Chicago Trip Recap

Chicago Trip Recap

Last weekend, my S.O. and I went for a weekend trip to Chicago. We definitely made the most of our two full days in the city.

Our first stop upon arrival was the Starbucks Reserve Roastery that’s downtown. Fun fact: this is actually the world’s largest Starbucks! I ordered us a couple of cold brews and a big cinnamon roll. It was delicious, of course.

Once energized, we headed over to Shedd Aquarium. It had been years since I was there, so it was cool to see it again! There were tons of exhibits to check out; we almost didn’t realize that there were multiple floors. The shark and stingray section has remained my favorite.

After exploring the aquarium, we got checked into our hotel.

We decided to stay at the Moxy since it was walking distance from everywhere that we wanted to go. Our room was on the third floor, so it ended up having a nice view.

We hung out in the lobby bar after getting settled and grabbed drinks. We discovered a lot of new games; the Moxy had a bunch of card, board, and other games just sitting out. Quickly, Space Force became an addiction.

Soon it was time to grab some dinner, so we headed over to Radio Room.

I ordered some fish tacos and a drink by the name “Spice World.” I couldn’t resist ordering a spicy marg named after the Spice Girls.

The next day, we grabbed coffee at Heritage and then grabbed breakfast at Edie’s. If you like pink, you’d love the interior decor of Edie’s. It was a super aesthetic place with a good menu.

Once again caffeinated, we walked over to Millenium Park. We walked around and took a bunch of pictures in the bean. We also stumbled upon a mini-golf course, so we gave it a go. Each hole had its own Chicago-themed challenge. I was not victorious in this game, but it was still very fun.

Once we covered everything that we wanted to see at the park, we headed to Navy Pier.

We rode the huge ferris wheel and grabbed a marg at Margaritaville. Is the ferris wheel overhyped? Maybe, but if you didn’t ride it, did you really get the Navy Pier experience? Also, it is pretty cool to look out on the city from that height. I’d say it’s worth the ride ticket.

After a while, we left the pier to do a bit of shopping. I scored a cute top to wear to dinner at Zara (you may have seen it on the ‘gram, here). Speaking of dinner, we ended up at Pink Taco! I enjoyed their shrimp tacos and a cilantro cucumber marg.

The next day, it was time to head back home to Green Bay. I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t exhausted after our big walking day. It felt good to have the time to sleep in and then make the drive back.

It was fun to see the windy city again. I’m sure I’ll be back sometime!

Have you ever been to Chicago? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Apartment Tour

Apartment Tour

After months of thrifting, vintage shopping, and styling, I’m ready to show you my *mostly* finished apartment.

I moved into my current place in August 2021 and have been slowly but surely making it home. So far, it’s definitely my favorite apartment that I’ve lived in. It just feels right and cozy.

Without further ado, let me give you a lil tour of the space!

When you walk into the apartment, you are met with a couple of Purple Rain original lobby prints. I picked these up at the Wizard World Chicago Comic Con. They were such a fun find, and I knew I could fit them into my space somehow.

In the living room, I have a Valley of the Dolls movie poster hanging. I also have a basic IKEA couch. I added a few colorful pillows to the space along with some velvet and patterned floor cushions. My coffee table luckily fits two floor cushions perfectly; it was a thrifted find from the Green Bay ReStore.

Also, in my living room, I have a bench shelf. It’s more for decor than it is for actually lounging on. On top of the bench, I like to keep my on-the-go necessities. On the shelves, I have a stack of my favorite books, and a few vintage finds.

To the left of the bench, I have a plant that I’ve proudly kept alive since moving in. On the right-hand side, I have candles and a few of my favorite prints. First, there’s the iconic Bettie Page. Next to her, is my favorite girl in comics: Tank Girl.

I’m very happy that I have the room in this apartment for a dedicated workout corner. I just have a big basket that I keep all of my equipment in/next to. I also have a big wooden mirror in this space that I found at the Green Bay Restore.

