outfit // just a peek.



Dress: Forever21 // Shoes: Chinese Laundry (similar
// Bangles: Forever21 (similar) // Ring: Madewell (similar)



// Photos by Lauren Atkins


I may not be 21 anymore, but I still love a good Forever21 find. And while I happen to find shopping in their stores completely overwhelming (and basically my worst nightmare), I'm a big fan of placing a big online order, trying it all on at home and returning the duds and marveling in some of the amazingly cheap finds they have. This dress was one of my recent favorites - the detail is incredible considering the price and I love the peek through the mesh detail in the front #winning


getting fancy with the fishes.


My favorite event of the summer is just around the corner - the Shedd Aquarium's BLU fundraising event. It's a night of amazing food from some of the city's top restaurants, an open bar, live music and best of all, access to the aquarium's exhibits. It's a really different way to visit the Shedd and is the perfect excuse to get dressed up and enjoy a spectacular night complete with a killer view of the Navy Pier fireworks from the aquarium's terrace.


Last year I was lucky enough to attend Shedd BLU and I've basically been counting down to this year's event ever since. I'm partnering with the Shedd as their official lifestyle blogger for this year's Brazilian-themed BLU and best of all, I have two sets of VIP tickets (4 total) to give away for you and a guest to join me as well! The tickets include entry to the event, open bar, access to all exhibits and even a special VIP lounge with even more delicious food and cocktails. And if that wasn't amazing enough, there's also an after-party at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, which you'll have tickets to as well.

Details on how to enter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And don't fret if you don't happen to be the lucky winner - tickets are still available! I can honestly say that the event experience is worth every penny AND you're helping to support the Shedd and it's 32,000 animals (crazy, right?!)

It's going to be an awesome night - hope to see you there! Winner will be chosen on Wednesday night & notified immediately (so you have time to outfit plan, obviously) 


currently // laurie of 312 beauty.

"Currently" is a monthly series featuring what's on the mind of some of my very favorite ladies of the blog world. This month we're featuring Laurie, expert on all things makeup, skincare and hair and blogger behind 312 Beauty. She's a fellow crazy dog mom (her dog Betty has an Instagram and it is AMAZING) and I couldn't agree more with what she's craving at the moment ;)

Get a glimpse into what's currently on her mind:


A big THANK YOU to Laurie for giving us a glimpse into her world (I'm seriously about to order all of the products she mentioned - girl knows her stuff). Be sure to stop by 312 Beauty and check it out and follow along on Twitter & Instagram as well.

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