Walking in a Winter Wonderland

J. Crew Factory Sweater | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Winter has finally arrived in Chicago! I’m still not sure if I’m happy about it but the snow is certainly pretty. With a fresh dusting of powder everywhere, I felt inspired to go out and finally shoot this sweater! It’s a lovely little gem from J.Crew Factory that I found on super saleĀ on Black Friday. And it’s amazing! Super soft and warm with a little bit of sparkle to brighten even the greyest of Mondays. Easily my favorite in my collection now.

J. Crew Factory Sweater | Stile.Foto.Cibo

J. Crew Factory Sweater | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Paired with a chambray underneath for a preppy accent and some cozy Hunter boots, I’m ready to go play in the snow. Even if only for a little while because, let’s be real, I’m not the biggest fan of cold.

Hunter boots | Stile.Foto.Cibo

J. Crew Factory Sweater | Stile.Foto.Cibo

J. Crew Factory Sweater | Stile.Foto.Cibo

J. Crew Factory Sweater | Stile.Foto.Cibo

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J. Crew Factory Sweater | Stile.Foto.Cibo

J. Crew Factory Sweater | Stile.Foto.Cibo

I hope everybody had a great New Year’s Eve and Day! What are some of your resolutions for 2016? I’ve only got one big one: get my mental health in order. I’d love to hear what everyone else is working on this year. Share down in the comments!

Sweater | J.Crew Factory
Chambray | Gap (similar)
Boots | Hunter
Lip | Julep Light on your Lips in Last Call
Watch | AIBI Watch

Photos by Fashion Photographer Sarah Levine

Julep Rethink Your Shower Review

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For as much attention as I pay to my hair, face, and nails, I don’t give nearly enough love to the rest of my body. This month’s Julep Maven box gave me a chance to give my skin some serious love, though. As part of their July – Drenched collection, Rethink Your Shower Hydrating Body Cleaning Oil takes showering to a whole new level. Using a combination of oils to cleanse and hydrate your skin, this oil is easily my new favorite shower buddy.

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I’m gonna start out with the negatives before hitting the positives to end on a high note.

My biggest negative is the packaging, honestly. The bottle gets super slick in the shower and the pump has been sticking like crazy (at least for me) to the point I need to rest it on a flat surface, use both hands to pump, and somehow make it all end up on the loofa. Not ideal.

I also need a lot to cleanse my entire body. I need 10 pumps to have a successful shower.

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But now the positives!

This cleansing oil feels really nice on my skin. Where regular shower gels that contain harsh sulfates to cleanse my skin often leave my skin feeling dry and stiff, this just leaves me feeling fresh and clean! The combination of the grape seed oil and coconut oil (along with some other great ingredients) smells amazing.

I got over a thick and rich lather equaling clean a LONG time ago — right when i stopped using shampoo — so I’m totally okay with this not having a super rich lather. It’s actually one of my favorite parts. Bubbles are not equal to clean. It’s entirely about how your skin feels. And with this, my skin feels clean and hydrated!

The product itself I give 8/10. The packaging gets only 2.

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Striped Skirt & Spring Flowers

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Spring has officially arrived in Chicago enough that flowers are being planted in the beds around downtown. Color me excited! I love all the bright pops of color amid a sea of grey and concrete. It’s a super refreshing change.

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I found a code for a free Julep Maven Bridal Box not too long ago and am finally getting to trying out all the awesome colors I received. Look out for a review of the colors coming up soon!

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I don’t claim to be a nail artist by any stretch of the imagination but I do try to at least keep my nails as groomed as possible. Which is often difficult given my awful cuticle biting habit.

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