Tuesday, March 3, 2015


Mignonette Bridal, one of our favorite Chicago wedding designers, has teamed up with Lil Epic Event Design to welcome spring! This Saturday, March 7th, from 1 PM to 6 PM, you are invited to enjoy delicious treats from Sweet Nouveau, signature drinks, photo booth from The Traveling Photo Booth (yes!), mini-makeovers, and of course, gorgeous gowns. Just how gorgeous? If you remember, Jill got to wear them for the shoot she participated in for Style Me Pretty.

Want in on the fun? Of course you do! You can reserve your ticket here. But hurry up and do so, because there are only a limited amount of spots open to the public!

Jess & Jill

Monday, March 2, 2015


There are certain odd habits I have, specifically in my "getting ready" routine, and one of them is where I like to do my makeup. My loft condo has huge windows that fill my living room with so much natural light in the morning, making it the perfect place to do my magic. Oddly enough, I usually opt to do it on my floor, with the television on, while my dogs run around trying to get me to play. Ideal? No. But it's my favorite spot!

I love to play around with makeup, and this past weekend I was introduced to MAKE beauty products. MAKE is a cruelty-free line (Titan and Olive love that part), and can be purchased online or in-store at Barneys. Clearly I just had to have a play date with my new makeup, and take some pictures along the way.

Here I am wearing their Matte Lipstick in Fire, Super Matte Cake Liner Duo, and Skin Illuminator in Llos. All of their makeup feels super luxurious, and I love that their lipstick kept my lips hydrated. I can't wait to pull this color out for spring. Their illuminator is also great to add a little color to your skin when you don't feel like putting on too much makeup, and instantly brightens the skin. I also opted to dip my liner brush in water when applying the duo, to create a liquid liner look. I would definitely recommend checking out the line!

And as usual, my dogs crashed my photoshoot. But they make pretty cute photobombs, don't they?

Who else uses their front facing camera to do their makeup?

Next on my list is to try their Matte Dew and Corrective Duo.

x Jill

Friday, February 27, 2015


One of the best birthday perks is all the free gifts and discounts you at your favorite stores the month of! I heard about the birthday gift from Sephora last year and I was stoked. Two free lipsticks? Count me in. 

Since my birthday was in January, I was quick to swing by and grab my freebie. Inside the adorable NARS box is a mini Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella and a mini Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien. I've always loved lip pencils since I've found them easier to use (I can't seem to figure out where my lip line actually is). The gifted colors are completely on point. Cruella is a vibrant, sultry red and Rikugien is the perfect nude color for my skin tone. The Velvet Matte Lip Pencil is still moisturizing, but packs one heck of a punch, and the Satin Lip Pencil is long-lasting and a great every day lip pencil. I've got my perfect day to night combination!

Thanks to Sephora, I am hooked on NARS. I've already got my orders for more colors on their way now!

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella ($26.00) - Sephora

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Damned ($26.00) - Sephora

NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien ($26.00) - Sephora

NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Yu ($26.00) - Sephora

Become a part of Sephora Beauty Insider and get your free gift this year!


Thursday, February 26, 2015


It's been another late night on Pinterest...

From the rainy weather in Houston to wedding details to hanging with my niece, braids have, oddly enough, been a part of my everyday life lately. My curls are my daily go-to look, but ever since I successfully did a French braid for the first time ever, I've been on this braid kick. I've got the messy fishtail braid down (messy is my hair's middle name), working on the braided crown, and getting mentally ready for the Dutch braid. See my favorite braided looks below. (Don't worry, I added some for both short and long hair!)

via The Wonder Forest

via The Beauty Department

via Barefoot Blonde

via Twist Me Pretty

via Cupcakes and Cashmere

via Barefoot Blonde

via Makeup Wearables

via Style Me Pretty

via Free People

via Pinterest

How do you like to do braids?


Wednesday, February 25, 2015


I really love designer collaborations, especially when it's a high end brand teaming up with an everyday label. So the second I read about the recent collaboration with Superega and Rodarte, I was on it like white on rice. And I'm not disappointed. 

Although I opt for heels over sneakers any day of the week, these shoes are super interesting (get it?).  You can check out the full collection here.

What do you think of the collaboration?

x Jill
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