Monday, July 28, 2014


We're (mostly) all girls here, so let's talk about the thing we really wish we didn't have to talk about... That time of the month. To put it lightly, it downright sucks. There's nothing easy about Aunt Flow, so that's why we've teamed up with Kotex to save the undies!

If pads are your go to, or need a break from tampons, these U By Kotex pads with 3D Capture Core are just what you need. It draws in and locks away wetness, super soft so it's extra comfortable, and  has wings so it stays in place. U By Kotex has protection down packed, so our favorite undies stay our favorite undies.

So what underwear are we saving?

Jess loves Victoria's Secret No-Show Hiphugger Sport Panties. It's completely no-show under clothing because of its thin nylon/spandex material, the body-wick keeps you dry and you cool, and comes in fun and bright colors that we all love from Victoria's Secret.

Jill has always been a fan of Hanky Panky, the most comfortable undergarments created! They're great for girls of all sizes and are extremely comfortable. 

And they come in fun colors!

And now we know you want to try it for yourself. Click here for your free samples of U by Kotex pads, liners, and tampons so you can now save the undies too!

Jess & Jill

Jess & Jill were compensated for this post. Comments and opinions are of their own.

Friday, July 25, 2014


What better way to celebrate Friday than with rosé?

How about a tote bag that celebrates rosé?

I'm loving these Yes Way Rosé tote bags. They're perfect for the summer (who am I kidding? They're perfect for any season!) and totally proclaims my love for rosé perfectly. When you're in love you should shout it from the rooftops, right?

Happy Friday!

x Jill

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Tuesday night we stopped by Bull & Bear in River North for some food, drinks, and to our surprise... trivia! We were invited to "Dog Days of Summer", their way to celebrate weeklong for National Hot Dog Day.

DineAmic Group's Executive Chef Andy Gibson has created five, one-of-a-kind hot dogs exclusively available each day of the week. From Southern California to Miami, there's a variety of cities and flavors. 

Newspaper menu! 

If you want travel across the US and order a mini version of each, you can try the Frank Plank! There's The Cincinnati "Coney" (a spicy beef chili, pickled onion salad, shredded cheddar, mustard, potato bun), The Sooo Cali (bison dog, heirloom tomato and avocado relish, arugula, crispy shallot, lettuce, pesto aioli, ciabatta bun), Miami Vice (turkey dog, mojo braised pork, spicy pickle, mustard aioli, swiss cheese, shredded lettuce, toasted garlic bun), The Northern Woods of Wisconsin (venison dog, fried jalapeno jack cheese curds, caramelized onion, juniper-beer mustard, soft bun), and New Orleans Po' Boy (andouille sausage, olive relish, frisee, crispy salami, provolone, remoulade, sesame bun).

What's great about these fancy franks is that they're more than just toppings on a hot dog, and even the meat and bun are different. It was hard for Jess to choose a favorite, but she thinks the winner would have to be The Cincinnati "Coney". The chili was delicious and had a little bit of a kick. Runners up would have to be Miami Vice (had to choose that one as a Miamian!) and The Northern Woods of Wisconsin (it had cheese curds on it!). 

New Orleans Po' Boy, The Northern Woods of Wisconsin, Miami Vice, The Sooo Cal, and The Cincinnati "Coney".

New Orleans Po' Boy, The Northern Woods of Wisconsin, and Miami Vice.

Miami Vice, The Sooo Cal, and The Cincinnati "Coney".

If you're not one for hot dogs (Jill's not a huge fan), they have a lot of other options, including vegetarian picks. Jill opted for a Turkey burger with mashed potatoes.

We stuck around for trivia (free to play and $200 was up for grabs), and to say we did horribly is an understatement. At least Jess's Geography degree got us an answer right and we totally got the fashion question correct!

Have you eaten at Bull & Bear?

Jess & Jill

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


My wedding ideas have been unconventional so far - from wearing glasses on my wedding day (I've gotten reaaally?! on more occasion with that one), an intimate dinner reception at a restaurant, and maybe even the color of my wedding dress. 

I've tried on different shades of white and ivory and I haven't fallen in love with a dress just yet, until the idea of blush popped into my mind. I have a hint of pink in my skin tone, which is why my fiancé and I opted for a rose gold engagement ring versus gold. Since rose gold looks more flattering on me, why not a blush dress? Needless to say, I've been obsessed with searching for every dress with a shade of the girly color and just had to share my favorites.

Blush Gown - Elie Saab

Belle Gown - Jenny Packham

Portia Gown - Monique Lhuillier

Lilac - Blush by Hayley Paige

Dress by Keeradenaan.
Photo via Green Wedding Shoes.

White by Vera Wang - David's Bridal

Davia Gown - Watters

Do you like different color wedding dresses?



We are so excited to introduce you (yes, you) to #bffchat!

Just like your favorite Twitter chats (#CBNChat, #Foodiechats, #CHIChat), we're giving you an hour hangout sesh with your newest BFFs... us! Join us every Wednesday night, from 7 to 8 PM CST for #bffchatIt's just like a fun sleepover, only we promise we won't prank the first person to fall asleep. You can find current and past topics below. And as a BFF tip, use TweetChat to make the tweeting easier!

