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My Nordstrom Sale Picks + a Sneak Peek at Life Behind the Scenes

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Banana Republic ruffle sweater || lace layering blouse || Express ‘Columnist’ ankle pants

It’s Friday guys! I’m so excited for a three day weekend! I’ll be spending it with friends, relaxing and barbecuing. It’s finally starting to feel like summer around Chicago and yesterday I caught myself nearly complaining about the heat and humidity! Oh how things change on a dime. I’m so excited to get to the pool and soak up some vitamin D. Now, onto the round up, shall we?

Today I’m rounding up some behind the scenes shots via Instagram. Let me know if you’d like to see outfits on the blog with any of these pieces. Read on for what I’m eating, reading and blogging about over the past week or so and I’m also sharing my favorites from one of the biggest sales of the season! The Nordstrom Half-Yearly sale is upon us and there’s some really great brands at a great prices. Since there’s so much to look through I went ahead and did the dirty work for you. Below you’ll find my favorite picks from the sale.

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Free People ‘Under Your Spell’ blouse

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lunch with Ashley at Le Pain Quotodien || Mossimo tassel canteen crossbody

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My lilacs are in full bloom! || Avec lace up striped sweater || H&M lace trimmed cotton shorts || Sole Society ‘Tova’ saddle bag || H&M sandals, similar here and here

pure-leaf-smoothie

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ingredients for a Pure Tea smootie || Endless Rose bell-sleeve blouse

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Sole Society ‘Audrina’ wedges, similar here

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fueling up for a full day of shooting with my Sudio Sweden ear buds

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similar utility jacket {under $40} || Who What Wear for Target ruffled skirt || nude heels || snakeskin Chloe ‘drew’ dupe {under $30} – see full post of this look here

EATING::

Lately, I’ve been in a little bit of a recipe rut. We all have our favorites, but lately my recipe rotation has gotten a little stale, so I took to a couple Chicago foodies who always have something on the table to shake things up! This week, I whipped up a double batch of Lauren’s Salsa Chicken tacos, complete with her easy corn salsa and saying they were a huge hit would actually be an understatement! OMG were these amazing. We actually ended up eating them 2 nights and I still have a decent amount left for the freezer. Anytime I can find something new and flavorful, that even my kids will devour, is a win in my book!

I also whipped up Kit’s Sirloin Steak and Blue Cheese pizza, with my own twist. Instead of using pizza dough, I used mini naan that I picked up at Costco and added a layer of garlic butter. After adding the caramelized onions, chopped spinach and cheese, I just tossed them under the broiler for a few minutes and then added the sliced sirloin and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. I also replaced the blue cheese on my kids’ pizzas with sharp white cheddar. Another hit, except I did manage to forget the second batch under the broiler. #mykidswillneverbeafraidofasmokealarm

READING::

An interesting read on Why Amanda Peet will never get botox. No gonna lie, I did it once, and it was amazing. But it does feel like a bit like a rabbit hole from which one might never be able to escape.

A funny article that talks about life as a drunk mom. And when I say drunk, I am referring to being extremely sleep deprived.

For my blogger babes, an interesting read on the rise of micro-influencers on Instagram. You may have more power than you think.

BLOGGING::

This week I shared my latest post in my Rent the Runway series and discussed how to style a super feminine piece. Also, if you missed it, last Friday I put together a look for less post featuring the season’s hottest trends and its worth a peek if only to scope out some truly amazing dupes!

SHOPPING::

So. Many. Sales. Today I’m rounding up my favorites from the Nordstrom half-yearly sale. This one is a doozy guys and things are going fast, so if you have your eye on something, definitely don’t wait to long! I ended up on the site for far longer than was healthy! Happy shopping!

What are your Memorial Day weekend plans? Any fun barbecues? Or sale shopping?

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Outfits

Utilitarian Ruffles: Who What Wear for Target Ruffled Skirt and Utility Jacket

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H&M sweater, similar here || Old Navy field jacket, similar utilitarian options hereherehere and here || Who What Wear for Target ruffled skirt || Mossimo ‘Pamela’ heels || Forever 21 sunglasses. similar here || snakeskin chain bag, also love it in graygold and apricot |Noir Jewelry pearl two finger ring

photos by Ashley of Sed Bona

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Trends

Spring’s Hottest Trends: Splurge or Save

Spring 2016 splurge or save

SplurgeChloé Off-White Studded Mini Hudson Bag || ZIMMERMANN Epoque broderie-anglaise top || Christian Dior ‘Split’ 59mm Aviator Sunglasses || Self Portrait Azalea Dress || Chloé Suede and Leather Espadrille Wedge Sandals, also here || rag & bone/JEAN ‘The Cutoff’ Denim Shorts || Caroline Constas Lou Off Shoulder Top

Save: Forever 21 studded crossbody || Endless Rose lace blouse || contrast lens aviators || Aqua lace cami midi dress || Marc Fischer ‘Adalyn’ wedges || H&M denim shorts || Banana Republic Off-Shoulder Stripe Top Continue Reading

Outfits

Stripes By The Sea

 

 

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New Look striped peplum sweater {sold out, but occasionally pops back in stock in limited sizes}, also available here, also love thisthisthis and this || Old Navy white skinny jeans || similar trench here and here || Ann Taylor gingham pumps || Forever 21 red crossbody pouch || Forever 21 scarf, similar herehere and here || AIBI watch || Forever 21 rings || sunglasses

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Behind the Scenes Instagram Life

Life Lately: A Behind The Scenes Peek

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 J. Crew ruffle sleeve top {on sale} || Nine West printed pumps {on sale}

Happy Friday! Is it just me or did this week fly by! Life is flying by lately. As I type this my kiddos are down to just 15 days of school left, yikes! Do you remember that feeling when summer was right around the corner and you could barely sit still you were so excited to taste freedom? It seems like a hot second ago!

Today I’m rounding up some behind the scenes shots via Instagram. Let me know if you’d like to see outfits on the blog with any of these pieces! {The printed pumps above will definitely be featured in multiple posts in the coming weeks; I’m mildly obsessed!}

I’m also sharing below what I’m eating, shopping, reading and blogging about over the past week or so!

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Life

Why Bloggers Can Be Great Role Models

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When I first started blogging and attending blogging events about 2 years ago, I felt really intimidated by all of the other bloggers out there. It felt so much safer to hide behind my computer screen than I actually get out there and start getting to know the other women who had inspired me me so very much. However, when I really started thinking about it, bloggers are some of the biggest cheerleaders out there! Continue Reading