Late Summer Jewel Tones: Fashion & Home

Vera Bradley Mallory Tote

Ruffle Front Tie Waist Dress -XS (this dress & this dress are similar floral options for fall)

Nude Steve Madden Wedges (cute nude option for fall)

Fuchsia has always been one of my favorite colors. It’s my favorite lip color, favorite color of roses, and one of the only bold colors I tend to wear outside of black, white and neutrals. I’ve been seeing brides incorporate fuchsia into their bouquet and I think it’s so pretty! Because it’s late summer, I wanted to share this deep fuchsia Vera Bradley tote along with a few other jewel-toned fashion & home accessories for fall. A rich pop of color in an outfit or bedroom adds so much personality! Scroll through the two widgets below for fashion & home ideas:

Side note – if you’re following along on Instagram, last night I posted the lipstick color I wear pretty much every day. It’s MAC Rebel – a berry-ish/fuchsia tone that changes colors depending how much you apply. I’m wearing it in this post and wear it in about 95% of my pictures! Have a good rest of your week guys, thanks for reading!

Photography by Ali Stone

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Express Petites: Transitional Style

Can’t believe I’m saying this, but September is in two weeks which means it’s actually time to start thinking about outfits for fall! I love all things fall – especially the fashion, but I am not ready to say goodbye to Chicago summer. Because we all know what that means, right my fellow Chiberians? Hibernation. In this post I’m holding on to summer by styling a few warm-weather pieces and transitional items from Express.

First, I just want to say how excited I am to be an Express Petites partner for 2017. Express is a brand I’ve worn for years that’s always aligned with my style, so this is such a cool opportunity for me. Now that they offer items specifically made for petite women (5’4″ and under), it’s just made me love the brand even more. It’s so nice to order something offline for once and know it’s actually going to fit! Everything I’m wearing in this post is available in petite and regular sizing.

Details about this outfit: this is my favorite cardigan I own right now. I love it so much I bought it in the grey color too (and just bought one for my mom!). The petite sizing hits at the perfect spot on my waist and the sleeves are the right length. The material is soft, the neutral color is perfect, and the ruffles are so cute. So what I’m saying is, you need it. These ripped jeans – they’re stretchy, high-waisted, and are 50% off right now. I rolled them under a little bit because my heels went up high around my ankle – but I might cut the bottoms off a little because the ends are frayed so you can’t tell. This faux suede purse is a great neutral option for fall that will go with everything & the powder tank I’m wearing comes in a few other colors and is a great staple item. I love this simple gold & crystal necklace because I can wear it with pretty much everything.

And can we all just take a moment to admire how beautiful the Chicago river-walk is in these shots? I was shooting with my good friend Felipe the other night and everywhere we walked was so photogenic. It’s the best area in the city to admire the Chicago River. You can eat, shop, walk, grab a drink, or just relax while enjoying the water. There are a bunch of restaurants and bars (City Winery) along the river. And if you’re looking for something more adventurous, you have the options to kayak or hop on a tour boat. The architectural boat tour is a must – I’m going for the second time with my family this weekend! Thanks for reading guys, links to everything are below 🙂

Outfit links & sizes I’m wearing: Ruffle Cardigan (XXS Petite) | Tank Top (XS Petite) | Ripped Jeans (Opetite) | Suede Crossbody | Necklace | Taupe Suede Tassel Heels | Sunglasses

All photos by Felipe Jimenez (follow him @felipe_lfj!)


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August Playlist

Hi! I stopped into Fairgrounds Coffee today in Wicker Park and I can’t believe that was my first time in there. I’m always looking for spots by my house to get work done or have meetings at and this place checked all the boxes. Good lattes, very good food (avocado toast!), and plugs under the tables – important!! Plus it’s so cute and has big windows for people watching and natural light. If you live in the area it’s definitely worth trying.

I’ve been getting messages asking about certain songs I’ve been playing in the background of some of my Instagram stories, so tonight I’m uploading an August playlist of what I’ve been listening to lately.  Some throwbacks, good remixes, new stuff, and some suggestions you guys have sent me (thank you!). It’s a good playlist for background music while you work or for self-help nights at home when you want to unwind with herbal tea, a mask, and some wine. Happy hump day!

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