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FASHION FRIDAY // WINTER FLORALS

Happy Friday everyone! Dark florals are trending this season and I have jumped on board for the ride. This skirt might look a bit familiar to you guys {I wore it last year for my Crain’s Chicago Business Model photo shoot}. It was a perfect purchase from Bloomingdale’s awhile back and has become a versatile staple in my closet. For a more wintry look, I paired it with a black turtle neck sweater,  a gold necklace from Gilt {similar one here}, and some pony hair booties. ‘Tis the season for fashion!
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Gap Sweater {similar} // Aqua Skirt {similar, similar, similar}
Report Booties // Git Necklace {similar} // Spanx Tights
PHOTOS BY MONICA MODZELEWSKI

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SPLURGE VS. STEAL // WINTER FASHION TRENDS

Finding those winter staples without having to stress about price tags is the best way to update your wardrobe for any season. I recently teamed up with Savers & SheKnows to find stylish seasonal pieces at a fraction of the price.
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AS SEEN ON:
Mary Kate Olsen, Reese Witherspoon, and Jessica Alba.
WHY I NEED THEM: Plaid is always a must. It is such a classic pattern that pairs well with denim and neutrals. It is always fun mixing and matching colors, as well as playing with dimension.
WHAT I SAVED: $248 saved by the thrift
WHAT I GAINED: Built in softness, character, and vintage styles.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN THRIFTING: Make sure to check for holes, broken buttons, and loose threads. All can be fixed, but it better be built into the price.

WIDE BRIM HATS
AS SEEN ON: Olivia Palermo, Kourtney Kardashian, and Beyonce.
WHY I NEED THEM: You can keep your head warm through the winter months, as well as look stylish at the same time!
WHAT I SAVED: $58 saved by the thrift
WHAT I GAINED: Huge array of hat selections, broader color palette, hats add mystery and always tell a story. I like that mine has an added allure and a cute embellished chair surrounding it.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN THRIFTING: Hats are great thrift buys because older ones are usually made of quality materials and are able to maintain integrity over the years.

ANKLE BOOTIES
AS SEEN ON: Rachel Zoe, Alexa Chung, and Katie Holmes.
WHY I NEED THEM: They wear well with skinny jeans, leggings, skirts, and dresses. The shorter style is more modern than the average tall boot, and the more embellishments, the better!
WHAT I SAVED: $276 saved by the thrift
WHAT I GAINED: Boots should look broken in; thrifting means someone else has done the work already, and leather is tough so usually thrift books are in good shape and soles, if distressed, are easy to replace.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN THRIFTING: Water marks and discolorations can be hard to remove; make sure you love the spots on your shoes at purchase.
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Make sure to click here to check out my article on SheKnows and happy thrifting!

* Disclosure: This post is part of a collaboration with Saves and SheKnows. As always, all opinions are my own.

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HOLIDAY FUN // THE PENINSULA PART 2

Happy holiday season everyone! December is such a fun + festive time of year to get together with friends and celebrate! In case you missed it, this past weekend I had a lady date at The Peninsula Hotel with Monica, Rachel, Nicole, and Peggy. We first hung out at the sky rink and then took it inside for some sparkles + {more} champagne. I decided to glam it up by wearing a new frock from ASOS. I paired it with some black booties and my favorite pair of tights. The sequins speak for themselves so no baubles were needed. Check out some pics of our day below and be sure to visit the Peninsula for all their holiday festivities!

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*A big thank you to The Peninsula Hotel for helping us celebrate the holidays!
PHOTOS BY LINDSAY HUMES OF WHITE OAK CREATIVE

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ASOS Dress {similar, similar} // Report Booties {similar} // Spanx Tights

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HOLIDAY FUN // THE PENINSULA PART 1

This past weekend I was lucky enough to get together with some of my favorite blogger babes {Monica, Peggy, Nicole, + Rachel} for a fun filled day at The Peninsula Chicago. We spent the day drinking champagne + hot cocoa {yes, both!}, and hanging outside by the ice skating rink. The whole hotel was decorated beautifully and is the perfect place to visit for festive holiday fun. Check out some photos from our day below:
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*A big thank you to The Peninsula Hotel for helping us celebrate the holidays!
PHOTOS BY LINDSAY HUMES OF WHITE OAK CREATIVE

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Gap Sweater // Gap Scarf c/o // J.Crew Hat {similar
Zara Leggings {similar} // Zara Booties {similar, similar}

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GIFT GUIDE // TECHIE TREATS

Today’s selection focuses on all the tech crazed family + friends in your life. There are so many amazingly advanced gadgets out there, it can be a bit overwhelming. I tried to round up some fab items that any computer guru would love. If you are still stumped, make sure to check out my pinterest page for more inspiration and also some of my previous gift guides {here, here, here + here}. Happy shopping!
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1. Speaker // 2. iPhone Stand // 3. Mini Blaster // 4. Travel Adaptor // 5. Tea Infuser
6. FitBit // 7. Instax Mini // 8. Tech Earmuffs // 9.Water Resistant Speaker // 10. Tech Gloves
11. iPhone Case // 12. Phone Dock // 13. USB Bracelet // 14. Cube Video Camera
15. USB Cable // 16. Computer Bag // 17. Headphone Cap Set // 18. Book