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Shopping   ·   07/11/2015

9 Beauty Tips from a Beauty Minimalist



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Shopping   ·   02/04/2015

Completing the Bridal Ensemble: the Wedding Ring and the Accessories

Tiffany & Co wedding band

Tiffany & Co wedding band

Tiffany & Co wedding band

As it does for nearly everyone, Tiffany & Co. connotes a pie-eyed, elite level of romanticism for both myself and my fiance. Obviously this can be attributed in large part to Holly Golightly and her breakfast, but it also is because Tiffany really does carry quality products and we felt confident that we could rely on them to provide the kind of high quality rings we’ve been looking for.

We stopped in at the Tiffany’s at the Oak Brook mall this past weekend while we were there for a totally separate photo shoot. After trying on many different rings–I really didn’t know exactly what I wanted when I walked in–we landed on the perfect one. It’s not quite the ring you see here, but it’s close. The only difference is that my ring will be an eternity band–meaning the diamonds go all the way around.

I’ll be trying on the real thing in a few weeks when it comes in. In the meantime, I’ve been getting some of my other wedding-related ducks in a row. I finally got around to finding the perfect garter and related intimates. I was pretty disappointing with the lingerie and garter selection I found at nearly ever retailer I looked at. The Victoria’s Secret’s bridal line is all but discontinued, and the collections at Macy’s and Nordstrom were both expensive and decidedly snooze-worthy. The best selections I found were at BHLD and Hanky Panky, which is where I bought what I needed.

I also finally nailed down the jewelry I will be wearing with my dress. It was a bit of a struggle. I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted, other than that I wanted pearls, and I didn’t know where to start. After talking with the fiance about it I decided now would be a great time to buy a quality set of pearls that I can wear for the rest of my life. Since my dress was $150, I might as well splurge a bit on the parts of the outfit that are reusable, right? After a good chunk of research I decided a really great set of freshwater pearls were just the ticket, and I purchased this set from Pearl Paradise (which had lots of good reviews around the internet). They’ll arrive soon and I’ll let you know what I think.

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Shopping   ·   11/03/2014

Wedding Dress Shopping in Chicago, Featuring David’s Bridal

David's Bridal $300 - $400 wedding dress review
DAVID’s BRIDAL – Taffeta A Line Gown with Sweetheart Neckline

Apologies for the blurriness of these photos. After reading Jean’s wedding dress shopping post I opted for a less conspicuous camera than my SLR and had one of my friends snap photos of me using my phone’s camera. His hands must have been shaking from excitement. :)

Let’s dive right into the important details:

  • Wedding date: March
  • Wedding location: a beach in the Caribbean
  • My price range $300 – $400
  • Requirements: strapless, pure white, beachy

While I could certainly afford a more expensive dress, I personally feel that it is ridiculous to spend a fortune on a dress I will only wear once (I think I’m an anomaly in the fashion blogging community). I was open to spending more when I began my search, but I decided to see what I could find at a lower price point. Ultimately my idea was to spend less on the dress and more on the accessories that would go with the dress–accessories that could be worn again.

My research for where to go included Yelp and various blog posts. I found that there’s an overwhelming amount of information out there, and that it’s easy to get sucked into thinking you have to spend a fortune on your dress to be even remotely happy with it. Despite this, I kept a level head and decided on some lower price range shops and boutiques. My search took me to David’s Bridal, Glamour Closet, and House of Brides. David’s Bridal was, by far, the best location I visited.

Lets look at some dresses.


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Weekly Favorites   ·   07/24/2014

Joules’ Weekly Favorites: 6 Dresses from ASOS

Joules Weekly Favorites: 6 Dresses from ASOS



I’ve been spying ASOS’ dresses around the fashion community more and more and they just seem to be getting better. It looks to me like they’ve upped the quality of their items a bit since I last shopped there (several years ago).

One of the things I’m liking in particular is the length of these dresses. In the past, pretty much everything I found on ASOS was more shirt than dress–a stiff breeze would have bared my choice of underwear to the world. These are a much more comfortable length.

The other thing I’m liking is how unique each dress is. I love the body-length ruffle on the first dress. Not only is it beautiful, I’m sure it would do a good job hiding any bloating in the stomach region (lets be honest, it happens). The kimono dress is perfection–the slouchy shoulders are so chic. I love the print on the purple dress. It’s anything but dull.

The dark floral midi is probably my favorite of all these dresses. It’s absolutely perfect for fall. The length is decidedly work appropriate and will also keep your legs warm. I love the regal print so much that I’m even willing to ignore the exposed zipper in the back (decidedly the worst trend to come along since bubble hems and hair scrunchies). Bardot necklines are always chic, and the light floral is beautiful. And finally the skater dress is the perfect mix of casual and structured. Navy and creamy white will never go out of style.

So there you have it, my latest ASOS picks. I’m seriously considering purchasing the dark floral midi. I deserve a bit of a present for getting a new job, right?

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Shopping   ·   05/15/2013


I scored the adorable “In the Spotlight” idiom bangle. There were a few other bags I had my eye on, but just couldn’t bring myself to drop the money on them right now.

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