07.23: BFFs know each other's favorites, right? That's what we're chatting about then!
07.16: We're at The Voice Tour concert, so #bffchat will back next week.
07.09: We'll back in a couple weeks!
07.02: We'll be back next week.
06.25: We're rewinding to our pasts. Tonight, we're sharing all about our childhood and growing up!
06.18: It's not always sunny days, let's talk about those rainy days.
05.28: We're chatting the good, the bad, and the dreamy about weddings.
05.21: Jess is out of town and Jill is working late. See you next week!
05.14: Tonight is all about the outdoors! From festivals to concerts to staying fit and more.
05.07: See you tonight! We'll be chatting about healthy living.
04.30: Tonight is all about shopping!
04.23: We're talking 'bout hobbies!
04.16: #bffchat is back! What do you want to talk about tonight?
04.09: We'll be back next week!
04.02: #bffchat will be back next week!
03.26: There will be not #bffchat this week. Instead, hang out with us at Brides Bubbles + Bliss!
03.19: If there's one thing we can all bond over, it's our love of food. Come hungry!
03.12: We're taking the week off. Meet us next week - same time, same place!
03.05: With all these award shows happening, we're going to chat about TV and movies. See you then!
02.26: We're both going on big trips to warm places this weekend, so it feels just right to talk about vacations! We can all dream of warmer weather. See you tonight!
02.19: Tonight's #bffchat is about all things DIY!
02.12: We're talking love! The good and the bad. We'll be giving away a Rad + Refined Snow Cap, so you don't want to miss it!
02.05: We're getting to know each other and dish out on everything we love - from beauty to movies, music to food, and duh, boys. Tweet with us and you'll be entered to win a Rad + Refined Snow Cap or a $25 gift card to House of Gemmes!

See you there!

Jess & Jill

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Photo via Alison Neidt Toonen.

It's time for the annual Fashion Focus Chicago Sidewalk Sale! Stop by Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington St.) Tuesday, July 22nd, and Wednesday, July 23rd, from 9 AM to 3 PM to shop clothing, accessories, and jewelry from Chicago designers and local boutiques. There will also be fashion shows each day at noon - the perfect way to switch up your typical lunch hour! 

The usual Jess & Jill favorites will be there again this year, including Blank Nation ApparelAnastasia Chatzka, Objets d'Envy, and more. Jess will be working at the Blank Nation Apparel booth on Wednesday, so make sure to stop by and say hi (and do a little shopping too)!

Check out our Chicago Sidewalk Sale visit a couple years ago here.

Jess & Jill

Monday, July 21, 2014


Ever since I've moved into my "big girl home" (side note: this does not mean I have to give up getting lost in Ikea, right?) I've been trying to keep fresh flowers weekly. It's a great way to brighten up your home and change your decor by adding in different colors. But flowers are only as pretty as the vase you put them in, and I've been collecting quite a few. You can never have enough!

Here are five vases... no, va va vases... that'll va va voom up your home decor.

Parlour Pitcher ($30.00 - $40.00) - BHLDN

Middle Kingdom Laundry Detergent Porcelain Vase ($48.00) - Nordstrom

Sierra Square Vase ($200.00) - Tiffany & Co.

I-Scream Vase ($68.00) - Jonathan Adler

Kate Spade Daisy Place Dots Vase ($75.00) - Bloomingdale's

Where do you shop for vases?

x Jill

Friday, July 18, 2014


Last night we got the chance to see The Voice Tour that was presented by CLEAR Scalp & Hair and along with our tickets, they gave us their Intense Hydration shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask.

....And it is amazing! It smells so good, we may or may not take random whiffs of the bottles. It makes your hair oh so smooth and you can get the whole set for less than $15! If you're trying to make your washes last longer and better, pick up this trio and you definitely won't regret it.

What haircare products do you love?

Jess & Jill

Thursday, July 17, 2014


This summer has been anything but relaxing. Between work, traveling, and enjoying the outdoors with some of our favorite people - we've been on the go nonstop. With a little help from our favorite drink from Starbucks and a good playlist in our earbuds, we have yet to run out of steam (but check back in with us when September rolls around)!

What song can't you get enough of?

Jess & Jill

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


Do I have a wedding venue? No. Do I have an official wedding date? No. Did that stop me from purchasing the wedding gown of my dreams? Nope.

This past week I was in Los Angeles when my parents and I strolled into a bridal shop for fun. I tried on dresses that I thought I would love and was disappointed with the way I felt. The consultant pulled a dress she thought I would love and voilà. It felt like me on a hanger (if I was made up of very pretty lace). 

Being only the third wedding gown I've ever tried on, I was nervous that I didn't shop around enough. I made an appointment at another bridal shop, where I tried on very typical wedding gowns - which were beautiful, and made my shape look 10x more amazing than it is - but they weren't me. After all, my fiancé isn't marrying a Jessica Rabbit, blinged out version of myself. He's marrying me (lord help him).

The next day I went back to the original store and walked out with my gown. I am so excited and shocked at how easy the process was. Some people have called me crazy for getting a dress before I've booked a venue, but as my friend said to me, "you know yourself well enough." Plus it's totally me to do things backwards, so why should my wedding be any different?

My gown in its garment bag, via Instagram.

My gown is made by Oscar de la Renta and I am head over heels in love with it! Of course I'm not going to share it just yet (I've still got some cosmetic changes to make), but I am going to share my obsession with his gowns. Even looking at his earlier bridal collections, each dress is classic and timeless with a bit of an edge, which was the exact look I was going for. Here are a few of my favorites from the past few years!

Who is your favorite bridal designer?

x Jill
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