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Summer Beauty: The 5 Minute Face

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Okay guys, summer is in full swing in Chicago and that means that things are starting to get a bit uncomfortable. This past weekend we saw record breaking humidity and a strong heatwave in the city; lets just say that I walked around in a pool of my own sweat all weekend. I know, super sexy.

I’ve learned throughout my last few summers in Chicago, is that a full face of makeup is just a no go during the humid few weeks of the year. That’s why I developed a quick 5 minute summer beauty routine to get me out the door quickly, but won’t cause full face melt.

My 5 minute makeup routine starts and ends with a great eye look. In my opinion, nothing is sexier on the face than bold eyes. During a recent trip to Target, I picked up a new mascara that intrigued me.  The new Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara gradually tints your eyelashes over time (2 weeks is recommended) with daily use. Umm…. YES PLEASE! As someone who has naturally blonde eyelashes that look non-existant without a heavy coat of mascara, this sounded like a heaven sent. I also picked up a few other Rimmel beauty products like the Rimmel Brow This Way Sculpting Kit & the Rimmel Colour Precise Eyeliner Pen to complete my look. Also there was a 25% off coupon for all Rimmel products on Cartwheel…gotta love a deal!

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STEP 1: // SUNSCREEN, SUNSCREEN, SUNSCREEN!

If there is one thing that every single beauty guru will tell you, it’s to wear sunscreen all day everyday. Make sure that you find a brand that agrees with your skin and make it a daily habit to put it on under your makeup. Especially when the summer sun is extra strong.

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STEP 2 // BROW GAME STRONG

It’s important to keep your summer beauty routine simple but dramatic in all the right places. Ladies, this is where you step up your brow game with a strong brows. Rimmel’s Brow This Way Sculpting Kit includes a gel/powder duo in one that I’m currently loving.

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STEP 3 // COPY THE ADELE

I personally am a huge fan of Adele’s eye makeup; cat eye is a strong look. I tend to forgo the heavy eye shadow in the summer and simply go for a dramatic cat eye. I find it’s easier to do when you use a liquid eye pencil like Rimmel’s Colour Precise Eyeliner which creates a nice matte finish.Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara, Summer Beauty, 5 minute beauty routine, beauty routine

STEP 4 // LOAD UP THE VOLUME

Mascara is an amazing product. Not only does it make your lashes look long and thick, but it holds up to the summer heat really well. I pile on the Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara every morning for a subtle finish to my everyday summer makeup routine.

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And just like that you are done and headed out the door with a fresh face that won’t melt and a beauty product that’s working over time for you!

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Mini Ice Cream Cakes with Blue Bunny® Ice Cream

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When it comes to sweet treats during the summer, nothing beats a cone filled with a double scoop of your favorite ice cream. This summer, I’ve been a wee bit obsessed with having ice cream for dessert almost every. single. night. When the temperatures and humidity start to rise in the city, ice cream is a total must.

While I’ve always been a traditional strawberry ice cream kind of girl, this summer I’ve been experimenting with a variety of new flavors from my go to ice cream brand, Blue Bunny®, that I picked up from my local Walmart store. Their new clear packaging makes it so easy to see what’s actually  inside the ice cream, making it so much easier to pick out flavors to try out at home that you know you’ll love. If you are anything like me, you judge your ice cream based on its appearance. (it’s totally appropriate!)

My favorite flavors this summer rotate between the Mint Chocolate Chip, the Super Fudge Brownie®, and the Double Strawberry flavors. The Super Fudge Brownie® is seriously giving my go-to Double Strawberry a serious run for its money. I can’t stress enough just how delicious it is.

Last weekend we saw some higher than normal temperatures in the city of Chicago. (so humid you feel sticky…yuck!) That Saturday I had invited a few friends over for a rooftop appetizer party; with the weather being so muggy & hot, I was looking for a way to cool myself and my guests off. I was struck with the idea of keeping dessert classic – ice cream. Not to be considered boring, I whipped up these easy mini ice cream cakes so that every individual guest was able to have their own portion, and choose their favorite flavor. Using only two ingredients: Blue Bunny® Ice Cream and Smucker’s Magic Shell topping (my favorite is the chocolate fudge flavor), this dessert is literally a no brainer. The recipe is so easy a child could do it, but it does require some patience.

Check out the recipe below and one last tip for making these mini ice cream cakes turn out absolutely perfect – chilled plates! Looking for more fun ways to eat ice cream this summer? Check out these recipes for some inspiration on how to “Beat the Heat” with Blue Bunny® ice cream.

What’s your favorite way to eat ice cream in the summer? Do you guys have a favorite Blue Bunny® flavor?

