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Casey’s Summer Shopping List


As Chicago attempts to bring on warmer weather, I’m slowly but surely preparing for spring and summer. While I tend to stick to basics with my outfits, accessories are another story. Here are a few pieces I’m lusting after lately:

Illesteva “Palm Beach” Sunglasses
Chic sunnies in the ideal shade of blonde? Yes, please!

Jacquie Aiche Double Bone Horn Necklace
I’ve been lusting after Jacquie Aiche’s designs since pre-twerking Miley Cyrus wore one of her necklaces on the red carpet. Finally, the brand has released a more affordable version of their signature pendant! I can’t wait to layer this with some of my other dainty necklaces.

Jeffrey Campbell ‘Despina’ Strappy Sandal
When it comes to sandals, I’m a gladiator girl through and through. Throw in a chunky heel for stability and a touch of fringe, I’m sold.  I also love that these come in a pretty shade of purple-y taupe, making them a great neutral option.

Eugenia Kim ‘Wish You Were Here’ Straw Sun Hat
…And this is why we’re calling this a “wish list”. There’s no future in which I drop almost $500 on a beach hat but it’s still fun to imagine, right?

Tory Burch ‘Bombe’ Foldover Clutch
In the summer I’m all about a crossbody bag. Toss in my phone, card case, keys, SPF and a punchy lip color and I’m set for a day strolling through the city. (Should I need to carry a few more things, I reach for a smaller version of my signature Longchamp tote. I’m loving this fun lemon/lime shade!)

Kate Spade Leather ‘Cocktail’ Keychain
I have this thing with keychains. The bigger, the better – which is probably why I love this cheeky piece from KSNY!

Burberry Beauty ‘Gold Glow’ Powder
I’ve recently upped my highlight game and have been stocking up on illuminating products. Say what you will about the Kardashians, but their cheekbone glow is inspiring! While I’ve been loving the products I have (the Anastasia Glow Kit and MAC ‘Lightscapade’ are favorites) this gorgeous Burberry powder might find its way into my makeup bag.

Urban Outfitters ‘Pina Colada’ Hair Clip
Warmer weather is not always kind to long layers, so finding cute ways to pull my hair back is always a springtime task. This little clip will add a little fun to any outfit and match my ice-cold cocktail perfectly!

What items are you adding to your spring & summer shopping list?


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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).

Blue Apron
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.



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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.


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Kitschy Clutches
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!


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Thrive Market
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.

Cocktail Dresses
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.


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