Thursday, February 28, 2019

My Month in Photos // February

Today I'm starting a brand new series: My Month in Photos. Every month, I take dozens of photos that I never share. From views to random selfies, I typically take a least one photo each day. Rather than keep them collecting dust in my iPhone, I thought why not share a glimpse into my daily life? Enjoy my first installment of My Month in Photos.


FEBRUARY 7: BIRTHDAY BREAKFAST

FEBRUARY 7: BIRTHDAY DINNER VIEW

FEBRUARY 8: PUNCH BOWL SOCIAL CHICAGO


FEBRUARY 10: ATTEMPTING TO USE CHOPSTICKS AT ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT SUSHI

FEBRUARY 11: FRESH SNOWFALL

FEBRUARY 12: WORK-FROM-HOME

FEBRUARY 14: FLOWERS + STARBUCKS FOR MY ROOMMATES

FEBRUARY 16: BACK TO PURE BARRE

FEBRUARY 17: WHINNIE, THE RING MODEL

FEBRUARY 18: SNOWY SUNSETS

FEBRUARY 19: BIRTHDAY FLOWERS STILL GOING STRONG

FEBRUARY 21: DINNER AND WINE AT EATALY

FEBRUARY 22: VIEW WALKING TO WORK

FEBRUARY 21: GIRLS' GAME NIGHT

FEBRUARY 23: STARBUCKS BREAKFAST

FEBRUARY 23: TRYING OUT ESSENTIAL OILS

FEBRUARY 23: GAME OF THRONES POP-UP BAR

FEBRUARY 24: MAKE-UP FREE SELFIE

FEBRUARY 25: PUPPY SNUGGLES

FEBRUARY 26: CUPCAKE FROM GEORGETOWN CUPCAKE

Can't wait to show you my March in photos!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

What I'm Loving // February

January was the slowest month, but February seems to have flown by! It's been a busy month filled with exploring new parts of Chicago, skiing in Michigan, and hosting get togethers with friends. I've been loving the fun I've been having this month, as well as some little things that made February that much better. Below are the five things I've been loving throughout the month of February.


Fresh Flowers
We've had an overflow of flowers in our apartment this month and I've been loving it! It makes our space that much happier.

My Girlfriends
From Galentine's Day to birthday celebrations, I've spent some amazing weekends with my girlfriends. We've started hanging out with some new girls and they are beautiful, smart, and so much fun!

Roses de Chloé
I decided this month that it was time to buy perfume. I don't know how many I tested while at Sephora, but I ended up buying Roses by Chloé. It's fresh, floral, and I love it.

Trip Planning
This month, I've booked flights to South Carolina, Northern California, and Alberta. I'm having a mother-daughter weekend in Charleston, a girls' weekend in Carmel-by-the-Sea, and an epic trip to Banff with the girls. I can't wait for all this travel!

Light & Airy Photog
I've been looking for a way to streamline my Instagram photos and when I found the Light and Airy Collection, I was so excited. I've been loving the way their Lightroom presets are making my photos look.


What have you been loving this month?

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Cute Patterned Pillows for your Home

Home decor is quickly becoming a passion of mine. I love being able to transform a space into something homey, personable, and stylish. One of the easiest ways to do this is to add decorative throw pillows to a space. Creating definition with different sizes, colors, and patterns is a great way to  update your room. When looking for inspiration for my bedroom, I started scouring Pinterest. One trend that continually caught my eye was the use of patterned pillows. My favorite way to use pattern is by mixing them, but utilizing similar colors. Three examples are below, as well as my favorite patterns to use in your home.

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DIAMOND PATTERN

FLORAL PATTERN

DAMASK PATTERN

STRIPED PATTERN

AZTEC PATTERN

GEOMETRIC PATTERN

CHEVRON PATTERN

CHECKERED PATTERN

TRELLIS PATTERN

PIN FOR LATER!

How are you using patterned pillows in your home?

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Dainty Rings for Under $25

To me, some of the most feminine and stylish rings are the simplest ones. Thin bands, a slight sparkle, and small details; in a word: dainty. The ring that I wear every day is just that and I love the way it looks on my hand. I find that when I accessorize with rings, I tend to look for rings with subtleties, just like my staple ring. Below are some of my favorite dainty rings, all for under $25.

A / BC / D / E / F / G / H / I / J / K / L

M / N / O / PQ / RS / T / U / VWX

Which ring is your favorite?

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Hosting // A Galentine's Favorite Things Party

I first read about a Favorite Things Party on Michaela Noelle Designs. She's hosted a couple for different holidays and I knew I had to try it. Last year, I hosted my first Galentine's Day Party with a Sleepover Theme; this year, it was time for a My Favorite Things Party.


HOW IT WORKS:
Each person brings two gifts of their favorite thing. (I gave an intro-to-calligraphy book with markers.) Upon arrival, each guest fills out a questionnaire and writes her name on two slips of paper. Once completed, each questionnaire is read aloud. We all guess who filled them out and once discovered, that person pulls two names. The names pulled receive that person's favorite things gift. At the end of the game, everyone walks away with two fun gifts.


WHAT I SERVED:
I provided a couple different appetizers, including mini pizzas, breaded sausages, spinach and feta pastries, and raspberry cream pastries. For the sweets, I made pink champagne cake pops and a special white chocolate popcorn. 


WHAT WE DRANK:
To start off the night, I made a simple cocktail in a color perfect for Galentine's. This girly drink was made with only two ingredients: sparkling rosé and lemonade. I also created two shooters for us to enjoy during the night. The first was a cosmo shooter, made with cranberry juice, lime juice, and raspberry vodka, dipped in red sprinkles; the second was chocolate dipped and filled with Strawberries & Cream Bailey's. We ended the night with a decked out hot chocolate bar, complete with Best Friends mugs.


THE GAMES:
Aside from the Favorite Things game, we also played three others. I bought prizes for each guest, so made sure there were fun ways to win. The first was a scratch off ticket. Each person received a goody bag with their questionnaire, pink and purple beads, and their scratch-off ticket (shoutout to Target's Dollar Section!). The other two games we played were classics: Valentine's Bingo and "What's in your Purse?"


THE DECORATIONS:
Our apartment was a pink and red wonderland! Between fresh flowers and cute signs, we had everything needed for the perfect night in. A couple highlights include heart window-catchers and a bright and fun photo backdrop.


Have a very happy Galentine's Day ladies!