From the living room space, we can move into the dining area. In the entrance arc, I have a coffee cart complete with k-cups and various syrups. In the dining space, I have a shabby chic table from Ye Old Goat with two chairs on one side and a bench on the other. All of the seating is covered with blankets and some throw pillows for a cozy feel. On the wall, I have a Casablanca movie print of Rick in front of his bar.

One of my favorite things in the dining space is my music section. I have a stand that’s a repurposed newspaper holder for my record player. Alongside it, I have a crate and my boombox (yes, I still have a healthy collection of CDs).

From the dining room, you enter the kitchen. In this space, I also have a touch of artwork/prints. There’s a Colectivo coffee poster and a Frida Kahlo print hanging above the stove. On the fridge, I have another Bettie Page, a Marilyn Monroe, and Van Gogh’s sunflowers.

My kitchen is home to my baby: my pink espresso machine. I had been dreaming of this espresso machine for a while, so I finally got it when I moved into this apartment.

Speaking of drinks, I have a basket stocked with bottles to host. The cute cowgirl bottle opener was another Ye Old Goat find.

There’s not a whole lot that I need to show off in my bathroom; it’s literally just your basic bathroom complete with a toilet, sink, and tub/shower. However, I will show you my very fitting wall art. This is a piece that I usually get quite a few comments on.

Last but certainly not least, here’s my bedroom! I kept the room pretty simple to allow my orange velvet comforter to really pop. I have two Amy Winehouse prints, a Marilyn Monroe, and quite a few Cindy Sherman postcards prints. Something I would love to add to this space is a black and white Bettie Page.

Styling this apartment has been and continues to be a fun project to work on. I’ve always wanted a space that feels creative and versatile. I feel like this apartment is exactly that.

Thank you for following along with the tour! Feel free to let me know if there is any additional apartment content that you would like to see.

Do you have any questions about apartment living? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Planning a Trip to Chicago

Planning a Trip to Chicago

Warning: I may be posting (too many) Instagram pictures from the Windy City soon.

Recently, I got a mini-trip to Chicago all planned and booked! I’m looking forward to taking a few days off and exploring. I’ve been to Chicago many times before, but it has been a while since I’ve actually been downtown.

I’m planning on enjoying some of the classic tourist spots, like Shedd Aquarium and Navy Pier. Also, you can’t forget Millennium Park and the world’s largest Starbucks. Of course, I’m looking forward to some iconic Chicago deep-dish pizza too. If you have any recommendations, let me know!

I’m planning on exploring some new-to-me areas of Chicago as well. For example, my stay is booked at the Moxy downtown. I was sold as soon as I saw that the hotel had a taco bar in the lobby. I was even more excited when I saw some of the spots to check out around the Moxy. For example, there’s a radio-themed bar/restaurant just a couple of blocks down. Understandably, this may just be cool to me since I work in the industry. But, if the food/drinks are good, I’m sure I can convince my travel partner that it’s a good place to be.

Once I’m back from the trip, I plan on recapping it on the blog like I did with my Nashville getaway! Then, I can share some of my thoughts and recommendations for what to do in Chicago.

In the meantime, I do have a few tips for you if you’re planning a trip to Chicago:

Purchase your parking ahead of time. If you’re driving to your destination, plan where you are parking! Also, beware that not all hotels have parking. For my stay, I pre-paid a 3-day parking pass at a nearby ramp.

Purchase your passes ahead of time. This will also save you a headache and some money. If there is something that you want to see or do, don’t wait until the last minute to buy tickets. Often, tourist stops have higher prices at the door than online.

Stay loyal to a hotel chain. Many hotel chains or groups have loyalty programs that are free to join. I’m part of Marriott‘s rewards program, so I typically try to book with Marriott. Then, I get better rates and can rack up points!

