This weekend was a blast and was also something I had been looking forward to for a long time. A while ago, I was contacted by Kendra Scott Chicago and asked if I wanted to host my very own Color Bar Party. I hadn’t heard of the Color Bar before but was intrigued. After learning about the Color Bar, I was more than willing to sign up and host my very own party at Kendra Scott’s Chicago location. This past Saturday, I invited 4 of my best girlfriends to come with me and shop around Kendra Scott!

My Kendra Scott Chicago Color Bar Party

What is the Color Bar?

The Color Bar is an in-store and online tool that you can use to create your very own, custom jewelry. Using the color bar, you can select your:

  • category (necklace, earrings, rings, bracelet)
  • style
  • stone
  • metal

to create your personalized, one-of-a-kind piece of Kendra Scott jewelry. The options are endless with Color Bar, which is what makes it so fun! Check out the Color Bar online tool here. 

What is a Color Bar Party?

Basically, I was invited to bring some of my best friends to attend an event at Kendra Scott Chicago, and play around with the Color Bar in-store! The party also had fun sips + sweets (like macarons!) for me and my guests. Everyone who attended the party got 15% off their purchase, which was really nice.

Enjoy the photos below from my Color Bar Party!

Kendra Scott

Kendra Scott

My First Kendra Scott Piece

I’ve never shopped at Kendra Scott before, but I am so excited to have been introduced to this brand and know I will be back in-store soon. All of the pieces that Kendra designs are beautiful and the different color options are fantastic. I strictly wear silver-only jewelry, and it was still so easy to shop tons of different designs at Kendra Scott. Plus, the store itself was gorgeous and I’m told it was designed after Kendra Scott’s actual home!

For my first Kendra Scott piece, I chose to design my own ring at the Color Bar. The style of the ring that I got is called the “Theodore”, in Rhodium metal, with a Platinum Drusy stone. It’s stunning!

I got to design my piece in-store, but below you can see what my ring would look like if I designed it online.

Theodore Ring

I highly recommend Kendra Scott’s jewelry, and had so much fun at my own Color Bar Party! Let me know if you have ever played around online (or in-store) with the KS Color Bar!

And a special shoutout goes to my friend Megan Rogers-Reilley, the girl behind Bowtiful Life, who invited me to host my own party! 🙂


*I was gifted a Kendra Scott piece. However, all opinions are my own and honest.*

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No, this isn’t a false alarm. And yes, you read the title of this blog post correctly. You can actually get paid to shop at all of your favorite stores.

I stumbled upon this method a few months ago randomly, and I seriously regret not doing this earlier. I’ve saved so much money since discovering this website…so today I’m sharing it with you.

Are you a shopaholic? Check out my post here about 3 life hacks for shopping online here.

How I Get Paid to Shop at My Favorite Stores

How to Get Paid to Shop

The key to getting paid to shop is to use a cashback rebate website/app. My favorite option is Ebates, because of how easy it is, and the high payout rates. It also helps you find the best coupons online at the same time, so you can be sure you’re getting the best deal possible.

What is Ebates?

Ebates is a cash back website that does all of the hard work and couponing for you. It allows you to earn cash back when you shop, and pays you via PayPal or check. You can earn up to 40% cashback at some retailers through Ebates…which is almost unheard of in the cashback world.

How to Make Ebates Work for You

My most favorite part about Ebates (aside from getting money back for shopping at Sephora) is how easy it is. Ebates makes it extremely easy to use their service so that you never have to worry about forgetting to get cashback on your everyday purchases.

  1. Click here to sign up for Ebates. They will ask for your email address…it’s simple as that.
  2. Download the Ebates Chrome Extension. This will let you automatically be alerted whenever you click on a website that partners with Ebates and offers cashback. The Chrome Extension will also search for the best coupons on the web for you when checking out, so you don’t have to.
  3. Surf the web + shop at your favorite stores like normal. When you see the visual below, you’ll know that your about to get some cash just by shopping! Just click “Activate” and checkout like normal. After, you can log into your Ebates account to see how much cash you got back + check your total balance.

Get Paid to Shop

Where I Like to Shop with Ebates

Below are some of my favorite stores to shop at with Ebates. I’ve included the cashback percentage next to each store, but keep in mind that Ebates is constantly being changed and updated, with special deals + “double cashback” retailers happening weekly. (So you could be earning even more than what I listed.) In fact, when I’m writing this post, Ebates is now offering 15% cashback on tons of stores for a limited time.

