Friday, November 29, 2013


Looking for the best deals of the year? We can help! Below you will find various Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Make sure to keep checking back for update deals (and especially for an awesome Henry & Belle one on Monday!)

Confessions of a Shopaholic. Photo Credit: Robert Zuckerman

While you're doing all that crazy Black Friday shopping, make sure to stop by the second floor atrium at the 900 North Michigan Shops as Baileys Vanilla Cinnamon, Baileys's newest flavor, takes over! Glam up your day with the Stylish Shots on the Go photo booth with complimentary hair and makeup touchups from Mario Tricoci Salon stylists, all inspired by their new signature drink, the Glamour Shot. For every photo taken, Baileys will donate $1, up to $5,000, to Young Executives for Success (Y.E.S!), a volunteer branch of Dress for Success.

Now on to the deals!

2020AVE: Free shipping on Black Friday only with code THANKYOU.
Alex & Ani: 15% off and free shopping through Friday, Nov. 29 with code FRIDAY.
American Apparel: 20% off your entire purchase of $60 or more.
Anastasia: 20% off Fall/Winter 2013, 50% off past collections, and 20% off Mr. Chatzka.
Cambridge Satchel Company25% off select styles and colors through Monday, Dec. 2.
Bauble Bar: Take 25% off two items with code FRIDAY25, 30% off three items with code FRIDAY30, and 35% off four or more items with code FRIDAY35.
BeachMint brands: 50% off entire purchase at IntiMint, JewelMint, ShoeMint and StyleMint Friday, Nov. 29 - Monday, Dec. 2.
Bing Bang NYC: 40% off your entire purchase through Monday, Dec. 2 with code BLACKFRIDAY40.
BlueflyExtra 30% off contemporary apparel and accessories.
Club Monaco: 30% off already reduced styles through Friday, Nov. 29 with code THANKS30.
Converse: 25% off select styles through Sunday, Dec. 1 with code AUTOMATIC.
Cynthia Rowley: 20% off full-priced clothing through Monday, Dec. 2.
DVF: 30% off Fall 2013 collection.
Express: 50% off every single item through Friday, Nov. 29 at noon.
GUESS: 40% off entire store excluding watches.
Henri Bendel: Take 25% off orders of $100+, plus receive a $20 gift card through Sunday, Dec. 1 with code TURKEY25.
Henry & BelleWho's ready for a Cyber Sale? Starting now through Dec. 2 use cyber2013 to get 25 percent off site wide!
Hudson Jeans: 25% off entire purchase online.
Intermix: 25% off entire purchase online.
JustFab: Two handbags for only $49.95.
Madewell: 25% off your entire purchase in stores and online with code FEAST25 through Monday, Dec. 2. Free shipping on all orders.
Objets d'Envy: 30% off with code 30OFF. Free shipping with code FREESHIP.
Rebecca Taylor25% off in stores and online through Sunday, Dec. 1 with code BFWEEKEND25.
Rent the Runway: 20% off any order through Sunday, Dec. 1.
Rosyln: 25% off all items (15% off all items on Small Business Saturday). 
See Song Designs: 40% off any purchase over $50 and free shipping with code BF2013.
Scoop NYC: 25% off online and in stores.
Shopbop: Spend $250 or more and save 15%, spend $500 or more and save 20%, spend $1,000 or more and save 25%.
Tarte Cosmetics: 25% off through Sunday, Dec. 1 with code TURKEY.
True Religion: Take $75 to $100 off select denim.
West Elm: Spend get 10% off $100+, 15% off $250+, 20% off $500, 25% off $1000+ with code STOCKUP online and in-stores. 
Zoya: Gift with purchase, available with any $72 purchase on with code DREAMBIG.

Good luck!

Jess & Jill

Thursday, November 28, 2013


Happy Thanksgiving! We're so thankful for our family, friends, and especially our boyfriends (who put up with taking photo of our outfits and picking us up from events ;D).

And a very special thanks to you. Thank you for reading our blog and becoming our BFFs! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Thanksgiving Print Poster ($15.00) - Amanda Catherine Designs

What is everyone doing for Thanksgiving this year?

