Tory Burch “Perry” Leather Tote in Light Oak
I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect tote bag for months, and finally found “the one” in this beauty. The petal pink is the ideal neutral and the interior cell phone pocket means far fewer panicked “I lost my phone” moments (you all know exactly what I’m talking about).
Splendid Mediterranean Maxi Dress
I live in dresses in the summer and this one is comfortable (how does Splendid get their cotton to be so soft?!) and stylish with the bold eye-catching print. Plus, it’s easily dressed up with wedges (for a backyard wedding) or down with flats (for weekend margs at Big Star).
Society Social Beverly Palm Print Pillow
Like the rest of the world, I’m really digging the whole palm and banana leaf thing right now. These pillows would look amazing on the pair of vintage French armchairs in my dining room!
Giambattista Valli for MAC Lipstick in “Tats”
I rarely leave the house in the summer without applying a bright lip and am obsessed with this juicy hot pink (and the chic packaging).
I’ve made a huge effort to cook at home more this year and discovered that for me, the biggest barrier to doing so is the meal planning and grocery shopping. Enter Blue Apron. I get all of the ingredients and recipes for three meals a week, delivered right to my door. Not only does this save me time, it forces me to try awesome new recipes.
Alexis Russell Organic Hoop Earrings in Rose Gold
I typically wear a pair of my standard studs but after seeing my aunt in these lightweight hoops, I may be changing my ways!
Sonix Phone Cases
I’m not one to change my iPhone case often, but as soon as I stumbled upon these cute cases I had Siri take me to the website. I guess it’s a good day when the hardest decision you have to make is “Rosè or Bahama?”
Tory Burch Beacher Gingham Espadrilles
After a long search for casual summer kicks, I found these at the mecca of footwear: Nordstrom Rack (North Ave. location, holla!). Aside from the classic gingham print, the best part about these espadrilles is that they’re super lightweight. Ideal for days bopping from brunch to the beach.
Tiffany ‘Blair’ Shoulder Bag
Is turning 25 in June enough justification to drop stacks on this timeless bag?
BCBG Jeanna Crewneck Long-Sleeve Dress
I love a swing-y summer tunic but struggle to find one that steers clear of mumu territory. The perfect balance of fitted and flowy, this BCBG dress was my first purchase on a recent spontaneous trip to Westfield Old Orchard.
“Sunglasses & Mimosas” Tee
I’m all about a graphic tee, especially one that advertises two of my summer essentials.
Now that it’s officially spring, I am currently lusting over any bright printed clutch, like the safari-patterned Lizzie Fortunato bag. Bags like this add perfect pop of color to any outfit!
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
There is nothing quite like a Netflix binge after a long day at work, and I cannot get enough of Tina Fey’s new show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. I find myself laughing at every line, each character is weirder than the next, and it’s perfect.
Warby Parker “Reilly” Sunnies
I have always been a huge Warby Parker fan, but recently discovered their newest sunglass options and am in love. Not only are they chic and well-made but they don’t break the bank, so there’s no buyer’s remorse.
Acme for J.Crew Home Accessories
I love a good brand collaboration, and this Acme for J.Crew partnership provides chic home goods for both hosting and gifting. The “Acme Party Box” containing Bubble Cocktail glasses is on the top of my list!
Bobbi Brown Limited-Edition Mini Eye Palette
I have to admit, I am quite brand loyalist when it comes to cosmetics. I love everything about Bobbi Brown’s brand and products. Aside from the everyday essentials, I am currently all about the limited-edition Mini Eye Palette. It has a mix of sparkly hues and neutrals, making it perfect for day to night!
I recently signed up for Thrive Market and excited to make my first purchase! It is the perfect place to buy my healthy foods and products so I can save money for other necessary items!
Ilia Beauty Multi-Stick in Tenderly
I love a pink color to brighten up my face during the doldrums of winter in Chicago. Ilia has become one of my new favorite brands that I picked up at Arch Apothecary in Old Town.
This spring is filled with bridal showers, weddings, and parties. A fun cocktail dress is the perfect statement for any of these occasions. I love the embroidered details on this number!
Tieks in Mint
I know I am a little behind on the craze for these but they are definitely going on my spring wish list. There are so many colors to choose from; I want them all!
I am in the process of making my wedding registry and have found that I’m drawn to monogrammed EVERYTHING. A monogrammed bed just takes the room to a whole new level.
As dedicated explorers, readers, and shoppers, we’re always discovering new things we’d like to buy and try. We’re sharing what catches our eye in our series, “Obsession du Jour.”
I recently discovered the best kept secret for green tea lovers like me, matcha powder. It might look or sound familiar because it’s used in lattes, smoothies and bubble teas. However for a healthy and incredibly refreshing version, I just order up three scoops of matcha powder in a venti ice water from Starbucks. Matcha powder is known for its health benefits – drinking one glass of matcha has the same health benefits as drinking 10 glasses of green tea – that is a whole lot of antioxidants! You would also never guess that it’s sugar free. Although the taste is a bit unique and might take a little getting used to, it has this lingering sweetness that I find myself craving far too often.
I can’t say I am any kind of tech/app guru but this is a must have for the Instagram and photo obsessed. I never post a pic to any social media without running it through my VSCOCam editor. I owe all my Instagram likes to their extensive filter selection and photo editing options!
Sherpa Reversible Blanket
While shopping for my new apartment, I discovered this amazing Sherpa Reversible blanket and now I don’t know how I ever lived without it! Both sides are equally as soft and cozy, even after washing. I always look forward to coming home to cuddle up in it, especially now that the temps have started to drop.
NARS Lipstick in “Scarlet Empress”
I have been on the hunt for the perfect lip color for fall for quite some time. My discovery of Scarlet Empress by NARS was true fate. A few weeks ago my sister accidentally picked up the wrong lip color at Sephora and after trying it out she decided it wasn’t for her. Since she wasn’t able to return it I had no choice but to offer to take it off her hands, and voila it was just what I was looking for!
Kate Spade Heels
Ok, fine when am I not obsessed with Kate Spade? I do seem to favor her holiday collections, which is probably due to the fact that I can never get enough sequins, sparkles, rhinestones and bows. The Noland heels encompass the perfect combination of all my favorite style elements and I can probably say the same about every other piece in Kate’s 2014 Holiday Collection.