Download OpenTable. A lot of restaurants use OpenTable to manage reservations. With the app, you can easily make dinner plans on the go and avoid waiting for a table.

Make a list of what you want to do. Prioritize the items that you 100% want to experience, and keep some bonus items in your back pocket. This ensures that you will get the most out of your trip!

Have fun! I know this is an obvious point, but it’s the most important. Sometimes staring at a computer screen and booking hotels isn’t the most exciting process, but it’s part of the bigger picture: your vacation! Enjoy the process of customizing your trip and curating an experience for yourself.

Have you ever explored Chicago? What are some of your recommendations? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

A Weekend in Madison

A Weekend in Madison

Last Saturday, I made a mini-trip to Madison to visit a friend. Per usual, it was a great time! I figured I’d recap it on the blog, so you have some recommendations in case you ever find yourself in Madison.

I got in town at around 6:00 pm. Right away, my friend and I hit the shops. Ragstock was our first stop; they always have the best vintage pieces and fun new items. We also checked out Singlestitch. They had a pretty cool TV set up in the corner of their store, and I loved their fitting rooms. If you’re a fan of vintage t-shirts and hats, you should definitely check Singlestitch out.

After resisting some impulse buys, we grabbed dinner at Canteen. I ordered the spicy shrimp tacos and a spicy marg. It was absolutely delicious. I’ve also had and enjoyed their portabella mushroom tacos; they are a great vegetarian option!

Later that night, we ended up hanging out at Sotto for a bit and then Red Rock. Sotto is the spot to go to if you want a neon sign photo opp (pictured below). If you want to challenge your friends to ride a mechanical bull, check out Red Rock.

The next day, we got up bright and early for a Basecamp workout. Shoutout to them for inviting us to a class! It was high energy, fast-paced, and fun. I typically do at-home workouts with Obé, but I wouldn’t mind mixing in some more in-person classes.

For brunch, we grabbed Colectivo. The honey lavender latte and veggie burrito I had hit the spot. This is a coffee shop that I always like to stop at when I can.

Around 3:00 pm, I hit the road back home. Since Madison is only a two-hour drive away, I’m sure I’ll be back soon.

Have you ever explored Madison, WI? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

How To Style Blazers *After Hours*

How To Style Blazers *After Hours*

Blazers are a classic style staple that can be utilized for more than just your 9-5. In fact, you may get more use out of your blazers if you break them out after hours.

In this post, I’ve compiled a few ways to style your blazers with a touch of moxie. In the pictures, you’ll see a navy blue pinstripe vintage blazer that I thrifted. I highly recommend thrifting before buying new when it comes to blazers. Sure, you may have to cut out some shoulder pads, but you’ll get a better deal and a more unique look. Also, I’d recommend going for a neutral color like navy, grey, black, or brown. This will allow for your blazer to be very versatile.

Anyways, let’s get into a few looks that you’ll look great in.

Look 1: Little Black Dress

There are a couple of ways that you can style this look. It just depends on what feels best for you.

Option 1: you can simply throw the blazer on top of your little black dress and leave it open. Option 2: you can close the blazer and cinch your waist with a belt.

Personally, I love option 2 since it helps to show off some shape. The cinched waist offers a gorgeous contrast to the blazers’ boxy shoulders.

Look 2: Tank, Blazer, and Blue Jeans

This look keeps it simple, but you can do a lot to make it your own. Once you have the base of a white tank, a dark-colored blazer, and blue jeans, you can add on accessories like hats, jewelry, purses, etc.

If I wore this outfit during the day, I’d pair it with my white Reebok tennies and Johnny Cash baseball cap. If I wore this outfit out to dinner, I’d probably throw on strappy black heels and grab my Edie Parker Bodega Bag.

Look 3: Monochromatic

Hot take: pattern mix-matching and monochromatic looks are fun. In some cases, I believe that style rules were made to be broken.

To recreate this look, simply pair your blazer with pieces that it shares a color with. This is a look that can challenge you to try something new and get creative.

