Weekend Links | 5.30.14

Can you guys believe May is already basically over?! This year has been flying by, and I’m not sure if I love it or hate it. But how great was this four day work week we just had? Work was crazy this week so I sure am glad to it’s almost the weekend! So let’s get right down to it.

I wanted to share this amazing lip dub video last week but it was sales, so it’s up first.

I would never consider myself a feminist, but I do very much agree with most of what this article is saying in reference to the #YesAllWoman circling the interwebs.

Irish goodbyes are my new goodbye. Sorry?

These photos are beautiful, except then you realize they’re not photos, and they become even better.

Um, Reading Rainbow is bacccccck, and it happened FAST!  Remember this song?!

Mad Men is over for the season, but this show starts Sunday on AMC and I’m so pumped because I’m a total geek/nerd and also love the movie Hackers and it reminds me of that.

OMG, someone make me this, or come over and eat it with me. Gin and tonic sorbet?! yes please.

Ha, Scout Willis, you’re something else. #freethenipple

Doing some kitchen cleaning this weekend, check out these hacks.

Saving the best for last, if you’re a Benefreak like me, you’ll love that Benefit has a new They’re Real eyeliner coming out and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Get yourself on the list to get it early.

Have a fantastic weekend everyone, see you back here next week!

L

Maya Angelou: What a Gal

Yesterday the world lost a great woman. Dr. Maya Angelou died and we responded. Working in social media, sometimes you see a lot of not great stuff, but then other times, times like these, you see the internet come together in a beautiful way to remember someone as important as Maya. A bright light she was, and a talent that will never be forgotten. Girl had mad skills. She was inspiration to so many, really reminding us to be the best version of ourselves. So because of her awesomeness, I thought it would only be fair to remember her by designing some of quote cards. She’s has so, so, soooo many good ones, but I picked some of my favorites to share with you here.

Of course you’ll pin these babies (wink wink), but if you’re really digging any of them in particular, leave me a comment and I can provide a download link to the high res versions so you can print them out to enjoy at home in your kitchen or as a way to cheer up your sad cube at work!

Skirting the Line: Skirt Roundup Under $60

First order of business, I’ve got the C&C Facebook page up and running, so go ahead and give ‘er a like so you don’t miss anything important on the blog, I’ll make sure to update whenever there’s a new post! I’ll also update regularly with anything I feel like you might want to know, kind of like you weekend links but all the time! Plus, you’ll get a bit of a sneak peek of the new look of the blog, which will be debuting reeeeal soon. I’ve been putting in a lot of work over the past month to get it up and running for you, so get excited! 

Now that it’s unofficially summer, I think that means that it’s officially skirt season. Skirts are a working girls gift from the fashion industry when it gets as hot as it does in Chicago in the summer. Can’t wear shorts to the office, but pants are far, far too suffocating when you’re taking two different lines to get to work. Enter: skirts. They’re breezy and really let ya air out that undercarriage when its too hot to handle. Plus they’ve got all sorts of styles. Admission: I honestly did not know why maxi skirts were called maxi until about a year ago. Mini, short. Maxi, long. Simple logic that I just did. not. get. Sue me. And alas, now we’ve got the midi as well. Min, mid, max. It just makes so much sense! 

Anywho, I thought I’d roundup some of my favorites from around the web. Better yet, I thought I’d keep ’em all under $60 because I’m thoughtful like that. These babies range from $16-$60 (with current discounts), so find the one you like and scoop it up because it’s already starting to heat up out there! Let me know if you’ve found any great skirt steals, or let me know your favorite!

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Weekend Links | Memorial Day Sales Edition

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Happy long weekend everyone! The holiday weekend is upon us and that means the unofficial start of summer. Wasn’t it just winter like, two weeks ago? Sorry spring, I appreciate your attempt at showing up, but it’s time to leave now! I’ve got a bunch on the books; a possible getaway to Michigan, perhaps a day on a boat up in the chain of lakes, memorial day and graduation parties, I’m gonna be soakin up every last second of sunshine and tequila! And because it’s the memorial day weekend, it also means a half day of work for me!  Holla for a dolla! Speaking of dollas, this is the time to get those dollhairs to stretch the longest. There are so many awesome sales this weekend, so today your weekend links will be weekend sales. I’ll be continually updating this list all weekend if I come across anything new so be sure to keep checking back.

