Thursday, May 31, 2012

What I Wore - Cold Summer Day

While I'm used to erratic weather for which Chicago is famous, I wasn't quite expecting it to be so cold and so rainy today. Rather than throw on my typical shirt/shirts summer staples, I opted for jeans and a sweater. But to make it interesting, I paired the slouchy sweater over a sheer, collared top and added some color with my orange jeans. And sticking with my inkling towards all things studded, I broke out these edgy flats. Here's to hoping it gets warmer...

What do you wear on chilly summer days?

Sweater: Cheap Monday via Urban Outfitters, Top: Forever 21, Jeans: Free People, Bracelets: chloe+isabel (here & here), Watch: Michael Kors, Necklace: chloe+isabel, Double Ring: chloe+isabel, Shoes: Sam Edelman.

Bracelets: chloe+isabel (here & here).

Save the Hooters

My best friends and I decided to get a team together for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk in Chicago on August 10-12, and as a fundraising initiative, chloe+isabel is donating all the proceeds of one of our trunk shoes to our team's donation to the cause! How awesome/amazing/generous is that?! 

Thought I'd share the save the date we just sent out via cocodot for the invite because it's so darn cute. (View the complete invite here). If you're in the Chicago area and are interested in attending, please comment below so I can provide you with time and location info when it's available! 

If you're interested in donating to help us in our fight against breast cancer, you can do so here. Any donation, no matter how small or large, is a HUGE help to us!

Just a quick word on cocodot - it's the BEST website for sending electronic invites and cards. There are so many adorable templates, but you also have the freedom to customize them as you wish. Ever since I was introduced to this site a couple months ago, I haven't used anything since! Best part is, it's FREE! Here are some examples of invites I've done in the past.

Cocodot offers designers/artists/interior decorators/etc. to design featured invites and stationary. Curerntly, my favorite one is the collection by Lulu Powers. So much color, pattern and pizazz.

Here are some of my favorite templates (Lulu Powers and non) available right now!

The Dreamer & the Doer

Because my sister Caitlin and I are equally as obsessed with fashion but couldn't have more opposite style, we decided to team up for a blog about our take on fashion. We just had our first post today, and I'm  already so excited about what we have in store for our readers!

Check out the first ever post on 'The Dreamer & the Doer.' 

Please let us know your thoughts/suggestions/feedback/whatever.

Here's a sneak peak of the post.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

the end of an era

It's hard to believe that my college graduation already occurred over two weeks ago. It truly is amazing how quickly time flies. The ceremony itself went by in the blink of an eye, and before I knew it, I had my bachelors degree in news-editorial journalism. The four years in which I lived in Champaign while attending the University of Illinois were fulfilling, enlightening, maturing, crazy, unforgettable and some of the best years of my life. There is no other place like college. Where else can you sleep at any time of day? Where else is it acceptable to wander outdoors in sweats and makeup from the night before? Where else can you go out any of the seven days of the week (or all) if you so choose? The bottom line is, nothing compares. 

I'm happy to say that I can look back on my college experience with many fond memories and accomplishments. I was the editor-in-chief of Her Campus Illinois. I landed a once-in-a-lifetime internship at Teen Vogue. I studied abroad in London and had the opportunity to travel Europe. I made friends that I know will last a lifetime. I went out of my comfort zone and did things that scared me, but were rewarding and liberating in the end. I developed or refined many of my skills of which I'm most proud, including writing, communicative, leadership and creativity. I helped facilitate a growing fashion-friendly atmosphere at U of I. I raised money for various philanthropic causes. I graduated summa cum laude with highest honors. And of which I'm most proud, I like to think I left a positive and lasting imprint on Champaign.  

Graduation was a really bittersweet milestone. While I'm going to miss the unique atmosphere that a college town has to offer and living within a few steps of my closest friends, I'm excited for what's to come in this next chapter. I've never been one to easily accept and embrace drastic change, so I'm equally anxious and nervous to see what the future has in store. The worst part of this all is facing the fact that I'm getting older and real life with real responsibilities is setting in. What I would give to be 16 again. I guess all I can say is, bring it on. 

I welcome the future with open arms.