Happy summer! Chicago is finally catching up on the weather and it’s not freezing anymore. Now that it’s not freezing it’s sooo hot. This inspired me to write the post, a casual outfit perfect for the heat. I wanted my hair to be out of the way so I did these Fishtail braids. This was a struggle for me at first. I’m really bad at braiding my own hair, but after a few tries, I got it! This is a great hairstyle for girls with curly hair on a humid day or for if your swimming because it helps keep your hair back. I got this tank top at express a while ago, and I’ve been so excited to wear it and I was finally able to. This top is super light and airy which was perfect for the heat. It also crosses in the back and ties. I paired these with some jean shorts from Zara. I’ve been wearing these shorts non stop, they are distressed and high wasted so they are great to wear with crop tops. They also fully cover the butt. One of my pet peeves is when shorts show little butt cheeks. I then threw on a pair of my favorite sandals from J.Crew. I got a pair two years ago and I wore them non stop and they started to look a little worn but I loved them so much that I went back and got another pair this year. Normally my sandals only last about summer if I wear them a lot and these lasted so long and were super comfy so I definitely suggest you pick up a pair.
I’m super excited to share this outfit because its finally getting warm here in Chicago and I’m busting out all my warm weather clothes. I recently went to New York (why I haven’t been posting lately) and I did so much shopping. I couldn’t wait to share all the new outfits with you guys. These pants were defiantly at the top of my list to share with you because the minute I saw them in a store I knew I loved them! They’re light cotton and very soft, perfect for summer. I’ve been looking for a Gangnam print pair of pants for a while now and I found these were perfect. They even have a cute ruffle detailing on the pockets. Since these pants are definitely a statement I focused the rest of the outfit around them. I paired a plain cotton white tank top and a simple pair of low block heels. I got these pants at Zara and while looking through their website. I found that they have so many great pairs of pants to choose from for summer. (all links below)
As I was thinking of outfit idea’s to show you guys, I thought of some of the go-to outfits that I always wear if I need a quick, effortless outfit. This outfit is super basic but you can change it in so many different ways. Here I’m wearing these super cool wax jeans with zippers on the ankles, I choose these because they add a little more to the outfit rather than a plain pair of jeans. A huge staple for any wardrobe is plain t-shirts, my favorite place to get t-shirts is j.crew/ j.crew factory and Madewell. The fit of your t-shirt is actually super important because if you have the wrong fit it can create an illusion that can negatively change the proportions of your body. This is something I suggest to everyone to try different styles and decide which they gravitate to the most because it makes a huge difference. This is a great outfit you can throw on quickly as well as a pair together with pretty much anything to get many different looks.
As spring approaches I’m starting to slowly wear warmer weather items. When its warm out I love to wear dresses but when its still a little cold out dresses are not the most practical thing. This is where I love sweatshirt dresses, they’re cozy and girly while still warm. Here I’m wearing this gray one with cute tie cross details on the shoulders. Since this is a casual look I paired this with some slip on’s. I definitely suggest getting a pair of slip on’s for spring, they are so comfortable and they don’t look as bulky like a lot of sneakers. The ones I’m wearing here are from Van’s, I have another pair in white also. Since slip on’s have been super popular in the last couple of years, so many brands make them but I would recommend Vans or Steve Madden. I couldn’t find my dress anywhere to link it but I linked some super similar ones below.
As spring is coming slowly, I’ve started to plan some outfits. In Chicago we don’t get much of spring its really only a week or two, then it goes from unbearably cold to hot as heck. Since we still have spring months and everyone really just wants to break out white and shorts, I decided to blog about some transition outfits so hopefully, this is useful to wherever you live. Here I’m wearing an adorable white sweater with side ties. This sweater is a great transitional piece because it would look super cute with jeans as well as a pair of shorts, depending on the weather. Here I paired it with just a pair of black coated jeans and some knee-high boots. I love these boots, I would definitely recommend adding a pair of these to your wardrobe. These boots go along with the trend of the thigh-high boots but, they stop just above the knee. I found I love these because they elongate my legs more than thigh high boots.