Gap – 40% off regular price styles in store and online with code EVENT thru 5/26

Banana Republic – 40% off your entire purchase in store and online with code BRHEAT thru 5/26

Splendid – 25% off with code MEMORIALDAY thru 5/26

Loft – 40% off everything except Lou & Grey merchandise with code MUSTSHOP 

J.Crew Factory – 50% off all men’s and women’s styles, prices as marked

J.Crew – 30% off select full price styles. Plus an extra 30% off spring sale styles with code WEEKEND. 

Old Navy – Up to 50% off the entire store thru 5/26. “Up to” sales are the worst, just sayin.

Francesca’s – BOGO50 on all clothing and earrings thru 5/27 in store and online.

Nordstrom – Half Yearly Sale, up to 40% off.

Express – 40% off every single item, in store and online. Card members take an extra 10%.

The Limited – 40% off everything, including sale with code SWEET40

Urban Outfitters – 25% off all dresses

ASOS – 20% off everything with code WEBEGRILLIN

aerie10 for $30 on lace undies + free shipping (best time to stock up on new underwear!)

H&M – up to 70% off select styles thru 5/26

Ruche – 25% off everything with code MEMORIAL2014 thru 5/26 (this is a super cute online boutique)

Wanderlust + Co – 20% off storewide with code MEMORIAL20 thru 5/26 (beautiful accessories)

West Elm – 25% off everything with code SUMMER

Crate & Barrel – 15% off with code SAVE15 thru 5/26 (great time to pick up wedding gifts!)

Akira – They’ve got under $5, under $15 and under $25 sale sections that are lookin’ prettttay good

Victoria’s Secret – 7/$26.50 on ALL undies. Plus 2/$42 bras. And free shipping thru 5/26.  On top of that their annual swim sale is happening.
BaubleBar – 30% off with code MEMORIALDAY
Madewell – Extra 30% off sale items with code OHYES thru 5/26

REMEMBER! Don’t forget to keep checking back, i’ll be updating the list whenever I find something new!

L

8 Instagram Accounts You Should Be Following

Hey there ho there. Instagram is my jam, I think you might know that by now. You probably do too. But a lot of people only follow their friends. This is good, but there are others out there, that you could and should be following. They’re probably cooler than your friends, they’re definitely cooler than mine! Just kidding, my friends are the bomb.com. But here are some of my favorite accounts that I think you should mos def (yep) start to follow. Some are great photographers, some are funny guys and some are cayooooot! I’m going to do a separate post specifially on Chicago Instagrammers to follow soon, so keep an eye out. Until then, take a gander at these!

@youdidnoteatthat
This anonymously currated account is seriously my new obsession. Girl is posting all sorts of pictures of skinny-minis “pretending” to love on sweets and snacks. A few celebs and a lotta bloggers, but honestly, I find it hilarious and most probably true. I don’t think I’d consider myself one of those girls that doesn’t eat the ice cream. Because let’s be honest, I think it’s obvious that I eat the ice cream. Sorry I’m not sorry. Check out this profile on the account that was recently on The Cut.

@graybenko
this photographer/mom posts super cute pics of her kids. but they’re also supes hilares.  and a lot are really just beautiful.

@muradosmann
this guy and his girlfriend live. the. life. but what’s awesome is he and @yourleo have an ongoing photo they take in all their amazing globe trotting adventures #followmeto. warning: this will make you sad about your life.

@Australia 
a compilation account by Tourism Australia of different users taking gorgeous shots all around the land down under. For most this will just be a beautiful landscape shot to admire, while for me, I get to see places that I visited while studying abroad there, always makes me feel a little warm inside.

@thuglifeforevs
this austin, tx photographer emily blincoe stages really cool color shots. she chooses a color and organizes random objects of that color in a pleasing manner (yeah I said pleasing manner, sometimes i like to act like i’m college educated (i am), or british.) she has a lot of other really fun reoccurring series, and a lot of great shots of her adorable pooch.

@natgeo
this is just what you think it is, the official national geographic instagram account. it’s a compilation of photographs taken by its photographers with really interesting and in-depth captions to give you a great description of what’s going on.

@itslavishbitch
this kid. ha. the epitome of spoiled little rich kid flaunts his wealth in the rudest, most annoying way ever. he’s the poster child for total dick move.  apparently he can only take a poopski in Pelligrino…gimme a breeeeeeak! the thing is, I can’t look away! his captions are the worst (best?) part though.

@mommasgonecity
this one is so cute. Jessica Shyba snaps adorable shots of her lil guy napping with their pup. you’d think it would get old quick, it does not.