Friday Favorites

Hi Everyone!

I hope that you all had a good week.  It has finally warmed up here and the snow has started to melt. I also went for a nice walk on Wednesday and it felt great. I also did not need to bundle up and I just wore my fleece.  This weekend I am going to try a new eggplant recipe and go for some walks since it will be nice outside.

 

Alright, it is time to share my latest favorites! 🙂

 

  1. Cashmere Sweater – I actually have this sweater in the lilac color, but I love this rose color.

2. Necklace – This is available in other colors, but I like this neutral color. This would look cute with just about anything too.

 

3.  Pumps – While we are on the subject of all things neutral, I love the color of these heels. I also love that the toe is slightly rounded and the block heel.

 

4. Handbag – This bag is gorgeous. I love the bright floral print against the black because I feel like you could get away with using this bag now.

 

5. Gel Nail Strips – You all already know how much I love these nail polish strips.  I love this black and pink color combo and I might just need to get this palette!

 

 

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend! XO

 

Sponsored Post Learn from the experts: Create a successful blog with our brand new courseThe WordPress.com Blog

Are you new to blogging, and do you want step-by-step guidance on how to publish and grow your blog? Learn more about our new Blogging for Beginners course and get 50% off through December 10th.

WordPress.com is excited to announce our newest offering: a course just for beginning bloggers where you’ll learn everything you need to know about blogging from the most trusted experts in the industry. We have helped millions of blogs get up and running, we know what works, and we want you to to know everything we know. This course provides all the fundamental skills and inspiration you need to get your blog started, an interactive community forum, and content updated annually.

Leopard Blouse & Blush Sweater Blazer

 

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

Today I wanted to share a blouse that I bought back in the fall and I shared it on Instagram but I realized that I never did a blog post showing it.  I have worn it with faux leather leggings and a faux fur vest for a dressier look, but for this post, I decided to style it in a casual way.  I paired it with the sweater blazer that I have had for a few years, and I have shown it on here and on Instagram before.  It was a birthday gift from my sister, but at some point, I plan on getting it in another color. It is worth every penny. My jeans are new and even though I have only worn them to work a few times, I love them. They are SO soft and comfortable. I also love the color and raw hem. I do want to mention that they are actually a cropped denim, but because I am only 5 ft tall they look longer. I was not going to add another necklace other than the one that I wear every day, but I loved the way that this statement necklace that my mom gave me looked with it.

 

 

Leopard Blouse   / Jeans / Sweater Blazer / Belt / Booties / Necklace / Sunglasses 

 

 

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

Friday Favorites

Hi Everyone!

I hope that you all had a good week. The highlights of my week are that I finally cleaned out our coat closet which was a total disaster and I started another book which so far is pretty good.  I found more recipes to try and I am planning on making one of them this weekend.

 

OK, let us get into my latest favorites. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Leopard Scallop Tank – Normally I am not a fan of the scallop hem, but this top is really cute! Right now it would be perfect under a cozy cardigan or leather jacket. During the summer it would look cute with white jeans and a strappy sandal.
  2. Sparkly Wrap Sweater – While I know that sparkly sweaters are reserved for the holiday season, I like to wear them year-round. This sweater is so cute and can easily be dressed up or down.
  3. Yellow Bucket Bag – I know that we are still in the middle of winter, but this bag is so cute. I love how that it is gold/yellow and I feel like you could get away with using this bag now. Otherwise, it would be perfect for spring and even fall.

4. Pink Necklace – I love the gold detailing around the pink stone. It is also versatile to wear now and also during the spring and summer.

5. Mask – I am still working my way through a ton of skincare samples and this is one of them. I really like it so far and I am debating on whether or not I should get a full-size of it.

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

Cozy Winter Cardigan

Hi Everyone!

