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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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Things I Love: The Harsh Winter Edition

I don’t know about you, but the harsh Chicago winters can wreak havoc on my skin. Dry, cracked lips, ugh. Not so smooth skin that doesn’t take to makeup as nicely as it should. Dry hands and feet. None of it’s pretty, that’s for sure! So, come the winter, I am all about gentle exfoliation (to get rid of the dry skin just sitting on your face and body) and major hydration (to bring that skin back to beautiful life)!

Dr Jart+ Dermaclear Mico Milk Peel – Use this stuff daily in the winter to keep your skin oh so smooth. It exfoliates gently, but also leaves it feeling hydrated, love it! (Usage: Daily)

Honest Beauty Konjac Sponge – Admission time, I hate washing my face. Makeup wipes, toners, and the works, sure! But I hate how messy it is to wash your face. Water gets all over the sink and, in the end, I never feel like my face is really clean. But using a konjac sponge to wash my face has changed the game for me! When I use this to wash my face, I actually feel like I’m getting all the grime and makeup off my face. And, even better, it is so gentle that it feels like a mini massage for my face! (Usage: Daily)

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream – This stuff is a god send! On days I work from home, makeup-free, I make a point to put some on several times throughout the day. Just lather it on and don’t stop! And if you have nightmares of developing turkey neck in your old age, make sure to run some into your neck as well! (Usage: Daily. Morning and Night.)

Mario Badescu Facial Spray – An absolute must for long winters, sun drenched skin, and air travel! I wasn’t always sold on the idea of a facial spray, but after 31 years of these harsh Chicago winters, I’m finally on board. If you feel like your skin is so parched that half way through your morning, you already feel like it needs a little TLC, then pick yourself up a facial spray. It is like a breath of fresh air for your face, both hydrating and gentle.  It renews the natural luminance of your skin, while also protecting it from further dryness. (Bonus: It also brings your makeup back to life after a long day.) (Usage: As Needed)

Moroccan Black Soap + Hammam Exfoliating Glove – Obviously dry skin can build up everywhere, not just on your face! And this stuff is a miracle worker if you want some full body exfoliation. Use the Moroccan Black Soap in the shower and then go ham with the Hammam glove! You seriously won’t believe how effective this duo is! (Usage: Once or twice a week.)

e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator – You will only get so far moisturizing your lips from the elements (or harsh liquid lipsticks, eeek)! Doing some semi-regular gentle exfoliation is key to keeping them flake free and gorgeous! You can DIY some at home brown sugar scrub, you can pick up this fantastic sugar lip scrub, or you can get one of these lipstick exfoliators. I personally prefer this method of lip exfoliating because it’s a lot less messy! I will often use it while I am working at the computer, massaging the exfoliating ‘lipstick’ into my lips for a few minutes, and then quickly washing it off a few minutes later. Since it is something I can do at my desk, I am much more likely to keep up with it. And these are a total bargain buy, to boot! (Usage: 2-3 times a week.)

Brazilian Bum Bum Cream – I know I’ve blogged about this favorite before, but I have definitely started using it even more in the winter. It says it is meant to tighten and firm skin, but I mostly love it for the major hydration factor. Not to mention, the lovely light scent of coconut makes me think of sunnier days! (Usage: Nightly)

Josie Maran Argan Oil – Rub this on your face and all over post shower and hammam exfoliating session! There is also a ‘light’ version if you feel like the pure oil formula is too much for your skin. (Usage: Daily)

TONYMOLY Shiny Foot Super Peeling Liquid – I know, I know, if you google this product and see the photos, you might be a little scared off, but if you want super smooth feet, just do it and thank me later. (Usage: Once a month)

 

I could go on forever, but these are my ride-or-die go to products as of late! How do you combat thrashed winter skin? Any other products I should check out or techniques I should incorporate into my routine? Share in the comments!

 

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