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.

10 Cyber Monday Sales to Shop Now

posted on: Monday, November 28, 2016

This weekend was a relaxed, yet productive one around home. Our Christmas tree is up (!) and I'm halfway through my holiday shopping... have you started yet? Either way, there's still time to save. As I'm sure you've heard (a million times): Today is Cyber Monday. It’s truly the best time to tackle your holiday shopping — and perhaps treat yourself to a little something, too ;) Here’s a roundup of the best online sales and deals happening today:

J. CREW |  40% off EVERYTHING and free shipping with code MONDAY

SHOPBOP | Save up to 25% with code GOBIG16

NORDSTROM |  Save extra 20% off select styles + free shipping and returns

ANTHROPOLOGIE |  20% off + free shipping at $150+ with code STACKS

SEPHORA | Save on beauty exclusives and free 3-day shipping on orders $50+

CRATE & BARREL | Enjoy 15% off and free shipping with code SAVE15

J.CREW FACTORY |  60% off everything, plus free shipping with code HAPPYSALE

KATE SPADE | 30% off your purchase with code WIRED

POTTERY BARN | Free shipping with code SHIPFREE, plus 30% off holiday decor

MARK & GRAHAM | 25% off and free shipping with code FRIENDS

Image via Sugar Paper

Links I Love

• A heartwarming perspective on living in NYC.
• 9 easy ways to get in the holiday spirit.
• These photos give me all the feels.
• This gold monogrammed mug for $10.
• This recipe for cranberry brioche looks delish.
• 13 champagne cocktails to serve this holiday season.
• 5 professional beauty tips, according to make-up artists.
• The skill that makes you be a better friend (and colleague).

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Holiday Gift Guide: For the Traveler

posted on: Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Are you traveling this week for Thanksgiving? As I'm sure many of us are hitting the road (or airways) this holiday season, I rounded up a collection of travel-related favorites. This carry-on spinner luggage is basically the best thing to happen to me when traveling through the airport... it's a splurge, but considering the use it gets: it's something I really appreciate! (I also love this DVF luggage that looks very similar, for less.) I can also vouch for this weekender bag, which is perfect for a few nights away, and this leather crossbody, to keep organized and hands free while traveling. Wishing you happy and safe travels to wherever you find yourself this Thanksgiving!

SHOP THE POST: Leather Tech Envelope (free monogramming and gift wrap) || Lip Balm || Luggage (also love this luggage for less) || Makeup Brush Set || Water Bottle (available in multiple colors) || Gold Headphones || Gold Comb || Bobbi Brown Set || Passport Case || Gold Travel Mirror || Leather Weekend Bag (less than $70) || Silk Pajamas || Sleeping Mask (too cute!) || Leather Card Holder || iPhone Charging Case (#lifesaver) || Black Crossbody Bag (great quality) || Scarf || Gold Flats (now 40% off) || Black Mini Case

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Guys

posted on: Tuesday, November 22, 2016

While the previous holiday post was all about gifts for gals, this one's for the guys. Whether he's a foodie, techie, sports lover or outdoor aficionado, I've rounded up 50+ gift ideas he'll love. Many are currently on sale, like at J.Crew (where nearly everything is 40% off with code HOLIDAY), and from sites like Nordstrom and Mr. Porter where you can enjoy free shipping. I also recommend checking out Mark & Graham for pieces you can personalize with his monogram. And for the guy who's tricky to shop for: there's always Amazon ;)

SHOP THE POST: Deer Socks || Fair Isle Socks || Candle || Electronics Case (monogrammable) || Plaid Shirt || Slippers (5 star rating) || Razor || Shaving Kit || Key Fob || Grilling Set (under $100) || Weekend Bag || Zip-Up Sweater (now 40% off with code HOLIDAY) || Boxers || Baseball Cap || Moisturizer || Golf Shoe Bag (my Dad and brother would use this in a heartbeat) || Boots (a classic since 1912) || Old Fashioned Glass || Scarf || Leather Wallet ($50) || USB Charger and Key Cable || Bourbon (get it delivered with code BRIGHT) || Grey Patagonia Sweater (my boyfriend lives in these) || Reindeer Socks || Marlin Bottle Opener (a favorite in our household) || Tennis Shoes


posted on: Monday, November 21, 2016

{welcoming the holidays!}

{the prettiest velvet heels}

{autumn views from Chicago Athletic Association}

{beginning to think about putting up holiday decor... too soon?}

{fall colors along Michigan Avenue}

{pretty white roses}

{aaand the return of winter layers... this parka is back in stock and on sale!}

Holiday Gift Guide: Glam Gal

posted on: Sunday, November 20, 2016

Today's gift guide is all about the glam gal, featuring luxe classics she'd cherish for years to come. (I personally wouldn't mind seeing a few of these under the Christmas tree!). These pajamas are a personal favorite of mine... they feel so soft and always remain in style, no matter the time of year. I can also recommend this diffuser and room fragrance, which always receive compliments from house guests! Additional favorites include these stylish fur ear muffs, a golden wine opener that'd be perfect for holiday parties, these monogrammed travel cases and a pair of splurgeworthy rockstud flats.

SHOP THE POST: Monogrammed Cosmetic Case (available in 12+ colors) || Room Fragrance || Lace Dress (also available to rent) || 'Always Pack a Party Dress' Book || Baies Candle (even the small version fills an entire room) || Champagne Coupe || Lace Panties || Palette || Fragrance Set (smells amazing!) || Pajama Set (I personally love this brand of sleepwear) || Quilted Bag || Makeup Brush Set || Key Bottle Opener (perfect for the hostess) || Rockstud Flats || Fur Ear Muffs (also love this fur pom hat) || Fashionably Late Notebook || Crystal Shoe Clip (similar look for less here) || Gold Compact Mirror

Cashmere Under $100

posted on: Friday, November 18, 2016

A piece of cozy, soft cashmere deserves a spot in everyone's closet. The moment I felt this sweater, I didn't want to take it off! The sweater is amazing quality and comes in 14+ colors, for less than $100. (I also love the v-neck version, and this similar cashmere tunic that pair perfectly with leggings). In case you missed it earlier this week, I opened The Holiday Shop — which I'll continue to update and share favorite gift ideas for everyone on your list this season. Wishing you a very happy weekend!

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