Jess & Jill

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


TEMPTU is the first professional-quality, at home airbrush makeup system that will deliver celebrity status results quickly and easily. This brush-free system is truly an all-in-one product and be used for foundation, blush, and highlighter! For that flawless red carpet-ready that Katy Perry, Carrie Underwood, Nicole Kidman, and runways models of Prada, Christian Dior, and Helmut Lang have, TEMPTU is the answer.

TEMPTU sent us their Airbrush Makeup Kit to learn about the system firsthand and create our own holiday looks. One word to describe it? AWESOME. We were amazed by how easy it was to use (point, pull, and blend with your fingers), and how natural it feels on. With an easy dial to control the amount of product, it's perfect for those like Jill who prefer a lighter coverage, but also for those like Jess who go for more. We can't stress enough how great it feels on the skin, and it won't show any dry patches or oily spots. Check out our video below!

The TEMPTU Airbrush Makeup Kit starts at only $149 but you can enter code B7EZ9787 to receive 20% off any TEMPTU Airbrush Makeup Kit. Feeling a little lucky? We're giving away a TEMPTU Airbrush Makeup Kit (yes, foundation, blush, and highlighter included) from now until midnight, December 5th. You can just call us the Santa of makeup!

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Have you used TEMPTU before?

Jess & Jill

Jess & Jill were compensated for this post. Opinions and commentary are of their own. You must have a Facebook to enter giveaway. Giveaway is not fulfilled by Jess & Jill and does not hold any responsibility of prizes. 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013


Kohl's is the perfect one stop shop for all of your holiday needs, especially when you're shopping on a budget (or just saving money so you can shop for yourself!)

We were invited to a preview of Kohl's dream gift collection and did a little Christmas shopping of our own. We also got to play a few shopping challenges to get us in the spirit and learn about everything Kohl's has to offer. Not only was it a great way to get acquainted with the store (who KNEW they sold Essie?) but in the process we put together the perfect holiday gift guide!

The first challenge we took on was 'Shop That Trend', in which we created what we like to call a "Whimsical Edgy" look... or everyday wear, for us. We fell in love with this girly tulle skirt by LC Lauren Conrad, but to make it more us, we added leather to amp up the edge. Jill loved the skirt so much, she took it home that night!

LC Launre Conrad Silver Bow Necklace and Stud Earring Set ($12.60 - On Sale!)LC Lauren Conrad Tulle Maxi Skirt ($44.80 - On Sale!)Apt. 9 Ruched Clutch Wallet ($16.99 - On Sale!)LC Lauren Conrad Gold and Crystal Flower Ring ($9.80 - On Sale!)Rock & Republic Moto Boots ($64.99 - On Sale!)Jennifer Lopez Solid Embellished Henley ($19.20 - On Sale!)Rock & Republic Faux-Leather Motorcycle Jacket ($63.00 - On Sale!)

Our second challenge was for a specific recipient of our choosing, and we chose the recent graduate. From a full outfit perfect for a girl's interview or first day at work, to an easy cookbook and porcelain party cup to never forget those crazy college days, some of these gifts can work for both genders.

"More the Merrier" was our third challenge, where we had to find five essential items to make your out-of-town guests feel like they're staying in their own home. Nothing says cozy like a soft throw and a fluffy robe, which makes a great gift for any hard-to-shop-for people on your list. And how perfect is this "cozy home" candle?! Take it from us, it smells amazing.

St. Nicholas Square® Knit Initial Stocking ($12.00 - On Sale!),  SONOMA life + style Cozy Home Jar Candle ($9.00 - On Sale!)Food Network 5-pc. Bamboo Serving Set ($23.99 - On Sale!)SONOMA life + style Chevron Chenille Throw ($19.99 - On Sale!)SONOMA life + style Turkish Cotton Robe ($34.99 - On Sale!)

Our gift guides in the flesh! Via Instagram.

One of our favorite finds of the night were these awesome non-spill mason jars with straws, which we had to buy for each other. Christmas came early for us, and they'll be extremely useful for our Saturday meetings... AKA when we watch Pretty Little Liars and drink champagne. 

Our favorite buy of the night!

