Life lately according to my phone

5/30/12


1. cruisin' with Dad on the trike
2. Bride's Day Out/Beautiful Sessions with Christy Tyler Photography
3. Me & G
4. Coronitas with the Wellman women
5. sitting in our baby pools spraying each other down
6. St. Louis 7th grade trip
7. So many kisses for Kate
8. Springfield with the 7th graders
9. Story time with Will & Jakey

Beauty on a Budget

5/29/12

I know it's been a long time--but we're back with an easy, summery look.
We'll call it natural sunkissed;
a little bit of shimmer with a nice touch of bronze.


Concealer: Covergirl/Olay, Simply Ageless
Blush: Covergirl, Cheekers; rock n' rose
Bronzer:  Physicians Formula, Solar Powder
Lips: Milani, Crystal Glass Lip Gloss; Secret
Mascara: L'Oreal, Voluminous Million Lashes; Blackest Black
Eyeshadow: Urban Decay, Half Baked

Moroccan Photo Shoot

5/28/12


Remember that disastrous Michigan photo shoot where I backed my car in to a ditch?
Well, those gorgeous pictures that Heather DeCamp took were published on Style Me Pretty!
(So, I guess it was all worth it, right? Haha)

Anyway, check out these fabulous pictures and "ooh" and "ahh" over the amazing details put together by Peacock and Papaya wedding and event planner, Shantel.



I'm sure you can all guess by now where that gorgeous gown is from: Mignonette Bridal in Lakeview








Photography: Heather DeCamp Photography / Planning + Styling: Peacock + Papaya / Floral Design:Natural Beauties Floral / Desserts + Pies: Bang Bang Pies / Custom Designed China: Sarah Drake Designs / Favors: Katherine Anne Confections / Stationery: Ruby the Fox / Furniture Rentals: Millionaire Rejects / Stemware + Napkins: Classic Party Rentals / Linens + Chargers: BBJ Linen / Pillows: The Green Goddess Boutique / Wedding Dress + Jewelry: Mignonette Bridal / Veil: Violet Bells/ Hair + Makeup: Debbie Petrielli / Models: Patrick C. Cunningham + Jaime Lynn Henderson of Lily’s Talent Agency

Memorial Day Field Trip

5/26/12

I'm heading to Springfield & St. Louis for the weekend with some 7th graders from my mom's school.
I hope everyone has a lovely Memorial Day weekend & I'll be sure to post a whole lot when I get back!


Sneak Peek From Michigan Shoot

5/25/12


Style Me Pretty will be publishing our shoot in the next few days--for now here is a picture from their gallery to give you a taste of what you're in for.. absolute loveliness. 


Hej då, Molly!

5/23/12

Here's my little goodbye to my darling friend, Molly.
She's leaving for me a summer of softball playing/coaching in Sweden.
Oh, and lots of world traveling for me to be super jealous about.
I'll miss you berry much, babycakes!


Happy Birthday, Amanda!

I just want to wish my lovely, darling friend Amanda the happiest of birthdays.
Love you honey buns--see you at spin class later! 
Aren't you super excited that you'll be spending your birthday dying on a stationary bike?
Haha--can't wait!


Spruce up your ponytail

5/22/12


Here is a crazy easy way to get out of the average-every-day-ponytail rut.
You just split the hair in the back and flip it through!
Voilà--easy & quite cute.

Bridal party hair

5/21/12


This past weekend I was asked by another stylist to help out with a big bridal party. 
So, I thought I'd share the only two pictures that I actually remembered to take--
with my camera phone no less. Since it was a super hot day everyone's hair went up.
Here were two of the updos these lovely bridesmaids and I decided on. What do you guys think?




Suuuper cute wedding video from Holi Festival shoot

5/19/12

The guys over at Sterling Wedding Cinema are pretty talented, huh?

Wedding Planning: Naturally Yours Events / Wedding Photography: Shane Welch Photography / Wedding Videography: Sterling Wedding Cinema / Wedding Venue: Catalyst Ranch / Wedding Florals: Pollen / Bridal Ceremony Gown and headpiece: Mignonette Bridal / Bridal Reception Gown and headpiece: Dame Couture / Menswear: Humble Collective / Makeup: Makeup by Pamela / Hair: Debbie Petrielli / Jewelry: Due Sorelle / Wedding Cake: Luscious Layers / Truffle Cake & Sweets: Truffle Truffle / Candies: Get Local Chicago / Stationery: Lily Red Studio / Juice favors: Juice RX / Photo Booth: The Traveling Photo Booth / Linens and Flatware: M&M Special Events / Models: Brittany Clapperand Andrew Bochniak  / Event Design Assistant: Janae Laverdiere

Models & Margaritas

5/18/12


Yesterday I was lucky enough to be apart of a reallllly cute photo shoot for event planner Katie Jayne over at Jayne Weddings. It was at this awesome Mexican place in Wicker Park. Smelling their food gave me a hankering for margaritas; which I proceeded to take care of by drinking margaritas and beer for the rest of the day. She did an amazing job, I can't wait to see these photos. Seriously, folks- if you know anyone getting married check out Katie's stuff. She's got a cute indie flair that she brings in to her work, which is just my style. I love it! And check out that dress by Mignonette. Gorgeous!

For now here are some sneaks (some borrowed from some of the girls involved yesterday).
(Oh, by the way-- one of my necklaces was featured!!)



Heading to an early shoot!

5/17/12

I'm really looking forward to the shoot this morning and working with a whole new group of people. 
Even though I had to be up at 5:30 am to get ready to leave...yikes, I know. 
Here's a quick looksie at the models we'll be using today--super adorable.

