Affordable, Effective Skincare: A Review of The Ordinary

Finding skincare products that truly benefit your skin can be such a confusing and expensive journey, especially if, like me, you suffer from persistent acne. It can be hard to know which treatments will work and, unfortunately, costly to find out. For this reason, I often find myself waffling back and forth on purchasing something…

Morphe 18-Piece Vegan Brush Set 686

Several weeks ago I left my beautiful collection of IT Cosmetics Velvet Luxe makeup brushes at a hotel in Chicago. These particular brushes, luxurious and smooth, were not exactly cheap, and I had invested in them over the past few years. If you’ve used these, you know how sad I am to have lost them…

Two-Toned Denim: The Patchwork Skinny by Free People

One of the major trends this season is denim, which I find slightly odd–isn’t denim always in?  Perhaps not so in the high fashion world, but certainly here in the Midwest. However, taking a closer look at this trend, denim has been getting a major makeover lately. From jeans embellished with pearls to intricate, embroidered…

Classic Lemon Bars

Whenever spring comes around, I begin to crave bright, lemony desserts. So, I wasn’t surprised when I found myself daydreaming about lemon bars all last week. Luckily, I happened to have all the ingredients in my cupboard and just enough lemons to whip up a batch Saturday night. I had forgotten how easy these are…

Shop Stevie Pop-Up Boutique

Boutiques. I love them. I mean, who can resist the cozy-chic feel of that cute little store on Main Street, filled with the newest and trendiest fashion? I seem to stroll into a boutique no matter where I visit, and my browsing history exposes the many hours I spend drooling over sites like ModCloth and…

Lo & Sons O.G. Overnight Bag

Last year I started traveling for business and needed a carry-on bag that was functional, professional, and that would last me a long time. I was willing to splurge if I found one that fit the bill, and when I discovered the O.G. Overnight Bag by Lo & Sons, I decided it was worth the…

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Creme

On a bad day, there’s always lipstick. -Audrey Hepburn Last weekend, I had planned to write an elaborate post about making kiwi gelato from scratch. I couldn’t wait to dust off the old ice cream maker for the first time in a year! On Saturday morning, I picked up a bunch of ripe kiwis from…

Classic 1-2-3-4 Cake

1 cup of butter, 2 cups of sugar, 3 cups of flour, and 4 eggs. Incredibly easy to make and oh, so versatile is the infamous 1-2-3-4 Cake. Named for the measurements of its main ingredients and served by every grandmother ever, this is just the recipe for anyone who wants a plain-old-fashioned piece of…

ColourPop Pressed Pigments

Today I’m sharing my thoughts on ColourPop’s recently released pressed powder pigments! I had been in the market to start creating a build-your-own palette for quite some time now, and I finally decided to take the plunge after seeing these shadows. I absolutely love the range of colors that ColourPop has created, which includes plenty…

REI La Selva Rain Jacket

The weather here has been pretty desolate the past few weeks. Unlike the photo above, the sun has been reluctant to show its face. In place of the usual blanket of snow we have at this time, we’ve had cold rain and damp air. While it sounds horrible (and in a way, kind of is), I have a confession to make: I actually like this weather.

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser and Priming Moisturizer

Last Spring, I began to rethink my approach to skincare after experiencing a breakout even worse than when I was a teenager. Frustrated, I started to research the ins and outs of adult acne and decided it was high-time to give my skincare routine a makeover. I came to the conclusion that my sensitive skin…

Gooey Brownie Pots with Vanilla Bourbon Ice Cream

Made with a combination of unsweetened baking chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate chips, these brownies are served hot out of the oven and have crusty-soft edges and a warm, gooey center. As they cool slightly, a beautiful sinkhole begins to form in each ramekin, just the right size to cradle a generous scoop of ice cream.