Favorite Looks of Summer + Labor Day Sales

 Happy Labor Day Weekend, guys! Can't believe it's officially the last weekend of summer - it seems like we were just wishing for summer, and now we can't wait to kick off fall...the grass is always greener, right? As a farewell to summer, we have rounded up our favorite looks from the summer. I have a few friends visiting this weekend, and can't wait to celebrate the end of summer. Do you have big plans for the holiday? If you're looking to shop, you're in luck - here are some of our favorite
Labor Day sales:
OTTE (my favorite NYC store) is offering 20% off shoes and bags / we'll take this and these please!
Singer 22 is offering up to 20% off
BCBGeneration is offering 40% off site-wide
Henry & Belle 20% off site-wide
Loeffler Randall is offering 15% off site-wide / think I need this bag (swoooon)

Happy 3-day weekend! xx

#Revolve Wants

Just a few things we've been oohing and awing at lately! Revolve never lets us down! Xx

Basics + Red Lips

Happy humpday, ladies! Hope your week is going well - we have been busy over here recovering from the bug that was circulating our home, and celebrating our babe's 2nd birthday yesterday. I don't talk about my daughter much, but she really is my entire world, and I can't believe she's already 2! It's so true what they say, time speeds up once you have kids. Anyway, we had a very fun day celebrating with lots of Minnie Mouse (she's obsessed) and cupcakes. 

I posted a glimpse of this outfit on Instagram the other day, but wanted to share the entire look with you. I picked up these jeans last week, and am already in looooove. They are high-waisted, and have the perfect amount of stretch making them extremely comfortable. I have been searching for the perfect pair of distressed black jeans, and these are definitely it. I also tried on (and loved) these, I may have to go back for them. Meggan and I both have these shoes, and we get so many comments and questions about them. They are super comfortable, and a great price-point for girls on every budget! If you've been following along on Instagram, you know I finally found a shade of red lipstick that works for me. It's MAC 'lady danger.' I seriously tried on over 100 shades of red before finding this! I also picked up the coordinating lip liner in 'high energy' - lip liner is definitely necessary with red lips so they don't look sloppy. This lipstick lasts all day, and has a matte finish which helps it not smear (or get on your teeth - what I'm always nervous about!). I'm off to cure my headache with a double shot latte. xx 

necklace - c/o oxford trunk / shoes - c/o chicwish 

Heading into Fall

Even though the temps are scorching in Chicago right now, (where did this come from?!) I can't get fall off my mind. I put together this outfit - it's the perfect mix of summer and fall. Ripped boyfriend jeans with booties give you that easy, casual cool look. I love all the bold accessories with this simple look - especially the pink lipstick! And can we talk about how amazing this Valentino tote is? The things I would do to get that in my closet!

3 Recipes You Need To Try This Week

Happy Monday, babes! I hope you had a great weekend - mine was spent resting & recovering, followed by becoming the nurse for the rest of my family. After I finally felt better, both my husband and babe had fevers of 104. Thankfully, everyone is on the mend this morning. 
I thought I'd switch things up today with not one, but THREE seriously amazing recipes. My mom was here with me last week while my hubby was traveling, and she/we really got to work in the kitchen. First up, "Sensational Spaghetti." This is from the Creme de Colorado cookbook (tons of amazing recipes), and it is seriously the best spaghetti I've ever had - at home OR dining out. It does have to simmer a few hours, so be sure to plan ahead, but it is a super simple recipe. 


    • 1/2 cup onion
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1/4 cup butter
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef ( or a mixture of beef, pork, and veal)
    • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
    • 1/2 lb mushroom, chopped
    • 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
    • 1 (28 ounce) cans Italian stewed tomatoes
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons Angostura bitters
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 1/2 cup dry red wine
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 1 dash cayenne pepper


  1. In large, heavy kettle, saute onion and garlic in butter and oil until transparent.
  2. Add meat and brown over medium heat.
  3. Add green pepper, mushrooms, tomato paste, tomatoes, Worcestershire, bitters, sugar, wine, salt, pepper, celery salt, bay leaves, and cayenne pepper.
  4. Simmer over low heat for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
  5. Serve with warm pasta and a sprinkling of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

The second recipe for today comes from Andy (all of her recipes are amazing). Blueberry sour cream banana bread - need I say more? Head here to view her recipe - I've been having this for breakfast every day, it's especially good if you pop it in the toaster. 
image by Andy 
The final recipe is for sugar cookies (you may have noticed, none of these recipes are exactly 'healthy', but they are amazing - everything in moderation right?). I am a little embarrassed to say, but this was my first time making cookies from scratch. I always felt really intimidated by 'real deal' baking, and opted for the box instead, but I'll never go back. I swear these cookies were so easy, AND they are delicious - I was impressed. 


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar


  • In large bowl, beat the butter, oil and sugars. Beat in eggs until
  • well blended. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and
  • cream of tartar; gradually add to creamed mixture.
  • Drop by small teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at
  • 375° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire
  • racks to cool. Yield: about 5 dozen.

 Hope you will enjoy these as much as I did, have a great day! xx

Weekend Wear

Happy Friday ladiess! Excited for another weekend! I can't believe this is one of the last weekends in August - where is the time going?! I put together an outfit that I practically live in - denim on denim. You can't go wrong with that, right?

5-minute casual hair

Some days we just don't feel like wearing a top-knot, and took to Pinterest to find some new inspo for 5-minute hair. We are obsessed with these 5 looks, and they are super easy to re-create on days when you're in a hurry, or just feel like pressing snooze a few more times. What's your go-to casual hairstyle? 

PS - thank you for all the well-wishes on Instagram. I was picking paint colors at a hardware store, started feeling really sick, and passed out in the middle of the paint section. They called an ambulance, and I had to go to the hospital for blood work, tests, and IVs. I'm on the mend now - still not feeling 100%, but your sweet words definitely help! xx

Summer Fall Mix

top | shorts | booties | sunglasses | coat (similar)

 I know I've said this a few times already (sorry!) but I really can't wait to switch over to fall clothes. My summer wardrobe is starting to feel blah. Yesterday I mixed a couple fall-ish pieces with jean shorts and this Pleione blouse. Camo is a great neutral and really makes the red in this blouse pop! I got this jacket from Nordstrom last fall, it's sold out but I found a couple similar ones on Revolve - great staple piece for fall! Xx


DKNY has an amazing new fragrance, MYNY - we were lucky enough to receive a bottle, and get a behind-the-scenes look of the inspiration and campaign shoot. Above is our 'heart' - this represents our New York - all of our favorite things and places in the city. In the spirit of New York, here are a few of my favorite photos/memories since moving to the city. 
OSLO - favorite coffee in the city. This is the Upper East Side location, but they are also in Brooklyn. 
Of course, Central Park is on the list - my favorite place in the city. It's magical year-round. 
Believe it or not, I've only been to Brooklyn twice since moving to New York, but I fell in love. 

 Have a great day, babes! xx