I’m super excited to share this post because this season I’ve found a lot of really great products. Most of these products I’ve found more recently and some I’ve been using for a while but, I still wanted to share them. Since it’s winter most of these products are hydrating to prevent damage to skin or hair with the cold, dry, air. I have dry skin all year round and these products really help. Some of these products I got as samples from the Sephora subscription box and others I just bought and really liked them. If you love trying new products I definitely suggest getting a subscription to these monthly boxes. If you don’t know how these boxes work they basically send you beauty products (sample sizes and regular) to try in hopes that you will buy more. I currently get the Sephora box and I really like it because they send samples from higher-end brands and ones I shop at a lot so, personally I prefer it. I have also tried Ipsy which carries high and low brands as well as some not as well known brands. I have also heard good things about boxes like Birchbox, glossy box, and glam box. If you want to check them out:
Dr. Jart’s Tiger Grass Cream:
I got this cream in the Sephora box and I didn’t really think I would ever use it but I tried it and I loved it. It hydrates and soothes redness and itching due to dry skin. My skin doesn’t itch when its dry but it defiantly gets very red and irritated. I found this product works on area’s I’m breaking out in. I like to put it on at night before I go to bed because when I wake up my skin looks flawless. I’ve also tried this during the day but I found it doesn’t work as well but I think its mostly because your skin gets more wear during the day then at night. I defiantly recommend this product for anyone who breaks out due to dry skin.
Shea Moisture’s clarifying and hydrating mud masks:
I found these masks a long time ago and I’ve been using them ever since. These masks are really great for sensitive skin, but at first I found the hydrating mask does burn just a little bit but after the first time it stops. I always use the clarifying mask followed by the hydrating mask and it makes my skin super clear and glowing. I sometimes use these masks everyday and I don’t break out or get dry skin because they are very sensitive towards skin. Shea moisture is also a great brand at a great price point, all their products are cruelty free and all natural.
Tarte’s Double duty beauty shape tape contour concealer:
This concealer is already very highly recommended by beauty gurus but I decided to include it anyways. I used to use the Nars creamy radiant concealer (which is still great) until I found this. I’m super pale and I have trouble finding concealer to match my skin tone but this one matches perfectly and feels great on the skin. If you are very pale I definitely suggest checking this concealer out because its amazing! (also I wear the shade fair)
Moroccanoil hair treatment and verb ghost oil:
I added these to together because they work pretty similarly. They are both hair oils I got in a Sephora box. They are great for curly hair because it smoothes frizz really well. I use these a lot because I risk a lot of hair damage due to heat and coloring and they work really well to hydrate and smooth for sleek hair. The moroccan oil is a little heavier but great for thick hair and the verb oil is very light so you barely know its there. I use either depending on how my hair is acting that day.
Clinique pep-start 2- in- 1 exfoliating cleanser:
I got this exfoliator in a Sephora box and really liked. I started using it at the end of the day before I went to bed to get off all my makeup and dirt from the day. I found it helped a lot to control acne and it made my skin glow. I would defiantly recommend this for sensitive skin because it exfoliates without irritating the skin. Also since its a 2-in-1 cleanser its great for carrying with you in your bag so you don’t have to carry two cleansers if your traveling.
I’m super excited to share this post because denim is one of my favorite things ever. It was hard to choose just a couple of pairs that are my staple’s but I did it. I picked out all the denim I could not live without and what I believe everyone should have in their closet. I chose pretty basic category’s to show just a general idea of each type, but I think you can never have enough jeans.
The plain skinny: Of course I had to start with the plain skinny jeans. These are as basic as it gets really. You can wear these with seriously almost everything and they look amazing. The pair I’m wearing here is from joe’s jeans and I 10/10 recommend, they are so soft and they fit perfectly. This type of jeans I would splurge on because you will defiantly get your money’s worth.
