Casual Tuesday: My Go-To Fall Uniform

Casual Tuesday: My Go-To Fall Uniform

Happy Casual Tuesday! It has been awhile since we did an OOTD post on here so I wanted to share my go-to fall outfit! A chunky skin sweater paired with jeans and booties is the ultimate fall uniform. This outfit will be on repeat for me. Most of these items pictured are on sale! Outfit details are listed at the bottom of this post!

For any of you ladies located in the Chicago area, you have to make a trip out to the Nordstrom Last Chance store located in the Yorktown mall (about a 45 min drive from the city). For anyone unfamiliar, the Last Chance store has all items that have not been sold from Nordstrom & Nordstrom Rack. TBH- the place iiiis a bit of a sh*t show (haha!) so pack your patience. You do have to do some digging and sifting through the racks, but there are so many items in new condition to be discovered at major discounts. I was able to land the scalloped sweater pictured above for $10 (originally $50)!! (Nordstrom has an almost identical sweater I linked at the bottom of this post!) I also got a pair of OTK boots brand new for $20 (originally priced at $200).

I have been living in these jeans I picked up at Express (legging cut). They have so much stretch and are by far my most worn pair. Express is currently discounting all jeans by 40%! I love this, this and this pair!

A good fall bootie is a closet staple. I am obsessed with this perforated pair from Lucky Brand. The heel height makes this pair perfect for everyday wear and can also be dressed up for an evening out. I also love the zipper detail. This pair is currently on sale and comes in both tan and black!

Jeans / Booties / Sweater (look-a-like) / Sunnies

Deal & Steals: Columbus Day Discounts

Hey Gals!

After hearing from so many of you that you are loving our sale alerts we decided to put together another Deals & Steals roundup! There are so many good Deals & Steals to take advantage of with Monday being Columbus Day! We have rounded up our favorite items from the current sales to make shopping & landing the best pieces easier for you! Happy shopping!

 

Express is having a store & site wide sale discounting all items 40% off now through Monday 10/9! I love stocking up for jeans during sales like these. I love this lightly distressed pair, this pair for something a little dressier and I am so obsessed with these!!! See some of our favorite picks from this sale below! (To shop, just click the picture! :))

The Loft is discounting all full priced items by 40%! Store and sitewide! Use code: FALLFEST at checkout to get the discount. See our favorites below!

J.Crew is offering 30% off your purchase online with the code: GOSHOP

Macy’s is giving an extra 20% off sale items with code: STYLE. So many brands that don’t often go on sale (like Free People, Nike, ext) are being discounted! See our picks below.

Urban Outfitters is taking an additional 30% off all sale items (40% if you are a UO member!). We love these edgy pieces below.

Get $10 off $49, $20 off $99, or $60 off $199 at DSW! So many good shoe options for fall/winter!

In the market for some new home decor? One of my favorite places for home goods is Wayfair! They are always discounting gorgeous pieces from furniture, to lighting, rugs, and decor. Almost every piece of furniture in our place is from there. Love the pieces below.

Let us know if you found any winners:) Hope everyone has a relaxing Sunday! We are off to go enjoy the last of patio season with some drinks and live music! 🙂

Friday 5: Favorite Beauty Products

Happy FriYay!

I cannot believe its already Friday! The days seem to be flying by quicker and quicker. But I am nooooot complaining! We are celebrating making it through another work week with a round up of our 5 favorite beauty products. All products listed are under $30 and can be found at your local drug store and/or Sephora.

 

1- Loreal Volumous Lash Paradise Mascasra / Shop it here

I am constantly switching up my mascara- I actually don’t think I have ever bought the one same one twice- any other product junkies??? This mascara from L’Oreal is by far my most favorite drug store mascara I have tried yet. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t pick this one out originally just because it was pink (ha!) But after using it, I think I finally found a winner! It’s a dupe of the Better-Than-Sex mascara by Too Faced (shop it here) but having used both, I think the dupe works just as well and is less than 1/3 of the designer price ($7 vs $23) #Steal! I prefer to splurge on beauty items like foundation, bronzer, a good moisturizer and cleanser and then experiment with different drug store options for mascara, blush, lipsticks, eye shadows, etc.

 

2-Bumble & Bumble Pret-a-Powder / Shop it here

My latest hair product obsession is this Bumble & Bumble volumizing powder. I have such thin hair (thanks to years of wearing clip in extensions #whydididothat) and am always seeking out products to help bring some life back into my hair. I have found powder volumizers seem to work better for my hair type than arasol sprays. To use, section of pieces of hair (I typically concentrate more on the crown of my head) and shake a little powder onto the scalp, then rub it in. The heat helps activate the volumizing properties and also helps absorb any oil that you may have (no shame in my third-day-no-wash-hair game:)).

