10.30.2014

october highlights.

WHERE DID OCTOBER GO?! Seriously. It feels like Labor Day was last weekend and yet fall is zooming by and we're already on the cusp of the holiday season (confession: I have already started my Christmas shopping). I ended up traveling every single week this month for work which was great for my frequent flier miles, not so good for my sanity - I just want to soak up some Chicago autumn while it's still around!


October Highlights

Although the month was a chaotic one, some highlights include:

A delicious dinner party with Danielle & Weight Watchers at Centered Chef
Spending the week in sunny Santa Monica, one of my all-time favorite places
Proudly supporting Breast Cancer Awareness month with a reminder to "Fight Like a Girl"
Speaking at GoBlogSocial's Chicago pop-up event and offering some perspective on balance
Cheering on Chicago Marathon runners & spectating the race for the first time
Making the most out of vest season with a go-to weekend look
Soaking up autumn in Chicago with a long walk to Lincoln Park with Callie
Partnering with Women's Health Magazine & Lincoln for their FEED10 RUN10 race
Finally announcing that I'm part of SELF magazine's new SELF Made Collective
Spotting the most perfect ivy-covered brownstone in Gold Coast (complete with pineapple door knocker!)
Discovering a new bold lip favorite - Burt's Bees new lip crayon
An outtake from an outfit shoot that captures my relationship perfectly
Jumping on the jogger trend with a fun patterned pair from Kohl's so.rad. line
Staying in the fanciest of hotels during a work trip out to LA
Capturing a killer view out the airplane window during a flight home to Chicago
An AMAZING blowout thanks to the team at Blowtique (can I have hair like this everyday?!)
Mountain views from my client's office in Glendale
Some Saturday pampering with a great haircut by Carl at Sine Qua Non salon
My Callie girl posing with some fall foliage during a morning walk
Brunching with two of my favorite people in the world & a sweet snapshot captured by Sam
Admiring how perfect Lincoln Park is in October during a trip to Benefit on Armitage


How was your October? Has anyone else started thinking about Christmas already? Do you have any fun plans for November?

10.29.2014

outfit // from workout to weekend.

Every weekend typically starts the same for me - a Saturday morning Flywheel class followed by a trip to DoRite donuts with Blaine and Callie (counterproductive yet delicious). I'm all about releasing the stress of the work-week and there's nothing better for that than Flywheel - the loud music and dark room plus the sheer intensity of the workout makes you forget everything else for 45 minutes and afterwards, you not only feel amazing but you also are totally ready to tackle the weekend.


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I've found my favorite thing to wear for Flywheel is cropped tights + a tank - pieces sweat-wicking material are an absolute must! They keeps you cool and comfortable (my first time I tried Flywheel I was wearing shorts… biggest. mistake. ever.) and an all-black ensemble plus pieces with built-in ventilation are always a good idea to conceal the inevitable sweat stains after a good ol' cardio ass kicking. 


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// PUMA Gym Tank Top ℅ // PUMA Tech Performance 3/4 Tights ℅ 

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PUMA has also added a bit of flare to their training attire with a fun criss-cross back detail on the tank, plus a built-in sports bra to keep things simple while still providing support. You'll usually find me running to and from the Gold Coast studio in light-weight sneakers that are both comfortable (these have a barefoot feel!) yet functional so you can easily make the transition from post-workout sweat to errands.


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But after class? I'm in full on comfort-mode… which I tend to stay in for the remainder of the weekend. Now that the temperatures have gotten cooler in Chicago, there's nothing more cozy than a hoodie and the collar shape and retro-feel of this PUMA hoodie keeps things comfy yet stylish enough for your morning coffee run. It's a total weekend layering essential.


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And by now you're probably well aware of my obsession with pants that feel like pajamas but don't look like pajamas. It's basically the key criteria for what I decide to wear on the weekend and I have been wearing these slouchy running pants non-stop since the arrived - the cut makes them a perfect sporty chic piece and they're perfectly paired with a pair of stylish sneakers. My kind of look! 

What are your go to pieces for workout and weekend? Do you have a favorite workout to jump-start your weekend? 


This post was sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of PUMA but all opinions are 100% honest and my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make Pretty & Fun possible - authenticity is important to us and we truly only partner with brands that are a good fit for our blog and audience.

10.28.2014

splurge worthy.

We tend to keep things pretty budget friendly around these parts because hey, spending a ton of dough on a piece of clothing or an accessory just isn't realistic for most of us. But a girl can dream, right? Everyone has their list of splurge worthy items - those things you'd absolutely love to get your hands on if money was no object. Maybe it's the latest trend that would just be a lot of fun to rock or maybe it's an investment piece that you are seriously saving for because of its longevity (cost per wear is a real thing!)

So today, we're taking a break from our usual realistic style recommendations and are celebrating the seriously splurge worthy:


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What's on the top of your splurge wish list? Has anyone discovered a money tree yet?

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