New Beauty Favorites

 

Hi Everyone!

Happy Wednesday!! I hope that you are all doing well. It has been a little while since I have done a beauty post, and I wanted to share my thoughts on products that I have been using.

 

Hourglass Veil Setting Spray – Let me start out by saying that I still do a full face of makeup. Even though I wear a mask every single time I go out and no one sees my full face, it makes me feel normal and I don’t want to forget how to apply my makeup haha. Anyway!! This setting spray is a light mist and feels great. My makeup stays on all day and I find this more hydrating than powder.

Lancome CILS BOOSTER XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base –  I used this primer a few years and after my other primer ran out I  bought a mini to try it again. I love the brush and this primer really works really with my mascara. I love it and I will keep using it for a while.

Redken Color Extend Blondage Color Depositing Purple Shampoo – I decided to try this shampoo and conditioner after a friend recommended it. I have been using it for three months and I really like it so far. It seems to be working well and it also smells nice.

Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover –  I started using this product in April.  I leave it on for a minute and then use a cuticle pusher to remove it. I  love it and I will definitely keep using this until I feel safe returning to a nail salon.

Dashing Diva Gel Gloss Strips –  While we are on the subject of nails, I finally tried these gel nail strips a month ago. They are AMAZING. It does not take long to apply them and they last for two weeks. Through handwashing, cooking, and working out. They are also available in all kinds of fun colors and accent nails. So if you are looking for an alternative to a salon gel manicure, try these strips.

 

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope that you all have a great day! XO

Blonde Squad Fall Outfit Inspiration

Hi Everyone!

I am very excited about today’s post. I am often inspired by other bloggers when it comes to fashion. This week I am teaming up with four lovely ladies who I am lucky enough to call my friends and sharing some fall outfit inspiration. It was SO hard to pick just four outfits because all of these ladies have great style.  Before COVID, we met up here in Chicago a few times and had a great time. They are all caring, kind, and beautiful ladies. I can’t wait until we can be reunited in person again. Please stop by their blogs today too to see their fabulous fall outfits! 🙂

 

The first look that I am sharing is from Laura.     I love her buffalo plaid sweater and it made me think of mine that I bought last fall. Since I don’t have distressed jeans, I opted for a similar color. I also had to eliminate the vest because the only black vest that I own is a faux fur one and it did not work with my thick sweater. I also switched out nude flats for a suede bootie. I have had these booties for four years and I love them.

 

Sweater – old similar here / Jeans / Booties 

 

 

Look number two is from Jill.  I love how simple yet put together her look is. She managed to take a basic outfit and make it look super cute.  For this post, I am wearing a sweater that I bought a few months ago. It is so cozy and it looks great with white jeans for a spring look. For this post, I am wearing black jeans. Since I don’t have cognac colored booties, I opted for a neutral pair. I also added a felt fedora because I don’t have a newsboy cap.

Sweater / Hat / Jeans / Booties 

 

Look number three is from Kathrine.  I could not resist this recreating this outfit because I LOVE that gold color for fall.  I also love leopard. 🙂 Whenever Kathrine wears a sweater and jeans, the sweater is always a pretty color and she always has great shoes paired with it. My sweater looks more orange in my photo, but it is gold. I was also excited to wear my leopard loafers for the first time in months and break out my favorite blush purse. Kathrine and I are also both petite and I often look to her for outfit inspiration.

 

 

Sweater / Jeans / Loafers old, similar here and here./  Purse old, similar here

 

Look number four is from Andrea.  I loved her colorful striped sweater and felt fedora. I have also wanted a felt hat forever but I could never find one that I liked. Thankfully my friend here helped me find one along with a super cute striped sweater. 🙂 The only things that I changed for my outfit were my jeans and my booties.

Sweater / Jeans old similar here , here and  here  / Booties / Hat 

 

Thank you all so much for stopping by and have a great day! xo

Leopard + Graphic Tank

Cardigan / Tank – sold out similar here  / Jeans / Sandals

 

 

Hi Everyone!

