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Chicago

A Weekend in Chicago

Lovelies, we need to talk about Chicago. I visited for the first time earlier in the month for personal/work and I L-O-V-E-D this gorgeous midwestern city. I was going for work during the week, so my boyfriend decided to join me the weekend before for a fun getaway/birthday celebration. Plus, we got to spend all weekend with one of my dearest friends, which was just the icing on the cake!

We packed a lot into the weekend and it was well worth it. To start out – we knocked out all of the major tourist attractions. We did Willis Tower, an architectural boat tour, Navy Pier and Millennium Park. All of them were super cliche, but I would redo all of them in a heartbeat!

Chicago

Chicago

Chicago

Chicago

Chicago

Chicago

But we didn’t just stick to the well-known spots. Having a best friend in the city meant that we also got to live like locals. We laughed the night away at The Improvised Shakespeare Company, explored the Gold Coast and hung with the hippest of cool cats in Wicker Park.

Chicago

Chicago

Chicago

And of course, we ate our little hearts out. Everything was mighty tasty, but some of my favorites were Chicago Q, Miss Ricky’s, RPM Italian, The Gage, Girl and The Goat and Big Star. And if those restaurants were any indication – there are so many other local gems left to unearth. Obviously I need to go again!

Chicago

Chicago

Chicago

IMG_3376I can’t say enough wonderful things about Chicago. I had an amazing time and want to go back as soon as possible. It’s even been added to my “I’d move there” list. Who knows where the wind will take me!

Have you been to Chicago before? What is your favorite part of the city?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure   

puerto rico

A Weekend in San Juan, Puerto Rico

This year, my boyfriend and I attended five weddings. Four of which we had to travel to. Needless to say, we are a bit worn out now by all the travel, but we couldn’t help but be excited about our last trip to Puerto Rico last week. We attended a gorgeous wedding at Casa de Espana, had scrumptious drinks and late-night snacks at La Factoria and enjoyed a day of windsurfing with Sotavento Water Sports. Since photos speak louder than words, I’ll skip ahead to the photos.

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puerto rico

puerto rico

puerto rico

We had such a lovely time and we that we had an extra few days. I was dying to spend more time on the beach and to make it up in to the rain forests.

Have you ever been to San Juan, Puerto Rico?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

San Francisco

A Weekend in San Francisco

You know what they say about California girls … actually I have no idea what they say, but for a brief week I was a San Francisco chick. I was flying out for work, so I decided to visit my soul sister who moved out to SF a couple of years ago for the weekend before all of my work duties began.

We had a great time people watching on the bus, sweating to death as we walked to the Golden Gate Bridge, partying on a rooftop as we watched the Blue Angels and doing major damage at Sephora … obviously. The only thing on my list that I missed was Lombard St, but there is always next time. Instead of boring you with all the nitty-gritty, I figured I’d share a few snaps instead. Enjoy!

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Have you been to San Francisco? I’d love to hear about your favorite parts of the city so I can add them to the itinerary for my next trip.

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

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My So-called Beautiful Life: Seattle

This is has been quite the year of travel. Montreal, Austin, NYC, California, North Carolina, New Hampshire and now Seattle. And I still have four more trips before the end of the year! Right after Labor Day, we hopped on a plane to fly out west to attend a friend’s wedding. I hadn’t been out to Seattle for three years when the BF moved back to Boston from Washington, so it was nice to spend five days in the gorgeous city.

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Little cutie … #stalkedstatus
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Hot child in the city
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Happiest Moment of my life

It has mountains, forests, beaches and a downtown with high rises and everything. I can’t make up my mind, but I might enjoy the PNW (pacific northwest) scenery more so than the New England scenery. They just have so much moss, and I LOVE moss. Don’t ask, it’s a weird thing.

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Snoqualmie Falls
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The only Starbucks I got in Seattle was from the hotel … woops
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Let’s go to the beach

It was such a fun, relaxing five days. We hiked, walked around downtown, visited family and friends, lounged on the beach got a makeover from M.A.C and danced the night away. It should be no surprise to you, but the most exciting part of the trip was stopping by M.A.C. Believe it or not, I have NEVER, I repeat NEVER, tried out their products before. I know that’s insane to hear coming from a beauty blogger, but I can be scared by their bright colors. I’m just a neutrals girl at heart.

