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

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Friday Favorites 1/10

First Friday Favorites of 2020!

That’s cause for celebration in and of itself! It was my first full week back at work since December 20th and let me tell you, it was NOT easy. I feel more tired than I have in a while, stressed again with business and I think there’s a direct correlation with working and my skin looking 10 years older than I actually am. But, I’m hopeful that after some much needed extra rest this weekend, I will be back better than ever next week.

Since I haven’t posted one of these in a while, I’ve included some additional amazing articles and videos that have surfaced the interweb over the past couple of weeks. I hope you enjoy celebrity baby news, tear-jerking proposals and videos of people falling as much as I do. Enjoy!

One of my favorite actresses of all time Cameron Diaz announced in Instagram that she and husband Benji Madden welcomed a baby girl named Raddix

So many people have banded together to aid in the tragic and horrifying fires happening in Australia right now, here is an article Krystal Bick on some relief efforts and organizations you can donate to if you are able to help. I donated $100 to the Australian Red Cross.

Ryan Seacrest falls off his chair while filming Live with Kelly and Ryan, it’s hilarious but thank god he’s okay

Leonardo DiCaprio helps save a man who fell overboard a cruise ship in the Caribbean – They’re saying it was a one in a million occurrence

This man planned the most perfect surprise EVER by hacking this screening of Sleeping Beauty with an on-screen/off-screen marriage proposal where characters in the film were altered to look like the couple – it is so cute I was crying at work watching it 5 times

How to Craft a 2020 Social Media Strategy That Cuts Through the Noise via Forbes Women

Wish List

This Camel Coatigan

These oversized Tortoise Shell Square Sunglasses

The Beachwaver Pro 1.25″ Curling Iron

This Babydoll Mini Dress

This (sort-of) Gucci Dupe Scarf

On Sincerely-Sydney ICYMI

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Friday Favorites 12/20


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

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Gifts Under $50


Gifts Under $50

Me Again,

Now three times in one week?! Must be the holidays or something. Or it’s just me freaking out about buying presents *typical* I just HAD to post one more time for my last minute Christmas shoppers. If you’re stressed, take a deep breath because it is going to be alright!

The holidays are a rough time for our wallets. From normal monthly bills, to events, gifts, traveling, the list seems endless and money seems to spontaneously grow wings.

But just because it’s the most wonderful time of the year doesn’t mean that every gift you buy has to be $100+. There are plenty of fantastic gift ideas out there that you can purchase for $50 or less. Stocking stuffers, small wrapped presents or handouts to colleagues, I have scoured the internet to bring you the best of the best. Here are my top picks for gifts $50 and under.

*None of the above images are my own. They are from the retailer’s site or are stock images.


Gift Guide for HER

Hi Again,

Second post of the week and it’s only Tuesday…who am I?!?! Well let me tell you, I’m still a true procrastinator. In everything I do, I usually wait until the last possible minute before completing the task.

It’s the way I’ve always been, from 3rd grade papers to waiting until 11PM to pack a suitcase before a 5AM flight. Not much has changed, so why would Christmas shopping be any different. I tend to stay on brand.

If you are also a bonafide procrastinator, you will surely appreciate this less-than-two-weeks-before-Christmas Gift Guide for Her. If you are either late with letting others know what you want for the holidays or late in buying for the women in your life, I tried to make it easy on all of us!

Below you will see my top picks for holiday gifts this year, many of which I am even asking for myself or already own. Everything is linked for easy access or you could even send this blog post link to your family members so they can easily access the items. If you have any questions on any of the options, just let me know!

*None of the above images are my own. They are from the retailer’s site or are stock images.


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

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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

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Friday Favorites Series Launch 8/23

Happy Friday!

You have made it through the week and are hours away from enjoying the weekend! How exciting is that. Just take a quick moment and reflect on all of the tasks/projects you’ve completed this week. You killed it and I am proud of you.

I am a firm believer that consistency is key. Whether you are writing content, consuming content or trying to adapt a new habit, consistency will get you there. One of the aspects I love about my favorite bloggers is their ability to consistently engage their readers with series that they’ve implemented. I love staying with a blogger through their journey of a series, almost like watching a new episode every week of your favorite show or listening to a new podcast released every Thursday. I have dreamt up some series I would love to start working on, but in the meantime, I thought we could dip our toe in the water and start with what I’m calling my Friday Favorites series.

Friday Favorites are going to be exactly what they sound like. They are going to be short and sweet linking to some of my favorite things that I’ve discovered on the Internet in the past week. Topics will range from world news, pop culture, articles I read and loved, Instagram content, other blog content to products I currently have on my “wish list”. I’m really excited to launch this and hope you will return every Friday around noon to see some of the best things on the internet for the week. Hold me accountable!

Let’s get started with my first Friday Favorites:

Margo and Me’s collaboration with Michael Kors at the TWA Hotel. You can see her gorgeous images via her Instagram feed

As a result of the terrifying fires happening in the Amazon right now, my best friend wrote a blog post that’s both informative and chalk full of ways you can show your support. Here is the post

I read a great article by Forbes Women contributor Natalie Zfat about How Long It Takes Your Favorite Influencer to Create An Instagram Post featuring one of my faves Jennifer Lake

Rapper Twista’s sign language interpreter totally steals the show by keeping up with one of the fastest rappers in the game, watch the video here

Fall Fashion Predictions from The Everygirl

The DWTS cast is pretty stacked this year

Found this delicious-looking recipe for Mushroom Rice

One My Wish List:

Sole Society Dustin Bag

Amazon Leopard Cardigan for Fall

Living Proof Dry Volume Blast (I just ran out of mine)

Spanx Faux Leather Leggings

J. Crew Shirt Dress for Fall

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