1. I have a major sweet tooth, what do you ladies eat when you're craving sweets? 
Meggan: I have a MAJOR sweet tooth...like give me all the chocolate and candy in the world please! I keep Brookside dark chocolate covered acai and blueberries (in the freezer!) and dark chocolate covered almonds on hand. A few of of these helps kick my craving and they aren't even that bad for you! I also lovvvee ice cream and these frozen greek yogurt bars are amazing!
Brooke: I have a major sweet tooth as well...literally, I can't help myself if there's chocolate or any sort of sour candy involved! For me, it's best to not keep candy in my house - if it's there, I'll eat it. I've found what really helps me is to have a little sweet treat at the end of each day. Pretty much every night, I make a decaf tea (black or earl gray) with almond milk & honey and have a rice pudding sprinkled with cinnamon...it satisfies my sweet tooth completely, and it's not too crazy - the rice pudding has 130 calories and 3g of fat. I had never had rice pudding until a couple years ago, and now I'm completely hooked!

2. Do you have any suggestions for work appropriate clothing at a reasonable price?
For work, I think it's best to buy a few staple pieces (1 blazer, 1 skirt, and a couple pairs of paints), and mix & match blouses and accessories from there. H&M has a lot of great work pieces for very reasonable prices. I purchased a lot of my work clothes at LOFT when I entered the working world - they have great sales, and their clothing is a bit nicer so it will last longer. I also think it's best to keep your work wardrobe minimal (in color, print, style, etc) because you can wear the same pieces more often without everyone noticing. I love this blazer, this blouse, these pants, this skirt, and these shoes (on sale for $47!). This is a seriously great Pinterest board for workwear inspo.

3. Outfit recommendations for a trip to Napa Valley?
Brooke: We're headed to Napa in April, and I'm just starting to look for outfits. Napa isn't extremely fancy, it's pretty laid-back, so casual is probably the way to go with a few dresses thrown in for any special dinners you may have planned. A few pieces I have in my cart specifically for Napa are: this dress (just went on sale!) which can easily be dressed down with sandals, these jeans (also on my spring wishlist), this crochet tank, and these sandals. I would definitely wear flat sandals during the day/wine tasting, but you could throw on a pair of heeled sandals for dinner - obsessed with these!

4. I just left ASU and moved to Iowa because I was missing the midwest. Brooke, did you regret leaving ASU? Meggan, favorite spots in Iowa City?
Brooke: There were definitely times when I did regret leaving ASU. Let's be honest, that school is pretty much a dream life for any college student, but it just wasn't for me. I missed the midwest also, so decided it was time to move back (I went to ASU for 1.5 years). I really missed my friends from Arizona, and of course the weather, but ultimately I think it was the right decision for me. I moved to Iowa City in January (total mistake coming from warm weather), and was pretty miserable. Things were a lot different than I thought they would be, and I really missed living in a city. I had grown up going to Chicago a lot, and knew I always wanted to live there eventually, so I started looking into transferring to a Chicago university. I only went to Iowa for a semester before transferring to DePaul University (which is where I graduated from), and ended up loving it there. For me, it was the perfect mix of midwest + city. PS - If I wouldn't have moved to Iowa City, I wouldn't have met my husband...so in the end I totally don't regret the decision ;).
Meggan: A lot of my old spots are sadly gone (VITOS!!) but I love anywhere in the pedmall! There's so many cute boutiques, bars and restaurants. Some of my old stomping ground bars were Jake's, Union, Airliner, Spoco, and Martini's. Sorry if you were asking about boutiques - I did more drinking then shopping in college, lol!

5. I'm looking for a pair of gray jeans for spring, do you have any favorites?
I just picked up this pair from French Connection yesterday and love them. They run true to size (I'm normally a 26 and got a 2), and are high waisted (my fave!).

6. Brooke, I love your new hair and will be taking a picture to my stylist for a similar cut. How do you style your hair on a daily basis?
Thank you! I'm loving the shorter cut, for me it's so much easier! I'm planning to film a tutorial soon on how I get my waves (I know we keep saying this, so sorry! But seriously, it's coming!). I use this wand to get my curls...it takes some getting used to if you've only used a traditional curling iron, but once you get the hang of it, it's so easy! I'm going to work on filming a video this weekend, stay tuned!