Today I am sharing a transitional outfit I guess you could say. 🙂 While I am still soaking up every last moment of summer part of me is ready for a new season.  I fell in love with this leopard cardigan so of course, I bought it. It is lightweight and a perfect layering piece. Layering pieces are a MUST if you live in Chicago. The weather here can be unpredictable and it is better to be prepared.  Also, if you have been following me for a while then you know how much I love leopard!

 

Sadly my tank is already sold out but there is a chance that it might get restocked. I also linked a similar option. On a brighter note, I have to tell you how much I love these jeans. They are SO comfortable and soft. I also like the higher rise and the raw hem.

 

Please follow me on Instagram and also on the LIKEtoKNOWit app. Thank you so much for stopping by and have a great day! xo

 

Basic Summer Outfit

Hi Everyone!

I hope that you are all having a good week so far.

Today I am sharing this basic summer outfit. It is a good option for when it is really hot outside.

The tank that I am wearing has become a favorite of mine and I wear it a lot. My shorts I bought last year but I still wear them a lot too. They are really lightweight and the length is good. Everything is linked below and in my LIKEtoKNOW.it page.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!

 

 

Shorts/ Tank/ Sandals/ Necklace 

 

Red Floral Top

Hi Everyone!

I hope that you are doing well. I took a break last week from blogging but I have some new posts to share so stay tuned! Today I am excited to share this outfit with you all. I bought this top from Grace’s Amazon the Drop Collection a few weeks ago and it finally arrived last week. I was not sure about how it was going to fit or look but when I tried it on I loved it!! It fits me perfectly and I love the red floral pattern. For this post, I paired it with my favorite white jeans but I think that it would also look cute with shorts. I also plan on wearing it the early fall with peep-toe booties and a cardigan.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope that you all have a great day!!

Top/Jeans/Necklace/Sandals/Sunglasses/Tote

 

Tie-Dye Bomber

Bomber Jacket / Cami / Jeans / Sandals / Tote Bag / Sunglasses 

 

Hi Everyone!

I hope that you are all doing well. Things have been pretty good here. They finally opened up the lakefront and the parks which means that I can take longer walks. They also opened up bars and restaurants which I have mixed feelings about. While I do want the restaurants (including my favorites) to survive, I just don’t feel comfortable dining out right now. Anyway, let’s move on to what this post is really about. My outfit! At first when this whole tie-dye trend came back I was immediately transported to the later part of my childhood. I really was not sure about it. But when I saw this jacket at work I thought that it was really cute.  I also feel like I could wear this during the fall with regular jeans and booties.  I liked the way that it looked with my all-white outfit. I have some strappy stilettos that would look cute with this for a dressier look, but for this post, I went more casual. I was also on my way to work and I wanted to be comfortable. Stay tuned for more outfit posts featuring this jacket along with other things. 🙂

 

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a great day!

Star Sweatshirt & Blush Shorts

Sweatshirt / Shorts / Sandals / Sunglasses 

 

Hi Everyone!

I hope that you are all having a good week so far. I know that this outfit would be very appropriate for the 4th of July, but I thought that I would share it today. I tried this sweatshirt on with a few things in my closet but I really liked the way that it looked with my blush pink shorts. I bought this pair of shorts last year for a trip and I also have them in olive green. But getting back to the sweatshirt, I love the rose gold stars and I will definitely be wearing this sweatshirt on cooler summer days. I also had to include the photo with the balloons. One of our neighbor’s kids had a birthday and put them up. 🙂

 

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a great day!

Friday Favorites

Hi Everyone!

I hope that you all had a good week.  I have been walking to work which is about thirty minutes. I seriously have no idea why I never did that before. I plan on doing it for a long time since it will be a while before I ride public transportation again. Anyway!! Today I am sharing my latest favorites.

 

  1. Sandals – These are a perfect neutral sandal to wear with just about anything.
  2. Necklace – I love the colors and this is a pretty necklace to wear all summer long.
  3. Top – This pretty ivory and red top is on its way to me! 🙂  I can’t wait to wear it with jeans or shorts. Grace is also one of my favorite bloggers to follow.
  4. Nail Polish – I love this color and since I am still doing my nails at home I might have to add this to my nail polish collection. 🙂
  5. Book – I just finished this book last week. It was SO good.  Stay tuned for another book review post!

