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Weekend Inspo – Follow the Links


Guess whooooo!? Yes, it’s me! I hope you haven’t completely forgotten me. This recent “blog break” was necessary to recharge my mind & soul after my epic Australia trip, and while I’ve had a fun Summer enjoying being back here in Chicago, I’m ready to share & inspire in this space.

I thought I’d start with a little Friday “Link Love”…just a few stories, recipes & such to get you going into the weekend! Hope you enjoy.


1. Pretzels are apparently trending, and being the German food addict that I am, I couldn’t be happier. I want to try these recipes asap!!

2. Need some fun & easy DIY ideas for your next vacation or road trip? This awesome local Chicago lady has you covered with her new E-Book!

3. We all have those days when we feel nothing but negativity and jump to “worst case scenarios” automatically. Here are some solid tips and lessons on how to be the most positive person in any situation. It’s healthy for you and will inspire others around you!

4. You can take me out of Australia, but you can’t take away my continued obsession with Oz fashion! Dion Lee’s current collection is insanity!!!

5. With New York Fashion Week now in full swing, eternal legend Bill Cunningham weighs in on what the shows are really supposed to be all about.

6. I am getting that travel itch again, and this is a trip I’d absolutely LOVE to take!


Weekly Color Inspiration {Pools, Lakes, Parks…}

Green-Blue Essie Manicure by Miss Renaissance

{Lime green – Essie the more the merrier.  Teal – Essie Naughty nautical. Blue – Essie Bouncer, it’s me!}

Pools, Lakes, Picnics in Parks, the Beach…that’s what Summer’s made for! It looks like Essie got the hint, because all three of these fun colors are from the latest collections. I used them to create a loose ombre mix….and I like the result! It’s a perfect Summer mani, right?



Weekly Color Inspiration {Super Blingy}

Astrowifey's super bling manicure

This past weekend I attended a little party at one of my favorite Chicago Boutiques – Space 519….and as luck may have it, my babe Astrowifey was there giving super fun manicures using Jin Soon’s newest colors. I told her to go as creative as she wanted, and she majorly blinged me out with glitter, stripes and rose gold studs. Whatcha think?

The Jin Soon colors are beautiful and sophisticated, if you haven’t yet, you should check them out!



A few words…


DreamsOh, Lovelies….I’ve missed you guys, I really have!! My week-long meditation hiatus somehow turned into a 2-week absence. I hope you can forgive me. These things just happen from time-to-time I guess. You unplug, you travel, and before you know it weeks have gone by…

To be honest, I’ve been ready to come back to blogging for several days now, but then I suddenly suffered my first true bout of “Writers Block.”  I felt incredible pressure to write some epic story of my travels to Canada and my meditation retreat. Every time I sat down to write a post, I felt like I needed to detail the fun, the feelings, the experience…and words just wouldn’t appear. That’s classic writer’s block, right? (Thank goodness I’m not actually a writer!)

So, long story short, I finally realized there is no true pressure. My experience is personal and I can reveal as much or as little as I want. So let me say this – my trip was incredible. Deepak Chopra is an inspiring and wise soul. Whistler, BC is one of the most beautiful places on earth (a must visit – especially in the Summer!) And meditating in nature, detaching, going within and giving yourself permission to just “be” is a gift that all of us deserve from time to time. It doesn’t matter if you consider yourself spiritual, religious, or neither, making time for yourself and refreshing your mind and soul in whatever way you please isn’t useless or selfish – it should be mandatory.

Life is precious and short, so live your dream and don’t settle for anything less!

I hope you can cut me a little slack while I get my blogging groove back.



Weekly Color Inspiration {Subtle Pop}

Pink Hues manicure by Miss Renaissance

{On all fingers, except index fingers – Essie Lion Around.  On index fingers – Essie Secret Stash.}

What pairs perfectly with a nude-ish pink-ish tone?? Ding, ding…a super bright & happy pink of course!! I tried going with a more subtle color this week – hence Essie’s Lion Around, but then quickly got overwhelmed with the urge to throw in a bright color. Oops.