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5 Summer Makeup Tips

5 summer makeup, beauty and skincare tips

 

5 summer makeup, beauty and skincare tips

 

5 summer makeup, beauty and skincare tips

 

5 summer makeup, beauty and skincare tips

 

5 summer makeup, beauty and skincare tips

 

5 summer makeup, beauty and skincare tips

 

5 summer makeup, beauty and skincare tips

 

5 summer makeup, beauty and skincare tips

 

5 summer makeup, beauty and skincare tips

 

5 summer makeup, beauty and skincare tips

Things are heating up here in Chicago, finally. Warmer weather (regardless of when it actually starts here in the Windy City) is always long overdue because of the brutal winters. Living here wreaks havoc on skin because you go from negative winter temperatures to smoldering heat…and don’t even get me started on all the air pollution that clogs pores.

Anyway, there are a few additional tips and tricks I add into my skincare/makeup routine each year when summer rolls around and since I get lots of questions about my makeup and skincare products, I figured I would share these little tidbits with you all 🙂

Primer

I love makeup primer because frankly it makes all the other products I am using, ‘wear’ so much better. But what works for winter weather doesn’t always work for summer, so I switch this essential beauty product when mother nature switches seasons. For Winter, I opt for a lightweight, noncomedogenic primer (like Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer), but that doesn’t always cut it for my makeup during the summer because of the hear, humidity and sweat. So for summer, I tend to gravitate toward something a little heavier. This does tend to cause a few more breakouts due to clogged pores so it’s important for me to be diligent about washing my face (something we should all be diligent about everyday, right?!). This year, I am loving Chanel’s Lumiere Illuminating Makeup Base. It isn’t heavy at all and actually feels more like a tinted moisturizer, which is a huge bonus. I recently switched a few of my skincare products to Chanel as well, and frankly my skin has never looked better (minus a few wrinkles I’m noticing from aging – yikes!).

Waterproof

Maybe it’s just me, but I do NOT sweat like a delicate little lady in the summer. You’d think I’d be accustomed to heat and hot temperatures having been born and raised in the south, but nope – once it feels like an oven outside, the sweat starts and before you know it, my mascara and eyeliner has run and I look like a raccoon. So each Summer, I invest in the waterproof version of my favorite mascara, and eyeliner brands…and of course I can’t just have ONE favorite brand of mascara…I like to layer two different brands 🙂

Sunscreen

This one may seem relatively obvious, but humor me for a second. We should be applying sunscreen as part of our daily routines…and I do such on a daily basis. BUT Summer temperatures mean less clothing and more time spent outdoors, so maintaining the same sunscreen regimen simply won’t cut it. For warmer months, I opt for stronger sunscreen and I reapply frequently. I also opt for foundations that contain sunscreens as well. A double dose keeps the doctors away…that’s the hope anyway!

Bronzer

If wearing bronzer all year long is wrong, then I’m guilty as charged 🙂 I prefer to have a little extra glow and faux sun on my face 365 days out of the year, especially since I don’t get out too frequently to catch a few real rays on my face (evident in the photos above lol). So as a result, I fake it till I make it, and I use a tried and true method to give me and my melon a little warmth. Ever heard of the ‘3’ method? It’s pretty simple…just draw a 3 on each side of your face (the left side will be backwards) with your bronzer, making sure to hit the top of your forehead, down the side of your face, under your cheekbone and along the jawline.

Chapstick

Sure, I still wear my favorite lipsticks from time to time during the summer, but with all the sunshine, the humidity and the heat, my lips get so dry and chapped – even worse than during the winter. I have naturally dry lips to begin with (I swear it doesn’t matter how much water I drink in a day!!) so the heat can make them SO dry they bleed during the summer (sounds pretty right?!). For those days that my lips just can’t handle anymore Ruby Woo, I lather on loads of my favorite chapsticks so I can save the sultry smooches for date nights with Joe 🙂

Be sure to share your own summer makeup survival tips below!!