I hope that you are all having a good week so far. Today  I wanted to share this outfit with you all. I have been trying to wear things in my closet that I have not worn much. Especially on the days where I go to work. I bought this printed blouse last year at work and I always dressed it up but I decided to create a casual look with it. My mom gave me this cardigan a few years ago for my birthday and I love how it picks up the pink in the blouse. I also like to wear my over-the-knee boots whenever I wear this cardigan because it is a little longer.

p

Blouse – old similar here. Cardigan – old, similar here and here. / Jeans / Boots

 

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

Friday Favorites – Valentine’s Day Edition

 

 

Hi Everyone!

 

I hope that you all had a good week.  Mine was pretty productive which makes me feel good. Today I thought that I would switch things up and do Valentine’s Day themed Friday Favorites post.  🙂


1.  Valentine’s Day Outfit – Last year we went out for dinner for Valentine’s Day, but this year because of the frigid temperatures, snow,  and because we don’t feel comfortable dining indoors, we are going to stay home. I am either going to cook something extra special, or we will order carryout from a local restaurant. Anyway!!   I know that it won’t be tank top weather here for months, but the minute that I saw this gold heart tank I could not resist. I layered it with my favorite leopard cardigan and my new jeans. Stay tuned for more outfit posts with these jeans. They are SO comfortable and they have a subtle raw hem.

 


 

2. Heart Bag –  I haven’t carried a purse in what feels like forever, but this heart bag is SO cute and obviously, it is perfect for Valentine’s Day. 

 

3.  Heart Ballet Flats – The perfect Valentine’s Day flat. I own these in the regular version and they are SO comfortable. I have had mine for almost four years and they have held up very well and when it is warmer here I wear them all of the time. They are by far my favorite flat that I have ever owned and worth every penny.

 

4.  Sweatshirt –  This sweatshirt is so cute and I love that the message is in rose gold. It is also currently 40% off. Oh and I plan on enjoying a glass of wine this weekend too. 🙂

 

 

5. Lipstick – I don’t know about you, but I still wear lipstick. Even if no one sees it. It just makes me feel good and put together. loved the cute stars on this one and the color is beautiful and again, perfect for Valentine’s Day.

 

 

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend! XO

 

Blonde Squad Winter Outfit Ideas

Hi Everyone!

I know that I normally don’t post on Tuesdays, but today I am teaming up with my friends Jill, Kathrine, Laura, and Andrea to share some winter outfit ideas. While it has been really nice to virtually communicate with all of these ladies, I can’t wait until we can finally get together in person.  I hope that you all enjoy this post and please make sure that you visit their blogs and follow us all on Instagram!!

 

First up is Jill.  Jill always looks so effortless and she is also a very easy going and sweet person. I love this look because I love a good all-black outfit, and I love that she combined a utility jacket with leopard shoes. Since my jacket has a leopard stripe on the sleeve along with a black one, I decided to swap  the shoes for a black bootie. I also added a belt because I felt like it created a waist for me and I liked the way that it looked.

My Outfit Details: Jacket old, similar here. / Turtleneck – this is the actual one. It is sold out right now, so here is a similar option.  / Jeans / Booties / Belt 

Next up is Kathrine.  She always finds really unique pieces and since she is also petite like me, she inspires me all of the time. I also admire her strong faith and she is a very talented flutist. I love that she added some edge to this classic look with her leather jacket.  That is one of my favorite things to do when I am putting together an outfit. I also love that shade of red and instead of a black pump, I opted to wear a black bootie instead.

My Outfit Details:  Burgundy Sweater old, similar here, here and here. / Draped Faux Leather Jacket / Jeans / Booties / Sunglasses  – this is my exact pair but they are sold out again, so  similar here and here.

 

 

Third up is Laura. Before  I get into the outfit details, I have to say that Laura’s hair and makeup always look flawless. She is a mom of two adorable little girls and I give her a lot of credit for always looking so put together.  As for this outfit, I loved this whole look and I also happened to just buy a similar sweater at work. It has since sold out where I work, but it is available at Nordstrom so I linked it below.   I am also wearing velvet leggings instead of faux leather leggings because they are so winter-y.  They are also SO comfortable and versatile. My mom gave me this leather jacket and I love the way that it looks with my sweater. 🙂  I also swapped a neutral bootie for a black stilletto bootie.

