Friday Favorites 1/24

Happy Friday Night,

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Okay, now that that’s out of the way, happy Friday to you. You know, I though that, after the craziness that was the end of last year, things would start to slow down a little work wise. The exact opposite is my life right now. Check back at the end of February, I should be back to breathing normally by then. In all reality, being busy is good and I’m not complaining! It just means that when weekend time comes, I’m taking full advantage of the two-day mental break.

Speaking of, I cannot wait to get my hair done tomorrow. I usually go about every 6-8 weeks since my hair is naturally dark and I like being blonde, but with holidays and time of the year, I haven’t been since mid-October…yikes. Glad to get that fixed and then spend the rest of the weekend getting my life back in order. What are your plans? If you find some time to take for yourself, here are some great links around the web to keep you entertained! Happy Weekend!

Seth Meyers and the Jonas Brothers Go Day Drinking – HILARIOUS!

The #DollyPartonChallenge is sweeping the internet right now – I even made one of my own. See it HERE

How Jasmine Star Went From Law School Student To Becoming An Entrepreneur’s Go-To Guide For Social Media Presence

Fashion Blogger Krystal Bick’s “A Night at the Plaza” – Amazing article and stunning photos

One of my Favorite Bloggers Mary Lawless Lee of Happily Grey Opens Her First Store In Nashville – Need to book a trip ASAP!

Wish List

Everything I need to stock up on at Ulta this weekend…

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation

Bare Velvet Lip Kit Kylie Cosmetics

Full Dry Volume Blast Living Proof

Perversion Urban Decay Mascara

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer

On Sincerely-Sydney ICYMI

JORD Watch Giveaway

Band of Bohemia Restaurant Review

Last Week’s Friday Favorites

Sincerely,

Friday Favorites 1/17

Hi Friends, Happy Friday!

I just had an amazing dinner and I am itching to catch up on this week’s Project Runway so I am going to make this super short and sweet. Below, I’ve posted some of my favorite links around the web this week. I hope you enjoy!

Matthew McConaughey’s mom (88) and Hugh Grant’s father (91) link up for a date night – OMG how cute and Matt’s mom is HOT!

President Barack Obama posts the cutest pictures ever for Michelle’s birthday – LOVE them!

Asking yourself this one powerful question will help you better manage self doubt

Where tp travel this year based on your zodiac sign from The Everygirl

Karlie Kloss is a class act as she responds to being a part of the Kushner family on Watch What Happens Live

Wish List

I’ve been eyeing a Gucci Crossbody

This A&F Military Parka

This mock neck fit and flare dress

I want to try this Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

This Asos workwear appropriate blouse

On Sincerely-Sydney ICYMI

JORD Watch Giveaway

Friday Favorites 1/10

Some of my favorite lipsticks

Sincerely,

Friday Favorites 12/20

Happy Friday and Happy *almost* Holidays!

We are officially on the 5 day countdown to Christmas! Even better? I officially will not be back in the office until January 6th!!! Some work from home days and lots of PTO has me the happiest I’ve been in a while because this week was brutally busy. I’m looking forward to some major downtown, food, family and maybe a massage (or two) mixed in. Shhhhh.

What am I going to do with all this extra free time? Well if you find yourself any sort of bored over the next few days, here are some great articles I found on the internet this week. I hope you enjoy and have very happy holidays with loved ones!

Chicago Bears’ Player Kahlil Mack Pays Off 300 Layaway Accounts at Walmart in His Hometown

Old article but Jennifer Lawrence is interview by Oprah and reveals the best piece of advice she ever received was from Oprah herself

Chrissy Teigen posts the most relatable rant on Twitter about John Legend…hilarious!!

Giuliana and Bill Rancic announce the opening date for their next RPM restaurant in Chicago. I am obsessed with her!

Forbes Women article: The 2010s The Decade Women Fought Back

Wish List

This LV Dupe Makeup Case

This Mini Puffer Jacket

This Camel Coat

This Pajama Set

These Sneakers

On Sincerely-Sydney ICYMI

Gift Guide For Him

Gift Guide For Her

Gifts Under $50

Sincerely,

Friday Favorites 12/6

Happy Friday, I’m Back!

