unique gift

How are we already over half way through April?? Time is flying by, and with Mother’s Day, graduations, and Father’s Day over the next couple months, we’ve got special celebrations coming up.

That’s why I’m so excited to have collaborated with JORD to bring you some unique gift inspiration, along with an easy to enter contest!

I’ve always loved watches. Not only do they serve as the perfect arm candy, but they’re a practical accessory to invest in! I’ve had a few pretty time pieces over the years, but never one made of 100% natural wood like this.

unique gift

As soon as I came across JORD’s wood watches, I knew there was some real art here. I had always worn a metal watch, and just knew I had to change it up with one of these special accessories.

From the beautiful packaging to the colorful faces, these watches bring a different flair from the moment you receive them.

unique gift

Photos: Benavides Photography

Because I’m a fan of larger faces, selecting a piece from JORD’s Frankie series was an easy choice! How cool is that dark sandalwood and emerald face combo? A dreamy combo in my book.

For its first wear, I paired my watch with a casual white maxi to let it be the real star of the show, but it truly goes with everything! Another reason I love this statement piece so much – it stands out while fitting seamlessly with my wardrobe.

unique gift

unique gift

unique gift

Earlier this month I had been thinking, what do I gift my sweet mama for Mother’s Day this year? What’s fitting for the most wonderful woman in the whole world? Once I had this JORD watch on my wrist, it hit me. She’s got nothing like this. Mom needs a piece as one-of-a-kind as her!

I’ve been combing through the women’s watches and just can’t decide yet – there are so many beautiful combinations.

And don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about dads! There’s actually something for everyone. Wait until you see all the styles in JORD’s men’s section.

unique gift

This shop offers a variety of combos – from zebra, olive, and koa woods to rose gold, smoke, and midnight blue faces – how could you not come across the perfect fit for a loved one?

Or hey, for you. Because #treatyoself, am I right??

So whether you’re in need of a unique gift for mom, dad, an upcoming grad – or looking to change up your go-to watch with a fun accessory, I want to help you make it happen!

WIN $100 TO JORD!

Click HERE and enter to win a $100 gift code to use on JORD’s website! One lucky reader will win, but get this: everyone who enters will receive a $25 gift code once the contest ends.

Psst! Some friendly reminders: The contest closes at 11:59 pm on 4/30/17. Giveaway codes will expire on 6/30/17.

unique gift

Pretty sweet if you ask me – a situation where we’ve got nothing to lose? Yes, please.

Hope you had a wonderful start to your week, friends! Wishing you a productive one full of lots of sunshine. I’m hoping it’s finally here to stay in Chicago!

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Thanks to JORD for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. 

All photos taken + owned by Benavides Photography (Thanks, E!). In Chi and need a photographer? Send a note his way!

bright spring dress

Happy almost Friday!

This girl is happy since we touched down in home sweet Texas last night, and because today I’m getting to share this bright spring dress from PinkBlush with you for some sunny wardrobe inspiration!

bright spring dress

How fun is this floral number? At first, I wasn’t sure if I could pull off the eye catching color, but I completely fell in love with it! The chiffon fabric is so breathable and soft.

These gorgeous florals also had me real life *heart eyes* from the second I opened up my PinkBlush package. Perfect as we set out to embrace this spring season!

bright spring dress

bright spring dress

I knew this would be the perfect piece for brunch with my Style Collective blogger gals! This past weekend, we met up at The Hampton Social – a gorgeous Chicago spot that sweeps you away to the fancy beach house mindset. Bloodys and rose are a must!

bright spring dress

I’ve been so fortunate to meet amazing ladies within the SC community of fashion and lifestyle bloggers. Having a girl tribe where you feel supported and encouraged to succeed at your passions and goals is so important! These friends are exactly that – and we’re just a few of the SC sisters in the Midwest.

If you’re interested in joining this nationwide network, click here to learn more!

bright spring dress

bright spring dress

My PinkBlush dress fit the scene perfectly. To give it a little more shape, I added a black belt around my waist that coordinated with my booties. Gold accessories and my new favorite lip color finished off the look!

I also have to talk about how good it felt to embrace the sunshine and show some leg! This Chicago winter has had us bundled up, but this dress gave me the perfect excuse to break away from the jeans.

Ok, let’s be honest though…it was still a little chilly, so I highly recommend adding a light, long-sleeved piece (bell sleeves at that!) like this one to your closet as we change seasons! I know by swapping in leggings and boots, or sandals and a high bun, this is a dress I’ll be able to rock all year around.

bright spring dress

bright spring dress

bright spring dress

Dress | Booties (similar)| Belt (similar) | Lip Whip

(P.S. Sad to report this donut shop was sold out when we arrived…will report back once we try.)