 

3-Bed Head Rockaholic Dry Shampoo / Shop it here

I love using these two products together- esp for those days when one dry shampoo just isn’t enough! Bedhead Rockaholic is my favorite drugstore option for dry shampoo. It is a bit heavier than the other options and also gives my hair the texture needed for styling. It is also colorless so I can spray away on my dark locks:) I spray it on my roots and then blow out my hair with a round brush to set it in.

 

4- Milani Lip Stain / Shop it here

This lip stain by Milani brings lasting wear to a whole other level! It seriously does not come off! It drys with a matte-like finish so I typically layer it with either a gloss or even just chap stick! This brand can be found at most drug stores (CVS, Walgreens) and is under $10! The color pictured above is called “Precious” and I also have “adorable” which makes the perfect nude color!

 

5- Castor Oil Hair Mask / Shop it here

Remember when I said I have theee thinnest hair? Well, black castor oil helps stimulate hair growth, thickness, and shine and also hydrates your scalp (especially important as it starts to cool off outside!). I read about the benefits of castor oil from another blogger we follow and ever since then I have been bathing in it. Okay, not literally but I religiously do this hair mask at least 2X a week.  There are so many different brands of black castor oil out there, just be sure to get 100% pure black castor oil (versus buying a prepackaged treatment). I found this one at Target. To use, combine black castor oil with a little bit of coconut oil (this combo helps make the consistency more runny as the castor oil is very thick). The rub onto your scalp and message your head for about 5 minutes (this is believed to help stimulate hair growth). Do not pull the oil through your hair to the ends; keep it just on the roots and directly on the ends of your hair if your wish (or you will end up being a grease ball for a few days:)) Pull hair back with a rubber band and let it sit anywhere from 1-3 hours then wash as normal. Be careful not to rest your head on any furniture or bedding because it will stain. This is such an easy DIY hair mask and I promise your hair will thank you! 🙂

 

Hope you guys enjoyed our first Friday Five round up! Do you all want to see more beauty related posts? What are your favorite beauty products? Let us know in the comments below! Have a great weekend!

 

Steals & Deals

Happy Monday Gals!

We hope everyone had a good weekend! It was a lazy/relaxing one for us! There are soooo many sales going on right now making this Monday a little less gloomy! Stock up for sweater weather and take advantages of the additional discounts!

The Loft is currently having a 50% off site wide sale + free shipping with the code: SURPRISE! I am obsessed with the color of this velvet sweater, this two tone cardigan looks perfect for leisure wear, and this white cowl neck sweater looks soooo cozy! Remember to use the code at checkout as it does not automatically populate!:) Also be sure to sign up for the email list to receive an additional $25 credit!

Macy’s is offering an additional 20% off all merchandise with code: FALL. The sale ends tonight so rush to fill your cart! Here are some of my personal picks: This classic button detailed duster (under $30 and comes in 5 colors!); this pair of red velvet booties (red is trending for fall!) and these OTK Chinese Laundy boots! (grey & black available!)

Bloomingdales is having their Family + Friends sale. Grab your bestie and hit the store or shop online with the code: FRIENDS. I love this  tie cuff sweater, this chunky distressed sweater, and this cable knit sweater.

Dillard’s has so many good fall shoes currently on Sale. I love these Steve Madden slip on’s in Olive Suede. Obsessing over these blush beauties! These loafers are too good of a deal to pass on! Under $40!

I recently bought a pair of ear crawlers and have been wearing them non stop! Bauble Bar has so many great pieces on sale. Shop ear crawlers here. Tassel earrings are also trending and this blush pair would go with so much! This initial necklace or this cuff would be so great as a personalized gift (under $20!).

Some random goodies from Revolve I have my eye on is this light blue pea coat, this bell sleeve sweater (can never get enough!) and this jumpsuit (cue the holiday parties!)

This cardi from Nodstrom Rack is a fall must have. Love the color! This vest is also a great layering piece for fall. This cross body by BP is on clearance for under $40.

 

Hope a few of these items made their way to your carts! Have a great week ladies!

 

Travel Tuesday: Weekend Getaway in Washington D.C.

Hello Ladies!

