Monday, June 29, 2020

Casual Red, White, & Blue Fashion

This Fourth of July is going to look a little different than in years past. We may not be out on the lake, watching fireworks, and having big bashes, but that doesn't mean we can't celebrate. My family is having a backyard BBQ and my friends and I are enjoying a picnic on the river - simple, but fun. If you're doing something similar, but still want to be festive, I've got you covered! Below are nine casual outfits you can easily throw together for a great Fourth of July look.

Outfit #1: Shirt / Shorts / Hat / Shoes
Outfit #2: Shirt / Shorts / Belt / Shoes
Outfit #3: Shirt / Shorts / Sunglasses / Shoes

Outfit #4: Shirt / Shorts / Necklace / Shoes
Outfit #5: Shirt / Shorts / Scrunchies / Shoes
Outfit #6: Shirt / Shorts / Earrings / Shoes

Outfit #7: Shirt / Shorts / Nail Polish / Shoes
Outfit #8: Shirt / Shorts / Earrings / Shoes
Outfit #9: Shirt / Shorts / Headband / Shoes

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Have a safe and happy Fourth!

Friday, June 26, 2020

Tropical Cocktail Popsicles

Last week, in honor of the first official day of summer, I shared my first batch of popsicle recipes. They were filled with the classics: mojito, margarita, moscow mule, cosmopolitan, and paloma. Today, I'm taking us on vacation with the best tropical cocktails. You'll find popsicle recipes perfect for pool parties, a day at the beach, or just some fun in the sun.

Note: Adding alcohol will make your popsicles on the slushier side, so if you'd like a more solid pop, add less alcohol than noted below.


Find recipes to your favorite tropical popsicles below!

STRAWBERRY DAIQUIRI

PINA COLADA

SEX ON THE BEACH

TEQUILA SUNRISE

RASPBERRY FROSÉ

I hope you enjoy all ten popsicle recipes (responsibly) this summer!

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Shopping: Pretty in Pink

I'm currently in Charleston visiting my sister and brother-in-law, which means I'm surrounded by color. From Rainbow Row to swim trunks - blues, pinks, and yellows are everywhere. Pink is one of my favorites, especially the houses and flowers that helped inspire today's post.

A couple of years ago, I created a post all about shopping the best yellow finds on the web. To date, it's still one of my favorite fashion and home decor round ups. In honor of National Pink Day and my favorite Charleston color, I'm bringing it back. Below, find all the best pink finds online, including those in hot pink, blush, and bubble gum.

Happy National Pink Day (and happy shopping)!


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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Classic Cocktail Popsicles

Summer has officially arrived in Chicago! Restaurant patios are opening up, the sunshine is out, and the shorts are unpacked. One of my favorite ways to cool down during the summer is with fruity popsicles and classic cocktails. Today - I'm combining them for the best of both worlds.

Note: Adding alcohol will make your popsicles on the slushier slide, so if you want a more solid pop, add less alcohol than noted below.


Create all your favorite popsicle cocktails below!

CLASSIC MARGARITA POPSICLE

MOJITO POPSICLE

COSMOPOLITAN POPSICLE

MOSCOW MULE POPSICLE

PALOMA POPSICLE

Inside scoop - I'll be sharing tropical cocktail popsicles next week!

Monday, June 8, 2020

Month in Photos - May

This Month in Photos feels different than previous ones. In the past two weeks, our country has been going through something that will go down in history. Living in Chicago, I've seen firsthand the protests that have been occurring and the change that is being demanded. I've also spent the last week reading and educating myself on the Black Lives Matter movement, which has been eye-opening. I truly feel that this generation is the one that's going to change things - this is just the beginning.

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May was filled with the first sight of warm weather, a lot of coloring, and finally seeing my friends in person. Just like April, I split my time between my parents' house and my own. While at my parents, I participated in fun game nights, enjoyed all the puppy snuggles, and attended two celebrity zoom meetings. The highlights of my time in Chicago were restarting Brothers & Sisters on Hulu (the best show), helping fund COVID-19 relief through my friend's business, and having a picnic in Grant Park with friends. Enjoy my month in review below.

My Month in Photos

MAY 1: LUNCH BREAK ON THE DECK

MAY 2: GAME NIGHT WITH MY PARENTS AND THEIR FRIENDS

MAY 3: AT-HOME WORKOUT (PLEASE IGNORE THE DOG HAIR)

MAY 4: COSTCO TRIP WITH MY MOM

MAY 5: CINQO DE MAYO ZOOM WITH FRIENDS

MAY 6: ENJOYING THE SUNSHINE AND FRESH FLOWERS WITH MY PUPS

MAY 7: AN EXCITING WORK MEETING WITH DAVID BECKHAM

MAY 8: THE SLEEPIEST OF PUPS

MAY 9: THE BLOOMS OUTSIDE OF MY PARENTS' HOUSE ARE BEAUTIFUL

MAY 10: THE PUPS APPROVE OF THE NEW OFFICE FURNITURE ARRANGEMENT

MAY 11: ONE OF MY MORE EXCITING PURCHASES IN QUARANTINE

MAY 12: SUNSET VIEWS FROM MY BALCONY

MAY 13: PUTTING MY 100 COLORS TO GOOD USE

MAY 14: AFTERNOON POWER OUTAGE IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD

MAY 15: DRIVING BACK INTO THE CITY WITH MY GROCERIES

MAY 16: PLANNING FOR THE WEEK AHEAD

MAY 17: VIRTUAL CHURCH SERVICE WITH SOUL CITY

MAY 18: MONOCHROMATIC COLORING

MAY 19: COVID ANTIBODY TESTING (I TESTED NEGATIVE)

MAY 20: MY FIRST PAIR FROM EARRINGS BY EMILY (ALL DONATIONS TO COVID RELIEF)

MAY 21: SMIRNOFF ZOOM MEETING WITH DAVE BAUTISTA

MAY 22: PLAYING MEXICAN TRAIN WITH MY PARENTS AND FRIENDS

MAY 23: THE CALM BEFORE THE EVENING STORM

MAY 24: REUNITED WITH MY GIRLS FOR MEMORIAL DAY (FINALLY!)

MAY 25: A QUICK DRIVE FOR STARBUCKS

MAY 26: WHINNIE ENJOYING THE SUNSHINE

MAY 27: PICKED UP STARBUCKS ON MY WAY HOME

MAY 28: SUNSET COLORS

MAY 29: MY SISTER SENT ME THE SWEETEST GIFT IN THE MAIL

MAY 30: PICNIC IN THE PARK WITH FRIENDS

MAY 31: PROTESTS DOWN STATE STREET (VIEW FROM MY BALCONY)

Praying for peace and understanding as we continue through the month of June.