Monday, September 30, 2013


A few weeks ago my cousin got married on the East Coast, so I joined my family there for celebrations, good food, and an extended vacation. I flew in a few days earlier for NYFW and stayed with one of my best friends in Manhattan, then traveled to Long Beach Island for my cousins wedding, and ended things off in Brooklyn, where I'm from.

It was a busy 10 days - the kind of vacation you need a vacation after - but I had such an amazing time! So it shouldn't be a surprise that I want to relive it again. Check out some of my pictures via my Instagram and Jess and Jill's Instagram that I took along the way!

1) 5AM airport attire (Nordstrom shirt, 2020 Ave leggings, and Kate Spade flats). 2) A night out with friends in the city. 3) Some goodies from a shopping trip... see a theme there? 4) Skingraft finale at fashion week.

1) Spending a little time at the beach with the family in Long Beach Island. 2) Being a tourist! 3) Wedding earrings courtesy of Loft. 4) Wedding shoes in the sand by Michael by Michael Kors.

1) My favorite bridge. 2) No trip to Brooklyn is complete without Italian ice. 3) The best type of pizza is Brooklyn pizza, so a stop (or four) at my childhood place is a must. 4) Touring my old school.

Have you taken any vacations recently?

x Jill

Friday, September 27, 2013


Ever since I was a youngin' my family and friends have called me Jillybean, or Bean for short, and it's been a nickname that has lasted with me into adulthood. So how perfect is this Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Bean necklace? Not only is The Bean my favorite Chicago landmark but I also get to wear my nickname around my neck. Receiving this gift from my parents for my birthday made turning 26 so much more fabulous!

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While I'm a lover of silver, you can shop the necklace in gold, rose goldred jasper, and black lacquer and in various sizes.

What's your favorite Tiffany & Co item?

And thank you everyone for the birthday wishes!

x Jill

Thursday, September 26, 2013


Jess got the chance to ask celebrity makeup artist Gita Bass a few questions about how to deal with dry skin and foundation, eye makeup and glasses, bright lip colors in the Fall, and makeup on the runway and red carpet!

Check out the interview below!

What's some beauty and makeup advice you've received lately?

Jess & Jill

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Happy Birthday, Jill! She's my other half, best friend, charades partner, and whatever weird thing you can think of! Let's all wish her the best 26th! (Because she is seriously terrified of it!)

Sloth Birthday Card by CharlyClements



Glasses are my thing. Every day since the third grade, they've been my go-to accessory. So when I got the chance to meet with Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin, who has partnered with Lenscrafters's #aMustGoSee campaign, how could I say no to that?

With Natalie Coughlin!

Natalie and I chatted up about our favorite styles of glasses and just like would match your shoes or purse to your outfit, glasses are a big part of your look. Some of her favorites styles are Ray-Ban Square EyeglassesTiffany & Co. Semi-Rimless EyeglassesRay-Ban Square Sunglasses she made into optical, and Dolce & Gabbana Cat Eye Sunglasses.

Natalie totally got my serious concern about finding a pair that I'll want to wear to wear on my wedding day one day, it's going to be just as important as my dress! And just as girls do, we talked weddings - Natalie told me how she got married in Napa Valley and it sounded absolutely beautiful!

You don't have to sacrifice makeup with glasses!

With this awesome pair of Dolce & Gabbana Sunglasses!

Selfie time!
Photo via LensCrafters/Flint Chaney.

We also spoke more than just about specs. What does Natalie love most about Chicago? Our history and architecture! While there's always a great place to shop or eat at here, Chicago has something a little different than some cities in her native-state, California.

Besides our common interest in glasses, I also swam in high school which made me even more excited about meeting Natalie. She's won 12 medals in three Summer Olympics and just recently won gold at the 2013 World Aquatics Championships in the 50-meet freestyle sprint. Natalie is looking forward to getting for the 2016 Olympics trials, but the London games have been her favorite so far.

Thank you so much to LensCrafters for showing me some of the must-have glasses and Natalie Coughlin for chatting with me!

All the bloggers at #aMustGoSee!
Photo via Lenscrafters/Flint Chaney.

