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A Life Update from Madison!

A Life Update from Madison!

Greetings from Madison, friends! In a whirlwind of events over the last several weeks I’ve found myself back in the Dairyland and, honestly, I’m so excited to be back. At first I felt a little weird moving back when I was literally just here, but […]

21 Free or Cheap Things to Do in Chicago This Summer

21 Free or Cheap Things to Do in Chicago This Summer

Since I’ve been job searching this summer, I’ve been watching my pennies a little more carefully than normal. Luckily, that doesn’t mean I miss out on all the fun, either. I’ve been doing a lot of research lately on free and cheap things to do […]

My Favorite White Summer Dress

My Favorite White Summer Dress

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Every summer I have one dress that I wear non-stop and this year it’s this beauty from Urban Outfitters. It’s the perfect summer party dress: cute, casual, and a little sexy. And with the balance of the deep V-neck and the midi length it totally works for both day or night. It’s just so easy to throw it on and feel put together. I’ve worn this out with my friends to the bars, hanging out at a street fest, out to a concert – you name the summery event and I’ve worn this dress to it!

On a potentially TMI note, I’m also excited about this dress because it’s the first dress I’ve ever been able to comfortably wear without a bra! It’s been revolutionary 😂 The top gives me enough support that I’m comfortable, but it still feels airy and light. The whole thing is lined, too, so it’s not see through at all either like a lot of white dresses at this price point. I’d definitely recommend this dress to my bigger busted friends!

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Dress: Urban Outfitters | Purse: Urban Outfitters (sold out) | Shoes: All Birds | Sunglasses: H&M

 

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And let’s talk about accessories for a minute: these shoes and purse are my other go-to’s this summer. In fact, I’ve never gotten more compliments on a purse in my life! It might look tiny, but it actually fits everything I need – phone, wallet, keys, sunglasses, headphones, etc. I just love the shape so much – it’s such a fun, little conversation piece.

Unfortunately, the purse isn’t available online anymore, but here’s a few similar white, box bag options if you’re looking: another affordable option from Urban Outfitters, a backpack version, and a hilariously over-priced version if you’re up to it lol.

As for the shoes, these All Birds are the best city shoes I’ve ever had. I’m walking everywhere these days and I’m obsessed with them. I didn’t even have to break them in – no blisters and they’re sooo comfortable. Plus, they are sweat wicking so your feet don’t get swampy. I’ve seen a lot of ads for All Birds lately and was a little skeptical when I ordered them, but they are easily the best tennis shoes I’ve ever owned. Haha my mom thinks they look like nurse shoes, but I love them!

And yes, I know white tennis shoes get dirty crazy fast, but these are MACHINE WASHABLE. I like to do a stain remover spot treatment on any areas that are particularly gross and then just throw them in a regular cold cycle. They come out looking brand new. I was really impressed. I’ve been wearing them for about two months now and washed them about 3 times – no piling or weird stretching out from the washing machine, either. I didn’t think they would live up to the hype, but they absolutely have.

 

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It’s honestly made my life so much easier to just have a few great pieces that go with everything and I can wear to all kinds of events. I don’t think I’m at full-blown capsule wardrobe status, but I certainly see the appeal. What are your go-to’s this summer? I’d love to hear what pieces you’re wearing over and over again!

Photos by: Hannah Schweiss Photography (Thank you, Hannah!)

And be sure to check out some of my other recent posts: Are you watching The Proposal?, 5 books to add to your summer reading list, and my thoughts on this year’s Tony Awards.

I Watched The Proposal So You Don’t Have To

I Watched The Proposal So You Don’t Have To

If you’ve seen any episode of this season’s The Bachelorette then you’ve also seen about one billion ads for ABC’s new show, The Proposal. If you haven’t (and you’re lucky), here’s the premise: a mystery bachelor (or bachelorette as we’ll see next week) sits in […]

5 Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List

5 Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List

Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman For: Fans of the Franchise and Reality TV Buffs I’m a pretty recent fan of The Bachelor shows – I watched my first full season last summer – but have become 100% invested in the franchise ever since. So, of […]

My Favorite Summer Beers, the Leggings I Bought at 4am, and the Latest Feminist Hashtag

My Favorite Summer Beers, the Leggings I Bought at 4am, and the Latest Feminist Hashtag

Happy weekend, everyone! I have to say it’s been a mix of a week: I hung out with my nephew and have some fun new blog projects in the works, but the job search was particularly tough this week. It’s so hard not to get your hopes up sometimes! So, this weekend I’m planning on letting myself relax, crying and watching season 2 of Queer Eye, and reminding myself that I’m a smart and competent human.

