Italian Summer

Someone recently asked me about my favorite vacation, and without a doubt, it was Italy last summer. For so many reasons, it was one of the most incredible trips I’ve been on. It was my first time visiting the country, it was my first stint at traveling alone internationally, and it was simply one of those trips that feeds your soul. I loved Rome and Florence, but unsurprisingly so, I absolutely fell in love with the Amalfi Coast! Ever since I left last July, I’ve been trying to figure out when I can go back.

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10 Red, White, & Blue Outfits

The official first day of summer is just a week or so away, but it already feels like it’s arrived in Chicago! And with that comes long days on the lake, weekend roadtrips, street fests, cookouts, and lots of hours at the beach and at the pool. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, I can usually be found in some sort of blue and white color combination. But as we near closer to July 4th, I love accessorizing with little pops of red. I can’t get enough of that Americana look all summer long! Here are some of my favorite red, white, and blue outfits over the years…

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Friday Finds || Week 23

It’s finally Friday, yay! I kind of appreciated that this week felt a little on the longer side… It’s been quite a while since I’ve had a full work week in Chicago and it was so nice to feel a bit more settled! I did some much-needed tidying up around my apartment and got a lot of work done, too. Unfortunately I came down with a cold on Monday and have been battling that all week, but I think it’s my body’s way of telling me to slow down a little bit. (I’m listening… Lots of rest!) I’m headed out of town for a bachelorette party this afternoon and I’m excited for the road trip… We’re headed to New Buffalo, Michigan for a girls weekend, which should be a fun time celebrating one of my besties! I visited right after I moved here in the summer of 2015 and again last summer over 4th of July weekend and that area is always a nice little escape from the city.

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Summer Stripes || Skirt Set

The matching top and skirt set is a look I probably won’t be sick of anytime soon! Most of the time, it actually looks like you’re wearing a dress, but it’s so easy to mix and match the two pieces with other staples in your wardrobe. This striped skirt, for example, looks great paired with a cream-colored cable sweater on chillier summer evenings, and I’ve worn this tie-front crop top with a pair of white high-waisted shorts, too.

This little crop top and drop-waist skirt number is the perfect flirty party look. A natural bag (or even a straw tote) and flat slides keep it kind of casual, don’t you think? I love the mix of the classic color and stripes with the ruffled hem, and just a little bit of edge with the barely-there top. (It’s basically just a piece of fabric with arm holes that you can tie yourself!)

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Kicking Off the Summer in NYC

As soon as the days get sunnier, I start to slip into that oh-so-sweet summer state of mind! Longer days and warmer weather always lead to spontaneous plans… Everyone seems to be in a better mood and has a more carefree spirit, and that’s what makes this season my favorite. You cant beat those unexpected nights and unforgettable days!

I’m partnering with Malibu Rum this summer to celebrate the best season of the year. Their #BecauseSummer campaign is all about enjoying every one of the 16 weeks of summer and fully embracing your summer self…. Something we can all get behind, no? Especially here in Chicago!

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