Do you wear glasses? What's your favorite style?


Tuesday, September 24, 2013


It's another round of Anastasia Chatzka's Autumn/Winter 2013

We loved accessorizing the Lolo Dress with Organza Overlay! The bright color quickly caught our eye (a change of pace for us) and the easy-to-wear silhouette is great for every body shape. Paired with a vintage pearl and chain necklace, we've created a classy look that can easily transition from day to night.

Jill is also wearing Badgley Mischka heels, a bright clutch, and makeup from butter LONDON Bespoke Colour Cosmetics in CHEEKY Cream Blush Abbey Rose and CHEEKY Cream Blush Pistol Pink for lips.

And since we're jumping into color, why not go all out with nails? Jill played around with Jaded Jack Nail Lacquer, Brown Sugar Nail Lacquer, and Pistol Pink Nail Lacquer.

How do you add pops of color to your looks?

Jess & Jill

Monday, September 23, 2013


Simon Doonan, Barneys New York Creative Ambassador, will be at Barneys New York (15 E. Oak St.) this Thursday, September 26th from 5 to 7 PM on the main floor, signing his brand new book The Asylum: A Collage of Couture Reminiscences... and Hysteria

This fashion memoir is hilarious collage of Simon’s memories and experiences within the explosive world of Fashion—a love story to the fashion industry. Simon delves into stories about Anna Wintour, Diana Vreeland, Karl Lagerfeld, Azzedine Alaïa, Tom Ford, and many more!

Time to start a Jess & Jill book club!

Jill will be there speaking to the man himself and (Jess will be crying in a corner that she'll be out of town that day), so make sure to find her and say hello!

Jess & Jill


Let the pre-gaming to the Oscars begin!

Last night was the 65th Annual Emmy Awards, AKA a night of tweeting, critiquing, and nitpicking at all the dresses that walk the red carpet. There were lots of nudes, a few blues, and some surprise dresses, and I've added my favorites, least favorites, and looks that I wish I could tweak below!


Kate Mara in J. Mendel - Favorite of the night! Kate did it right with long sleeves and a high slit, balancing out the dress perfectly. Her slick straight hair compliments the look and I love the tiny cut outs on the top. The Mara sisters are quickly becoming my favorite fashion duo (next to The Olsens, duh).

Photo via E! Online

Claire Danes in Armani Prive - Loved this feminine look and the delicate details. Paired with the perfect lip color and faux bob, I'm on board. 

Photo via E! Online

Laura Dern in Naeem Kahn - I'm not one for pink dresses, but this detailed frock caught my eye quickly. I love the beading and nude element of the dress, and Laura's messy hair keeps the look from being too girly. 

Photo via E! Online

Kiernan Shipka in Delpozo - Let's all collectively say it... "Awwwwww!" Kiernan always dresses age appropriate while still keeping it fresh and noticeable to us adults. Where can I fill out the adoption papers?

Photo via E! Online


Carrie Underwood in Ramona Keveza - Someone needs to let her know that life isn't one big prom.

Photo via E! Online

Lena Dunham in Prada - I know last season of Girls wasn't as good as the first, but don't torture yourself over it, Lena. That's gotta be the only excuse for picking a dress you drown in, paired with that heavy eyeshadow.

Photo via E! Online

Heidi Klum in Versace - I'm wishing this dress was around in 2001 when I sprained my neck because it's a (slight) step above that ugly neck brace I had to wear. 

Photo via E! Online

Ana Farris in Monique Lhuillier - I don't have a problem with the dress, I have a problem with her in the dress. I can't get past how wrong that color is for her skin tone to even look at the structure of the dress. With her blonde hair, bangs, and lack of a strong lip color, Ana is way too washed out. From one pale girl to another, stay away from this color.

Photo via E! Online

What Could Have Been

Julianne Hough in Jenny Packham - We shouldn't be able to tell if you've received a bikini wax when you walk down the red carpet, but I won't write this dress off just yet. Add a lining that runs longer than hot pants, and I could get behind this look. 

Julie Bowen in Zac Posen - Would have loved to see this strapless! There's just too much going on here. Put your hand over the shoulder details and voila, you have a stunning dress that your eyes won't question where to look.

