Friday, July 13, 2012

well wishes & a hiatus update

Celebrating my 21st today, thank you to all the sweet well wishes I've received already! Wishing ya'll the same and more in return!

I apologize for what seems to have turned into a minor hiatus that I have taken, and it's going to have to last just a bit longer. Life is crazy right now ya'll! I am seriously loving my fabulous internship in addition to my day job, and with a roommate and sweet friend getting married at the end of the summer I am swamped in media kits, promos, ads, inventory sets, line sheets with a side of ivory chiffon and lace, pink ribbon, bouquets, lingerie showers and bachelorette parties! (But I wouldn't have it any other way :) )

I'll be back sooner than soon, and I'm sure I'll pop back in here shortly.
Meanwhile, thank you for all of the blessings and support, not to mention patience and understanding!

[Image via Tumblr]


Monday, June 25, 2012

my travel essentials ( & it's award time! )

This afternoon I will embark on a quick jetset to Atlanta, so I took advantage of such perfect timing to share my travel essentials with ya'll! I always love reading about everyone's individual "must-haves" so I thought I would share mine- maybe you'll discover something new to love as much as I do! I always have a scarf in hand (or around my neck) to keep me from getting a chill on the place, always a hair tie on my wrist to sweep my hair out of my face, my Tory Burch Reva's are my go-to chic slip-ons to make it through the security line in a flash, Rosebud salve (throw away your chapstick and snag this asap), and of course some fashionable reading material! (And where would we be without our iPhones/iTouches. Music to our ears. Literally.)

What is the one essential you can't travel without?
jetset essentials

Also, so excited to share with ya'll that I was nominated for the Laine Blogger Award by the ever so sweet Halle of Classic & Glam Blog (check her out ya'll)! It seems the question out there in blogland is "Who is Laine?" and, well, I would love to know right along with you ha! Nonetheless, it is a fun way to link up with other chic bloggers and share some fun info about yourself!
With the award comes the opportunity to answer a few fun questions so here goes!

Definitely Juice Beauty's Green Apple Peel! Leaves my skin feeling refreshed!

YSL Touche Eclat, I've heard only wonderful things, I need to try this little guy.

Personal style. I love the sneak peeks into everyone's fabulous closets and the different interpretations of fashion through personal style!

I was in dire need of a creative outlet, but once I saw how supportive and kind the blogging community was of one another I didn't wait one more second before joining! (Case in point!)

OPI's "You Don't Know Jacques"

To return the favor, I would love to nominate Dooley Noted Style, PIPM, and Caitlin Wilson Design: Style Files. Can't wait to see how these lovely ladies answer the questions!

[Image via Polyvore & Classic & Glam]


Friday, June 22, 2012

happy weekend!

TGIF ya'll! Woo! I was sincerely doubtful as to making it through this week, what craziness! But I could not be more excited for the weekend ahead- a lovely wedding to attend (summer+weddings=a match made in heaven) and packing for a quick jetset to Atlanta next week!

Whatever your plan is for the weekend, enjoy!

[Image via My Tumblr, Source: The Man Repeller]


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

gals, meet gia

THIS beauty is yours to win over at The Southern Eclectic right now! I've blogged Hyla DeWitt gems before (here) and I sincerely cannot get enough of them! And there's more to love! Head over to The Southern Eclectic for a promo code from Hyla to use on her website, ohh yes. What are you waiting for?


Monday, June 18, 2012

oh, monday

M o n d a y, we meet again. And while this model's expression may be imitating my exact feelings at the moment, her dress is so fab. Etsy anyone? Gosh I can't get enough of that wondrous place. You can find this lovely frock here. Indulge a little and treat yourself...because it's Monday ya'll.

[Image via Etsy]


Friday, June 15, 2012

" indulge your inner jetsetter "

I've been wanting to post a Birchbox review on here for a while now and the moment I opened my mailbox to this month's hot pink beauty, I knew that the June Birchbox would be the most perfect to share! If you haven't indulged in Birchbox yet, indulge lady. Only $10 a month and p a c k e d with anywhere from sample to (on occasion) full-sized products, accessories and other beauty goodies. (Because who doesn't have $10 left over at the end of the month?) It really is a chic way to treat yourself without breaking the bank.

