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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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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I Visited Glossier’s New Chicago Pop-Up and Now I’m Addicted

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

Best Looks From the 2018 Met Gala

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

Raise Your Hand if you Have Ever Felt Personally Victimized by a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant

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

The 10 Most Stunning Ensembles From the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai

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.)

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DIY Shooting Star Costume

I first discovered this costume idea years ago on Camille Styles. I’ve always wanted to try it, but something always took its place. This year, I decided it was time to go for it and make the costume my own. If you check out the original look, you’ll see that the makeup and hair are very minimal. After a few minor adjustments to the costume, I wanted to bring the bling from this costume onto my face and hair, and came up with this fun glitter makeup look. If you’re not into Halloween, this makeup also works for festivals, concerts or even a crazy fun Friday night. If you want to see more ideas like this one, check out camillestyles.com. Their costume ideas are easy to do and so much fun! Read More

Mom Jeans 101

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