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Things I Love: May 2016

Here it is! A fresh batch of Things I Love for the month of May! Spring is here and I’m all about being dewy skin, apps that make my life easier, and having some laughs…among other things! (And I’ve already got a list going for June! But, be sure to send me recommendations of things YOU are loving on lately! Music, shows, books, apps, beauty products, you name it!)


Le Cord Rose Gold iPhone Cord - Do I really need to do any explaining for this one? It’s a chic rose gold iPhone cord, get into it!

Drapey Trench - Love this take on the classic trench in an easy drapey fabric for Spring!

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer - My new favorite concealer!!! I would pick a shade that is a tad lighter than your skin tone if you plan to use it for your under eye or as a highlighting base.

Jen Gotch - Founder and Creative Director of the brand! And freaking hilarious on Snapchat! K often hears me snickering and snorting over her wacky snaps when I’m winding down, catching up on Snapchat in bed, at the end of the night. Seriously, go follow her right now. @jengotch (aka Planoly) - Instagram lovers, small business owners, and social media savants alike, THIS is the app you need to design your feed and schedule your posts! Try the free trial and I’m pretty sure you’ll be hooked!

YSL ‘Touche Éclat’ Blur Primer - Heaven in a bottle. My new favorite primer! Reduces the appearance of pores and gives a dewy base for summer skin almost like you are airbrushed to perfection!

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear - Finally read this gem that has been going around! Creative minded friends, it’s worth the read!

BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector - If I’m being honest, I’ve never really tried a under eye corrector before,  but this one is bomb! I’m not at all surprised it always seems to be sold out in Sephora. This little powerhouse does it all. Corrects, brightens, and even conceals…I do swipe on some concealer over it, but this baby does a pretty good job all on it’s own!


 What are YOU loving on this month?! New music? A new book? Beauty products? A new bag? A fantastic person to follow on Snapchat?! Throw them at me, I LOVE hearing your recommendations! 




Wedding: Melissa & Brad – Ravenswood Event Center

Sometimes the Chicago weather gods take a break from all the wind and mercurial temps to bless you with the most perfect day you could ever ask for! And Melissa and Brad were lucky enough to receive such a blessing for their Ravenswood Event Center wedding a couple weekends ago! And with gorgeous florals from Pollen, the day was basically a dream come true! Melissa and Brad are such a fun loving and fantastic couple that I couldn’t have been happier for them that they got such a wonderful day!

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Wedding: Amy & Nate – Cafe Brauer

Oh, how excited I am to share Amy and Nate’s wedding on the blog today! This wedding. This couple. This family. All this love. I can’t even tell you how much of an honor it was to be a part of their day! From the perfect Spring weather and a hilariously foiled first look to the sweetest ceremony ever and an incredibly energetic and joy filled reception, it was truly the perfect day! (I may or may not have teared up multiple times as a result of the happiest father of the bride I have ever seen!) This is why I do what I do, people! This right here! All this good stuff. And, not to mention, I get to work with people as inherently wonderful as Amy and Nate! I couldn’t be happier for these two! <3

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Jenn Gaudreau - April 27, 2016 - 6:16 pm

Thanks for the 2nd shooter credit, love! This wedding was gorgeous, the couple was beautiful, and I loved working with you. Your images from the day are just brilliant! <3

Wedding: Mary & Jeff – Newberry Library

Before I jump in with both feet and officially kick off the 2016 wedding season this weekend, I wanted to share another lovely wedding from last year that never made it to the blog. Mary and Jeff’s beautiful Newberry Library wedding was such a pleasure and joy to be a part of! From their love filled ceremony to their jam packed dance floor at the end of the night, it was surely a day to be remembered! Good thing, I have the goods to show for it!

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Dennis Parsons - April 13, 2016 - 5:08 pm

This was a great wedding if I do say so myself but more importantly you captured all the important moments as well as the spirit of the event. You have a great eye and dedication to your art. I could not have been more pleased. I will now be able to cherish this day forever.

Things I Love: April 2016

Okay, bringing back the beloved ‘Things I Love’ posts on a monthly basis! Yay! Here’s a fresh crop of things I am loving lately for the month of April! Dig in!



TonyMoly Intense Care Hydro Gel Mask – Gold 24K Snail - These are my jam!!! Just pretend there isn’t snail secretions on your face and get into it. I promise you won’t regret it.

Stila All Day Waterproof Brow Color - Loving this pen like brow filler for those days I need my brows to last morning till night…and maybe all through the night too! (Definitely keep a spoolie on hand to brush and blend it in!)

Nightfall Garden Scarf -  This is the perfect pop of pretty!

Folio Crossbody Bag - Spring is here, so treat yourself to a cute new blush crossbody bag. Perfect for Sunday brunching and boutique shopping.

Karen Walker ‘Super Duper Strength’ Sunglasses - Classic with a twist, right up my alley!

Petitfée Black Pearl & Gold Hydrogel Eye Patches - Keep them in the fridge. Use them everyday for 30 minutes and thank me later.

Matiko ‘Charlize’ Fringe Sandals - A great spring shoe with subtle fringe that would go with almost anything!

Estera Events Wedding Planning E-Course - If you are not going to hire a wedding planner, I have the next best thing for you!!! One of my favorite wedding planning squads are releasing a wedding planning e-course for couples embarking on the crazy journey of wedding planning on their own and it is going to be SO good you guys! THIS is the answer to your DIY wedding planning woes! You will want to get in on this! It launches April 18th, so sign up now to make sure you get all the details on how to enroll before then!

So, what are YOU loving on lately?! New products, shows, music, books?! Lay ‘em on me! 






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