Friday, November 21, 2014

Simple Skincare #NoMakeupWakeup Campaign

Sleeping in makeup can irritate one's skin and eyes. The experts at Simple Skincare are encouraging women to remove makeup every night with products that are kind to our skin. Products from Simple Skincare are made without dyes, artificial perfumes or harsh chemicals that can cause irritation. 

Simple Skincare launched a new campaign called #NoMakeupWakeup with giveaways through the month of November where women can share makeup-free selfies and photos of their beauty routine. A total of 500 (that's a lot!) winners will be randomly selected to receive a product from Simple Skincare! For more information about entering visit Simple Skincare by clicking here

The Vogue Influencer Network recently shared a handful of products from Simple Skincare with its members to try out. Before bed I always clean my face and remove makeup using facial wipes or wash. I've used facial wipes from Simple Skincare and loved them and now it's my first time using their wash. It's an odorless wash that works pretty well to remove makeup and leave my skin clean. 

These Cleansing Facial Wipes are perfect for removing makeup at home or on the go 

I've also used this Replenishing Rich Moisturizer and like how hydrating it is

These Eye Makeup Remover Pads are new to me! They work just like the facial wipes and the only real difference is that these come in a tiny size. I prefer the larger sized facial wipes to remove all my makeup. 

Also new to me is the Moisturizing Facial Wash, which I'm liking so far. I typically use The Body Shop's tea tree face wash or Clean and Clear morning burst, but this one is just as good. 

Thanks Vogue and Simple Skincare! 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Chicago Event: Fashion Forward with Garance Dore at the Museum of Science and Industry

Garance Dore is a well known photographer, illustrator, blogger and author. On November 13, the Museum of Science and Industry will be welcoming in Garance Dore for their inaugural Fashion Forward event. There, Garance Dore will be honored for her inventive approach to the world of style and design. Grace Dore has worked with an endless number of designers and brands including ChloĆ©, Christian Dior, Chopard, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co. 

I've been following Garance Dore's work for many years and it's exciting that she'll be receiving this great honor. 

Fashion Forward will feature an installation of cutting-edge wearable technology curated from around the world including the "Galaxy Dress" as well as other designs from the innovators at CuteCircuit, Switch Embassy, DisMod and more. The "Galaxy Dress" is the world's largest wearable LED display. 

Tickets to the event start at $250 and are currently on sale starting at $149 on Gilt

Friday, November 7, 2014

Scene: Target Style, CUSP, & Think Pink

Target Style

At Target in Bucktown on October 9th, fashion enthusiasts came out and met up for a fun style event and  competition with fashion notables from across the nation. Three stylists took part in the competition including Yanira Garza, Dana Weiss, and Emma Arnold. Zanna Roberts Rassi, fashion editor at Marie Claire and E! News correspondent, hosted the event while Courtney Kornegay emcee'd. Judges for the style competition included Ikram Goldman, owner of Ikram boutique,  Mickey of PAPER Magazine, and Mary Alice Stephenson  of GLAM4GOOD.

Before the event began, guests mingled with appetizers and beverages, complimentary makeup and photobooth videos. I attended the event with my friend Ayesha of AnUBlog and enjoyed the fun stylish atmosphere. When the event began, the judges and participants were introduced. There were two rounds in the style competition where the competitors had to create two head-to-head inspired looks for any situation.

{Event poster on the way into Target. The large crowd}

Round 1. A day to night look for brunch in Bucktown to tailgating at the stadium

Round 2. Looks inspired by different products or materials. Left to right: a lock, a light bulb, and gasoline. 

A shot of all the judges, models and stylists at the conclusion of the event. 

{Some of the appetizers and desserts we munched on}

{Left: Myself, Ikram and Ayesha. Right: Deanna of Abaya Addict, myself and Ayesha} 

Think Pink Fundraiser

On October 2nd, a number of Chicago fashion bloggers came together with the Lynn Sage Foundation for a breast cancer fundraiser, Think Pink. The event was held at the Allium and before hand guests could take pictures at the photobooth, enjoy conplimentary makeup and manicures, and munch on appetizers. My friend Ayesha and I attended the event and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. 

Nicole Miller designs worn by bloggers

A wedding design worn by Jennifer of Red Shoes Red Wine

{Left: Myself and Ayesha. Right: Pink goodies and the event invite}

Cheeky's CUSP Closet fashion show at Neiman Marcus

On September 18, Cheeky Chicago hosted a fashion show of the latest collection from CUSP. Cheeky founders Jessica and Erica put together a number of chic looks and emcee'd the event. Before the show guests got to mingle with treats and sweets and make a quick 15 second photobooth flip book. 

{Left: CUSP fashions on display. Middle: My and Ayesha's matchy blue pointy toe shoes. Right: Show viewing popcorn}

Three stylish looks 

More looks at the CUSP show 

Kitchen: Cookie Bars

Happy Friday and Jumuah Mubarak! Whenever the week come to an end and it's Friday, I'm so thankful for the weekend and time free from class and clinic. Because it's such a lovely day, I often bake on Fridays. To satisfy my sweet tooth on my morning off, I whipped up a quick batch of chocolate chip cookie bars. These bars take about 10 minutes to prep and bake fairly quickly. I followed this recipe and minutes later, while typing up notes for class, they started to disappear. Instead of just putting the chocolate chips on top of the batter, I added some inside as well. Hope you're having a lovely Friday, or better yet, FRI-YAY. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Spring 2015 from London, Milan, & Paris

Alas the fashion weeks in Milan, Paris and London have come to a glamorous end. I loved following along and checking out all ththe beautiful designs from some of my favorite artists. I fell in love with the same designers all over again and found some new collections that I adored. Here are my favorites.

Rich vibrant colors 

Beautiful feminine gowns with florals

Ethnic prints mixed with western pieces

Pastel patterns and solids

Majestic gold and royal red

Luxe layers

Beautiful detailing and elegant whites