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.

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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.

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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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renegade craft

I was hooked on Renegade Craft Fair the first time I went a year ago. This is such a cool event, and the good news is it happens a few times a year all around the country.

The Renegade Craft Fair features the a whole bunch of talented and amazing folks in the DIY and Maker communities, and was really a pioneer for this kind of event when it began in 2003. Not only do they have beautiful vendors selling their handmade goods, but the fair is also complete with artisan foods and interactive features. This year, Chicago delivered with a photo booth and a pop-up VW van airbrush tattoo shop.

renegade craft

renegade craft

The holiday market was  held at the Bridgeport Art Center. You guys, this place is so pretty. My dream home senses were tingling – exposed brick walls, wood floors, metals and pretty lighting galore.

renegade craft

Eric packed our fancy camera and snapped beautiful pictures of the whole thing. I had to share , along with some of the trends we saw all over the place! Hoping these provide some gift inspiration if you’re shopping around for unique treats.

Air Plants // These were everywhere! Vendors weren’t necessarily selling the plants per se, but all the adorable little ways to display them. We saw beautiful hanging displays made out of metals, and others out of yarn or t-shirt jersey.

renegade craft

renegade craft

Wall sconces also caught my eye – we left with a few from Handmade Sam*Made! I love the idea of living wall art. This Pinterest search also brings up some good inspiration.

Dainty Jewelry // This will always be trendy in my opinion! I love little pieces that can stand alone as a simple statement in everyday wear, but that can also be layered on for a dramatic look.

renegade craft

holiday markets chicago

I got the above je’ taime ring from Katie Dean last year, who was there again with her mom. They are the sweetest. That’s one of my favorite parts about Renegade, getting to chat with the artists!

This year I added to my bracelet collection with a simple brass bangle from Avrocomy. I’ve been wanting something I can wear daily, whether it be alone on casual errands or stacked with more for a night out.

renegade craft

Woven Goods // If you love cozy, than you love woven stuff. Lots of pretty tones and soft feels! I fell in love with one of these chunky scarfs in Butterscotch from The Minted Evergreen, but ultimately couldn’t make up my mind – surprise, surprise. I’ll likely be purchasing one online asap! They feel AMAZING. Highly recommend.

renegade craft

Paper Goods // I’m an old soul when it comes to paper and love snail mail. I mailed in checks for the longest time. I know how many stamps are in a book from the post office and how much they cost (Eric still makes fun of me for this of course).

This being said, I loveee getting and giving cards! Stores and fairs with cards galore are a little bit of a personal oasis – the Renegade Fair being a prime example. Cute shops like Hello Paper, La Familia Green, and Oh Hello Friend were set up. I honestly just tried to pick a favorite to share from each shop’s site and it’s legit impossible for me, so you’re just gonna have to check it out yourself.

renegade craft

Prints are on this same level. Roaring Softly is one of my top picks. The artist, Tyler, is beyond sweet and talented. Her pieces are so cute, spunky, and even feature your favorite shows! Last year, I left with an SNL piece as a gift. This year, I’ll probably be ordering a few more online as presents, and the one below for me –  Park and Rec’s Leslie and Ann are true friendship goals.

renegade craft

renegade craft

Hope this brings some good shoppin’ inspiration as you head into the weekend, friends! My parents are in town, which means we’ll be running around chilly Chicago doing all the Christmas-y things with as many layers on as possible.

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