Back To School Shopping With Staples (and Brian Urlacher!)

Summer is coming to an end and that means it is time to go back to school! I’ve always loved this time of year, the Fall season begins, my birthday is in September, and a new school year for this social butterfly meant meeting new friends and having a lot of fun. Also one of the only occasions where my frugal parents would let me splurge and buy anything I wanted was going back to school shopping. Did I need the pink sparkly mechanical pencils to do my best handwriting? Of course I did. They believed, as do I, that education is priceless.

Which is why I am so excited to announce my partnership with Staples. Staples has everything you could possibly need for back to school shopping in one place, as well as in-store experts to help you shop stress-free. Now, I get to relive my childhood love of back to school shopping through Adam. I absolutely love a fresh pack of sharpened pencils, the smell of a new box of crayons, and new untouched notebooks full of possibilities. I want Adam to feel the same excitement I had when I was a kid, shopping for everything he needs to be prepared for a new school year. He loves having the responsibility of choosing his favorite lunch box, pencils, and everything else on his supply list.

It is so meaningful to work with Staples because they have a long history of giving back to teachers and families in need, so I feel good that my purchase is helping others who aren’t able to afford the supplies they need to get the best education possible.

For the fifth year in a row, Staples is partnering with DonorsChoose.org, the leading platform for giving to public schools, started by a teacher from the Bronx back in 2000. Teachers across America use the site to create projects requesting resources their students need, and donors give to the projects that inspire them. Anyone can donate in-store and online to schools in your community – it’s so easy!

On Wednesday, August 15th, let’s go back-to-school shopping together at Staples located at 111 N Wabash Ave! I will certainly be there and Hall of Famer, Brian Urlacher will be there as well! It’ll be a special event where local schoolteachers from DonorsChoose.org will receive flash-funding for their classroom projects, as well as a meet and greet with Brian Urlacher! See you there – don’t forget your little one’s back to school shopping list.

Note: This is a sponsored post – all thoughts expressed are my own.  

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My 5-Step Summer Haircare Routine

All that extra sunshine, sweat, and saltwater calls for a new routine.

In summer, my usually straight super thick silky hair morphs into slightly wavy and slightly less thick, with a tendency to get frizzy. I’ve found the key to keeping it looking its best in summer is to shampoo less often and use key products that help maintain shine.  Here are my five-steps, including my must-have products. “My 5-Step Summer Haircare Routine”

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Guide – Women’s Fashion & Beauty

(Sharing exactly what’s on my list…and why!)

It’s that time of year again, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here! If you are a cardholder, you can shop these right now – otherwise you will need to wait until July 20th to score these prices. I’ve spent countless hours scouring the website and editing a list of my top picks for you. Scroll down to see my favorites in Fashion, Beauty, and Accessories. Beneath the image there will be a description of the item and why I chose it. If you choose to buy it through my link, I may receive a small commission which helps me run this blog! Thanks for your support and happy shopping!

 

FASHION

1. The perfect cozy heather grey cardigan for every day casual – bonus: it has pockets.
2. A bodysuit is a great layering piece, and I love the neckline and button detail.
3. Everyone needs a great denim jacket – this long distressed one is my favorite (not pictured) is one of my favorites.
4. Don’t forget to hit up the Men’s department! I love this Patagonia zip up, but also love to stock up on basics like t-shirts.
5. For the menswear lovers – a double breasted plaid blazer is a classic must-have piece.
6. Speaking of classics, I want this cami in every color – it comes in three different ones!
7. We spend a good portion of our lives sleeping, so why not invest in some soft and feminine pj’s like this one by Eberjey.
8. These high waist black denim are my tried and trues. They are high enough for my long torso and they go with everything.
9. Zella makes some of my favorite workout leggings – like these high waist crop style that are available in multiple colorways.
10. These leggings by Spanx I wear instead of leather pants – they suck you in in all the right places and have a sheen to them. I also wear them to workout!
11. The studs on these jeans are so cool – the high waist fit would be so flattering!
12. Spanx is by far my favorite shape wear and they have tons of stuff on sale – this is one of my go to styles for wearing under dresses.
13. One denim jacket isn’t enough for me, I collect them! This one with the sherpa lined collar will be perfect for winter.
14. I’m obsessed with this feminine neckline and the 90’s fit of this top.
15. The dainty tie neck detail will be perfect for the office or a cocktail party.
16. The most flattering dress that comes in two gorgeous colors, black and teal.
17.  The perfect party top – a lace inset silky statement blouse that comes in white, red, and navy.
18. I will forever love plaid and menswear and this jacket is a perfect combination of both.

