Thursday, April 17, 2014

Beauty 411: March Beauty Box Five

Last month's Beauty Box Five was all about yummy scents. From handmade soapy goodness to coconut-y scrumptious body butter; I can now blame yet another Beauty Box for adding to my long list of beauty obsessions. You can thank me, too...keep reading!
  1. Swissco Dual-sided Facial Pad: Just what my skin needed during the change of season. This is the perfect exfoliation tool but not nearly as harsh as you would expect. Gently massage in small circles and your skin will feel as smooth as a baby's tush!
  2. H2O Plus Spa Targeted Care Hand and Nail Cream: Talk about the ultimate moisturizer for your precious hands. I am maniacal about washing my hands throughout the day and I could still feel the moisture sealed in. Gotta love that! And forget the greasy won't encounter that with this hand cream.
  3. BellaPierre Cosmetics Makeup Base: This is a multi-tasker, in other words, do yourself a favor and add it to your makeup bag pronto! It doubles as an illuminator, concealer and eyeshadow primer. Are you excited because I was?! This base has a lightweight, creamy texture that truly hides every imperfection without taking a ton of real estate in my cosmetic bag. 
  4. Jane's Pick All Natural Soaps - Kind: All natural and no chemicals. Words were never sweeter when it comes to my beauty products. Each soap is infused with herbs and flowers and really...they just smell pretty darn good. I display mine in our guest bathroom.
  5. Tree Hut Shea Coconut Lime Body Butter: I love the consistency of this body butter. And the scent is so fantastic that I can ultimately skip perfume all together. It gets me really excited for summer. What part of coconut lime doesn't, right? P.S. My husband said I smell good when I wear it so there's that. BONUS!
Next up, April which is all about beauty-on-the-go! Be sure to follow Beauty Box Five on Facebook and Twitter, too.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Gold envelope.

photography by Cleodine Photography

With every new season is the opportunity to freshen up my accessories. Of course, being the shopping expert that I am; you can be assured that I take this job very seriously. In other words, this working mom is never asleep at the wheel when it comes to a good pair of shoes or even better, an amazing clutch! And this is why, my friends...I still work.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

March's Little Luxuries

I always remembered March being a particularly long month. It didn't feel that way this year. Sorta came and went. Still, I deliberately stopped to smell the roses. Here are some of the things that made the list last month!
  1. Fresh tulips.
  2. Shredded chicken hand rolls at Whole Foods.
  3. Sauvignon Blanc. It's warming up again!
  4. L'Oreal Infallible lipstick in "Unending Kiss." Finally a nude hue that suits my skin.
  5. Elizabeth Mott "It's so Big" volumizing mascara. 
  6. Buying Easter candy and eating it early.
  7. I was eyeing the "Matricia" sandal for awhile and finally pulled the trigger. For the love of Lucite.
  8. The sun. On my face, on my arm while I'm driving...I'll take any and all of it.
  9. The comeback of canvas slip-ons. Leopard ones to be exact like these.
  10. Spray tans because it's time to look a different shade of pale.
  11. At-home pedicures with my Emjoi Micro-Pedi. Hello summer feet!
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Monday, April 14, 2014


photography by Cleodine Photography

I saw this top and I knew I had to have it. I'm already picturing it with frayed cut offs in the summer. I wore it as recently as Friday for a date night. Comfort is key after a long week. And last week was a long week. (read: my husband had the stomach flu = solo mom)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up + Links

Here's what happened in my world this week:
  1. Had a fun morning taping a denim segment with Silver Jeans and the lovely Zahra & Lisa over at WCIU You & Me!
  2. Chicago has had some glorious weather!
  3. I'm veering toward peachy hues lately.
  4. Olivia has one more month of school...can it be end of year already?
  5. Lola is loving the warm weather. Did I mention she talks non-stop now? In Polish, too!
Here are some cool things that happened in the rest of the world:
  1. Got Easter egg envy?
  2. There's some great events kicking off next week if you are in Chicago.
  3. Tina & Amy are slated to do another movie. Hooray!
  4. I'm suddenly craving fringe in a big way!
  5. The French have it right...a ban on work emails after 6pm? Get on board USA!
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Polka dot party.

photography by Cleodine Photography

I am in the best mood ever. The sun is shining again and I've retired my sweaters. What more do you need? Did I mention how good it feels to leave the house in bare legs? Reaalllll good.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


By far and away, my favorite part about blogging is the people I've met along the way. I cannot think of a singular, adult hobby where I would have the opportunity to be continuously inspired by new friends and so many driven women. In many ways, I feel very fortunate. I have a virtual and real life support system of women who will cheer lead my triumphs and match that same glass of wine on the tribulations.

On Sunday, I was introduced to a most excellent hostess - Miss Mary of Sportsanista. Observe the level of detail that was put into this intimate brunch. She now reigns as the "Pinterest Brunch Queen". I think you can see why. {and yes, they were delicious}

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Budget Babe: 10 under $50

Girls! There's a warmer wind blowin' these days which can only mean one thing: Spring Shopping is here! Pack your sweaters. Ditch the leggings. Shove your boots to the back of the closet.

Today's Budget Babe is all about the little details like mesh panels, laser cuts, flouncy hemlines and iridescents. My favorite? That floral romper...which is perfect for all you Coachella babes, btw.

Happy shopping! xo {click here for past Budget Babe posts}

one: F21 romper | two: HM slip-ons | three: F21 tunic | four: Pixie Market sunglasses | five: Shoedazzle pumps | six: Dorothy Perkins shell | seven: Choies skirt | eight: HM top | nine: ASOS skirt | ten: Choies top

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Q1 Style Round Up

all photography by Cleodine Photography

I wish I could say I saw a common theme from the last three months...a thread, if you will but...I got nothing. One could argue I favor a print over a solid but that's always been the case in the history of my closet.

One thing I do know...if it weren't for my Closet Inspo file on Pinterest, this would have been a very long winter. Upward + onward. Spring, I'm ready for you!

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up + Links

Here's what happened in my world this week:
  1. Can't get enough sisterly love. ever.
  2. Shared THE best homemade cereal bar recipe. Make it, trust me.
  3. Spotted the cutest dish to store your jewelry here.
  4. Styled my new spotted scarf in hopes that Spring would make a permanent appearance.
Here are some cool things that happened in the rest of the world:
    1. A glimpse at the new Chanel campaign featuring Kristen Stewart.
    2. It's really just about dopeness at the end of the day.
    3. Birchbox goes brick and mortar!
    4. Great tips on building your Instagram audience.
    In other news...I was featured on the Silver Jeans website for this post. How fun!

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