Chic Tech Storage

by katyrose on July 31, 2014

Maybe it’s the fact that I went school supply shopping for the first time in years. Or maybe I’m just in the teacher mode, but I’m really loving the idea of personalizing my technology. A smartphone, laptop and tablet are standard issue these days. But just because you and everyone else on the planet has similar pieces of 21st century greatness doesn’t mean you can’t add a little personal flare to your technology.

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Check out these sites for stylish tech pieces and accessories:

Casetify – This site allows you to custom create cases using your own Instagram or Facebook photos. Make a collage of your friends of all the coffee you drink, or of your summer vacation. (You can read my review of Casetify, formerly Casetagram.)

Caseable – Create your own laptop and e-reader cases. You can select artwork from the sites extensive collection or upload your own images. Or, not feeling creative enough? You can purchase the designs of others.

The Snugg – Worried about toting your laptop or tablet around campus? This company specializes in cases that come with a lifetime guarantee! The laptop sleeves create a tight fit that will protect your computer from all the normal bumps of the day. (I will be storing my laptop in this Snugg case during my daily commute.)

Boostcase – Why not have a case that will also charge your phone? These are especially great for long days at the library when you have your headphones in and texts from distracting friends coming in every couple minutes.

Jawbone – Forget plugging your computer or smartphone into speakers. The Jambox will let you blast music without the use of those messy-looking and cumbersome cords.

 

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Goodbye Milwaukee

by katyrose on July 30, 2014

If you are a long-time reader of this blog, you may notice a pattern. I move. A LOT! 5 years ago when ModlyChic began I lived in balmy St. Louis. Then I spent two years in Boston before moving back to the Midwest and situating myself in Milwaukee. Well, it has been two years here, almost, and I suppose that means it is time for another move.

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Chicago here I come. True, this is the shortest distance move I’ve made since going off to college but it is significant none the less.

The move back to my home-state and into the great city of Chicago is not only the start of a new geographical chapter in my life. It is also the beginning of a new professional chapter. Since graduating with a journalism degree I have worked for various publications, mostly in a freelance position. I love the freelance life, especially the flexibility it can afford. I don’t love the guessing game of monthly income and the ebb and flow of work – crazy busy one month, slow as molasses the next.

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So, for now at least, I’m leaving journalism behind. I’m going to be a teacher! Yes, it’s a huge jump from one profession to the other, but I realized as I was doing a little soul-searching this summer – the one thing that I really love, beyond writing, writing and more writing, was giving presentations on fashion, social media, friendship, etc… to high schoolers. I’ve had the ability to do that many times over the years and it’s been such a fun and rewarding moment for me. So, why not turn that into a career?

ModlyChic will continue to function, of course! I couldn’t leave my 5-year-old out in the cold. But there will be an adjustment period as I figure out how and where to take outfit pictures, when its best to blog, etc… I’m also looking forward to being able to attend more of the Chicago blogger events. Being all the way in Milwaukee has limited the amount of interaction I could have with my fellow bloggers and brands in the area.

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I leave the Brew City next week and am trying to get in farewells as well as packing, blogging, and lesson planning. Needless to say it is a crazy time but one that I am loving every second of. Readers, I hope you’ll accompany me on this journey as I discover the greatness of The Windy City, the stress and reward of teaching, and the chicness that happens along the way.

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3-Min Post Gym Makeup Routine

by katyrose on July 28, 2014

Lately I’ve been getting my workouts done in the middle of the day. Timing wise it works perfectly for me, but I always feel off about removing and then re-applying makeup, especially if I need to run errands or meet a friend in the evening. Instead of belabor the second makeup moment of the day, I’ve throw together a little travel bag that works perfectly for a quick touch-up. It contains all the essentials but nothing too time-consuming. I figure this makeup routine takes me three minutes or less, which is perfect since I’m always going a little over-time at the gym.

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My gym makeup bag contains:

Simple Radiance Wipes, $6 – When you don’t have time to fit a shower in, use these wipes to clean the sweat off your face, armpits, etc…

e.l.f. 28 Piece Beach Beauty Palette, $6 – This comes with 16 eyeshadow shades, 2 blushes and 2 bronzers. It’s the perfect simple combination to add a little color. And it comes in a small, easy to carry case.

Maybelline New York Color Whisper, $7.50 – This weightless gel will give your lips a hint of color without looking like you are wearing any lipstick or lip stain. Plus it comes in 20 shades. Faint for Fuchsia is a personal favorite.