Each month is themed (last month's Gossip Girl Birchbox was to die for) and June's "Jetset" theme was oh so fitting. Brimming with the perfect products to "indulge your inner jetsetter", June's Birchbox it fit to keep every traveling fashionista as chic as ever and prepared for anything. Goodies included: one ModCloth Headband (retails for $14 ya'll! Box already paid for itself!), BeautyBlender Cleanser, 2 Comodynes Self-Tanning Towelettes, a sample of COOLA Cucumber Matte Mineral Face Sunscreen, a sample of Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint, Stainiac two-in-one lip and cheek stain, and a Birchbox Man extra! Packed, right? And if you really love something in the box, anything packed in the current month's Birchbox ships free for that month! What's not to love?

[Images are my own]


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

inspiration / interpretation

I love coming across style inspiration somethin' wonderful. After stumbling upon this photo on my Tumblr dashboard, I could not wait to re-create the look and put even a little of my own spin on it! Neon is so hot for the summer and I love how the red pops against it! Here's my take on the look...

inspiration / interpretation

Equipment silk blouse
£220 -

Rag & bone/JEAN skinny fit jeans
$175 -

Tory Burch nude shoes
$225 -

BCBG Max Azria magnetic clutch
$88 -

Carolee LUX red jewelry
$125 -

MICHAEL Michael Kors slim watch
$180 -

[Top Image via Tumblr]


Monday, June 11, 2012

new to me designer : monique leshman

I first discovered Monique Leshman while browsing the likes of the internet looking for a fabulous beach cover-up. Her beautiful accessories coupled with her Calypso St. Barth-esque tunics and caftans had me swooning within seconds. And it gets I was doing my daily rounds on Rue La La, lo and behold there she was! Caftans, tunics, and precious earrings and cuffs galore! Now is your chance to snag one of these glorious gems for an even more glorious discount, but hurry! Only hours left!

Monique Leshman Ivory Silk Tunic (So white hot.)

Monique Leshman Cuff Bracelet (Loving the color!)

Monique Leshman "Glamour" Black Long Caftan

Not a Rue La La member? Click here for a personal invite and your ticket to chic steals and deals!

[Images via Rue La La]


Friday, June 8, 2012

cfda 2012 : my red carpet favs

The 2012 CFDA awards, or the "fashion oscars" as they are fondly referred to as, were this past week and as one might guess, it was THE red carpet of all red carpets. Did anyone get to see the broadcast on Broadcasted for the first time in history, ya'll! Talk about some unforgettable moments.

Anna Wintour. Grace Coddington. Michael Kors. Prabal G. Oh...and all of those celebrities you may have heard of. Pretty much the most kick-a group of fashionistas on the planet and all in one place!

I thought it was going to be hard to choose my red carpet favs, and while the fashion was fierce and present in full-force, my top three stood out to me almost immediately upon setting my eyes on the photos!

The Style Guru, Fashionista Queen and Goddess of the fashion world- all hail Rachel Zoe! (Oh, hey Rodg.) At how old and post-baby? Who even cares, she's so fab. Side note: If you know who she's wearing, help a sister out. There was no mention at the source of this photo. Her own line, perhaps?
The most (style) genius and fashionable of twins there will ever be wearing their own designs from their line, The Row. They may be small, but they are HUGELY respected for their numerous accomplishments and CFDA award winners themselves, Ashley and Mary Kate (brunette!!!) Olsen.
I really loved Mandy Moore in this Lela Rose number. She was like a warm, glowing beacon of light in a sea of bold and fierce fashionistas. She may have fallen out of Hollywood for a while, but the girl didn't loose her sense of style, that is for sure.

[Images via Fashionista]


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

personal style : cool-front

As with much of the midwest, we had a cooler-front swing through this weekend and, as a result, we were back to the cooler mornings prefacing the 80 or 90 degree afternoons! This, inevitably, presents the problem of wearing something that can transition with the changing temperature throughout the day. I chose to suit up in a light-weight, draped blazer, dressy tee and bib necklace, and hot pink shorts for that necessary p.o.c.! (Pop of Color, ya'll.) I took off the blazer once the weather warmed up in the afternoon, which made for a smooth transition!
[Blazer via H&M- Similar, Dressy Tee via Express, Bib Necklace via LC for Kohl's (Can ya believe it?!)- Similar, Shorts via J.Crew, Ring via Pandora]


Monday, June 4, 2012

holy june!

June 4th. JUNE FOURTH!

Where does the time go, my goodness. After looking at my July calendar, June is officially my "relax and gear up" month. You know the feeling when you're all strapped in for a roller coaster ride and you start to ascend dreadfully slowly up the incline before you plummet to your death?

Yep, that's the one! That's my June. So giddy up, ya'll, it's about to be one wild ride!

