My Favourite Swimsuits For An Extended Summer

I can't believe we're already halfway through summer (at least according to Chicago weather we are). Regardless of how soon it will cool down again in Chicago, I truly believe in extending summer by booking weekend get-aways to warmer places such as a weekend in Cancun or a weekend on the Cayman Islands. Planning a short trip to the beach not only allows you to relax after a busy week at work - but also is the perfect excuse to shop for cute swimsuits which are currently all on sale!

 

My Favourite Swimsuits For An Extended Summer

 

I could come up with a pun like "shopping is a splash when your favorite items are on sale" but I will spare you my very punny humour. 😀

 

My Favourite Swimsuits For An Extended Summer

 

I'm usually a bikini type of person but really love all the cute swimsuits this season. There are so many great options with ruffle and floral details - I couldn't resist and had to get one myself.

 

My Favourite Swimsuits For An Extended Summer

 

In addition to the ruffles which look like flowers, the low plunge and the high leg make this type of swimsuit very flattering for almost every body type. Did I mention it has a cute back too?

 

My Favourite Swimsuits For An Extended Summer

 

Because I always struggle to find flattering and cute swimsuits and bikinis, I put together my favorite swimwear picks this summer for you which are all on sale!

 

 

Swimsuits Under $50

 

 

Swimsuits Under $100

 

Bikinis Under $50

 

Bikinis Under $100

 

My Favourite Swimsuits For An Extended Summer

 

Light cover-ups are the perfect solution for a late evening at the beach when it slowly cools down but is not cool enough yet to put on a dress. No beach outfit is complete without it and I'm particularly stoked about all the lacy options available this year.

 

My Favorite Cover-Ups

 

 

My Favourite Swimsuits For An Extended Summer

 

My Favourite Swimsuits For An Extended Summer

 

I personally love each of these swimsuits but don't have enough closet space to get them all. Let me know your favorite pick in the comments below!

 


 

The Gal Meets Glam Collection Launch

Happy (not so casual) Friday! This is a very special blog post to me. Exactly one week ago, Gal Meets Glam launched their dress collection. I have been following Julia Engel (Gal Meets Glam) for a while now and I love everything she does. Her energy is inspiring, her style impeccable, and her business drive is mind-blowing. She has worked so hard to get from being a blogger to a clothing designer and now sells her line at Nordstrom. I'm a fan of her dresses, all of her work, but most of all, I'm a fan of her being an empowering example to women all over the world by showing what one can achieve with hard work.

As some of you know, I was in line at Nordstrom Michigan Avenue right when the store opened a week ago. The first 30 customers to buy one of her dresses would get a ticket to meet her on May 17 in Chicago (which also happens to be my birthday). Of course, I couldn't pass up the chance to be one of the first to see her collection in store and to get a chance to meet her.

It turns out, there were a few Gal Meets Glam fans at Nordstrom that morning. As soon as the doors opened, we all ran up to the third floor to be the first ones to see the collection. It was incredible! All the dresses were even prettier than they look online!

 

Bettina in Gal Meets Glam Evelyn dress

 

I immediately fell in love with the dress Evelyn and so it came home with me.

It's a beautiful spring occasion dress and would work perfectly for attending weddings, spring or summer evening parties, or any other events you would want to dress up for.

 

Bettina in Gal Meets Glam Evelyn dress

 

The fabric is wonderful. It's a bit heavier, thereby falling really nicely and being incredibly flattering. It's surprisingly comfortable to wear and it fits me like a glove. Usually, dresses with side cut-outs are very tricky for me but this one fits without any tweaks.

 

Bettina in Gal Meets Glam Evelyn dress

 

The neck bow adds a beautiful feminine detail but my favourite part of the dress...

 

Bettina in Gal Meets Glam Evelyn dress

 

Bettina in Gal Meets Glam Evelyn dress

 

... are of course the pockets. How many times do us girls find ourselves at a nice event wishing we had pockets to hide kleenex, mints, or any other essential items? Well, this dress has pockets and I could not be happier about it!