 

My Outfit Details:  Leopard Sweater / Velvet Leggings / Booties / Jacket – similar here / Booties /Sunglasses  – similar here.

 

 

 

Last up is Andrea. She is always positive and she is seriously the brightest light in this sometimes dark world. She also always looks beautiful. I chose this outfit because I loved her bright pink sweater and I happen to have one that is similar. I did not have a similar purse or boots though so I opted to wear a pink necklace and neutral colored booties.

My Outfit Details: Pink Sweater – Mine is old,  but this is the exact one that Andrea is wearing.  Here is also another option. / Jeans – old, similar here and here. / Booties /Necklace 


Friday Favorites

 

Hi Everyone!

I hope that you all had a good week. My week was both productive and relaxing at the same time. This weekend it is going to be freezing here and it snowed it again, so we are not planning on doing anything. I do hope to catch up with our families and friends via FaceTime though.

OK, lets get into my latest favorties! 

  1. Eyeshadow – If you have been following me for a while, you know that I love Hourglass products. This eyeshadow color is so pretty and I would love to add it to my makeup collection.
  2. Leopard Booties – These booties are SO cute and the block heel is so much easier to walk in.
  3. Necklace – This would be perfect to wear with a simple top and jeans, or dressed up.
  4. Gold Bag – I love the color of this bag.  Bright colors are such a welcoming sight too when it is so grey outside.
  5. Sweatshirt – While we are still on the subject of bright colors, how cute is this sweatshirt?! I love the bright red and the subtle puff sleeve.

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

Book Review

 

Hi Everyone!!

I hope that you are all having a great week so far. I am switching things up here and doing a book review post. Reading has always been a favorite way for me to relax and escape. I love to sit with a cup of coffee or tea in the afternoon and read for a while.  I hope that you all enjoy this post and I am always looking for book recommendations so share them in the comments below. 🙂

 

Hello, Summer by Mary Kay Andrews – Conley Hawkins returns to the small town of Silver Bay after her new job goes up in smoke. She ends up working at the local paper that her family owns with her sister. Conley and her sister also have a strained relationship. She also moves in with her grandmother who is quite a character. While she is out with a friend one night, they witness a car accident and a local congressman is killed. This book took me by surprise in a good way. I loved the mystery, the romance was not cheesy, and the characters were all great. I really enjoyed this book and it would be a good thing to read at the beach or the park.

 

Girl From Ballymor by Kathleen McGurl – This story takes place in Ireland. It goes back and forth between 1847 and the present day. Kitty McCarthy is a young widow living in Ireland during the potato famine. She has to fight to survive and to take care of her family.  I loved how strong Kitty was as a mother and also as a woman. Her story was both incredible and also sometimes sad. Maria is living in the present day. She travels to Ireland from England to find out more about her ancestor, Michael McCarthy. While she is in Ireland she makes some new friends and also works to find answers to questions that she has about her own life. I did not like Maria at first, but then she grew on me. I loved the new friends that she makes and also her character development.

The Lost Girls of Devon by Barbara O’Neal – I loved The Art of Inheriting Secrets and When We Believed in Mermaids, so I was excited to read this book. Zoe travels back to the small village in Devon where she left years ago to care for her grandmother. She also brings her teenage daughter along. Returning there brings up a painful memory of her childhood but also happy memories. While they are there, her friend and her grandmother’s caretaker disappears. The story is also told from four different viewpoints. Zoe, Isabel, Lilian, and Poppy. I loved this story so much and I could not put it down. It is a great story about second chances, forgiveness, family, and friendship.

 

The Vanishing Half by Britt Bennett –   I know that there has been a lot of buzz about this book. I decided to read it after my neighbor recommended it.  This story is about twin sisters Stella and Desiree. It is set in a small Louisiana town in the 1950s during the Jim Crow era. When they are sixteen they decide to leave and go to New Orleans. When they grow up, Desiree marries a Black man and has a daughter who is darker than she is and after ten years she finds herself back in her small Louisiana town. Stella realizes that she can pass for being white, she ends up marrying a white man, and her life is completely different than Desiree’s. Stella also keeps her past a secret from everyone including her husband and daughter. The story goes back and forth between the 1950s and the 1990s. I read this book for two days and I loved it. It is a story about family, race, and identity.