Life is too short to not celebrate any chance you get and that’s exactly what I capitalized on this year for my birthday. I celebrated my 24th year on this planet not one, not two, but for four straight days. And if I’m being completely honest, I still have one more dinner this weekend. “Extra” would be a word I’d possibly toss around for the constant, busy schedule that was this week.

If you follow along my journey on Instagram (if you don’t, you should and can HERE), then you know that the reason I’ve been absent on my site is because this week I’ve literally been out every.single.night! The week started with a celebratory dinner at Etta with my mom. Etta has been on my list for SO long and it definitely did not disappoint. I will write a more in-depth review soon. On Tuesday, I heard the Jonas Brothers were coming to town, so I dragged my mom to AllState Arena to row 4 on the floor and we danced the entire night away. Wednesday was the monthly Wine Night at one of our favorite local restaurants. The finale, my actual birthday, was yesterday (Thursday 12/5) and I ended my crazy week with PTO from work, a 3-hour spa day and a fabulous dinner at the Princess Café.

This week has been magical and although some people have given me a hard time for celebrating so much, I really don’t mind because I’ve had a blast. Maybe I encouraged you to celebrate some more for your next birthday and for that alone, it was worth it. But, it is time to get back to regularly scheduled programming, which starts with the weekly Friday Favorites. Some of the best articles and videos I found on the internet are below. I hope you enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!

Art Basel is happening right now in Miami, I’ve had fun following along with some of my fave celebs on their social accounts!

Loved this Forbes Women article, which is a letter to the fashion industry encouraging them to stop treating plus-sized women like second-class citizens

The most hilariously awkward interview Ellen had with Dakota Johnson, cringe worthy but also can’t stop watching

One of my favorite actresses Emma Stone and SNL writer Dave McCary are engaged, and she looks so happy!!!!

Chicago-based fashion, motherhood and travel blogger Ceta Walters opens up about her breast cancer diagnosis and is so raw, brave and inspiring. Truly a warrior and I am praying for her and her family

Wish List

This Tory Burch Green Gemini Link Tote

Skyline Etched Whiskey Glasses

The famous Amazon Slippers

The famous Amazon coat

Love the color of this green Target sweater

On Sincerely-Sydney ICYMI

Friday Favorites 11/22

Starbucks Holiday Drinks

Rent the Runway Review

Sincerely,

Friday Favorites 11/22

Happy Friday!

It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year! I have to say yesterday, I was meeting my boyfriend at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago where he works and almost teared up when I saw the Christmas tree in the lobby. It was quite literally the first decorated tree I’ve seen this year and it just all set in at once that we are officially in the holiday season. I need to get some shopping done ASAP.

This weekend’s plans definitely reflect my newfound holiday spirit. Tonight, I am going to a Friendsgiving and then tomorrow, I will be at the Stratford Crossing holiday event in Bloomingdale, IL from noon-3PM. This event is one that you are not going to want to miss because Santa is arriving on a helicopter, there are activities for all ages and if you spend $25 or more at any of the Stratford Crossing stores the day of the event, you receive a free photo with Santa. If you are from the Chicagoland area and are available, I hope to see you there. Let me know if you have any questions about the event before then. One last time, it’s tomorrow Saturday, Nov. 23 from noon-3PM at Stratford Crossing in Bloomingdale, IL.

Back to regularly scheduled programming! If you find yourself catching up on this past week’s current events, here is a list of some of my favorite things on the internet this week. I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Kylie Jenner’s $600MM dollar deal with COTY, Inc. (the company who also owns CoverGirl, O.P.I and so much more)

Seth Meyers and Rihanna go day drinking and it’s hilarious

See the full list of 2020 Grammy Nominees

Adam Lamber, AKA Gordo, joins the cast of the Disney+ reboot of Lizzie McGuire with others also making a return

Forbes Women: How To Stay Healthy and Sane During The Holiday Season

Wish List

Gift Guide Edition – Some sneak peaks as to what will be on my Gift Guides coming soon.

Amazon Levi’s Men’s Washed Cotton Hooded Military Jacket

Amazon Back and Neck Massager

Urban Map Whiskey Glasses

Dainty Personalized Name Necklaces

Teddy Bear Faux Fur Robe

On Sincerely-Sydney ICYMI

Instagram Took Away My Likes

How To Wear a Suit

Last Week’s Friday Favorites 11/15

Sincerely,

Friday Favorites 11/15

Happy Friday Friends!