Look 4: Sporty Spice

I saved the comfy-ist look for last. All you need are biker shorts and a t-shirt to pair with your blazer. Then, feel free to accessorize!

This is another outfit that I’d pair with my Reebok tennies. I’d also add on my oversized black sunglasses and a black crossbody purse.

This is the type of outfit that is so easy to put together, but you can still look chic.

I hope this post helps you look at your *professional* wear in a new way.

Which look will you try? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Life Lately: Let’s Catch Up

Life Lately: Let’s Catch Up

Whew! Recently, life has been busy in the best possible way. I don’t know about you, but I do find an eventful calendar energizing.

Now, when I say eventful, I don’t mean jam-packed. Instead, I mean to describe a schedule that has a fair balance of productivity and play. We all deserve (and need) some breaks and downtime to unwind.

In the past couple of weeks, my unwind time has been spent just binging Ozarks, so I won’t bore you with those details. But, what I do want to chat about is some of the more exciting things that have been happening lately.

First off, I had the opportunity to create some on-site content with Goodwill NCW. As you may already know, I work as an ambassador with them. Not only do I love thrifting, but I love what the Goodwill organization is all about. It’s always fun to get the chance to work with them in person.

As soon as I can share what we shot, I will! I’m definitely looking forward to seeing the final product.

Also recently, I went to the Eric Church concert in Green Bay. I am thankful to have concerts back in action at my local venues. It was such an amazing Saturday night show. It started at about 9:00 pm and wrapped up at midnight. If another Eric Church tour comes to town, I’ll be there!

Lastly, I’ve been working a lot on the goals that I set in a blog post early this year:

  • I’ve been sharpening my photography skills at one of my day jobs.
  • I’ve built a few new relationships with brands, and I’m continuing to have those conversations behind-the-scenes (stay tuned!).
  • I’m prioritizing movement as much as possible. But, I’m not hard on myself when a workout doesn’t happen.
  • I’ve made some decor upgrades to my apartment, and I’ve even added a coffee cart. I think I owe you a blog post soon with some updated pictures of my place!
  • I’ve been getting out and exploring more of my local area. In upcoming blogs, I want to share more about Green Bay and my local recommendations.

For almost a quarter of the way through this year, I’m feeling good!

What has been going on in your life lately? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Upgrade Your Lock Screen No. 2: Custom Phone Wallpapers

Upgrade Your Lock Screen No. 2: Custom Phone Wallpapers

New season, new wallpapers!

This past fall, I published a blog featuring some minimalistic phone wallpapers (you can check it out here). So, with spring quickly approaching, I thought a refresh was in order!

In this blog post, I’ve compiled a few different options to spice up your lock screen. You may recognize some of these designs from my Instagram. Lately, I’ve been sharing a behind-the-scenes look at my design process via reels. If that sounds like something you want to see more of, be sure to follow along.

Feel free to download the images and let me know what quotes/designs you may want to see next!

Bettie Page Inspired Wallpapers

Framed Quote Wallpapers

Kacey Musgraves Inspired Wallpapers

Which design was your favorite? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

It’s Time for a New Vision Board

It’s Time for a New Vision Board

Over the past two years, I’ve shared a couple of vision boards on the blog. I like to create these every so often to visualize my goals. It’s always interesting to look back on old boards and see how my wants have stayed the same or changed. It also allows me to visually see progress.

When I most recently reflected on my old boards, I noticed a lot of change. I think this is a result of my life changing a lot. For example, this year is my first in a while that I’m not in school. Now, I have my degree and am working in my field. My priorities overall have shifted, and now I have more time to create the life I want.

