Thursday, May 31, 2012


Earlier today, Jess met with the lovely Laurie of Product Girl (visit her on her Twitter) to talk about an amazing event her client is having and we're SO excited to share it with you guys! Santa Margherita is launching a Sparkling Rose, along with four nail polish shades matching their tasty wines. Teaming up with Beauty Bar, they are having "Primp & Pour" events throughout the month of June. So what shade matches your taste buds, ladies? Pick from a Rose, Prosecco, Pinot Grigio or Chianti!

Attend one of the "Primp & Pour" events, and receive a free matching shade of custom nail polish with your purchase of a glass of Santa Magherita. You can choose any date from June 1st, 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th for 5, 6, and 7 PM time slots at Beauty Bar in West Town (1444 W. Chicago). Stations are limited and slots are going fast. RSVP here for some wine and mani time for you and your friends! Beauty Bar will be giving away beauty prizes and InStyle will also be giving away free copies of their magazines. And make sure you enter to win one of 200 nail polish kits that includes all four polishes in an adorable makeup bag by going to their Facebook page!

RSVP here!

You can win all of this!

We will be attending June 21st at 6 PM, and we hope that you can join us! We cannot wait for our glass of wine and matching manicure!

XO Jess & Jill

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Jenny Yoo is coming to Chicago! 

Brides, you have the amazing opportunity to meet the designer of these feminine and evolving bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses. Meet Jenny at Jenny Yoo Collection (300 W. Superior St. #102) Saturday, June 9th, from 10 AM to 4 PM. You will be styled from the designer herself, get the chance to ask any bridal questions, and get those wedding creative juices flowing! Can we be engaged for this one day? (Oh, boys...) Jess is the Maid of Honor to her childhood best friend, Julie (another J-named friend, of course) and tried on a few bridesmaid dresses with the company of Jill. We absolutely loved the quality and fabrics of the dresses and the effortless designs that Jenny Yoo creates.

An RSVP is a must, so shoot an email over to as soon as you can! This cannot be missed!

Chicago welcomes Jenny Yoo!

And because we love everything weddings, here are a few of our favorites from Jenny Yoo Collection.

Blake | Margaux | Nikki 

What's your dream wedding dress? Or, spill the beans and tell us what you'll be wearing on your special day!

XO Jess & Jill

Monday, May 28, 2012


I was inspired by Lisa from Stilettos & Diaper Bags with all her maxi dresses that she's wearing so far this season, so I had to go out looking for one! I came across Gap's printed maxi dress (last day on promo!) and wore it out for a Saturday afternoon drive with my boyfriend. We went to the Glen Town Center and enjoyed the beautiful weather and had a delicious lunch together. I am obsessed with this dress, I love the fit on me and it actually just grazes the floor, which is almost impossible to find since I'm so short. Expect me to pick up another one in a different print or let this become my summer staple!

What's your favorite maxi this season?

XO Jess

Friday, May 25, 2012


Earlier today, we stopped by Millennium Park to check out the fashion show Express was having in front of the Bean. The gorgeous models from Ford complimented the fun attire and killed it on the runway. Also, we have to admit that we just might have developed a serious girl crush with the amazing hair on the red-headed model. Our boyfriends should be happy to know that we skipped falling in love with male models, and went straight for this color. Here's to hoping we come back in our next life being able to rock it like her. (Ford, who is she?!)

Check out some of the looks we got to capture!


Love love love!

And Lisa D'Amato (winner of ANTM All-Stars) was there too!

They also had this Instaprint machine that would print out your photos from the day. All you had to do was upload your photo to Instagram with the hashtag, #EXPRunway, and in a second you had a sticker of your picture! We were tempted do more than one.


What are some of your favorite looks from the runway? 

XX Jess & Jill

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


My boyfriend turned 25 this past weekend, so we decided to celebrate big by going to Las Vegas! And of course one of my first thoughts (sorry, babe) was yes, an epic style post. I tried to wear what was already in my closet since I wanted to have some extra cash in hand, incase I wanted to hit the slots as soon as I woke up (when in Vegas, right?). Although, I HAD to spoil myself with these new glasses from Warby Parker before my trip. To avoid overpacking and being committed to specific outfits, my main packing tip is to stick to one color story and one metal for accessories. This way you can mix and match from everything in your suitcase!

Laying out by the pool!
I'm wearing a pocket tee by GUESS by Marciano, bracelet by Sequin, and sunnies from Warby Parker.

Our first night, we had dinner at the buffet at Encore, our hotel. (You have to do a Vegas buffet at least once!) I wore a shift dress from Zara, bracelets from GUESS and Sequin, single wrist wrap from Kristin Hassan, and chronograph watch from GUESS.