We can even have fun in a Kohl's fitting room.

What was your latest purchase from Kohl's?

Jess & Jill

Monday, November 25, 2013


As you may know, we had a ton of fun shopping for deals at the Chicago Premium Outlets a few weeks ago, and now it's your turn to take advantage of some pretty amazing discounts for the rest of 2013! Not only are they offering killer steals from their top stores on Black Friday, they're also offers special discounts and in-store promotions each day throughout November and December! How are we supposed to stay away?

Especially with their easy shopper shuttle offered from Union Station to the Chicago Premium Outlets for only $19.99 through Christmas. And don't forget to hashtag #seasonofsavings and #dealoftheday while you're out there!

Chicago Premium Outlets

Black Friday is pretty much synonymous with outlets shopping, so you can learn about the hours and discounts below!

Hours: Friday, 11.29: Midnight - 10PM (Some stores open at 9 PM on Thursday, 11.28), Saturday, 11.30: 8AM - 10PM, and Sunday, 12.1: 8AM - 8PM.

Juicy Couture11.28 (10 PM) - 11.29 (7 AM): $50 JC Basic Tracksuit.
Lindt Chocolate, 11.28 - 11.29 (until 9 AM): 100 Lindor Truffles for $25, save 50%; buy 20 sticks for $20; and Lindor, Hello and other assorted chocolate sticks, save 50%.
Perry Ellis, (11.13 - 12.24): Enjoy 40-60% off the the entire store.
Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, 11.15 - 12.13: Take 30% off lowest ticketed price storewide.
Puma, 11.28 - 12.01: 50% off entire store.
Salvatore Ferragamo, 11.21 - 12.01: 50-70% off of original prices on select fall/winter merchandise.
Theory, 11.28 - 12.01: 30% off entire store.

Will you be doing any Black Friday shopping?

Jess & Jill

Jess & Jill were compensated for this post. Opinions and commentary are of their own.

Friday, November 22, 2013


We recently tried Cocktail Perfume, a sweet and fresh fragrance created right here in Chicago. Infused with violet, warmed by Jasmine, and made with an amber bottom tone, it makes a statement while still staying light. One of our favorite things about this perfume is not only it's longevity, but it's ability to transition perfectly from day to night.

And it gives back! Made solely in the USA and from recycled materials, a portion of every purchase is donated to CURED, a non-profit raising money for eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders.

And did we mention one of our cab drivers complimented the scent? We think it's a keeper.

What fragrance are you currently wearing?

Jess & Jill

Jess & Jill received this complimentary product in exchange for a review. Opinions and commentary are of their own.

Thursday, November 21, 2013


About 99.99999999999% of the time that I'm dressing up, I'm also going up in height with a big heel. But if hell decides to freeze over (or you know, I sprain my ankle again being clumsy), I take comfort that there are a ton of options to get fancy with flats. So whether you're the bride to be, a guest at a wedding, or just going out for an elegant night, you can still look dressy while staying at ground level. 

1. J.Crew Viv Patent Flats ($188.00) - J.Crew 2. Sundew Flats ($69.00) - Nine West 3. Kate Spade Flambe Flat ($125.00) - Kate Spade 4. Shiny Point Ballerina ($59.99) - Zara 5. Kate Spade Audrina Flat ($238.00) - Nordstrom 6. Christian Louboutin Corbeau Layers, Leather, and PVC Flats ($625.00) - Net-A-Porter 7. Marc Jacobs Pointed Toe Flats ($495.00) - Bloomingdale's 8. Karl Lagerfeld for Melissa Silver Metallic Flats ($124.59) - ASOS.

Have you rocked flats to a wedding before?

x Jill

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Randolph Street Market is starting off the holiday season with a weekend (November 23rd and 24th) full of fun and festive activities! Graham Kostic of Glossed and Found will be there as a style scout, a little elves craft tent for the kiddos, a photo booth with drag performers courtesy of the Kit Kat lounge, lipstick consultations, and music, food, and drinks!

Among all that fun, the Holiday Market is your one stop shop for gift buying! You can find antique, vintage, and modern decor, fashion, accessories, custom-made gifts (our favorite), and so much more. There's also free gift wrapping, so get ready to cross off names on that holiday list!

