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. (Do they let bloggers write off testers on their taxes???) 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
For renters, decorating can be a struggle. Most city dwellers have zero room to store decorations off-season, are moving in 12 months because the rent will go up, and have no money or time to spare decking the halls. I have spent the better part of six years trying to solve this problem, and I’m proud to say that I can now successfully decorate my space for every major holiday using only two large Tupperware bins. Of all the major holidays, Halloween is by far the least expensive to prepare for. Here are a few ideas and easy DIY decor projects for you to try in your space. Enjoy!
Each season during fashion week, I take part in a shameless yet addictive practice I like to call shoe porn. And I’m here on the blog today to share my fun with you. Step 1) Get a fabulous pedicure so you can properly imagine how you will look in your new shoes. Step 2) Apply an under eye mask because dark circles do not go with Prada slingbacks. Step 3) Pour yourself a glass of pino noir and raise it high to all the designers crafting shoes you’ll never be able to afford.
Disclaimer: Using your rent money to buy expensive shoes is a very bad idea. Let the record show that I encouraged you to give your wallet to a good friend while having this experience.
A look inside the magic of Glossier and its new pop-up shop in Chicago’s West Loop.
Glossier coming to Chicago feels oddly like a visit from the Pope. The New York-based beauty brand is globally beloved, but there are only two permanent showrooms in the world today, and they’re located in—guess where—New York and LA. After months of teasing, Glossier opened its first brick and mortar pop up in the Midwest, and even though its only temporary, it still feels like we’ve won some kind of prize. Read More
For those of you who follow me on social media, this is not news, but for those of you who don’t and have been wondering why I haven’t posted in a while, here is my sad excuse. Joking—it’s a very happy excuse. For the past five months, I have been planning my wedding to Zach Laidley. This fiery, red-haired almost doctor and I have been together for nearly nine years now, and I’ve decided that I think I’ll keep him around forever. Read More
It seems that I’m late to the shit-on-Mary Kay party. The Mary Kay problem goes all the way back to 1963. For anyone not currently up to speed, I’ll give you the short version: There’s a makeup and skin care company that found its way around some legal loopholes (it’s structured like a pyramid scheme, but calls itself something different) by recruiting individuals to buy their products out of pocket, sell those products to their friends and then recruit those friends. Read More
A conversation needs to be had about the thigh-high boot parade that flooded this runway. Boots first, Balmain later. The shoe collection this year—which, by the way, took six months to design, per designer Brian Atwood—felt like a bigger deal than the lingerie. From the distressed denim wonder boots on Lily Aldridge, to the sleek yellow-green PINK thigh-highs on Alanna Arrington, to the sexy lace-up lady assassin-style killers on Adriana Lima, the Angels took the boot trend to an entirely new height—pun intended. (If I start seeing 5-inch heel boots at DSW, Angels, I blame you. Not everyone has wings to break the fall when they trip on a pavement crack.)
As much as I’d like to say I’ve always been uniquely me when it comes to clothes, I did in fact spend much of my early teen years in Hollister beach huts, begging my mother for those precious low-rise skinny jeans while she suffocated from the perfume stench. (Tell your children to shop vintage, ladies.) I wanted them, not just because it was the thing to do, but because I believed the misconception that not all jeans work for all women. Read More