.Recently I spent an afternoon with the ladies at the Kelley Cawley Boutique in Burr Ridge’s Village Center and let me just say: major heart eyes. The boutique is beautifully curated and laid out and everywhere you look there are pretty details waiting to be discovered. Growing up in the Quad Cities, shopping options were bleak. In the past few years lovely shops have popped up, but before, the good shopping was out of town. The two biggest destinations were Chicago and Coralville, but both are crowded and a bit overwhelming. Not too far outside of Chicago, though, is the Burr… View Post

  Summer is my jam. I love being uncomfortably hot and I don’t mind the sticky sweaty mess that comes with my favorite season. Maybe I’ve been conditioned to love summer from being a little kid counting down the days until summer vacation, or perhaps it has to do with my June birthday. Either way, I’m obsessed. I have a handful of summer traditions that make the season that much sweeter. Sundays spent on the river with my dad, Friday afternoons at my grandparents, and going hiking as much as humanely possible (aka as often as I can sucker my boyfriend into it.)… View Post

Solo travel sometimes carries certain risks and dangers that you don’t experience when traveling with a partner or a group. Some of these risks are innocent misfortunes, such as getting lost in a new place with no battery on your phone, while others may be more sinister, like being targeted because you’re alone. Whenever I’m getting ready for a solo adventure, I’ve got no less than 7 people (you now who you are, love you) concerned that I, a 21–year–old, somewhat naive–looking, female is traveling alone. And I’ll be honest, the first few times I travelled alone I was scared and I have ended… View Post

When you work from home, everyday is casual Friday. It’s great working in jean and a tee-shirt (or lets be honest, half the time I’m in sweats) all day, but when last minute plans come up after work sometimes I wish I had a reason to get dolled up in the mornings so I’d be prepared for moments like those. Luckily, my friends and I are the opposite of Fancy AF and usually I’m able to make my jeans and tee combo work, and it’s not rocket science but I thought I’d share my go-to’s that I use to dress… View Post

This post contains affiliate links. Since I started working from home it’s safe to say that my wardrobe has gotten a little…boring. When I’m not seeing anyone all day it’s easy to put on yoga pants and a sweatshirt and call it an outfit, but it’s not nearly as fun. There is something about actually getting dressed and ready for the day that makes me feel so much more productive, and it’s something I’ve been trying to do more. More than that, I’ve been trying to really focus on defining my sense of style as I’ve gotten older. I know what I… View Post