Happy Monday 🙂

Outfit Details
Dress; c/o SheIn
Shoes; Halogen
Handbag; Tory Burch
Bracelet; Mantraband

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Saturday Stripes

chicago blogger shein embroidered rose stripes

 

chicago blogger shein embroidered rose stripes

 

chicago blogger shein embroidered rose stripes

 

chicago blogger shein embroidered rose stripes

 

chicago blogger shein embroidered rose stripes

 

chicago blogger shein embroidered rose stripes

 

chicago blogger shein embroidered rose stripes

 

chicago blogger shein embroidered rose stripes

 

chicago blogger shein embroidered rose stripes

 

chicago blogger shein embroidered rose stripes

It took almost a month for me to get comfortable taking Beckett outside…maybe it was because she was a preemie and was so tiny she didn’t really fit in her stroller, car seat or baby carrier, but it’s more likely that I am a crazed and overprotective parent and taking her outside meant germs, bugs, people who want to look at her or even worse…touch her!

Yea, I’ll admit it – becoming a parent has made me so much more aware of EVERYTHING, has brought out my OCD tendencies even more, and dare I even say – it’s changed my style and fashion?!

For now, I’m in flats more often than heels (but don’t get me wrong, I still love my heels), and I haven’t exactly lost all my pregnancy weight yet, so I’m stuck in between not fitting in the clothes I bought for pregnancy, and not fitting in the clothes from before I was pregnant. I’ve been getting a few items here and there that fit my current size, but I’m also not breaking the bank because inevitably my body shape is going to continue to change over the next few months so things I buy now might now fit next month.

One thing I couldn’t pass up on are these shorts – and y’all know, I’m not one to wear a lot of shorts. There are a few prints that are everywhere this summer – palm leaf print and floral print (or in this case, embroidered). And I’m particularly obsessed with both! Plus it’s not hard to be obsessed with something that’s only $14, right?!

Now, while I wait for my body to sort itself out after the trauma of birth, I’ll just continue to buy things I know will fit regardless…shoes 🙂

xoxo, Jessica
Outfit Details
Shorts; c/o SheIn
Top; H&M
Shoes; Asos
Diaper Bag; Tory Burch
Stroller; Bugaboo Bee5
Car Seat; Britax

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Beckett Sara Ventimiglia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well hello again…remember me?! My last post was anxiously awaiting the arrival of my baby girl, and now she’s here!! And she’s been here for 3 weeks (well a little over 3 weeks). And technically, she wasn’t even supposed to be here yet – so as promised, here is little Miss B’s birth story 🙂

I had a pretty uneventful pregnancy, thankfully. I didn’t have any morning sickness, gained an average amount of weight (although it felt like I gained a thousand pounds) and went about my pregnancy completely normal. Until I made it to 34 weeks…and this intense itching hit on the bottom of my feet.  After two days of itching myself crazy and Joe telling me he thought I had athlete’s foot – I called my doctor. And if I’m being honest, I only called because all the meds for athlete’s foot were off limits during pregnancy. Little did I know, I did not have athlete’s foot. Fast forward two more weeks, lots of blood tests, a ton of additional appointments for myself and the baby, and my doctor diagnosed me with cholestasis of pregnancy.

What is cholestasis of pregnancy? Yea, that’s what I asked too. I can’t honestly tell you that much about it, despite having read enough on google that I should be an expert, but I do know it has something to do with the pregnancy hormones and my liver, and too much bile backing up into my bloodstream. This causes an intense itch to me. To the baby however; it can be extremely dangerous. And there’s no cure other than birth. So at exactly 36 weeks, I walked into the hospital to be induced, having only found out I was being induced 2 days prior.

After over 48 hours, and trying every trick in the book to get my labor going (literally – they tried everything and I was at risk of a c-section), I finally hit 10 centimeters and was ready to push – yay! After about an hour of pushing (giving birth is nothing like what I thought it would be, nor was it as quick), Miss Beckett Sara Ventimiglia entered the world. She’s a tiny little peanut, weighing only 5 pounds and 9 ounces and perfectly healthy…mom however (that’s me) was not. I started hemorrhaging after I had her and the rest was kinda a blur. They took the baby to the NICU because I couldn’t take care of her, but I do remember a lot of blood (TMI), a lot of doctors, a lot of meds and several hours before they could get the bleeding under control. I stayed in the delivery room for about 6 more hours before they moved me to the mother and baby unit and allowed me to have Beckett in the room with me.