 

The Dressmakers Gift by Fiona Valpy – I had this book on my list forever and I finally got around to reading it. I read The Beekeepers Promise, Sweet Memories and I loved both of those books.  This story goes back and forth between WWII and the present day. It is mainly the story of Claire, Mirelle, and Vivienne. They are seamstresses in Paris during WWII. When their story begins it is 1940. Claire has fallen for a German officer, Mirelle is fighting with the Resistance, and Vivienne is involved in something that she has to keep secret from her two friends. Fast forward to the present day. Harriett is Claire’s grandaughter who travels from England to Paris for a job in fashion. While she is there she begins to learn the truth about her grandmother and her family. Harriett’s story was really good but I really loved Claire, Mirelle, and Vivienne’s story. The bond between the three women was incredible and I loved hearing about the beautiful clothes that they were making.

 

The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré –  Adunni is a fourteen-year-old girl living in a small village in Nigeria. She dreams of going to school so that she can speak up for herself and also have a career.  This was an incredible story.  Adunni’s courage and strength were so inspiring and I loved her. I loved this book so much and I still think about it because it was just so good.

The Fatal Flying Affair (A Lady Hardcastle Mystery) by T.E. Kinsey –  I have read every single book in this series and I loved them all. This takes place in the summer of 1911. Emily / Lady Hardcastle and her lady’s maid Florence are having fun enjoying summer until Harry, Lady Hardcastle’s brother shows up. Harry asks them to help solve a mystery involving a local aviation company and a failed routine parachute test which resulted in the death of a pilot. I will not get into any more details of the mystery, but this book was really entertaining.  I have also mentioned this before when I have reviewed the books in this series, none of them are gorey or disturbing. They are purely a fun adventure-meets-mystery series.

 

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

Friday Favorites

Hi Everyone!

I hope that you all had a good week. We had our first snowstorm in two years here in Chicago other than that I worked, read more of my book, and did some cleaning.  This weekend we don’t have any plans but I am going to look for another new recipe to try and I hope to catch up with our families and friends via FaceTime.

 

Anyway!! I am back with another Friday Favorites post!!

 

  1. Necklace  – Alexis Bittar makes gorgeous statement necklaces, but I also love his delicate necklaces too. This one would be pretty alone with a simple outfit or layered with some delicate gold necklaces.

2. Dress – I love this dress!! It is versatile in terms of looks to create but also seasons.

3. Oxfords – These shoes would actually look really cute with the dress above! They are not something that I would normally gravitate towards but I love them and I think that they would also be really versatile.

4. Matte Handbag –  This is so different than most of Tory Burch’s bags. I LOVE  it and I hope that she will do more edgy designs like this.

 

5. Lip Gloss  –Biana included this lipgloss in a recent blog post so of course, I had to check them out. I used to wear Chanel lipglosses all of the time when I was younger and I honestly have no idea why I stopped. I love the idea of a long-wear gloss that is not super sticky, and I have added a few different shades to my wish list. This color is called light mauve and I think that it would pretty to wear year round.

 

 

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

 

Bright Pink Sweater

Hi Everyone!

I hope that you are all having a good week so far. Since we have been having a lot of grey/white skies here I have been reaching for all of my colorful sweaters. This bright pink turtleneck sweater is a few years old but I still reach for it when I want something bright, warm, and cozy.  I also decided to pair it with my over-the-knee boots. These boots are pricey, and they were a gift from my husband, but they are SOO comfortable and totally worth it. Even better if you can get them on sale.

Sweater –  similar style here and here.   / Jeans – similiar here and here. Boots / Belt 

 

Thank you so much for stopping by and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and on the LiketoKnowIt app!!

 

Have a great day!! XO