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DATES: 5/26 – 5/31

ANTHROPOLOGIE // Additional 30% off all sale items, in stores and online

DATES: 5/26-5/30

ASOS // Extra 20% Off

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DATES: Now – 5/30

BANANA REPUBLIC // Extra 40% Off

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DATES: Now – 5/30

BLOOMINGDALES // Take an extra 20% off select sale & clearance items for savings up to 65% off

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DATES: 5/26 – 5/30

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DATES: Now – 5/31

FARFETCH // Up to 50% Off

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FREE PEOPLE // Additional 25% Off All Sale Items

DATES: Now – 5/30

J. CREW // 30% Off Your Purchase

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DATES: Now – 5/31

LOFT // 60% Off Summer Faves & All Sale Styles + 40% Off New Arrivals

DATES: Now – 5/31

LORD AND TAYLOR // 20% Off Almost Everything

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DATES: Now – 5/30

MACY’S // Extra 20% off Memorial Day Sale + Free Shipping at $50

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DATES: Now – 5/30

NORDSTROM // Up to 40% Off

DATES: 5/26 – 6/7

OLD NAVY // Extra 50% Off Select Styles

DATES: Now – 5/30

SAM EDELMAN // 30% Off Sitewide

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DATES: NOW – MAY 30

SHOPBOP // New Markdowns + 25% OFF Calvin Klein Underwear

DATES: 5/25 – 5/30

URBAN OUTFITTERS // Long Weekend Sale – 25% Off Shorts + 25% Off Graphic Tees

DATES: 5/25 – 5/30

POTTERY BARN // Up to 25% Off

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DATES: Now-5/30

It’s been a while since I posted a monthly book list. Honestly, I haven’t read a book for enjoyment in a long time. I’ve been in grad school and my reading time recently has been focused on learning about research proposals, statistics, and theories. Hopefully I will get some time to read for pleasure soon but until then, here are 5 books that I think will make great summer reads.

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This embroidered dress is so cute and lightweight. It is perfect for summer! (Blog post here)

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You all should know by now that I am definitely a t-shirt and jeans kind of girl. This concert tee has been featured on so many blogs since last summer. It is the perfect over-sized tee for those days that you want to be casual. (That blog post here)

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These shorts are my favorite cutoffs that I own and they are back in stock this summer along with some other styles. (That blog post here)

I’m excited to get out my summer staples here in a few weeks. The weather in Illinois keeps going back and forth so I’m not ready to fully commit to a summer wardrobe yet. I thought in anticipation, I would show 3 summer outfits from last year that still have popular items available.

I look forward to posting new outfit posts soon:)

 

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I recently had the opportunity to speak with one of Central Illinois’ players that are in the NFL. Colton Underwood, former Illinois State Football Standout, who is now a member of the Oakland Raiders in his fourth year in the NFL. Colton is originally from Washington, Illinois which us central Illinoisans would know as it was the town that the tornadoes hit in 2013.

For those of you in the Central Illinois area, Colton will be sponsoring a Gala Dinner at the Par-A-Dice Hotel on Friday, June 24th. This will be a red carpet event with NFL players present. The theme of the event is “funky formal”.  It will have a west coast feel with dueling pianos, great music, and fabulous fashion. This is a night to get dressed up and express yourself through what you wear. This would make for such a fun girl’s night or a date night! The tickets for the event can be found on his website.  The tickets go for $125 per person or $1,000 for a Table of 10.

One of the main reasons why I like this foundation and event so much is because there is a huge emphasis on fundraising for Cystic Fibrosis . Colton became interested in Cystic Fibrosis because his 4 year old cousin, Harper has the disease. He was impressed with what a hard-working little girl she was and felt that he needed to somehow make a difference in her fight. With this in mind, he developed a foundation to raise money to aid Cystic Fibrosis patients and search for a cure.  The money goes towards setting up college scholarships, providing equipment to the Children’s Hospital, and some of the money goes directly to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

If you are not able to make it to the dinner you can also directly donate to the foundation here.

To learn more about Colton, you can check out his website or go follow him on Instagram.

For some fashion inspiration for the night, check out my top formal attire picks below….

I am so grateful to have grown up surrounded by such strong women. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think about how blessed I am to have many motherly figures in my life.

My Mother– There is not a woman that I know that is more hardworking and passionate about what they do than my mother. She taught me that my education was extremely important and that I need to do something that I love with my life. She is supportive, gracious, and willing to help anyone in whatever way possible.

My sister- Even though my sister is not necessarily a “mother” figure to me, she is a mother that deserves some credit. She became a mom two years ago and I think it is her greatest role yet. She spends countless hours researching ways to be even better at something that I think she has already doing an amazing of. Plus, she is raising a two year old with the biggest and best personality. If I have kids one day, I know that she will be the first person that I go to with advice. She is a super mom!

My Aunt Needie-  I have always been so close to my aunt. She makes you feel like you are the most important person in the room. She is the woman who let me stand in my underwear in her living room while she diagnosed the chiggers on my legs and the one who immediately said yes when I called her out of the blue to accompany me on a trip to Africa. She is selfless, kind, and incredibly smart. She also fostered my love of reading and is my mentor with my job. I love her so much!

Mary– Everyone should have a mom like Mary in their lives. She is a woman that is driven by laughter and joy. She is the one that accepts whatever choices that you have made and encourages you to take risk. She is also the one that takes your side in battles against your real mom, especially when it comes to risky hair and clothes choices. She has always been the adventurous one and will say yes to whatever you want to do, no matter how crazy it may be! If I ever wanted to parachute out of an airplane, I know exactly who I would ask to go with me.

My Grandmother– If you do not know if God exists, then you have never met my grandma. Only God could have created such an amazing woman. My grandmother is truly my angel on earth. She may be 5 feet tall but she is the strongest woman I know. They do not make women like her anymore.  She is unbelievably gracious, supportive, and accepting. I could never have asked for a more perfect person in my life.

After creating pieces with Minnie, Bambi and Cinderella in mind, Lauren Conrad is releasing an Alice in Wonderland capsule,which is her fifth Disney collection. It became available in stores yesterday , just in time for Alice Through the Looking Glass‘ May 27 release.

The Alice in Wonderland line ranges in price from $36 to $68, and it is available both in stores and online.

My favorite from the collection is the Ruffle Dress in teatime blue. It has cute little tea cup prints on it and a criss cross back. I ordered it immediately so I wouldn’t end up on the wait list for it.

Check out the rest of the collection above!