July 12, 2018

SUMMER SUNSHINE


If you've heard that Chicagoans live for the summer, you've heard correctly.

This is the first summer out of my 7 years in Chicago that I've had to truly enjoy Chicago's sunny days and it's been bliss. I went to the farmer's market for the first time, made it to the beach before the end of summer and my balcony garden is thriving because I have time to give it TLC. 

The extra sunshine in my life has given me so much more joy in the everyday. In the past summers of medical school and residency, I didn't know what I was missing. But I hope to never miss these sunny summer days ever again!

I love this sunny yellow dress and it makes me smile. And at its price, it's a steal! I look forward to spending more summer morning walks, brunch and ice cream dates with friends and farmer's market visits in this dress.







PHOTOGRAPHY: Cranberry Tantrums

SHOP MY LOOK:
Dress: c/o SheIn
Earrings: Ann Taylor
Bag: 31 Bits
Sunglasses: Loft {sold out} {Similar | Similar}

June 19, 2018

SWEETLY BROKEN


Any perfectionists out there?

I will fully admit to it. I've always been a perfectionist, and being one, it's so easy to get bogged down with the smallest imperfect details of myself. Oftentimes, these imperfections also make me feel undesirable and as if I have to prove myself more to deserve to be loved. But I am so thankful that those thoughts and feelings are so far from the truth!

We are all human -- imperfect and broken people. We make mistakes, we say or do the wrong things, we think bad things about others, etc. If we had to earn grace or salvation for all our sins, we would never be good enough to earn it. But there's good news and sweet truth!

The truth is that though we can never be good enough to be saved, God has made a way for us through Jesus. We don't have to earn God's grace. It's there, extended to us, free for the taking. It cost Jesus' life, but God loves us so much that He was willing to make that sacrifice for us.

"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." -- 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

I love these verses. It's a beautiful picture of God's love for us. He's perfect, mighty and powerful, and yet, He wants us to come to Him in our brokenness and surrender our imperfections to Him. It's not easy and can feel vulnerable. But when we surrender it all to Him, take up our cross and follow Him, we can fully experience His perfect strength, His sweet truth and His extravagant Love for us.

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Putting together this sweet look was a blast from the past. I thought I'd play on the 50s housewife look with this fun 50s style dress from SheIn. While externally perfectly put together and tied up with a bow, there's a lot of brokenness going on internally. A necessary reminder in the day and age of social media. No one is perfect. We're all in need of a whole lot of love, grace and kindness! I also included some fun details including a chocolate bar clutch to add some sweetness.






SHOP MY LOOK:
Dress: c/o SheIn
Clutch: Kate Spade (Old) {Similar}
Heels: DSW (Sold Out) {Similar}
Scarf: Ann Taylor {Similar}

June 11, 2018

GARDEN WEDDING


So many life changes lately! Hence the lack of time to write here and why I've been more intentional about unplugging and spending time with friends and family. I graduated from residency, I'm looking for my first real-world job, more friends are getting married, childhood friends are having kids, friends are moving away, etc.

At the most recent wedding I attended, my friend got married in a garden. It's actually my favorite place in Chicago, a hidden gem. When it came to deciding what to wear, my head went straight to a floral dress. It makes the most sense for a garden wedding! And my instant choice was this beautiful flowy SheIn floral maxi with fun asymmetric sleeves. I love the muted pastel colors, the print mix and how it makes the perfect dancing dress!






SHOP MY LOOK:
Dress: c/o SheIn
Bag: c/o WhoWhatWear
Earrings: Baublebar {Similar}

May 10, 2018

I HEART FLOWY FLORALS


The transition from Winter to Spring and Summer can sometimes be awkward in the midwest as the weather can never make up its mind. This is why I gravitate often towards maxi dresses & jean jackets. Maxis are easy to transition from day to night. And they offer the airiness for warmer days and the coverage needed in case the weather turns cooler in the evenings.

I love wearing maxis in bright colors and fun prints in the Spring and Summer months. They bring extra joy and are the focal point to your outfit, so you really only need to add simpler accessories. But if you want to be extra, you can always add fun heels, bags and statement jewelry.

Lately, I've been obsessed with this easy breezy floral maxi dress. It fits looser, so it's great for casual days but can be dressed up with heels and statement earrings. Can you believe it's only $25? It's such a steal for the quality and style! How would you style this dress?






SHOP MY LOOK:
Dress: c/o SheIn
Jacket: Old Navy
Heels: Ann Taylor 
Earrings: BaubleBar (sold out) {Similar}
Sunnies: Old Navy

April 26, 2018

SPRING SPARKLE


Chicago, Spring looks crazy beautiful on you! There's something about this weather that puts an extra spring and sparkle in my step. I can't explain it. The city hasn't bloomed quite yet, but I've broken out my open-toed shoes and have been wearing dresses and skirts without tights or leggings.

My friends and I were shopping together and it was so fun to add some color to their wardrobe. That is always my goal when styling my friends who wear neutrals all day, every day. Adding color and sparkle and prints to their repertoire makes me so happy!

When my sister got this multicolored, striped and sequined skirt for me, I was obsessed and itching to wear it. So please don't judge me if it's worn often. It deserves to be seen.

I was lucky to get a chance to wear the skirt during my Miami girls weekend getaway earlier this year already. And these photos capture the true joy I feel when I wear it. Is there a piece in your Spring wardrobe that makes you do a happy dance?









PHOTOGRAPHY: Kaleena Thompson

SHOP MY LOOK:
Skirt: Anthropologie (Sold Out) {Similar | Similar}
Top: Kate Spade (Old) {Similar | Similar}
Heels: DSW (Sold Out) {Similar | Similar}
Bag: 31Bits
Earrings: Loft (Sold Out) {Similar | Similar}
Rings: 31Bits

April 17, 2018

LOFT FRIENDS & FAMILY SALE


If you haven't been on my Instagram page lately (or if you aren't following me on Instagram), you may have missed out on the fun Loft pre-sale party we had over the weekend. But have no fear! The Loft Friends and Family sale is now happening online and in all Loft stores!

So what does this sale entail?

Tons of cute clothes for 40% OFF! Plus, some new arrivals are 50% OFF! Plus, card members get double points which is a definite win!

Their newest collection is amazing! It is filled with fun prints, colors and patterns! I am obsessed with all of it, so I had to share it with you here with my favorite finds that are must-haves for the upcoming seasons. You can shop for each item by clicking on the images! These are going to sell like hotcakes so be sure to shop ASAP! What are your favorite pieces?

April 7, 2018

AFFORDABLE SPRING DRESS


Out with the old, in with the new.

That's what Spring cleaning feels like to me and to many others. I know that Spring cleaning is supposed to make you feel good. The "out with the old" part definitely helps reduce some stress since I can be a neat freak when it comes to organization. But sometimes the "in with the new" part can be anxiety-inducing. Especially if you feel like you have to break the bank to find new Spring pieces.

But that's not the case for your new Spring dresses. Well, it's not if you peruse through my list of adorable and affordable Spring dresses. They are all under $31! And many are incredibly versatile and unique! 

Click through and let me know which is your favorite! And definitely let me know if you ended up getting one from my list! We could be twinsies since many of these are in my shopping cart already!

  
  
  
  
  

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