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Thanks M.A.C for the makeover!
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My outfit for the wedding
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Obligatory bathroom selfie

I went in a bit unsure of how my makeup would turn out, but I LOVED the look. A nude eye with a bold cat eye and a hot-pink lip were the perfect match for my blue lace dress, leopard heels and geometric purse. And of course, I couldn’t help but snag a few of the products my fabulous makeup artist used: Girl About Town lipstick, More to Love Pro Longwear Lip Pencil and the Painterly Paint Pot. I couldn’t be more pleased with my purchases!

Have you been to Seattle before? What do you think of the city?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

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My So-called Beautiful Life: North Carolina and New Hampshire

This year has been a travel whirlwind ever since April. Between work and pleasure, I’ve been on 6 trips so far, the most recent being a double-whammy last week. The first part of the week was spent at my family beach house down in North Carolina and the second part of the week was spent in the New Hampshire mountains for a family wedding. While the landscapes were very different, both areas were gorgeous and the week fun yet relaxing.

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Sister twinning
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A gorilla and his gurlz
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Saying goodbye to the beach
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Life is tough

It was so nice to spend days on end relaxing by the beach with no real plans or responsibilities … outside of doing nothing and drinking gin and tonics. And of course, it was nice to catch up with family and to meet my first niece for the first time. Plus, it’s always such an honor to be invited by our friends and family to spend a day celebrating their love for their new husband/wife.

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A beautiful location for a wedding
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Look at that color coordination

I’m sad to be back home and back to the daily grind, but I know it’s just a little bit of time before we’ll be on the road again visiting with more friends and family.

What have you been up to this Summer? 

Photos: beautyXposé

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My So-called Beautiful Life: On Being Lazy

If you haven’t noticed, things have been a bit slow around here. During most months we try to post something new each weekday, but we’ve been lucky to get up two posts weekly since the beginning of June. It was semi intentional and semi unintentional. Let me explain myself before you think I’ve forgotten about you altogether.

I was gone more than half of June for work, and while I planned to keep posts going during my business trips, I was just too busy at the end of the day. So I thought, great, July 1 will be a clean slate. Welp, mid-July is here and I’m just starting to getting back in my groove. After a busy month, I realized I needed some time to actually relax, enjoy some me-time and spend some time with loved ones. I mean, could I take this cliche couples picture if I was blogging my heart out?

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Just on the cliffs of Newport, RI
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Surveying the lands

Just like I’ve taken a bit of an unplanned break from every-day blogging, my hair and makeup game has been a bit off the past month and a half too. With this heat and humidity, it just seems like such an undertaking. Why do my hair if it’s just going to go wild once I step outside? Granted, I could heat-proof my hair and makeup, but that’s just a lot of extra work that I can’t fathom handling right now. Some days I go without foundation, most without eyeliner and some days without everything. #barefacedbeautiful

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Just doing a little hiking

And while I feel bad about not posting as frequently as before, I don’t feel bad about the relaxing bit. I just hope you bare with us as we wrap up our downtime and ramp up our blog posts again!

Have you had any downtime so far this Summer?

Photos: beautyXposé

 

My So-Called Beautiful Life: Austin and NYC

As I’m sure you have noticed, things have been a bit quiet around here for the past couple of weeks. I haven’t forgotten about you, I swear. I’ve been traveling for my “real” job and also for this here blog.

In my “real’ life, I work in the Marketing department for a tech company. We were sponsoring a conference down in Austin, so I was down there for a week manning our booth, applying sunscreen nonstop and eating all sorts of tasty treats. I was supposed to meet up with fellow blogger Kendra from Citizens of Beauty, but that sadly didn’t work out. Next time, though! Here is soms photographic proof of my trip down south.

The Texas state capital
The Texas state capital

 

 

 

Inside the dome
Inside the dome

 

Veggie sausage and grilled corn
Veggie sausage and grilled corn

 

Congress Ave bridge
Congress Ave bridge

 

Then, once I got back last week, I was on a train heading out of town again. This time, NYC for a night so I could meet up with my friends from Skin Authority. Celeste, the CEO, was speaking at HBA Global, so I made the trip to hear her panel and to have dinner with her and some other fabulous ladies. We shared some delicious eats, lots of laugh and hours-long inspiring conversation. It was such a pleasure to meet everyone and to discuss potential collaborations. I hope to have something more for you in the coming months.