7. Do you have any tips on traveling with a baby? 
We dedicated an entire post to traveling with babies HERE. If you have any additional questions we didn't answer, please leave them in the comments below, and we'll be sure to answer them next week!

8. How do you ladies incorporate coconut oil into your daily lives? Do you use it for beauty purposes or cooking purposes?
It seems like there are a million different uses for coconut oil, and we use it often - it makes a great shaving cream replacement (your legs come out of the shower so hydrated), and we also put it on extra dry skin. We will throw in a tablespoon of coconut oil to our shakes every now and then (great for your skin and digestive system), and we also use the coconut oil cooking spray for cooking (you can also just drop a spoonful of coconut oil in there, but the spray is more convenient!).

9. Help! I'm looking for a fast-acting age defying face cream. Do you have any recommendations?
I'm not sure if there is a "miracle solution" out there, but if you read Monday's post, you know how obsessed I am with this face cream from TULA. I swear my skin has never looked better, and after seeing Monday's post, TULA emailed us yesterday with a coupon code for our readers...get 25% off your entire order PLUS free shipping with the code: somewherelately25. Both of us use TULA products daily, and are ob-sessed. Meggan also agrees this cream is better than La Mer. I also use this eye cream and love it for reducing fine lines and keeping the under-eye area hydrated!

10. Meggan, how do you feel about the results you saw from the BBL treatment? Are they noticeable?
Yes! I loved the treatment and definitely noticed a difference in my skin. I already can't wait to do it again next year. I think it's important to start taking care of your skin now and this treatment is a great one to start with. Next I want to do the Halo Laser face treatment.

12. Have you ladies had any work done (botox, fillers, etc)? If so, can you talk about your experience? If not, do you plan to? I'm thinking of getting preventative botox and/or fillers, and am curious to know your thoughts!
Brooke: I've never had anything done, but I'm certainly not against it. To be honest, I do plan to get either botox or fillers, or both...I'm just not really sure where or when to start. I think everyone has their own opinions about this, and while my mom would never get botox, you can go ahead and sign me UP lol! I say do what makes you happy...whether that's staying au natural, or getting a little help from a med spa.
Meggan: I've got botox and I honestly...I loved it. Before I got it, I heard the worst side effect is addiction and that's completely true, so be careful if you start! I decided to do it because it's preventative and I was starting to get crows feet from lack of sleep (helllooo mommy hood). I also want to do fillers at some point around my mouth. And I agree with Brooke, do whatever makes you happy and don't worry about what other people think!

11. Can you share tips on prepping for NYFW?
We've been to fashion week twice, but decided to sit it out (minus a few meetings and events) the past two seasons because we have so much going on with our home lives, and you really have to give your all at fashion week - it's extremely busy, fast-paced, tons of walking/cabbing, meetings, events, parties, etc. We're planning to go in September, and here are a few tips we have: overpack. This is one time when overpacking may not be a bad thing...you can't predict the weather (in winter or fall), so it's better to be over-prepared than walking around in a blizzard wearing stilettos. Bring flats/sneakers and incorporate them into your looks. You'll be doing a LOT of walking, and having your feet hurt is probably one of the worst feelings when you're trying to look good. Pack snacks! Some days, you may not have time to eat, so be sure to bring a few snacks to have throughout the day. Be sure your camera & phone are charged - pack your chargers in your purse so you can charge on the go as well. If you want to get shot (and featured) by a street style photog, be sure your outfit stands out...here's some great inspo!

My HIIT Routine + Clean Recipe Ideas

Hi guys! I'm so excited to finally share my fitness routine with you! I have a lot to share so I decided to do a mini series over the next month or so. Each post I'll share my routines (arms, legs, abs, etc) and a few healthy (and easy!) meals I like to make.
I've been working hard to get back in shape the last month and a half and let me tell you...it's not as easy as it used to be! I miss the college days when I could work out for a week and be ripped, ha! I really fell off the bandwagon the last couple years. It started with a new job which required long hours, then Kyle and I started dating which meant lots of eating out and boozy dates. Then I was pregnant (definitely wasn't going to start then), and all the sudden it was the holiday's and we all know how that goes. Working out wasn't on my priority list so like all the other NYE resolutioner's (is that a word?), I decided January 1st I was going to change!
Sports bra and leggings are by Prismsport - love their gear!

