Friday Favorites

October 24, 2014

We made it to another weekend...well once 5 o'clock hits!! Pretty jam packed weekend ahead for me including a friends wedding, but before I can get to that I'm liking up with the amazing Amanda and fabulous Christina to share my favorites from this past week!!

Favorite Beauty Vlogger 

I'm not really sure how I stumbled upon Casey Holmes' Youtube page, but I love her videos. Most recently she's done a few Fall make-up looks that I'm loving!! 

Favorite Recipe 

I've been trying to incorporate more chicken into our weeknight meals and this Grilled Bruschetta Chicken is a quick and easy meal!! 

Favorite Workout 
So this 30 minute workout is intense, but all you need is one set of weights and you're on your way to a great sweat session!! 

Favorite New Find 

We planned to marinate steaks for dinner one night and I stumbled upon these Jack Daniels Marinader's! Each bag comes with a premixed liquid marinade and you don't have to worry about trying to fumble with the meat and marinade yourself!! It was amazing and I can't wait to try the other flavors! 

Favorite Look

I mean I have no words for the beauty that is Blake Lively!! She looked flawless at last weeks event and if you go to the article - there is a smirk that Ryan Reynolds has that sort of says "yep, she's that gorgeous!"

Favorite Links

+Paul Rudd has an epic lip sync battle with Jimmy Fallon
+Tips on how to curb your sweet tooth
+ Are you guilty of any of these selfies?

Whatever your weekend brings, I hope it's wonderful! 

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Perfumania | Old, New & Craving

October 23, 2014

I have loved perfume for as long as I remember!! Even now when I visit my parents, I'll wear my mom's perfume because it makes me feel like I'm home, plus she has the good stuff!! With perfume being such a personal thing, I understand that my likes will not translate into your likes, but maybe we'll have some similarities! My current collection has four pretty different scents and I'm looking to add to this bunch, so recommendation welcome! 

Dolce + Gabbana Light Blue: I've used this scent since I was a freshman in college (we won't go into when that was) and I never tire of the scent!! It's so feminine and I probably shouldn't wear it year round, but I do!! For as long as this perfume has been around it's still one of the best sellers at Sephora. 

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb: If you've never smelled this perfume before - run don't walk to Sephora and get a sample!! As the name suggests it's a floral fragrance, but not too overpowering! I love this scent so much that I have it in rollerball form as well for travelling and the gym!

Escada Ocean Lounge - I don't think this one is being sold anymore because the only links I can find are to eBay sellers!! Even so, this scent takes me to the islands. It's fruity and airy that the smell really only lasts for about an hour and then it sort of fades!! If you're interested I've found them at TJ Maxx and Marshalls. 

Diesel Denim Collection: My sister bought this for me a few years back and at first I wasn't sure about the smell because it's a little woodsy for me, but I've grown to love it! You can't see but it's almost out! They have a men's cologne from this collection as well and it smells AH-MAY-ZING!!  

As you can see two of the four will be all used up soon and just in time for the holidays!!! Here's a few that I've tried recently and loved!! 

Gucci Guilty //$77 

Tocca Simone // $68

Tory Burch // $85

I'm pretty new to the rollerball option, better late than never, and I actually prefer this when buying perfume for myself because the price is a little easier to handle!! 

This is actually one of my favorites and very feminine! 
Pink Sugar // $20

What scents are you loving lately? Have you tried any of the ones I'm loving? Hope you have a wonderful Thursday!! 

Linking up with Natalie and Annie!

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B~Inspired | Gold Coast Girl

October 22, 2014

I'm really excited to bring you another installment of B~Inspired with Samantha from Gold Coast Girl as this month's feature. I've been reading Samantha's blog for quite some time and I love this girl's Chicago style!!! She is always attending the best events and partners up with some great brands! However, it's how she has parlayed her love of art and design into her career that really strikes me as inspiring!! 
Name/Blog: Samantha, writer & editor at Gold Coast Girl
Location: Chicago, IL
Current Title/Company: Gold Coast Girl creator, fashion + lifestyle blogger, also High School Special Education English Teacher
Educational Background: Masters in Education from DePaul University, BFA in Studio Art + Design from The University of Colorado, and lastly, I got a certificate from Chicago Portfolio School in Graphic Design.