And to start the weekend off right, we're giving away two tickets for the Randolph Street MarketMake sure to enter our giveaway below by midnight Thursday, November 21st. All you have to do is like us on Facebook and grab some extra points by following us on Twitter, tweeting about the contest, following us on Instagram, and more below!

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Jess & Jill

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


H2O Plus treated us to a night of holiday shopping, where we got to learn about all their new products and see them in action! It was our first time in the Michigan Avenue shop, but it definitely won't be our last. Check out the store below and find out what our new H2O Plus favorites are!

Shampoos and conditioners and body balms, oh my!

These smell so yummy, they're almost edible.

Jess's shopping basket!

Jill's shopping basket!

With our goodies!

Product for yourself and gifts for others!

With Laurie of 312 Beauty!

Thanks to H2O Plus, we got a head start on our holiday shopping and we couldn't help to buy ourselves a thing or two! 

Anti-Acne Toning Cleansing PadsDual-action, multi-textured pads sweep away dead cells while eliminating impurities with Salicylic Acid, Multivitamin Complex and Oil-Controlling Marine Blend. Jess hasn't used anti-acne pads since high school, but she's willing to avoid breakouts old school style!
Sea Salt Spa TrioThis three-piece collection of our best-selling spa favorites gently polishes and replenishes skin with purifying Sea Salt while an invigorating ocean-side scent energizes the senses. A perfect gift for the holidays!
Spa Sea Salt Skin Smoother ($27.00)A luxurious, exfoliating scrub that restores a natural glow and touchable softness to dull, dry skin with Sea Salt, Almond Oil and Anti-Aging Marine Blend. You HAVE to get this! The sea salt will exfoliate the heck out of your skin in such an amazing way and the oil will give you a silky smooth feel.
Sea Moss Black Sand Body ScrubA rich volcanic scrub that reveals skin that feels remarkably smooth and invigorated with Irish moss, sea salt, aloe and provitamin B. 
Aquis Microfiber Body TowelAn ultra absorbent towel that's lightweight and luxuriously soft. Jess has so much hair, she had to go straight to the body towel for her hair. This towel definitely shortens drying time and makes getting ready so much quicker!
Spa Sea Salt Hydrating Body GlossA fast-absorbing dry oil moisture spray for instantly luminous skin with Jojoba Oil, Japanese Green Tea and Hydrating Marine Blend. Gives your skin an immediate glisten and a subtle fragrance that will last you all day.
Pumice Foot ScrubGentle exfoliating foot scrub polishes dry skin, massages away calluses and smoothes rough spots with Volcanic Pumice, Menthol and Anti-Aging Marine Blend. Perfect for worn, weathered feet.
Aqualibrium Dual-Action Eye Makeup RemoverA powerful oil-free makeup remover that sweeps away the most tenacious eye makeup and mascara without harming delicate skin with Sea Mineral Complex. Love how this doesn't have that gross oily feel after use!
Spa Hand and Nail CreamAward-winning hand cream intensely moisturizes hands and cuticles while imparting a clean, fresh scent with Shea Butter, Hydrolyzed Silk Proteins and Hydrating Marine Blend. There's magic in this bottle. One use and you can see your rough cuticles melt away and be manicure-ready!
Spa Sea Salt Hydrating Body Butter: A super-intensive moisture cream to deeply nourish and restore dry, depleted skin with Shea Butter, Red Marine Algae and Hydrating Marine Blend. It may not be winter yet, but our skin would disagree. This may just be the product to battle Chicago-winter-dry-skin syndrome.

Have you tried any products from H2O Plus?

Jess & Jill

Monday, November 18, 2013


Last week you saw how Jess styled her dENiZEN bootcut jeans and I couldn't wait to try on these slimming, instant-height adding jeans. I paired mine with a simple Theory top, Boutique 9 heels, Bulova watch, House of Harlow 1960 sunglasses, and added a feminine BCBG blazer to contrast the masculine look.

I'm a lover of skinny jeans, but I easily cheat on my favorite pair without feeling guilt with these dENiZEN bootcut jeans.

