This lovely quote is from, AUTHOR & BLOGGER, GG Renee Hill. I stumbled upon it & couldn’t let it go as its truth echoed through my soul.
Do something because you truly, genuinely love it. It makes your heart sing. Maybe some days won’t be easy – actually a lot probably won’t be easy & you may want to throw the towel in or go with the crowd & take the easy way out. But don’t. Please don’t. There are way too many people out there doing the same damn thing. Follow your own path & own it. Own it so strongly that your journey overflows with passion.
Authentic is always better than perfect. I’d much rather have a conversation with a person who speaks their truth unapologetically & without fear rather than someone who looks like they have it together yet can’t seem to piece together who they are or what they truly love. Wouldn’t you rather be the former? I would.
Leaving you with two more quotes from GG Renee Hill to keep you inspired this week:
“Your definition of a good life does not have to look like everyone else thinks it should. Whatever feels right for you, whatever aligns your inside with your outside, that’s what you should spend your time doing.”
“Work filled with inspiration is worship. A heart filled with courage is unbreakable. A life filled with gratitude is fulfilled.”
Happy Friday Saturday! I know I’m a day late on my Friday Five, but I still have to share my plans for this weekend because I’m too excited: my mom is coming along with the most handsome man in the world…my dog:
When my mom visits, we don’t usually plan much as we prefer to play it by ear, but we do have a list of things we’d LIKE to do; comedy show, nice dinner, dog park, etc. Possibly a few things from this GUIDE. Cheers to a great weekend!
Breaking down the EBOLA SPREAD into an easy-to-read timeline.
Thanks to GOLD COAST GIRL, I happily trotted [ ok Internet surfed ] over to DSW, to pick up a pair of these INCREDIBLE SHOES, only to find they were sold out in my size! If anyone knows a place I can still get them, I will love you.
Speaking of items wanted in my closet. This JACKET. And this ONE [ on sale! ].
Temperatures in Chicago are cooling down, but they have haven’t hit the super chilly zone just yet, allowing me to play around with layers while still keeping my legs bare. Like I said HERE, I love plaid for autumn & BUFFALO PLAID [ how cool is THIS & THIS ] is at the top of my list. It’s definitely a plaid October for me with no end in sight. I really can’t say enough good things about this DRESS& while the particular style I’m wearing is sold out, LEITH has a great SIMILAR OPTION [ currently in my shopping cart ] made of the same blend. I’m never one to buy multiples of something, but I totally would have I like it that much. Made of a nylon & spandex blend, it doesn’t wrinkle & is perfect for travel & layering. On a side note, how beautiful are the tree-lined streets this time of year? And all of the glowing pumpkins at night? So magical.
Shopbop’s FRIENDS AND FAMILY SALE started today & boy oh boy is it good. I’m definitely going to take advantage of the 25% off for things I’ve been lusting after, like these JEANS [ or THESE ], this classic TOTE& these flattering SUNNIES, to name a few. I also really want to add some new FLANNEL button downs to my closet & RAILS has some great ones. THESE may be less exciting, but will be so necessary this winter for layering with ease; winter BOOTS also a staple. REMEMBER when I decided I’m going to play with PLAID this season? Yeah, this sale definitely has me COVERED. Everyone needs a S’WELL bottle. And my obsession with over-the-knee boots CONTINUES. P.S. – hi BEAUTIFUL. So, what are you waiting for? Enter FAMILY25 at checkout!
This week, I’m feeling a little less pep in my step & a little more draaaag. Mondays can feel so dull…back to the same routine, the same grind. When I find myself in this type of Monday doldrum, I focus on heightening my awareness outwards toward the beauty of the scenes & senses so often missed; the crunch of the leaves under my feet, the man on the corner who always waves hello as I pass, the sight of the beautiful blue sky.
Take yourself outside of your mind for a second & stop to appreciate the ordinary things in life that make life, well, life itself. We are all so lucky to wake up each day & choose. Choose to smile; even if it’s just about the little things.
Does anyone else feel like October is speeding by? I’m starting to feel that by the time I start to decorate for Halloween, it will already have passed. Time to get cracking on some of the items on my AUTUMN Bucket List; namely, pumpkin DIY-ing, pumpin patch-ing…yes I’m aware this involves a lot of the orange squash. ‘Tis the season, right? Since I didn’t jump on tickets for the GO BLOG SOCIAL Chicago Pop-Up fast enough, other plans involve the GILT CITY Warehouse Sale [ I'm hoping for better luck this time ], as well as the Magritte EXHIBIT at the Art Institute before it leaves on Monday.