The following day we did some sightseeing and explored many of the different hotels and casinos on the Strip. We stopped at the Venetian and did some shopping and people watching as they rode the gondolas through the shops. I wore a Jason Wu for Target dress, an H&M denim jacket, purse from China given to me as a gift, bracelets from GUESS and Nordstromsingle wrist wrap from Kristin Hassan, and chronograph watch and wedge sandals from GUESS.

For our show of the trip, we decided to see Cirque Du Soleil's KA. I am an avid fan of these acrobatic-filled shows, and couldn't pass the chance to see another. I've seen six now! For this evening, I wore a dress from H&M, my new favorite clutch from GUESS by Marciano, hammered earrings from Nordstrom, pyramid bracelet from J.Crewchronograph watch from GUESS, and wedges from Aldo.

Our last full day in Vegas was spent finishing where we left off from the day before. We were getting exhausted (the heat and non-stop moving gets to ya!), so I paired a casual shirt dress from Gap, red sandals from Steve Maddensingle wrist wraps from Kristin Hassan, bracelet from Nordstrom, red chain necklace from J.Crew and chronograph watch from GUESS.

My favorite night of the trip was my boyfriend's birthday dinner! We went to Tao and had one of the best meals of our lives. Seriously. For the big night I wore my ah-mazing Rory Beca Jones Gown from Rad + Refined, with a bracelet and chronograph watch from GUESS, GUESS by Marciano pendant necklace, wedges from Aldo, Kate Spade Sailor's Knot ring, and a Forever 21 clutch.

I also made a million appointments before this trip, so if any of you are in need of some specialists in Downtown Chicago, I've got those recommendations! My hairdresser is Luisa at Spa Di La Fronza (312.239.4456), who taught me how to properly curl my hair and I owe her my life for it, gel mani and pedi by Joanna at Spa Di La Fronza, and my eyebrows waxed by Carolyn at Spa Nordstrom (312.239.4456, 520 N. Michigan Ave.).

My boyfriend and I had an amazing time in Las Vegas and can't wait to go again! Who else has been to Vegas? What was your favorite thing to do, show to see, and most importantly, outfit you wore?!

XO Jess

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Did you hear the totally rad news?! Rad + Refined is coming to Chicago! Owner and stylist Jacqueline Rezak is bringing her showroom back to her hometown June 1st! We've both shopped the pop-up shops, so we're excited to be able to get our fix at any time! And to celebrate the move, there will be a launch party later next month! Find all the deets below and via the Facebook event. We will DEFINITELY be there and hope to see you shopping and partying once June arrives!

Summer Launch Party Invite

XO Jess & Jill

Monday, May 21, 2012


Thursday night, my boyfriend and I stopped by Macy's on State Street to check out the trunk show by the designers a part of the Chicago Fashion Incubator. Between admiring the displays of creativity and snapping pictures, I got to grasp a quick feel of each designer's individuality. Make sure to become familiar with each designer, as they all bring something different to the Chicago fashion world (But first, check out my recap below!)

Being familiar with the brand, I wasn't surprised by my instant admiration of the clothes Blank Nation had on display. Besides the unique prints and range of silhouettes, the clothes are made to work for any body type, which is a HUGE plus (and pretty rare) for any clothing line to have. Add to that a total sweetheart of an owner, Brooke, who dedicates a percentage of sales each month to a new charity, and you have some irresistible pieces you'll want to take a look at.

While were on the theme of uniqueness, have you ever seen creativity like this? Rachel Frank Design not only consists of these rad jewelry pieces, which originated from putting things together she found in her Grandfathers basement, but also killer designs you HAVE to check out on their website (I'd kill to wear one of her gowns). Rachel's clever vision can be also seen in makeup artistry, and I must mention she has the most badass tattoos I've ever seen. 

When I passed by the booth of Sarah Church, I was completely drawn in by the vintage vibe and the perfected balance of masculinity and femininity. Does it get any better than this green military inspired dress? You can connect with the designer through her websiteFacebook, and  Twitter

Last (although this fabric is certainly not least), I had to check out these flirty prints that designer Britney Devaris was working with. Her fun color scheme and high-quality clothing make the outfit transition from day to night a breeze. Learn more about her perfect summer skirts and the rest of her designs on her Facebook and Twitter

Unfortunately I didn't realize until after I rushed home (there's just so long you can keep a man occupied at Macy's) that I had not gotten the chance to become familiar with the designs of Elizabeth Smith Fashions. I was even more bummed when I clicked through the collection on their website and didn't get to see these pieces in person. Sometimes the simplest elements are the hardest to translate, and the designer behind the line, La Tonya Williams, effortlessly accomplishes this. She took a common, everyday piece (admit it, we all have too many boring white blouses) and turned it into a statement. My favorite is the Rosemary, since I'm a sucker for anything with simple, yet eye-catching back detail. You can also connect with Elizabeth Smith Fashions on Facebook and Twitter.

Who are some of your favorite Chicago designers? It's always important to support the local scene. This city is exploding with creativity in all art forms!

XX Jill
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