It was so much fun to partner up with PinkBlush and bring you some bright inspiration for your spring wardrobe! This trendy online boutique is stocked with an amazing selection of looks, from stripes to florals to solids. They even have a section for sweet mamas-to-be!

Want the chance to win a $50 PinkBlush giftcard?? Head on over to my Instagram and find out how to enter for the one I’m giving away.

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Thanks to PinkBlush for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

All photos taken and owned by Benavides Photography (Thanks, E!). In Chi and need a photographer? Send a note his way!

spring florals

Happy spring, you guys! It’s still chilly here in Chicago, but we’re rolling with the spring vibes because it’s officially day two.

I can’t talk about this season without instantly thinking of spring florals. While I love being bundled up in sweaters and blanket scarves (um, thank you Chitown winds), finding a good printed go-to is helping this seasonal transition feel right.

A recent girls’ trip to New Orleans was the perfect occasion to debut this cute floral swing top I had just found at Old Navy. It honestly feels as easy-breezy as it looks.

spring florals

spring florals

Florals might feel over done around this time of year, but you know what? You can wear whatever you want, so you feel it, go for it!

Old Navy has tons of pretty new blouses to usher in spring – a couple of my other faves here and here. In other words, I think I’ll be back for more.

Other must-haves on my list for strutting into spring? A brand new pair of casual kicks! I love my white converse. I had to get rid of my old pair after the San Fran rain finished them off, but it was only a couple weeks before I had a new set on my feet.

White kicks are classic, converse our classic.  It’s a win, win!

spring florals

Top | Sunglasses/Similar| Head Wrap (similar) | Jeans | Kicks

The best thing about a girls’ trip? Your closet easily doubles, or in my case, quadrupled – and you get to borrow crazy, cool shades like these.

What are your favorite places to shop fresh looks? Any spring florals I need to get in my closet? Would love for you to share!

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valentine's day gifts

Valentine’s Day is just a week away…eeek!

I know some people have their complaints about it, but another chance to shower your people with reminders that you love them??

That’s definitely my type of day.

It may be cutting it a little close, but I couldn’t help but round up five of my favorite finds for a gal pal Valentine’s Day gift guide.

Not only are these gifts unique and fun, they’re all under $25 – wahoo!

So here ya have it friends, Valentine’s Day gifts for your gal pals:

It’s no secret around here that I’m a fan of The Daily Tay. How about one of these shirts that say what we’re all thinking?

I Just Want To Hang With My Dog (Cat lovers, don’t fear – she’s got one for you too!)

valentine's day gifts

Brunch Is My Middle Name

valentine's day gifts

Now, these shirts won’t exactly be in for next week, but a pretty card with a hit of the goods to come totally counts in my book!

These Doughnotes  are perfect for your stationary loving friend, because we’d all want to receive a treat like this.

valentine's day gifts

This motivational book is on my list. It’s supposed to be totally funny and empowering – a winning combo!

valentine's day gifts

How cool would a set of these coasters with your favorite photos of you and your girl be?

valentine's day gifts

And last, but not least…this adorable succulent jewelry tray with gold script. You guys, this is cute. It’s also so handy – I love the trinket tray I have!

valentine's day gifts

Well there ya go, friends! What are some of your favorite Valentine’s Day finds you might be gifting next week??

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camel colored beauty

I remember being told having just a couple jackets in Chicago wouldn’t be enough, and I definitely believe that now. You actually need a palette of options for all the different weather combos.

Indecisive weather? Sounds a little like Texas.

Anyway, I have been set with my big puffer jacket this winter. Thankfully, it’s not that puffy, but I wanted a classy looking counterpart for trips or events. Not looking to sacrifice warmth, but still wanting to look good, ya know?

Cue this camel colored beauty from JCrew. The coat meets all the requirements! Like I said, being warm was my main concern, but this jacket is actually 80% wool blend – aka it will do the job.

camel colored beauty

It’s called the Stadium Wool Coat. The coat comes in a variety of colors, but i chose to get it in sandstone. Camel just sounds like a cuter color to me though, so I’m going with that.

The texture is so soft, and still feels reliable. I love the gorgeous stitching and the gold zipper adds pretty detail. It’s actually a double zipper. I recently was taught that it’s so you can pull the bottom one up when sitting to bring your coat around, so you don’t have to get it dirty. Amazing!

Still new to this whole winter thing, what can I say?

camel colored beauty

camel colored beauty

camel colored beauty

This reversible Nordstrom tote is the perfect work bag and transfers seamlessly into weekend errands. I can’t find the cranberry/cognac mix I have anymore, but two more beautiful options with this pretty brown found here.

Forever 21 booties were such a steal last fall. Similar here and here. Give me alll the boots.

camel colored beauty

Hope you’re staying cozy out there wherever you are, friends! What are some favorite fashion finds keeping you warm this season??

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