Favorite Starbucks Holiday Drinks

Happy Sunday Loves,

People often become attached to certain brands. If you’re going to buy paper towels and dish soap, you may choose Target over Walmart because you have had a better experience and find the brand more attractive (that’s a real life example for me). When it comes to coffee, I am a loyal Starbucks consumer. I will always choose them over Starbucks’ competitors because I think their products just taste better and I love the crafty variations.

As the seasons change, so do my drink orders. This past Summer, I was an Iced Caramel Macchiato and Very Berry Hibiscus kind of girl. Fall, I’m married to Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Starbuck’s new Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew. Winter has hit hard and fast in Chicago this year, or at least it feels like it has. While I am on my commute to work every morning, I find it a necessity to have a piping hot Starbucks cup in my hand to keep me warm. If you’re the same way, or if you’re looking for a new drink to try as we transition into the holiday season, here are some of my favorite Winter Starbucks drinks!

Caramel Brulee Latte – Starbucks has this holiday drink every season. It is the perfect mix of espresso, steamed milk, caramel Brulee sauce and caramel pieces. It’s sweet while still having that quintessential coffee taste. Basic but delicious!

Blonde Eggnog Latte – This is a classic holiday favorite made with steamed eggnog and the Starbucks Blonde Espresso Roast topped with nutmeg. It feels like Christmas Eve night in a cup.

Vanilla Latte – If you’re not one for fancy concoctions, the Starbucks Vanilla Latte is a staple drink. This is the perfect drink for the coffee lover who prefers a subtle sweet treat.

Hot Caramel Macchiato – In the Summer I drink this cold, in the Winter I get it HOT. I love how frothy this Starbucks year-round favorite is. Steamed milk, vanilla-flavored syrup matched with all of the important espresso notes finished with caramel drizzle. Hands down, probably my favorite overall Starbucks drink!

Cold Chai Tea Latte with Soy Milk and Three Pumps of Cinnamon Dolce – So that was a mouth full…BUT my friend introduced this drink to me a few years back and I always have to get it around this time. It tastes like Christmas in a cup. This is the only drink I’d get cold during the Winter months. It is so good, trust me!

Please leave any of your favorite Winter Starbucks drinks below! I am always looking to mix it up, so all suggestions are welcomed and encouraged. I hope you try at least one from my list and love it as much as I do!

Sincerely,

Happy Birthday, Mom

Dear Mom,

“I carry your heart, I carry it in my heart.” No truer words could be said to describe the bond we’ve spent the last 23 years building. Well, maybe “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder, but I can’t even hear the tune without shedding a tear. To say that our family was cursed with tumultuous mother-daughter relationships would sort of be an understatement, but as that psychic told you all those years ago, you managed to break through. I could never imagine my life any other way.

Times were rough and the odds were stacked against us. But with hard work, dedication, compassion, lots of love and a hint of sass, as we handle majority of the situations in our life, we persevered. I can now proudly call you my best friend. There’s no one in this world who understands me better than you do. For supporting me and sticking by my side through all my crazy ventures and emotional episodes, I owe you umpteen amounts of thanks.

We are two peas in a pod. Our similarities in interests are uncanny. You are my fellow wine connoisseur, travel enthusiast, city slicking, fancy dinner loving, photography hobbyist. There’s no better feeling than coming back to a home of opulence (lol) after a tough day of work, opening a bottle of red, watch an episode of Supernatural and finding things to make fun of. It’s the best of times.

I will always need you. No matter what stage of my life I journey to next, you are the one person that will remain constant. No amount of time spent together will ever be enough.

The greatest lessons I’ve learned from you are to be strong, to be confident, to be kind, to be the hardest working person in the room, to figure it out when you don’t know the answer and to be unapologetically yourself. I get the honor of learning from you each and every day. Thank you for teaching me to be independent and to fight for the things that I want. It’s the greatest gift you’ve ever given me.

And now we celebrate! You deserve all of the celebrations in the world. I will never be able to truly repay you for the life I’ve been given. I cannot wait for our delicious dinner and drinks tonight. I hope you have the best birthday ever! I love you!

Sincerely,

Friday Favorites 10/11

Hey there, hi there, happy Friday!

