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I am so excited  to recap my March comedy show and dance party for you guys! These events are some of my favorites because all the greatest people come together for a night of laughter, networking and of course photos. I mean duh, I am a blogger after all.

My girl Andrea, from @Andreadoesntgiveaduck and Real Housewives of Instagram co-star introduced me. That was a last minute addition and as you can see from the video she took her job very, very seriously.

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First of all, the space was absolutely stunning, it was truly a blogger’s dream. Debi has such great taste and the beauty is truly in the details. I’m surprised anyone even talked to each other because the photo opts were abound! The floral arrangements done by Stemming From Love were so gorgeous and really brought the whole set up together. If you are local, you need to check their custom arrangements for your next event.

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The food and the pastries were absolutely delightful as well! I did end up ordering pizza’s however because I know my crowd and I had a feeling the beautiful turkey roll ups and cheese were just going to make a great appetizer! Unfortunately, no one deemed it beautiful to take a picture of the empty pizza boxes that ended up laying over the beautiful marble counter top. Rude.

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The bubbly truck champagne wall was a perfect addition to the space. How stinking cute is this set up!? Sneaky Fox spirits provided the base for any vodka cocktail our guests desired. It was so kind of them to sponsor the event! They are a local vodka brand that is making big waves in the spirit industry.

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Of course, DJ MT was there spinning the best of the best tunes so everyone could dance before returning home to their responsibilities. “Pony” and “Thotiana” were at the top of my list and she always humors me with playing whatever I want.years ago

Overall, I loved having everyone come together and what a great excuse to get out and socialize on a Thursday night! Thank you to everyone who showed up and to all the wonderful vendors who made it such a special night!

styling/planning/ photos| @chicfromchicago
venue | @dlstudiochi
floral | @stemmingfromlove
sweets | @tonipatisseriecafe
caterer | @nib.ble_by_scarlett
dj | @djmegantaylor
bubbly wall | @thebubblytruck

Alright ladies, it’s that time of year again! The big Shopbop sale is here and it’s the perfect time to stock up on styles for the season. This sale is my favorite because you get 20%-25% off your entire purchase. Today I’m sharing 5 things that are in my cart and 3 Spring trends I am currently loving.

Whether you’re looking to splurge on a designer piece, pick up some on-trend pieces for the season or just stock-up on wardrobe essentials, this is the time to do it. From today 4/10 through Friday 4/12 you can get 20% off orders under $500 and 25% off orders over $500 with promotion code: EVENT19

 

 

My Top 5 Picks from the Shopbop Sale:

1. A.L.C. Valencia Dress – Also loving these dresses by A.L.C
2. Equipment Button Down – More great button downs for Spring here
3. RtA Prince Coated Jeans – All about coated denim right now, some other killer options here
4. Black Halo Faith Dress – Perfect for a Spring wedding. More pretty options here
5. Acne Studios Bertine Snake Booties – SO many cute booties here

3 Spring Trends I am Loving:

1. Colorful tropical styles, perfect for vacay
2. Neons are everywhere this season and are so fun
3. Brilliant bags that complete (or make) the outfit

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Don’t miss out on this amazing limited time sale, shop it here!

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Today I am smiling from ear to ear because I get to introduce one of my favorite people! Irina Ovrutsky is a super mom of three, and the owner of popular kids clothing line Lola & The Boys. On top of being a mom and business owner, she is one of the funnest, funniest and coolest girls I know. Read on to learn more about Irina!

1. What is the best thing about being a mom? 

The unconditional love your kids have for you! When they say I love you and give you hugs and kisses, there is no better feeling then that.

2. What is the hardest thing about being a mom?

Trying to juggle work with motherhood, and not having enough hours in the day to get it all done.

3. What habit do you hope to pass down to your kids?

I hope to pass down my work ethic. I don’t want them ever thinking that things are easy or come free. Teaching them from a young age to work for what they want, hopefully help them grow into driven and motivated adults.

4. What are three essentials you need everyday?

Coffee! Workout! Iphone!

5. What late night food do you crave?

Any kinds of chips or French fries

6. 3 words to describe yourself? 

Fun, Creative, Loyal

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7. How has your style changed since becoming a mother?

I don’t want to let being a Mom change my sense of style. I have always loved Fashion and expressing myself through the way I dress. one thing that’s changed is wearing more sneakers and less heals… No one has time for painful feet especially when you are always on the run.

8. What traits bug you the most in other mothers?

Controlling Moms…relax and let the kids be themselves and stop trying to police every move.

9. What are 3 things in your bag you couldn’t live without? 

Lipstick, Iphone, charger

10. What’s your secret to being a dope ass mom?

Laughing with your kids and making memories together! Appreciate all the moments because time flies by.

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11. Nanny, hairstylist or chef? You can only have one live in.

CHEF… and butler lol 😉

12. What does success look like to you in parenting?

When you see your kids being kind and nurturing to others. When they repeat the important values you try to instill in them makes you feel successful as a parent. I hope to raise kind and loving children.

13. How do you maintain your identity while still being someone’s mom?

Making time for the things that make you happy and smile. Dinner with your girls or a weekend trip with your hubby… nothing like a good laugh

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14. How has your relationship changed with your own mother since becoming a mom?

I understand my mother more now and appreciate everything she has done for me when I may have taken it for granted as a teen, everything definitely comes full circle.

15. Do you have a favorite child?

Depends on the day and who is in the good mood that day!

16. What’s your opinion on screen time?

I try to limit screen time on vacation and no phones at dinner. It is important to take advantage of those times to talk and connect.

