Thursday, May 27, 2010

Makeup Lessons from Chicago's Best Makeup Artist

Sonia Roselli, Chicago Magazine's 2009 Best Makeup Artist, presents Eye Makeup 101: a workshop for... well, anyone who was not named Chicago's best makeup artist.

Sign me up!

The workshop takes place at Sonia's gorgeous Rogers Park boutique and includes instruction in: Eye Shapes, Color Selection, Hollywood Brows, Eye Primer, Application Techniques, Cleaning up Mistakes, Mastering Eyeliner, Mascara 101, Eye Makeup Brushes AND includes 5 eye brushes and 20% any products purchased the day of the class.

Here are the dates you need to know. Each class is limited to 6 people:

Sunday, August 1st

Thursday, August 5th

Sunday, August 8th

Thursday, August 12th

Sunday, August 15th

Thursday, August 19th

Class is $95 + tax. Email: to reserve your space - sign up now because her next makeup class won't be until 2011!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Perfect Hair

Finding the perfect hair style can be difficult for many brides. I've always wanted to wear my hair down, but I've never known what truly looks best for my face shape. Using these steps from visual, you can measure your face, find out its shape and what hair style works best for that shape. After doing the measurements, I learned I have an oval shape because the length was one and half times the width. They suggest that people with oval faces look the best with their hair off the face...I may be changing the way I do my hair for my wedding. You should try it!

Also, In Style offers a tool where you can upload your picture and add celebrity hair style. I used a model they have set up with an oval face and found this great hair style which is still down but out of the face. I think it would be perfect for a wedding!

This is what the model looks like before choosing a hair style.

This is with the celebrity hair style.

What do you think? I think the tool is sort of fun!!

Monday, May 24, 2010

The Limited Does Weddings!

Debuting on June 3rd, 2010: A brand new collection of wedding and bridesmaid dresses from The Limited! Following in the footsteps of Banana Republic and Ann Taylor, The Limited is getting ready to unveil a gorgeous line of (affordable!) bridal wear. Gowns for less than $300? Bridesmaid dresses for $89.50? Sign me up!

See all the looks here and don't forget to sign up to win jewelry for your entire bridal party by becoming a fan on facebook.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Shady local bridal salon

House of Brides was just convicted of fraud. Would you still buy a dress from this chain of stores?

Friday, May 21, 2010

Nathan Turner Events at Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn is bringing style expert Nathan Turner to bridal events at Chicago Pottery Barn stores. Nathan's workshop, The Perfect Wedding D├ęcor, will offer style advice and unique ideas for centerpieces, favors, place cards, and much more!

Come see him on June 5th or June 6th at one of these locations.

Saturday, June 5th

10AM Lincoln Park store at 1000 West North Avenue
1PM store Oakbrook at
21 Oak Brook Center

Sunday, June 6th

10AM Deer Park store at 20530 N Rand Road
1PM Old Orchard store at
4999 Old Orchard Center

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Anne Sportun Trunk Show

Not many designers can say they have their hands (or their work) on a postage stamp - but Toronto-based jewelry designer Anne Sportun can! This is the 2003 Canadian postage stamp that featured Anne with some of her pieces:

On the weekend of May 21-23, Chicago gets the chance to see Anne's work in person at her exclusive Chicago trunk show at Virtu in Bucktown. She'll be showcasing her bridal collection - beautiful, unique pieces made to inspire beauty in every day. Gorgeous!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Shoes, jewels, champagne, and chocolate...

if you were going to bribe someone to look at pretty shoes, jewelry and bridal accessories, chocolate truffles and champagne would be the way to go. The $25 coupon on purchases of $100 or more doesn't hurt either...

Can you think of a good reason NOT to go to the James Ciccotti trunk show this weekend? Didn't think so.

May 22
11AM - 5PM
Bridal Shoes & Accessories
2545 North Clark Street

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Save someone's life... and free cookies

Berghoff is hosting a Bone Marrow Donor Drive today at the Berghoff Restaurant from 10:30am - 8:00pm. It takes 10 minutes and a simple cheek swab. They are trying to find a mtach for Dean, the engineer behind the 110-year-old engine, the Berghoff.

Complimentary cookies and root beer will be provided. There will also be a chance to enter a $5 raffle to win a bar party for 10 at the historic Berghoff Bar.

Oh, and if you are a big baby, no need to worry. Most donors don't require surgery. Here is some information about the myths and facts of donating.

Click here to make a financial donation.

Monday, May 10, 2010

27 Throw Pillows

Sometimes you just have to admit that you will never wear that bridesmaid dress again - why not actually get more use out of it by turning it into a cute ruffled pillow? It's quick, cheap, and easy thanks to these great instructions on

I am always surprised at how expensive accent pillows are: this little round one at the end of the bed is $220 from Neiman Marcus. Perfect! Buy your bridesmaid dress, wear it cheerfully once, covert it into a pillow, and you'll actually be MAKING money.

Not all accent pillows can say they were once worn out in public either. Take that, Neiman Marcus.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Stilettos are Fab but not for a 12 hour day.

I could do an entire week's worth of posts on the dressing disasters I see among wedding guests.

#1 - Shoes

I can tell you that if there is a noon ceremony and the reception isn't until 6PM, then your feet are going to be hurting before the cocktail hour ends. That is why I love these: fold-up ballet flats by Fit in the Clouds that can fit into your handbag. For only $22, I think they are a total bargain and much more chic than going barefoot.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Spoil Mom Without Breaking the Bank

Just in time for Mother's Day! WhiteCHICAGO is hosting a one-weekend only Mother of the Bride dress sale Friday May 7th (11am-6pm) & Saturday May 8th (10am-6pm). Tons of designer Mom dresses at way below retail price as well as 50-80% off shoes and accessories.

Check out a list of some of the dresses you can expect to see here. Check often as more are added daily!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Vera Wang Trunk Show

"Women look to Vera Wang when dressing for the most important and memorable occasions in their lives."

It's true! Look no further than the Chicago Social Brides Vera Wang Chicago Trunk Show for the latest in luxury bridal. On May 14th & 15th, visit Vera Wang Chicago at 34 East Oak Street for discount vouchers, custom changes and more. By appointment only, call 312.751.2222 to schedule yours.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Green Invitations for the Eco-Friendly Bride

Another way to help plan a successful green wedding is to have environmentally friendly paper. Ecoluxe Paper Goods has stationary made out of 100% tree free and recycled paper. They even have an option to double side print to avoid an extra card. Their designs are beautiful, too!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Vera Wang + David's Bridal = Nirvana for Budget Brides

Who doesn't want a Vera Wang gown for their wedding? I was thrilled to hear the news of the partnership between Vera Wang and David's Bridal. Brides on a budget that cannot afford to spend thousands on a dress will be have the option next spring for her new collection. She will be offering 20 dresses all under $1,500!!!
After the bridal gown launch, Vera Wang will also be able to purchase bridesmaids dress collection! For more information, please click here.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Building the Baby's Wardrobe

I was reading the latest issue of New York magazine last night and fell in love with this onesie from Brooklyn Junior. It's a little overpriced $22 but both Denton and I love it. Plus, D wears headphones like this in the winter in lieu of ear muffs.
Our baby now owns three items: a Burberry onesie, an A/C tee shirt, and an ear-muff onesie. It's the start to a fabulous wardrobe.
16 days until we find out if we are having a boy or a girl!
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