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If I Had $1,000 to Blow · August 2019

A new month means a new IIH$1K!!! I love this series as it lets me window shop, while giving you a glimpse at what I myself want to add to my closet (and what I wish I could be wearing in some instas for you!) Alas, my budget is tight…

Chi Festival Hair with Bed Head Styling

This post is sponsored by Bed Head Styling and the InfluenceHer Collective. As always, all opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting brands that make Sophisticaition possible! We just wrapped up another fun festival weekend here in Chicago! The weather was perfect, not too hot, and sunny every…

What to Stream in August

Whether you’re going back to school or adjusting to the harsh reality of Summer Fridays disappearing in a few weeks, it’s safe to say you’ll be spending more times indoors in the near future. Luckily, a lot of new things are dropping on streaming services! I did the hard work…

July Favorites

Happy August, friends! Been a while since I’ve published a new post on here. I was on vacation for a week and decided to actually take time off. After the Nordstrom Sale, which normally accounts for about 10% of my annual workload AND annual income, I needed a breather. It…

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019 Early Access Picks

The day has come, Early Access for the 2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! If you are an Icon, Influencer, Ambassador or Insider level, you can shop today, and all cardholders will get access at 12:30 PM ET on July 12. This N Sale is so unique because brand-spanking-new fall and winter…

My 2019 Nordstrom Sale Wishlist

I had the pleasure of shopping the Nordstrom Sale last night and WOW it was fun! I wanted to share my wishlist with you so you can see what I personally think are my favorite items from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this year before I do a complete round up…

Vintage Shops in Wicker Park

This post is in collaboration with Chase Freedom Unlimited. As always, all opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting brands that make Sophisticaition possible! Hope you are having a great week! I am one month into my goal to explore more of Chicago. Since I have lived in…

June Favorites

July is here, and that means it’s time to revisit our June Favorites! Keep scrolling for an awesome giveaway 🙂 Favorite Posts So, funny story… I use Google Analytics to track page views, click throughs, etc. While writing this post this morning, I pulled up GA to see which posts…

Erin Condren 2019 Life Planner

As many of you may already know, I am an Erin Condren planner addict. I’ve been using these since 2014 and they got me through college. I am a big organizer, color-coding things and making multiple to-do lists, so the Life Planner works great for me. The best part? It…

Preparing for the 2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, known as the Nordstrom Sale or the N Sale, is coming up next month. This sale is well-known and well-loved because of its unique premise. Other retailers hold sales to mark down items that are from older seasons, not selling well, etc. to make room for…

On Turning 25

If you were to have asked middle-school me where I’d be at 25, I’d probably tell you ‘married.’ In suburban Saint Louis, women’s achievements seemed to always be about others. At this age, you should get married; at this age, you should have kids. Sure, graduate college, but after that,…

Styling a Chambray Shirt + Summer Dress

One of my favorite pieces to layer in summer is a chambray shirt. Summertime, especially in Chicago along Lake Michigan, is a rollercoaster of temperatures and weather patterns. One second it’s sunny and hot, the next it’s windy and a bit chilly. The beauty of the chambray shirt is that…

Patriotic Swimsuit Roundup

With the Fourth of July drawing near, I wanted to start giving you some outfit inspo in the way I like to dress for the holiday… swimsuits!! I love being by a pool or a lake around the Fourth. These fun and colorful swimmies are a perfect way to celebrate!…

A Realistic Post-Grad Budget

When I first graduated college, I had ZERO idea of how to budget. I knew what I would be making each year in total, but didn’t realize A: that taxes are withheld from paychecks, so I’d be taking home a lot less and B: that I needed to plan a…

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