Easy Chic with Shein

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Does anyone else get those days when you just are feeling super extra and need to dress for it? I totally get the opposite where you want to be comfortable and lay around in sweats all day while watching Ozark and eating too many pizza rolls, but there are definitely days when I crave dressing up.

When I used to work in investment banking I dressed up so much that I craved a casual outfit more often than not, but since I have the opportunity to dress how I want these days at my current job, I sometimes find myself wanting to go the extra mile and be a little extra if you will!

When I saw this top on Shein’s site, I immediate knew I wanted it and immediately added it to my cart. Red, polka dots, puffy sleeves and a wrap top all combined into a shirt? Yes, please. I will admit it took me a minute to understand how to put it on, but once I did I didn’t want to take it off. It has a very cool girl vibe, but is also feminine and something that you could dress up or down. Just a heads up, it did run a little small, so I would size up in this shirt.

I paired it with a pair of boyfriend jeans for a relaxed, daytime look, but you could pair it with a high waisted skirt and cute flats for a more date night vibe.

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Thank you to Shein for the beautiful shirt. It’s brands like yours that make the Creative Brief possible. All opinions are my own.

Our Trip to Mexico


Happy Friday, y'all! I asked on Instagram if y'all wanted a Mexico trip update on the blog and you did so here it is! As I am typing this I am dreaming of being back there! As I mentioned in my previous post, we were celebrating Kollin finishing his law school career with sitting for the bar exam and 3 long years of post-grad education. We left two days after the bar was over and it was the perfect timing! Since this trip was about Kollin and celebrating his achievements, he got to pick the place! He and I talked about going somewhere that was relaxing and didn't require too much effort on our part once there. 

I have never traveled to Mexico before, but Kollin and his family have many times over so he knew right away that he wanted to use Apple Vacations to plan the trip. His past experiences working with the company have been amazing and I couldn't agree more after our trip. He decided on Mexico, Playa Del Carmen specifically, and started looking for hotels. Since this was only our second vacation together of just the two of us - first was our trip to DC - we knew we wanted to just relax and not be surrounded by a ton of people - queue adults only resort!

We decided on The Iberostar Grand Paraiso resort, which is connected to the larger Iberostar resort (about 4 other resorts in the complex). 

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As soon as we arrived we knew we were in for an amazing 6 days! Everything was so beautiful, the hotel staff was extremely accommodating and thoughtful with everything! We got settled in our room and then headed out for post-travel lunch and beach time. After 2 bowls of guac, fresh seafood and several margaritas, we finally began to sink into getting relaxed (this still includes Kollin rethinking the bar in his head repeatedly, but that disappeared on day 2! 😂). Our suite maid and butler sent the sweetest note to Kollin the day we arrived! 

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We spent the rest of the week soaking up some sun, eating a ton and just spending time together. Kollin won’t admit this, but I think the sole reason he picked the resort was because of the free two rounds of golf on their Jack Nicklaus course 😉

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it was so cute how excited he was to play that I let playing in the 90+ degree heat and a random thunderstorm slide ha. We had the best time and essentially had the course to ourselves, which was so nice! 

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It was our last night in Mexico and we were so not ready to head back to Chicago! We ended our trip with heading to the steakhouse on the resort for dinner. As we were walking we caught the sunset and had an amazing view above the resort to take it all in. 

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SHOP THE LOOK

This romper was the perfect touch for an easy, but chic look for dinner and was an airy, relaxing feel for the hot weather. I loved the back detailing and crochet finishes on the seams. I opted for an all white look with my shoes and thought it was a great contrast to my newly acquired tan! 

Dinner was delicious and we spent our last night soaking up the amazing views, gorgeous weather and salty air. While heading back to the room we came across a lone raccoon looking for scraps around the pool and I wish someone caught my reaction on video - I was not excited to see the little guy! Another couple passing by who obviously didn't see the raccoon asked if I was okay lol so embarrassing. But I also styled this once we were back home with a jean jacket and strappy sandals for a different look. It's super versatile and extremely comfortable! Wishing we were back in Mexico, but we'll be enjoying the rest of what’s left of Summer here in Chicago. Have a great week everyone! xx 

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Thank you to Shein for the romper, it's brands like yours that make The Creative Brief possible! All opinions are my own.