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Blue Bunny Mini Ice Cream Cakes
Print Recipe
These easy two ingredient individual mini ice cream cakes are a great way to make an easy dessert looking extra elegant.
Servings
6 cakes
Passive Time
6 hours
Servings
6 cakes
Passive Time
6 hours
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Blue Bunny Mini Ice Cream Cakes
Print Recipe
These easy two ingredient individual mini ice cream cakes are a great way to make an easy dessert looking extra elegant.
Servings
6 cakes
Passive Time
6 hours
Servings
6 cakes
Passive Time
6 hours
Ingredients
Servings: cakes
Instructions
  1. Grab your favorite Blue Bunny® Ice Cream from the fridge and let it rest at room temperature for a few minutes; until soft but not melted. Once your ice cream is soft, start scooping your ice cream into your muffin tins, patting down until the entire muffin tin is full. Level off the ice cream to create a smooth base. Pop in the freezer for at least 3 hours; 24 hour is best
  2. Once your ice cream has hardened into shape, remove from the freezer and slowly pop out each mini cake onto a chilled plate. (This helps prevent melting) Pop these mini cakes back into the freezer for a quick 15-20 minutes to allow cakes to really freeze into shape.
  3. Remove each cake from the freezer, one by one. Using the Smuckers Magic Shell, starting at the center, slowly pour the magic shell topping in a circular motion to cover the entire ice cream cake. Once the magic shell has covered the entire mini ice cream cake, pop it back into the freezer for another 30 minutes to allow the magic shell to freeze. Continue to do this until all ice cream cakes have been "frosted" with the magic shell topping. Serve to your guests on a chilled plate and with a few berries!
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My First Fashion Investment Piece

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:: Joie Blouse | Warehouse Lace Skirt | Manolo Blank Pumps (discontinued, love these) | Kate Spade Sunglasses ::

Do you guys remember receiving your very first adult paycheck? That first post-grad paycheck felt like you were being handed the Holy Grail. After years of being poor, you actually had some spending money. Nothing makes you feel more “adult” than having actual spending money.

If you were anything like me, that first paycheck was spent on the number one item on your wishlist. What was on my wish list? A pair of designer heels. I know, I know – sooo basic

Throughout the years of my childhood, my mom really honed in the “quality over quantity” aspect of fashion. To be honest, for the longest time I thought she was just cheap and didn’t want to buy me the 100 items from Forever 21 that I neeeeded… Hindsight is always 20/20 and clearly my Mom knew what was best. 

I distinctly remember receiving that very first paycheck and heading directly to the mall that very same day to purchase my very first pair of Manolo Blahnik heels. It was my first fashion investment piece, one that I’ve come to cherish throughout the years. I still to this day feel extra special the minute I put my pink bow heels.

So last week after a rough few days at work, I decided to pull out my Manolo’s to add a bit of pep in my step. When you wear pumps that basically scream “look at me”, I like to keep the rest of my outfit relatively low key. A simple white midi skirt (last scene here) and navy blouse were the perfect compliment to these heels.

So what was your very first fashion investment? Did you guys save or spend your first adult paycheck?

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:: Photography by Cassie Guba ::

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On Trend: In the Shade

Summer is in full swing and it’s time to talk about a really important topic – sun protection 101! Everyone loves a good tan the in the summer, but we all know that sun damage is an all to real reality of all that fun in the sun. It only takes one to many sun burns to have some serious negative effects later in life.

Well I’m hear to tell you guys that you can have your cake and eat it too! (cliché, I know) Keeping your skin safe in the shade doesn’t mean you have to compromise on the fun part of your beach day. For your beach day essentials, make sure you grab a beach umbrella like this colorful one from Sunnylife.

You’ll always find me on the beach loading up on my favorite sunscreen, I’m raving about Supergoop!’s everyday sunscreen formula. Most sunscreen formula’s cause me to break out, but this formula hasn’t caused a pimple yet! (fingers crossed) Nothing will keep those wrinkles at bay better than a great sun hat. Does’t Eugenia Kim come up with the best summer time slogans!

So this summer, make sure you’re keeping things shady. Your future self will thank you!

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:: Sunnylife Beach Umbrella | Eugenia Kim Sunny Hat | Dsquared2 Palm Tree Print Kaftan | Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen | Marc Jacobs Cat Eye Sunglasses | ban.do Beach Towel ::

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Taylor-ed in Coral

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:: Ann Taylor Dress | BCBG Paris Pumps | ASOS Cuff (old, love this one) ::

Let’s start off this morning with a bright pop of color, shall we? With a hopefully wonderful and relaxing weekend behind us, it’s time to start the hustle all over again and start this week off right.

It’s a busy week for me as I’m headed to Tampa for a business trip and then coming straight back to Chicago for the Windy City Smokeout. (I’ll literally be getting off the plane and heading straight to the concert! Wish me luck!) With all the business travel I have coming up in the next few week, I’ve been really trying to upgrade my workwear wardrobe to include summer styles that are also travel friendly. I don’t know about you guys but I hate, hate, hate (no seriously) ironing my clothes with a  passion. I’m just not good at it and I end up calling my mom in tears more often than not! Finding clothes in wrinkle free fabrics are a must.

So when I found this Ann Taylor dress in a pop of coral, I was instantly in love. Not only does this dress look great for the summer but it’s totally appropriate for the workplace. The fabric is light but still holds some weight making it relatively wrinkle free. Basically a win/win in my book.

I’m also going to share a secret on how to avoid getting your clothes wrinkly during the day. Ready? A slip. Yes, that’s right ladies you heard me. I’m talking about the old fashioned slips & shape wear your grandma use to wear every single day. There was a reason why ladies in the 50’s & 60’s looked so polished all the time. Wearing a slip under your dress creates a bit of a barrier, ensuring less wrinkles throughout the day. I personally bought this slip last week and I’ve can’t recommend it enough. It’s an excellent option that’s under $50!

I’m always on the hunt for dresses & fabrics that don’t wrinkle – got any suggestions?! Let me know in the comments!

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:: Photography by Cassie Guba ::