I've had a few of you ask if I started working out right after I had Camden. The answer is no (I was way too tired to even think about it!). I signed up for the gym when Camden was 4 months old (that's when I felt comfortable bringing him to the daycare) but I wasn't doing hard workouts. I would power walk on the treadmill and if I was feeling real crazy, I'd do the stair master. Now when I go to the gym I make it count. 

HIIT Routine (35 minutes):
I do HIIT (high intensity interval training) 3-4 times a week before I do weights. When I first started doing, I wasn't running at this speed - definitely start at a comfortable pace and work your way up. I like doing 45 second-1 minute intervals, but you can do longer or shorter if you want! 
Clean + Easy recipes:
I've always been a pretty healthy eater but have definitely stepped it up a notch. I don't follow a specific diet or cut out any foods (that would be setting myself up for failure!). I eat protein and plant based meals and try to go low carb.
Ground turkey (I add red pepper flakes and a little garlic salt) on a bed of spinach with homemade pico, steamed broccoli and whole grain rice/quinoa mix. This is super clean and easy to make! I usually throw some avocado in too!
 Roasted cauliflower and chickpea tacos. These are bomb.com! Recipe here.
Baked chicken with sautéed onions/peppers + salsa verde + avocado (duh). Sometimes I mix this with lettuce to make fajita salad!

Favorite Workout Gear:

Let me know if you guys have any questions! Next post I plan on doing my arm and ab routine. xx

Wishlist Wednesday: Birthday Edition

Today is my 28th birthday...can't even believe it. I still feel like I should be 23, anyone with me on that one? ;) If I could go crazy on my birthday, these are the items that would end up coming home with me...seriously obsessed with every single item! Just click on each piece to shop! Hope you are all having a fabulous week, we're headed to dinner in the city tonight...I'm sure I'll be snapping, so follow along (somewherelately is our snapchat name). xx

Quinny Stroller

coat | leggings (only $28!) | sneakers | sweater c/o | stroller c/o | sunglasses

I just got these faux leather leggings last week and I can honestly say that I've almost worn them everyday. They go with so much (esp. big comfy sweaters!) and are extremely comfortable! I'm also loving our new Bold Block Moodd stroller from Quinny. It has a sleek design (love the color blocking!) and it's functional, which is key! Sorry to be short, I'm off to my first mommy + baby class! I'm not really sure exactly what the class is but it's for sensory and development. I will let you Chicago momma's know how it is!