Ok, and we're off...

Photo credit: Kpoene' outside Mignonette

Holi Festival Inspired Styled Wedding

Remember that fun photo shoot I was apart of a while back? With the colored flour being thrown about in a trash-the-dress situation? Yeah, well it was finally published! Style Me Pretty (a big wedding blog for those of you that haven't heard of it) agreed to publish the photos only 4 hours after they received them! That's amazing-- but just take a look at the pictures and you'll understand why.

(Below are just a few to show off the hair--follow the link above to see all the wedding goodness).


Wedding Planning: Naturally Yours Events / Wedding Photography: Shane Welch Photography / Wedding Videography: Sterling Wedding Cinema / Wedding Venue: Catalyst Ranch / Wedding Florals: Pollen / Bridal Ceremony Gown and headpiece: Mignonette Bridal / Bridal Reception Gown and headpiece: Dame Couture / Menswear: Humble Collective / Makeup: Makeup by Pamela / Hair: Debbie Petrielli / Jewelry: Due Sorelle / Wedding Cake: Luscious Layers / Truffle Cake & Sweets: Truffle Truffle / Candies: Get Local Chicago / Stationery: Lily Red Studio / Juice favors: Juice RX / Photo Booth: The Traveling Photo Booth / Linens and Flatware: M&M Special Events / Models: Brittany Clapperand Andrew Bochniak  / Event Design Assistant: Janae Laverdiere

Random updo tre

5/16/12


Here's another random updo that I threw together on my sister.
Sorry about the picture quality--but you can sort of get the gist of how lovely my sister is and how fun her hairstyle was for the day. Oh, and in case you haven't checked it out in a while here's her art blog.

Another updo..

5/15/12


Here's my pretty, little sister rocking a braided bun updo.
How precious is she?

Cute, easy updo!

5/14/12


Here was a quick little 'do that I sported for a day out & running around.
I like that messy/put together look and I think this updo is a cute & easy way to have just that!

Happy Mother's Day!

5/13/12

Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there!


I want to say thank you to my mom for being the best a girl could ask for--
I love you, Mom!

Dramatic before & afters part 2!

5/10/12


Here is part deux of the hair makeovers from the other night. How gorgeous does that red hair look on Ashley?
I love it! What do you guys think? Are these sisters super babes or what?

Dramatic before & afters!

5/9/12

Hubba, hubba
Last night my friend Sam & her sister Ashley came over for some pretty big changes. Sam went from brunette to blonde and Ashley went from sort of auburn to full out red head! I'm only going to share one today...what do you guys think of Sam's new 'do? I think she looks amazing. So fun!

Sorrrryyy

5/8/12

Sorry the blog has been slowish... 
I promise I've got some fun stuff coming up.
And even some jewelry/hair accessories sneak peeks, perhaps.
Maybe a retro redo? What do you guys want to see?

Cubs game!

5/7/12


After a 2 hr & 40 minute delay, we were able to finally enjoy the Cubs game yesterday.
It was so much fun to get some time in with my two loves who will be leaving me for the summer.
Love you guys!

Life lately according to my phone

5/4/12


1. Proof that I really wear my hair like it's drawn on my business card
2. work can be really stressful sometimes
3. pre-flight drinks with Giordanna at O'Hare
4. a delicious Green Line draft
5. just landed!
6. one of the most handsome groomsman, John
7. 100 cup beer pong the night before the wedding
8. crunchy purple leaves
9. G curling up
10. me & Will (photo thanks to Kate)
11. bubble central at work
12. one fierce model

The artist

5/3/12

Kate's "100 Faces Project" version of me.
My sister, Kate, is a closet artist. She should've just gone to school for art instead of wasting her time on other things. Girlfriend is good. I mean really good. If you remember, she is the artistic talent behind my business cards. Well, she is finally accepting the fact that she should share and not be so selfish, and has set up a blog to display some of her work. It's all brand new stuff that she is coming up with, as she is trying to draw something new every day. Her current project is this "100 Faces Project," where you have to draw a face with the opposite of your dominant hand in a minute or less. She's just getting started and she's already rocking them out. Take a looksie at her blog and you'll see what I mean.

Her "100 Faces Project" version of our family.

I mean...come on. That's awesome.

Violet Bells bridal accessories shoot

5/2/12

I have mentioned my friend Janessa a time or two on my blog, and yesterday I was lucky enough to be apart of her photo shoot. It was a silent film inspired 20's & 30's era shoot for her gorgeous headpieces, veils, and sashes. This girl has some talent. Seriously--if you know anyone getting married send her to Violet Bell's. And can we talk about the photographer Genevieve? (From The Way We Click Photography) It's not even fair how talented she is, really. The whole shoot was just plain glamorous. Check out some of these teasers and you'll see what I mean.


What I'm loving lately

retro hair
Ok, not just lately. And I'm obsessed with it.
It's so glamorous and just plain gorgeous.
I. just. love it.

I'm did a little bit of 20's/30's silent film inspired hair yesterday at a shoot. Two of the girls had super cute short, short hair--so the styles were nothing like this. They were sleek and structured--a little bit of dry fingerwaving. I'll post pictures soon!


Christy Tyler photography workshop

5/1/12

Here are some photos by Christy Tyler from her photography workshop from a few Sundays ago. Lovely, lovely--she kinda rocks, huh? Check out that dress from Mignonette. A lot of talented people were lucky enough to be included in this shoot. Thanks to Christy for including me, too!