I have arrived!
I have arrived!
Celeste's panel
Celeste’s panel
She totally rocked it
She totally rocked it

So there you have it, my travels as of late. I have one more work trip next week, but after that I should be back to my normal groove. Thanks for your patience in my slower weeks!

What have you been up to lately?

Photos: beautyXposé

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My So-Called Beautiful Life: April So Far

I haven’t done one of these since January, and I’m sure you’re dying to know what’s up with my life. We’re only two weeks into April, and a lot has already happened, so I figured it would be a good time for an update.

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My April so far

I’ve been testing out the Skin Authority 3-in-1 skin cleansing system.
My friend Lauren surprised with a treat from KIND.
My mom and sister came to Boston to tour colleges.
I snacked on some delicious macarons twice.
My mother kindly gifted me the loafers, lip tint and concealer I was lusting after during her trip to Boston with my sister.

How is your beautiful life these days?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

My So-Called Beautiful Life: North Carolina

For as long as I can remember, my family has been vacationing in North Carolina for a week or two each summer. Except for one summer when we were moving and a second when we opted for a family cruise instead, I’ve spent at least one glorious week of my life each year frolicking on the beach, being bad at mini golf, sucking down ice cream and searching for seashells.

Welcome, you have arrived!

We rented a house for the first couple of years, but my grandparents eventually decided to build their own from the ground up. As far as I’m concerned, it was the best idea they’ve ever had. Since they live about seven hours north of the beach, they make it down several times a year. I’m totally jealous! I have so many memories in this house, and I hope that my kids will have fond memories of it too one day.

The boy and I were only down for 3 days and four nights this year, but we managed to cram in lots of fun. We swam in the ocean, challenged my family to mini golf, spent some time in Myrtle Beach, raced on jet skis and looked for all One Tree Hill memorabilia in Wilmington.

Ready to ride
See you later, alligator!
The ALLEGED winner of mini golf

I also spent a good amount of time taking artsy (depends on who you ask) pictures. It’s safe to say that if I wasn’t in the ocean, I was snapping away 95% of the time. By the end of the trip, I’m pretty sure the boy wanted to chuck my camera in to the waves. Everyone will thank me for these photos one day, I swear! Here are some of my favorite “artsy” snaps:

My dad and brother talking about the waves one stormy morning
I spy a beach house
Just a casual shot of sea oats in the breeze
Protecting the porch

I’ve been back to reality for a week now, and I already can’t wait for North Carolina ’13. It’s just so nice to get away for a bit and soak up the sun. I’m trying to concoct a way to run away to the beach and make millions for just relaxing and having fun. Realistic, right?

Where is your favorite vacation spot?

Photos: Kristin Bassett/BeautyXpose

My So Called Beautiful Life: Birthdays

Folks – I’m getting OLD. As of April 27th, I am now a whopping 24 years old. Ok, ok. So I’m really not old, I just like to pretend that I am. Most people hate getting older each year, but I love it. People take you more seriously when you’re older … plus I’ve always had the soul of an 85 year old. I just can’t wait for the rest of me to catch up!

Anywho .. I snapped some pics (and immedietly uploaded most of them to Instagram) throughout my bday weekend, and wanted to share.

This is the BEAUTIFUL Kate Spade Mulholland Drive Double Row Necklace my boyfriend gave me. He picked it out all by his lonesome. Aren’t you so proud of him?!

You know it's going to be a good day when you wake up to a sky like this!
My favorite tree bloomed just in time for my bday celebrations
First a gorgeous necklace and now this? Guess who's in my good graces!
Birthday drinks with some beautiful friends.
And now it's the handsome boyfriend's turn for a photo

My parents and siblings sent me a birthday package. It came a few days late, but I was A-OK with it because it came with this card. How can you NOT love a pig in a tutu and tiara?

All in all, I had a fabulous birthday … or birthday week. I spent it with loved ones and beautiful weather, which is all a girl can ask for. Happy birthday to all of you, whenever that day may be!

Photos: Kristin Bassett/BeautyXpose