 

Bettina in Gal Meets Glam Evelyn dress

 

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Gal Meets Glam also produces their own little scarves with each collection. I love adding scarves as an arm, neck, or purse accessory to all kinds of outfits.

Check out her collection online or at Nordstrom. Each month, she will release new dresses and they are limited edition. The April collection is selling out really fast! Which dress would you get?


 

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How To Style A Striped Purse

Happy casual Friday everyone! I'm not usually the kind of person who follows trends blindly. I have my own style which I stay true to and most people would describe it as simple and classic (proof). However, this season is different and a can't resist anything with stripes! Stripes are everywhere at the moment and I love to style a striped purse with some basic (what else?) pieces to make it pop.

 

 

 

 

I found this purse at Aldo for only $45! They have a ton of other striped purses right now which I  like. Unfortunately, my closet space wouldn't allow me to have all of them.

 

How to style a striped purse - Elroodie purse from Aldo

 

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I combined my new find with a basic woven cami, matching shoes, some skinny jeans from H&M, and the most comfortable long cardigan because it's still not that warm here.

 

 

 

 

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For those who are wondering when the best time is to take pictures of the Bean at Millenium Park, a spot usually overrun by tourists,  pick a Friday morning at 7am!

 

 

What are your favourite trends this season? Let me know in the comments below!


 

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Cashmere Poncho and Michael Kors Heels

Happy casual Friday!

Even though it's officially Spring now, the Chicago weather doesn't believe in calendar dates and it remains chilly and windy. On the rare occasions when it's above freezing, I immediately get into spring mode (and usually end up freezing because I misjudged the temperatures).

I'm a big fan of all things blue, as you may already have noticed, and love to combine navy with light blue and white.

 

Bettina sitting on stairs with cashmere poncho, michael kors pumps, and navy blue purse

 

I'm super excited about this cashmere poncho which I found on sale at Nordstrom Rack. It's sooo soft and was under $100! Usually, cashmere is quite pricey but if you wait and search long enough, you might find a bargain and it's totally worth it. It's the softest poncho I own (and I have a few) and doubles as a scarf!

 

Bettina leaning against hand rail with cashmere poncho, michael kors pumps, and navy blue purse

 

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I've had this purse for a couple of years and still love it. It's super spacious and because it's navy, it goes with almost everything in my closet. Since having a scarf around the purse seems to be having a come-back (was it ever really out of style?), I decided to add one to this as well to bring some colour into the mix (with colour I mean more shades of blue). The great thing about having a scarf on your purse is that if it gets cold and you forgot to bring one, you can just steal your purse's scarf.

 

Bettina sitting on stairs with cashmere poncho, michael kors pumps, looking at navy blue purse

 

Navy blue purse with gold lock and blue silk scarf

 

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Last but most certainly not least, I scored these Michael Kors shoes on sale at Macy's a week or two ago! They are super comfortable and I love the detail at the back. I love the Michael Kors brand and think they're doing everything right. Their items are simple, classic, with a hint of modern - just my style! I found them online on sale still in nude and light pink. The navy ones linked below are under $100!

 

Bettina walking up the stairs with cashmere poncho, michael kors pumps, and navy blue purse

 

Navy Blue Michael Kors Antoinette Pumps

 

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All set to go out tonight! (Or back inside because it's too cold out!) What are your best finds this early Spring?


 

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Ice Cream Coloured End-of-Winter Outfits

Not sure about you but this is the time of the year where I'm really struggling to get some fashion inspiration. The New York fashion week is just over and while they showcase great pieces, some of it seems out of reach. The snow is slowly melting, there is a promise of spring in the air but we all know we’ll have to wait another couple of weeks (in Chicago it's more like months) until we can sit in the sun without a jacket.

To combat this uninspired time, Sarah and I decided to put some spring coloured winter outfits together to inspire all of you. Taking a stab at implementing the ice cream colour spring 2018 trend (check out the Vogue article here), Sarah went for a pastel pink and light blue theme, whereas I put together a combination of light blue and white.

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I love combining an ice cream coloured purse with a matching scarf and accessorizing with simple rose gold jewelry.


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What are your favourite trends this season?


 

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