Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday's Five

Happy, happy Friday!  After the past two very busy weekends, I have zero plans for this one and I couldn't be more excited.  But first, here's what we were up to this week...

ONE | Snow
It snowed here on Wednesday.  Yup, April 22nd and it was snowing - only in Michigan.  And probably Alaska.

TWO | Z Gallerie Devon Mirror
You may recognize this mirror from pretty much every bloggers home tour.  I've been in love with it for quite a while and finally scooped it up on sale this week!  I'm thinking it's going to replace this mirror over our fireplace.  

THREE | The Girl on the Train
Cannot. Stop. Reading.  It is so so so good, I can't put it down.  If you need me this weekend, you can probably just find me reading this.  

FOUR | Dining Chairs
Our tufted dining chairs finally came in from Overstock this week... and they are all wrong.  They're too short, the color is too dark and they're not nearly as high quality as I thought they would be.  If you have a favorite tufted chair, let me know because we're on the hunt again!

FIVE | Face Wipes
I've been reading a lot about using face wipes to take off your makeup before you wash your face so I picked up some of these Burt's Bees wipes to try.  Anyone else do this?  I'll be sure to report back if I like them!

I'm realizing this post has basically turned into five things I bought this week... but what else is there to do when it snows in April?
Enjoy your weekends!

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Linking up with KarliJennieRebecca and April

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Disappointing Products

As much as I wish that everything I spend my money on is worth it, it's not.  But sometimes I think these disappointing products are the most important to share - so that others don't waste their money on them as well.  So here are three things that I would not recommend...

Barefoot Dreams Cozy Chic Bathrobe
I actually have loved this bathrobe.  It's soft, comfortable and very, very cozy.  BUT after four months of owning it, it already has a giant hole in the arm.  I honestly don't even wear it that much - just out of the shower and first thing in the morning.  For the hefty price tag, it should definitely not be ripping already. I had a cheapie Forever 21 bathrobe that lasted about ten times as long and was a tenth of the price that I think I'm going back to.

Chicwish Trench Coat
This is more a warning of the company than the specific trench coat.  If you remember from this post, it took almost 5 weeks for the coat to arrive.  They don't offer tracking on their shipping so I had no idea when it was coming/if it was coming.  Once the coat arrived, it was too big which isn't a big deal - that's what happens when you shop online and can't try things on.  I accidentally threw the original return form away with the packaging so I went online to request a new form... and never heard back from the company.  I emailed, filled out an online contact form, left voice mails.  Nothing.  Now I have a $70 coat sitting in my closet that is beyond the return policy date and I'll never wear because it's too big.  Such a disappointment.

No Bleeding Secret Lip Liner
After hearing a few great reviews from other bloggers, I couldn't wait to pick up this lip liner.  The first week using it all was good but once I needed to twist up the stick, it didn't work.  I figured I just got a bad one so I brought it back to Sephora and explained the problem.  The employee said I could exchange it but first we'd try opening the new one to make sure it worked fine.  Welp, that one didn't work either.  Apparently they just changed their packaging and not for the better because we couldn't find one that twisted up properly.  I ended up exchanging it out for the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics invisible liner and have been really happy with it!

Any products you've been disappointed in lately?  

Linking up with AnnieNatalieMeagan and Joey

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Caprese Avocado Chicken Salad

I had a totally different post planned and written for today but after I made this salad for dinner last night, I knew I had to share it with you guys ASAP.  It is so delicious, healthy and easy -- my three requirements for a weeknight dinner.  Not pictured is the balsamic vinaigrette dressing which I highly recommend making yourself because it's that good.  Enjoy!

Salad Ingredients
4 cups spring mix salad
2 hard boiled eggs, diced
1 chicken breast
1 avocado, diced
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup mozzarella balls
Salt and pepper

Balsamic Vinaigrette Ingredients
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp dry basil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

1.  Mix garlic, mustard, lemon juice, basil, balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper in a small bowl.  Slowly stir in olive oil, whisking until oil and vinegar are combined.  Set aside.
2.  Coat raw chicken with salt and pepper and any other additional seasonings.
3.  Grill chicken 5-6 minutes on each side until cooked through, 170 degrees.
4.  Divide spring mix, eggs, avocado, tomatoes, mozzarella and sliced grilled chicken into two bowls.
5.  Top with balsamic vinaigrette.

Linking up with KateMarySusanNatashaLisaEmily and Kristen

Monday, April 20, 2015

Weekending - Chicago Style

And wedding season has officially begun!

This weekend we kicked off the festivities with my friend Erica's bridal shower in Chicago.  The shower was held at The Signature Room which is on the 95th floor of the John Hancock building and it couldn't have been more perfect - from the views to the food to the games.  Not to mention it's always great when our group of friends can get together since we're spread out all over the country.  

{Some of the best views of the city}

{I ended up wearing a repeat dress - I originally bought this one but the arms were so unbelievably tight that I couldn't wear it!}

{Bathroom selfies, 95 floors up}

{Love love}

The only downside of the weekend was missing out on Lilly for Target.  I was hoping to stop at my store/shop online when I got home yesterday but everything was long gone - sounds like it was insane.  Hope you were all able to get some good stuff!

Linking up with BellaCarlyBiana and Ashley

Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday's Five 4/17

Happy Friday!  As you're reading this, I'm Chicago bound!  My girlfriends and I are headed to the city for the weekend to celebrate one of our best friends bridal shower.  Good thing I rested up after last weekend, it's going to be another fun-filled, jam packed couple of days!

ONE | Brady Boy
We finally let Brady sleep outside of his crate in our bedroom this week.  The first night was perfection - he spent half the night sleeping under our bed and the second half willingly in his crate.  The other nights?  No.  He just wanders around our bedroom, occasionally taking a little nap - any tips on how to get him to relax?!

TWO | Blogger vs. Wordpress
Thank you for all of your advice, comments, opinions, etc from Tuesday's post!  You gave me lots of good stuff to consider when it comes to making the big switch.  Still not sure what I'm going to do but I do know that there will be some changes coming to the blog soon.

THREE | Internet Purge
Speaking of blogging and the internet in general, it's been bogging me down a bit.  Sometimes I feel a slave to keeping up with my Instagram or Bloglovin' feed and that's just not fun.  After reading this really, really great article, I decided to do a purge of my social media feeds.  I'm honestly SO glad I did this - it's been such a time and sanity saver.  Now I'm just hoping I didn't accidentally un-follow any friends in the process!

FOUR | Gap Top
This is my favorite top as of recent.  I've been wearing it almost every weekend and I'm sure it'll make another appearance during this one.  Best of all, it's on sale right now with the code APRIL and comes in three different colors!

FIVE | Starbucks Stop
I had my first iced chai tea latte of the season this week!  Spring has sprung, hallelujah.

Enjoy your weekends!

Linking up with KarliJennieRebecca and April