When I tell people I live in Illinois what everyone hears is me saying I live in Chicago. That’s not quite the case. I’m about 3 hours south-west of the city and really haven’t spent much time up that way at all. I’m close to Iowa City if I want to go shopping, and the idea of driving in the city gives me anxiety. But I still jump at any chance to go up so long as I’m acting as co-pilot and chief navigation assistant, never driver. My mom’s favorite boy, Lee DeWyze had a performance in Arlington yesterday night and I had a big H&M gift card to spend (did you know they don’t take gift cards online? What the heck!) so we road tripped up to the city for 24 hours of shopping, bonding, and music. (Following me on Instagram? I kept y’all updated with my Instagram story!) Lunch at Fox & the Hound My pretty momma and I went to lunch at Fox & the Hound (literally the first place we found – we were starving!) and she got a burger and parmesan fries, and your resident veg got a southwest black bean burger and tater tots. (to die… View Post

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Amopé ™. The opinions and texts are all mine. As always, thank you for supporting the brands that make Mostly Morgan possible! I’m afraid to say this out loud, but I’m secretly a little excited for fall. I know that fall means winter is around the corner. I’m a wimp when it comes to cold and icy days, but I’m a sucker for fall boots and layers. So I’ll embrace fall with open arms and wait to whine about winter until the time comes. While the weather is still in the seventies here in the midwest, I’ve slowly been working on transitioning my wardrobe to incorporate fall staples while staying cool and comfy. I’ve made three essential swaps in my wardrobe preparing for changing leaves and cooler weather and thought I could share some of my change-of-season tips with y’all! Make the switch to fall boots Boots rank among my top 5 parts of fall (they are so versatile, y’all!) and I have more pairs then I care to admit. My problem, though, is that some of my favorite pairs of fall boots and booties aren’t the most comfy… View Post

When I moved back home to Illinois from New York City in August one strong driving force was the desire to travel. I was spending waaaaay more for rent in the city than I care to admit and that money could be better spent going on adventures and having once in a lifetime experiences. Originally I planned on saving money until 2017 (I’ve already got a few trips planned!) but a friend texted me asking if I wanted to go to San Francisco with her in November and I’d never been to the West Coast so I had to say yes! Our tickets and Airbnb are all booked (and Airbnb even sent us a gift card to a local coffee shop – too sweet!) so now we are just trying to plan and jam as much into 72 hours as we possibly can. We’ll be getting to San Fran early Friday morning and leaving laaaate on Sunday we have three full days of adventure. We are already planning on going to the Muir Woods on Friday for a lot of the day, the Golden Gate is a must, the Painted Ladies are high on my to-do list, and we want to hit Lombard… View Post

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PEOPLE®, StyleWatch®, InStyle®, and Sunset®. The opinions and text are all mine. Thanks for supporting the brands that make Mostly Morgan possible! My generation seems to be obsessed with being workaholics – whoever stayed the latest at work, or whoever got the least sleep last night wins. Instead of bragging about being efficient and getting off an hour early, my peers wear the fact that they stayed in office until nine as a badge of pride. While I admire my hard working buds, and applaud them for their dedication and drive, something about this new phenomena doesn’t sit quite right with me. I mean, I’ve always been a big proponent of relaxation, self-care, and me time. I’m all for working hard and putting in the time and effort, but at the end of the work day you deserve to take time for yourself and unwind. I try to have a bit of me time every night, even if that means just relaxing with a face mask on for ten minutes before bed. When I have extra time and really feel like treating myself I go all out and make… View Post

I am so frustrated. I am a health conscious person and I know a lot about living a healthy lifestyle. I know what foods to put into my body to make me feel the best, the bare minimum amount of sleep I need to function (I refuse to get less!), and how much I need to move around each day not to feel lethargic. And I know I’m lucky to know all that I do about health. I’ve done research, taken classes, and figured things out through trial and error. But a lot of people get their health advice from the media and newsstands and that’s just so frustrating.  Because the media knows squat about healthy living and every single time I go grocery shopping I am bombarded with magazine covers at checkouts touting low carb diets and low-calorie meals trying to convince people that calories and carbs are the enemy. (Spoiler alert: They’re not.) Last time I was at the grocery store though I decided I’d do something about it and address some of the most common myths that I see on newsstands and I hear perpetuated on social media and by my peers. Myth #1: Low-calorie diets are healthy &… View Post