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope that you have a wonderful weekend!

Camo Bomber & Graphic Tank

Camo Bomber / Tank / Jeans / Sneakers / Sunglasses / Tote 

 

Hi Everyone!

I hope that you are all doing well and that you are having a good week so far. I am back at work and it is going well so far. It is nice to be around my friends and see our customers again. I also finally got my hair done which felt amazing! 🙂

 

Today I am excited to share this outfit that I randomly put together last weekend. I bought this camo bomber jacket last year and for some reason, I struggled to find things in my closet to wear with it. When I saw this cute tank top at work, I thought that it might work underneath my camo bomber so I bought it. This tank is not something that I would normally wear, but I love the bright pink lips and hearts. I am someone who likes to be open in terms of style and what I wear too. I wore my favorite spring and summer sneakers with this outfit because I was going to work and I wanted to be comfortable, but some cute sandals would look good too. My tote bag is new but it has quickly become one of my favorite bags to wear.

 

Everything is linked above but please reach out to me if you have any questions. Thank you so much for stopping by and have a great day!

Recently Read Books

 

 

 

Hi Everyone!

I feel like I have been working on this post forever so I am excited to finally be able to share it with you all. Reading has been a great escape for me during this challenging time. I have also been able to sit outside and read which is one of my favorite things to do.

 

OK, let’s get into it! 🙂

 

The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali – I loved this book so much. Roya and Bahaman meet in Mr. Fakhri’s stationery shop while growing up in Tehran during the 1950s. It goes back and forth between the 1950s and the present day.  I don’t want to give too much away but it was a wonderful and heartwarming story. I highly recommend it.

 

Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory: Stories by Raphael Bob-Waksberg –  I have never read anything like this before. The stories were all different and this was a quick read. I do want to mention that there is profanity in this book and some of the stories are odd. Nothing disturbing, just a little weird. If you don’t like that, do not read this book. I really enjoyed most of the stories though and I laughed a lot.

 

Open Book by Jessica Simpson – Oh my gosh this book. I read it in a few days and I could not stop thinking about it afterward. I have always been a fan of Jessica’s and after hearing so many people talk about this book I decided to read it. It was my first celebrity memoir and it was SO good. I really admired her courage, her strong faith, and how real she was in this book. The celebrity gossip that she shares was fun to hear too. 🙂

 

 

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver – I loved this author’s other book so I was excited to read this book. It is about Lydia and Freddie and their love story.  It is a great story about love, the grieving process, forgiveness, and friendship. All of the characters were great too. I also teared up while reading this so I recommend having tissues nearby.

 

The Vineyards of Champagne by Juliet Blackwell –   This was a wonderful story and I loved it. It goes back and forth between World War I and the present day. It is told between the perspective of Lucie who is living in Reims during WWI in an underground cave community, and Rosalyn who is living in the present day. Rosalyn is a wine rep for a winery in Napa and recently widowed. Her boss sends her to Champagne for business and also because he feels that she needs a break. Rosalyn kind of annoyed me at first but then I grew to love her. I also loved the other characters in this book and even though the story is fiction, I really enjoyed learning more about the history of champagne and how it is made. This is a great book to read right now and I highly recommend it.

 

Feels Like Falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey –  This is the story of Gray and Diana.  Gray is going through a divorce and she just lost her mother. Oh and her sister married an extremist and will not speak to her. Diana has just broken up with her boyfriend and lost her job. The two women meet and Gray offers Diana a job.  This is a story about friendship, love, and forgiveness. It was a little cheesy but also very heartwarming. I also loved the characters. It is a good book to read at the beach or on a rainy day.

 

Sea of Memories by Fiona Valpy – I read the Beekeepers Promise and I loved it so when I came across this book I decided to read it. This story goes back and forth between the late 1930s and present- day. Kendra’s ailing grandmother Ella asks her one day to write her story. I loved this book. I don’t want to give anything away because there is so much more to this story than the description online. It was heartbreaking at times but I also could not put it down. It is a wonderful story about family, love, and forgiveness.

 

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a great day!