Fashion

05.24.22

Everything’s On Sale at Madewell

After a winter of sweatpants and hibernating, I’m feeling ready for some real …

After a winter of sweatpants and hibernating, I’m feeling ready for some real outfits. Nothing too crazy, but some spring basics that leave me feeling a bit more…together. My sweatsuit collection is something, but now that my jeans fit again, the idea of putting some real pants on sounds kind …

Home

05.24.22

Serena and Lily is Having a Sale!

Spring is a month away and I already broke out our light blue …

Spring is a month away and I already broke out our light blue chambray cover. Any time I look through Serena and Lily’s website, I find myself wishing I had a house in Santa Barbara or The Hamptons where everything is blue, white, woven, and linen. I’m rounding up my …

Personal

05.07.22

Loss and Hope on Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day just one day away, I want to share this (old) …

With Mother’s Day just one day away, I want to share this (old) post about loss and hope on Mother’s Day. It was written when I was pregnant with my first daughter, and now, four years later, I’m a mom to two girls. But something big is missing and there’s …

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04.20.22

The Best Coffee Table Books

So, you know that expression about not judging a book by its cover? …

So, you know that expression about not judging a book by its cover? Well, when it comes to a beautiful book, that rule doesn’t always apply. I have purchased books after seeing a beautiful cover or spine, but it’s not always easy knowing which ones are worth it. So today, …

Fashion

04.11.22

Spring Essentials to Buy at the Shopbop Sale

April in Chicago is a little tricky. The flowers are slowly starting to …

April in Chicago is a little tricky. The flowers are slowly starting to bloom and temps are “warming up” a little bit. It’s either in the 60s or snowing and you never know what you’re going to get. Spring is sort of in the air, but it’s definitely on my …

Career

04.06.22

Making a Career Change: What to Do When You Feel Stuck

I am often asked for career advice and it’s been a while since …

I am often asked for career advice and it’s been a while since I’ve shared my unconventional career path. After my maternity leave, medical leave, and stepping down from my old position, I wasn’t exactly in career mode. But starting in 2021, I began blogging full-time, which wasn’t that different …

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03.14.22

The Best Faux Greenery and Trees

The warmer days of spring mean open windows, fresh air, and of course, …

The warmer days of spring mean open windows, fresh air, and of course, greenery. I can’t wait for the trees to grow their leaves and for flowers to bloom. And I love bringing greenery indoors with fresh flowers and plants, but it’s often the case that those live plans become…dead.

Baby and Kids

03.13.22

The Best Birthday Gifts for 1 Year Olds

  I’ve now been through this stage twice, and it’s so wild how …

  I’ve now been through this stage twice, and it’s so wild how quickly your one-year-old changes. There are too many toys that get old fast, and ones that won’t grow with your baby. If you’re looking for the best birthday gifts for 1 year olds, we own (and love) …

Travel

03.09.22

Three Days in Lisbon, Portugal

I visited Lisbon and Porto, Portugal, in 2017, leaving just 24 hours after …

I visited Lisbon and Porto, Portugal, in 2017, leaving just 24 hours after our engagement and surprise engagement party. The food, wine, architecture, and history were everything I hoped they’d be. And the azulejos (tiles) were perfect. There aren’t direct flights from Chicago so we had a layover in Dublin on …

Home

03.08.22

My First Chicago Apartment

I’m taking a look back at my first Chicago apartment, located in a …

I’m taking a look back at my first Chicago apartment, located in a brand new, very modern high-rise in River North. The actual unit wasn’t very “me” – it featured modern, dark, kitchen, a wall of very large, modern windows, but I loved it. I was new to Chicago and …

Home

03.05.22

The Best Ikea Products That Look Expensive

IKEA is the ultimate resource for budget-friendly furniture, decor, and storage solutions, but …

IKEA is the ultimate resource for budget-friendly furniture, decor, and storage solutions, but navigating that giant maze of a superstore can be overwhelming. It’s filled with affordable decor, storage solutions, furniture, and even kitchen cabinets – there’s almost too much to choose from. And some of it isn’t so great, …

Recipes

03.04.22

A Simple Spring Caprese Salad

Salad season is upon us. They never seem to satisfy me during winter …

Salad season is upon us. They never seem to satisfy me during winter – it’s just too cold. But as soon as it starts to “warm up” (you know in the 40s), they’re all I want. Almost every time I order a salad to-go, I’m left wondering how I can …

Recipes

03.02.22

Easy Paleo Banana Pancakes

Last week, I decided to add a little something to my breakfast and …

Last week, I decided to add a little something to my breakfast and whipped up nom nom paleo’s cinnamon and coconut pancakes. I followed her recipe but added a little sunbutter (so good) and this past weekend, added 1/2 a banana. We had banana pancakes on Saturday and Sunday. They’re …

Travel

03.02.22

A Week in Buenos Aires and Mendoza, Argentina

Conor and I spent a week in Argentina in early 2016, and aside …

Conor and I spent a week in Argentina in early 2016, and aside from a few posts on instagram, I never posted anything on my blog. The city is so full of culture, and is a mix of very poor neighborhoods, stop-you-in-your-tracks architecture with both a South American and Parisian …

Baby and Kids

03.01.22

Tips for Traveling to Europe with a Toddler

This was our fourth and biggest trip with our 13-month-old. We traveled from …

This was our fourth and biggest trip with our 13-month-old. We traveled from Chicago to Puglia, Italy. I figured out a few tips for traveling to Europe with a toddler. Two flights, two hours of sleep overnight, and ten hours up in the air with a toddler. I’m going to …

Marriage

03.01.22

9 Things to Do Before Getting Engaged

I can’t remember exactly when we talked about getting engaged but it came …

I can’t remember exactly when we talked about getting engaged but it came up at within the first year of our relationship and more seriously around our one year anniversary. We knew where things were headed before deciding to move in together and that we would get engaged early this …

Home

03.01.22

My Lakeview Apartment Tour: Before and After

I moved into this apartment a few months after Conor and I started …

I moved into this apartment a few months after Conor and I started dating, so in 2015. Feels like another lifetime ago. This post was first published years ago, but I made some updates and wanted to share more about this Scandinavian style loft located in the Southport corridor of …

Travel

02.27.22

A Week in Paris, France

Earlier this summer, I visited Tuscany, Florence, and Rome. The following week, I …

Earlier this summer, I visited Tuscany, Florence, and Rome. The following week, I visited Paris for the second time. I haven’t been everywhere, but I’ve been able to experience a few pretty incredible places, and there’s nothing like Paris. My husband and I love Paris so much that it’s where …

Baby and Kids

02.13.22

Toddler Bath Time Essentials

Bath time can be both fun or exhausting. Some toddlers love it while …

Bath time can be both fun or exhausting. Some toddlers love it while others…do not.  From watching your toddler like a hawk to attempting to rinse their hair when they just won’t look up (you’d think they’d catch on) – it’s a lot of work, but with the right toys, …

Travel

02.03.22

Travel Essentials for a Long Flight

This post was originally written years ago, but it’s been one of my …

This post was originally written years ago, but it’s been one of my most popular posts to-date. For the second time, I’ve brought it back with a fresh new look and updated products. Long flights are a lot more enjoyable when you’re comfortable and have something to do, so I …