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quarantine faves: september 2020

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Another month of pseudo-quarantine in the books. We’re still settling in to the new condo, I’m still mainlining the Crimetown podcast archives. Unfortunately the weather has started to turn, which is always a bummer because I love long days and sunburns, and it also signals the impending seasonal affective disorder. I’m a person who is so attuned to the sun that even the slightest cool breeze will send me crashing into the valley of depression.

So in that spirit, here are some of my new favorite attention-holders!

Saint + Sofia: This British fashion brand was a GAME CHANGER. For a lot of reasons, I’ve been looking for some new pants that work as well as my trusty C9 black leggings, and after hours of specific Google searching, their Plimco Pant was a suggestion. They have sizes up to US 18 and three different inseam lengths(!!!) so I ordered the suggested Plimco as well as the Runway pants. They are incredible. Both pair are perfect for just relaxing and quarantining at home, but professional enough to wear to work. ~*~ And they have pockets! ~*~ Everything they carry is really cute and looks like it will work both for lounging and for going out, and it’s super affordable.

The Ordinary Vampire Mask: Everyone has heard of this peel by now, and it’s sold out basically everywhere on the internet. After months of complaining about the bumpy texture along my jawline (thanks hormones) and being recommended this product by my friends, I finally tracked some down at the Deciem store in Wicker Park. The hype is real on this one. After one treatment, the bumps are almost totally gone. Hallelujah.

Recliner.NYC Pajamas: I went through a period of wanting some really fancy, expensive pajamas, and these were the ones I landed on. I got a sleep dress as well as a t-shirt and shorts set and they are so comfortable, so lightweight, and so buttery. They have some cooling material in them, too, which is great for hot sleepers like me. They’re my new favorite comfy clothes, and I can’t stop telling everyone to buy them.

Living Libation Tooth Serum: Since I have pretty severe TMD, it can be hard to open my mouth wide enough to comfortably brush, especially in the mornings. These tooth serums have been such a savior, especially in the mornings when my jaws are often locked the most. I drop a few of these into my mouth, swish around, and while it’s not an exact substitute for brushing, it gets my teeth and breath fresh enough.

Showerhead: One of the first things we did in the new condo was switch out the old builer-grade showerheads. This one by Waterpik makes me feel so fancy – the showerhead has different settings, and the detachable “water comb” is great for massaging sore joints or running it through my hair.

Invisibobble Waver: I don’t think that the little baby hairs at the base of my skull will ever really grow out to be tucked in to a ponytail or bun and I’ve finally made peace with that through headbands and bobby pins. But bobby pins are always annoying and I somehow never get them to stay in properly, and these clips solve that problem.

Untitled Goose Game: I love a silly game, and since we got the Nintendo Switch a few months ago, the Untitled Goose Game has been such a fun way to escape real life. HONK

Brooklinen Classic Duvet: Another upgrade for the new condo, the Brooklinen classic duvet cover combined with an Ikea “cooling” filler has been heavenly. It feels like we’re sleeping on a cloud. (And, bonus, Brooklinen is a woman-owned company!)

Have you found any new favorites to keep you entertained through quarantine?

September 25, 2020
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keeping your eyes safe this summer | GlassesShop review

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I recieved free product from GlassesShop for review, but all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

glassesshop review

I’ve been on a quest over the past few years for good quality, affordable prescription sunglasses. Warby Parker definitely has super cute frames, but their sunglasses are $200+ for prescription lenses! No thanks. I’ve been limping along squinting through my beautiful Quay sunglasses, but the older I get, the worse my vision gets, and I knew I needed to cave in and get something better. Enter GlassesShop – they’re an online eyeglass company specializing in frames and lenses (prescription or not.) Their prices are reasonable, so I was happy to give them a try!

They have a variety of different sunglass frames to choose from, and even trendy blue and green lens coatings. I opted for the Americus Aviators, which are delicate cat eye lenses with metal arms. The pads on the nose of the bridge aren’t uncomfortable (I wore these for a day at the zoo so for three hours plus, they sat there without digging in or being uncomfortable at all.) The lenses are coated nicely and don’t seem like they’ll scratch easily (but I’m not willing to test it ;)) and the quality makes me want to grab a few more prescription sunglasses! Each pair also comes with its own case and cleaning cloth to keep your shades nice and transparent.

Sunglasses aren’t just a fun accessory – they’re an important part of preventing sun damage to your eyes. (Skin isn’t the only thing that can get sunburned!) This post from the National Institute of Health outlines some of the diseases your eyes can be at risk for from sunlight, but GlassesShop’s sunglasses offer UVA and UVB coverage to protect your eyes this summer while keeping you super fashionable.