The black skinny: Black skinny jeans are defiantly something everyone should have in their closet. If you have the right fit they make your legs look so long and slim. This is another one I would suggest splurging on because you wear them so much you want them to be comfortable and good looking. Mine are from Joe’s and I would defiantly recommend.
The Ripped Skinny: I love to wear ripped jeans when I’m wearing something plainer or want to add something more to my outfit. For ripped jeans whether or not to splurge is kind of blurry in my opinion, because if you wear them enough you want a comfortable, a good looking pair, but in my experience, the rip’s and distressing tend to fall apart and not look as good anymore. This pair is from American Eagle and they are ok but the denim is kind of itchy and the fit is not the best but for the price they are pretty ok.
The boyfriend Jean: Boyfriend jeans in the past couple of years have really started to make more of an appearance. I love them, they are so comfortable and they look great. This pair is from American Eagle. Normally I’m not a fan of American Eagle jeans but I’ve had these for a while now and they are still as soft and comfortable as when I bought them.
Statement jeans: Now this one I was hesitant to put in because I don’t think statement jeans are essential to everyone’s closet but I think they are still fun so I added them anyways. My style is pretty much made up of basic’s so I don’t normally buy jeans like these but when I saw them I had to have them. I thought they are were so cool. They’re ripped but they have these designs printed on them and patches placed everywhere. These are something I would defiantly save on because you’re not going to get as much wear out of them because they are memorable so you can’t wear them too often.
I’m so excited for Valentines Day because it’s another excuse to dress up wear tons of pink and red. Since date night is the route most people take for Valentines Day I used this as my inspiration for this outfit. For this outfit, I actually did something I’ve never done before, but I’ve seen been done. This top here is really…a dress. When I first saw this be done I thought I would never bring my self to do it. But here we are, when picking this outfit out I just couldn’t resist. All I did was tuck a short fitted dress into a skirt. Then I just paired it with a pair of black heels and there we go. I challenge you to try this to change things up a bit and its a great way to rewear dresses in a new way (we all know we have those dresses we only have worn once but can’t find a way to wear them). Also, of course, I couldn’t find this dress anywhere (I originally got it from Bloomingdales) but you can really do this with any dress, but I linked another dress any way that I thought would look just as good. Happy Valentine’s day!
For all those who live in cold climate’s, I feel your pain! This winter in Chicago has been super out of the ordinary, it’s either super cold or super warm. But on those cold days, you can bet I’ll be inside sitting next to the heater. I wanted to share one of my favorite outfits to wear on those cold weekends that you’re just running errand’s and sitting at home. I’m wearing a super cozy pullover sweatshirt, which has super cute pockets. The pockets are not like regular hoody pockets and they are only little squares but they add a lot to a plain white sweatshirt. This sweatshirt is by Kenneth Cole but for the life of me I can not find it anywhere online, so I linked similar tops below. My leggings are just plain cotton camo leggings from Aritzia. I love these, they’re so soft. Of course to finish any cozy outfit you have to have the socks, I linked my favorite pairs of socks below also.
I’m so excited to share this post because sweaters are my favorite thing in the whole world to wear in the winter! Living in Chicago its cold everywhere you go even inside is cold, so having a cozy sweater is the way to go. I personally love big oversized sweaters! One because they are so cute and flattering but two because they are so warm and you can layer them, so they’re practical too. Another love of mine during the winter is leggings, (like every girl my age) but I found when it comes to wearing leggings your outfit looks best if your shirt is longer/covers your but because leggings can cut your body into proportions differently then a pair of pants like jeans. Use this to your advantage when dressing! You can bring out some of your best features if you style yourself correctly. I prefer to dress to elongate my legs and I find longer tops helps when it comes to leggings. Here I wore a pair of faux leather leggings which I love because they are so edgy and cute. Then I wore this oversized sweater from H&M which I defiantly recommend, its so soft, cute and only $20! I pulled this all together with these super cute Steve Madden sneaker wedges. (all items linked below in caption). I defently suggest trying this style because you will never be cozier on a cold day!