CoverGirl LashBlast Waterproof Mascara, $6 – Great, very dark, mascara that makes lashes pop.

Stella McCartney Rollerball, $20 – Finish up with a little swipe of the Stella rollerball to make sure you’ve got a fresh, feminine fragrance.

 

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Wantable-Inspired Outfit

by katyrose on July 17, 2014

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Denim: Hudson
T-shirt: Target
Shoes: Bakers
Scarf: c/o Wantable
Earrings: c/o Wantable
Sunglasses: c/o Wantable

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This outfit was inspired by the items that arrived in my May Wantable box – the sunglasses, earrings and scarf have quickly become some of my favorite everyday jewelry items. While the jeans and t-shirt are pretty standard fare this year, I wanted to pull in the light coral color from the earrings and scarf, making these wedge shoes the perfect combination. Matching without being over-the-top matchy, matchy.

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Do you have a subscription to any monthly box clubs?

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Flyover Press aka Heartland Love

by katyrose on July 16, 2014

After living several years on the East Coast I realized something about the Heartland – people who grew up on the coasts have literally no idea what’s in the middle of the country. I can’t even begin to count the number of times I was asked where Wisconsin is, if Milwaukee was a state, etc…. I even had someone ask me which state Chicago was in.

Sure the way of life is a little slower here in the Midwest. Yes, people tend to prefer trucks to environmentally friendly cars. But I’m proud to be from the Midwest.

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When Flyover Press reached out to introduce me to its products, my first thought was to sing Jason Aldean’s Fly Over States song (a personal favorite). After checking out the site, I fell in love with the simple designs and the deep love each item portrayed for the places I call home.

This Heartland tank is adorable. I wore it for the Fourth of July festivities. Fair warning: it is a uni-sex size, which I didn’t realize when ordering, so I have to knot it in the back or side so I’m not drowning in material. That will teach me to read. Although, this week while I’m at a leadership camp I’ve been using it as a swimsuit coverup, which works perfectly!

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This southwest Michigan-based company promises three things… 1: high quality American-made products. 2: excellent customer service. 3: providing products for the people of the regions of this country that are too often ignored.

US made and Midwest based – it doesn’t get much better than that!

 

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Couldn’t Pass Patterned Pant

by katyrose on July 15, 2014

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Pants: boutique in Petaluma
Shirt: Wilt
Vest: Forever21
Scarf: H&M
Shoes: c/o Juil
Cuff: Tammy Spice
Earrings: Stella & Dot

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When I was in California I spent a day in the small town of Petaluma. Yes, that’s where the Lagunitas Brewery is, but the town also has a collection of pretty great consignment shops and adorable boutiques. While I found a number of cute clothing items there, these pants were screaming my name! As soon as I saw them I draped them over my arm to try on and once they were on, they were mine. I love the pattern, the basic black and cream coloring, the way the pattern changes as the legs fall. Ok, I just love them. I can’t wait to figure out all the great things they will work with.

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How are you feeling about all these wide-legged pants??

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Wantable – You Know You Want It

July 14, 2014

Now that I’ve been back in the Midwest for almost two years, I find myself more and more attracted to local companies. There is something so great about finding a great concept, an innovating business owner, a creative entrepreneur who is following a passion right here in the Heartland. More and more I find myself […]

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My Writing Process – blog tour

July 13, 2014

Stephanie from The Loudmouth tagged me in her post about the writing process. Yes, she tagged me weeks ago and I am only getting around to responding. But I wanted to answer these questions because writing is something I really love. What are you working on? Right now actually I keep wavering between three stories. […]

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Casual Maxi Skirt – as good as jeans

July 10, 2014

Skirt: Ann Taylor LOFT Factory Shirt: Target Jacket: New York & Co. Scarf: c/o Wantable (stay tuned for that review.) Earrings: c/o Mimi Boutique Bag: c/o Ann Taylor Shoes: Rocket Dog from DSW This simple black maxi skirt has become the casual bottom I reach for, even over jeans lately. It is easy to wear […]

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Karina #Frockstar Nation July Giveaway

July 9, 2014

It’s that time of the month… again. Yup, it’s the Karina Dresses Frockstar™ Giveaway. Excited? One lucky winner will walk away at the end of the month with SIX Karina dresses! Yes, SIX dresses. And then we start all over again with another giveaway at the start of June. Did you see my latest post […]

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