Paul Fredrick Summer Collection

My love for clothes is no secret to any of you by now, right? I could shop until I drop any day of the week. Going shopping and finding something perfectly me just makes me so happy…I can’t help it.

But as much as I love to shop for myself, I think I like shopping for other people more. Lucky for me, I have friends who love shopping just as much as I do (we definitely enable each other…oops) and whenever we go shopping, we always keep an eye out for things for each other while we’re wandering around the store. We have so much fun picking things out for each other.

So I was excited when Paul Fredrick reached out to me and asked me to pick some of my favorite pieces from their new summer collection — which launches today! Hey, it’s like we’re shopping together!

I usually tend to gravitate towards neutrals, but I’m loving all of the bright colors in this collection! Here are a couple of my favorite pieces:

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So if you’re looking for some new menswear; ties, pants, or dress shirts (for yourself or any of the men in your life), definitely check out their new collection.” 

Thursday Mixtape

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Happy Thursday guys! The sun is shining, the windows are open and the music is cranked. I’m feeling much more inspired and productive than I was earlier this week and I’ve finally started prepping for the move.

I thought I would put together a little mixtape for you guys to enjoy…I’ve been jamming to it all day!

Airwaves – Ray LaMontagne
Fever – The Black Keys
Life Round Here – James Blake ft Chance the Rapper
Not a Bad Thing – Justin Timberlake
S’Cooled – Blood Orange
Step – Vampire Weekend
Never Wanna Know – MO (obsessed with this entire album, btw)
Nirvana – Sam Smith

You can stream my playlist here.

What’s on your playlist lately?

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Pins I Love

Sorry that it’s been a little quiet around See Shel lately. Between getting ready to move (in 9 days…yikes!), soaking up the warm weather and last days with some of my friends, and honestly feeling just a little bit uninspired, I just haven’t been in the blogging groove.

We finally had spring weather — and for consecutive days! — in Chicago over the weekend and it made me feel 1,000% happier! I can’t wait to break out all of my warm weather clothes and, of course, I turned to Pinterest for a little outfit inspiration.

love these floral shorts

love these floral shorts

 

 

Weekend Links

 

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It’s about time the weekend got here. This week hasn’t been my most favorite thanks to some disappointing news, so this weekend I’m focusing on positivity. I had my little cry and now its time to channel that energy into something more productive than being upset. It’s so easy to let yourself get discouraged, especially when it seems like things aren’t going your way, but there are so many better, more positive things to focus on and, eventually, things will work out — maybe just not how you imagined they would.

So with that, I’m going to leave you with lots of links to jumpstart your weekend. Enjoy! :)

+ Absolutely loved these 50 ways to have a love affair with life

+ Can’t wait for this documentary!

+ Oh, irony. Hilarious.

+ I’ve been feeling in the DIY mood lately so I’ve been looking through more and more project ideas. I’m thinking I might give making these a shot.

+ Outside Lands tickets are bought…time to start planning my SF trip!

Liebster Award

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Caitlin of A Cheeky Fox nominated me for a Liebster Award the other day and I couldn’t be more flattered. Liebster Awards are given to bloggers by bloggers to get to know each other better! One of my favorite things about blogging is connecting with other blog friends. It’s the best! Caitlin chose a few questions for me (and her other nominees too) to answer.

1. How did you come up with the name of your blog?

A lot of my friends and family call me Shel, but my college roommate/BFF actually came up with See Shel. I’m horrible at coming up with names for things, so when I was thinking about starting a blog, I was talking to her about not knowing what to call it and she threw out See Shel. It just kind of stuck!

2. What is the one thing you wish you knew about blogging before you started?

That I would love it as much as I do — is that corny? When I first started blogging, I definitely didn’t take it as seriously or work as hard on it. But as I kind of found my groove, I realized how much a really do love blogging, all of the work that goes into it and all of the opportunities I’ve had because of it.

3. Which brand, do you feel, is the most underrated beauty brand out there right now?

I seriously know absolutely nothing about makeup, so I don’t necessarily know about underrated brands — but I really love Tarte and First Aid Beauty!

4. What is your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?

I love being super lazy on really rainy days. I turn on music, make tea, light my favorite candles and usually read or just relax.

5. Name some of your favorite places to shop online.

Oh boy! There are so many. I love ASOS and bigger shops like that, but I also really love smaller boutique shops too. Lone Flag (which is in California) and Parc Boutique (in Minnesota) are two of my favorites — I constantly stalk their Instagram accounts and websites.

6. If you could cook dinner for anyone, dead or alive, who would you cook for and what would you make?

I have a huge girl crush on Rashida Jones, so I would totally want to invite her. I’m not a big cook — I seriously only know how to make a couple of things — but I love making (and eating) brunch, so that’s probably what I would make.

