My Go To Outfit When I Hate All My Clothes

cambridge satchel scallop.jpgimg_34732.jpgHappy Monday gals. Soooo… you ever wake up one morning and realize you hate all your clothes and nothing fits and you can’t find your favorite dress and OMG WHY IS EVERY SHIRT I OWN BLUE I DON’T EVEN LIKE BLUE! That’s basically every Monday in my life. I used to double down on this nightmare and spend 30 minutes desperately trying to put something cute together, getting more and more frustrated as each new outfit proved a fail. But those days are long gone. I have a formula now, and because I love you so much, I’m sharing that fool-proof formula with you: Continue reading “My Go To Outfit When I Hate All My Clothes”

How to Make Friends in a New City

Moving is so hard. Moving cities, impossible. There’s the hiring of movers, the packing and unpacking of the stuff. The inevitable day where a beloved piece of furniture breaks or your favorite box of clothes is lost. But it doesn’t get easier once you’re settled in. Figuring out new public transportation, learning a new job, and most terrifying, the MAKING OF NEW FRIENDS. Even if you’re in a relationship, it still gets lonely without girlfriends. I’ve moved a lot, so I consider myself somewhat of an expert in this space…

In the last 15 years, I’ve moved from Michigan to New York, to Chicago, to San Francisco, where most places, I had little or no friends. Finding and crafting friendships takes work, but the first and hardest step, is finding people with similar interests. You really have to put yourself out there to find a new BFF – believe me, I’ve “cold called” friends multiple times, but none of those friendships fell into my lap. Here’s how I’ve met people in the last four cities I’ve lived in: Continue reading “How to Make Friends in a New City”

Cropped Wide Leg Denim + How to Find the Perfect Pair for You

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img_3083.jpgTee: Monrow // Jeans: Target // Sunglasses: River Island // Shoes: Old // Clutch: Old

I never thought I could pull off wide leg denim. I would see those tall, skinny French-like girls on the street rockin’ a wide leg and think, “I love those pants, but they would never work on me.” Turns out, I was, for the first time ever in my WHOLE LIFE, wrong. On impulse I tried this pair from the Who What Wear Collection at Target, and I’ve never looked back. Well, first I bought the 43 other things in my cart that I didn’t need. But THEN I never looked back. Keep scrolling for 6 other pairs I’m sure you’ll love (most under $100)! And if you’re not already following me on instagram (@thechampagnechic), we need to talk.

To kickstart your search, a few tips to find the perfect pair for you: Continue reading “Cropped Wide Leg Denim + How to Find the Perfect Pair for You”

Tuesday Tip: Dry Skin Quick Fix

Do you ever try to put makeup on in the morning but are thwarted by pieces of dry flaky skin no matter how much you moisturize? Uh, yeah, me neither… but if you DO (not us), the buck stops here. Time to bring out the big guns and get rid of that dry skin fast (picking at it with your fingernail is not the answer). I have two secrets:

1) Scotch Tape: Sounds like crazy talk, but a little piece will spot treat, and remove a piece of stubborn dry skin immediately. No irritation to your face.

2) Dr. Dennis Gross Daily Peel:- Best for when your whole face needs a pick me up. These little babies make your skin instantly smooth and flawless. Use all over your face to exfoliate and smooth in two steps. Tip: Cut each of the little pads (one each of the two steps) in half to double how long they last. Use one half, and put the other unused half back in the packet, fold the top, and seal with a binder clip to keep them fresh.
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xo Alaina

My Top Tips For Planning A Wedding

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We went to this beautiful wedding at Atwood Ranch in Sonoma on Saturday and spent much of the night talking to a newly engaged friend. She was already stressed about planning the wedding, and it had only been a few weeks since the engagement! I flashed back to when googling “wedding planning” spit out millions of to-do lists and timelines, and I freaked – where to start? I ended the night promising to send her a list of everything we did in the first few months to minimize our wedding stress. Promise, delivered! My top tips for you too, here… Continue reading “My Top Tips For Planning A Wedding”

11 Rehearsal Dinner Dresses That Aren’t White (+Wedding Guest Options)

I just got back from my bff’s glorious Minneapolis wedding, and it reminded how stressful it can be to find the right rehearsal dinner dress! For me, it was almost harder than the wedding dress. You have to pick something that makes you feel like yourself, so you can focus on your fiancé and your guests, but also you want to look fabulous for the insta. (Speaking of, I have one: @thechampagnechic, find me!) So, this is my annual wedding cheat sheet on for all you ladies out there. BONUS, if you are not getting married, these are all great options for being a guest too (except the white one, don’t be that girl). Enjoy!astr pink lace dressASTR The Label: So pretty, so pretty, so pretty. Might be best for those with a small to medium chest, but the lace and the color make me swoon. Continue reading “11 Rehearsal Dinner Dresses That Aren’t White (+Wedding Guest Options)”

Need A New Book? My Latest Picks.

If you’re like me, you’re always on the hunt for a new book. I go through books pretty quickly because I read constantly – and there’s so many benefits to a page turner on the reg. Did you know only six minutes of reading reduces stress by 68%? If you have trouble falling asleep, read for 10 minutes. Trust me, you’ll pass right out. Here’s what on my nightstand right now.

Essentialism, Greg McKeown: Normally I don’t buy into self-help. But this book has actually changed and improved my life. If ever feel sucked into a dinner you don’t want to be at, or tired of doing things that don’t bring you joy, or overwhelmed, well… ever, this is the book for you. A pretty quick read, Essentialism’s premise isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done. It’s a guide for focusing on what’s necessary in your life and spending your time and energy there. The good part, it doesn’t tell you what should be important in your life (since we all have different priorities!), it let’s you figure it out for yourself, and gives you the tools to focus on those things. A must read for the working girl, or literally any mom.

Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng: A fly-by-night mom and daughter move to a small town where residents pride themselves on following the rules. This is a story about families, friendships and what happens when worlds collide. Per the blurb: “Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity.” A real page turner, Celeste’s way of writing is poignantly engaging, but not so flowery you get bored. The characters are interesting, and you can’t help but want the best for all of them – even when they are making terrible decisions. Good for the beach, before bed or on the subway.

The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt: A single tragic accident changes the course of a young boys’ life and brings into his possession a captivating painting, as we follow the aftermath into his adulthood. This is a legit piece of literature (it won the Pulitzer) – a long, hard read, but totally worth it. The writing is powerful and vivid. The characters are complicated, frustrating, and simultaneously irresistible. I read it months ago and still find myself dreaming about the characters and what’s happened to them since. Don’t pick it up if you prefer lighter, fluffy books. Read it before it’s turned into a movie in 2019.

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen: You probably read this classic in high school and haven’t thought about it since. Give it another look – I’ve read it a dozen times and always realize something new. A powerful love story and a reminder that women should never settle in love or life. And my third favorite movie. (I mean, the part where Mr. Darcy is laying it all on the line for Keira Knightly by the white column building in the rain, ugh, chills!)

Have any good book recos? Send them my way!

xo Alaina