Monday, February 8, 2021

Fashion Hearts for Valentine's Day

It's hard to believe that Valentine's Day is just around the corner! Typically this is the time of year when I host my annual Galentine's Day party. Over the past three years I've hosted a sleepover, a favorite things party, and a Galentine's brunch. It's one of my favorite things to do with my girlfriends, so I'm super bummed I can't have it this year. Fingers crossed we can do a make-up event in the coming months when everything is safer. Since I won't be spending the day with my girls, I decided I would celebrate in another festive way - with fashion! The inspiration behind today's post: the subtle heart-patterned sweater and earrings I found at Loft over the weekend. Below, you'll find the most adorable heart sweaters, earrings, and necklaces to celebrate this Valentine's season. Enjoy!
 

 
SHOP MY FAVORITES BELOW
 
PINK/RED SWEATERS
 
BLUE/GREY SWEATERS
 
EARRINGS
 
NECKLACES
one / two / three / four / five / six / seven / eight / nine

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Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 1, 2021

My January Recap

Overall, January was a relatively boring month. It started with me traveling to Charleston to see my sister and then Nashville to see my best friend, which were both so fun. Once I returned, my days pretty much consisted of working and sitting on my couch. I did, however, watch some great shows! I finished season one of Bridgerton and started watching Peaky Blinders. (Highly recommend both!) I'm hopeful that this next month will be a little more exciting. My extroverted heart is struggling!
 
As always, my monthly recap is below, this time filled with some beautiful winter views and adorable pups.
 
Catching up on Lavender Elizabeth's January
 
My Favorite January Moments
 
My Week in South Carolina / Tennessee
I spent the first week of January with my sister and brother-in-law in Charleston. My sister was having surgery, so I went to lend an extra hand. We watched The Bachelor, drank lots of tea, did some puzzles, watched TikTok videos, and spent simple quality time together. At the end of the week, I flew to Nashville for the weekend to spend time with Betty and Sam. It was such a cold day, but we had a blast. I also spent time with a childhood friend, catching up and spending time with his new pup, Ember.
 
Enjoyed all the Snow
We finally had snow in Chicago and I was in heaven. I love the winter season and the beauty of snow. This was my first January spent in my new apartment and the view was magical (see below!). Here's to hoping for even more snow this month, because I really want to go sledding.
 
January in Photos
 
JANUARY 1: FRESH SNOW FOR A NEW YEAR

JANUARY 2: CAUGHT UP ON CHICAGO FIRE

JANUARY 3: WENT ON A PLANE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 7 MONTHS

JANUARY 4: WORKED FROM MY SISTER'S SUNROOM WITH LAMBEAU

JANUARY 5: WATCHED THE BACHELOR PREMIERE

JANUARY 6: MY COMFY WORK-FROM-HOME LOOK

JANUARY 7: ENJOYED LAMBEAU CUDDLES

JANUARY 8: POST-SURGERY NAPS

JANUARY 9: TRIED HOT COCKTAILS AT PINEWOOD SOCIAL IN NASHVILLE

JANUARY 10: EMBER LOVED TO HOWL AT HER FAVORITE PIGGY TOY

JANUARY 11: BACK WITH KINCHIE (AND WHINNIE)

JANUARY 12: COOKED MY FIRST HELLO FRESH MEAL

JANUARY 13: ENJOYED A BEAUTIFUL SUNSET AT MY PARENTS' HOUSE

JANUARY 14: HEADED BACK TO CHICAGO

JANUARY 15: JANUARY SNOW

JANUARY 16: THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WINTER DAY

JANUARY 17: HAD DINNER AND PLAYED CARDS WITH ANIL AND LISA

JANUARY 18: CELEBRATED MY DAD'S BIRTHDAY (WITH THE PUPS)

JANUARY 19: ENJOYED MY MORNING COFFEE

JANUARY 20: HAD MY MONTHLY ZOOM CALL WITH MY COLLEGE BESTIES

JANUARY 21: WATCHED FOUR SEASONS OF PEAKY BLINDERS (IN 6 DAYS)

JANUARY 22: FRIDAY CALLED FOR STARBUCKS

JANUARY 23: FINALLY REPLENISHED MY COFFEE SUPPLY

JANUARY 24: HAD THE OPPOSITE OF A LAZY SUNDAY - I CLEANED, DID LAUNDRY, BUILT A DESK, AND RAN ERRANDS

JANUARY 25: WORKED FROM MY BRAND NEW DESK FOR THE FIRST TIME

JANUARY 26: RAN TO TRADER JOE'S DURING A FIFTEEN MINUTE BREAK BETWEEN MEETINGS

JANUARY 27: THE GORGEOUS VIEW FROM MY DESK

JANUARY 28: SUNSET OVER THE LAKE

JANUARY 29: TOOK A QUICK WALK TO STARBUCKS

JANUARY 30: CELEBRATED NATIONAL CROISSANT DAY

JANUARY 31: PLAYED IN THE FOOT OF SNOW WE GOT OVER THE WEEKEND
 
Happy February everyone!

Monday, January 18, 2021

My Top 20 Products of 2020

Happy Monday everyone! I've seen a couple other bloggers do their roundup of the best 2020 products and I decided to join in. Throughout last year, there were 20 items that I consistently used, including my favorite jeans, blanket, and workout app. Below is my complete list of all the 2020 products I'll be bringing with me into 2021.

TOP 5 BEAUTY ITEMS

Tarte Airbrush Foundation: Light coverage to help with the joys of mascne.

Better Than Sex Mascara: It doesn't irritate my eyes and is nice and thick.

Sally Hansen Gel Polish: I missed getting my nails done so much this year and this was the perfect stand-in.

Silicone Beauty Scrubber: A great way to exfoliate my face, while using my favorite cleanser.

Herbal Essences Shampoo: I discovered this during the second half of the year and love it! It smells amazing and gives my hair the right amount of volume.

TOP 5 FASHION ITEMS

Loft Boyfriend Jeans: I bought these on a whim and practically lived in them any time I went out.

Lou & Grey Lounge Set: When I wasn't in my jeans, I was in this set. So freaking soft!

Sperry Duck Boots: Great for chilly Chicago days.

Kendra Scott Jewelry: My go-to necklace and earrings. Simple, elegant, and matches with everything.

Old Navy Masks: They come in the cutest patterns and are adjustable.

TOP 5 HOME ITEMS

Plush Velvet Blanket: I found this at Costco and it's the softest thing I own.

Velvet Chair from Wayfair: This chair completed my family room and, starting this month, I'm going to use it as an office chair with my new desk.

AOC Portable Monitor: I went between my parents' house and my own most of the year, so being able to bring this with me was so convenient.

Pillow Lap Desk: Working from the couch (or coloring while watching TV) has never been easier.

Nora Fleming Dishes: I didn't have people over as much this year, but it was still so fun to swap out my toppers seasonally. It's the little things.

TOP 5 OTHER ITEMS

iPhone Tripod Mount: This made taking photos so much easier while living alone (and in quarantine).

Sweat App: I started using this a couple years ago with a friend and it's the best. Plus, it made working-out from home so simple.

Monthly Desktop Backgrounds: I love the Everygirl's desktop backgrounds. I change mine every month on my work computer to have a calendar handy.

Johanna Basford Coloring Books: During the stay-at-home order in the spring, I colored in these like crazy.

Fringe Notebooks: These are the only notebooks that I use for work. Whenever I find them at HomeGoods, I buy them all.

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What were some of your favorite 2020 products?