.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

I’ve been a blogger for over three years and I’ve seen the industry shift and transform over and over again. Blogging is the best thing I’ve ever stumbled into, and I’ve had the incredible opportunity to help so many other bloggers during their journeys, too. In the last three years I’ve seen bloggers stumble into the same traps over and over again, and there is one that stands out more than anything else: Worrying too much with what everyone else is doing. With the exception of writing this post, I have one main philosophy when it comes to blogging: stay in… View Post

 The smart girl’s guide to beauty from the inside out In the past few years I’ve become what a few of my friends may call a “hippie.” This mostly has to do with my transformation in diet and “save the world one reusable water bottle at a time” mentality. One area of my life that I’ve really transformed is my health and beauty routine. I was a long distance runner growing up and worked at an ice cream shop. I’d run 40 miles a week and eat sundaes every day without worrying about gaining weight and I was blessed with… View Post

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine. First off, let’s address the elephant in the room: At 22 do I really need to be focusing on anti-aging in my skincare routine? Short answer: Yes. I could give you all sorts of platitudes about how it’s never too early to prevent wrinkles or that it’s easier to prevent aging than it is to reverse it. But instead let me say this: While anti-aging products do a fab job preventing avoidable signs of aging, they typically also come with incredible… View Post