Everything I Learned From Planning my Wedding

Don’t check the weather.

Order a clear plastic umbrella a few months ahead of time just to be safe ($14, amazon.com), then stop looking at your weather app. People will text you and call you to tell you they checked the weather. Ignore them. There is zero point in stressing about things that exist outside the realm of your control. Think about something else. Besides, overcast skies are better for photos anyway. Mother Nature is like a dragon: She will do whatever she wants, even on your wedding day.
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The Golden Moment

There are very few things in this world that I haven’t tried to be.

Olympic figure skater? Check. Model? I prefer pizza. Gymnast? They are not kidding about the butt hairspray. Veterinarian? If you can’t stick humans with needles, then you definitely can’t stick puppies with needles. Musician? Name any televised talent show—I auditioned for it. Lawyer? Not as fun as Elle Woods makes it out to be. Detective? Listen up, people: an interest in crime shows does not qualify you to hunt down serial killers. Read More

A Minted Chicagoan’s Field Guide To The City

A recently imported Seattleite offers one final testament to America’s second city.

Do the small stuff. So much of what makes Chicago incredible is not in any pamphlet or guide book, and much of it is free. You simply need to look for it. Talk to the locals! Go vintage shopping on 18th Street in Pilsen or barhopping in Wrigleyville. Have lunch in Chinatown. Take the Shorelight Sights architecture tour along the Chicago River. Scale all nine floors of the Gotham-esque Harold Washington Library. Ride the L. Seen an improv comedy show at Second City. Spend a day biking the entire lakefront trail. Have a picnic in Oz Park. See the Tiffany dome at the Chicago Cultural Center free of charge! Read More

2019 Met Gala Best Dressed List

Lady Gaga had four outfit changes, Serena Williams wore sneakers, Jared Leto used his own head as an accessory, Zendaya and her stylist came as Cinderella and the fairy godmother (complete with magic wand), Ezra Miller’s seven-eye makeup art was a look to end all looks, Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas were twinning in Louis Vuitton, and Billy Porter was carried like an Egyptian queen onto the red carpet by six shirtless men.

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2019 Academy Awards Best Dressed List

Lady Gaga took the famous Tiffany Diamond to its first award show ever, Jason Momoa wore a pink scrunchie and women everywhere fell even deeper in love with him, “Green Book” won best picture and no one was really sure why,  Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s onstage performance of “Shallow” brought sultry to an entirely new level, the award for best acceptance speech went to Olivia Colman, and the show went without a host for the first time in 30 years and it was a bit of a mess, but that’s okay because Marie Kondo was there.

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Between The Liner Beauty Awards: 2018 Edition

Do they let bloggers write off testers on their taxes?

There’s a special comfort in discovering a beauty product that works for you, whether it be a mascara formula that doesn’t clump or the perfect nude lipstick that took years to find. I consider it part of my professional duties as a blogger to spend my days sampling and buying new products, stealing recommendations from friends, and testing them against what’s in my own beauty bag to find the best of the best in beauty. I’m very excited to share my 2018 favorites with you. Keep in mind, as I’m sure you already know, that every product has a different reaction on each skin type. What a friend described as a shine-free full coverage foundation on her, turned out to be a layer of slick no-coverage oil on me. While some products are universally spectacular (and many below are), some are best purchased according to your personal preferences! If you’re at a loss for holiday gift ideas, below you’ll find a plethora of beauty products at different price ranges that are totally gift-worthy. Leave a comment below to share your thoughts and your own 2018 beauty winners! Read More