[Image via Tumblr]


Friday, June 1, 2012

let's polka

Ever since I was told that I looked like Minnie Mouse at an 8th grade formal where I donned a precious black and white polka dot & pink trim dress, I have avoided the playful pattern altogether. Ya'll, those words are traumatizing at 14!! (And from a boy, no less!!)

Recently, however, I just feel pulled toward them! The minute I spotted J.Crew's Jacquard Dot Popover I had to have it! (Though I have yet to actually have it, if only my play money was so quick to roll in...)

In my 6 years of growing style wisdom (ha, please) since that horrifying situation...which I've totally let go by now...clearly...I've learned, as with most everything else, polka dots can tastefully be incorporated into your closet at home. Go for this Fedora from Forever 21 and hit the beach in a simple cover-up and bathing suit or, if you're feeling slightly more daring, pair the J.Crew button down I mentioned with boyfriend skinnies and a simple sandal and you're out the door!

[Images via Forever 21 & J.Crew]


Thursday, May 24, 2012

white hot, sheer delight

I have been waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting (...and waiting) to wear a stunning white ensemble for the coming Memorial Day weekend, but I wasn't quite sure what that would entail until I saw this post by Sydney Poulton. Not just white, people, white on white. The abundance of monochromatic looks on the Spring 2012 runway were most certainly eye-catching, but nothing quite pops or brings about such a stylistic simplicity as an all-white ensemble.

And yes, I know there are those of you out there who chose to throw the "no white until after Memorial Day" rule out the window a long time ago, along with many other respected fashionistas. And I'm not fighting ya! I have absolutely worn elements of white since January (what with embracing the "Winter Whites" trend and all--love). I simply think that an ensemble with such a great intensity of white should be saved post-holiday weekend. After all, [Midwestern] Chic would not be so without keeping some tradition in tact :)

With that said, here is one of my inspiration looks from Shopbop for the upcoming weekend. And what with the LAST DAY of their Big Event Sale, I think there's no better excuse than to indulge in this simple, yet bold, hue.
[Image via Shopbop]

Oh and PS- have you seen my listing (see right-hand side bar) for my mint condition Louis Vuitton that I am selling? Original box, dust bag AND copy of the original RECEIPT FROM SAKS included! Perfect condition, simply do not wear enough. In need of a loving home!


Monday, May 21, 2012

summer satchel

I've been in the market for a new handbag lately, simply something a little different for summer so that I have options and don't have to carry the same bag around with me on the daily.

Oh yes, if you didn't know, I had a handbag panic attack about a year ago and pretty much got rid of every single bag I owned except for a vintage gray snakeskin crossbody, my Longchamp, and my grandmother's Louis Vuitton. I don't end up wearing my LV nearly as much as I thought I would, save the crossbody for nicer occasions and anywhere I want to be "hands-free", which leaves the Longchamp for my everyday tote. And I love that bag, believe me, it is truly a perfect carry-all for anything I might need (i.e. Mac, textbooks, umbrella, wallet, spare cardi, etc.).

For summer, however, I'm not necessarily going to need such a vital catch-all all of the time anymore. I'm wanting something fun, but still neutral enough to be worn with most everything. I love the idea of a satchel, almost a 2-in-1 bag depending on which length you choose to sport it, and so many great styles!

The three satchels featured below each embody a different style to match whatever your go-to ensembles generally shape up to be! Loving the "Classy Lady" look from the DKNY Town and Country Vintage Leather Satchel (what?! I can't help it!)...

The Perfect Satchel for Your Style

Dooney bourke handbag
$318 -

DKNY vintage bag
£201 -

Monday, May 14, 2012

personal style : grad celebration

This weekend played host to a number of graduation parties and other festivities and, currently in the Midwest, we seem to be playing tag with warmer weather. One day it's 90 and the next, 75. With that comes warmer days and afternoons, but much cooler nights...which poses quite the dilemma when choosing the perfect ensemble to transition day-night!

I originally thought I would pair my J.Crew royal blue paper bag waist shorts with a black and white thicker striped tank because of the warmer 80 degree afternoon, but after seeing that a cooler 60 degrees would end the evening, I decided to rethink the tank. Instead, I opted for a chunkier knit, black and white striped sweater- equal parts cool on the bottom to combat the warmer afternoon weather and warmer on the top to compensate for the dropping evening temp!
And, of course, had to add in a statement piece- necklace.

[Shorts c/o J.Crew, Sweater c/o Old Navy- similar, Necklace c/o Express- similar]


Thursday, May 10, 2012

(arm) party in the usa

Oh Miley, that one hit wonder of yours will forever be alive in my heart. (Are you with me??)

