$300 Chicago Bloggers Fall Giveaway

Monday’s may not be my favorite day of the week, however this Monday is an exception. A few fellow Chicago bloggers and I got together to giveaway at $300 Visa gift card to make sure your fall wardrobe is extra special.  Who wouldn’t want $300 to spend any way you want?!
It’s super easy to enter – just follow the Rafflecopter instructions below! If you aren’t already, make sure you are following all the amazing ladies below. Good Luck!



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Pinspiration: Kittens

Moving into my own place has been an exciting process, but one that still brought on a bit of sadness. For the first time since I moved to the city, Christine is no longer my roommate and by default I no longer live with this little munchkin.  If you follow my Instagram you’ve probably noticed at least 100 photos that feature Callie, my beloved little buddy who actually belongs to Christine. Even though she’s come to stay with me for a few days this month, it has been actually really hard not having her around on a daily basis.

These past few weeks I have been mulling around the idea of finally making the plunge and adopting my own pet. While I know I’ll need a few additional weeks to think about it, I can’t help but constantly pin kitten photos to my Pinterest boards. So for your dose of Friday fun, a round up of the cutest kittens in the world.

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Bacon & Cheddar Oatmeal

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I’ve recently had to make a few changes in my diet which include trying to cut down out all sugar from my diet. While I’ve never had much of a sweet tooth, my daily bowl of cereal was of the sugary sweet variety. As a result I’ve been looking at more savory types of breakfast foods and earlier this week decided to switch things up with a savory bowl of oatmeal. Topped with bacon and sharp cheddar cheese, this oatmeal is stick to your gut delicious.

– 1/2 cup of quick rolled oats
– 1 1/2 cup of water
– 1/4 cup of sharp cheddar cheese
– 2 strips of bacon; fried and crumbled

In a small saucepan bring the water to a boil, add the oats and reduce the heat to a medium simmer. Stir the oats until the water has been soaked up and the oats are creamy. Remove from heat and stir in the cheese and bacon and any herbs you desire. Serve immediately.

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Professional Point

women's work wear

:: ASOS Blazer | ASOS Blouse | Madewell Jean | Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac | Shoemint Pumps (old) ::

Ever since I started working from home years ago, my daily wardrobe consisted of basically anything I wanted to wear; many of those days it ended up just being PJs.  As I’m approaching my late twenties, I’m looking for more structure in my wardrobe with pieces that would work for the office and the weekend. I picked up this tweed jacket last week and the light material as well as faux leather detailing can be easily paired with skinny jeans or boyfriend jeans. Last week during a meeting downtown, I kept things professionally casual by pairing the blazer with a light button down. For drinks later that night with a friend, I added a pop of color from my Rebecca Minkoff bag.

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On Trend: Back To School

After a summer filled with trips, events and many activities, I get somewhat excited over the slow down that occurs once the leaves start to fall.  Our childhood, back to school symbolized a fresh start and it’s something I’m looking forward to doing this fall season. While I no longer do any “back to school” shopping, there are a few staples from my childhood shopping days that I’m looking forward to purchasing. An edgy (faux) leather jacket and a few cozy accessories are the best way to start fresh this fall.

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:: 1. River Island Leather Jacket | 2. Rag & Bone “Harrow” Bootie | 3. Marc by Marc Jacobs Nylon Backpack | 4. Rifle Paper Co. iPhone Case | 5. Kate Spade Metro Watch | 6. Sincerely Jules “Dream. Believe. Achieve.” Sweatshirt | 7. Tumi Q Tote | 8. Mother Denim “The Runway” Jean ::