Life Lately

Today’s post is a little glimpse at what life in Chicago has looked like lately…

nha khanh nautical navy white dress shedd blu event chicago

What I Wore to Shedd Blu: Nha Khahn Dress  |  Elizabeth Cole Earrings  |  Lele Sadoughi Bracelet  |  Inge Christopher Clutch (all from Rent the Runway!)

chicago sunrise hancock building

chicago sunset skyline lake michigan

chicago theatre

rifle paper birchbox

Birchbox + Rifle Paper Co

favorite beauty products birchbox, west elm chevron rug

Picked up some of my favorite beauty products when Birchbox was in ChicagoSupergoop! Set  |  Oribe Travel Set  |  Smashbox Try-It Kit  |  Caudalie Purifying Mask  |  Caudalie Beauty Elixir  (PS: Rug is West Elm!)

mindy kaling quote why the fuck not me

New print for my apartment! (On top of my Serena & Lily Counter Stools!)

pink cocktails, green sunglasses, pineapple stripe phone case

Cocktails at Atwood, complete with matching sunglasses & phonecase

what to wear to a blog conference

What I wore to Create + Cultivate in Chicago: Just Fab Top  |  Madewell Belt  |  Ann Taylor Skirt (similar here & here)  |  C. Wonder Sandals (old, similar here, here, here)  |  Bauble Bar Earrings

PS: You may have noticed that style/outfit posts have been a little bit sparse lately and there’s a really simple reason for that: I don’t have a photographer in Chicago yet! So I need your help on this one — If you know anyone in Chicago that’s a kickass photographer, please send them my way or send me their contact information! Amateurs, professionals, students… I’m pretty open as long as they have experience in the portrait/lifestyle realm. Thanks a million in advance! 🙂

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  1. 8.18.15
    Emily commented:

    Love what you wore to Create + Cultivate! Such a good summer outfit. Also, the oribe travel set – such a great way to try those products out before buying the big cans! I love them all though!

    Emily //

  2. 8.18.15
    Meagan commented:
  3. 8.18.15
    Lauren commented:

    The dress you wore to the Shedd Blu event is gorgeous, and I love your Create + Cultivate outfit! I bet your panel was awesome!


  4. 8.18.15

    Wow. Jess, this redesign is awesome! I loved the old version for the content but now the whole website fits together in a beautiful way. And unlike any other design I’ve seen. Bravo!


  5. 8.18.15
    Kate commented:

    You look gorgeous in your blue/white dress! Chicago is such a beautiful city; it’s a shame I don’t visit it more often. I feel your pain about the whole photographer problem. I’m in the same boat!

  6. 8.18.15
    Audrey commented:

    Love that dress in your first picture! Looks like Chicago is treating you well. xx

    Audrey Adair |

  7. 8.18.15

    Love the first dress!

    Liz @

  8. 8.18.15
    Jackie commented:

    I do know a couple of photographers in Chicago, let me know if you still need someone.

  9. 8.18.15

    Your outfit for Create + Cultivate was gorgeous! I’m gonna shoot you an e-mail with a friend of mine’s, Blair, contact info. She’s great and has shot some of my outfits before when we happen to be in the same city.

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent

  10. 8.18.15

    Good luck finding a photographer! I’m sure there must be a ton of great ones in Chicago!

    Her Heartland Soul

  11. 8.18.15
    Vera Sawicki commented:

    Gorgeous photos!! I love the dress!!

    Blonde in Cashmere

  12. 8.19.15
    Bella B commented:

    The dress you wore to the event was just beautiful!

    xoxoBella |

  13. 8.19.15
    allison commented:

    i worked with anjali pinto ( when i was there last year and she was great! super easy and flexible. she came recommended by heather talbert who i believe shoots liz from sequins & stripes. xx

  14. 8.20.15
    Jesi commented:

    Let me know if you ever want to shoot on a weekend, I’d be happy to help I love to take pics downtown of blogger friends! 🙂

  15. 8.21.15
    Sheila commented:

    hi! A friend of mine follows your blog and said you were looking for a Chicago based photographer. My good friend, Clarissa Bonet is an amazing photographer and I would Try to reach out to her

    Best of luck