And, what's that you say? Creative title for today's post? Oh yes, it is most definitely a Wheel of Fortune inspired "Before and After" phrase. You're impressed.

Okay, on to the actual substance of this post...
I'm having an arm party and you're all invited! Seriously, I know it's taken me forever but ya'll, I am a perfectionist with a minor case of OCD so for an occasion such as this, every detail must be artfully crafted. These are the beautiful pieces that I tend to wear on the daily. I wanted a set that would make enough of a statement without being too overwhelming, and with a design that would coordinate with anything I might wear. With that said, let me introduce you to Velina's Victoria, one of Pardes' bracelets from the Amozonite collection, and Velina's Eve! I discovered Pardes on Etsy and fell in love with the gold mesh cord and light blue bead stunner. As for Velina's beauties, I do want to take a hot second to discuss the brand- in one word...okay two words, truly beautiful. Beautiful philosophy behind the beads, and beautiful pieces themselves. (Oh, and did I mention beautiful ladies behind the scenes? I had the absolute pleasure of meeting and getting to know one of them, Tina, my Freshman year and I am so proud and inspired by the business she has built!) In a recent interview with Exodus Mag, Tina had this to say, "I get my inspiration from the people around me...Everyone is unique and beautiful in their own way and I think their jewelry should be nothing shy of that." 

...Are you swooning over this business or what, gals??? (You too, gents, because don't you even worry, Velina has a line for men. Fair and square.)

["Crossover" ring c/o David Yurman, Victoria bracelet c/o Velina- no longer available, Gold mesh + blue bead bracelet c/o Pardes, Eve bracelet c/o Velina]


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

hey, what's going on over there?

You may have noticed a few things going on over here at [Midwestern] Chic, and you're right! Why yes, ladies and gents, it's time for a few new additions!

You've possibly noticed the Navigation bar toward the top right of the page that I added about a month or so ago. I created this in order to have an organized hub for anything you may need- Home, My Bio, Contact Info, etc. Now, you can also find links to my Twitter (Follow me for blog updates and other fun info, and maybe occasionally a funny tweet...if you're lucky.) and my Tumblr, all in the same spot! Nifty, huh?

The link I am most excited about, however, is for the two fabulous new buttons I have created for the blog! Thanks to the wonderful help and guidance of the sweet gal over at Classic & Glam, I was able to craft two buttons for [Midwestern] Chic! (Seriously, she was such a help! So sweet!) And taking after her ingenious idea, I would love to start a "button-swap" among my fellow fabulous bloggers, that's ya'll! If anyone out there has a button for their blog, I would be more than happy to display it in the side-bar of my blog, provided, of course, that the same be done for [M].C.
Because a little cross-promotion never hurt anyone!

Here's a preview of the two buttons I've created, what do ya'll think? Any suggestions?

[Midwestern] Chic Blog

[Midwestern] Chic Blog


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

personal style : class + work

Finally! (Believe me, I know).
It's about time I start posting a few personal style posts every now and then, huh? I've been meaning to and meaning to and meaning to until "meaning to" quickly turned into "eventually will" which spiraled into "this will never happen". It's one of those things that is almost so easy, it's that easy to forget to do...and before I know it, it's the end of the day and I've already changed out of what I was wearing!

(Although I will attest that it is nearly impossible to capture a full body ensemble shot without the use of a tripod or friend at a distance. If you have a secret, do tell.)

All that to say, when I think about aspects of my favorite blogs that keep me coming back on the daily, part of that is definitely all of the personal style features out there. I love seeing how others interpret trends and different styles, especially those that tend to be more of the fashion leaders and innovators. Now, I'm not saying that I'm either of those, but I like to think I put a chic spin on things every now and again...hope ya'll enjoy!
(Again, please please please excuse the awkward poses/angles. I'll get better at this- promise!)

Today I had to make it to one final and immediately head over to work, thus I was in need of an ensemble comfortable enough to make it to class in and appropriate enough to carry me into a quick afternoon at work. I am a sure sucker for button downs, especially paired with a chunky chained statement necklace. The top knot is my go-to updo when I'm on the go and don't have much time to care for those tresses!

[Top c/o Lauren by Ralph Lauren- similar, Necklace c/o Express- similar]


Saturday, May 5, 2012

cinco de mayo, ya'll!

Still in Cape for Cinco and looking forward to a fun night on the beach with family drinking margs...well for me, virgin margs (I'm such an infant, only 2 1/2 months ya'll!)...nonetheless, so much fun. If I had planned better in packing for the weekend, here's how I would have done it...
Cinco de Mayo!

