(Gal)entine’s Day Party

You know that Valentine’s Day is near when you walk into your local target and the $3 goodie section is full of pink, red and white heart and love decor. So, why not use this to your advantage? Here is everything you need to throw a fabulous Galentine’s Day Party!

  • Festive Decor
  • Sweets & Drinks
  • Pizza
  • A DIY photo-op setup
  • Classic movies, or an upbeat music playlist playing in the background
  • Games

AND FINALLY,

  • Your best girl friends! (or guys, all genders are welcome)

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Taste of Chicago: True Food Kitchen

Firstly, I would like to thank Sam Fox, from Fox Restaurant Concepts for bringing one of my favorite restaurants from home (Arizona) to Chicago! Not only is the food incredible, but now I am able to cure my homesickness by walking a quick 15 minutes to True Food Kitchen. If you are in the mood for a healthy, but delicious bite to eat then this is the place to go. The atmosphere is extremely comfortable with earth type vibes flowing throughout the entire restaurant. The bright colors, friendly staff and endless options of tasty food makes this a must go to place if you are ever in Chicago and want a guilt free meal. I would love to hear your thoughts about True Food Kitchen if you have been there, or want to try it! Comment below, or tag me on Instagram or Twitter @sydneymallace or use the hashtag #sydneymallace.

Learn more about True Food Kitchen here!

UPDATE

Hello lovelies! I’m back! I know it’s been a while, and I owe an explanation. Recently I have been very unhappy with the way I look and feel… and unfortunately I let those feelings get the best of me. I had to remember why I started this blog in the first place. It was to bring joy in the form of fashion and beauty no matter your size, race, gender, look, etc… I apologize for the lack of content on the blog, and can promise you some new and exciting things! Here is to the process of life and the positive vibes that I hope to give!

7 Valentine’s Day Ideas if you’re Single

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Don’t worry single ladies… I have got you covered! I have come up with a few ideas you can easily do if you still want to celebrate Valentine’s Day, but don’t have a date.

  1. Who says you can’t buy yourself flowers and chocolate? You can… and you will!
  2. Throw a singles party! Enjoy the company of your friends… No sulking allowed!
  3. Grab takeout and watch girl power movies with your best girl friends. A few of my recommendations would be: Clueless(1995), Legally Blonde(2001), Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants(2005), John Tucker Must Die(2006), and Sex and the City(2008).
  4. Treat yourself to a spa day. If you are in Arizona… The Montelucia is my absolute favorite!
  5. Call your parents! First off, wish them a Happy Valentine’s Day and secondly, they will remind you how loved and special you are!
  6. Go to a group workout class! Group workouts are awesome because you are constantly motivated and are surrounded by people who are trying to reach the same results as you.
  7. Buy yourself that gift you’ve been wanting… Self love is important!

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Roaming Through the City of Bucktown

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This past weekend was beautiful, which is not so typical during a Chicago winter… So, I decided to take full advantage of this rare occasion and head to Bucktown.

I have heard so many great things about Bucktown, and all the great things I heard were true. It is a cute and trendy area, full of unique shops, restaurants, and scenery. I had the pleasure of going with a few of my friends, and we had the best time. We walked around looking at the sceneary, stopped in a few shops, and occasionally snapped some pictures!

Onto my favorite part of this post– my outfit! All the pieces incorporated into my outfit were simple… A black dress, black tights, a vest, and some chelsea boots. The vest is definitely what made the look special. It added a contrast against the black, tied the boots into the look, and also helped me stay warm!

If you happen to stop by Bucktown or live in the area, I would love to see what your day or night consist of! Tag me @sydneymallace or use the hashtag #sydneymallace

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Randolph Street Market

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A while back, I had the chance to go the Randolph Street Market in Chicago. If you are ever in the area I highly recommend it. It was so lovely to see all the different vendors and items that were available to buy. There were vintage clothes and shoes, vinyls, books, jewelry, furniture, and so much more. Something about a flea market genuinely brings a smile to my face. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I’m surrounded by so many unique things for sale– which is good for me, but not for my wallet… Either way, strolling around the market with friends and family made for an incredible day.

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2016 New Year’s Resolutions

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Happy New Year Lovelies! I hope that these first days have been off to a great start. New Year means new resolutions, and I wanted to share mine with all of you. Maybe you will even be inspired and follow them yourselves. Share yours with me! Tag me @sydneymallace or use the hashtag #sydneymallace. Also, I love reading your comments, so please leave some below!

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Throwback Thursday: London Lookbook

Happy Throwback Thursday everyone! A little over a year ago, I was in London visiting my older sister Jordie, who was studying abroad for the fall semester. Considering London is always very fashion forward, I decided to pull out some of my best looks. I put together this London Lookbook video. Who knew a year could go by so fast? I hope you all enjoy! I want to see some of your #tbt looks. Tag me @sydneymallace or use the hashtag #sydneymallace.

*Due to the fact that these looks were put together about a year ago, I couldn’t find  exact items to show you, but I put together similar ones — don’t forget to check it out  below! Shop Exact & Similar Items:

Sketch of the Month: December

Dress1A bit of a different post today. I decided I wanted to share with you something that truly brings me joy in life: Fashion. Specifically the first step in creating a beautiful garment, which is the sketching process. My sketches are like pieces of art to me, and I personally take a lot of time in perfecting them. I hope you all enjoy, and I would love to see and hear about your hobbies that bring you happiness in life! Tag me @sydneymallace or use the hashtag #sydneymallace.

Taste of Chicago: Hash House a Go Go

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Hash House a Go Go is the perfect spot for brunch. They have delicious drinks, food, and a great atmosphere. I recommend that if you go, go with an empty stomach, because the portion sizes are huge! There are three Hash House a Go Go Locations, so if you have a chance to go — I highly recommend it! My favorite item to order is the ‘Sage Fried Chicken and Waffles’. I would love to see your picture when you go! Tag me @sydneymallace or use the hashtag #sydneymallace.

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