I get daily emails from this WEBSITE & love the inspiring advice.
play with plaid // At the risk of sounding cliche, I’m seriously mad for plaid this season; any & all shapes, sizes & colors. Check out my fave plaid picks: 1, 2, 3, 4.
let it burn // Candles bring a warm glow & cozy feeling that is so welcome when cooler weather hits. Spoiler: you don’t have to spend a fortune. Currently burning? THIS, THIS [ most loved ], THIS & THIS. Also, anything in THIS SCENT.
kitchen confidential //My kitchen time increases tenfold this time of year. On my must-make list is anything with pumpkin and/or apple [ 1, 2, 3, 4 ] & hearty soups & stews [ 1, 2, 3 ]. Make sure to follow my PINTEREST boards HERE & HERE for all the recipes I’m obsessing over.
blaze trails // Autumn is, sadly, a fleeting season, especially in Chicago; blink & you miss it AKA the snow is falling faster than the leaves are changing color. Before this happens, I’d like to explore a new neighborhood or re-introduce myself to places like Wicker Park & Ukrainian Village; strolling down colorful tree-lined streets is so blissful.
sip festively // With the changing of seasons, gone are summery flavors like watermelon & peach; tastes like pear, apple & pomegranate are ushered in. I want to sip a festive cocktail like a hot toddy or a pomegranate martini at a new [ to me ] bar in town. ADAMUS at the Silversmith Hotel has quite the seasonal beverage menu, with an Apple Mojito & a lighter take on the traditional eggnog.
spook out // I’ve got a thing for all things haunted & went on THIS ghost tour last year but want to try THIS one. What’s better than learning about Chicago’s spooky history & laughing with friends?
pick of the patch // It’s been years since I’ve visited a pumpkin patch. Since I don’t have a car in the city, it would be an all-day affair, but one that I think is well worth it. Bonus: hayrides & hot cider! Double bonus: hay maze [ tell me I'm not the only one who loves these ] !
get pumpkin-y // Who says pumpkins are only for the front porch? Pumpkins & gourds can totally have a place inside as well. Check out my Pinterest BOARD for all ideas. I love the idea of gold leafing or painting chevron stripes.
I’ve got some great music for you guys this month; 60 songs to be exact. One of my faves this month is hands down is “Speeding” by LIGHTS. Also, TOVE LO just released her new album which I’ve been jamming to along with MANSIONS ON THE MOON, who always seem to get it right. Check out & enjoy!
How is everyone’s Friday going? I just finished up a class at FLYWHEEL via CLASSPASS [ loving it ] & tried out RAW for the first time. Ever since I WAS IN LA this summer, I’ve been craving an Acai bowl as good as the one at GOJI JUICE & VITAMINSin Santa Monica; they are practically part of the California culture. Alas, in Chicago, they are quite the rarity. The one at Raw was good, but I think recreating one at home is in order. In more seasonally-appropriate news, I’m excited to hit up the market for some pumpkins to decorate & watch football in a cozy SWEATER this weekend. Who’s with me?
Ordered THESE & THESE[ 25% off full-price & 30% off sale with code STYLETIME ] to spice up my post-workout attire. Barre to cocktails, anyone?
Jumped 2 iPhone generations from the 4 to the 6, so this was an INTERESTING READ regarding picture quality of the newest model.
Popping in today to share a recent product find that is too good to keep a secret. Every girl loves a face mask now & again – it’s the ultimate pampering product & pairs perfectly with red wine & SATC marathons…c’mon tell me I’m not the only one!
Onto business… THIS mask is the ultimate – it is seriously magic & at only $7.50, what’s not to like?
Remember when I divulged my love for raw APPLE CIDER VINEGAR? Well, now I have yet another use for it. Just mix the clay with ACV [ or water ], apply to your face & feel the “pulse” as your pores get sucked of all the gunk [ description totally necessary ]. Leave on for 10 – 20 minutes & rinse off. Go to bed & wake up with amazing, glowing, happy skin! You could even use it as a spot treatment on a really pesky pimple.
What makes this such a powerful skin product to have in your beauty arsenal? Bentonite clay. It’s pretty much the cream of the crop when it comes to drawing impurities from the skin. Fun fact: Shailene Woodley EATS clay. Please research this before deciding to test the whole clay-as-a-food-group thing…