New Beauty Favorites

Bringing you a few of my new beauty favorites...I feel like I tried SO many new products this past month, and these are the ones that made the cut! Please let us know if you have any beauty products we must try, or if there's a product you're interested in having us review in the comments! xx 
LM Baked Blush Bronze in 'Ritual' - My mom sent me this bronzer and I'm obsessed. First of all, the design is so cool, but I loooove the color it creates. I've been using it as an overall bronzer, and it really illuminates your face. I've been using it day & night - and just use a little less during the day. It has amazing reviews, and I have to agree...a great bronzer! 
It Cosmetics BYE BYE UNDER EYE - I have been using this concealer for a week now, and LOVE it. To be honest, at first I thought it was too thick, but I quickly realized I was applying it wrong. With this concealer (unlike the one I was used to using), a little goes a loooooong way! I literally use about 1/4 of the size of a pea for my entire face, and I'm super picky about my concealer (it has to actually conceal!). To apply, I've found it's best to rub it between two fingers to warm it up a bit, then dab under my eye, and anywhere else I may need (I use it around my nose and on any blemishes), and blend using my damp beauty blender. This is going to last for-ev-er, and it's definitely my new favorite concealer. I use the lightest shade because it brightens your face, especially the under-eye area, giving it a highlighted look. 
MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Foundation - I still love my Laura Mercier foundation (I use bamboo beige), but have been wearing this new foundation from MAKE UP FOR EVER during the day - it has great coverage, but it's a bit lighter (in weight, not color) than the LM which I feel is better for my skin during the daytime in winter (when makeup is more noticeable on the skin). I wear the shade Y235 and feel like it's a great mid-tone beige. 
 MAC 'Gingerly' Blush - This isn't a brand new product, but it's pretty new in my makeup case, and I had to include it because I've been reaching for it over all of my other blushes daily. It's the prettiest peachy pink color, has great pigment, and isn't too over-the-top for winter. I really feel like this is the perfect year-round blush color, it's definitely my favorite blush to date! 
 KENRA Blow-Dry Spray - As you know, I looove Kenra products (I mentioned previously their hairspray is my all-time fave), and I tried this spray for the first time this week, and am hooked! All of Kenra's products smell amazing, and this product leaves your hair feeling so silky after a blow-dry (mine typically feels dry and frizzy). Never going to be able to live without this! I also tried the dry shampoo for the first time recently, and it's another staple for me now. I really don't think you can go wrong with any Kenra product, they are on the pricey side...but it's definitely worth it - I can tell such a difference in my hair. 
 TULA Purifying Face Cleanser & Hydrating Day and Night Cream - I am extremely careful and skeptical when it comes to skincare. I don't really like to try new products because my skin is so sensitive, but after doing a bit of research on TULA, I decided it was worth a try. It is unlike anything I've tried - it uses probiotic technology to balance out your skin, and it works! I've added it to my daily skincare routine, and I swear to you my skin has never looked better. I was nervous because the cleanser has a strong smell (it's amazing - smells so fresh), I thought for sure my face would break out, but it didn't. It has reduced my redness, and has performed miracles in my dry skin! The hydrating cream is probably my favorite cream of all time (I'd say it beats my La Mer hands-down). I plan to keep my medicine cabinet fully stocked with TULA products from here on out, I really can't recommend it enough!

Do you have any new beauty favorites I need to try? Please let me know, I love recommendations! xx

Weekend Deals

Get this pretty pleated skirt for only $24! There's so many different ways you can style it!

How cute is this jumpsuit?! Four colors to choose from (I'm snagging the peach!) and it's only $16! #suchasteal

This hat is ah-maz-ing and just went 70% off - such a designer steal! We love how the model is wearing it!

This bag looks similar to the Chloe 'Hudson' bag but is a lot less expensive! Love the nude color too!

Anorak's are perfect for spring - this one is on sale for $45!

Love this distressed denim jacket. It's only $33 which is a great price compared to some of the ones I've had my eye on!

These skinny jeans are so cute and only $75 which is a major steal! I have them in my cart!

Take an extra 30% off sale items from J.Crew with code SHOPSALE.

You know we love our pom pom beanies, and this one just went on sale for $30 - it comes in our two favorite colors...gray and ivory!

This lace up top is currently 40% off (putting it at $25!) and is so cute! We want it in all four colors please!

These colorblocked espadrilles are Chanel look-a-like's but wayyy cheaper! $15 hollla!!

We love bucket bags and especially this baby pink one for spring! 30% off isn't bad either!

This classic trench is on sale for $90. Definitely a timeless piece that will be worn over and over again!


1. How do you keep your homes from being overrun by toys?
Brooke: Since we moved to a house, we now have a designated playroom which is where all most of the toys stay (one of my strict rules). We have a TV area with a few toys, but there are only a few things I let stay in that space all the time (Avery's walker, Sophia's table & chairs, etc). In our apartment in NYC (very small space), I had to limit the amount of toys Sophia had due to space - I sold our swing, her bouncy seat, etc, and she only had books, dolls, and a few other toys to play with. Luckily her room was a decent size, so I kept all of the toys in there because there would be no way we could have had anything in our living space, it was just too small.
Meggan: We definitely limit how much we buy for Camden. I would love for him to have a swing and rocker but we don't have enough room - his bouncy seat and 4Moms chair are both in our living room and it feels jam packed! But as for toys, we have this tv stand, and have two baskets on the bottom which we keep toys in. He also has a toy basket and books in his room but we really limit what we buy. Plus, he would much rather play with tupperware and pots and pans anyway! I love these baskets from Anthropologie (on sale!) and these from West Elm - so cute to store toys in!

