My Beauty Saviors


When I'm immersed in an amazing meal, and close to completion, I instantly become sad. Why? I'm filled with unhappiness because this culinary joy will soon be coming to an end! The same rings true for beauty products. I love my favorite products like my (unborn) children. I depend on them daily. So I become fearful of the day that they will be finished or even worse, discontinued!

Currently I'm in a state of beauty bliss over my latest finds. Some you may have heard of, some may be new, but all you MUST try! 

For the lips: A gift from my brother's fiancée, Beautycounter's Lip Conditioner Peppermint Balm  has quickly become my favorite winter lip treatment. I use it all day and all night. I'd be lying if I said that I was anything less than addicted to it's minty flavor and smooth application. Since using it, my typically extremely dry lips have not chapped once this winter! 

I decided to go bold with my lips for our engagement party, and NARS Audacious Lipstick in 'Jeanne" was the perfect shade to make a statement. You must check out NARS' entire 'Audacious' line. Each shade is named after a fabulous famous woman. 

For the face: I've struggled with concealing my dark circles for years, but to little avail. However the killer combo of Bobbi Brown's Corrector and NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer  has truly worked wonders for me. The corrector alone instantly lightens my under-eyes and the concealer makes a tremendous difference.

My aunt is a loyal costumer of La Mer. While I've been lucky enough to use their amazing facial elixir here and there, it's not quite in my budget these days as I save for a wedding. But La Mer's 'The Powder', now that is a different story. Their powder is a perfect light cover for day-to-day, or finishing powder when combined with a liquid foundation. For only $65 the container is huge and could easily last you a full year.

For the nails: essie's, 'cocktail bling' is a nice departure from my standard emo winter manicure. It's pretty, without being too cheery for the winter months. Then the moment I return home for the nail salon, I immediately top my mani with Nails Inc. Kensington Caviar Gel Effect Plumping Top Coat. I've never been a fan of no-chip manicures, as they wreck havoc on your nails and are a pain in the you-know-what to remove. But this top coat gives you the benefit of a no-chip (maintaining my manicures for up to two weeks) without the pitfalls of the real thing! 

Fragrance: I discovered Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black's spicy scent through one of my closest friends. She carried it in her purse, and rolled it on us throughout and the smell was truly intoxicating. Now, no date night outfit is complete without it! 

What are your beauty saviors? I'd love to hear! xo




Wardrobe Refresh

There's nothing like Fashion Week to get you thinking about your wardrobe. Getting that preview of everything that will hit the streets in six months feels like a little trip to the future. Your present wardrobe? How can you refresh it so it's future proofed? That's where paying attention to fashion month comes in handy. This week we look at what's been happening, and how to give yourself that little treat to keep you from the winter blues.

All Black Without Being Boring


What I'm wearing: Club Monaco sweater and skirtVince Camuto boots, J.Crew tights, Gorjana bracelet (similar)

Without much effort one usually wears black to make a statement. I'm powerful! I'm alternative. I'm chic. I'm boring. Like 90% of women out there my go-to "nice" outfit is usually black. While black is undoubtedly the easiest and most flattering shade to wear, it can also be a bit tricky when it's worn head- to- toe.

In my younger days, head- to- toe black is something that I wore incorrectly, constantly. I was completely swallowed by fashion apathy. What's worse, combined with my ghostly pale skin, I appeared to be wrapped in cloak of emo sadness. Ugh, teenage angst! So then how does one manage to wear all black without looking like a goth punk princess, Wednesday Addams, or a funeral attendee? The answer my friends is texture.

Varying textures like knit, leather, and suede, within one outfit, gives dimension to an otherwise potentially boring outfit. Take for instance my leather skirt. It's black obviously, but both the sheen from the leather and the laser cut flowers give it depth and give the eye something else to look to, aside from a blob of black. Also, the gold hardware on both the exposed zippers of my boots and skirt (no pictured) is an interesting detail that again, draws the attention of one's eyes. So yes, black may be synonymous with the darker side of life, but when done right, there's nothing chicer! 

 Photos taken by Rachel Schrader

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Best of 2014


It's hard to believe that tonight is New Year's Eve and 2014, this incredible year, is coming to an end!  In true blogger form, I've decided to take a trip down memory lane and revisit ten of my favorite posts from the last 365 days. Cheers to  2015 being just as fabulous! Happy New Year! xo

  1. Propose. Pop. Clink. Fizz. This one is a no brainer- It's when I got engaged! 
  2. Date Night: The keys to a perfect date night look, and my five favorite Chicago date night spots. 
  3. Crop It Out: Dipping my toe in the crop- top pool.
  4. Rompers: The George Costanza of Your Wardrobe: It turns out George Costanza and fashion do have something in common.
  5. Buying the Perfect Bag... My first Google- Hangout, for which I was a nervous wreck! But the result was a lively conversation about buying the perfect handbag and fall shopping prep. 
  6. Dog Days of Summer: Charlie's Try It On Me debut! 
  7. Lollapalooza Style Report: Going to Lolla? Then you better dust off your fanny pack! 
  8. More Than Just a Dream: Dedicated to my now fiancé. 
  9. The Power of Pink: Admit it, you love pink. 
  10. Two Minute Updo: The Top Knot: A quick and dirty how-to, when you need to do something quick with your dirty hair. 

Propose. Pop. Fizz. Clink.


What I'm wearing: Blaque Label blouse c/o, Club Monaco Tasha leggings (on sale and extra 40% off with code: cheers), Steven pumps c/o, Rebecca Minkoff Moto Rocker Bag  c/o (similar version here, and it's on sale!)

Even at the ripe old age of thirty-one, I believe the holiday season is a magical time. This thought proved to be especially true this year. The last ten days have been filled with so many laughs, surprises, and celebrations, but it all pales in comparison to my greatest gift- becoming engaged to the love of my life and best friend! I couldn't have planned a more sweet and romantic proposal. And the night that followed was absolutely perfect. I cannot wait to marry him!

I was wearing this outfit earlier that day. Obviously had I known what the night had in store I would have not only left it on, but freshened up my manicure as well! I mean, I was wearing white silk; how apropos?! Instead I was in my finest Lululemon zip up and yoga pants, covered in dog hair, with the driest hands known to man. But hey, that's the real me!

I hope your holiday has been filled with many magical moments, with more to come in the new year! xo

Outfit photos by Rachel Schrader

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