Photo via E! Online

Allison Williams in Ralph Lauren - Studies show that staring at Allison's look for too long will cure insomnia. The dress is pretty but the simple hair and lack of jewels send me straight to bed. 

Photo via E! Online

Zosia Mamet in Honor - The only thing saving this dress is the gorgeous print. Outside of that, the bottom of the dress is too heavy and the black top looks more confusing than me trying to pronounce her name. Things would be 65% better if this was a pencil dress sans black chest detail. 

Photo via E! Online

Who were your favorites and least favorites of the night?

x Jill

Sunday, September 22, 2013


Today we're celebrating National Business Women's Day with Six Twenty, a women-owned company that offers carefully crafted selection of women's basics shipped directly to you.

In honor of today, they handpicked 30 successful female business owners and entrepreneurs and we're honored to be a part of this amazing campaign!

We received v-neck tees courtesy of Six Twenty to dress up in style! Whether you're pairing it with a classic blazer like Jess or a bright printed skirt like Jill, this tee is a necessity for every closet.

Along with our outfits, we were asked to let everyone know a piece of business advice.

"I truly believe in the notion of doing what you love -
success and fulfillment will follow." - Jess

Jess is also wearing a Zara blazer, GUESS necklace and watch, Love and Pieces and vintage 

"I live by the rule that "you can never be overdressed or overeducated."
Stay knowledgable in your craft and dress like you're the CEO." - Jill

Jill is also wearing a Capwell + Co necklace, Marc by Marc Jacobs skirt and Aldo heels.

Beyonce said it best... Who run the world? Girls!

Jess & Jill

Saturday, September 21, 2013


It's finally the weekend! What better way to celebrate but with a LOFT Style Event?

Enjoy 40% off everything, including their newest collections today, September 21st!

Jess & Jill

Friday, September 20, 2013


Last week I kicked off my first NYFW with Skingraft at Pier 59, and lived to tell about it!

Although I was just a little... okay, a lot flustered because I was 15 minutes late (side note: they really don't start on time), I absolutely loved the collection! But with all the black duds, are you surprised?

Take a look at some of my favorites below.

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Make sure to check out the LA born Skingraft brand online!

x Jill

Thursday, September 19, 2013


Starting today, Thursday, September 18th, until Monday, September 23rd, stop by Last Call by Neiman Marcus, and you will receive 30% off your entire purchase!

Last Call by Neiman Marcus is the perfect place to steal a deal and shop the latest trends of the season. With top name brands for discounted prices, there are a few (well, more than a few) pieces in our closet that were shopped from there.

Join us in previewing the Friends & Family event and keep an eye out for the latest trends directly from Last Call!

Jess took in the brand new store at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago and it did not disappoint! You're getting all the perks of an outlet, but without the feel of it. No need to scrounge for an item here, you'll want to take home almost every item.

Neiman Marcus Last Call at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago.

Sale starts today!

Women's department.

"Red Alert - The season’s hot and fiery favorite."

"Fur-ocious - Layer it on for instant glamour."

"Leather Looks - Put chic and supple leather on your radar."

"Animal Magnetism - Wild ideas from head to toe."

"Amazing Lace - Add romance with delicate, artistic lace."

"Rock Revival - Moto jackets, studs, and lots more tough-girl chic."

"Get to the Point - This flattering footwear makes a fabulous point."

"Black & White - Dramatic. Classic. Graphic."

So many jewelry options!

My favorite section to shop.

Designer handbags.

Jill went to The Outlet Collection in Jersey Gardens and found some awesome #LCfinds. No surprise there!

The Outlet Collection in Jersey Gardens.

"Purple Reigns - We’re plum crazy about this royal hue."

"Red Alert - The season’s hot and fiery favorite."

"Black & White - Dramatic. Classic. Graphic."

"Leather Looks - Put chic and supple leather on your radar."

"Fur-ocious - Layer it on for instant glamour."

What's your favorite outlet store?

Jess & Jill

Last Call by Neiman Marcus provided Jess & Jill gift cards to shop at the Family & Friends event. Opinions are entirely their own.
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