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FASHION FRIDAY // FIELD TRIP

Last week I had the chance to take a field trip to the MCA with my friend Kara. I am a huge fan of art {especially contemporary} and find visiting a museum to be the perfect activity for a cold winter day. I dressed in layers and switched out my everyday snow boots for some trendier Tory Burch ones {similar style here}. I also brought along a new favorite Rebecca Minkoff bag of mine that I picked up at Bloomingdales {sold out, but on SALE here + the bigger version here}. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for spring and warmer weather.  Happy weekend everyone!

PS: Don’t forget to check out Shopbop’s Big Spring Sale going on and If you live in the Chicago area, make sure to enter my giveaway for a FREE eyebrow shape from the Beauty Babe.
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Rebecca Minkoff Bag {on SALE} // Aqua Sweater Coat {similar, similar}
Tory Burch Boots {old, similar} // DKNY Leggings {similar, similar} // Gap Sweater
PHOTOS BY KARA SMITH

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THE VIRGIN HOTEL // COFFEE DATE

A few weekends ago I met my friend Peggy at the new Virgin Hotel downtown. They have a chic bar area {called the Commons Club} and even an Austin Power’s inspired Funny Library. It’s a great place to meet friends for coffee, drinks or even dinner. The decor is super swanky and the entire hotel gives off an artsy creative vibe. Take a look at some of the pictures we shot and if your in the neighborhood you should stop on in and say helloooo.
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LEOPARD BAGS // DISTRESSED DENIM // FAUX FUR VESTS // STRIPED DRESSES

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SHOPBOP // BIG SPRING SALE

I would have to say that one of my favorite places for online shopping has got to be Shopbop. No tax, free shipping, what more can you ask for? Their BIG SPRING SALE officially starts today and I am super excited to share some of my favorite spring picks with all of you. They have so many cute shoes, dresses, and bags, and can we talk about their denim selection? I’m personally a huge fan of the brand Blank Denim and have my eye on these dark wash flares. The more you spend, the more you save and it breaks down like this: save 15% off with a purchase over $250, save 20% off with a purchase over $500, and save 25% off with a purchase over $1000 {all with the code BIGEVENT15 at checkout}. It’s a great time to stock up on some spring inspired pieces especially from some of my favorite brands like Marc By Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade, BB Dakota, Rebecca Minkoff, Alice + Olivia, Rag & Bone, DVF, and 3.1 Phillip Lim. The sale goes until Sunday, March 8th so go ahead and get your shop on ladies!
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1. Earrings // 2. Laptop Case // 3. Dress // 4. Watch // 5. Sunnies
6. Satchel // 7.  Jacket // 8. Booties // 9. Jumpsuit // 10. Crossbody Bag
11. Bucket Bag // 12. Dress // 13. Jeans // 14. Necklace // 15. Clutch // 16. Sandal

OTHER SHOPBOP FINDS

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THE BEAUTY BABE // MAKEUP Q&A

Today we are talking all things beauty and here to help is Sabrina aka The Beauty Babe. She not only is known for being an amazing makeup artist, but also offers lessons, has her own line of makeup, and is an eyebrow sculpting pro. Sabrina currently has a space at Agnes O {located at 21 West Elm Street in the Gold Coast} and is offering 25% OFF any of her many services to GCG readers as well as a free gift with a makeup lessons. She is also giving away a FREE EYEBROW SHAPE to one lucky reader so be sure to enter the contest below.

So let’s get back to beauty. To be honest, when it comes to this subject I feel a bit out of my element. As I told Sabrina, I have been using a lot of the same makeup colors + products since middle school and don’t branch out too often. Sabrina was able to teach me some easy techniques and answered a few beauty questions I had along the way. Check out what she had to say below:

1. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO KEEP YOUR SKIN HYDRATED DURING WINTER?
The best way to keep your skin hydrated is to drink plenty of water. If you need more than that, I recommend using a great serum such as Hydra Cellulaire Serum from Guinot. It leaves skin soft, radiant, and smooth.
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2. IS IT IMPORTANT TO CHANGE UP YOUR MOISTURIZER SEASONALLY? ARE THERE ANY SPECIFIC ONES YOU RECOMMEND?
Changing up your moisturizer is essential because your skin needs different treatments at different times of the year. During this winter season, our skin is dry so nourish it with a heavier moisturizer and don’t forget to apply SPF. Even though you might not see the sun, it’s best to cover and protect our skin from sun damage.

3. HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU EXFOLIATE YOUR FACE?
Exfoliation during winter months can be done 2 times a week. A simple scrub I like to create consists of 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of coconut oil {which has many healing properties}. This is a great softening exfoliation that can leave the skin radiant and smooth.
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4. WHAT’S A GOOD METHOD FOR MASKING TIRED, PUFFY EYES?
To get rid of puffy eyes, I like to use a used green tea bag. I keep them in the fridge so they are chilled. Green tea is filled with antioxidants and the chilled bags help soothe and firm tired eyes.

5. WHAT ARE 3 BEAUTY PRODUCTS YOU DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT?
I am addicted to my Beauty Babe lip glosses! They have collagen peptides which plump and soften lines on the lips naturally. I also love my Beauty Babe trio concealer, which conceals + covers so I feel like myself without feeling heavy. Lastly, my Beauty Babe dual finishing powder to minimize my pores and leave my skin selfie ready {just in case}.

6. WHAT ARE SOME BEAUTY TRENDS YOU ARE SEEING FOR SPRING?
Some trends for spring include fabulous dewy skin with a splash of color. Also bold lashes are a must. Some of my favorite Beauty Babe products that can help you get this look include: Beauty Babe cream blush {in flushed}, Beauty Babe curling mascara {in blackest black}, and Beauty Babe gloss {in pastel nude}.
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So what do you think of my makeup guys? I especially LOVE my eyes. Be sure to stop by Anges O to see Sabrina and enter the giveaway below for a free eyebrow shape. Happy Monday!

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