7. What nail polish is your signature shade?

I’m such a sucker for neutrals (just take a look at my closet) so my go to’s for nail polish, at least lately, have been Get in the Espresso Lane by OPI and Essie’s Merino Cool.

8. When it comes to your TV routine: comedy or drama?

Ugh..both? I watch more TV that I should probably admit to, so I watch a lot of both. I’m obsessed with Parenthood and Suits, but I also love to watch shows like Parks and Rec, SNL and the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

9. Favorite place to chow down in Chicago?

One of my all time favorites is Moody’s Pub off the Thorndale stop. Their burgers are really good and there’s nothing better than spending a summer night in their beer garden with a pitcher (or two) of sangria. My friends and I are obsessed.

10. Name one goal you have for your blog in 2014.

At the beginning of the year, my goal was to just have a more regular blogging schedule. Now that I think I have that down, I would love to have the opportunity to work with a couple of brands that I love. I think that would be amazing!

11. What is one thing you never leave the house without? Besides your phone or wallet.

This sounds kind of cliche, but I have this little notebook that I always have in my bag so that I can jot down ideas for blog posts and other things I’m working on, to do lists and dates I need to remember. So that and my headphones…there’s nothing worse than being stuck on a bus or El car that’s super noisy and realizing you didn’t bring your headphones.

 

Thanks Caitlin for tagging me! I said this earlier, but one of the best (and most fun!) parts about blogging is getting to know other bloggers. So I’ve come up with some questions and nominees of my own. Can’t wait to hear everyone’s answers!

Katie from Dream Till Green
Liv from Lively Liv
Katharine from Paytington & Co.
Lindsay from The Garden Apt.
Rachel from An Eventful Life
Jessica from My Piece of Sunshine

1. How long have you been blogging and why did you decided to start?
2. Who is your style icon?
3. What is your biggest guilty pleasure?
4. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
5. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
6. Who was your first celebrity crush?
7. If you could have lunch with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and where would you go to eat?
8. What are some of your favorite stores?
9. Top three favorite songs?
10. What advice would you give to someone who is just starting (or who is thinking about starting) to blog?
11. Any blog goals for 2014?

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Weekend Links + Reader Survey

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+ Just one of the reasons I love Chicago.

+ Why not use your smart phone addiction to do some good.

+ I’ve had this and this (can’t wait for the album!) on repeat ALL WEEK.

+ Love this home tour. Can I move in?

+ I’ve definitely got spring and summer on the brain, but Madewell’s Fall collection is just too good not to share!

+ Rashida Jones’ beauty routine. Can you say girl crush?

 

I’ve also put together a little survey for See Shel readers to take! I definitely want to hear what you have to say, so be sure to click here and take it!

Hope you all have a great weekend! What are you up to?

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April Goals + March Recap

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I seriously can’t believe that it’s already April! It’s crazy how fast this year is going by. April will be a busy month with moving into a new apartment and (hopefully) starting a new job! Not to mention continuing to work everything else I’ve been working on during this last month of job hunting.

+Purge as much as I can when I’m packing up my apartment to move. I really want to get rid of all of that stuff that I “need” but don’t actually need or use.

+Take time at the end of every day to relax. I don’t always do this. I like to be busy so I have to remind myself to take time to just chill.

+Try 3 new restaurants. In my neighborhood, there’s literally a restaurant (or two, or three) on every block. I always find myself saying “I should eat there” when I walk by, but hardly ever do, so I want to make more of an effort to go to them.

March was kind of a weird month for me. As you all know, I’ve been job hunting, which has been super stressful, but I have had tons of time to devote to this blog and to a couple other projects I’ve been working on, which was so good. Overall, it was a productive month, but I don’t think I’ve been this stressed out for a long time. I’m one of those people that’s really hard on myself, so I think that’s where a good bit of my stress comes from.

And as far as my March goals went, I wish I would’ve done a little bit better with them. I’d say I did about 3 and a half of them. There were 8…whoops.

  • Be courageous. I tried to do this and I think in some ways I succeeded, but it was also SO HARD.
  • Get back into my yoga routine. This the one I kind of half did. I did do yoga more than I had been, but I didn’t do it as much as I necessarily wanted to.
  • Unplug for the weekend. I’m so mad that I didn’t do this! I’m definitely going to this month, I’ve promised myself.
  • Clean out my closet. I did go through everything and decided what I want to get rid of….now I just have to take it to Goodwill.
  • Try three new coffee shops. Surprise, surprise…the one involving coffee was the first one I crossed off the list. I used my pretty flexible schedule to take advantage of some Chicago cafes I had never been to.
  • Take more pictures. I did take quite a few, but not as many as I would’ve liked.
  • Drink more water. Epic fail. When I worked in an office, I was constantly filling up my water bottle, but for some reason, now that I’ve been working on things from my apartment, I haven’t been drinking as much water throughout the day. I need to put a reminder sticky note next to my computer or something so I remember.
  • Read at least two books. I met this goal and then some…I think I read 4. :)

 

What are some of your goals for April? I would love to hear them! 

