The Everygirl and Birchbox


Back with some exciting news! The Everygirl has teamed up with Birchbox to bring you affordable luxuries for $10. So now's the time to sign up to get our exclusive Everygirl Affordable Luxuries–only $10 to try all five products!

so i did a little shopping

Darlene made me buy these pants. I love them.


summer favorites

Well, it's no secret that I love summer, and after sloooowly working on this product roundup (got distracted by work and life a few times over the past few weeks), I'm finally sharing a few of my summer favorites.

Let's start with music. I almost always listen to music when I work and always have music playing when I'm driving. There are quite a few bands I'm listening to which could probably make for some decent post content in the future, but let's start with two you may not have heard of. Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr is one of my favorites–even saw them live earlier this summer. Start with Hiding and just go from there. I love them.

I "found" Run River North about...hmm...48 hours ago. Kina invited me to see them on Monday, and I'm not one to turn down a concert unless it's country, and even then, I went to Windy City Smokeout (although I went for the BBQ). Anyway, they were amazing, phenomenal, and dare I say it, epic. Possibly one of the best live performances I've ever seen. Their cover of The Killers Mr Brightside was beautiful and this song is one of my favorites. They're all so good–been listening to them all day.

Not sure when I'll post next– work trip to Orlando tomorrow (first time in FL), working on two graphic design projects, the usual stuff for The Everygirl, Lollapalooza, and Raleigh (first time in NC) the day after the world's most exhausting 3 day concert. Follow along on instagram. Should be real interesting.

And then the fun stuff (click any + in the image above to purchase)


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.