Another month, another favorites video! Recording these videos is so much fun; I just wish the lighting was better. I’m sure I’ll figure out ways to improve if I keep at it. Here are the details of all the products I mentioned. Click links to purchase.
I’ve been neglecting the blog big time for the past few months. For one thing, work is busier than ever and for another, it just took me a while to figure out what the blog should be. It became clear to me pretty early on that I wasn’t going to post outfit shots everyday – for me, it’s more about lifestyle. Since I’ve started writing salon reviews for my parternship with Pretty Quick, I figured I would throw some restaurant reviews into the mix as well.
Once in a while you walk into a place and before you can you even get inside, you recognize its cool factor.
Kala Salon just happens to be one of those places. The salon is housed in a seriously hip warehouse-like space, a refreshing change from all the overtly girly salons that abound. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good pink-tinged, ultra-feminine salon, but Kala feels modern. There’s tons of open space, exposed brick walls and lounge-y music playing in the background.
Nars is without a doubt one of my favorite beauty brands – if not my absolute favorite at the moment. Obviously this is a luxury brand and the items are pricey – so I was super excited when Sephora’s VIB sale allowed me to take 20% off everything in stock, including all their Nars products. I picked up and Audacious Lipstick (these are amazing) in the shade ‘Greta’ as well as a blush in the shade ‘Albatross,’ which is actually a highlighter….but I ended up wishing I had taken better advantage of the sale and bought more goodies. Luckily Nars is having their friends and family sale right now, which allows you take 20% off everything they have in stock Pro tip: Nordstrom will price-match any items that are in stock on both web sites. I thought I’d let you know about this promo and share a few of my picks for you to shop.
You may still remember her as the queen bee of Laguna Beach but if talking to Kristin Cavallari has taught me one thing, it’s that that phase of her life is totally dunzo. The former reality star is now a mom to two adorable little boys, the wife of Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and a shoe/jewelry designer who continues to juggle hosting gigs and other projects. I chatted with K. Cav about style, design inspiration, juggling her super hectic schedule and everything in between. Read on for a more true-to-life glimpse at her behind the scenes than you ever saw on MTV.
I decided to do something a little bit crazy and start vlogging.
…Or at least I was! I took a much-needed five-day trip late last month, stayed at the Fontainebleau and dealt with the rainiest, most depressing vacation weather I’ve ever experienced. Regardless, it was nice to get away and in honor of ##TBT, I’m recapping the trip here.
Crunched for time and in need of a manicure? Consider heading to Dita Day Spa.
I braved the cold on Halloween and headed to the Gold Coast address. While it took me a few minutes to spot the inconspicuous sign for Dita Day Spa, the time I spent there was short and sweet.
If you live in Chicago and enjoy a good sale (who doesn’t?) then you should probably take note of this: Gilt City is bringing its infamous warehouse sale to town once again!
The Dose Market was a monthly retail event that drew a huge crowd to Chicago’s River East Arts Center for every single installment. It was filled with locally-made clothes, jewelry, art and much more; served food from a huge selection of vendors and offered up tons of libations. In short, it was the perfect way to spend one Sunday a month. But then the River East Arts Center closed and the market was, for a few months, without a home. Sunday September 21 marked the return of Dose, albeit in a different space (find it at 401 N. Morgan from here on out), a different lineup and a completely revamped schedule. I chatted with the founder of the market, April Francis, about what we can expect this time around and how one woman managed to create what has become one of the most important and influential players in Chicago’s retail scene. Read on for more info.