 

BEAUTY

1. So many of my skincare favorites are on sale right now! This Estee Lauder advanced night repair was one of the picks we chose in my last YouTube video!
2. A great eye mask is an important part of any anti-aging regime- it helps to keep those crows feet and fine lines around the eyes away.
3. Some of my favorite Le Labo scents – this size is perfect for keeping in your purse, or for travel, and also a great gift idea!
4. I tested this lipgloss in a recent beauty video and it is So Good. It is also limited edition and a cool design. My favorite shade is ‘Ramatuelle’.
5. Tata Harper skincare line starter kit – a great way to get to know this amazing line that I swear by. It includes my favorites, the cleanser, resurfacing mask, serum and a daily moisturizer.
6. Glam Glow masks are incredibly popular for a reason – perfect time to try them out while they are on major sale.
7. Another one from our favorites video! I am excited to add Good Genes into my routine.
8. Stock up on your favorite candles from Voluspa, Jo Malone, and more!

 

Handbags & Accessories

1. A great bucket bag for everyday – this one comes in black too.
2. Ray-Ban’s in a round shape are always cool.
3. My favorite dainty necklace by Lana Jewelry.
4. A bag that you can wear around your waist or across your body is both ‘Fashun’ and function.
5. Michele watch in a cool sporty white.
6. Mini bags are having a major moment and this Alexander Wang style tops my wish list.
7. Travel in style and be able to find your bags in baggage claim easier with matching chevron luggage – available in other colors too.
8. Even though its hard to think about boots in this heatwave, I love my Hunter’s best for those rainy Fall days.
9. Alexander wang sandals that are sleek with the signature heel detail.
10. These velvet sandals are so feminine and pretty and come in a few colors.
11. Flat ankle straps are my favorite because they are comfy and leg-lengthening too. The ruffles on these are too cute.
12. For those days when I want some height – these Vince block heels will be perfect.
13. How sexy are these Charles David heels?? They are like lingerie for your feet. Need.
14. My go to Adidas sneakers – they also come in pink.

Myths About Fertility – Featuring Roohi Jeelani MD

My Post (6)Roohi Jeelani MD. is passionately helping women become mothers.

This post idea was born (pun intended) during Infertility Awareness week, where I attended an event that really opened my eyes to the struggles so many people face when dealing with infertility. There is a lot of shame, secrecy, and false information floating out there – and I thought it would be great to debunk some of those myths today with the help of Dr. Roohi Jeelani MD. Scroll down to watch our instagram live video where we discuss some of these myths and take viewer questions and answers.

But first, let’s get to know Dr. Jeelani a little bit better. “Myths About Fertility – Featuring Roohi Jeelani MD”

Video: How To Restyle Your Desi Clothes

restyle-desi-clothesI recently collaborated with DC x Asra, a South Asian Designer Consignment Shop, to share some tips on how you can reuse and restyle the South Asian clothes you have in your closet.  I think it is a lot of fun to play with clothing and just be creative and make new looks. It is what I love about Fashion – there are no rules – anything goes if you feel good in it! Watch the video below for three of my favorite tips to get the most out of your Desi clothes. “Video: How To Restyle Your Desi Clothes”

Lessons I Learned From Stand-Up Comedy Class

black-trench-coat-gucci-slides-thackerIf you can laugh at YOURSELF – then you are guaranteed a win. If you don’t win – well, you will just have more to laugh at!

Last year I took a couple of stand-up classes at Second City mainly because I wanted to conquer my fear of public speaking, and I heard that was a great way to do it, but also because I’ve always secretly fantasized about being a Comic. Since I’m a huge nerd, I was also just really excited for a reason to go back to school. Besides confirming that puns are my favorite type of joke in the entire world, I picked up some other life enhancing tips. Read on for more! “Lessons I Learned From Stand-Up Comedy Class”

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