Okay, I just HAD to share the above photo today in honor of the fact that this time last year I packed my bags with my two best friends and we flew to Iceland on our spontaneous girl’s trip. My first ever international trip. And on this exact day one year ago, we enjoyed a full spa day at the infamous Blue Lagoon. I mean look at how blue that water is!! This was seriously the trip of a lifetime, and I honestly miss that feeling so much. I could cry looking at photos from Iceland because it was truly that magical. There’s really no other word to describe it. Luckily, in a handful of months, I’ll be embarking on my next international trip. Can’t wait to share this destination soon!

I have had a crazy busy day so far and it is only just the beginning of a crazy busy weekend ahead. Today was on of those full maintenance days: hair colored, mani, pedi, the works. Later tonight, it’s the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner for the wedding I’m in tomorrow. Obviously then that means that Saturday is full on wedding day from dusk to dawn. Sunday is a recoup day. Finally, on Monday we are heading up to Michigan on a winery trip for my mom’s birthday. It’s insanity, but a good, fun kind of insanity, ya know? If you are looking for some light weekend reading, I have rounded up my favorite articles on the internet this week and some HOT Fall items on this week’s Wish List. I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Football Star DeAngelo Williams Pays for 500 Mammograms to Honor Mom Who Died of Breast Cancer

All-women Delta crew flies 120 girls to NASA headquarters to inspire female aviators. Out of over 690,000+ pilots in the U.S., less than 7% are women.

Victoria’s Secret takes a step in the right direction by working with their first plus size model, but still has some work to do

Hailey Bieber reveals wedding dress designed by Virgil Abloh

Prince Harry and Ed Sheeran team up for World Mental Health Day in hilarious video

Forbes Women article highlighting the surprising reason women are leaving their jobs

Wish List

Blair Eadie’s New Halogen x Atlantic-Pacific Collection at Nordstrom…all of it

ASOS tan trench coat

Gucci tights

ASOS pull on sock boots

Good American Good Legs jeans

On Sincerely-Sydney ICYMI

Vancouver Travel Guide

Last week’s Friday Favorites 10/4

How I Cope With Anxiety

Sincerely,

Friday Favorites 9/27

Happy Friday,

I hope you had a wonderful week and are gearing up for an even better weekend. Whether you’re planning for a big blowout or a relaxing few days at home, there is plenty to be thankful for now that Friday has finally made her appearance. About FIVE hours to go and we are officially signing out for the week! Do you have any fun plans this weekend? I’m going to the Shedd After Hours House Night tonight and then am considering crashing my mom’s Book Club tomorrow. Actually, I guess it’s less of a book club and rather sipping cocktails and eating delicious food gathering, which I’m all about. If you’re looking for some sort reads to get you through the rest of today or light reading for the weekend, here are some of the best articles I found on the internet this week. Hope you enjoy!

I heard of Rage Yoga this morning on the radio and I’m kind of really into it!

Create & Cultivate CEO Jaclyn Johnson Shares How Millennial Women Can Create The Career Of Their Dreams

One of my favorite content creators, Jenny Cipoletti, describes the first time she fell in love with fashion and shares an image recreation/interpretation of that moment. I loved this piece of content because it reminded me of my own journey to finding a passion for the fashion industry

Chicago Magazine lists Michelin’s 2020 Rankings in Chicago

10 Things to Do in Chicago This Week including Oktoberfest Festival

Wish List

This was was #NationalVoterRegistrationDay, I wish for you to register to vote at vote.gov

Gray Mid Rise Columnist Pants from Express

Free People Love Of My Life Cream Dress on Shopbop

Belted Trench Coat in Dark Army Green from Loft

A Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew from Starbucks, this is absolutely fantastic and my new favorite, go-to order

On Sincerely-Sydney ICYMI

2019 Fall Fashion Predictions

Best 2019 Emmy Looks

Last Week’s Friday Favorites

Sincerely,

2019 Fall Fashion Predictions

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Hello There,

One of my favorite things to do after a Fashion Week or at the beginning of a new season is to take some time and write down what I think the biggest trends are going to be. I’m talking what are people going to be walking down the street wearing and what are our stores’ racks going to be lined with. If you didn’t know, when Fashion Week happens, it’s always showcasing collections not for the upcoming season but for the season after that. This past Fashion Week in September showcased all new Spring and Summer 2020 collections. That’s how far in advance the fashion world has to plan for getting pieces from the runway to producing for consumption.