Also, quick reminder that its Fathers Day this weekend! My dad is out of town, but I’ll be babysitting for my brother so he can get a little break from dad duty in order to celebrate. And if you’re in Chicago, stay cool this weekend! It’s supposed to be in the 90s 😱

Here are some bits from around the web, if you’re looking for a little weekend reading:

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Props to Haim for firing their manager after finding out a male artist was being paid TEN times as much to play at the same festival. (via my brother)

I ordered these leggings in a bout of insomnia the other day lol.  They’re made from recycled water bottles in ethical factories and come in beautiful colors like powder blue and cherry red. Here’s to hoping they’re as good as they looked at 4 in the morning!

Everything you ever wanted to do on a date when a guy won’t shut the hell up. (via old theater friend Annabelle Attanasio)

Running this messy 5K with my mom this weekend!

Loved this post on making friends as an adult. It’s so hard! I’ve definitely had the most success reaching out to old friends on social media, meeting people through mutual friends, and talking to people in line! It can be awkward at first, but it’s totally worth it.

In case you need a Tonys inspired laugh: Cher playing every part of West Side Story. 😂 (Also, check out this week’s blog post for some awesome shows in Chicago, if you’re looking for something to do this weekend.)

Been really into fruit beers lately: this grapefruit radler and this watermelon wheat beer are my faves.

Really interesting examination of society’s love for ‘dead girl’ crime narratives written by a former professor of mine, if you’re into true crime. (via Dr Clare Clark)

Have you been following the #ImmodestWomen hashtag?

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[Photo from last year’s trip to Japan.]

Why I’m Glad Mean Girls Didn’t Win at the Tony Awards (+ 5 Diverse Shows to see in Chicago)

Why I’m Glad Mean Girls Didn’t Win at the Tony Awards (+ 5 Diverse Shows to see in Chicago)

Sunday night was the Tony Awards and like any dutiful former high school theater kid, I tucked in for a night of Broadway production numbers, random movie stars who have taken to the stage, and too many white men winning in every category. And with […]

Things I Love About Summer: An Incomplete List

Things I Love About Summer: An Incomplete List

Driving to the suburbs at sunset with the windows down playing melancholy music I liked in high school (looking at you Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds Live at Radio City) When the sky turns green before a tornado Stopping whatever I’m doing to watch a […]

Weekend Vibes // The Week of April 6

Weekend Vibes // The Week of April 6

Happy Friday, all! This weekend I plan on (hopefully) doing a lot of yoga and drinking a big glass of wine. I’ve been sick for the better part of this week, but I think I’m finally on the up. I’ve slept at least 11 hours every night and have made it through 2 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy in the last 3 days, so I think that’s been helping… Still not 100% but I’m starting to get cabin fever, especially after making my ‘take walks every morning’ resolution this month. Don’t want to push myself too hard, but I think leaving the apartment might be the best medicine at this point.

Here are some things from around the interwebs this week, if you’re into it…

 

In this week’s edition of Excellent Things From Twitter:

Eying these simple white dresses for Spring: terry and sleeveless. Plus, they’re ethically produced and one is on sale.

Mean Girls is finally getting the musical treatment. I’m usually pretty skeptical about these things, but I have hope for this one with Tina Fey on the book and her husband, Jeff Richmond, writing the music. Also lol at the article trying to explain why Mean Girls is such a phenomenon.

Thinking of seeing Isle of Dogs this weekend – my family has been Wes Anderson fans for ages. How cool are all the little dog puppets they made for the movie?

This 101-year-old Hollywood starlet is suing for her unrealistic portrayal in a recent docudrama. In an age of movies based on real events, how much say do people get in the way they are portrayed on screen? Interested to see how this case turns out.

Love this no nonsense take on this generation of fad diets. I think it also reveals how little we really know about how modern food production affects out health.

The healthcare IT side of my brain can’t help but cringe at Facebook trying to access patient data. Lol at how they are comforting us by saying it would be anonymous, but then they’ll just cross reference it and match it to Facebook users anyway. Data privacy is such a myth these days 😪

Given my Grey’s Anatomy kick these days  I’m excited to see Sandra Oh is back in a series for BBC America. “Part spy drama, part serial killer thriller, part absurdist comedy” – sounds good to me!

Excited to listen to Cardi B’s new album all weekend! It hasn’t even been out for 24 hours and it’s already gone gold. She is the queen.

A Philly friend who teaches yoga posted this on Facebook recently and it’s so disheartening to see big corporations with the ability to destroy small businesses like this. We put so much emphasis on “being authentic” but only when it doesn’t conflict with corporations’ interests. Food for thought.

 

That’s all for today, folks! And shameless plug to check out my other posts from this week: my resolutions for April are up and there’s a loooong guide to all things Madison, Wisconsin that I’m pretty proud of so check that out, too! Have a great weekend!

The Official Toast Guide to Madison, Wisconsin

The Official Toast Guide to Madison, Wisconsin

Best Brunch Heritage Tavern – My go to for a proper brunch. They have a variety of Benedict’s, breakfast cocktails, and really good sides so there’s something for everyone. Where I take my parents and out-of-towners when they come to visit. Get the Heritage Tavern […]