The next two days were completely normal and right before we were supposed to be discharged they confirmed that Beckett had high bilirubin levels (meaning she had jaundice) and they would be taking her to the NICU for phototherapy. She stayed in the NICU for 3 days before we could bring her home, so our vision of her birth and us taking her home was completely different than how we pictured it during the pregnancy. Nevertheless, she and I were happy and healthy and that’s all that matters.

And now she’s home and Joe and I could not be any happier if we tried. Sleep deprived? Yes. Completely in love with everything about her? Yes! She’s the epitome of perfect, even when she cries or keeps us up at night. And as we’ve gotten used to her and are finally getting into a rhythm, I’m looking forward to getting back into blogging! So be on the lookout for some new posts soon…not only for my fashion, but for a whole new avenue for the blog – baby stuff!! I’m talking adorable baby girl clothes, baby products, baby gear – the whole works!

Now, to get in a little nap before she wakes up! #priorities

 

xoxo, Jessica

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And then there were 5…

chicago blogger maternity pregnancy tobi

 

chicago blogger maternity pregnancy tobi

 

chicago blogger maternity pregnancy tobi

 

chicago blogger maternity pregnancy tobi

 

chicago blogger maternity pregnancy tobi

 

chicago blogger maternity pregnancy tobi

 

chicago blogger maternity pregnancy tobi

 

chicago blogger maternity pregnancy tobi

 

chicago blogger maternity pregnancy tobi

 

chicago blogger maternity pregnancy tobi

Well aside from being 5 weeks away from meeting our little baby, we are 5 weeks away from being a family of 5! I’ve recently been getting really emotional at the thought that my dogs might not get as much attention as they normally do, or might not feel as loved once the new baby arrives, so I’ve been spending as much quality time with them as I can.

So rather than type some long blog post, I’ll make this one short so I can go spend more time with my fur babies!

But before I go, I’ll give you one guess where this adorable dress is from..if you’ve been reading my past few blog posts, you know how infatuated I am with Tobi and their dresses, so it should come as no surprise that this dress is from there too 🙂 And it’s only $20!! That should brighten up this gloomy Sunday!

Outfit Details
Dress; c/o Tobi
Shoes; Chinese Laundry (old) – similar here
Watch; Michele
Wallet; Kate Spade

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Derby Day

kentucky derby style vineyard vines blogger chicago

 

kentucky derby style vineyard vines blogger chicago

 

kentucky derby style vineyard vines blogger chicago

 

kentucky derby style vineyard vines blogger chicago

 

kentucky derby style vineyard vines blogger chicago

For those of you who haven’t been following along since the beginning of this blog (not that I could blame you!), you might not know that I was born and raised in the great state of Kentucky. I spent the first 22 years of my life there, and as such will always have a very special place in my heart for all things Kentucky, except maybe Kentucky Football lol.

Anyway, it’s that time of year…time for horse racing!! April and October is Keeneland (if you haven’t been to Keeneland – I highly recommend it!) and May is the good ole’ Kentucky Derby! Joe and I are big fans of horse racing in general, and we try to make it out to Arlington Race Track right outside of Chicago as often as we can. It’s kind of like my little piece of Kentucky here in the city (and frankly – there isn’t a lot of that around here lol).

So with the Derby in just a couple of weeks, how could I pass up on this cute little hat?! I love wearing hats…baseball caps, sun hats, fedoras, beanies – you name it and I’ll wear it. Not only do they make bad hair days a thing of the past, but you can wear less makeup (because I can’t put on a full face of makeup every single day ladies – and you shouldn’t either!! Give that skin a break!), plus sometimes hats can really pull an outfit together, you know what I mean?!

Aside from wearing this derby sporting hat, something about this dress reminds me of the derby as well. Maybe it’s the lovely shade of pink (perfectly bright and fun – it doesn’t get more derby than that!), but it kind of reminds me of a sports jersey or a jockey silk so for me it was a no brainer to pair these two together. Add in my little suede heels (I’m really running low on shoes that still fit these little porker feet) and I’m ready to place my bets on the horse with the best name…just kidding!

Outfit Details

Dress; c/o Tobi

Hat; Vineyard Vines

Heels; Steve Madden

Handbag; Tory Burch

Sunnies; Gucci

Watch; Apple

Watch Band; Amazon

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