March 17, 2018


Life is like a bag full of surprises that have me exclaiming "Ooh la la!" Ok, maybe I don't say those exact words, but there are many events of life that surprise me.

If you were to ask me 10 years ago what I'd be doing in 10 years, there is no way I would have been able to guess most of what my current life looks like. 

For example, I thought I'd pursue music. Not the music that fills my current life, but strictly classical music. 

I saw myself living in the suburbs and never considered myself a city girl. But I love the city now and can't imagine settling in the suburbs. Mostly, I saw myself living in the predominantly white suburbs I grew up in and in a bubble. But that idea has no appeal to me now. I love the diversity of my neighborhood and the challenges and joys it brings.

This doesn't mean that I've stopped dreaming and pursuing those dreams. I've just been more willing to allow God to surprise me over the years as I have learned that His plans are better. When God shuts one door and leads me through a door I hadn't seen before, it may be daunting and/or exciting. But I know that this is His loving way to guide me toward His greater purpose for my life.

So let those "ooh la la" moments happen & embrace them!

Photography: Kaleena Thompson

Top: Loft {Similar | Similar}
Skirt: Loft {Similar | Similar}
Earrings: Loft

March 4, 2018


Winter may still be here for a little while, and I'm tired of hiding cute outfits under boring winter jackets. It's had me feeling like I'm hiding my light under a basket. It sounds cheesy, but when you put together an outfit that makes you feel like you're expressing who you are and your style, it's unfortunate to hide it most of the day. So that's where cute statement jackets come into the picture! 

Shein has the best collection of jackets to keep you warm. They are really cute, but they also won't break the bank! 

I'm obsessed with this cute peplum jacket. It gets multiple compliments with every wear! It comes in pink too and it's currently on sale for $28!

Jacket: c/o Shein
Top: Loft {Similar}
Jeans: Loft {Similar}
Shoes: Vans {Similar}
Purse: Kate Spade {Similar}

February 13, 2018


Cannot believe Valentine's Day 2018 is almost here. Where has time gone?

On Valentine's Day, I love dressing up in some of my favorite colors. And my favorite color combination just happens to be red and pink. There's something so joyful about the color mix.

I decided to mix a few of my favorite things, both old and new to create this fun Valentine's day look. If you're still looking for an outfit for your Valentine's celebrations, hopefully this will bring you some inspiration! It's definitely fun and flirty. And it makes me so happy!

Wishing you a Valentine's Day filled with love! Even if you don't have a valentine, let's use the holiday as a reminder to love one another, especially those difficult to love. I know I need that reminder daily!

PHOTOGRAPHY: Kaleena Thompson

Dress: Anthropologie (old) {Similar | Similar}
Bag: Kate Spade (old) {Similar | Similar}
Earrings: Ann Taylor (old) {Similar | Similar}

January 28, 2018


Did you know that pearls are created as a defense mechanism for mollusks?

Whenever a mollusk is faced with an irritant or parasite, their immune system builds pearl sacs which create the pearls we wear in jewelry or clothing. I just find that so fascinating and, well, beautiful. And it's such a great reminder of how beauty can exist even in our most trying moments.

Life may seem dreary and full of difficult times, but there is always something good. It may be hard to find in those dark moments, but the beauty is there. We may just have to look a bit harder for those pearls of goodness.

Pearls have been all the rage lately in fashion, mainly as an embellishment for clothing. They're found on anything from tops, to pants or skirts, to jackets, etc. I recently got this beautiful pearl sweater from SheIn and I must have received at least 10 compliments the first time I wore it. I can definitely see myself wearing this throughout winter and into spring!

Sweater: c/o SheIn
Pants: Loft {Similar}
Earrings: Loft

December 16, 2017


Happy mid-December!

Can anyone else believe that Christmas is next week? This year has flown by so much faster than any other year. Probably because it’s been a wild year filled with adventure to new places, lots of valleys in life but also so many celebratory moments. This time of year is my favorite because it gives me an excuse to have friends and family over – not that I need an excuse – but there’s so much to celebrate!

Getting the house ready for the Holidays is so much fun for me! For a change, I won’t be flying to the East coast to spend Christmas at my parents since I have to work. So this Christmas, I’ll be celebrating it in Chicago!

My house was never decorated much for the Holidays since I would help decorate my parent’s house instead. So this year has been extra fun trying to create a Christmas atmosphere with the few decorations I already have while adding a few more d├ęcor items to the mix.

Finding the perfect party shoes is always difficult in the winter. This year, I’m going with a chic and comfortable pair of booties from Naturalizer.

Naturalizer has been my go-to for comfortable winter boots and shoes for work. I can stand all day in them! Their Fall collection this year includes styles that are Holiday party appropriate too. These booties are so pretty and have the perfect heel height. Plus, they can be dressed up or dressed down and go with so much! I can see myself wearing them for at least the next few winters.

Our annual Christmas party is casual, so I’ll be pairing these booties with some jeans and a cozy sweater. Which of these Holiday heels would you choose?


December 11, 2017


I've been deep cleaning my house this past week and as I clean out my closet, I realize I have too many items of clothing that would only be worn once a year. While it's great to have some pieces to function for special events, I want pieces that can be worn multiple times without feeling like it's over worn. 

I've been loving convertible pieces like this Shein sweater. It can be worn as a cowl neck, off the shoulders or off one shoulder! It's so perfect for Fall and will definitely carry me through Winter and early Spring. It comes in 4 colors and I'm thinking about buying it in every single color!

It's only $17 and it will get its worth and more with how many times I foresee myself wearing it just in the next months! Here, I paired it with jeans and statement earrings. But it can be worn just to lounge around the house with sweats or wear it to work with work pants or a pencil skirt. I can also see myself pairing it with a tulle skirt to fancy it up! 

How would you style this sweater?

Sweater: Shein
Jeans: Gap {Similar}
Earrings: BaubleBar

December 4, 2017


I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

If you know me well, the above explains me well when my sweet tooth takes over. Even when it's freezing outside during our mean Chicago winters, I still crave a delicious bowl of ice cream.

Graeter's Ice Cream has long been my favorite since I discovered a giant carton of their Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip at Costco. Let's just say that carton did not last long at all. Poor, scrumptious thing.

So when I received 6 pints of Graeter's ice cream, including 2 of their seasonal flavors, in the mail, I had to share them with you!! The two seasonal flavors I received could not have been picked more perfectly for me.

Mint is easily in my top 5 flavors, and their Peppermint Stick flavor is refreshing! There are even bits of peppermint in it which makes it look so appetizing. And rarely do you get cinnamon ice cream, so their Cinnamon flavor made my day! I love cinnamon in many of my desserts and even in my morning coffee.

Graeter's Ice Cream is perfect for sharing. Bring a few pints to all the Holiday parties you're attending, and I promise that everyone will be complimenting you on your impressive ice cream selection! But you also don't have to share, I won't tell!

Plus, Graeter's is giving you $5 OFF your orders with my special coupon code Grace-Sweets!! (Expires December 13th!) Once you see the Graeter's Ice Cream deliciousness below, you'll be drooling!

Drool-worthy, am I right? Well, what are you waiting for? Order your Graeter's Ice Cream online and get them shipped right to your door! Don't forget to use my special coupon code Grace-Sweets for $5 OFF your ice cream order! Be sure to grab yours before December 13th when the coupon code expires!

Thank you to Graeter's for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.
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