posted on: Thursday, December 8, 2016

{the holy grail of all holiday candles}

{Chicago looking festive!}

{can't get enough of holiday red — and this pretty polish}

{the holiday gift guide series is in full swing}

{black + burgundy, plus the best faux leather leggings}

{our tree looking merry and bright}

{shooting a holiday campaign with Oak Street! Shop: coat | top | shoes | bag}

{gathering inspiration for making different holiday cocktails at home... coming soon!}

{the prettiest velvet heels}

{traditional Christmas at Ralph Lauren}

{I'm headed west next week...! See you soon, Aspen + Vail}

Holiday Gift Guide: 50 Under $100

posted on: Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Because a great gift doesn't need to cost a fortune! I rounded up 50+ gift ideas she'd love, from jewelry, accessories, beauty, home decor and beyond. All under $100. Are there any favorites you'd like to put on your own wishlist this year?

Winter White

posted on: Monday, December 5, 2016

These photos were taken just last Friday, when it truly felt (and looked) like autumn. Today is quite a different story, as major snowfall hit Chicago this weekend. I'll admit: I'm a little happy about it! There's something magical about the first snow of the season and the weeks leading to Christmas. As it gets chillier, I'm still wearing plenty of whites... the trick behind "winter white" is to simply choose more texture (like cashmere, wool, cable knit, tweed or corduroy) and opting for a mix of off-white shades (like ivory, cream, ecru or camel). Statement shoes don't hurt, either! These beautiful velvet heels are gorgeous in person and are quite comfortable, too. If interested, you can find them here or here.

Holiday Gift Guide: The Homebody

posted on: Thursday, December 1, 2016

December is here and the official countdown to Christmas is on! Today's holiday gift guide features comfy, cozy favorites for the homebody. During the chilliest days of winter, who doesn't want to stay in?! A few pieces I personally enjoy at home are: this holiday candle (which comes in a variety of sizes, like this votive that'd make a great hostess gift), a marble wine cooler that could double as a kitchen utensil holder, this ultra-soft pajama sleepshirt and a pair of faux fur slippers.

SHOP THE POST: Aerin Fragrance || Wick Trimmer || Candle (the best holiday scent) || Serving Plate || 'The Year of Cozy' || Hot Chocolate Mix (yum!) || Sugar Lip Treatment || Kitty Card Holder || Gold Wine Opener (less than $15) || Amazing Grace Bubble Bath || Sateen Sheets (yes, please!) || Ivory Throw Blanket || Pillar Candles || Pink Robe || Ivory Hat (less than $15) || Pillow || Pink Clay Mask || Slippers || Pink Clutch || Marble Wine Holder (I have this at home and love it!) || Gold Frame || Copper Mixer (holiday cookies, anyone?) || Face Mask || Lip Balm || Cocotte (perfect for holiday entertaining) || Headphones

5 Tips for Healthy Hair

posted on: Wednesday, November 30, 2016

One of the most frequent questions I receive is: "Where should I go for cut and color in Chicago?" When it comes to hair, it can be tricky to find someone you trust — especially in a new city or for a first visit. (Hair is such a personal thing, isn't it?) This year, I've gone to Civello in Lincoln Park and came away with great experiences on both cut and color. Beyond liking how my hair looks and feels, the salon itself is beautiful and ultra accommodating. Each guest is treated to aromatherapy, plus shoulder and hand massages... it's basically a mini-spa escape! If you visit, I see Deron for cut and Hunter for highlights. During my last visit, I asked tips for growing and maintaining healthy hair — and am happy to share with you here:

Cut frequency. | Schedule a trim every 8 weeks, especially if you highlight or curl your hair. Most people’s hair will grow about an inch in 8 weeks, but would only require a quarter inch trim, so even for someone trying to grow their hair longer, a trim every 8 weeks will keep it healthy as it grows.

Dry hair before heat tools. | To reduce heat time (and cut down on damage), gently remove as much moisture from your hair as possible prior to blowdrying. I like to towel dry my hair and let it air for about 15 or 20 minutes, then finish with a dryer and curling wand.

Don't be afraid of oils. |  Natural oils add moisture and shine to your hair, plus they nourish the scalp and promote stronger, healthier hair. (Yes and yes!) This multi-use oil by Aveda is amazing.

Use the right products. | It's important not to skimp on products, especially if you're using heat tools. Even on days off from heat, quality products will help keep your locks healthy. This shampoo + conditioner, leave-in treatment and split end repair all come recommended.

Develop a relationship. | Enlisting a trusted pro is key to growing and maintaining your best hair. Beyond addressing hair needs, it's always fun to chat new trends and styling tricks at the salon, right? I feel right at home at Civello and hope you will, too! If you visit, be sure to mention the code 'BRIGHT&BEAUTIFUL20' for $20 off your first time service.

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