Spring Looks with XOXO

This post is sponsored by XOXO and Her Campus Media. As always, all opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting brands that make Sophisticaition possible! Spring has finally come, even in Chicago!! I am so excited to share some fun and trendy looks with you for the new…

Peep S’mores Dip

We saw this fun recipe floating around Pinterest and Facebook a few months ago, so our family decided to try it out (with a few tweaks to our liking). It worked out so well that I decided to share it with you in case you want to make it this…

Tervis x Game of Thrones

This post is sponsored by Tervis. As always, all opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting brands that make Sophistication possible! The final season of my favorite show, Game of Thrones, begins on April 14. I’ve been watching for so long now! It’s going to be sad to…

March 2019 Favorites

We’re bringing back my monthly favorites post! When I was talking on IG stories last week about how I track analytics for my blog posts, I was shocked to hear that many of you are interested in the back end of this whole thing! I’ll be sharing your 3 favorite…

2019 Easter Dresses

I’m on the hunt for my Easter dress this year – and I had to share some of my favorites with y’all in the meantime!! Depending upon what you and your family do on Easter, your dress can be super casual or super formal. I try to avoid strapless or…

Graduation Dress Roundup

Graduation is just a few weeks away for the class of 2019! The most important thing about your graduation dress is feeling comfortable. You’ll be wearing this for a long period of time. There will be LOTS of photos. It will be hot. Things will get sticky. The last thing…

Why Blogs Still Matter in 2019

Blogs are dead. You’ve probably read that somewhere recently. Maybe you even heard an Instagram influencer saying it on their stories. People are blowing up on social media, and brands are pushing more budget to social activations than ever before. It’s 2019 – why are blogs still important? No Algorithms…

Cute Doormats

One of the easiest ways to update your home’s exterior is by adding a new doormat. I love the funny and sassy sayings, as well as the cute little patterns. Even if you’re in an apartment, a doormat is a way to make the space your own. I rounded up…

Easy Spring Decor

Spring is here! I like to decorate for every season (on a budget). I can change the entire vibe of a space just by switching out some items! For spring, I try to remove some of the darker or heavier elements in space and replace them with some of the…

New & Improved

Hi, friends! I spent the last couple of days redoing this website to make it more user-friendly and content-focused. I really hope you enjoy! Some important changes I’d like to highlight: Logo My friend Caroline helped me modernize and streamline my logo to better fit my branding – I love…

The Line Between Authenticity & Oversharing

“Authenticity” has become a buzzword in this industry. Be authentic, they tell you. Share who you really are with your readers to gain trust and appear as more than a smiling blonde sipping a Starbucks online. I really do take authenticity seriously. Social media is a highlight reel. Only the…

Spring Statement Earrings

A follower recently messaged me asking if statement earrings would still be big this spring. The answer? YES! You only need to look on your favorite IG celebs like Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande and Olivia Culpo to see that big earrings are still here to play. I think small items,…

Spring Shoes Roundup

We’ve sprung ahead with daylight savings time… and it is officially spring in just 10 days! Stock up on the best spring shoes to make sure you’ll head into the new season in style. Some trends I predict will be big: pastels (shocker) embellishment espadrille inspired sneakers chunky heels platform…

What I’m Packing for New Orleans

My family leaves today for New Orleans, so I wanted to get this post up with the items I packed for our trip! New Orleans is full of pastels, spring colors, and FUN! I tried to plan my color scheme with these in mind, embracing the olives of the greenery…