2019 Summer Recap: Did I Check Everything On My Bucket List?

You know how Instagram/Facebook shows you memories of posts that you shared a year (or years) ago to the date? They are truly a reality check for how fast time flies. I just saw one pop up from the end of last September where I talked about how it was about to get cold in Chicago (sigh). As another fantastic #SummertimeChi comes to an end, I thought I would share how I did against the bucket list I shared a few months back.

My September Skincare Favorites!

Lately, it may seem like my instagram has been overrun with skincare posts, but that’s because I’m so into it right now! In the past, I was super self-conscious about the appearance of my skin, and would hide it under a ridiculous amount of makeup. To be clear, I love a full “beat” face, with lots of glitter and glam, but that is separate from when I was wearing makeup to essentially hide what was underneath. I wanted to share with you my favorite products that I’ve been loving lately (in the order of my routine) and how they have been making a visible improvement in my skin!

My 2019 Summer Bucket List

If you’re reading this and asking “Isn’t it a bit late to write a Summer Bucket List? It’s..June.”, then you must not live in Chicago! As I write this, the weather app on my phone says it’s 64 degrees right now. While that’s not technically cold, IT. IS. JUNE. Okay, I digress, but the point is, we still have warmer days ahead to get out and enjoy #SummertimeChi, once the weather decides to catch up. Last year I wrote this Summer bucket list and then this recap to share what I accomplished. Overall, I think I accomplished a lot! I’m super excited to write my 2019 list, and to live life to the fullest extent that I can.

WE GOT ENGAGED! Lake Tahoe Vlog

OMG you guys! Roosevelt and i are ENGAGED! After being together for 5 years, this is the perfect timing and Roosevelt made everything so special. His original plan was to propose on a sleigh ride; but it got snowed out! Instead, he worked with a bunch of the staff at the resort to create the cutest setup at a restaurant nearby. He had written a speech and everything! A lot of you have asked, and yes- I was surprised! If you’ve been a reader of my blog, you know that I’m a planner, but - I’ve been taking time to enjoy our engagement before I start planning anything! No date yet :) Check out the vlog here, and then enjoy some photos from our trip below!

HOW TO: Take the Stress out of Packing- PLUS a FREE Packing List!

Having a vacation to look forward to is one of the greatest feelings. As my friends and family know, I love planning (have you checked out arranged by raychh yet?) - so that part of the preparation doesn’t scare me. While planning is fun for me, the part that is definitely not my favorite - is packing. I’m notorious for waiting until the last minute to start packing, but luckily, I’ve got a system down that helps takes the stress out of my least favorite part. Here are my tips for making packing for a vacation less daunting:

Cleaning up my "brand" - how I've learned to be authentically ME

In my 2018 recap, I wrote about all of the “highs” from my first year of blogging. And while I was telling the truth about all of my experiences and I am extremely grateful for each of them, what I did not include in that post were some of the “fails”, and what I learned over the past year. As a new blogger/influencer, there were definitely some things that I could have done differently. Let’s get vulnerable and talk about what I plan to do in 2019 and beyond.

Travel Vlog: Breckenridge, Colorado

Over MLK weekend, I took my first trip to Breckenridge, CO for a family weekend of snowboarding, snowmobiling, tubing and lots of snow! The thought of recording the trip came to me a only a few days before I left, so I decided to put up a poll on my Instagram story to see if my followers were interested - and they were! I’ve been off of YouTube for a while (Roosevelt and I started a channel a couple of years ago), so I’m a little rusty with vlogging, but I remember what I liked so much about it! Take a look at the vlog, and let me know what you think in the comments either here or on the video itself!

A Darling Brunch at Blue Door Farm Stand

Yesterday, I headed over to the Lincoln Park neighborhood with my mom to have brunch at Blue Door Farm Stand. It’s an adorable spot (with of course, a blue door), with awesome values around farm to table, being a part of the community and being a warm and welcoming space that provides wholesome food. 

HOW TO: Holiday Season in Chicago

Halloween is finally out of the way and I can now focus on my FAVORITE time of year, the Holidays! I’ve always loved the Holiday season, but something about spending it in Chicago makes the time even more magical. Whether you live here or you’re planning to visit Chicago in the next couple of months, here are the “must-do’s” - in my humble opinion.

A Unique & Minimalist Accessory to Transition from Summer to Fall

It's time to face the reality - Fall is almost here. Whether you're super excited about #sweaterweather, or if a single tear rolled down your cheek as you put your swimsuits away, the season is vastly approaching. One of my favorite parts about this transitional time is that some of my Summer pieces can still be worn with a few minor adjustments to how they're styled. An easy way to do this is through my accessories. One of my favorite new accessories that surprisingly works for both seasons is my new wooden watch by Jord. 

My Birthday Dinner at the most gorgeous restaurant I’ve ever been to (BLVD Chicago)

I know a lot of people refer to New Year’s Day as somewhat of a “reset button”; however, for me, I feel like my birthday is my official start to a new year. I just celebrated by 26th birthday on the 13th and I’m already looking forward to what I’m manifesting as my best year ever. And to kick it off, Roosevelt took me out to a fantastic dinner at BLVD here in Chicago

Lookbook: Disney World

I recently took a trip to Disney World with my boyfriend Roosevelt. Outside of the general excitement of planning the trip (well, at least I found it exciting), I love planning out my outfits as well. It saves me a ton of time when I'm packing, and it helps me make sure I don't forget anything. I try my entire outfits on before I go, that way I'm not surprised if something doesn't fit or coordinate. Check out what I wore at Disney (with links!), plus a few of my favorite pics from each park!