Living for Chicago and Hamilton in a Vintage Dress

Warning: “Hamilton” song title jokes and major obsessive musical theater behavior, plus hot spots in Chicago ahead.

I bought tickets for Hamilton in Chicago a year and a half ago and there was no way I was going give away my shot just because I moved to SF. So I packed a bag and flew back east to catch the Saturday matinee with my right hand man, Kate. I literally thought about my outfit for 3 weeks as if the actual Alexander Hamilton was going to be there, evaluating entry based on personal style.  I settled with this vintage housedress from 1950s. I love the mauve color and the cream piping, plus it’s so comfortable for sitting in the dark for three hours. We geeked outside the room where it happens for about 10 minutes before the show, taking photos with every sign we could find like crazed tourists.

IMG_8343If you are thinking about spending the paycheck to go. YOU SHOULD. I was amazing. I’m more than satisfied. Can’t wait for it again! We laughed, we cried, we held each other. I shall now refer to my life and “before Hamilton” and “after Hamilton”.IMG_8331IMG_8322Before the show, we grabbed brunch at Kanela Breakfast Club: I went there at least once a week when I lived in Chicago. The service is wonderful and the cinnamon bun appetizer, to die for. Plus the rotating specials are always innovative. I’m helpless to resist. Then on to drinks on the patio of Maple and Ash.img_8306.jpgIMG_8347R1

A that, is the story of tonight. Also a fan? Tell me how many songs you found! That would be enough.

xo

7 Swimsuits You Need Before Summer Ends

There may only be one month of summer left, but that isn’t going to stop us from squeezing every last drop out of it. By now you are one of two people: 1) You have worn your current suits so much they are faded or stretched, 2) You never even bought a suit and/or haven’t hit the pool yet this year (say it ain’t so!!!). For both of you, I found a great range of must-have suits to keep the summer love going. The good news: a lot of them are, or will be, on “end of season” sale! Just remember 30+SPF facial sunscreen or a straw hat to keep that gorgeous face young and healthy (no wrinkles ’round here!)

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L Space Farrah Bikini, $96: I love this suit! I have done everything from lounging to snorkeling to paddle boarding in this style. Good to have in the vacation rotation. But note the bottoms are cut slightly high in the back and the top is not adjustable, so keep that in mind for sizing. Continue reading

Quick and Lovely Hair

Need to get from bedroom to boardroom (or, let’s be honest: the bar) in 20 minutes? (Maybe because you got wrapped up in a rerun of How to Lose a Guy In 10 Days and lost track of time? Been there.) Anyway, no need to look like you rushed out the door. Get your hair right, with a side twist finished with a chic ribbon.

Do a tighter twist for a more polished look. For a more casual weekend look, I like to style this with wavy hair, and pull out some pieces in the front and loosen the twist. Once you get good it takes about 2 minutes to do!

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Easy Lunch: Italian Kale Salad

Back to work after the long weekend, ugh. I get so bored buying my lunch out during the work week. How much Chipotle can a girl eat? Plus it gets expensive here in San Francisco – $16 for a Caesar Salad?! NOPE. But then there’s the other me that whispers: “But you are so lazy and you hate chopping the vegetables necessary to make your own salads at home.” Truth, other me. Truth.

The antidote to a delicious salad on the cheap with minimal chopping? The Italian Kale Salad. I timed myself and it took me 15 minutes (+5 for cooking the tofu) to prep three salads for the week.That’s about 6 minutes a salad, seems worth my time. Dressing: Lemon, salt and pepper (ZERO CALS). Bonus: Because it’s kale, the salad doesn’t get soggy, so you can leave in the fridge for a few days.

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Pretty July 4th Makeup

If you’re like me, you love a “theme” for your makeup when it’s the holiday. You know, a green eye on St. Patty’s or a glitter lip for Christmas. The fourth of July is no exception to this bad habit of mine. BBQs, beers, and blue eyeliner! That’s America! (Or Britain even!) But, when using red, white, and blue: tread lightly, lest others think a box of Crayola exploded in the vicinity of your face. Here’s some July 4th makeup that’s pretty, not cheesy.

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And the best part, you’re done in three steps, each more American than the last. So you can ramp up or down your red, white and blue vibes as you please. Isn’t that what freedom is all about? Continue reading

Makeup Must: Gold Eyeliner

Nothing says glamour like metallic gold. Lucky for us, it also says “summer!” and “beach!” and “where’s the rosé?”. The latter of which, I am always asking. And the easiest way to bring your metallic game face (literally) to the party is with gold eyeliner. Sound like a lot of work? It’s not. You just swap gold for the brown or black you’d normally use. And even a thin line (if you want to play it safe) at the base of your lashes goes a long way. (I like a thicker line, so you can see it better!) No additional skill, time or effort required, but more compliments. YAS PLEASE! Here’s how to get the look :

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Easy “50’s Glam” Hair

It’s wedding season! That means having great hair to go with your great cocktail dress. One of my favorite looks is 50’s style waves. You see this a lot on celebrities and it looks gorgeous, but you might think: “That’s impossible to do at home”.  WRONG! I can show you show to do this IRL but in about 30-45 minutes (20-30 minutes prep, 15 minutes styling). We have two approaches: dry hair and wet hair. Both work, but I prefer wet hair since it’s a “set it and forget it”. Like a crockpot for your hair. I did this tutorial with dry hair, achieved a Grace Kelly style, then I walked my dog in sweatpants. Just a regular Sunday.

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IF YOUR HAIR IS WET: Take a blowdryer to your head, girl. Use a primer to help set the style first, Living Proof Prime Style Extender. You want your hair to be about 70% dry. Now go to Step 1.

IF YOUR HAIR IS DRY: Use a primer to help set the style, like Living Proof Prime Style Extender. On dry hair, less is more with a primer, so start with a small amount to avoid it looking wet or sticky. Now go to Step 1.

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