Nonoo cropped jacket
$515 -

Aztec Bandeau Cover Up
$40 -

Sam Edelman strappy heels
$228 -

Yves Saint Laurent jewel necklace
$1,595 -

Isharya filigree earrings
$435 -

[Image via Polyvore]


And PS- it's also Derby! Anyone going to break out a sombrero to rock in the stands? So curious as to how this will shake up the fabulous headgear this year!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

less worry, more focus

In two days this girl will be headed to Cape Canaveral for the weekend and I, for one, could not be in more dire need of a relaxing mini-break! Sweet time with the family, relaxing on the beach, and honoring my big bro at a wonderful gala event will make for one splendid weekend in the Sunshine state. Post-getaway, only two finals stand in my way from the summer ahead...que working in a wonderful office, interning for a fabulous jewelry designer (more to come on this, rest assured!), online class bringing me one step closer to early graduation, 21st birthday, dear friend's bridal shower + bachelorette party, and a mini-vacay or two somewhere in between...whew)!
With so many wonderful adventures and memories among all that lies ahead of me, it can be a challenge to stay focused on the task at hand and truly "live for today"...a phrase I have come across a ridiculous amount of times as of late. Take it for what you will, but I'll take it as a sweet sign from the Big Man. I know that my brain is constantly going one million miles a minute, thinking about all of the yesterdays I have had and all of the tomorrow's I will have. The tricky part is doing less of the aforementioned and finding more time to appreciate the present. For many of us, the majority of our thoughts tend to dwell on the past and what we would have done differently. For me, I really and truly have made an effort to build a life for myself in which I live with no (or very few) regrets. On the flip side, however, I tend to worry and dwell on all of the tomorrow's in my future, often leaving me little time to stop and really focus on this. very. moment. That's not to say that we can't look forward to all that we have coming up in life- there is no shame in being filled with excitement!! Rather, making a conscious effort to do away with all regret (from the past) and worry (for the future) can do a world of good for everyone, myself especially! So go on, friends, LIVE FOR TODAY!

[Image via Pinterest]


Friday, April 20, 2012

navy, the new neutral?

I first began warming up to navy when the navy + black trend really hit the runway (and the red carpet, for that matter). Since then, I've continuously been experimenting, learning, and having fun with all of the different ways navy can be incorporated into your everyday style! In fact, I've come to the realization that navy is actually quite a versatile color staple, a "new" neutral, if you will! And ya'll know how I love my neutrals. Whether you're sporting a fun frock or your favorite pair of jeans (yesss, so perfect with denim!!!), navy is not about to let you down. Only adding to the fun, Mackenzie over at Design Darling is quite the navy fanatic (which perfectly complements her fiery red locks) and is always posting a fun outfit idea incorporating the fabulous blue hue! Here are my fav navy accessories for the week...
[Images via Hyla DeWitt, K.Slademade, & LOFT]


Saturday, April 14, 2012

au naturel

That's right ya'll, I'm talking about going au the beauty department, that is! Now, I don't mean wearing nothing on that pretty little face of yours, I simply mean it's of the utmost importance to start paying attention to the ingredients on the back of that bottle of foundation or face cleanser. I know, I know, you've all heard it before. But take it from a girl who has gone through about every sample bottle of foundation and cleanser and about every derm prescription on the market- there is nothing, absolutely nothing, that can compete with the benefits you'll receive from using organic and natural beauty products on your skin.

I've used "tetra..."-this and "doxy..."-that prescriptions over and over and about a year ago, I finally reached a tipping point that had me questioning what the products that I was either topically putting on my skin and taking in the form of a pill were really doing to my skin. I did my research, and after learning about the toxins and chemicals present in so many beauty products that are detrimental to the health of our skin, even linked to cancer (CANCER, people!), it just seemed so contradictory to the healthy lifestyle I make an effort to maintain. Think about it- we live in a society of people that are truly becoming more and more committed to exercising daily and eating all natural and organic products for the betterment of their health. Yet, we continue to use beauty products- lotions, foundations, cleansers, shampoos, the list goes on- that are full of harmful ingredients and truly hurting our bodies. Needless to say, I chose to completely shake up my beauty regime for the better.

Since becoming a fully "au naturel" beauty connoisseur, if you will, the benefits have yet to let up. (And I, for one, could not be happier!) The quality and condition of my skin is one hundred times better and best of all, I feel good about the products I am using. I feel confident about the products that are now a part of my daily beauty routine and no longer have to question the harmful effects of their ingredients.

What are you waiting for! Make the "au naturel" change, my friend, you won't be disappointed!

[Image via]

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