oh hey. i'm still here.

Well, it's been almost two months since I've written a real blog post, and I'd like to say I've got something good for you, but I'm just stopping by to say hello. I started a few posts over the past month or two (and did publish a few), but otherwise, haven't had much to say lately. Then there's that product roundup that I haven't gotten around to posting for the past two weeks. I need to figure out what I'm doing with this thing.

Here's the deal. I'm a California girl and summers in Chicago are short and sweet. You can see what I'm up to on Instagram, so there are times that blogging feels a little pointless, and when the day is over, I just want to enjoy the beautiful weather.

I've been spending as much time outside as possible. Patios, concerts, street fests, etc. I went paddle boarding for the first time last weekend and plan on going a few more times this summer. If you haven't been, I highly recommend it–so. much. fun.

After talking about it for forever, I finally caved and (leased) a car. You really take the little things like driving to the grocery store or gym for granted when you don't have one. I used to commute about 40 minutes to and from the gym (each way!) and now I'm there in about 10. I feel so free!

The pup is doing really well. He's off his steroids, numbers are great, and because he's been stable for a while now, he won't need his blood drawn every month. We're going back in 2 months and then hopefully lowering his immune suppressant dosage. He'll be on them forever and will need his blood drawn to check his platelets 2x a year. He's at a very healthy weight and the vet says his numbers are fantastic. Very good news for little Buddy.

Doing CF 5x a week was just too much, so I've cut back and added in sweat on state, flywheel, and some running. I still love CrossFit, but 3x a week is much more reasonable for me.

Katie and I finished alpha, and I've been loving Park. I definitely recommend the alpha course to anyone who is interested in learning more.

As you may know, we're collaborating with Interior Define and while I can't say too much, I can tell you that I now need to sell my Serena and Lily chair with additional slipcover (asking $800 for both). Email me if you're interested. 

Work is going well! We flew The Everygirl's editors into Chicago for a big team meeting. Such an amazing and surreal experience. Flying to Orlando this week to speak at a sorority conference this week, Lollapalooza next week, and to Raleigh to speak at another conference right after Lolla. One of my closest friends is coming to Chicago next month, and I can't wait to have her here!


red white and blue

July 4th has come and gone, but that's no excuse to stop loving the good old USA. The World Cup definitely helped Americans kick up their patriotism! As you can see, haven't given up on the blog just yet–I'm trying to make a comeback.


and i'm back...with a giveaway from east dane

Hey reader (assuming there's just one of you left out there). Sorry for the month of radio silence. It's finally summer here in Chicago, so when I'm not working, I'm either working out or sitting on a patio. Anyway, I'm still alive. If you follow me on instagram, you're already aware of that.

I'll post something again soon, but wanted to kick off my comeback with a giveaway from East Dane. We're giving away four $50 gift cards to East Dane (they also work at Shopbop!).

To enter: visit East Dane and leave a comment telling me what you'll buy if you win. Please include your email address or twitter handle.

Also, be sure to check out the 50% off mens sale section

You have until Thursday, June 26 at 11:59PM CST to enter. I'll announce the winner on Twitter this Friday.


Project Neutral Bedroom

I'm sticking with that whole "neutral" thing in my new bedroom, and decided to change a few things up to whiten, brighten, and further neutralize the space. My room has very little natural light during the day, and while my black nightstands did actually fit, they made my room feel very, very dark. I ended up selling them (and the lamps), and bought these side tables at Wisteria during a sale.

I love this lamp from Lulu and Georgia, but think the stacked globes might be the way to go. I'm going to wait and see how it looks when everything else is in there.

The new rug brightened the space a lot, but my white bedding felt a little boring, so I ordered this duvet and these shams (both on sale). Felt like such a grown up purchase!

And I know it's not a part of my bedroom, but I do have an attached bath and ordered these towels (currently on sale).

I made two very large frames at framed and matted, and filled them with two of my favorite photos from Paris. No gallery wall in this room (at least I'm not planning on it, but we'll see). Looks like I'll be keeping things simple.



 The Everygirl added new prints and mugs to the shop.

 Photo shoot for Mac and Mia. How CUTE is baby Frankie?

Time for another update. I swear, it's been n-o-n-s-t-o-p since the move, but things have been great! We had Will in town one weekend, two of my good friends got married, getting settled in the new place, spending time with friends, a few photo shoots, and usual work stuff etc. Everything has been good though.

Having 2 floors and an extra living room makes this roommate thing easy. And at this point, we're basically sisters, so it works. Also, Alaina's boyfriend brings Kombucha and takes out our trash, so having him around is pretty cool.

I'm excited to tell you that Alaina and I will be speaking at The School of Styling in Raleigh this August! We're also speaking at a sorority convention in Orlando this July! And apparently we're going to that Harry Potter world, so that should be interesting. Ha.

Finally found my nightstands (in white) and after starting at my Restoration Hardware shopping cart for a few days, splurged on this new duvet (in grey). I decided to go with a neutral palette. Shocker.

On the hunt for lamps and I'm torn between these and these.

Two weeks ago, I was lucky enough to borrow a Nissan Rogue. It's such a beautiful car, drives well, and is easy to park (the camera and parking sensors are the best thing ever). I drove everywhere and it was wondrous. And now I want a car. Big expenses scare me, so it's time to pine over my budget and figure out if it's a practical decision or not.

The pup is still on his immune suppressants but is finally off steroids, which can have some pretty serious long-term side effects. He's doing great. 

Two weeks ago, I did 100 Rx pull-ups! I tore my hand for the first time which wasn't pretty, but I did it.

I saw Haim with my friend Colleen last weekend. They were AMAZING! Go see them. Also had sangria at Ba Ba Reeba and brunch at The Bristol. In a maxi dress. Finally feels like summer! And I napped on both Saturday and Sunday.

Alaina and I sat down for coffee with THE Bobbi Brown who answered questions about skincare for The Everygirl! I've been using her skincare line since I was 17, so it was a very exciting experience for me. She told me I have great skin and thought I was in my 20s which was basically the greatest complement I've ever gotten from the one person whose thoughts on skin matter more than anyone. So that rocked.

So excited for the three day weekend. I'm going out tomorrow night and have a party Saturday but don't have anything else planned which I'm really excited about. Just going to relax and see where it goes. Maybe take a nap, catch up on Mad Men, and hopefully end up at a BBQ or on a patio. Or both.

Have a great holiday weeknd!


new products in the everygirl's shop

the everygirl has a few new items in the shop.

keep not settling. success is not for the lazy. yep.

and these european letterpress prints that you can see in alaina's home tour.
which went up today.
hand drawn by my talented business partner.

we're also selling our paris photographs in four sizes.
photography by me. 

gallery wall photo by jennifer kathryn. the rest of the photos were taken by me.