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

DIY Breakfast at Tiffany’s Holly Golightly Costume (4 Ways)

Arguably one of the most popular Halloween costumes of all time, Holly Golightly’s look is made to replicate.

The long black dress, costume jewelry, men’s tuxedo shirt and blue sleep mask are so iconic in their simplicity. But there are two other looks in the film that I find are often looked over, though they’re no less iconic. Here are four different ways that you can become Holly Golightly this Halloween.

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DIY Lizzie McGuire Movie Costume

This costume is what all my dreams are made of.

This year, the Lizzie McGuire movie turned 15, and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than to turn myself into an Italian pop star. This ensemble has six total pieces, which compared to my some of my other costume projects, is pretty complex. It’s also on the more expensive side, and that’s because literally no one owns this much purple. This look is as cost-efficient as it gets, while also staying true to the original film. And as always, this is a no-sew project. All you’ll need is a hot glue gun. Without further ado, kicking off our 2018 Countdown to Halloween is Lizzie McGuire!

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How to Decorate Your Apartment For Halloween

A renter’s guide to spooking the halls.

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!

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Shoe Porn

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 pinot 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.

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Glossier’s New Chicago Pop-Up Is Everything We’ve All Been Waiting For

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

I’m engaged!

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

2018 Met Gala Best Dressed List

All my life I’ve waited for the American fashion elite to make tiaras publicly acceptable. Now, not only do I consider tiaras acceptable in every day life, I also apply this logic to halos and papal headdresses. The 2018 theme for the first Monday in May, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” (or as I like to call it, “name that religious figure or artifact”) is far more straightforward than the themes of Met Balls passed. Some left little to the imagination, and some missed the mark by a mile: The Gucci crew (which includes Jared Leto and Lana Del Rey) came as the father, son and Mother Mary, Lena Waithe came as a flag, Katy Perry wore angel wings, Evan Rachel Wood came dressed as wings, Ariana Grande wore the Sistine Chapel, Selena Gomez wore essentially the same look she wore last year (while I did appreciate and admire the added bible verses), the Kardashians might as well have been wearing paper bags, Blake Lively ordered a party bus for her Versace mega masterpiece, and Rihanna unseated the pope. Read More