Friday Favorites 5/22

Happy Friday Babes!

We’ve made it another week! Let’s give ourselves a round of applause. As we gear up for the long weekend, I can’t help but ponder about how different this year’s holiday weekend looks compared to year’s past. Usually around this time, I’m preparing for the parade of backyard bbq’s, lawn games and stocking up on my favorite Leinenkugel Summer Shandy. There’s something about taking that first sip around this time that’s almost an inaugural Summer tradition, it hits differently.

This year though, with no lake house visits or afternoon gatherings in sight, I’m kind of taking solitude in the quietness of it all. How many obligations do we volunteer for that we actually don’t have much interest in in the first place? Memorial Day is no exception. Instead of playing merry go ’round to family and friends houses, I’m taking this weekend to do some tasks I’ve actually been looking forward to. Organizing my room, going to a restaurant with a couple of friends (something I haven’t done in a very long time), drinking wine and grilling out on my own balcony. Wow, I really am an introverted extrovert lol. Well, whatever your plans look like this year, I hope you take the extra day to participate in something you actually want to do, and don’t feel obligated to do. You deserve that extra day. You really do.

And if you catch yourself looking for a quick escape, some time for yourself, here are some of the most entertaining links I found around the web this week. Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

ALDO x Rocky Barnes collaborate on what I’m assuming will be a collection of our dream Summer shoes

Shaun White stops to skate these neighborhood kid’s ramp and it’s the cutest video you’ll ever see

Jason Derulo tries out a TikTok trend and ends up without two front teeth, omg it’s so bad!!!

The Cuomo brothers are at it again in this hilarious video of Chris teasing the Governor of New York after taking the coronavirus test on live TV

Jeffree Star responds back to backlash of new palette name, I think his response is eloquent and valid and my mom just ordered the palette, I can’t wait to try it!

One of my new favorite personalities on Instagram, Serena Kerrigan, hosts a live dating show on Instagram Live every Friday night called Let’s Fucking Date. She goes on two dates and then recaps with friends on the after show. It’s so entertaining!

Prince William and Kate Middleton have never been funnier than in this video of them playing bingo!

Since we might be more inclined to stay home this Summer, here are 11 pool floats to up your Instagram game

On Sincerely-Sydney ICYMI

Psychology of the Color Green (and why I’m loving it lately)

Last Week’s Friday Favorites

My Thoughts on Being Sincerely Quarantined

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 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 11/1

Happy November!

I cannot believe we only have two months of this year left…Where did 2019 go?!

This weekend, I am staying in the city watching a co-workers house and kitty while she’s out of town. I barely ever get to stay downtown, so I plan on fully taking advantage of this situation. I have dinner plans tonight with a couple friends at a place I’ve never been to before and then tomorrow I am participating in the Cliquish Faces of Content Tour and may stop by the new Uncommon James location in the West Loop. Who knows where else the weekend might take me, but if you follow me on Instagram, you can follow along on my adventures.

If you’re not up to speed on your current events this week, here are some great articles to read this weekend. My Wish List this week is entirely made up of new jeans because I am in serious need of a Fall jean haul. Hope you have a great weekend!

Chance the Rapper – a fellow Chicagoan – shows support for the Chicago Teachers Union while hosting and performing on SNL

LeBron James sent food trucks to the first responders fighting the fires in LA

Kanye West and James Corden do Carpool Karaoke on a plane

Democratic Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren organizes a campaign and contest that is giving someone a chance to have a drink with her after so many people said this is something they’d love to be able to do

Wit and Delight blog post on How To Compliment Someone Without Mentioning Their Looks