Over Labor Day weekend, my boyfriend Cort and I headed to Washington D.C. for a much needed weekend get-away. It was both of our first time’s to D.C. and we instantly fell in love with the old architecture, deep rooted history, and Memorials of America’s Capitol. With three days and so many sights to see, we packed ours days full of site seeing with little down time to make the most of it – but always making time for that morning mimosa because after all it is vacation! 🙂

Day 1: National Mall 

We stayed at the Kimpton Topaz hotel located in DuPont Circle. DuPont Circle is the perfect walking distance from all the major tourist attractions, tucked away in a quite and charming little neighborhood with it’s own predominant bar and restaurant scene. The Kimpton Topaz was so generous to upgrade us to an amazing sweet and greet us with some sweets & champagne upon arrival (tbh the doughnuts lasted about 5 seconds haha). Oh and did I mention that they have a complimentary happy hour and hors d’oeuvres every day?? I mean, does it get any better?? Once we checked in, sipped a mimosa and scarfed down a doughnut we set out for the National Mall.


To those of you unfamiliar, the National Mall is not a mall at all, but a large – 146 acre- outdoor pavilion that is comprised of the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, US Capitol, the White House, World War 2 Memorial, Franklin D Roosevelt Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, among others. My boyfriend is a HUGE history lover so you can bet we walked all 146 acres of it (note to self: don’t wear brand new tennis shoes to do this- my feet are still recovering from the blister damage). If you aren’t loving the idea of walking each memorial/monument the city does offer various hop on/off bus tours and also offers city bike rentals. One thing that was recommended to us that we did not have time to squeeze in was touring the monuments at night by boat on the Potomac River. From afar they were so beautifully lit I can only imagine how gorgeous they would be up close! Here are a few snap shots of the National Mall:








Day 2: Arlington National Cemetery / Library of Congress/ U.S. State Capitol

On Day 2 we woke up early and got a cab to Arlington National Cemetery. Located in Arlington VA, it is still only a 10 minute cab ride from D.C. (One of the things we loved most about the city was the ability to get to all the major attractions in no more than 20 minutes. The trip to Arlington was hands down my favorite part of the trip. It was incredibly humbling to walk the resting place of so many brave souls who gave their lives for our country. To this day, over 30 funerals a day are held at Arlington. Within Arlington National Cemetery, you can see the resting place of JFK and Jackie Kennedy, the Tomb of the Unknown Solider, Changing of the Guards, as well as the Arlington House.





After trying out D.C’s subway system and taking the train back to downtown (this is a personal victory as I have lived in Chicago for 4 years now and still do not understand how the “L” works haha)  we toured the Library of Congress and State Capitol. The Library of Congress was so beautiful I could not get over the detailing in the wall paintings and gold applique. Within the Library of Congress you can also see a collection of Jefferson’s Library. The touring of the State Capitol was a little bit of a let down. There really aren’t many rooms you can explore without signing up for a private/guided tour.  And they made me throw out my travel sized hairspray before entering 🙁 #security I’m glad we went to say we did, but I enjoyed the sight from the outside much more. Can you believe how massive it is?






Day 3: Holocaust Museum / Georgetown

We saved the museums for our last day in D.C and I am so glad we did because it rained all morning making it the perfect indoor activity (with minimal walking which is what I was more concerned about given the state of my feet haha). There are so many museums to see in D.C and we really didn’t even scratch the surface due to time constraints. Most museums are free entry other than just a few. We herd great recommendations of the Holocaust museum and decided to check that one out. It took us about 2 hours to get through but you could easily spend double that amount. Other museums to chose from are the Museum of Natural History, National Air and Space Museum, Newseum, National Gallery of Art, International Spy Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, just to name a few (yes, the list does go on:) #museaumsonmuseums)


For dinner we headed to Georgetown which is the cutest area filled with old architectures, cobblestone streets, century old canals and upscale fashion boutiques. We stopped in for cocktails at Martin’s Tavern. Open since 1933, the restaurant holds a lot of history and was a favorite to famous congressmen, senators, and presidents such a Truman, George W Bush and JFK. It is also where JFK popped the question to Jackie and is now marked as the “proposal booth”. Georgetown is filled with so many restaurants and bars and the night life is definitely a younger crowed given it sits on a college campus but also so much fun! Definitely take a day or half to explore Georgetown when in D.C.



This trip was the perfect way to close out summer while also falling more in love with our great country. For anyone needing a quick weekend getaway, we couldn’t recommend Washington D.C enough! 3 days was the perfect amount of time to see everything we wanted but you could easily spend a week in D.C and not see the same thing twice! Where did you guys travel this summer? Any recommendations for our next getaway? Let us know in the comments below!