauty Dust by Moon Juice, and Coconut Milk for the ultimate, vegan, beauty-drink, plus it tastes divine.  

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July 17, 2017

Content Heroes: Instagram Accounts to Follow



Hey Merbabes!  Instagram takes up about 90% of the space in my brain on a daily basis, I'm not talking about mindlessly scrolling, even though I totally do that,  I'm talking strategizing, planing content, discovering new accounts, and new trends.  Even with all of that going on, my favorite hobby is finding cool new people to follow on Instagram.  I love content, and I love following people who create sick content, simple as that.

Instagram is my favorite place to gather inspiration, whether I'm looking for a new place to brunch, a new look, or a new cool girl to give me some life inspo, I know I'll find it on the gram.  I like to fill my feed with cool, inspiring people so that even when my day sucks and I'm annoyed with the world I can head over to the happy-land of Instagram and remind myself why I do what I do.

I gathered a few of my favorite accounts below to inspire you to up your content game and do something cool with your life.

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July 16, 2017

The Cool Girl Pieces You Need for Fall 2017: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale


Hey Merbabes! I'm sure you've seen every blogger and their momma posting about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and normally I wouldn't add myself to that list...but I am.  The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has formed about 80% of my wardrobe throughout my entire life, all my Fall/Winter Staples always come from this sale.  It's the best around because everything is on sale pre-season.  You don't have to wait until May to snag that fabulous faux fur coat on sale, you can snag it right now, before you even need it.  It is the perfect way to build up your Fall/Winter aesthetic and get a feel for next seasons vibes.  Of course, you could follow anyone's shopping guide to the sale, but you know who will really hook you up with the hottest pieces at the best deals.  #Me.

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is only open to cardholders for the moment, but that doesn't mean you can't begin to build your wish list.  Nothing in this roundup is over $200, but most of it lives in the $40-$100 range.  I have gathered all the cool girl pieces you will be coveting for fall.  These pieces will be the ones you will drool over all season on your Instagram feed, and you can shop them now, before prices go up.

I've already purchased a few items, but I am already adding pieces to shopping cart #2.  Oops.

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July 12, 2017

A Moment in Blue: How to Style a Monochromatic Look + Whats in My Purse


Hey Merbabes! If you didn't already catch my blue moment on Instagram, I am bringing it to you here.  I partnered with Coach to show off this gorgeous blue tote and was tote-ally (I know I hate me too) inspired to build a look around it.  

I have always been one of those people who gets one new item and immediately has to create a look starring that item.  Whether it is a pair of jeans or a tiny choker, I love putting the spotlight on a new piece.  Although I have fully incorporated this tote in to my day to day life, aka throwing it over my shoulder with whatever look I have on, at least just once, I had to let it really shine.

This post is a little different than most, I structured it to give you the ability to build a similar look, by mixing and matching pieces I have picked out for you.  Continue reading to shop this look as well as see what I carry in my bag daily.  

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