With this in mind, Fall and Winter 2019 Fashion Week happened back in February of this year. That was the first glimpse the fashion industry got of what’s to come for Fall this year. I studied those runways like I was taking the SATs and have compiled some of my predictions for what I think we’ll be seeing a lot of this upcoming season. Hint: I’m wearing one of my predictions above!

1. Zebra

I have been seeing so so so much zebra prints lately! I think this is going to replace the uber popular snakeskin that took over this past Summer. Ann Taylor recently came out with a capsule collection that highlighted zebra print in many different styles. Influencers and celebrities have been seen prancing around Fashion Week, some in head-to-toe zebra looks. I have a feeling this will be the new go to print this upcoming season. Remember when we were 13 and everything we owned from blankets to pillows to rugs to school notebooks were all zebra print? Funny how cyclical the design space is!

2. Puffy Sleeves

This silhouette was very prominent in February’s Fashion Week. Fashion designers like Marc Jacobs and Ulla Johnson made them staple pieces in their collections. They add the perfect feminine touch with a hint of flare. If you are interested in trying this trend out, I recommend making the puffy sleeve the center of your outfit. Try pairing an over-the-top sleeve with a pencil skirt or simple pair of jeans. These statement pieces aren’t going anywhere.

3. Shiny fabrics like leather

I personally saw a lot of shiny fabrics walking down the runway. Silk and leather were among the most evident. Leather played a leading role in Alexander McQueen’s show, showcasing full leather dresses. If you don’t feel comfortable taking that big of a risk, you can remain on trend by wearing a faux leather pant with a simple blouse or wear a leather shirt in a minimalistic silhouette paired with your favorite jeans. This season leather goes beyond just a jacket.

4. Fall 2019 Colors: Cheddar Yellow, Pistachio Green, Grayish Blue, Cream and Lavender

Tons of variations of these colors walked down the Fall 2019 runways. I wouldn’t consider these colors all “jewel” tones, but they have more of a softness to them this season. I almost envision this as taking your typical Fall color palette and putting the Fade filter on them to make the palette more muted. Since the colors don’t make as much of a statement as in year’s past, I think the best way to wear them this season would be with loud statement pieces. Compare and contrast with accessories to knock a look out of the park. Also, don’t be afraid of monochromatic looks meaning top down all the same color or different levels of intensity of the same color. This is definitely in!

5. Plaid and Preppy

Just looking at those two words together makes me think of Gossip Girl. But in all serious, that is exactly what will be returning this Fall. Clueless inspired matching plaid sets and absurdly good plaid outerwear. Many designers, like Burberry of course, showed off their plaid best. Ginghams, Madras and Houndstooth of all varieties will be all the rage. My recommendation…go for it here! The more the merrier. Wear head-to-toe plaid, even incorporate the same plaid print in your hair accessories. You’ll totally be the cool kid.

What do you think will be a prominent Fall trend this year? Put your prediction below!

Sincerely,

Best 2019 Emmy Looks

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Dear Dreamer and Pop Culture Admirer,

What is your dream job? When I think of my dream job, a specific person comes to mind. That usually happens right? You often have said dream job because you’ve idolized someone currently holding that role and wishing for that to be your reality. My person is Giuliana Rancic.

Full-time entrepreneur and the OG E News correspondent. I have admired her for as long as I can remember. I used to stay up way past my bedtime every night to watch the E News second airing before hitting the hay. I love that her every day is encapsulated with fashion, pop culture and celebrity news, all topics that I am truly passionate about. She works for one of the most prestigious networks, which has provided and allowed her to create a platform that she gets to utilize daily to speak to the masses. How cool is that.

As someone who’s always loved those things, loves the world of publicity and isn’t afraid of public speaking, I’ve dreamt of one day being able to stand next to her and work my tail off. I tell people today, “someday, I will be the next Giuliana Rancic.” That’s how much I love her.

What made me think of this topic was that the Emmy’s were on TV last night. I sat on my couch and watched celebrities arrive on the purple carpet via the E News coverage and was glued to Giuliana interviewing some of my favorites. The preparation, the glam and research it took her to stand there and talk to these stars even for such a short amount of time amazes me.