Amazon (3% Cashback)

Ulta  (3% Cashback)

Sephora (4% Cashback)

Groupon (6% Cashback)

Saks Fifth Avenue (4% Cashback)

Missguided (4% Cashback)

Click HERE to sign up for Ebates and start earning cash back today!

Ebates Coupons and Cash Back


Do you use Ebates already, or any other cashback websites? Have you ever heard about this way to get paid to shop before?

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I’m a college girl on a budget, but let’s be real: I love fashion + shopping. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved getting new pieces, playing around with my outfits, and getting fashion inspiration from celebrities. I decided to share my all time favorite brands with you all, so you can always refer back to this post for all of my personal recommendations.

The brands + retailers listed below are my absolute favorite places to shop at. I’m constantly checking these websites for new arrivals, and count on them to carry new trends.

Get Paid to Shop!

If you want to get money back when shopping online, make sure to use Ebates! I use Ebates every time that I shop online because it essentially pays me to shop. Ebates lets me earn money back from my purchases, and get paid via PayPal. Ebates changed my online shopping game and I. LOVE. IT.

All Time Favorite Brands

All Time Favorite Brands

My All Time Favorite Brands: Clothing + Beauty

Retailers

Nordstrom: It’s no secret that Nordstrom has some of the best customer service around. I love every experience I have shopping at Nordstrom (whether in-person or online), because of how accommodating and helpful they are. Also, you can buy almost anything at Nordstrom, and it’s almost always high quality and perfect!

ASOS: This website carries a huge range and catalog of products, and they are super trendy. ASOS also has an awesome clearance section that is constantly being updated and added to.

Sephora: Sephora is my ultimate guilty pleasure. At any given time, I have a running wishlist of things I want to purchase from Sephora. Like Nordstrom, Sephora is always super helpful and the people that work there are incredibly talented and knowledgeable. Plus, I love their rewards program + getting point perks! (Plus you can get 4% cashback from Sephora via Ebates!)

Ulta: One thing I love about Ulta is that I can shop for my favorite high-end and drugstore products all in the same place. Plus, they carry OPI which is my favorite nail polish brand.

Clothing Brands

Topshop: Topshop is great for denim (which I will dive into later), but also has other great styles. My favorites at Topshop are their dresses, jackets, and basics. It’s easy to spend hours getting lost in the Topshop website.

Forever 21: As much as I try to avoid the chaos that is Forever 21, it can sometimes be worth it. If I’m ever looking for a quick, trendy, outfit, I know I can count on Forever 21. Their accessories are the bomb, too.

Boohoo: This is probably my current all-time favorite clothing brand. Boohoo is a UK brand, but their shipping to the US isn’t bad, and the styles they come out with are KILLER. I love Boohoo with all my heart and tell all my friends about it.

Sorella Boutique: This is a clothing brand that gets it. I love how on-trend they are, and I also love following the brand on social media (especially their Instagram.) Their team understands trends and executes them well.

ZARA: I really love ZARA’s graphic tees and their outerwear. The sizing can be a little confusing, but it’s worth figuring it out to find something you love.

Denim

Topshop: I am extremely tall (almost 6 foot), so denim can be hard to find for me. Lots of brands have jeans that only come to the top of my ankles…which just won’t do. Luckily, Topshop offers different cuts of denim for all different body types. I love their Jamie Tall jeans!

American Eagle Outfitters: AEO is one of the rare brands that can accommodate my body type. I like buying American Eagle jeans for more trendier washes and cuts.

Shoes

Steve Madden: Steve Madden is my staple shoe brand. I feel like they really excel in making classic shoes, and the quality is great for the price.

Nike: I am somewhat addicted to sneakers and tennis shoes, and Nike is one of my favorite brands. I especially love their Free Run shoes and Air Force 1’s. Plus, you can get a WHOPPING 9.5% CASH BACK with Ebates at Nike. That’s almost 10% of what you spend back into your bank account!

Public Desire: What I love most about Public Desire is how trendy they are. They aren’t cheesy, and really understand what’s hot. They also offer a great student discount for all you college girls out there!

Beauty

NARS: NARS is my go-to brand for face products. My favorite bronzer ever is NARS Laguna, and I also use their blushes and liquid highlighters. They nail it! (Ebates offers 5% cash back with NARS!)

tarte cosmetics: This is a brand that has been consistently impressing me with their beauty products. I love their highlighting palette and brushes. I’m excited to try out more tarte products in the future. (You can get 4% cash back with Ebates here!)

