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Press: Winter 2016

Before we really launch into the 2017 season of weddings, I feel like I would be remiss not to share all the fabulous places some of my 2016 couples have been featured all over the web lately! Click around below to see some of the goodness!

Perri & Marian in the The Knot Chicago magazine! (On newstands now! See their full wedding here!)

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Engagement: Chanen & Matt – Art Institute of Chicago

We’ve had our fair share of grey rain soaked days in Chicago lately, so we decided to forgo the outdoors and get cozy indoors at one of my favorite spots in the city for Chanen & Matt’s engagement session a couple weeks ago, the oh so stunning Art Institute of Chicago.

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Oscars Fashion 2017

 

I had one thing and one thing only on my calendar for yesterday…and that was the Oscars! I stocked up on my favorite rosé, picked up my favorite ‘cheat day’ snacks, and parked myself on the couch for the night, from the first red carpet coverage to the very end. (And then fell asleep catching up on all the snaps from celebrities at after parties…and really wishing I get to attend that amazing Vanity Fair party one day!)

When it came to favorite looks, I had a hard time focusing on more than my one standout favorite…my repeat favorite from the Globes….the gorgeous Taraji P. Henson! I don’t usually use the word slay….but she SLAYED at the Oscars! In her custom Alberta Ferretti  gown of lush navy velvet with that sexy high slit. It was everything!

My runner up favorites were the ladies who rocked the neutrals. Chrissy Teigen in that beautifully draped (and caped!) Zuhair Murad! Darby Stanchfield in a white business on top and party on the bottom kind of dress with the most intricate detailing I’ve ever seen! And Isabelle Huppert in the loveliest understated gown that was beaded to absolute perfection! (I always love a good long sleeve on a formal gown!)

And can I throw an honorable mention in there? Busy Philipps! I honestly think she looked gorgeous in that deep emerald velvet gown by Elizabeth Kennedy, but I mostly loved her look because she had the best accessory ever….her BFF by her side! Love it! (And if you are not keeping up with her Instagram stories, you are missing out!)

Who were YOUR favorites at the Oscars last night?! Did you die over Taraji too?! Or did someone else win your fashion heart?!

 

Things I Love: February 2017

Hellooooo new year and almost Spring! Let’s kick it into gear with a monthly round up of my favorites for the month! Random things I love from makeup and beauty products to podcasts and television shows, these are the things I’m loving right about now!

Japonesque Makeup Setting Spray – You guys, if you haven’t tried an AEROSOL setting spray, you are not doing it right! It’s life changing really. With most setting sprays, you sometimes get those uneven spritzes of spray that splatter on your face or make you feel a little too damp. With an aerosol spray, you can use nice and even strokes that supply the perfect mist of setting spray. It’s amazing really! Get it on Amazon or at your local Ulta.

Konjac Sponge – I talked a little bit about these in my Winter Edition of Things I Love, but I just had to include them here too. These are another game changer for your beauty routine! Makes washing (and gently exfoliating) your face so very easy and enjoyable.

DKNY Bodysuit – This bodysuit is everything!!! Holds everything in for a svelte figure and looks good while doing it! Wear it under a dress….or wear it peekaboo style under a drapey top. I’ve been obsessed for years now and I think it’s time I invest in a few extras!

iT Cosmetics Hydrating Gloss Stain – I think I first tried this product from one of my Rachel Zoe boxes (My absolute favorite subscription box, hands down! Let me know if you want the hook up for $10 off your first box!) and have been hooked ever since! They come in limited colors (available at Ulta), but they are fantastic for days when you want a touch of color to your lips. Goes on as a gloss and, even though the gloss will fade, a lovely stain remains. I wear this a lot on wedding days to keep that touch of color to my lips all day long.

Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment – THIS! Of all the crazy products I buy and try on a regular basis in an effort for a better beauty and skin routine, this one is where it’s at! A bit pricey, yes, but 100% worth it! Integrating this alone into your everyday routine will almost instantly make your skin look better. Brighter, smoother, and just fantastic!

Mariah’s World – You guys, Mariah Carey circa 2016, is a hot mess! In the best way possible! So many cringe worthy moments, but you can’t look away! You need to be watching this!

Pro Grooming Brow Brush #39 – If you believe in big brows, this is for you! Ditch the spoolie and opt for this toothbrush looking tool instead. It’s amazing for brushing them out a bit for more of that natural look after applying pencil or shadow to fill them in.

Nars Velvet Lip Glide – My new favorite everyday lippie! Super easy to apply, goes on like a gloss or creme, and finishes like a lipstick. Creamy and oh so pretty! Bound is my favorite everyday color!

 

What are YOU loving on lately?! Any new music, books, or podcasts I need to check out?! Or products?! Share away! 

Lyric Opera Wedding Inspiration

Okay, apparently, I have this thing where I wait and wait (and wait!) to share some of my most favorite work…and then never end up sharing it! Gah! So, this one has been a long time coming, but it’s one not to be missed! With a dream team of vendors, this wedding inspiration shoot at the Lyric Opera was an absolute dream come true! See for yourself!

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