So, in light of the inspiration I felt last night watching my idol yet again kill it on an award show carpet, I thought I’d take a stab at reporting out on some of my favorite looks of the night. All listed below! I’m curious to know, did you watch the Emmy’s last night and if so, who were some of your favorite looks?

*Images were obtained and are credited to E Online, Elle Online, @streicherhair Instagram, Today.com, @csiriano Instagram and VanityFair.com

From top left across and then down: Daniel Levy // Emilia Clarke in Valentino // James Van Der Beek // Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Oscar de la Renta // Kit Harington // Kristin Cavallari in Nicole + Felicia Couture // Mandy Moore in Brandon Maxwell // Naomi Watts in Dior // Patricia Clarkson in Christian Siriano // Phoebe Walker Bridge in Monique Lhuillier // Rachel Brosnahan in Elie Saab // RuPaul // Sophie Turner in Louis Vuitton // Taraji P. Henson in Vera Wang // Zendaya in Vera Wang

Some of my other favorite moments from the Emmy’s include: Alex Borstein sharing a family story and encouraging women to step out of line, Michelle Williams talking about equal pay, the compilation montage of series that departed this year (I was in tears), RuPaul’s Drag Race winning an Emmy and Bob Newhart sharp as ever at 90 years old in a bit with Ben Stiller when handing out the first award of the night. These moments and more can be seen at eonline.com (my fave site ever!).

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 9/13

Happy Friday Loves,

We made it to the weekend (almost)! I have to admit, this week was rough. I was up until at least 1AM every night for no apparent reason other than pure insomnia. Makes waking up in the morning for work that much harder and lots of coffee was needed. I am glad to say I survived though, silver lining! Also, having really great dinners after work always helps me get through a tougher week. I tried a new Korean BBQ place last night and it was SO FUN! If you’ve never been to a Korean BBQ restaurant before, you need to go. It’s such a unique experience. Anyways, I’m done rambling, here are some of the best things I found on the internet this week. This week’s Wish List is also on fuego because New York Fashion Week gave me all the inspiration. Hope you enjoy!

Rebecca Minkoff does it again, launching a capsule collection with extended sizing

Hustlers comes out today!! Going to see it tonight, especially with this great review from NPR

Mary Lawless Lee of Happily Grey (one of my personal favorite bloggers) totally killed NYFW this past week, check out her killer looks on her Instagram

Alex Trebek Returns to Jeopardy following treatment for stage 4 pancreatic cancer and looks really great!

Crazy ending to the Texans/Saints game on Monday Night. If you’re new here, I am a HUGE New Orleans Saints fan, football is back!

Wish List

Dries Van Notten Croc Effect Clutch

ASOS Trench

Madden Girl Snakeskin Booties

iPhone Memory Card Adapter

Red Leopard Wrap Dress

On Sincerely-Sydney ICYMI

Dry Goods Try On Haul

How To Transition Summer Clothes To Fall

Last Week’s Friday Favorites

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,

Friday Favorites 8/30

Happy Friday!

I hope you had a wonderful week and are gearing up to do something amazing over Labor Day Weekend! As you know, I launched my Friday Favorites Series last week as a way to highlight some of my favorite things on the internet the past week. I also love that because I want to publish these by noon every Friday, it holds me accountable to keep up with worldly and pop culture news. Here are the best articles, videos and content I discovered this week and the new items on my Wish List:

Laura Spencer apologizes on GMA after her comments about boys and dance

Missy Elliot reunites with Alyson Stoner for VMA Performance

Forbes Women 4 Ways to be less frustrated at work

Some of the best dressed at the Venice Film Festival (my favorites include Elsa Hosk’s Etro gown and Candice Swanepoel’s Etro gown):

President Barack Obama’s Summer Playlist and it is AMAZING

Wish List

Light Grey Combo Sole Society wide brim hat with faux leather band

Over the Knee Boots from Nordstrom

Knitted Unstructured Coat from Mango

Gold Crescent Moon Studs from Simply Whispers

Loopy Case for my iPhone XR in pattern Onyx

On Sincerely-Sydney ICYMI

What I Do For A Living

Friday Favorites Series Launch 8/23

Top 10 Rosé All Day Chicago Spots

Sincerely,