17. What would you be doing if you didn’t have kids?

Travel the World

18. Do you experience mom guilt? How do you deal with it?

I used to experience Mom guilt every time I would leave for more than a few days, but I learned to just enjoy myself and the things that make me happy, and the outcome will always be a happy Mom.

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(Photography by Hannah Schweiss Photography)

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Maybe she’s born with it. Maybe it’s vodka shots? One of the questions I get asked the most is how in the world do I get on stage and do stand up. I wasn’t born with super powers that allow me to not feel any judgement, nor do I pretend to be someone who doesn’t care what other people think.

In fact, for most of my life I would consider myself a MAJOR people pleaser. I’m a 9 on the enneagram folks. I am a true 9. Meaning my natural tendency is to keep the peace and I care A LOT about what other people think. So much, that I would often do or say things just to make people happy and at the detriment to myself and my own integrity.

So how did a recovering people pleaser scardy cat translate to having the confidence to get up on stage and tell jokes? I’ve come up with a few tips on how I gained confidence even when I’m felt so uncomfortable that I wanted to crawl into a hole and never return. At least until someone told me to!

If you’re afraid of it, you must do it! 

Sorry to break it to you, but this one is true. If you believe that life is meant for learning, which I do, you gotta move towards anything that scares the shit out of you. I’s a big indicator that there’s something amazing in it for you to learn or master. Stand-up was an extreme for me, but I needed the big lesson. When you conquer huge fears it flows over into every area of your life. Once I started, I felt myself being more honest and confident in all my relationships, including the one with myself.

Take baby steps (3 foot tosses)

I didn’t go from being a terrified to talk in class to killing it on stage. I took tiny little steps every day to achieve my goal. I took a stand up class, then I made it a goal to do 2 open mics a week. I also made it a goal to start speaking up more regularly. As I made progress, I gained confidence and I took on bigger things. One of my favorite tools for this is called the Kaizen Method. Kaizen is an approach to creating continuous improvement based on the idea that small, ongoing positive changes can reap major improvements. Accomplishing small tasks builds self-trust and integrity with the most important people in our lives, ourselves! To learn more about the Kaizen method check out one of my favorite books here .

Stay curious 

Ask yourself questions and instead of judging the answer, keep what the people call a beginner’s mind. A beginner’s mind refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner would. It’s key to gaining true confidence at any level.

Visualize yourself as you want to be 

Begin with the end in mind! If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up somewhere, and you may not like it! It’s always a good idea to lay out what you want to accomplish. There are so many fun ways to do this. One of my favorite ways to do this is to grab a friend who’s down to clown and talk to them as if your dream has already happened. So, it might look like this.

You: Duuuuude you will never guess what I did last night?

Fun friend: What?

You: I was on stage speaking too 4,000 people!

Fun friend: That’s amazing TELL ME MORE!

You: OK, you should have seen their faces! Everyone was laughing and having the best time! I remembered all my lines and I was killing it! I felt so alive and on purpose. The room was LIT UP!

They key here is to really focus on the feelings you want to feel when you achieve that confidence or that goal. Find someone that wil get you amped up. Our minds don’t know the difference betweeen reality and a well imagined fantasy! When we focus too much on form, we miss the magic. You are looking to call in the vibration, not necessarily the venue, the timing, etc. Leave the details up to your higher power, universe, God, whatever term works for you.

Our minds need somewhere to go. How often do you make things into worst case scenarios? A teacher once told me it’s foolish to lose in your own fantasies. The future is always made up, might as well make it amazing!

Although this is a very surface level explanation of what I have done to gain more confidence, I hope it helps you at least get some ideas. One of my main encouragements in additon to these tips would be to watch that inner critic. How you talk to yourself while you’re leaning a new skill is so imporant. You would never critize a new baby learning to walk, treat yourself with the same kindness when learning anything new. After all, we are here to learn and grow!

xx

Andrea

Spring has finally arrived! Hello? Right? Anyone there? It’s coming right? Ok, so in Chicago Spring hasn’t exactly arrived, but I’m hopeful. I’ve always considered myself an optimist. I know florals for Spring isn’t groundbreaking, but I can’t help but love the romantic nature of a flowy, floral. Dresses are always the easiest when the weather warms up because it’s one piece of clothing to think about instead of two. Yes, you heard me right. Sometimes I’m just too lazy to put on pants. If you’re cold natured, like I am, make sure you throw on a cardigan or jean jacket to keep yourself warm. Enjoy my picks! Happy Spring!

 

xx

Andrea

 

#1 Ganni Printed Georgette Dress

#2 Parker Celeste Dress – I love this brand, so many great Spring styles here

#3 Keepsake Oblivion Mini Dress – Love these styles by Keepsake as well

#4 Ulla Johnson Brienne Dress – So many gorgeous Ulla Johnson dresses here

#5 N12H Charlotte Dress

#6 Parker Gigi Dress

#7 BB Dakota La La Land Dress – More fab dresses from BB Dakota here.

#8 Cupcakes and Cashmere Locke Dress – More great dresses from Cupcakes and Cashmere here

#9 Capulet Siobhan Linen Dress – This would be so cute worn casually as well. Shop more casual dresses here

#10 Parker Bondi Dress

#11 Saloni Jodie Dress

#12 For Love & Lemons Beaumont Mini Dress – Love these mini dresses here

If you’re looking for a dress for a Spring wedding, I love these options here

Style these dresses for Spring with heeled sandals and a fun clutch.