Some days, an excuse to get dolled up for a night out is just what the doctor ordered.
We had a big snowstorm here in Chicago this week, which has left a lot of us in the city feeling a bit defeated. Every February I can’t help but notice how real Seasonal Affect Disorder is — but hey, spring is right around the corner, right?
(And worth noting: My grocery store had Summer Shandy on sale this week! I bought two cases, LOL.)
Of course, the best way to juxtapose a less-than-sunny disposition is by pulling on your brightest, boldest colors. Even better if it’s in the form of a floor-length gown… Because, why not?
I bought this Jill by Jill Stuart dress last summer for a black-tie event in the city, and I’ve been dying for an excuse to wear it ever since. Thankfully, a recent charity event presented the perfect opportunity.
(And, guys — Taylor Swift’s dress at the Grammy’s? Bitch stole my look!)
Now, when it’s all about the dress, I like to keep my hair subtle and soft. There’s nothing worse than crunchy up-do’s, you know? They just feel so out-dated…
For fancier nights and special events, I typically trade my daily hair routine (Living Proof’s PhD shampoo and conditioner, reviewed here) for the brand’s equally as good Full collection, as shown below.
*Shop above or read more about the collection here
I am fairly certain that I’ve tried every product on the market that claims to add thickness and volume — and honestly, this has been the only one that actually does what it’s advertised to do.
(I have actually used this product for years; it’s seriously a God-send for girls with flat, lifeless hair like me.)
My favorite of the collection is the thickening cream — it’s a lightweight solution that adds thickness to every strand, making flat hair to look naturally full, thick and touchable.
What’s your routine like for a special night out? (And if you’re in the market for a gorgeous-looking gown that won’t break the bank, I highly recommend browsing these Jill Jill Stuart dresses.)
*IN THIS POST:
Hair styling: Living Proof’s “Full” thickening cream & thickening mousse
Foundation: bareMinerals Complexion Rescue in ‘Natural’
Lipstick: NARS satin lip pencil in ‘Palais Royale’
Mascara: bareMinerals volumizing mascara
Eyeliner: Mac Liquidlast eyeliner
Thanks to Living Proof for partnering on this post (and to the Langham Chicago
for letting us use your gorgeous lobby)! All opinions are, of course, my own.