B: You originally went to college and got your BFA in Studio Art/Design, how did you parlay that into a teaching career?
S: I have always loved art and continue to practice it and teach it at my current job. Right now I am a high school special education teacher so we do a lot of fun visual + hands on activities in my classroom. I have the certification and will always want to include art + teaching into my lifestyle in some way.

B: What's a typical day like for you and how do you fit everything in?
S: I work during the week from 7:45-3:30. I usually try to work out or run errands after that, or sometimes I will have a fun event to attend during the week. I try to work on my blog during my free time, which is mostly on the weekends. I like to get all my posts ready by Sunday night so they are ready for the week.

B: What has been your greatest career achievement thus far?
S: I think I am super excited and surprised at how quickly my blog has taken off. I started it a little under a year ago, and have been able to participate in such amazing opportunities and meet great new friends. It is truly a part of me and a creative expression of my life + style.

B: What/who encouraged you to start blogging and do you find that it's hard to balance it with a full time career as well?
S: I have always been interested in reading blogs so one day I just decided to go for it. I thought: "hey, I can do that too!" I think it is important to understand that everyone has their own personal style and viewpoint, so I believe that the more blogs out there, the merrier. Recently, it has felt like a second full time job, but I am happy I started one and wouldn't change a thing.

B: What are three things you never leave the house without?
S: My iPhone, my keys, and my credit card (you never know what you will need to buy!)

B: You speak Spanish and French - are there any other languages you're itching to learn?
S: Ha. This is such a funny little tidbit about me. I learned both in middle school and high school, but I am definitely not fluent in either. I would say that I can get by and for sure order food if I am in a foreign country that speaks one of these two languages. I think it would be fun to learn some more Italian for next time I travel to Italy. It is similar to the other two, so hopefully easy to pick up.

B: If you could go anywhere in the world - where would it be? What do you think you'd enjoying doing most while there?
S: The island of Capri. I went last summer for my honeymoon and fell in love. It is so magical and beautiful. They have great hiking, perfect weather, fun shopping, and of course the most amazing food (and gelato!).

B: Who would you pick to play you in a movie?
S: This is such an interesting question. I have been told I kind of look like Natalie Portman? That might make sense because of the brown hair.

B: If you could have dinner with one woman, who would it be and why?
S: Rachel Zoe. I think she has the best style, is super creative, and speaks a language that I simply adore. It would for sure be a fun + interesting night.

B:  Do you have a quote or motto that you like to live your life by?
S: Everything happens for a reason. I always believe that statement and what is meant to be, will be.

B: You're definitely a fashionista - describe your style in three words?
S: Classic, Trendy, Modern: I try to follow these 3 on a daily basis.

B:  Do you have a major wish list item at the moment?
S: I am currently in the market for a new everyday handbag and have my eye on this Alexander Wang. It is a bit pricey, so I am not sure if I am ready to take the plunge.

B: What advice would you give your 21 year old self?
S: Don't take life too seriously. Everything will work out so just chill and enjoy the ride. You only live once so make it a fun one!

B: What has been your most inspired moment?
S:This is a tough one. I am not sure if I have a specific moment, but tend to try to be inspired every day. I am inspired by my surroundings and what I see, smell, hear, touch, and taste.

A huge thank you to Samantha for being part of this little series. If you want to see more of Samantha check out her blog + instagram

One of my favorite questions I get is - did you go to school for what you're doing now and my answer is NO! What about you?

I've created a page on this blog if you're interested in seeing some of the ladies that have been featured! 

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On the Hunt | Ghost Chairs

October 21, 2014

Ghost chairs are my latest obsession! I think they look amazing as a dining option, extra seating in a living room or for my purposes as a desk chair! We are looking to add the Louis Ghost Chair not only for functionality but since it's clear it doesn't look like it's taking up any space! The originals are really pricey and not what we're looking to spend - so the hunt is on for a better alternative and right now Amazon has the exact one we're looking for! 

Perusing Pinterest has been fun - especially because you can see it incorporated in different styles!


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I'm also slightly obsessed with them in a modern wedding ceremony

Do you like ghost chairs? How would you incorporate them into your home?

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