2. How did you mange to do outfit posts when you were both working full-time?
We took outfit photos on the weekends (which is actually what we still do today). We share(d) what we wear on the weekends, and not so much during the week...let's be honest, most weekdays are not too exciting around our homes unless we have meetings to go to ;).

3. I'm looking for a great work bag that's simple, but elegant. I love the Mansur Gavriel lady bag, but not the price. Any suggestions? 
This one is extremely similar to the 'lady bag,' but much less expensive. We're kind of in love with the dove gray color & the details on this bag...the size is perfect for work and it has a cross-body strap.

4. What were your pregnancy must-haves (clothing & non-clothing items)?
Brooke:pregnancy pillow (must-have), Bio Oil, a belly band for pants, comfortable lounge clothes (I lived in these pants throughout my pregnancy), oversized tees (not maternity), a great pair of maternity jeans (I think you only need one pair), and sneakers (sneakers are key!). Also, I always have a cool-mist humidifier going in my room at night (I have this one and love it), but I think this is also a great thing to do during pregnancy.
Meggan: A cozy robe (first thing I put on when I got home from work!), sneakers (lived in this pair and still do!), leggings, a pair of jeans that make you feel sexy (if that's possible lol!), basic tees, comfy undiespregnancy pillow, a heating pad, and belly butter (so good!).

5. Outfit ideas & favorite bikinis for a trip to Mexico?
Meggan: I'm leaving for Cabo next week and a few things I bought are: this bikini, romper, these wedges, and these orange aviators. Some other items I'm loving are: this maxi dress, these sandals, this tassel blouse, crochet cardigan, and this one-piece (so sexy!).

6. What are your favorite things to do with baby in Chicago?
Meggan: It's definitely a lot harder getting out of the house in the winter but some things I do with Camden are museums, endless trips to Nordstrom and Target (ha!), lunch, parks, zoo, and we're going to start going to music class at Monica + Andy.

7. I'm planning on moving to NYC but have been job hunting for months and struggling. Any tips for job hunting in a big city and making your resume stand out?
Brooke: I thought  my resume was great after college, but my hubs (boyfriend at the time) took one look at it and basically laughed in my face (lol, ouch!). What I failed to do (and I think a lot of people struggle with this when writing their resume) was turn my accomplishments at work into measurable bullet points on my resume. For example, instead of saying "Responsible for reaching out to potential advertisers," you should say, "Responsible for placing 45 cold calls each day, resulting in 10 new advertisers per week." It's just about writing your responsibilities in a measurable manner. Also, don't include jobs that aren't applicable to the job you want. If you want to land a job in fashion, don't include the waitressing job you had over the summer of 2010. After I rewrote my resume, I received many more callbacks from job applications, and also landed my first "real" job. I would also recommend perfecting your LinkedIn profile, and networking through that website - it's amazing the people you can meet/connect with there.

8. Can you post the recipe for the quinoa + brussels sprouts + kale you posted on snapchat? 
Brooke: There's really no recipe, but I just sautéed brussels sprouts, kale, and chicken (from a rotisserie) together with olive oil, salt & pepper. I already had some quinoa made from the day before (great to have on-hand for healthy eating all week), so I threw some of that in the pan as well, and mixed everything together. Super simple, healthy, and filling!

9. Brooke, do you have plans in NYC for your birthday? My b-day is coming up and looking for some fun ideas/places to go! 
Yes, my birthday is next Wednesday and my hubs said he has some plans for that evening (probably just dinner since it's a weeknight), and next weekend we are heading to Tao Downtown for a joint birthday dinner with friends - it's also my girlfriend's birthday. I'm excited because I've never been there, and have been wanting to check it out for a while! I'll let you know how it is, and whether or not I'd recommend it!

10. What are your favorite workout pants that don't fall down? I'm constantly pulling mine up during workouts! 
Brooke: I think my favorites would have to be these ones from Lulu - I've never had an issue with them falling down like others I've had, and I love the high waist! I also really love this pair from Nordstrom - the price is right, and again never had an issue with them falling down (I wear an XS in these, and think they run a tiny bit big).
Meggan: I have a few favorites - this Lulu pair, these Nike leggings, and both my pairs by Prismsport. I've never had problems with them falling down!

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