Still not sold? GlassesShop lets you order your first pair for free, so there’s no risk. Use the coupon code FIRSTFREE and it will be applied to eligible orders!

Do you wear prescription glasses? Do you use regular glasses, or have some with your prescription built in?

May 22, 2017
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cute clothes for tall girls | long tall sally review

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I was provided a complimentary product from Long Tall Sally to review, but all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

cute clothes for tall girls

I’m a tall girl – 5’11”, and I’ve always had the biggest trouble finding cute clothes for tall girls. I’m lucky in that I’m pretty well proportioned – my legs aren’t too much longer than straight sizes, but I’ve always tended toward tall sizes at places like Old Navy or the Gap. And t-shirts are always a little short on me – I pick tunics out of comfort. I recently discovered Long Tall Sally, and I could not have been more excited. An entire website of clothes (CUTE clothes) for girls that are tall. In the weeks since finding them, I’ve maybe made two orders. Luckily I was able to partner with them as well to review a few of their new and popular pieces!

Jackets are a particularly tough spot – at least winter coats are pretty long, but lightweight jackets are always cut too short. Enter the Point Zero Packable Lightweight Jacket. It sounds over the top, but I wanted to cry when I put it on! Long, comfortable, and not snug across any part of my body. Being packable is also a great attribute – the jacket comes with a pouch it can fold itself into, and it compacts small enough to fit into a purse. The light puff makes it a great weight as it starts to warm up, and the floral print is great for both spring and fall.


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March 31, 2017
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fashion friday: brunch dress style

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fashion friday brunch dress style

It’s officially spring (finally!) which means it’s the season for patio brunches and porch drinking. After a long, long winter (moving from the south back to Chicago in the middle of winter is not my finest idea), I’m ready to let my legs free of their winter confinement. I just can’t say no to leggings. In anticipation of the above freezing temperatures, I’m sharing a few of my favorite brunch dress looks today!

casual brunch dress

Sandals, Target, $15.99 / Bracelet, Tobi, $16 / Mini bucket bag, Nordstrom Rack, $19.97 / Blue dress, Tobi, $58Tarteist Lip Paint in Bae, Sephora, $20 / Sunglasses, Warby Parker, $95

I like this look because it’s simple, comfortable, but with the right accessories and hair, you’ll look like a million bucks. This dress from Tobi features a short and flowy skirt, which makes it fun for spinning around in (but not so appropriate for blog photos, turns out.) Navy is such a versatile color and lends itself well to both brown or black accessories – I especially like how it matches the brown sandals I wore. The delicate gold bracelet is also a big winner – wear it casually with a dress like this or style it up for a more formal look. My friends would be quick to tell you that I’m a red lipstick aficionado, and this matte lip paint from Tarte is one of my favorites!

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March 24, 2017
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Superfithero Review: Perfect Pocket Capris!

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One of the most fun parts of working out, if I’m being honest, is getting new outfits and finding gear that’s as functional as it is cute. I’ve gained a little weight back since I initially started working out a few years ago, and my workout wardrobe (especially my bottoms) was in need of a SERIOUS overhaul. When I saw Superfithero, I fell in love – a body positive, feminist clothing line with super technical fabric and useful details? Sign me up.

Founder Micki Krimmel sent me a pair of their newly launched pocket capris (with neon racing stripe details!), and I took them out for a few different workouts! I’m really into high-waisted bottoms, and it’s important to me that they stay put. These capris didn’t budge during a run or yoga session, and I even did a few squat tests – I felt supported and held in, and most of all, very comfortable.

These capris feature pockets on both sides, and they’re both big enough for a phone case, a small card wallet, or even a key. The left side of them have some racing stripe details which continue down the pocket too – no skimping on quality there. The four-way stretch moved with my body and didn’t feel tight or pinchy at all. The fabric is really high quality and fast-wicking, too! In fact, they were so fast to dry I ended up wearing them for most of the day following my workout while I cleaned and organized the new apartment.

Superfithero carries shirts sizes XS-4XL, bottoms from XS-4XL (sizes 2-28,) and accessories like this vagina pin and masked headband in addition to Feminist mens shirts. I ordered an XL and was a bit weary that I should have gone bigger, but they fit great, so they run true to size (and their testimonials page echoes the same feedback!)

What are your most important qualities in workout pants?

January 27, 2017
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