Chicagoans and visitors to the Windy City need to check out the new boutique, bliss&belle in Lincoln Park! Owned by fellow Hoosier alumnus, Blake Bell, this women's apparel store located at 1011 West Armitage Avenue is beyond charming. The atmosphere is friendly, colorful, upbeat and trendy; a wonderful, summery respite from the gray skies of… Continue reading bliss&belle Boutique
Hello dear readers! Today, I've lightened up with a more effervescent, fun subject close to my heart. Shoes! There's no better topic to "research". I've rounded up a variety of spring/summer footwear that inspires me, and truthfully, I would wear every single pair of shoes, sandals, slides, or wedges that I included below. You'll notice… Continue reading Spring/Summer Shoe Round Up!
Instead of effusing about my mom, who I affectionately call "Marge" of "Ma", I thought I'd create a tangible list of the value she has brought to my life and the lessons she has taught me. Brace yourselves; it's a long list. Be polite. Respect yourself and others. Read. Put butter on the outside of the bread when… Continue reading Marge
Normally on a Tuesday night, you can find me in bed, with Forensic Files blaring on in the background while playing Rollercoaster Tycoon on my cell phone, writing a blog post, or doing some other relatively inane activity. Usually my pants are way above my waist at this point. Well, this Tuesday, I did something different.… Continue reading Trixie Mattel: Now With Moving Parts
May I just wax poetic for a minute about the glorious fragrance that is, Soleil Blanc by Tom Ford? Good, because this is my blog and you don't get a vote. Sephora has been marketing Tom Ford's summer fragrances big time as of late. While I don't mind his variety of orchid centered fragrances, orchid is just… Continue reading Soleil Blanc
Here are your buffet styled topics for today! Film I recently saw Amy Schumer's new movie, I Feel Pretty. I'd seen a trailer and thought it looked kind of fun, but frankly after her last standup special, The Leather Special, I was very turned off by her. I'm all for a bawdy sense of humor à… Continue reading Smörgåsbord II
I didn't wake up one morning and decide that I wanted to devote time, energy and money on elaborate skincare and makeup routines and products. Much of my interest has stemmed from certain iconic moments in film, literature, and pop culture. I've compiled some of these pivotal moments that have left an indelible impression on my perception of… Continue reading Glamour and Beauty in Pop Culture
When you find a hairstylist that you like, it's a wonderful feeling. When you discover that hairstylist is also an infinitely kind and interesting person with a very positive outlook and welcoming demeanor; it's pure joy! I genuinely look forward to my monthly visits to the salon, because since I began seeing Sandra at Milios Hair… Continue reading An Interview with Hairstylist, Sandra Kliciute
Women. We do it all! Raise families, work full-time, look beautiful, get degrees, win Olympics, etc. Can we be real though? How the hell are we expected to get from all the A's to B's in high heels? Why should women be expected to mangle their feet on a daily basis? Heels look fantastic yes,… Continue reading The Commuting Shoe Debate: Is There Really Even A Debate Anymore?
I'm a huge fan of the slimming, negative space power of black. I wear it all the time. It's fun to accessorize with and did I mention, slimming? At the same time, I'm finding wearing fun colors and interesting combinations is as enjoyable as coloring with a giant Crayola Crayon box when I was a… Continue reading Color Play