cold weather must-haves


Winter is here in Chicago! We got our first snow storm last weekend and while temperatures are not in the typical "no exposed skin, it's dangerous to go outside" range, we've brought our coats, hats and gloves out of storage. I learned a few things during my first Chicago winter last year, one value lesson being that it's important to invest in cold weather accessories that you love. Why? will be wearing them for a long, long time. 


A few necessities to survive the Chicago winter are...
A slouchy beanie to keep your hair out of your eyes and your ears warm
The most comfortable slippers (for days you don't leave the house)
A cute coat to wear when you're sick of your arctic proof parka
Blanket scarves are a necessity, buy a lot of them
Duck boots to keep your feet dry, and planted on the ground
Cozy gloves with fingers accessible, because Tech gloves get annoying
Camp socks to keep your toes from freezing while walking around the city

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Posted on November 24, 2015 .

Under $50 Gift Guide


It's officially the holiday season...and I don't know about you but I am way behind on my shopping. Luckily I've found some really great items this year at decent price points and I can't wait to share them with you! My first installment of the Gift Guide series is the Under $50 Guide for Her. These gifts are perfect for friends and family members, especially if you have a lot of people on your list. 

You can never go wrong with a blanket scarf
For the gym-goer or office dweller, a chic water bottle
I am dying over this Rebecca Minkoff Mini, Mini Mac coin purse
The best of beauty (perfumehighlighter) for secret santa or stocking stuffers
Holiday appropriate candle for the hostess in your life
A bedside worth jewelry stand
If all else fails...a classic tote that is amazing quality for the price

Check back next week for more gift guides!

Posted on November 20, 2015 and filed under Fashion, Beauty.

Best concealer for dark circles


Dark circles can be caused by a variety of reasons, dehydration, lack of sleep, allergies and even genetics. As someone who strives to get her 8 hours of sleep every night and drinks at least 3 liters of water every day...I'm blaming mine on genetics. Which means there is nothing I can do about them! Sure, this is depressing but it also gives me a reason to try just about every concealer out there. I've read endless amounts of articles, product reviews, and have spent endless hours and $$ at Sephora, with little luck.

After trying every single product shown above (majority of which are listed on many lists claiming they combat dark circles) I've finally found the one... 


Surprised? I was too. Frankly I had never heard of it cosmetics but after a few rogue reviews I decided why not try a brand that stands for more than cosmetics (innovative technology)? If you are in the market for a concealer that actually to your nearest Ulta to pick up the "bye bye under eye concealer". Oh, and it's only $24! My only (tiny) complaint is that it goes on rather heavy if you don't know what you're dealing with, so use sparingly and prime with a moisturizing eye cream. The rest is MAGIC! 

Happy Shopping! 

Posted on November 18, 2015 and filed under Beauty.

fall nails


Fall is my favorite season for many reasons, one just happens to be that it's finally acceptable to wear darker nail shades. I'm not one to follow specific "rules" such as no white after labor day, but somehow rocking dark purple in the middle of summer doesn't seem right. The minute the temperatures hit below 70, I bring my favorite shades out of storage and head to the nearest nail salon (I am challenged in the mani-at-home department). 

A few of my favorites are...


Tauple-less Beach  // Lincoln Park At Midnight // Black Cherry Chutney // Lincoln Park After Dark

Do you have any go-to fall shades? Please share!  

Posted on November 16, 2015 and filed under Beauty.