Birthday Sequins

May 27, 2015

Ooooooh, it's my birthday and I'll cry wear sequins if I want to!

Dress: Parker c/o Rent the Runway | Clutch: Vintage (similar)
Shoes: Zara (very similar here) | Nail Polish: Sparitual 

Well guys, it's my 28th birthday. I'm 28 today. How weird is that?! While it feels strange to go from mid-twenties to late-twenties, I also feel a genuine sense of excitement for the future.

For the first time in a while, I really feel like I'm coming into my own. This past year was filled with taking time to figure out what I want and what makes me happy, pushing myself to invest in me and this blog that I love so much, putting myself out there and meeting some of the most inspiring women in the city of Chicago (or anywhere, really!), and feeling good about being a work in progress.

And so much of that is thanks to YOU GUYS. For reading, for supporting, for commenting. And for all of the Chicago bloggers that make networking a fun word instead of anything remotely scary. If you've heard that Chicago has the most wonderful and welcoming bloggers ever, you are 100% correct. This city has become an even more special place to me because of all of you and I feel so lucky to count many of you as my friends.

So... why sparkles? Well... why not?! I went to check out the new Rent the Runway store in Chicago and ended up trying on everything from sweet Red Valentino to bold Clover Canyon to a Reem Acra ballgown (when in Rome, right?). In the end, this sequin dress won my heart and I knew it was the perfect way to welcome a new year.

See that volume in my hair?! I finally got volume in my ponytail - it took a few tries, but teasing and hairspray ended up doing the trick for me! Who wants a tutorial??

One more thing! What I would LOVE for my birthday is to make a few of my goals on social media! I'm only a few likes away from 1,000 on Facebook and I'm super close to 3,500 followers on Instagram. If you aren't already following, it would mean so much to me if you did it today!

Big thanks to Kelly in the City for snapping these photos!

Shop (and rent!) the look:

Southwest Turkey Burgers [Video]

May 26, 2015
Some people ask me how I survive without red meat. Don't you miss steak? Don't you miss BURGERS?! Well, my friends - why would I miss burgers if amazingly flavorful Turkey Burgers like this one exists?! Learn how to make it below:
PS. They kept a funny blooper in there just in case you were wondering if we have any fun on set :)

1 lb ground turkey breast
1 shallot
2 large garlic cloves
1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed
1 red pepper
1/2 cup cilantro leaves
1 tsp cumin
1tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
olive oil

 Using a food processor combine shallot, garlic, peppers and cilantro. Pulse until the pieces are minced, but not mushy.

Add the ground turkey and minced vegetables to a large mixing bowl. Add salt, pepper, cumin and chili powder. Mix well with your hands. Separate the turkey mixture into four evenly sized patties. 

Add olive oil to a hot pan if you are cooking on the stove, or drizzle each patty with a little bit of olive oil if you are a grilling.

Cook on medium high heat for about 6-8 minutes per side. Make sure the burger is cooked through.
Serve hot with your favorite condiments - we used guac, tomato and lettuce! You can also serve it on a bed of lettuce for a super healthy dinner.


All the Memorial Day Sales!

May 22, 2015

Okay guys. Here they are. All of them. These Memorial Day Sales are INSANE! Can you think of a better way to welcome summer than grabbing a killer deal, placing your orders and then enjoying your long weekend in the sun?! I'm hoping for a couple hours of beach time this weekend... fingers crossed!!
Happy Shopping!

Ann Taylor - 40% off with code SHOP40 (love this and this for summer BBQs!)
Anthropologie - 20% off sale
Asos - 20% off with code LONGWKND
Banana Republic - 40% off with code BRSUMMER
Barney's Warehouse - up to 50% off
BaubleBar - 20-30% off with codes MEMORIAL20, MEMORIAL25 (3+ items) and MEMORIAL30 (4+ items)
BCBG - 30% off (How pretty is this dress for an event?!)
Bloomingdales - 20% off sale with code SPRING20
Bluefly - up to 80% off
Club Monaco - 30% off sale with code MEMORIALDAY
Current/Elliot - 20% off with code MD2015
DVF - extra 30% off sale with code SUMMER30 (Love this black and white beauty!)
Forever21 - Buy one, get one 50% off!
French Connection - 40% off everything with code FCMS40
Gap - 40% off with code SUMMER
J.Crew - 25% off with code SUMMERLOVE (Their jumpsuit game is STRONG.)
J.Crew Factory - 50% off everything
Joe's - 25% off wtih code HONOR
Joe Fresh - 30% off
Joie - 20% off with code MD2015
L.K. Bennett - 30% off shoes and clutches with code MEMORIAL 
Les Nouvelles - 20% off with code STRIPES20
Loeffler Randall - 30% off resort and spring shoes/handbags
Loft - 40% off everything
Lord & Taylor - 20% off with code MEMORIAL
Macy's - extra 20%-25% off with code HORAY
Madewell - extra 30% off sale with code SWEET
Manhattanite - 30% off with code MAY30OFF
Max & Chloe - 20% off with code VACAY
Missguided - 20% off with code HOLLA
Moorea Seal - extra 20% off sale with code MEMORIAL
NastyGal - 40% off with code HOTSTUFF (A killer maxi for weddings and an affordable little red dress anyone?!)
Nordstrom - Half Yearly Sale!
Old Navy - up to 50% off everything (Stock up on those flip flops!)
Rebecca Taylor - extra 25% off sale
Revolve - up to 75% off sale
Saks Fifth Avenue - up to 55% off
Sam Edelman - up to 60% off
Target - 30% off home and clothing
The Outnet - up to 65% off (Umm who is going to get this Vince leather jacket?! On sale for $323 - normally $1,295!!! WHAT?!)
Topshop - 30% off with code MEMORIALDAY (I'm gonna buy this cute bikini!)
Victoria's Secret - Annual Swim Sale
Yumi Kim -  20% off with code BBQ20 

Kate Spade, Zinke and Shoshanna Bikinis

Spring Layers

May 20, 2015

Jacket: Lou & Grey (on sale + 40% off!) | Sweater: Ann Taylor (very similar)
Necklace: Olive YewEarrings: c/o Rocksbox (love these, too!) | Skirt: MinkPink
Clutch: c/o Vera BradleyShoes: Ivanka Trump (similar Stuart Weitzman pumps for 35% off!) |
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