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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Best of: Black Friday Sales

posted on: Friday, November 25, 2016


I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! If you're like me, shopping the stores on Black Friday sounds a little chaotic... I'm quite comfortable spending today at home, thank you very much! I prefer shopping in the comfort of my own home with a cup of coffee and my laptop near. In case you're shopping online today, too, I rounded up a collection of the best Black Friday happening now. Also, be sure to browse The Holiday Shop and this series of gift guides. Enjoy!

ANTHROPOLOGIE |  30% off each and every item



J. CREW |  40% off EVERYTHING with code HOLIDAY


SHOPBOP | Save up to 25% with code GOBIG16

ANN TAYLOR |  50% off everything with code CELEBRATE
ASOS |  30% off everything with code THANKFUL30
CRATE & BARREL | Enjoy 15% off full-price items with code SAVE15
GAP |  Enjoy 50% off everything with code TGIF50
HENRI BENDEL | 25% off $150, 30% of $250+ and free shipping
J.CREW FACTORY | 50-60% off everything with code HAPPYSALE
LOFT | 50% off everything with code FRIYAY
MACY'S | Free shipping at $50 and extra 20% off with code THANKS
MADEWELL |  25% off your purchase with code THATSALE
MARK & GRAHAM | 25% off plus free monogramming and free gift wrap
NORDSTROM |  Save extra 20% off select styles + free shipping and returns
OLD NAVY | Nearly 50% off sitewide
POTTERY BARN | Free shipping with code MERRY
SEPHORA | Free 3-day shipping on orders $50+
SOLE SOCIETY |  All shoes and bags are 30% off
TALBOTS | 50% off any item or 40% off entire purchase
TORY BURCH | Enjoy 30% off orders $250+ with code THANKS
ULTA | Free shipping on orders $35+
WEST ELM | Free shipping on everything with code MOREISMORE



Photography by Danielle Moss

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





Lately

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!}


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