Jeans c/o of People StyleWatch.

Do you prefer bootcut or skinny jeans?

x Jill

As People StyleWatch Style Hunters, Jess & Jill received the product c/o, but were not compensated for this post. Opinions and commentary are of their own.

Friday, November 15, 2013


It's not always about looking good, but if you can give back and look good, it's a win.

Wakami is a socially conscious brand that works with a majority of women artisans located in Guatemala. Partnered with Comunidades de la Tierra, they offer a two-year business training program that sets these artisans up with the proper tools to form a business, and a sustainable source of income. 

Wakami bracelets are fun to stack together, but still make a subtle statement alone, and are perfect for everyday wear. Their pieces are also great to rock the mixed metal trend, and we loved pairing the rustic colors together. It's time to add a little meaning to your arm party!

Top to bottom: P.S. Good Luck ($16.00)Life Is What You Make Of It - Single Wrap ($12.00), Life Is What You Make Of It - Double Wrap ($20.00)

Noir - Dazzling ($47.00)

Jess & Jill

Jess & Jill received these bracelet c/o Wakami. Opinions and commentary are of their own.

Thursday, November 14, 2013


There's more to life than just skinny jeans! When People StyleWatch wanted us try a pair of dENiZEN bootcut jeans from Levi's for our latest Style Hunters campaign, we couldn't resist!

For the short ladies out there, bootcut jeans truly create a long, lean look. Throw on a pair of heels and you can trick even yourself into thinking you have legs for days. (Those four inches make a difference, okay?!) This pair is the epitome of stretchy (without losing its shape) and lets you elevate your look without sacrificing comfort. It was a roll-out-of-bed Sunday morning and I wanted to keep my outfit cozy and chic without all the effort. These bootcut jeans made a tank, faux-leather jacket, scarf, and clutch more than just a grab and run from my closet, but a perfect outfit for a chilly Fall day down Michigan Avenue.

If I haven't won you over yet, you can grab these bad boys for only $27.99 at Target! When was the last time you spent under $50, heck, under $100 for jeans? I dare you to tell me a reason why not to get these inexpensive and versatile pair of bootcuts!

Also wearing a Gap tank, GUESS scarf and jacket, clutch c/o The LimitedDV by Dolce Vita wedges.

How do you rock bootcut jeans?


As People StyleWatch Style Hunters, Jess & Jill received the product c/o, but were not compensated for this post. Opinions and commentary are of their own.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


Davines is an international, family-owned beauty line with a root in sustainability. It was founded in Italy and began as a research laboratory (which explains their adorable and reusable packaging) and is now in renowned hair salons all over the world, like salon blonde!

More Inside is a new styling line from Davines that is more than just a quality hair product, but a form of creative expression. Each item is packaged with unique paper that is inspired from Italian tile, paintings, and architecture. Open up your new product, just like a gift, and there's more inside! Find directions, inspirational quotes, and an adorable rendering of someone from Davines. This line is fool-proof, the medium hairspray is literally called "This is a Medium Hairspray".

Salon Blonde (1643 W. North Ave.) in Wicker Park is a globally conscious beauty boutique that is a perfect home for Davines. Richard took care of Jess's layers and straightened her hair to a sleek look, while Bridget gave Jill wavy, blow-dryed locks.

Davines sent us home with a variety of products from More Inside and we couldn't wait to try them all!

This is a Medium Hairspray - Pro: The hold is great, and still keeps your hair touchable. Con: It sprays more of a wet mist and the bottle clogs easily.
This is an Invisible Serum - Pro: Does exactly what it's supposed to do! Makes your hair soft and gives it a little shine. It's also paraben-free! Con: Has a bit of a product-feel to it after it's on.
This is a Sea Salt Spray - Pro: Gives great texture, body, and waves. You can actually see your hair changing when you spray this on! Con: It can be a bit too much for oily hair, so if you have this issue, spray lightly.
Love Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner - Pro: Keeps your hair smooth and frizz-free, but isn't too heavy for those with oily hair, and has actually helped Jill's hair! You can also reuse the cute containers. Con: Contains parabens.

Have you tried Davines and More Inside?

Jess & Jill
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