With that said, I felt it was time to create a new vision board that more appropriately reflected my current goals and attitude. Here’s how it turned out:

Let’s break it down:

  • My new vision board is loaded with some words and quotes that really speak to me. I love quotes that relate to individuality and taking control of your life. They are on my board to remind me to always be intentional and always stay true to who I am.
  • You may notice the b&w picture of the extra fringe jean jacket. TBH I want to recreate this jacket for myself. I’ll update you with a DIY project if I do. Also, I love the quote on the back: “Ain’t My First Rodeo.”
  • I put some dollar signs on the board because I want to focus more on saving. I’ve always been a saver without thinking much about it, but I want to get more intentional about how I manage my money.
  • There’s a lot of pink. This wasn’t really on purpose, but *surprise* it’s my favorite color.

Overall, this new vision board feels very me. I also feel like it gives off a very romantic vibe, which is what I wanted. I believe it’s important to romanticize your life and everything you got going on! In the words of Novalis:

“To romanticize the world is to make us aware of the magic, mystery and wonder of the world; it is to educate the senses to see the ordinary as extraordinary, the familiar as strange, the mundane as sacred, the finite as infinite.”

What’s on your vision board? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

My Must-Have Apps

My Must-Have Apps

Apps can make your day-to-day life easier rather than simply clutter your home screen. For example, they can help you automate tasks, get things done in a pinch, and even explore. You just have to find the right apps for your lifestyle.

I occasionally work from my phone and create content from my phone. So, I like to have apps that assist accordingly. I’d say that my must-have apps each fit into one of three categories: Lifestyle, content creation, and organization/work. If you’re looking to get things done more effectively in any of those areas, read on for some helpful tools to download!

Lifestyle

OpenTable: This app is great for making local dinner reservations, and it comes in handy when you’re traveling too. When I was on my Nashville trip, I used OpenTable a lot to search for spots to go and manage reservations.

Obe: As you may already know, I subscribe to Obe for at-home workouts. I’d recommend getting the app and joining if you’re looking for a fun way to move.

Starbucks: I use this app on at least a weekly basis. If you frequent Starbucks too, getting the app is worth it!

Fetch: This app gives you rewards for scanning your receipts. Seriously, it’s as simple as that. I’ve gotten a few free Starbucks runs from using this app. Here’s my referral link.

Content Creation

Lightroom: If you need to edit photos on the go, this app is perfect for you. I like to use the “bright” and “natural” presets for quick edits.

InShot: This is my favorite app for editing video content for Reels.

Canva: I love using Canva at my day jobs and for personal design work. I’ve been having fun keeping up with the #CanvaDesignChallenge each week on Twitter.

Organization & Work

GoodNotes: I use this app on my iPad with my Apple Pencil. I appreciate the organization of the app and how easy it is to backup my notes to my Google Drive.

Google Drive Apps: While I regularly use Google Drive on my MacBook, it comes in handy to have the apps on my phone. It makes sharing files and making last-minute edits convenient.

Gmail: I understand that not everyone is a fan of having their emails on their phone, but I like having it to keep up with my freelance work. I also have a more manageable inbox when I periodically check it throughout the day.

What are some of your must-have apps? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

4 Tips for Beachy Waves

4 Tips for Beachy Waves

If you keep up with me on the ‘gram, you already know my love for a beachy hair look. Since I started working with Beachwaver last year, I’ve learned a lot about hair care and styling. I have to credit Sarah Potempa for being an amazing teacher.

Here are my top 4 tips for achieving beachy waves:

Prepare your hair with a heat protectant. This helps to keep your hair nice and healthy. When you use a heat protectant, you can get the waves without the frizz! I like heat protectants that also add a bit of shine to my hair.

Clamp your hair a couple of inches from your ends. When you go to curl, don’t start from the bottom. Starting a little further up helps you to get an effortless and beachy look.

Rotate your curling iron away from your face. This is what gives you gorgeous volume. This also allows you to frame your face with your hair.

Brush out your curls. Trust me on this. Allow your hair to cool and use some hairspray, then brush it out. This will loosen up your curls just a touch which helps them to look more beachy.

What are your best hair-care tips? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!