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March Favorites

Since March is winding down (crazy, right?), I thought I would share some of my favorite things from the month.

+ Pom Tango tea from David’s Tea. A few weeks ago, David’s Tea hosted us Windy City Bloggers for a tea tasting. They were launching their new spring line (which is amazing, by the way) the next day and let us come in to sample it. They even sent all of us home with super generous goodie bags!

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+ Podcasts. This seems like kind of a weird favorite thing, but I’ve been listening to a lot more podcasts lately. The one’s I’ve found myself listening to most are This American Life and WTF with Marc Maron.

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+ House of Cards. I’m obsessed! I binge-watched all of season 1 the other week and I’m only a few episodes into the second season….so good.

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+ First Aid Beauty face cleansers. I’ve mentioned a few times before that I have problem skin (aka it’s super acne-prone #gross). It’s something I’ve had to deal with since middle school. I tried tons and tons of products but nothing really seemed to work for me…until I discovered First Aid Beauty. I’ve only been using their cleansers for about a week but I already notice a BIG difference in my skin! I think I’ve finally found something that works– it’s gentle, so it doesn’t dry out your skin, but effective at the same time. I would definitely recommend it if you’re in the market for a new face wash.

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What have been some of you’re favorite things this month? Leave a comment for me! 

 

Book Club: The Imperfectionists

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Its book club day! I’ve always wanted to join a book club and after last month’s didn’t happen (thanks, busy schedules), I’m super excited for this one.

We read The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman, which is about the lives of the reporters and editors of a newspaper based in Rome. {Obviously I felt a little #Romesick reading it, especially when the characters were at or near places I frequented during my semester abroad.}

The book was incredibly well written and I loved the concept. Each chapter focused on the story of one character, but in each one, other characters kept showing up. It was interesting to compare each character when they were the focus of a chapter vs the parts where they were minor characters. And how my thoughts about them changed depending on the chapter.

I don’t want to give anything away in case you haven’t read it. And if you haven’t, I definitely recommend it!

Also, if  you’ve been reading along with Katie and I this month (or if you’ve read the book before) and you want to get in on this book club action, you’ve got two options:

+ If you live in Chicago and want to meet up with us tonight, shoot me an email seeshelblog@gmail.com or a tweet @shelbyhelton and I’ll give you all the details!

+ And if you don’t live in Chicago, don’t worry! Just leave a comment on this post with what you thought of the book so we can talk about it!

Q&A with Emily Belden

This is my first Q&A on See Shel and I’m so excited that it’s with Emily Belden! Emily is a local Chicago girl and the author of  Eightysixed – a definite read for all of us twenty-something girls out there. This memoir is all about figuring things out and failed relationships, something I think we can all relate to. I absolutely loved it — I laughed AND cried while reading it.

 

 

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How would you describe Eightysixed? 

It’s 50 Shades of Grey meets The Notebook, with dinner reservations as Alinea.

Your book is #13 on Amazon’s best selling memoirs in the chef’s category (not too shabby!) What do you hope your readers take away from your book? 

That life has a funny way of helping you find yourself when all else seems to be failing. That, and food really is the way to the heart.

Eightysixed originally started out as a post on your blog. How did you decide to make that jump from blog to book? Was writing a book something you had planned on doing?

Eventually all of the hilarity and heartbreak of trying to navigate your 20s in Chicago as a single woman just combusted and I thought to myself: “This could be a book!” So I made it one.

What’s next? Any upcoming projects you’re excited about? 

Eightysixed is being adapted for film, so I’m overseeing the creative process with the script and traveling back and forth to L.A. to ensure the integrity is preserved. After that’s on autopilot, I’ll work on book two, a work of fiction called “Six Months”.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve gotten?

“It only takes one yes. This came from my fiance, Ryan Lange, as he sat front row to multiple rejections when I was pitching my manuscript. It wasn’t until Forbes Magazine wrote about my book proposal that all of a sudden, I got my yes. He was right all along, even though there were times I never thought this dream would come true.

You’re a Chicago girl, what are your favorite Chicago spots? (Restaurants, shops, anything!)

At the moment….
Restaurant: Beatrix
Bar: Aberdeen Tap
Salon: Goldplaited
Shop: Notice Boutique
Icecream: gelato from Eataly

Favorite book(s)?….Beautiful Boy by David Sheff, The Cheese Monkeys by Chip Kidd and The Dinner by Herman Koch

Go to song….Teenage Dream – Katy Perry

Guilty pleasure….Liking R. Kelly

One thing you can’t live without….My rescue pitbull, Mr. Jarbles. I wear his name monogrammed on a necklace. I’m obsessed with him!

 

Be sure to check out Emily’s book and follow her on Twitter