Caulipower Founder Gail Becker Shares Advice For Aspiring Food Entrepreneurs

Wish List

Jeans, jeans, jeans – I need some new ones ASAP

Good American Good Legs Blue265 Jeans

DL1961 Farrow Ankle High Rise Skinny Jeans

Frame Le High Skinny Jeans

Express High Waisted Denim Perfect Wide Waistband

Abercrombie Ultra High Rise Ankle Jeans With Raw Hem

On Sincerely-Sydney ICYMI

Happy Birthday, Mom

Last Week’s Friday Favorites 10/25

The Only Company I Buy Earrings From

Sincerely,

Friday Favorites 10/25

Happy Friday Friends,

For the past week, I’ve been pretty out of commission. With the season change, came the inevitable sickness. It’s out there and it’s sinister this year, so beware! But just as I posted in my Instagram caption on Monday’s post, “almost everything will work again if you just unplug it for a few minutes. Even you.” No statement resonated with me more than this. As a woman always on the go, it was a hard pill to swallow, but I learned the importance to taking a step back and taking a breather, otherwise your body will take it for you and it’ll usually come at a very inconvenient time.

Although being sick wasn’t ideal, it allowed me to rest and heal for a second, something I hadn’t taken time for in a while. Now, I am feeling refreshed, renewed and inspired to create new content for you. Creative juices are flowing and next week we are back to regularly scheduled programming. I have some exciting ideas that I’m looking forward to executing. For now though, please enjoy this weekend reading roundup of the best articles I found on the internet this week. I hope you enjoy and come back next week to see what I have in store for you!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock this week, I’m sure you heard Selena Gomez released new music. Her new music video for Look At Her Now was shot completely on the new iPhone

10 Steps You Can Take To Define and Achieve Your Goals

McDonald’s, Chick-fil-A and Popeyes – The Chicken Sandwich War is Far From Over

My fashion icon and blogger OG Blair Eadie releases her NYC collection with the Nordstrom team in celebration of the new Nordstrom flagship in Manhattan

Jennifer Lopez and A-Rod donate a year’s worth of food to Tennessee school

Wish List

The cooler temps have been sweeping through the windy city this past week, and as a result, I’ve been living in my gray teddy-like, sweater coat. This week’s Wish List is a roundup of some others I’ve been eyeing online lately!

SHEIN Longline Teddy Coat

Kohl’s Nine West Black Teddy Coat

ASOS Longline Teddy Coat with Oversized Pockets in Beige

ASOS Light Gray Tall Textured Slim Sweater Coat

Revolve Red Longline Caron Coat – omg this is a dream!!!

On Sincerely-Sydney ICYMI

Last Week’s Friday Favorites 10/18

One of the Best Dress Silhouettes

Boycott Boring Work Clothes

Sincerely,

Friday Favorites 10/18

Happy Friday Peeps!

It’s finally the weekend! I don’t know about you, but I feel like this week totally flew by. Unfortunately, I think the nonstop running around that’s been going on for a couple weeks now is finally catching up to me. My throat feels like it’s on fire and I feel like I could fall asleep at any second. My insides are warm but I am currently sitting at my desk with a jacket on because I’m freezing. I think I caught it…whatever it is I don’t know but it is coming. Ugh! I HATE being sick.

But, in good ole Sydney fashion, I have a jammed day with work, dinner in the city and then a Blackhawks game tonight, so sorry germs but ain’t nobody got time for you today. I hope you all have a nice relaxing weekend. If you find yourself looking for some entertainment, here are some fun articles, videos and trendy pieces I found on the internet this week. Enjoy!

Jennifer Aniston joins Instagram this week!! She absolutely KILLED it with her first post and already has over 13MM followers.

The first all-female spacewalk is happening right now

A legit scientific equation proves that Bella Hadid is the most beautiful woman in the world

Lady Gaga falls off stage while dancing with a fan, luckily they are both okay…

BEST.VIDEO.EVER Charlie Puth gets Quizzed by Courtney Cox on “Friends” and cries when she gives him his prize for crushing it

Wish List

Guess Snakeskin Boots

Recently realized that I don’t own a pair of gray pants and I don’t know why, Express Gray Pants

Ralph Lauren Ribbed Turtleneck Sweater

Bow Print Sheer Tights

Pink Quilted Crossbody Bag

On Sincerely-Sydney ICYMI

My Favorite Michigan Wineries

Last Week’s Friday Favorites 10/11

Some of My Favorite Lipstick Shades

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,