When it comes to beauty, I’m a total girly girl – my cabinet is stocked with products, mostly due in part to my love for SEPHORA. It’s basically a beauty lover’s dream: a one-stop destination for cult favorites & new trends in beauty [ charcoal masks! face oils! ]. It’s rare that I go anywhere else for my makeup, skincare, etc. Here’s my most recent haul.
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Black boots are an absolute staple in my closet during the fall & winter months. Stuart Weitzman’s 5050 & HIGHLAND boots [ also - how amazing are the LOWLAND boots?! ] have been on my radar for quite some time & since the price is out of my budget, I’ve been desperately seeking a quality stand-in. Last fall yielded no luck. This year, however, the tides have turned & TARGET has some amazing look-alikes for a much better price.
There are hundreds of recipes floating around for kale salad; but I promise you – if you make just one – make it this one. Inspired by a salad I ate often when I lived in Aspen, this variation is hearty from the kale, bright from the lemon & a little bit sweet & salty from the dried cranberries & freshly grated parmesan. The bright colors make this a beautiful addition at any gathering, especially at carb-heavy football tailgates. Another bonus – it can be made ahead of time & lasts all week for a quick lunch or dinner. Massaging the kale softens the tough green, making for a much more enjoyable bite.
-Bunch curly green kale
-Freshly squeezed lemon juice
-Extra virgin olive oil
-Freshly grated parmesan cheese
-Toasted pine nuts
-Salt & pepper
-Large salad bowl
1. Tear kale greens off of stems & roll together, slicing into ribbons; or just roughly chop. Massage the greens in salad bowl until they soften & take on a rich green color.
2. Add lemon juice, olive oil, salt & pepper to taste. Toss.
3. Top with dried cranberries, parmesan & pine nuts. Toss again.
4. Let sit at least 30 minutes in fridge or on counter before serving.
Another New York Fashion Week has come & gone. As the glitter gets swept under the rug, I’ll take this time to showcase my favorites from the runway. Lots of suede & fringe with a flowy 70s vibe made appearances. Perforations/cut-outs, sheer & gingham fabrics & tie waists had their moments as well. Stay tuned for Part II!
Yesterday, walking out the door for my workout [ read about ClassPass HERE ], an immediate chill hit me. Fall is upon us. Like it or not, summer’s long, lazy days are gone & soon pumpkin everything & cable-knits will replace patio dining & cut-offs. Glorious autumn weather – the kind that is crisp & cool yet still enjoyable – will probably last here for about .05 seconds. Not to be negative, but I live in Chicago & survived Chiberia [ the drama! ]. My expectations are low. I’m totally open to nice surprises though. I’ll be attending BEHEALTHFUL this weekend & relaxing or trying to relax while freaking out about how I can’t find any of my boots or sweaters.
Parking spaces for ONEMILLION dollars…only in New York
Last week I was lucky enough to try out a fitness class thanks to CLASSPASS. I’m pretty much a group fitness aficionado, finding that I’m less likely to miss a workout when it is a planned event in my calendar.
So what’s CLASSPASS? Aside from being pretty much the most genius idea in group fitness ever, it’s a monthly service providing members access to workouts throughout their city & guess what? Chicago is the newest addition!
Throwing on my grippy socks, I hit up EXHALE for their signature CORE FUSION BARRE class, a combination of barre & cardio for a full-body workout. I really enjoyed this class for its push-to-the-limit attitude with an emphasis on breath & balance.
At an affordable price of $99/month, to say I’m excited for the newest addition to Chicago’s fitness scene is an understatement. Since my first sweat, I’ve used my ClassPass at SHRED415 [ read my review HERE ] & THEBARRECODE,with upcoming workouts scheduled at SWEAT ON STATE & GO CYCLE. See you on the bike, at the barre or on the reformer. #livingthesweatylife
Did you miss me? Can I just say…moving is hard. Much harder than anticipated. Change increases my anxiety & throws me off balance every time. Even if it’s a positive change, as this one has been, I still feel uprooted, disrupted & overall a little out of sorts. It seems these last few weeks blogging was my last priority, if it even was a priority. There is much to talk about & share this September; chopped off my hair, moved to an amazing location & all with the start of a brand new season. It’s going to be a good one people – I can feel it! My monthly playlist goes up Sunday [ check out past tunes from AUGUST, JULY, JUNE ] & I’ll have fresh content next week. Happy Friday!
Because of THISPIECE on Pumpkin Spice Lattes at Starbucks, I’ll be making my own from home to celebrate the season
GOLD LEAFis fun to play with & is a cheap way to decorate a space
As I plan to devote an area of my new bedroom to a desk/workspace, these SPACES are inspiring
This week has been productive & busy, so I’m ready to sit back & relax. Summer has gone by so quickly, I’m not ready for it to be over – I just want to breathe & enjoy each moment left of the warm weather. Who has the same plans this weekend? Cheers!
Just got into House of Cards, so I find this VIDEO especially funny
This GUIDE TO SEOhas been helpful as I try to learn more about search engine optimization
Everyone’s news feeds are saturated with ice bucket challenges, but I only need to see THISone to know it matters