I hope you all had the best week! From dinners to meetings and events, mine was quite the whirlwind. One of the highlights…getting to meet Clay from Bachelor in Paradise last night at the Hubbard Inn grand re-opening party. He was so nice and I even got to snag a picture with him!

This is the time of year that’s the busiest, so it’s hard to make certain things a priority even if it’s something we love. In the midst of all the holiday celebrations ahead, it is still my mission to really get back into posting articles here more often and making them as relevant as possible. I value you so much and value your opinion. Please always stay in touch with me and let me know what you’d like to see more of. For the time being, I have compiled some of the cutest, tear-jerking articles that were on the internet this week. I guess I was just feeling a little more sentimental than usual. If you find yourself looking for entertainment this weekend, start with this list!

This week’s Wish List is also holiday party themed as I know so many people are shopping for the perfect outfits right now. I hope you enjoy and have a great weekend!

Alex Trebek gets emotional when contestant answers with “What is we love you Alex”

John Legend named People’s Sexiest Man Alive

Kelly Clarkson’s kids adorably interview their hero Jason Momoa about Aquaman

How Success Can Come From Learning What You’re Terrible At

Apply to earn $1,000 from watching Christmas Hallmark movies

Wish List

Holiday outfit edition

Michael Kors sequin one shoulder jumpsuit

Halogen x Atlantic-Pacific tulle layered skirt

Kohls Vera Wang sequin top

Macy’s faux-wrap midi dress

Spanx faux leather leggings

On Sincerely-Sydney ICYMI

How Conspicuous Consumption Helps The Economy

Last Week’s Friday Favorites 11/8

Fashionable Matching Sets

Sincerely,

Friday Favorites 11/8

Happy Friday!

I am so happy we are at the weekend! This week, I’ve been inundated with annual planning work and 2020 preparation for my clients. It’s just that time of the year. Thinking about planning for 2020 kind of gives me chills. Where has the time gone?

It is also officially Winter here in Chicago. What was once an enjoyable commute to my office in the Summer has now become my worst nightmare during these cooler, more harsh months. I anticipate a lot fo Lyft receipts coming my way soon. And more Winter coats. Basically, just goodbye to all my money.

Monday night I attended the launch event of the Chicago Blogger Union chapter! I’m sort of a nerd in that I absolutely LOVE going to networking events and meeting new people. I always make the rule for myself to talk to at least three new people each time I attend an event. It sets a realistic objective and gives the event more purpose. My enneagram Type 3 really came out in that sentence lol.

The rest of the week was pretty chill and I even got a night to catch up on my Bravo shows while hanging at home. That never happens. Any RHOC watchers out there, gooooooodbye Tamara!!! This weekend will probably be spent getting my life together and organized because next week we’re back to crazy! What are you up to this weekend? If you find yourself lurking the web, here are some great videos and articles you HAVE to check out!

This adorable Beluga plays catch with a couple of guys cruising by in a boat!

Met Gala theme and costume exhibition announced and I am LIVING for it

Ellen and Nature Valley give thanks to California first responders by surprising them with $250K

New Starbucks holidays cups were released this week, I like the one with the big block letters

If you’re looking for a great and easy Fall recipe, Half Baked Harvest shows off her Coq au Vin Chicken Meatballs with butter mashed potatoes YUM

John Legend gets wine tipsy and performs on stage at Universal Studios

Forbes Women article on What Successful Women Learned About Creating A Career You Love

Wish List

Halogen x Atlantic-Pacific Velvet PaperBag Waist Pants

Polka Dot Tights

H&M Halterneck Bodysuit

Colorful Faux Fur Coat

Topshop Tie Neck Dobby Blouse

On Sincerely-Sydney ICYMI

Last Week’s Friday Favorites 11/1

RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream Review

24-Hour Seattle Travel Guide

Sincerely,

Friday Favorites 10/4

Happy Friday!

To be completely honest, this week was crazy and my brain is officially fried…I know I usually take this time to ramble on about things happening in my life, but this week I’m going to cut the crap and get straight to the point because this girly needs a break. Just one of those weeks, ya know. Here are some of the best articles I found on the internet this week. If you find yourself bored over the next couple of days, this is a great list of fun and light weekend reading. Hope you enjoy!