MAC Cosmetics: I’ve been buying MAC products since I first allowed to wear makeup in middle school. Their eyeshadows are a staple, but my favorite MAC products are actually their face powders. The powder is so finely milled that it gives your face an almost air-brushed look, without looking cakey.

Benefit Cosmetics: Besides the amazing packaging, Benefit’s products are top-notch. I especially like Benefit’s boxed blushes, and “They’re Real!” is one of my favorite mascaras of all-time.

Mario Badescu: This brand is my tried and true skincare buddy. I love Mario Badescu for a range of different products, especially the Silver Powder, Drying Lotion, and Rosewater. All of Mario Badescu’s products leave my combination/oily skin feeling fresh.

Home

Urban Outfitters: Ah, if only my apartment could look like an Urban Outfitter’s store display. I love checking in on Urban Outfitter’s Home Decor and looking for fun little accessories like firefly lights, tapestries, and kitchen supplies.

Target: Target has seriously stepped their home section up and I’m totally here for it. The best part about Target’s home decor is that it’s almost always super affordable, and on-trend.

Pier 1 Imports: Pier 1 is awesome for quality home decor. I have a few treasured items from Pier 1 that I plan on keeping for years to come.

Etsy: Don’t forget about Etsy! You can find the cutest + most unique pieces on this website to fit every lifestyle.

IKEA: I like to shop at IKEA for furniture because, well, let’s face it: it’s cheap. I’m a college student and I get a lot of my basic furniture like nightstands/desks from IKEA. However, my bed + mattress are both from Amazon.


What are some of your all time favorite brands? Let me know!

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The best thing about the weekend for me is undoubtedly, brunch. Nothing makes me happier than trying out new brunch spots with my good friends in the city. The only problem (which really isn’t a problem at all), is that Chicago has a ton of different restaurants to try. While going to a new place for brunch is exciting, there are a few tried-and-true brunches that I always return to. I’ll be sharing the 5 places that I think serve the best brunch in Chicago, and can’t wait to hear from all you babes where you like to brunch 🙂

Are you a Chicago local? Check out my other posts about the Windy City below:

The 5 Best Brunch Spots in Chicago

Best Brunch in Chicago

1. Nookies

Nookies is the spot on this list that my friends and I frequent the most. We live close by to the Halsted location, and the food is just too good to pass up.

Everyone can find something that they like on the menu at Nookies, and the food is made fast and tastes great. I’m more of a sweet breakfast person rather than savory, but my friends who like omelets/skillets/meat for breakfast always leave here happy while I can still get my french toast 🙂

My favorite thing to order: Belgian Waffle with Strawberries + Bacon 🙂

2. Melrose Diner

This place is honestly such a hidden gem. I love the interior decor of this place (marble tabletops!) and the vibe. It’s not your typical diner, and the food is out of this world.

Melrose also has a great outdoor patio which is perfect for those upcoming spring/summer weekends. It’s also a BYOB diner which is a plus.

My favorite thing to order: Lemon Blueberry Pancakes. Buuuut, I’m definitely trying the Coconut Toasted French Toast next time I visit!

3. Ann Sather

Honestly I had to put Ann Sather on this list for one menu item only: cinnamon rolls. I’m gonna insert a picture below just so that you can see what I’m talking about.

Best Brunch in Chicago

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If you know me at all, you know that I am absolutely obsessed with cinnamon rolls. They are my guilty pleasure and my biggest weakness. Ann Sather has some of the best cinnamon rolls I’ve ever tasted, and I can’t get enough of them.

This place is usually pretty busy whenever I go, but there are several locations all over the city, so it could be different.

My favorite thing to order: Duh…cinnamon rolls.

4. LOKaL

I randomly stumbled upon LOKaL my freshman year of college and have been in love with it ever since. LOKaL has two locations – one in Lincoln Park, and one in Wicker Park.

What I love the most about this breakfast spot is that the two locations have two totally different feels. The Lincoln Park location is a lot more spacious, quiet, and toned-down. It’s perfect to go with a friend that you want to catch up with and be able to actually hear each other. On the other hand, the Wicker Park location is upbeat, crowded (in a good way), and fun. They play great throwback and current hip-hop jams at the Wicker Park location, and it’s loud.

I love both locations for different reasons, but the food is awesome. I recommend getting a reservation via calling or OpentTable at either location as they get super busy on the weekends!

My favorite thing to order: French toast + side of potatoes


What is your go-to brunch order? What is the best brunch in Chicago, in your opinion?

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