Food and Drink, Travel / 02.09.2015

About a month ago, my girlfriend, Lauren, and I went to Dolce Italian for a late lunch/early happy hour situation and were blown away by the delicious food! I hadn't been to the Godfrey prior to our lunch and the restaurant's vibe was so unique; it reminded me of a modern Mad-Men set by combining steel elements and orange accents; not what I typically think of when I go to an Italian restaurant but I loved it!
Outfits, Style / 01.09.2015

I suppose it was a blessing in disguise that I sent practically 50% of my wardrobe to the dry cleaners and forgot to pick it up in time for our friends' wedding last month. Instead of springing for a summer dress I wouldn't wear again for another year, I stumbled upon this amazing hunter T-back dress from LOFT that transitions seamlessly into fall style! Since the wedding, I've worn it almost every week and it's ended up being one of the best purchases I've made in months. I cannot wait to dress it up with tights and a sweater once the breeze is no longer tolerable; however, until then, I'm pairing it with a timeless leather clutch and simple, gold accessories.
Personal / 28.08.2015

Yappy Fri-Yay, everyone! For the first time in the history of my site...I'm taking over and sharing what a day in my life is like! I've been trying to convince mom that it's a good idea for a long time, but when Bartley's for Dogs wanted me to help sponsor rescue dogs in need, she finally caved! Because I'm so cute, Bartley (my new boyfriend) decided I could give all my readers 20% off when they use the code "PAYTON" and I can't wait to hear which treats are your favorite!!
Business / 27.08.2015

Over the Fourth of July weekend, my family and I enjoyed dinner at Cannova’s one of our favorite restaurants in Galena. It’s a traditional Italian pizzeria with the most amazing homemade red sauce I’ve EVER had--I highly recommend it. And, like any dinner held with good company, we got into several super interesting discussions--one of which was about “how to properly give someone a handshake.” Each of us had our own handshake horror stories and each of us had a different approach to initiating handshakes in a business setting, which got me thinking...what is the most appropriate way to initiate a handshake? After doing a bit of research, I’ve compiled these 6 tips to make initial greetings and handshakes as natural as possible.
Beauty / 26.08.2015

If you've read my post on 8 things every happy woman should have, you know I've found both my hairstylist and colorist at George the Salon. Since my first experience dying my hair as a young adult living in Chicago went horrible wrong (my "blonde" was more "green/yellow"), I made sure to do ample research before letting another salon near my locks. George the Salon came highly recommended by a friend and, after being blown away during my first visit, I've been going to see them ever since. Though I'm not terribly adventurous when it comes to cut and color, I do love switching up my style each season and I'm so excited to announce my partnership with George the Salon this fall!