From Olympic Gold To Entrepreneurial Golden Nuggets: Nastia Liukin Opens Up Like Never Before

In the month of October, the Langham Chicago will participate in raising breast cancer awareness by offering luxurious accommodations to guests who want to stay in the Bright Pink Suite. 30% of the proceeds will be donated to Bright Pink

Melinda Gates is committing $1 Billion to Gender Equality expanding women’s power and influence in the United States, click above to read her Times article

It’s Spooky Season! Freeform’s 31 Nights of Halloween Movie Schedule is up and it has me planning lots of stay at home time

The New Yorker Brilliantly Written Article Highlighting TikTok’s Popularity 

Wish List

Jessica Simpson Slouch Boots in Black

Good American Denim Jumpsuit

Lulu’s Maxi Dress

Oversized Tortoise Shell Amazon Sunglasses

Uncommon James Kensington Ear Cuff

On Sincerely-Sydney ICYMI

Color Combination Camel and Noir

Last Week’s Friday Favorites

Top 5 Places To Get Tacos In Chicago

Sincerely,

Friday Favorites 9/20

Good Afternoon and Happy Friday,

We made it; the weekend is here! I have a pretty packed day today, all of which I am super excited about! This morning, I participated in the Global Climate Strike March in Chicago. Young students and their adult allies around the world marched for recognition and urgent action on our planet’s climate. This is a cause that I feel is extremely important and I’ve always been interested in doing more to show my support, so I’m happy to be playing a very small role in such a monumental day.

After the march, I’ll spend the rest of the day at work…typical. But tonight, I am grabbing dinner in the city and going to see the JONAS BROTHERS in concert with my mom. I haven’t been to a Jonas Brothers concert in over 10 years, so I cannot even begin to explain this weird nostalgic, giddy feeling I’ve had since I bought my tickets earlier this week. I literally started crying listening to an old album this morning on my drive into the city. I cannot freaking wait! I hope you all have a fabulous Friday and an even better weekend. If you’re looking for some fun articles to read, here are the best things I found on the internet this week!

Ralph Lauren releases a collection inspired by Rachel Green’s Iconic Style

19 Things Future Multimillionaires Do in Their 20s

When Being Cliquish is Good Showcast with Shirley from Muses and Dr. Kiarra King

I participated in the Global Climate Strike March today in Chicago, here’s more information from USA Today

I saw Hustlers last weekend and it was INCREDIBLE!! Here’s an article from Forbes Women about how it scored the biggest debut ever for a movie starring women of color

Wish List

I’ve been dying to try these Kickspos affirmation covered shoe insoles, which I discovered from Instagram

Rent anything Veronica Beard from Rent the Runway

These Urban Outfitters Black Sunglasses

Vineyard Vines Shep Shirt

Nude pack of Teleties

On Sincerely-Sydney ICYMI

10 Blazers Under $50

Friday Favorites 9/13

5-Step Skincare Routine

Sincerely,

Friday Favorites 9/6

Hello and Happy Friday!

To be completely transparent (because that’s what we like around here), my mom is the one who actually pushed publish on this post due to the fact that I am currently in Michigan City wine tasting for a work outing. My whole team is together and likely around this time, we are eating lunch and at our first winery of the day. But that doesn’t stop business as usual, the show must go on. I hope you all had a fabulous short week, I know I did. Got lots done in the three whole days I was in the office, so that’s something to celebrate. Just think, a few more hours and you are in weekend mode again. I’m raising a glass to you right now! Some of the best things I found on the internet this week are below, enjoy!

A women in the Bahamas shelters nearly 100 dogs in her home during Hurricane Dorian

A teen in Pennsylvania fighting cancer was visited by the Jonas Brothers

PAWS Chicago (a wonderful organization) rescues dogs and cats from Hurricane Dorian

Meet the teenage girls using coding and technology to fight against sexual assault

New York Fashion Week kicks off this week!! (Wish I was there)

Wish List

Express High Waisted Flare Jeans

Layers Black Tulle Skirt

Vogue Graphic Tee

Topshop Emerald Green Bag

Camel Colored Schoolboy J. Crew Blazer

On Sincerely-Sydney ICYMI

Last Week’s Friday Favorites

Matching Sets

24 Hour Seattle Travel Guide

Sincerely,