Summer is here! Unofficially, at least. It was absolutely beautiful in New York City over the long weekend… Loads of sunshine, perfect temperatures, and no rain. I definitely can’t complain! I spent the weekend relaxing in Central Park, ventured to Brooklyn for ice cream cones under the bridge and lobster rolls at Luke’s, and had a few rowdy nights out in the East Village with some friends. Tis the season!
It’s always the weeks before holiday weekends that seem to inch on by, am I right? It’s like Mother Nature has to make up for three days out of the office and makes the usual five days seem like ten. Or maybe this week felt like an eternity because Mercury is in Retrograde, who knows. Whatever it is — I’m so glad that the weekend is finally here!
I know we all love a good sale, especially when it’s at one of our favorite retailers! Nordstrom has two main sales a year — the Anniversary Sale in July (my favorite) and the Half-Yearly Sale in May!
Now’s the time to scoop up those coveted items you’d had sitting in your shopping cart for a few weeks now and score some major discounts! Save up to 40% on Womens, Mens, Home, & Kids while supplies last. (Sale ends 5/31!)
I know it’s always super overwhelming for me to sift through an entire sale section online, so I’ve broken it down into categories and picked out some of my favorite finds. Happy Shopping!
I’m flying back to New York today after spending a week in Chicago and a couple of days at home with my parents, too. Twelve days absolutely flew by! I spent Mother’s Day with my family, got to play with my 2.5 year old niece for a few days, sent way too many snapchats of my dogs, had a week-long sleepover with my college bestie, celebrated the marriage of another friend alongside a huge group of our college pals, took a ton of SoulCycle classes at the newly opened Old Town studio, spent a day wandering around Chicago with my mom, hung out with Hallie in the city we became friends in 4 years ago, grabbed lunch in Lincoln Park with Liz, got my hair and makeup done at Goldplaited for the wedding, wandered through my old stomping grounds in Lincoln Park, explored new (to-me) restaurants in the West Loop… The list could go on and on. I had such a fabulous week in the city that I’ll always call home.
If you’re thinking this outfit looks a little bit like the outfit I posted last Tuesday, you’d be totally accurate. I can’t stop wearing these fun shorts! They feel like PJ’s you can wear in public. It was so muggy and humid in Chicago yesterday and these shorts were perfectly breezy! I know I’ll be wearing them all summer long.
This outfit is pretty much a carbon copy from last week, but I tried to dress it up and make it a tad bit less casual. The perfect outfit for Casual Friday, perhaps?
Winter?! I know, I know, I’m a little bit behind. The weather is finally changing enough that I need to switch up my skincare routine for the spring/summer season and it got me thinking about the beauty products that I worshiped all winter long. I test out so many different beauty products and always have “flavors of the week” when it comes to new serums, lotions, cleansers, etc. But rest assured, each and every single one of these products outlasted my “trial phase.” For this post, I only included products that I have finished and re-purchased. They’re that good!
Aaaahhh, the feeling of summertime. We’ve had a few days that have actually felt *hot* and I couldn’t be happier. Dating all the way back to grade school, summer has always evoked my most carefree and relaxed self. Even though I don’t get to take the summers “off” like I used to when I was growing up, New York takes on the summer season with a pretty relaxed vibe. A lot of companies, especially within the fashion industry, exercise “Summer Fridays,” in which the office closes down somewhere around 2p.m. on Fridays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Amazing, right?! It gives everyone enough time to head out of town for the weekend, or run their errands in the city, and fully enjoy their summer Friday night. Or heck, even get to the park for a few hours of sunshine before dinnertime! When I lived in Chicago, I had never really heard about Summer Fridays, but I really think that any place who has to suffer through brutal winter months should embrace the Summer Friday mentality! Summer is sweet, but oh-so-short.
It’s pretty crazy what a change in scenery can do for your mind, isn’t it? I’ve been at my parents’ house since Thursday and it’s been so great to just get away for a little bit and escape the hustle and bustle. Swapping the concrete jungle of NYC for green grass and blue skies isn’t something I used to long for, but it’s been so nice to decompress, spend time with my family, and quite frankly — do a whole lot of nothing.
It’s always the weeks where you’re counting down until a trip that feel the longest. Am I right? I really can’t believe today isn’t Friday… This week has felt like it’s been a few weeks long! But maybe that’s just because I’m headed back to Illinois today, and I’ve been longing for this trip for weeks and weeks and weeks. I’m spending the weekend with my family to celebrate my dad’s birthday and Mother’s Day! I’m so excited to snuggle with my dogs, laugh with my mom, cringe at my dad’s jokes, spend time with my brothers, niece, and grandmas… The list could go on and on. Homesick would be an understatement!